Europe is renowned for its cornucopia of history, culture, nightlife, shopping and eye-watering scenery, but less well-known are the intimately-private suites and pristine villas that can be found tucked away in some of the continent’s most popular resorts.​

Villa d'Este​

Lake Como, Italy

One of Italy's most decadent resorts, Villa d'Este has recently unveiled its magnificently-renovated, enchanting lakeside Villa Cima, set amongst its magnolia, wisteria and chestnut trees.

A 7000-sqft, 19th-century, patrician-style residence built for Villa d'Este's former owners, Count and Countess Pino, its sumptuous living areas and four bedrooms are spacious, light and filled with antiques and fine art, with large panoramic balconies or terraces looking out over the lake. The three floors are connected by a sweeping red-carpeted staircase (or elevator), and of course in addition to the luxury of having your very own lakeside villa you've got full access to Villa d'Este's fine dining venues and sensational activities.​

Marbella Club, Golf Resort & Spa​


Marbella Club's colonial two-bedroom villas are amazing; but it's the jaw-dropping six-bedroom, fully-staffed Villa del Mar that has even more wow-factor. Massage at dawn? Caviar for brunch? Cocktails at dusk? Everything you desire is on-demand, from the 24-hour, nothing-is-too-much-trouble service, to the hi-tech amenities and sumptuous furnishings. 

Inside the gated property, hand-woven silk carpets, collectable artworks and wood-burning fireplaces ensure timeless glamour; huge comfy sofas, a fully-stocked kitchen and bar promise the best in home comforts; while outside, spacious wrap-around terraces, unrivalled sea views, a private Med-view infinity pool, Zen garden and direct access to your own enclave of beach are this illustrious villa's icing on the cake.​

​Deià, Mallorca

A Mediterranean classic, set in Belmond La Residencia's Son Fony building, replete with terracotta floors, white-washed walls, olive-wood shutters and Mallorcan antiques, the Exclusive Suite 54 has an almost-rustic feel, but one that definitely doesn't scrimp on creature comforts. 

Its peaceful setting and pretty views over Deià and the Tramuntana Mountains make you feel instantly relaxed as soon as you arrive, so you're ready to step out from the huge lounge onto your sun-splashed terrace to soak up the sun, take a dip into the private pool to cool off, or feast on delicious Mallorcan delicacies at the outdoor dining area in no time at all.​

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo​

Taormina, Sicily

Rich, opulent and the height of refined Italian style, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo's lavish two-bedroom panoramic Presidential Suite is the ultimate Sicilian residence, and one that everyone's favourite Godfather, Michael Corleone would be proud of. 

Exquisitely decorated with elegant Italian flair, two bedrooms (each with marble bathroom) accommodate up to five guests, and the beautifully-furnished living space leads out to a lavish 280sqm terrace with its own private hydro-massage pool, summerhouse and prime 180° vistas of the historic Greek Theatre, Mount Etna, and the Bay of Naxos and beyond.

Ranging from the serenely-modern to the magnificently-traditional, we’ve picked out just a few gorgeous homes-away-from-home that take all the private comforts of villa living, and fuse them with all the interactive choices of an exclusive resort.

Ikos Olivia​

Halkidiki, Greece

A wonderful choice of accommodation awaits at the thoroughly-modern Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki’s latest resort and one to watch for 2015. As well as 136 rooms and junior suites, there are 159 super-spacious, private one- and two-bedroom bungalow suites that sleep between five to six guests. ​

Great for families, most come with a beautifully-groomed, secluded garden, meaning the little ones can run around to their hearts’ content.Some have access to a dedicated shared pool, others a private pool all of their own, and the Deluxe Two-Bedroom option has a beachfront location too. And did we mention that Ikos is a phenomenal all-inclusive five-star resort? What’s not to love?


The Ritz-Carlton, Abama​

Guia de Isora, Tenerife

The Ritz-Carlton Abama has now been effortlessly satisfying fun-loving families and couples for ten years – so what better excuse than to go and try the resort's latest experience – the swish new Club Level? 

This exclusive, secluded hotel-within-an-hotel on the Citadel's 10th floor offers dedicated check-in/check-out in the spacious Club Lounge (or on its outdoor terrace if you prefer); the fabulous Club concierge will arrange the most memorable experiences for you and your loved ones; continuous culinary and beverage offerings are served throughout the day; and that's before you've discovered the stunning Club Level  accommodation – 19 deluxe rooms and two suites – all with Atlantic views and upgraded in-room amenities.​

Belmond Hotel Splendido​

Portofino, Italy

THE perfect spot to recreate the illustrious love story of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (it's said he proposed here the first time around), Belmond Hotel Splendido's latest fresh-faced suite, La Dolce Vita, celebrates everything that's loved about Portofino. 

Nestled in sweet seclusion on the hotel's leafy hillside, away from the main hotel building, this newly-built one-of-a-kind suite is stylishly-swathed in charming pastel colours; with a private garden complete with loungers where you can gaze out over the unspoilt sea views, or set off to explore the area's deluge of idyllic pastimes. 


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