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Bastide des Virettes in Cote D'Azur

Exploring Europe’s boutique villa scene

From Tuscan charm to the citrus sweet shores of the South of France, Europe is abuzz with beautiful villas offering idyllic stays.

France, Italy & Greece

From Tuscan charm to the citrus sweet shores of the South of France, Europe is abuzz with beautiful villas offering idyllic stays. These majestic mini resorts can be a dream for families and friends who value privacy and perfection in their own home-away-from-home. Now it’s not just a matter of plunge pools and cookie cutter charm, the modern villa scene has bloomed the best of boutique.These spots take the need for R&R seriously, offering everything from onsite chefs to built-in spas. Prepare to drool as we explore the best of the boutique villa scene.

Madreterra in Lefkada. Blending coastal charm with chic style
Madreterra in Lefkada. Blending coastal charm with chic style

Bastide Des Virettes

Sitting pretty in the hills of Provence, this stunning stone villa is steeped in romance, filled with rare antiques, and expertly staffed. The fragrant medieval village of Tourrettes-Sur-Loup is a stone’s throw away. Aptly named the village of violets, the delicate floral scent blends beautifully with the salt air sweeping in from the Mediterranean. Well-tended gardens and terraces relax around the four-bed home, inviting al-fresco suppers and starlit swims in the 15-meter pool hewn into the rock.

Open plan interiors capture a beautiful baroque feel, punctuated with well-collected wood furnishings and artworks from across France. A children’s playroom and double kitchen make it an idyllic family retreat, along with a private entourage of a chef, nanny and concierge to make your visit run like a dream. Upstairs, four elegant bedrooms dressed in pastel shades invite easy sleeps. The master bedroom boasts a marble bathroom, French doors and balcony views that sweep across the sea. Cote D’Azur, France

Other destinations include Sicily, Cote D’Azur, Paxos, Lefkada, Alonissos, Corsica, Portofino, FlorenceTuscany.

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© This article was first published in June-July 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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