7 European villas to book early for 2021–2022
New to our collection, these luxury holiday homes in Croatia, Italy and Portugal are certain to be in high demand
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Whilst we wait for the world to open up, our villa experts have been using their time wisely — seeking out worthy additions to A&K’s portfolio of luxury holiday properties. Today, we’re thrilled to share the details of seven new villas in our collection.
From sprawling rural manors to chic beach retreats, each of these properties affords you five-star facilities, total privacy and direct access to some of Europe’s most desirable destinations. Where better to reconnect with the world and your loved ones, whether it’s this year or the next?
Should you wish to beat the rush and secure your dream villa early, you’ll benefit from our ‘Book with Confidence’ policy, designed to give you peace of mind in these uncertain times.
Salema Alegria Beach House, Algarve
4 bedrooms | Sleeps 8
Salema Alegria is a sleek, contemporary villa nestled on a hillside overlooking a kilometre-long golden beach in Portugal’s Algarve region. Stay here and you’re only ever a stone’s throw from the sea. You’re also just a stroll from the traditional fishing village of Salema, known for its whitewashed houses and charming seafood restaurants.
Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the property’s proximity to the coast magnificently. The garden, the pool and the outdoor terraces offer more scenic vantage points. The stunning views continue into the strikingly modern living room, the state-of-the-art kitchen and the four clutter-free en suites — evenly split across two storeys.
Beach Retreat, Dalmation Coast
4 bedrooms | Sleeps 8
Scenically situated on the island of Brač, and overlooking Zlatni Rat — one of Croatia’s most renowned beaches — this two-storey property is an attractive base from which to enjoy the famous Dalmation Coast.
Inside, Beach Retreat charms with its boho-chic décor, including naked rafters and white-washed furniture, punctuated by tasteful flourishes of colour and patterned fabric. The ground floor houses all four en-suite bedrooms — three super-kings and one double. These open out to a stone-tiled terrace with swimming pool and views across the sparkling Adriatic. Upstairs you’ll find an open-plan living room and kitchen, which leads out onto a veranda affording the most scenic of alfresco dining spaces.
Villa I Busini, Tuscany
7 bedrooms | Sleeps 14
Escapes to the Tuscan countryside don’t get more picturesque than at Villa I Busini. This impressive estate is set within rolling hills a 30-minute drive from Florence. Its 3,000-square-metre Renaissance-inspired gardens seem to spill untrammelled into the bucolic scenery.
The property is underpinned by six centuries of history, and its ties to Florentine nobility are celebrated throughout. The ornate interior features original frescoes, lavish furnishings and stone fireplaces, complemented by all the modern comforts you could want. In addition to its seven suites, there is a library, a chapel, five salons, two dining rooms, a heated pool and a tennis court.
Galé Hibiscus Beach House, Algarve
5 bedrooms | Sleeps 10
This luxurious, low-slung villa puts you steps away from the golden sands of Galé beach on Portugal’s attractive Algarve coast. You’re also just a few kilometres from the lively city of Albufeira.
Enjoy the property’s seamless outdoor spaces, from the immaculate lawn, to the pool and terrace with sun loungers and hammocks, to the alfresco dining area with portico. Indoors, dashes of aquamarine accompany the muted palette of whites and creams, and decorative shells sit alongside woven furnishings and wood furniture, all helping to reflect the organic beauty of the villa’s coastal setting. There are five en-suite bedrooms in all, one of which is smaller and so perfectly suited to young children.
Villa Carignano, Tuscany
12 bedrooms | Sleeps 22+2
With its pink-grapefruit exterior, this large villa with annex stands out amidst the green Tuscan hills. Yet Villa Carignano — a 40-minute drive from the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi — stands out in other ways, too.
This property boasts a whole host of features and facilities that make it ideal for a large group holiday or major celebration. Outside, there is a 20-metre heated swimming pool, football pitch, wood-burning pizza oven and tennis court. Inside, the décor is a characterful blend of the bohemian with the baroque; the regal with the rustic. Wooden furniture and metal ornaments have been exposed and distressed, creating a striking contrast with the elegant upholstery and plush furnishings.
Villa Bellavista by Falkensteiner, Sardinia
4 bedrooms | Sleeps 7
Set in the grounds of Falkensteiner Resort Capo Boi, Villa Bellavista offers access to the resort’s five-star services and amenities, whilst affording you privacy and a space of your own.
This staffed villa sits on a hillside looking out across the Mediterranean Sea. Its ice-white, cube-like exterior is evocative of a modern art gallery, whilst its understated interior and muted, organic palette create an atmosphere of calm. Soak up the sun and drink in the views from the terrace, loungers and infinity pool. Then head down to the exclusive beach below, to which you have direct access.
Le Spectre, Tuscany
5 bedrooms | Sleeps 10
Not all Tuscan villas remain rooted to the region’s rustic past. Le Spectre embraces the present, with a cool, contemporary design brimming with statement pieces — from colourful artworks and curvaceous walls to an illuminated staircase. Welcome surprises lie around every corner.
None of that distracts from the spectacular setting, however — one of verdant hills, medieval spires and olive groves. When you aren’t admiring it through the floor-to-ceiling windows, you can enjoy the view from the terrace, outdoor dining area or 24-metre infinity pool. Then head out into it, exploring nearby villages and wineries. Lucca is only 15 kilometres away.