Private yachts and hotel villas

January 10, 2017 | GIC – The Villa Collection

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NEW: Private yachts and hotel villas – Sunvil’s villa specialist launches 2017 collection

GIC The Villa Collection adds luxury yachts, hotel villas and stylish new properties to its 2017 brochure

GIC The Villa Collection has expanded its 120-strong collection to include luxury yachts and hotel villas for the first time, as well as a range of new twin-centre options and a selection of stylish new properties. Designed to suit guests of all ages and tastes, from single travellers to couples looking for a secluded break and from multi-generational family holidays to groups of friends seeking a sleek getaway, GIC The Villa Collection has holiday options for everyone.

NEW: LUXURY YACHTS

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Private luxury yachts join the GIC collection for the first time. With comfortable air-conditioned ensuite cabins, a maximum of ten guests can enjoy a week’s luxury sailing around the Ionian Islands’ most beautiful beaches and bays, accompanied by a professional skipper and a private chef. Book exclusively for friends and family, or simply take a cabin for a long weekend during selected charter weeks. Long weekends (three nights) in low season start from as little as £560 pp; a week-long break sailing from Corfu costs from £1,120 pp (excluding flights) when fully chartered with 10 guests.

NEW: HOTEL VILLAS

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GIC The Villa Collection has added four Hotel Villa resorts too: luxury villas with private pools which offer peace and privacy while also benefiting from access to a high-standard range of hotel services and facilities, including restaurants, bars, a variety of swimming pools and sports, and even world-class spas.

Choose from the Aphrodite Hills Resort, dramatically located in the hills above Paphos, Cyprus, which boats arguably the best golf course on the island, and Costa Navarino, overlooking the Ionian Sea in the Greek Peloponnese, promising environmentally-friendly awareness, authentic hospitality and an award-winning spa. As the first hotel on Crete’s northeast coast, the Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas has long been one of Greece’s finest resorts. Finally, Grand Resort Lagonissi is nestled within a 72-acre peninsula on the Athenian Riviera, just a short drive from the city itself but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

MULTI-CENTRE HOLIDAYS

Tailor-made and multi-centre holidays are a GIC speciality. Guests who seek a change of scene after the first week, or who would like two experiences in one holiday, can combine many of the islands and resorts featured by GIC. Holiday makers can now add a city break to a week-long beach holiday – for example, a few nights in Corfu Town can be added to the beginning or the end of a villa stay. Corfu Town, with its winding, narrow shopping streets, eclectic blend of architecture and impressive fortresses, is perhaps the most elegant island capital in Greece.

NEW PREMIER PROPERTIES

GIC The Villa Collection has added new villas to its Premier Properties collection – villas which have been selected due to their high standard of comfort, quality furnishings and stylish interiors. Here are some examples…

PAXOS

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Villa Somnium is surrounded by olive groves and has direct access to Marmari Beach via steps leading from its private pool. It occupies an enviable position on the smallest Ionian island, Paxos, with uninterrupted views across the sea to the mainland, this one-bedroom villa is an ideal romantic hideaway for couples. The terraces are perfect for relaxing as yachts sail by and as the light changes throughout the day, culminating with spectacular sunsets. Levrecchio Beach, with its summer taverna, is only a five-minute walk away and Loggos harbour, with a selection of shops, bars and tavernas, can be reached within fifteen minutes’ walk. The price is from £882 pp (two sharing) for a week’s stay in May, including flights (Gatwick) and car hire. *

LEFKAS

Secluded and set in its own private grounds, Villa Helonaki boasts panoramic sea views across to Vilcho Bay and the nearby islands of Meganissi, Skorpios and Madouri. Terraced seating areas around the pool, which features a swim-up bar, are surrounded by bougainvillea. Guests can enjoy alfresco meals in the outside dining area, sheltered by a pergola. With sweeping mountains, green landscapes and a turquoise sea, Lefkas delivers a typically dramatic Greek panorama to its visitors. The three-bedroom villa costs from £664 pp (six sharing) for a week’s stay in May, including flights (Gatwick) and car hire. *

PELOPONNESE

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Sea View Villa is a luxury open-plan villa, set in extensive mature gardens, less than 150 metres from the water of the Argosaronic Gulf; it features a large, private infinity pool. Nearby Kranidi and Porto Heli offer a good selection of tavernas, but keen cooks will enjoy the large and modern kitchen. Alternatively, guests can relax and enjoy the services of a chef (bookable at additional cost). The three-bedroom villa costs from £1,525 pp (based on eight sharing) for a week’s stay in May, including flights (Gatwick) and car hire. *

ITHACA

Set in private grounds and overlooking Vathy Bay, Villa Nondas is a spacious and comfortable property sleeping up to six guests and has just undergone a full renovation. The small medieval town of Paliochora is a short drive away and Vathy’s town has a variety of tavernas, café bars, bakeries and shops. Boat hire is available from the waterfront – an enjoyable way to reach beaches outside of Vathy Bay. The three-bedroom villa costs from £628 pp (based on six sharing), for a week’s stay in May, including flights (Gatwick) and car hire. *

EARLY BOOKING OFFERS are available on selected properties for 2017 bookings made by 31 January 2017, with reductions of up to £300 per week per booking offered on selected dates.

*All GIC properties enjoy a complimentary welcome pack on arrival, plus maid service and linen change twice weekly.

All GIC The Villa Collection holidays can be tailored to suit – from simple flights, accommodation, transfers or car hire, perfect for a peace of mind as any flight glitches at the last minute will be sorted out at no extra cost to GIC – to a range of added extras on request, such as personal chefs and child care with the GIC Concierge Services.

For a copy of the new 2017 brochure, or to speak to an expert, call GIC The Villa Collection on 020 8232 9780 or visit www.gicthevillacollection.com.

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