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The Best Holiday Villas in Europe


Summer is here (or at least it was for about a week). Perhaps you’re gearing up for your time away over the next couple of months, or perhaps you’re an early bird who spreads your wings for a bit of May or June sunshine. Either way, it’s a bit early to start thinking about 2018, right?

Wrong! It’s never too soon to start thinking about your next holiday, and like shoes, it’s not possible to have too many. Especially with a deal as good as this one.

Just bag the best holiday villa in Europe ahead of the game, take your pick of the best flight times and give yourself a pat on the back for that free hire car and airport parking*. All that remains is to sit back looking smug that you sorted your whole 2018 holiday, paying just £100pp† as a deposit, all with so little fuss.

The hardest part will be choosing between some fabulous villas. Luckily we’ll give you a helping hand with that too, with this little glimpse at some of our favourites across all of our collections for 2018. You’re welcome.

THE PINE CLIFFS RETREAT, Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve

Worthy of a place in our Ultimate collection, the Pine Cliffs Retreat villas really are just that. We could wax lyrical about the landscaped gardens, pool and Jacuzzi, but that alone isn’t what makes them spectacular. For that you have to add to every conceivable comfort its location on one of the Algarve’s premier Holiday Resorts, with a host of fabulous sport and leisure facilities, a kids’ club and a discreet hotel service.

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With a clifftop golf course, tennis courts, spa and private beach, plus no less than eight restaurants, is there anything left to ask for?

VILLA STERNA, Matsoukata, Kefalonia

From its hillside position overlooking the Ionian Sea towards Ithaka, Villa Sterna is an architectural work of art. Cleverly designed to highlight the outstanding sea views, this sleek, contemporary villa is within easy reach of charming Fiskardo village and Kefalonia’s unspoilt northern beaches.

Villa Sterna Kefalonia

VILLAS JARDINES, Corralejo, Fuerteventura

We’re not surprised to see the Villas Jardines are favourites with our customers on independent review site, Reevoo. After all, what’s not to love? The roof terrace is the perfect spot to soak up the Canarian sun and the pool area and Jacuzzi are simply idyllic. The serene interior promises holiday zen, topped off by a trip to the on-site spa. Set just outside Corralejo with its famed sand dunes, these villas epitomise sun, sea and sand.

Villas Jardines Fuerteventura

The oasis-like pool and cool, white tones lend an air of tranquillity.

QUINTA DAS BROLHAS, Lamego, Douro Valley

Don’t be fooled by the 200 years old stone interior, Quinta das Brolhas is no stranger to modern comforts. It’s the location though that will really win you over. The grounds are vast and set to the backdrop of the Douro Valley, they take some beating. Overlooking the hamlet of Valdigem, this is rural holiday escapism at its finest. Here manicured gardens meet an actual working vineyard, producing famous Douro Valley wine.

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TA KIKKA, San Lawrenz, Gozo

High ceilings and natural light flooding from feature windows reveal Ta Kikka’s character in every room. With countryside views from the pool area, you’re still just 4km from the capital, Victoria.

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Striking stone features give a traditional, Gozitan feel.

PETRIDES VILLA, Argaka, Cyprus

Cyprus’ long, sunny days are made for al fresco living. You might find at Petrides Villa you neglect the stylish interior in favour of the outside bar and food area with its built-in barbecue at – and who would blame you?

Petrides Villa Cyprus

Take in the country and coastal views as you lay like Aphrodite herself under the pergola.

CASA ESCLANYA, Palafrugell, Costa Brava

Sitting pretty in its country location near the town of Palafrugell and the beaches of the Costa Brava, it’s true of Casa Esclanya that bigger is well and truly better. The space you get here is fabulous outside and in. From the pool and sun terraces, to the garden complete with children’s swings, this villa has one aim – to satisfy your every comfort for a fun and sociable holiday.

Casa Esclanya Costa Brava

The open plan living area will be abuzz with holiday chatter and laughter.

PIETRA DORATA, Cisternino, Puglia

Do you know what we really love about our villas? The uniqueness and character of every single property. This has never been truer than of Pietra Dorata. An iconic trullo building with a beautiful conical roof, recent renovations only add to its charms. Stone bathrooms, artful use of driftwood and a lagoon-like pool give the place a minimalist elegance that’s apt to the beauty and simplicity of Puglia.

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This beautiful trullo with its turquoise pool is impossible to resist.

VILLA SUNSET, Dubrovnik, Dalmatia

Our Contractor for Dalmatia, Nikki, tells us Villa Sunset is one of the best she’s seen. And she has seen many, so that’s saying a lot. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea towards the nearby Elaphite Islands, you get spectacular views by day, rounded off by a glorious sunset. Architecturally it’s been crafted to make the most of every inch of that gorgeous panorama, whether you’re indoors or out. It scores a perfect 10 on Reevoo, and it’s easy to see why.

Villa Sunset Dalmatia

There can be few panoramas more beautiful than this…

VILLA TARA, San Miguel, Ibiza

In its countryside setting just five minutes from San Miguel, this is not the Ibiza you think you know. In Villa Tara modern comforts meet 18th century charm, and we can think of no better spot to relax in the sun. Pull up a poolside lounger, sink into the cushions of one of the outdoor seating areas, or – our particular favourite – sprawl on the cabana bed. When you’re feeling peckish, it won’t seem like too much effort to saunter off to the barbecue house.

Can Covas Ibiza

Looking splendid in royal blue, you’ll feel equally regal during a stay here.

It’s not just these 10 villas that we’ve cherry-picked, we handpick each and every villa across all six of our collections. If you want a Simply bolthole, we’ve been there. If you want a sprawling Ultimate villa, we’ve been there too.

They’re all on our website – yes, all 2800 – so why not find out in just a few clicks where your next little piece of villa paradise will be.

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Helen is a Marketing Communications Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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