Family Getaways Throughout Europe
Whichever European country – or countries – your family is exploring, make the most out of your trip with a villa experience.2021-10-25
Whether your family members are frequent flyers or you’re traveling across the pond for the first time, a villa experience is a great way to explore the wonders of Europe. After a busy day, your home-away-from-home provides a luxurious and private place to relax with your family. Many villas include amenities like private pools, saunas, outdoor living spaces, and breathtaking views that will make your stay even more memorable. Add special experiences like private cooking classes, dinner cruises, and more to craft your perfect vacation. With villas in seven countries, you can experience luxury villa living from the coast of Portugal to the countryside of France. See below to discover more about our European escapes.
Travel along the coast of Croatia, from the Istrian Peninsula to Dubrovnik. Despite its recent popularity among tourists, Croatia still maintains its authenticity and there is plenty to do for families of all sizes and ages. Step back in time as you discover fortified medieval cities, castles, and Roman ruins. Sample famous Pag Island cheese or fresh seafood from exclusive restaurants or on a private yacht. For a day of adventure, head to Krka National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, or set out on the Adriatic to explore Croatia’s island beaches. Whether your days are full of activities, or you soak in village life like a local, you’ll come to understand Croatia’s slogan of: “The Mediterranean as it once was.”
Lima - Istrian Peninsula: 5 Bedrooms / Up to 10 Guests
France is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world – According to Business Insider, Paris was the second-most visited city in the world in 2019. When you stay in a villa, you can carve out your own piece of this sought-after destination. Your family might love to unwind in a country estate in the lavender fields of Provence; a modern mansion perched along the coast of the French Riviera; a luxury apartment in the heart of Paris; or a chateau in the French Alps. Imagine a chef-prepared dinner of boeuf bourguignon and chocolate soufflé, or let us bring wine tasting to you from the comfort of your villa. Whatever you picture for your vacation, our concierge team can expertly customize your perfect trip.
For families with many interests, Greece is a great vacation option. Spend the morning unearthing ancient history at the Acropolis, then cool off in the turquoise Aegean Sea. The ultimate active family might climb Mount Olympus, while water sports and stunning coastal trails offer less intense outdoor activity. Indulge in world-class shopping, dining, and nightlife, or enjoy the slower pace of idyllic coastal villages and secluded beaches. Set out on a boat excursion to discover some of Greece’s different islands, and perhaps most importantly, watch a famous Santorini sunset from your oceanfront villa – Without the crowds.
There is no end to the reasons why Italy makes the perfect family vacation. Whether you’re traveling with small children or planning a large family reunion, whether you want to spend time by the sea or relax among rolling vineyards, there really is a place that everyone in your family will love. From your luxury villa, you might soak in views of Lake Como over morning cappuccino, forage for truffles in Umbria, visit wineries and medieval villages in Tuscany, or walk to the beach on the Amalfi Coast. Enhance your villa experience with an in-villa olive oil tasting, private yacht rental, or private cooking class where you can learn to make authentic Italian pasta from a professional chef.
Poderosa - Tuscany: 7 Bedrooms / Up to 14 Guests
Like Croatia, Portugal has experienced a growth in tourism over recent years. With beaches that compare to Spain’s and a wine region that rivals France, Portugal’s untapped beauty is quickly gaining attention. Besides its incredible landscape, Portugal offers many activities to entertain the whole family. It is one of the best golf destinations in the world, and water enthusiasts can practice surfing, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, and more. Enjoy pristine stretches of beach with your family from your private villa in the Algarve, or head north to overlook some of the world’s best vineyards in Pinhão. With so much to do – and still under the radar compared to its neighbors – Portugal is an incredible destination to discover together.
From vibrant Barcelona to the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca, southern Spain offers the perfect warm-weather European getaway. City explorers will love staying in a luxury apartment in the heart of Barcelona. Your family might head to Park Güel and La Sagrada Familia or wander quaint streets and city squares, uncovering the best tapas and sangria around. You might soak up some of the 320 days of sunshine per year along the Costa del Sol or continue your villa vacation on the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca. Snorkeling, kiteboarding, and scuba diving are incredible, and with choices from contemporary homes to traditional stone-adorned villas, your family can experience their own piece of this Mediterranean gem in comfort and luxury.
What better way to create memories with your family than at a luxurious lodge in the Swiss Alps? Whether your group consists of ski aficionados or outdoor enthusiasts, the famous resort town of Verbier offers among the best skiing and hiking in the world. Make your trip the ultimate getaway with a stay at Sir Richard Branson’s 9-bedroom mountain retreat, complete with an experienced staff to look after you. Relax after an active day with a soak in the indoor or outdoor hot tub, pool, or steam room. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders will enjoy one of the largest skiable areas in the Alps, with access to multiple resorts. In the summer, thrill-seekers can take advantage of paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and more.
The Lodge - Swiss Alps: 9 Bedrooms / Up to 18 Guests
So, are you ready to escape to Europe with your family? Explore our European villas here.