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From rustic Tuscan farmhouses to chic minimalist pads on the coastal ridges of California, there are all sorts of villas on offer around the world today. They are one of the most popular types of holiday accommodation of all, which is hardly surprising considering their sheer flexibility, their level of luxury and charm. No matter if you're heading to Europe for a summer break with the whole family in tow, or want somewhere further afield that'll get the romance flowing for you and your partner, there's certain to be something that fits the bill. You just need to enter your travel dates and let ebookers help you home in on the perfect place.
There's rarely a shortage of luxury on offer on a villa holiday. Outdoor pools are a mainstay of the accommodation type. They go from shared plunge pools to huge infinity pools, from sumptuous indoor swimming spots to beautiful al fresco pools that have sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. Other villas will even come with butler service, housekeeping and dedicated gardeners to keep the whole place clean and manicured for your stay.
Forget the tight-knit doubles of classic hotels. Villas also come with oodles of extra space and privacy to help you spread out and relax. There are options in Italy with cypress-spotted gardens overlooking wide Tuscan plains. There are options that spill onto manicured golf courses on the Costa del Sol. And there are options that clutch the dunes above manicured Caribbean beaches. They all mean getting a level of seclusion and privacy that resorts simply couldn't offer. What's more, villas are rented as a whole unit, meaning you'll have the complete pad to call your own – think lounge spaces, pool rooms, multiple suites and countless bathrooms.
Foodies can get ready to enjoy all the benefits that come with large and well-equipped kitchens in villas. Because these sorts of stays are aimed at groups or whole families, they almost always have fully-fledged cooking facilities on site. Instead of heading out every evening to an expensive local restaurant, you can enjoy ambling through farmers' markets or even relish the tasty produce that comes from the villa garden, cooking up your own feasts morning, noon and night. Throw in the BBQ spots and garden dining spaces that come with most villas in the warmer reaches of the world and it's easy to see why these are such a great choice for budding chefs.
Opting for villa holidays also means opting for somewhere that oozes character and where no 2 trips will ever be the same. There are loads of villas that are chic and modern, sleekly minimalist and designed with Bauhaus cool in mind. But there are also properties that are rustic and charming, housed in heritage buildings and steeped in history. That could mean a stacked trullo in Lecce. It could mean a traditional cabana encased in Balinese Hindu carvings. It could mean a French farmhouse conversion that's surrounded by sweeping dashes of vineyard.
We've aimed to make it as easy as we can for you to find the very best villa. Using the ebookers search tool and filtering options, you can sort lists of all the villas in a destination. You can also zoom in and out of a place on our handy travel map to reveal all the villa stays that pepper various districts, which is great if you've got your heart set on exploring a particular region.