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Looking to be inspired? Sit back, relax and delve into our back catalogue of travel blogs. Each one is packed with ideas and experiences and gives you a flavour for a few of the destinations you could be travelling to and properties you could be staying in with us. Enjoy...
The sea has always held a special place in my heart and nothing relaxes me more than a walk along a beach, shoes off, with the waves lapping around my bare feet. I was therefore, very excited at the prospect of visiting Biarritz for a few days as I knew of its reputation for beautiful beaches.
I was not disappointed as the beaches are truly stunning – there are six in total in the town itself from..
I recently had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Island of Sicily and stay at A&K’s popular Villa Efebo! Having visited Italy a few times previously, but never Sicily I was excited to see what it had to offer! With the location of the Island the food and culture has many different influences, and being a foodie this is what got me most excited! On arrival on to the island – our first stop was the villa!
Santorini’s unique climate and the rich mineral content in its volcanic soils allow the island to produce some of Greece’s best wines. Once you have exhausted the islands wealth of archaeological sites, beautiful cliff side villages and museums, you should always leave time to visit one of the islands wineries to taste some of the islands best tipple.
Here is a brief summary of some of the islands favourites…
The Cote d’Azur is known for its buzzling lifestyle and numerous events throughout the year attracting not only the rich and famous. Having around 300 sunny days a year and mild temperature even from October to March it is perfect for hosting events outside. And so the cities along the French Riviera do. For you we have compiled a list of a few top events taking place in 2017 along the coast from Monaco to St Tropez.
Over the winter time our local offices have been searching for the most exclusive and stunning properties to add to our collection for your perfect villa holiday. One can say, they have been successful! Keeping in mind your wishes and needs and looking for the special touch, every villa has been personally visited and chosen by our team members.
One of the most famous and exclusive of the Greek Islands, Mykonos has become a haven for those drawn to its dreamy blue seas and characteristic white-washed buildings. Life on the island centres around Chora (or Mykonos Town), whose maze of labyrinthine alleyways and streets, picturesque fishing port and charming chalk white windmills all add a certain charm and character to this lively little town.
Known for its range of stunning sandy beaches, Mykonos is a beach lover’s paradise. Each of the beaches along the southern coast have their own unique qualities, whether it be a selection of mouth-watering restaurants, safe swimming and family oriented or the islands partying scene we can recommend the best beach and villa stay for you.
Still thinking about where to go for your February half term? Why not enjoy the best of both worlds and combine a ski holiday and a Villa.
From long sandy beaches and picturesque small towns to the mountains in the inland, there is plenty to see and do during your villa holiday. Here’s 10 travel recommendations of what to see and do whilst in Corsica.
Here's our favourite 17 reasons to visit the extraordinary country in 2017.
31st October 2016
With summer well and truly over and the grapes picked from the vines, another exciting season is starting in Provence – the Truffle hunting season!
16th August 2016
Already the arrival to Nice Airport was spectacular in every sense, with the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the mountain panorama of the Alps to the other. Leaving the airport in our rental car, our path was lined with palm trees and we immediately felt that the holiday had started.
25th July 2016
Read about Steph from our villas team, her recent stay at Villa du Cap, her first plate of fresh oysters, sights in Bordeaux and wine tasting in St Emilion.
12th July 2016
The skiing in Alta Badia offers some of the most picturesque scenery in Europe and over 130km of well groomed runs (not to mention a link to 500km of ski runs in the Dolomiti Superski area), with visitors arriving not only for the skiing, but also for the people, the relaxed attitude in resort, the scenery, the pink-tinged rugged peaks of the Dolomites, the sun …… oh, and the food.
24th February 2016
The sensory journey to your very own fragrance starts with a step into the artisan perfume boutique of Sileno Cheloni in Florence where you will learn to create fragrances that are said to 'unveil the soul'.
22nd October 2015
It's official - the course of the Tour de France 2016 has been announced! Road cycling enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the mythic Mont Ventoux will be the setting for a summit finish next year. Better still, it will happen on Bastille Day.
