Bank Holiday Getaways
There are likely to be two camps this summer, those eager to stand by the Thames proudly waving their Union Jacks and those who are slightly keener on escaping London in the coming months.
A&K Villas, which has a collection of stunning villas across Europe, have put together some fantastic ideas for those keen to escape and make use of the bank holidays… from the adventurous to culture inspired and food & wine lovers.
Escape to Tuscany: Italy’s Wild West.
For the adventurous, gallop on horseback across the Maremma; Italy’s Wild West, go tree climbing in the forest that lines the coast of Marina di Grosseto, or sail around the Tuscan Archipelago.
And then spend afternoons wine tasting in Chianti’s medieval castle, or at fragrant vineyards of Florence and Siena… not forgetting the delicious Italian food and learning how to make your own handmade pasta with a local Chef.
A&K Villas have a selection of charming villas in and around Florence and particularly recommend Casetta Fiorentina. It is the perfect location from which to visit local wine cellars & gelaterias, participate in the Chocolate Valley Tour or enjoy a private in-villa concert.
Casetta Fiorentina sleeps up to 4 people, and costs from £1,253 per week.
Escape to Portugal: Shark Fishing and Outdoor Adventure
Go shark fishing off the coast of the Algarve where the ultimate catch is a swordfish or Mako Shark. Or for a more luxurious adventure, hire a private Yacht for the day and head out on a Champagne cruise to explore the mysterious caves and grottoes, and venture ashore to secluded beaches.
Enjoy the peace of Ria Formosa Natural Park and take the ferry from Olhao to Farol or Armona: islands which border the Nature Reserve and are beautifully remote and unspoiled.
A&K Villas recommend, Villa Jardim a Vista. This luxury private villa combines a beautiful traditional exterior with a stunning modern interior, while its hilltop location and infinity pool cascades out towards the incredible views of local countryside and the beach of Falesia. The location is ideal for exploring nearby historic towns, local markets, beaches, golf courses and much more.
Villa Jardim a Vista sleeps up to 8 people, and costs from £2,599 per week.
Escape to Andalucía: For water sports and adrenaline!
For the ultimate adrenaline adventure take a guided quad bike adventure through the breath-taking Andalucian countryside, or try the new craze of ‘Sphering’ and climb inside a 4m sphere before rolling down the 150m hill at exhilarating speeds of up to 35mph. Then, head to the coast and learn to Kite Board and Ray Board on the beautiful beaches of Estepona, just south of Marbella, Spain.
A&K Villas recommends the beautiful La Maroma which has several tempting packages including an Epicurean Spa Break and ‘Cocina Nueva’, a 4-night break which includes a 6 course feast, a stock of organic local produce and a guided tour of a lively historic market. Guests can unwind from the moment they arrive with complimentary tapas and wine.
La Maroma is set on a private hilltop in Andalucía. This 4-bedroom villa has outstanding views over Andalucía and a well-equipped pool area is ideal for family and friends to relax together.
La Maroma sleeps up to 8 people and costs from £4,334 per week.
Escape to the Cotswolds: For family days out and country retreat.
For something a little closer to home why not escape to the picturesque countryside of the Cotswolds with its picture perfect villages and abundance of traditional cream teas.
The Cotswolds boast magnificent gardens including Oxford University Botanic Gardens and grand houses such as Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke of Marlborough. Enjoy boat trips on quiet canals and rivers, fishing, sailing and when the day ends relax at the local theatre or a quiet country pub.
For an idyllic English Cotswold stay, A&K Villas recommends Temple Guiting Manor. This late Tudor country house has mentions as far back as the Doomsday Book, and equipped with tennis court is perfect for a larger group of people or several families.
Temple Guiting Manor sleeps up to 10 people and costs from £7,000 per week.