Time for a holiday like no other? From centuries-old castles to private islands, these unique villas in outstanding locations offer the very finest in luxury villa stays. 

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, nestled in the picturesque countryside or hidden away along the coast, these destinations offer a twist on traditional travel. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate stay with friends and family, or the ideal spot for a wedding or private celebration, explore these six standout properties in Italy, Ibiza and beyond…

Lopud 1483, Croatia, 5 bedrooms, 10 guests

Located near Dubrovnik, this coastal monastery on the island of Lopud dates back to 1483. Originally a cloistered sanctuary, this property has been fully restored and now offers beautiful interiors with numerous art pieces, with the former monks’ accommodation providing the ideal space for celebrations and events.

With direct access to the sea, kayaks and paddle boards are available, while boat trips, yoga and spa treatments, excursions and wine tasting can also be arranged.

Villa Skaros, Santorini, 2 bedrooms, 4 guests

Part of an exclusive hotel, this luxury villa sits high on the Caldera, with incredible views of the iconic Santorini sunsets. Ideal for weddings and honeymoons, this villa has its own private pool, spa and treatment room, as well as fully-stocked wine cellar and cigar bar.

Additionally, this property also benefits from use of the hotel amenities, including a Champagne lounge, award-winning restaurant, and new yoga and Pilates studio.

Castello Granduca, Tuscany, 14 bedrooms, 28 guests

Situated on the Tuscan coast and built during the early 1500s, this castle has been the residence for numerous Tuscan Dukes throughout the centuries. Fully renovated, this private villa has large gardens, swimming pool, al fresco dining areas and its own chapel, making it the ideal location for weddings.

A variety of activities are also on offer, including visits to wineries and olive mills, boat trips to Elba, horse riding, tennis and massages.

Châteaux Île Sainte-Marguerite, Côte d’Azur, 4 bedrooms, 8 guests

The only private property on this island along the Côte d’Azur, this 13th century villa is one of the most incredible places to stay in the South of France.

With an old fortress and views right across Cannes, this exclusive walled estate has a 14,000m garden with natural water pools and citrus trees, is fully staffed and has a hammam, sauna and spa therapists to ensure you can relax and restore in this tranquil hideaway.

Masseria Pistola, Puglia, 11 bedrooms, 22 guests

A short drive from Alberello with its iconic trulli houses, this large 18th century villa has been restored as a luxurious property. Guests will find three kitchens, an outdoor swimming pool, al fresco dining areas as well as ten en-suite bedrooms.

Additionally, large terraced gardens and stone courtyards make this the perfect location for large celebrations.

Tagomago Island, Ibiza, 5 bedrooms, 10 guests

A truly unique stay, this extraordinary villa is the only property on the island of Tagomago, just 900m away from the north-east coast of Ibiza. Fully staffed and with 24hr boat access to the mainland, this villa offers the perfect escape.

With impressive views from all around, large swimming pool, jacuzzi, furnished terraces and barbecue area, enjoy all that this location has to offer, or explore activities such as jet skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing and sailing.

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