24th September 2015
Whether you're commiserating the end of summer, or rejoicing the beginning of those autumnal days, keep the Alps in your thoughts. With the ski season fast approaching, this winter playground is gearing up for another tremendous season.
28th July 2015
Explore the fascinating island of Sardinia with its nearly 2,000km of coastline, countless sandy beaches and rough mountains or discover the culinary highlights and archaeological gems of Sicily. Our new collections are available now.
17th July 2015
If you are still looking for the perfect holiday destination for your family, look no further than France. Picturesque landscapes and medieval villages are just a few of the reasons why the country is on top of our must-see list.
16th July 2015
Portofino is exactly the picturesque, small fishing village with the special flair you would expect to find in an old movie set on the Italian Riviera. Villa Turchese in Portofino is offering 20% on all remaining weeks in August now.
16th June 2015
Looking for the latest trends and insider tips for your next ski holiday? We have just what you are looking for. From Andermatt to the Zillertal, by train or private transfer, in summer or winter, we can show you the places to be in 2015.
15th June 2015
Explore the culinary highlights and cultural essentials of Andalucía, a region of rough mountain ranges reaching down to a sun-spoilt coast. Our itinerary provides you with the must-see and must-do in this area in the South of Spain.
15th May 2015
Overlooking Siena's iconic Piazza del Campo, within a beautifully restored 13th century palazzo, sits Vista Siena. Accessible by the exclusive Via di Città, high ceilings and billowing curtains greet you and provide welcome relief from the Italian summer sun.
13th May 2015
As the snow melts, the Alps adopt their alternative guises with the donning of their summer suits. In place of snow covered pistes emerge vibrant, multi-coloured meadows.
12th May 2015
What's hot for summer? A villa holiday, of course! Here's our pick of the top 50 villas, from family favourites to grand residences, with all the luxurious boltholes in between.
15th April 2015
There's only one thing better than a cool, welcoming pool to dive into on a hot sunny day and that's one with an incredible view. Our beachside and coastal villas are not only located in some of the most stylish locations, they also come with your very own uninterrupted view of paradise so sit back, sip your cocktails
13th March 2015
Spain is blessed with a pleasant climate, fine cuisine, rich culture and a relaxed approach to life. Our Spanish villas are located in the popular mainland region of Andalucia and on the Balearic islands of Majorca and Menorca where beautiful mountains compete with the beaches for attention
6th March 2015
For those of you seeking the spring sun, the French Riviera is the perfect destination for you, even offering a glimpse of what summer has to offer in the form of the Mimosa plant.
25th February 2015
We're now offering luxury villas at one of the most spectacularly beautiful lakes in the world; Lake Como. Known as the jewel in Northern Italy's crown its blue waters reflect the opulent palaces mountains and vegetation that grace its shoreline
25th February 2015
Why not toast your birthday, anniversary or wedding in style at one of our fabulous properties in Europe, with a host of family and friends? We have been inundated with requests for villas that can host big family gatherings; here's our pick of the best, but make sure your book in advance for 2015 as they fill up fast
Villas for teens
25th February 2015
Keep inquisitive minds entertained and away from their tables/smartphones/laptops with plenty of activities to keep them outdoors and nearby attractions for interesting days out.
25th February 2015
We're increasingly asked for family-friendly villas: safe, heated pools, playrooms, adjoining bedrooms for peace of mind. Whether it's a villa within walking distance of a nearby town (less hassle with baggage or buggies) or a children's playground with all the bells and whistles, we can find you the perfect escape.
25th February 2015
One of the best reasons to choose a villa holiday is that they're suitable for everyone. Bring grandma and grandpa along for a multi-generational trip with a difference and you'll..
