This week, India Hicks is giving us a strong urge for island living - here are the sites that turn those dreams into reality...

We came, we saw, we got inspired - yes, this week’s legendary Brains with the delightful India Hicks, bastion of Island Living, has really got us going. Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for a holiday, but no ordinary package holiday will do.. The only thing that will wipe the memory of these awful sodden rain-filled weeks from our minds is (drumroll) a villa. A beautiful private villa, with sun, sea, sand and a whole host of incredible amenities at our fingertips. Too exhausted to trawl the web looking for the best sites? Don’t worry, we’ve done all the hard work for you.

The bastions of the beach holiday more than deserve their place on the list with their genius contribution to the villas market. When it comes to booking the ultimate beach holiday – there’s nothing these guys have left to chance, and we can vouch for it. Top tips, incredibly well written features - what's not to love?

Looking for a decidedly Italian theme for your holiday? Then you’ll want an expert in that field, which is where Italian Rentals 4U come in. What are the USP’s? A car rental search facility, a twenty-four hour concierge service and customer service numbers at the ready. The go-to site for Italian vacations.


On the hunt for a bit of island living on the other side of the world? Then you’ll need a dedicated expert on hand to find you the best beach, the whitest sand, the lushest verdant palm trees... if the likes of Mustique, Antigua, Barbados, and St Lucia are your target markets then this is your target site.


‘Anything else is just a holiday’ is the tag line at Scott Dunn and we can attest to the fact that this is one company that goes well beyond the call of duty. Just type ‘villas’ into the search facility and you’ll be inundated with a plethora of luxurious properties complete with amenities such as chefs, nannies and pools (to name but a few).


Villas and all the iconoclastic intricacies that go with them are definitely the field of expertise at this site. With over fifty destinations worldwide and a huge range of properties ranging from one bedroom apartments to vast forty two acre estates, you’d be hard pushed not to find the dream home for a dream break at this fantastic domain.


Ok, it may not strictly be a villa (though if you rent out all twelve rooms it would be!) but it certainly deserves a mention. If you want to go and have a taste of the real India Hicks lifestyle, then this site should be your first port of call. It’s all clean white lines and wide-open spaces, depicting perfectly the design ethos of the Hicks partnership. If you set foot in this incredible hotel you might even run into India herself (which quite frankly is motivation enough for booking).

May 2013.