February is a distinctly grey time of year. Rainy pavements, stuffy commutes and a payday that doesn’t seem to get any closer can make for a nasty cocktail of prolonged winter blues. All this has us dreaming of the warmer months ahead, and planning the summer holiday of our dreams.
If you’re anything like us, then this is likely to conjure up visions of lying on a sun-lounger, surrounded a lazy blue ocean and soaking up some Vitamin D. With this in mind, islands make for brilliant holiday destinations, and nowhere more so than in the Mediterranean in summer.
And, when it comes to planning ahead, we’ve done the hard work for you and curated a list of the best villas to rent in the Med this year.
For the ultimate retreat: Villa Nero in Paxos
One of the least commercial Greek Islands in the Ionian sea, Paxos (or Paxi) is an artists’ paradise, with clear, aquamarine sea and pebble beaches. And, Villa Nero is perfectly situated to enjoy everything the island has to offer.
A stone’s throw from the best beach on the island (reached by a walk through the olive groves), the property is also just minutes away from some of the most popular tavernas on the island.
Villa Nero in Paxos
For the best nights out: Bright Blue Cliff House in Ibiza
This stunning villa is available for booking through award-winning tour operator and travel agent of Quintessentially, the world’s leading lifestyle and concierge company. Bright Blue Cliff House in Ibiza enjoys a privileged location right on the Na Xamena cliffs, affording unparalleled ocean views.
The terraces which wrap around the villa allow guests to enjoy the sun all day long, while the pool is the ideal place to have a refreshing dip. For keeping quests entertained, the villa is also equipped with pingpong and pool tables and a pétanque court.
Bright Blue Cliff House in Ibiza
For total seclusion: Villa Blueros in Syros
Effortlessly cool throughout, Villa Blueros is a stylish, modern property completely secluded from the rest of the world. Providing ultimate privacy, and stunning natural scenery with endless views overlooking the ocean.
The interiors offer an elegant marble dining table and sophisticated furniture, alongside several lounging areas and multi-level terraces — perfect for guests looking to organise summer party gatherings. Another exciting feature of the property is the large infinity edge swimming pool, adjoined by the most stunning Greek sea.
The villa also provides several steps that lead down towards the rocky shore, guests are by the calming sea in seconds from walking out of the villa.
For the perfect Greek getaway: Ariel Villa in Mykonos
Villa Ariel is situated on the South East part of Mykonos, close to Elia beach. Although known as being slightly quieter compared to Paradise or Super Paradise beach, Elia is equally as beautiful and offers a multitude of adventures ranging from water-skiing to parasailing.
Villa Ariel offers a contemporary design with modern facilities, however, still retaining some traditional architecture. Bright, inviting rooms are located throughout the villa due to large ample windows and neutral furnishings.
Guests can indulge in a range of activities, including relaxing pool party gatherings, family barbecues, swimming races and not to forget, the unsurpassed sea views. Book through Quintessentially and enjoy a Yoga or Pilates session for the whole group.
Ariel Villa in Mykonos
For the ultimate summer house party: Palazzo Gorgoni in Puglia
For an elegant city stay, Palazzo Gorgoni is a restored 18th Century palazzo with eight bedrooms, a private pool, gym and rooftop lounge in the heart of Galatina, a beautiful Baroque city located less than an hour’s drive from the airport in Brindisi.
Ready to cater for upto 16 selected guests, this villa sits within its own exquisite, ornamental courtyard — so you can party all night without disturbing any neighbours.
Palazzo Gorgoni in Puglia
For award-winning architecture: Maistros in Skopelos
Designed by the famous French architect Marc Held and set in one hectare of land, Maistros could be said to have it all: breathtaking sea views, private access to a beach, a heated pool, chic, high quality furnishings. There’s even a donkey.
Add to this the dedicated, welcoming staff and your holiday will want for nothing.
Maistros in Skopelos
For unparalleled sunset views: Kolokithi Bay in Alonissos
Rising discreetly in its privileged seafront position on the east coast of Alonissos, Kolokithi Bay is a gem for design and architecture devotees — as well as for those seeking views across the sparkling blue ocean. The villa sits amongst its extensive grounds, which have been landscaped ingeniously to make the most of the property’s glorious setting above the sea.
Kolokithi Bay also features a stunning infinity pool, offering swimmers stunning sea views while in the pool.
Kolokithi Bay in Alonissos
For a slice of paradise: Madreterra in Lefkada
We may have saved the best for last with this incredible villa sitting proudly on the Lefkada coast.
Cocooned in the pine-aromatic woods of the northwest coast, and just a couple of minutes’ stroll from the irresistible azure waters of the Ionian Sea below, Madreterra has few rivals when it comes to location.
This magnificence is matched by the property’s generously proportioned interiors, and by its extensive wrap-around terraces.
Madreterra in Lefkada
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