13th February 2015
Greek Easter usually falls one to five weeks after the western Easter and is celebrated with many local customs and traditions. Easter, Paska, is the most important holiday in Greece, and in the Greek Orthodox Church. Read More >
13th February 2015
Located at churches across the island, a week of solemn Easter preparation begins on Palm Sunday, when palm and olive branches are blessed before being taken home to adorn front doors. Read More >
26th January 2015
La Maroma Estate sits perched on a hilltop in Andalucía with unique views from the Mediterranean to the Moroccan Coast. The estate is nestled at an intersection of three mountain ranges giving you the feeling of ultimate exclusivity. Read More >
19th January 2015
With the 2014/15 season well underway, ski specialist Alice Paisley shares some of her favourite ski chalets from A&K’s extensive portfolio. Read More >
19th January 2015
Our villa consultants travel regularly to refresh their knowledge and uncover new villas to add to our ever-expanding portfolio of luxury properties, from romantic and traditional farmhouses to modern, artistic villas with all the bells and whistles. Read More >
16th December 2014
La Castellina is most often visited in the high summer, when the fierce sun and spectacular, sleepy landscape make padding around the pool with an icy glass all that a human could wish. Read more >
16th December 2014
For many of us, Christmas and New Year is the only time we celebrate traditions; whether it's with family, friends or even just individually, the festive season unearths some unwritten and often unspoken rules we eagerly follow in preparation for the upcoming celebrations.
4th December 2014
We're struggling to comprehend that it's just 3 weeks until Christmas. And with the weather in the UK finally beginning to accept the fact that winter is on her way; our sights are firmly set to the festive family fun waiting in the wings.
3rd December 2014
What better way to see the new year in than to be surrounded by beautiful views and a glass of fine wine in hand.
3rd December 2014
When we think of the French, one thing that always springs to mind is their love of food, and Christmas in France is no exception. 13 desserts or more poetically 'Les 13 desserts' as it's known locally, is a culinary Christmas tradition perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
10th November 2014
We are pleased to offer an exclusive 2015 early bird package if you book before 6pm on the 31st December 2014.
6th November 2014
Villas General Manager Adam Coats learns the rules of shoe golf, eats his way through Umbria and enjoys the surroundings of our beautiful new property, I Cappucini, on a short break in Italy.
18th September 2014
How would you spend a week in Crete? Get off the beaten track on the unspoilt north west coast and enjoy a slower pace of life, fabulous fresh produce and stunning sunsets.
19th August 2014
Whether it is sipped in front of the television on a Friday evening or shared with friends and family around a dinner table, there is no denying that wine is one of the finest and most diverse drinks available to us.
18th July 2014
If like us, you're feeling inspired by The Tour De France, why not skip the sports car and opt for the fun and hassle free option of a bicycle on your next holiday?
4th June 2014
Worlds away from the concrete jungle of developments that mar the Algarve's coastline, Boliqueime is all terracotta tiles, tiny cobbled backstreets
3rd June 2014
A great way to experience Umbria's charm and character is through one of the local festivals. Corciano Fesival, which is held from the 8th to the 17th August this year Read more >
30th May 2014
Alice Duckett rounds up our top 10 offers this summer Read more >
23rd May 2014
As the days become milder and the ice and snow of winter melts away, the French Alps adopt a new identity which is perhaps one of travels best kept secrets Read more >
17th May 2014
Our top five favourite events in Provence this summer Read more >
16th May 2014
Our top five favourite events in Tuscany this summer Read more >
23rd April 2014
From your own private pool to complete freedom and flexibility, there are hundreds of reasons why opting for a villa holiday is a great idea. We share our top five. Read more >
14th April 2014
For guaranteed 'oohs' and 'ahs', look no further than a selection of our wow factor villas. Read more >
2nd April 2014
The glamorous Amalfi Coast has much to offer: rolling hills, soaring cliffs, picturesque coastal towns and family-friendly villas. Read more >
12th March 2014
With everything from 80 tasting pavillions to concerts and firework displays, the annual Bordeaux Wine Festival is a four day event not to be missed. Read more >
11th March 2014
Fans of sweet and sticky honey will love the Honey Festival that takes place in Provence each year. Local independent producers flavour their export with delicate tastes of the region including lavender and rosemary. Read more >
7th March 2014
Podere Bellavista is offering a unique and delicious promotion for all new bookings arriving this year - an in villa 'cook off' by two top Italian chefs. Tempted? Read more >
6th March 2014
Join Savini Tartufi and his dog (finders of the world's largest truffle!) on a truffle hunting and cookery course in Italy. A delicious and potentially record breaking way to spend a day. Read more >
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