Looking for that perfect spot to spend the holiday of your dreams? Look no further than below, where we’ve lined up some of the most exclusive tourist villas in the Old World.
The Clytha Castle, Wales, United Kingdom
If a mere villa is not enough for you, then try out a castle, and one that was built in 1790 no less! Fear not about less-than-contemporary conditions, though. The place was refurbished in the 1970s and features a state-of-the-art kitchen (but no TV set). There’s a forest nearby, where the huntsmen of yore would go hunting for deer and other types of game. Abergavenny, a small, quaint Welsh town is close by, as is major metropolis Cardiff. The villa, which rents at a very affordable $188, can sleep up to six people.
The Villa Rosen, Mallorca
Welcome to the Balearics in the Mediterranean Sea, where it’s all about fun and sunshine, the whole year round. It’s also about stunning views, which is something the Villa Rosen can definitely boast. It features veneered walls that overlook the Formentor Peninsula. But that’s not all you can see – as a matter of fact, on clear days you can see to the other end of the island, across all the sandy beaches. The villa rents for upward of $1,550 per night and can accommodate twelve guests.
Casa Carla, Lanzarote
Situated on the easternmost island in the Canaries, this four-bedroom villa is no more than a fifteen-minute walk away from the center of Playa Blanca, the most exclusive resort on Lanzarote. It’s got a private heated pool, a lush garden, a barbecue area, air conditioning and two dining rooms. The villa sleeps up to eight people and you can read guest reviews on the Optima website.
Villa Skinos, Ithaca, Greece
This typically-Greek villa stands resplendent and white atop a cliff, where it surveys its very own bay! If luxury is the name of your game, then be informed that a stay at this villa will also place a fully manned yacht at your disposal. Or, if you’re feeling up for a bit of an adrenaline rush, there are speed boats docked at the bat, which can take you on a foam-filled trip across the Ionian Sea. The villa is also staffed and the chef specializes in genuine Greek cuisine. The village tavern is close by, in case you truly want to experience the local lifestyle.
Il Gabbiano, Sicily, Italy
The Italians ought to know a thing or two about villas, since they essentially invented them – or, more accurately put, they did a very good job at stealing the concept from the ancient Greeks and making it their own. Ancient history aside, the Il Gabbiano villa in Sicily will allow you to experience the best things this famed island has to offer, from the goat cheese to the home-made Marsala wine, to bread baked in-house. Not to mention it’s a sight for sore eyes, too, since it was built into a local cliff. Its private staircase leads straight into the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The villa can sleep up to five people and rents from upward of $2.600.