12 January 2021
The views, the sunshine, the fresh sea air, the sounds of the waves… There’s nothing like a holiday on the coast, and a beach- or waterfront villa is the archetypal seaside holiday, combining lots of space, flexibility and luxurious living with easy access to the water whenever you want to take a dip, enjoy some water sports or simply bask on the beach. We’ve hand-picked some of our favourites in many of Europe’s most tempting destinations for summer 2021 and beyond.
Arrayed over three floors tiered up seafront slopes, with a path down to the rocky cove below, this gorgeous villa just below the iconic village of Deia blends into its surrounds with shuttered windows, walls of local stone and a long covered veranda, yet harbours modern luxuries including an indoor pool , hot tub and a fitness room. Of the four ensuite bedrooms, two open onto terraces at the top of the house with views of the Med and the mountains. Wonderful dining venues within walking distance include the water’s-edge C’as Patro, famous from The Night Manager.
This luxurious, fully-staffed, contemporary property is perched over a partly private, sheltered sandy beach that you can amble down to via its sweeping lawns. As well as the services of a cook for leisurely breakfasts and lunches, Balbina comes with exceptional facilities including an infinity pool, a poolside hot tub, a bar with shimmering sea views, a games room and a gym. The décor mixes Asian and Mediterranean touches to dazzling effect; all five bedrooms are ensuite. When you’re not being pampered by your private chef, there’s a Michelin-starred restaurant just 10 minutes’ walk away or two beach eateries close by, too.
You can hear the sea from every part of this sleek Greek villa in grounds stretching down to the sea, from the expansive terraces and balconies of the bedrooms to the 12m infinity pool and alfresco kitchen. Offering spectacular views over the water towards the mountains of Albania, it’s perfectly placed for morning runs far from the crowds on the tranquil golden sands of Kalamaki Beach (try to get up to catch the sunrise at least once during your stay). Both out on the wraparound terrace and inside the villa with its relaxed beach vibe and four ensuite bedrooms, space abounds. When you’re not having long lingering meals out under the stars, authentic local dining options and a beach bar beckon just a short walk away.
In a water’s-edge setting on the island of Brac, this ultra-chic property comes complete with its own fishing jetty where you may moor a small boat, or you can hire a boat and skipper locally for a spot of island-hopping. The villa also has bikes and windsurfing equipment for hire, plus a gem of an infinity pool in stone mosaic set high above the jetty on one of the villa’s tiered terraces. Inside, it’s all light, airy spaces dotted by original sculptures and artworks, including four ensuite bedrooms. Extra pampering comes in the guise of a sauna, a steam room and even a well-stocked wine cellar. The villa also features daily maid service and a welcome pack to make you feel at home from the moment you arrive.
This charming property ideal for a romantic couple’s break (or for a small family, with one double and one twin bedroom) oozes boho beach chic. But it’s really all about the outdoors, from the shaded outdoor dining area with a barbecue and preparation counter to the alfresco hot tub with Mediterranean views and the private sunbathing lawn overlooking the rocky shoreline. You’re just a short walk from the popular resort of Fontan Bianche and the delightful village of Cassibile, while for culture vultures the stunning Baroque towns of Siracusa, Ragusa and Noto are within easy reach.
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