Villas – the ideal post-Covid holiday option
Luxury villa holiday specialist CV Villas claims that villa rentals provide the ideal post-Covid holiday option – offering seclusion, high standards of cleanliness, ample space for getting together with family and friends, and plenty of entertainment on hand to ensure that visitors can stay put for the whole holiday if desired.
Says CV Villas’ Managing Director, Tristan Symondson: “With social distancing, hygiene and cleanliness top of holidaymakers’ agendas, a villa holiday is the perfect choice of trip when we are able to travel again.
“CV Villas offers a home away from home, where features such as swimming pools, spacious gardens, games, home entertainment and well-equipped kitchens mean that guests don’t even need to leave the property if they prefer not to do so. The remote positioning of many of our properties – as well as the fact that we offer many locations in mainland Europe which can be reached by train or car – ensures that guests can easily holiday in a socially distant fashion. For those who seek that extra level of luxury and wish to recreate a hotel experience with the luxury of privacy, our ABOVE collection offers fully-serviced properties boasting such details as in-house chefs, chauffeurs, home cinemas and spas.”
Guests can be assured that hygiene and safety are the top priorities in each and every property, with CV Villas committing to a range of measures which include deep cleaning of all villas between every stay – above CV Villas’ already-strict hygiene standards. There are now also pre-arrival regulations in place for owners; hand sanitiser in properties, and local supplies of PPE if needed; the offer of extra (or reduced, if preferred) cleaning services midweek – with all staff at the villa only by prior appointment and wearing PPE.
CV Villas will provide updates to clients on specific local regulations in public places; strict regulations will apply to all car, transfer and boat providers; villa representatives will be available via Zoom; socially distanced meet and greets / key handovers will be operational, and grocery and meal deliveries will be available in certain destinations.
CV Villas is also happy to be able to offer a reduced deposit of 10% for all 2020 and 2021 holidays on bookings made by 31 July.
From villas in secluded locations surrounded by expansive countryside views, and properties which can be reached by car or train, to spacious properties which can happily accommodate multiple generations of families, and super luxurious, fully-serviced properties which guests will never need to leave, read on for CV Villas’ top post-Covid holiday picks…
SECLUDED: La Pupazza, Puglia – Italy
Located in a particularly rural part of Puglia (yet just a short drive from a small supermarket for supplies and close to the coast), this remote property offers seclusion, peace and privacy. A fine example of contemporary local design, the stone-built property blends traditional materials with coastal-inspired décor. Its four comfortable and stylish bedrooms are complete with soft white furnishings and their own en-suite or adjacent bathrooms while, outside, a broad veranda surrounding most of the property features al fresco seating and dining areas, an outdoor kitchen, infinity pool, and panoramic countryside views. If the seclusion gets too much, a choice of picturesque beaches and chic beach clubs, as well as the cultural day trip destinations of Gallipoli, Nardo and Lecce, are a short drive away.
A week’s stay costs from £325 pp (eight sharing – £2,596 per week), with maid service (on three days weekly) included. Flights extra.
MULTI-GENERATIONAL: Kalokairi Beach House, Corfu – Greece
This spacious, chic and contemporary villa, individually-styled, is immensely popular with large family groups, and ideal for reuniting with family members who’ve been sorely missed during lockdown. Overlooking the sea, with direct access to sandy Kalamaki Beach, the property has seven sizeable bedrooms, each with an en-suite or private bathroom. An activity room on the ground floor boasts a pool table, table tennis, and comfy L-shaped sofa for watching TV and DVDs, while outside there is a large swimming pool and separate shallow children’s pool surrounded by lots of sun loungers, wraparound terrace, outdoor kitchen and BBQ, plus various outdoor shaded seating and dining areas.
A week’s stay costs from £279 pp (16 sharing – £4,463 per week), with daily maid service included. Flights extra.
AVOIDING AIR TRAVEL: La Balade, Dordogne – France
Travellers who would rather avoid airports and planes can drive in style to the gorgeous stone villa La Balade, in the heart of the Dordogne region, around a 10 hour drive from Dover (including ferry time). Set over three floors, the spacious five bedroomed home (sleeping 10) is ideal for a large gathering of family or friends. A welcoming hub on the ground floor consists of a well-equipped kitchen/dining room, comfortable sitting room with fireplace and French doors leading to a shaded dining terrace and pretty garden with a heated saltwater swimming pool and table tennis. Enjoying a picturesque countryside setting, the villa is also a short drive to local restaurants and the charming towns of Rocamadour, Cahors and Montignac. The property can be rented alone or with the other three homes in the collection of four, for a family and friend reunion of a lifetime!
A week’s stay costs from £349 pp (10 sharing – £3,491 total), with maid service (on five days) included. Car ferry extra.
SUPER LUXE: Villa Azzaytouna, Marrakech, Morocco
In the prestigious setting of the Palmeraie oasis, this luxury fully serviced villa – part of CV Villas’ ABOVE Collection – is exceptionally-designed for a truly indulgent holiday, replete with its own in-house spa. One of just three independent villas on the private Ezzahra estate, the property sits in extensive gardens of olive and orange trees, lavender banks and date palms. Sleeping six, it boasts opulent Moroccan décor, a large pool, outdoor Berber tent, and two of its three bedrooms are complete with daybeds and night-lit plunge pools. Enjoy complimentary treatments using Dermalogica products and Moroccan Argan oil in the spa and hammam, take a yoga lesson in the gardens (extra cost) and indulge in meals cooked by a private chef, chosen from a menu of local and European dishes and served in the stylish dining room or al fresco, overlooking the generous swimming pool.
A week’s stay costs from £2,800 pp (£16,800 total), including treatments, chef (ingredients extra), housekeeping, car and driver for visits within Marrakech city limits, and return transfers.
For more information, contact CV Villas on 020 7261 5400 or visit www.cvvillas.com.
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