Choose Your Dream Summer

From bustling piazza’s to chilled beach bars, the Mediterranean’s hottest destinations for 2024 are ready and waiting – all you have to do is decide on your perfect villa

Picture the perfect summer, lounging by the pool, chilled music with a sundowner, exploring new and amazing places under the Mediterranean sun. From vibrant bars, chic restaurants, to super laid-back cafes, Europe’s ways to indulge are as endless as they are relaxing and fun. However, with so much accommodation to choose from these days, finding the perfect retreat to base yourself can sometimes feel a bit daunting. Thankfully, The Villa Edit team have been lucky enough to personally stay in a range of sumptuous properties, and are delighted to share just some of their discoveries here.

Best for socialising: Marbella

Marbella is the hot ticket this season and is top of the Spanish wanderlust list according to The Villa Edit team. Marbella’s seamless fusion of cosmopolitan allure and Andalusian elegance offers families the dream setting for socialising, fine dining and culture. Marbella has it all, a beautiful historic old town, lively tapas bars, a thriving yacht scene, all-day beach clubs, designer shops and miles of pristine golf courses. All set along the magnificent sands of the five-kilometre Golden Mile beach, which stretches from the glitzy shops at Puerto Banus to the city of Marbella. Marbella is the ultimate destination for those seeking both refinement and revelry.

Where to stay: Villa Maris, Marbella

Villa Maris is a magnificent beachfront property on Marbellas’s famous Golden Mile moments from the exclusive Los Monteros Hotel and a five-minute drive from Marbella town. Sleeping up to 14 guests in seven en-suite bedrooms, the villa is the epitome of elegance, with its fresh-white tones and sleek interiors. The vaulted living areas open onto a one-acre manicured tropical garden, with an infinity pool and private access to the dunes and sandy beach. Heaven.

Features: Direct beach access, outdoor infinity pool, outdoor dining area
From €100,000 per week

Best for Indulgence: St Tropez

Combining decadence and sunshine, St Tropez is truly one of a kind. This iconic French destination has attracted the international jet set since the 1960s and remains popular for its luxurious boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants and picturesque Provençal harbour lined with superyachts. Moments from the town sits the five-kilometre white-sand Pampelonne Bay. St Tropez has 24 beach clubs to explore – from Club 55, Moorea and Nikki Beach to the latest must-try beach club Byblos, with its laid-back Ibiza vibe and Mykonos-style decor. This French Riviera gem should be on everyone’s summer villa holiday list.

Where to stay: Villa Pearl, St Tropez

One of the most prestigious and exclusive properties on the Côte d’Azur, Villa Pearl lives up to its name and is a true hidden gem. Set within the grounds of a vineyard, and surrounded by a large walled garden, it is entirely private and estate-like. This luxury villa combines blissful relaxation with top-class service from a private chef, maître d’, waitress, housekeeper, house manager and on-call private chauffeur. The best part is that you are only a five-minute stroll away from the beach at Les Salins and a short drive from Nikki Beach and the iconic Club 55.
Features: Outdoor heated pool, chef and BBQ
€40,000 per week fully catered

Best for families: Mallorca

Mallorca is the perfect destination for a family holiday, offering a harmonious blend of natural beauty, and family-friendly amenities. The island boasts pristine beaches with gentle, shallow waters ideal for children, alongside a wide array of outdoor activities such as Aqualand Waterpark, Vintage Train ride to Soller and vibrant historic towns awash with small boutiques and markets. Mallorca’s welcoming atmosphere, diverse accommodation options, and excellent dining catering to all ages ensures a memorable and enjoyable family vacation.

Where to stay: Villa Rita, Mallorca

With direct access to the beach, island life doesn’t get much better than this. Villa Rita is a stunning luxury villa located on the seafront in Cala Ratjada in the North of Mallorca, with spectacular sea views, and plenty of outdoor living areas, allowing you to soak up the sun and enjoy the cool evenings. Children will be endlessly entertained at Villa Rita. With a tennis court, outdoor swimming pool all a stone’s throw from the beach and the glistening waters of the Mediterranean.

Features: Outdoor pool, tennis court, outdoor living area

From €20,000 per week

Best for Culture: Croatia

Croatia is among the finest destination’s for a cultural break, offering a rich tapestry of history, architecture, and traditions. Its stunning coastline is dotted with tiny islands and the ancient walled cities of Dubrovnik and Split. Visitors can explore Roman ruins, gothic cathedrals, and renaissance palaces, all set against the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea. The country’s vibrant cultural scene includes traditional music, dance, and culinary delights, with local festivals providing an immersive experience into Croatian heritage. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to charming, rustic villages, Croatia captivates with its profound sense of history and cultural depth.

Where to stay: Villa Azzuro, Croatia

Located on the iconic island of Hvar, Villa Azzuro has it all. A stunning waterfront setting, mesmerising sea views, a sauna and fitness room, stylish interiors and an infinity pool with outdoor relaxation area. Plus, the luxury villa has its own boat, with a unique floating platform, which can be used for daily cruises, as well as airport transfers – so you can arrive in true style. This is a one-of-a-kind property that is one of the most popular villas on the island. You have the sea on your doorstep, and it takes just 15 minutes to walk into historic Hvar. Overlooking the Adriatic this luxury villa will take your breath away. Features: Private beach, outdoor infinity pool, sauna
From €5,000 per night

Best for a Rural Escape: Sardinia

Sardinia is the ultimate destination for a rural escape, offering an enchanting escape into unspoiled landscapes and authentic village life. The island’s rugged interior is a tapestry of rolling hills and ancient forests, perfect for hiking, horseback riding, and exploring. Quaint villages like Bosa and Orgosolo charm visitors with their traditional stone houses, vibrant murals, and local crafts. Guests can enjoy farm-to-table dining and partake in traditional activities, like cheese-making and harvesting olives. With over 2,000 kilometres of unspoilt coastline, rich cultural traditions, and breathtaking scenery, Sardinia promises a tranquil and immersive rural retreat.

Where to stay: Casa Pantaleo, Sardinia

Casa Pantaleo is the perfect villa for those seeking a truly laid-back luxury experience. Located just a 15-minute walk from the village of San Pantaleo, known as “the village of artists” with its renowned weekly market, this charming retreat is nestled among lush Mediterranean greenery on a private hilltop vineyard. The lovingly restored farmhouse has been stylishly furnished with luxurious touches throughout. From the terraced garden and al fresco dining areas, to the outdoor pool and hot tub, Casa Pantaleo promises a truly idyllic, yet utterly luxurious, rural escape.

Features: Outdoor pool, hot tub, pizza oven.

From £23,500 per week

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