The Luxury Travel Book are experts when it comes to summer vacations. See our pick of top Italian and Greek villas to book now.

For many, the call of sunlit days and cool evenings in the Mediterranean is too hard to resist after months of being holed up at home. Despite Covid numbers rising, travel is back on the cards and for the double-jabbed, a number of glorious destinations are waiting for you.

Who to book your holiday with



The Luxury Travel Book has an enviable portfolio of properties and we'd be happy to book any of them. Founded in 2012 by the Marquis family and originally specialising in city apartments, their shared enthusiasm and passion for travel is demonstrated through a carefully curated collection of properties throughout Europe.

It's worth noting that The Luxury Travel Book only features destinations they know and love, from their city escape collection to their beautiful villa portfolio and extensive range of luxury villas.

Italy



Umbria – Villa Subtilia





This 16th Century farmhouse has been beautifully restored and enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. For the full luxe experience, a concierge team can arrange anything you desire, from in-villa spa services, cooking lessons, wine tastings, biking trips, truffle-hunting excursions, and day trips to nearby hill towns. A small grocery store is but a two minute drive away, and the village of Pierantonio, a little bit further. Find out more here.

Amalfi Coast - Positano Bay





This luxurious villa on the Amalfi Coast dates back to 1741. Situated high above bustling Positano, it's just a ten minute walk into town and the wonderful restaurants and shops. The villa sleeps sixteen guests and the rooms can only be described as palatial. We're thinking 5-star luxury hotel but for you and your guests alone to enjoy. Find out more here

Or Piano di Sorrento





The inifinity pool at the villa on the Amalfi Coast is the selling point, with breathtaking views of the sea and the Li Galli Islands. The large garden has an outside kitchen, gazebo and hammock area. Needless to say the bedrooms are spectacular too. Find out more here.


Venice – Castello Palazzo Apartment





For those looking for some bustle in their holiday, a stay in Venice will tick the box. This apartment is but a seven minute walk from the Rialto Fish and Vegetable market, a ten minute walk from the Biennale, and twenty-five minutes from Piazza San Marco. Live like a prince among these beautifully decorated rooms, furnished with antiques, contemporary furniture and stunning artwork. Soak up the joys of Venice whilst sitting on the canal-side terrace. Find out more here

Tuscany – Villa Fonterutoli





This farmhouse situated in the beautiful hills of the Chianti wine region has views of vineyards, olive groves and wild oak forests. The property has three acres of land to roam in and it's a six minute drive to the charming town of Castellina, with its pretty stone cobbled street, piazzas, authentic restaurants and bottegas offering wine tastings. Find out more here.

Lake Garda – Villa Telegrafo





For those who prefer contemporary living, these modern villas set in a resort of nineteen acres are the answer. They have stunning views of Lake Garda and offer a superb combination of indoor and outdoor areas. The resort has a gourmet restaurant, spa and wellness area and rental includes maid service, with a laundry service, childcare/babysitting, a private chef and/or butler, and fitness trainer, all available on request. Find out more here.

Greece



Paros - Parosporos Retreat





This new villa on Paros sleeps up to sixteen guests and works perfectly for large families or groups. It's located on the island's west coast with dramatic views over the sea and Parasporos Beach. There is plenty of outdoor space with an enormous infinity pool and sleek contemporary sitting area with fire pit. Find out more here.

Kea - Villa Koundouros





If you're looking for some serenity, the interiors of this minimalist, luxury villa on Kea will do the trick. Located in the beautiful south-east part of the island, the villa benefits from direct access to the sandy beach of Varkakia. The property sleeps up to eight guests. Find out more here.

Paxos – Villa Arcadia





This villa has magnificent views of the Ionian Sea, beach access and a high level of service, all that you could want for a truly relaxing holiday. Pine trees, cypress and olive groves surround the property giving you privacy. Interiors are spacious and sun filled, with natural materials and abstract art pieces used throughout. Find out more here

Hydra – Villa Kamini





This newly restored luxury villa is conveniently close to two beaches, Castello beach (two minute walk) and Avlaki Beach (fuve minute walk), and a mere fifteen minute walk from the pretty port and town of Hydra. The villa was originally the house and art studio of the renowned Greek artist, Christos Karas. It has now been transformed into a beautiful holiday home rental for guests looking for an authentic island experience, with all modern comforts, with original artworks in the bedrooms, and impressive sculptures on the terraces. Find out more here

Zakynthos - Villa Keri





Situated on a wonderful position on a hillside outside the traditional village of Keri, this rental has breathtaking views over Keri Lake Bay and the Ionian Sea, as well as Marathonisi (Turtle Island) and the gulf of Keri. The garden has olive trees, a large heated swimming pool along with a play area for younger children. Find out more here


Sifnos – Villa Vathi





This luxury villa is situated near the beach and the picturesque fishing village at Vathi, on the south-west of the island. The accommodation is in three buildings, which works well for multi-generational holidays. Find out more here..

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July 2021

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