27 July 2020
Our round-up of places that give a real sense of privacy, some with all the facilities you need to be self-sufficient. Think private or resort villas, self-catering residences and lodges. Enjoy a change of scene while keeping to yourself and you have the summer escape you’ve been longing for...
Crete is renowned for its tranquil pace of life contrasted with an open, rugged island terrain.
Few places are more peaceful than Paradise Island Villas, set between the mountains and the Med. The boutique villa hotel is family-run with a nothing-is-too-much-trouble approach. There are just 12 unique villas to choose from, each with their own gardens, private pools and Jacuzzis. Each has its own modern, stocked kitchen (including the resort’s own olive oil) for those days when dressing up and going out is just too much effort. You can escape the cooking duties if you wish; the romantic open-air restaurant, Ambrosia, serves up classic Greek and Cretan dishes poolside setting, whilst in-villa dining is also available.
Good to know: Even at full occupancy, Paradise Island Villas feel quiet. The dedicated staff ensure that each villa is fully sanitised before guests’ arrival to give you peace of mind that you are safe throughout your stay. Car-hire is currently limited to 2 people per car.
Surrounded by forested countryside punctuated with vibrant wildflowers, Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat boasts one of Dorset’s most picturesque locations with sheltered coves and coastal villages nearby.
The recently refurbished traditional wooden lodges have private terrace areas for long summer evenings in the peaceful woodland setting. You’ll find all the facilities you need to be self-sufficient and local stores to stock up on ingredients. With flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access you can stay connected throughout your stay and enjoy movie nights curled up on your sofa.
Good to know: Wareham Forest sits right on your doorstep and the Jurassic Coast is just a short drive away where you’ll find walking trails and a prehistoric ammonite if you’re fortunate.
Just a ten-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Dubrovnik, Sun Gardens is found in the small village of Orašac on the sparkling Adriatic coast. Alongside a five-star hotel, there are 200 fully-appointed self-catering residences with one, two or three bedrooms, some with split level. Each has a huge outdoor terrace, an idyllic spot for enjoying a family dinner alfresco as the sun disappears over the Elafiti islands. Spend your days at the private beach or explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world, encircled by magnificent defensive walls and limestone mountains.
Good to know: The various children’s clubs, evening programmes and sports academy are currently suspended, as are the saunas and thermal zones. Check with your personal Travel Counsellor which of the outdoor pools, restaurants and bars will be available; some amenities are seasonal. Social distancing is in place and pools have capacity restrictions.