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35 Years: Villas and Special Occasions


We love a special occasion at James. After all, what could be better than those unforgettable times of the year when the whole family come together? Whether it’s a big birthday, anniversary or a pre-baby getaway before your bundle of joy arrives – these occasions deserve some extra special attention.

This year, to mark our 35th birthday, we’ll be celebrating all those milestones that put a smile on your face. From honeymoons and weddings to the big family holiday you’ve all been looking forward to – do it in style and whisk your nearest and dearest away! With over 3000 villas to choose from, there’s something for every occasion…

Birthday Bash

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hilltop hideaway near the Old Town of Dubrovnik

Celebrate another year with a birthday holiday you’ll never forget! Croatia is the place to be whether you’re a foodie fanatic, nature lover, history hunter or you’re simply looking to relax. Villa Begonia is set a few miles outside of Dubrovnik’s main hub – making it the perfect spot to unwind by your private pool, explore the Old Town and bathe at the blissfully secluded beaches below. The only problem is how you’ll ever top it in years to come!

Sleeps 6 – View Villa Begonia

Big Group Getaways

Orlando, Florida

Luxury villa in florida with a large private pool and fire pit

If you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime, multi-generational getaway then Florida pops up as first choice for most! The land of fairy tales and family fun is sure to set little imaginations soaring with parades, spellbinding shows and magical kingdoms. Once you’ve swooned over Cinderella’s Castle, return to your own pristine palace at nearby Reunion Resort. Just 12 minutes from the iconic gates of Walt Disney World Resort, Villa Malitta Mansion is perfectly positioned to savour ever second of heart-warming sparkle. Illuminate your wonderment in ways you never thought possible and celebrate milestone moments in the sunshine state!

Sleeps 16 – View Villa Malitta Mansion

Algarve, Portugal

Landscaped gardens and large private pool

A 24 carat classic – the golden shores of Portugal’s Algarve are a match made in heaven for a big group getaway. What could be better than sizzling sunshine, beach days and one of the most coveted coastlines in all of Europe?

Laze away the days at Villa Casa da Montanha and holiday with all your friends and family under one roof. Sitting pretty on a hillside, marvel at jaw-dropping countryside and stunning views that sprawl out before you. Oozing with space, you won’t be stepping on any ones toes here! From plenty of living and dining areas, to huge grounds and a large pool, it’s an ideal set up for all ages. With flight times of two and a half hours, you’ll be holed up at your home from home before you know it.

Sleeps 16 – View Casa da Montanha


Zakynthos, Greece

Infinity pool with views over the Mediterranean Sea

Thinking of popping the question? Proposing abroad is guaranteed to make an already unforgettable holiday even more amazing! Picture it now… you and your partner on a romantic retreat to a Greek island, savouring every second of quality time together. Enjoy a world of exceptional comfort and luxury, where candlelit dinners and strolls on sun-kissed sands are all part of the norm. Villa Alkyonides III is hidden away in the peaceful resort of Keri on the south west coast of Zakynthos, perfectly positioned for one of the most magical moments of your lives…

Sleeps 2 – View Villas Alkyonides III

Weddings and Happily Ever Afters

Tuscany, Italy

Forest and Tuscan hilltops at sunset

Milestone moments don’t get much bigger than a wedding, and tying the knot abroad is a magnificent way to start married life! Whether you’re a boho bride or a classic couple, there’s a whole host of dreamy destinations to host your happy ending. Keep things intimate in Italy and choose Tuscany as the backdrop for your big day. Villa Dell Angelo is perched on the slopes of Mount Albano, with unparalleled views over rolling hills and sweet-scented forests. If you’re after something private and rustic, this picture-perfect place is sure to tick all of your big day boxes…

Sleeps 8 –View Villa Dell Angelo

Santorini, Greece

Luxury infinity pool looking out over the Santorini caldera

Santorini steals the show when it comes to holiday happy-ever-afters, and how could it not!? Every bit as beautiful as its pictures, imagine spending your wedding day in the company of the island’s infamous white-washed villages and blue domed churches. From sugar cube towns to sparkling seascapes, this Greek island never fails to seduce its visitors. While Santorini does all the hard work, you’ll still want a beautiful base for your nearest and dearest before and after the wedding. Enjoy next-level luxury at the immaculate Presidential Villa, where sunset swooning and pretty panoramas come as standard.

Sleeps 14 – View Presidential Villa

Honeymoons ahoy!

St. Lucia, Caribbean

St. Lucia villa with stunning views across to the Pitons

Set out with your special person to the luxurious island paradise of St. Lucia. The Caribbean and couples go together like sand and sea, which is apt seeing as there’s lots of blissful bays to catch those tropical rays! Indulge in honeymoon highlights from sunset cruises to gentle rainforest walks, and lose yourselves on secluded powder-white shores. Somehow managing to balance down-to-earth and luxuriously lavish all at once, this exotic escape doles out intimate moments of tranquillity and serenity for newlyweds to truly get away from it all. The island’s spectacular south west corner is home to Villa Calypso, a heavenly jungle hideout with breathtaking views across the bay. Wake up to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the picturesque Pitons and savour every second of this extra special occasion.

Sleeps 4 – View Villa Calypso

Romantic Breaks and Babymoons

Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Comfortable sunloungers lie next to an infinity pool at Aphrodite Hills resort

Celebrate your love in the birthplace of Aphrodite! Whether it’s your first anniversary or your 50th, each year brings the perfect excuse to jet-off for some quality time together. If you’re after privacy and seclusion, but you’re also quite partial to world class leisure facilities and on-site restaurants –  then look no further than Aphrodite Hills Holiday Resort. Perched on gently sloping hills overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, your luxury villa has one of the best views in the house! Complete with an elegant infinity pool and plenty of privacy, you’re close enough to the resort’s facilities while keeping the feeling of exclusivity. Pamper yourselves with sensational spa treatments, indulge in delicious dishes, pop the champagne and cheers to you!

Sleeps 4 –View Villa Aphrodite Hills Elite C

First Family Holidays

Large. spacious grounds with mountain views and a private pool in Mallorca

The first time you take your little ones away is always a treasured experience, and although it might not be a hallmark milestone, it’s a big moment for you and your family. Magical memories await in our handpicked baby and toddler villas, which are all specifically chosen with pre-schoolers in mind. All you’ll need to focus on are first steps and fun in the sun, watching their eyes light up in wonder at their new surroundings! Villa La Rafal d’en Toni is a short car drive from the ancient town of Pollensa and the perfect place for you and your brood to unwind in style. There’s plenty of space for curious campers to play safely, as well as a gated private pool for splash happy shenanigans!

Sleeps 4 – View Villa La Rafal d’en Toni C

We’re all about ‘more the merrier’ when it comes to celebratory parties and special occasions! Whether you’re after a villa that sleeps 2 or 20 people, there’s plenty of options to get all your favourite people in one place…

Emma Mackey

Emma Mackey is a Content Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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