Holidays and happiness go hand in hand. Who can help but relish those rare times in the year that you're able to switch off from everyday life? There's no better feeling than replacing paperwork with palm trees, house chores with sandy shores and gloomy clouds for sapphire skies. Jet away from it all with a 2021 villa holiday and let the excitement begin! From exotic escapes to romantic retreats, there's no time like the present – so what're you waiting for?
Whether you're after family fun, winter sun, group getaways or package holidays with all the bells and whistles – we've got you well and truly taken care of. With 3,100 villas and counting across 60 dreamy destinations, there's a whole world just waiting to be explored… Idyllic islands, majestic mainland, beachside beauties or captivating countryside – what holiday hallmarks are your idea of heaven?
Pull out all the stops for 2021 and make it your most memorable year yet! Forgo the busy breakfast buffets and sunlounger scrambles and opt for the luxury of your own private villa. Picture it now, poolside sun-bathing with a cocktail in hand, unrivalled privacy and the freedom to holiday your way. Make the most of quality time with loved ones, choosing when to kick-back and relax and when to head out and adventure together.
It's never too early to start planning either, especially as the anticipation of a holiday can be just as exciting as the actual trip itself. Whether you're a villa virgin or veteran, we're here to deliver on all your destination daydreams.
Hold on to your hats as we whisk you away on a whistle-stop tour of destinations that are sure to spark your wanderlust…
Arriving fashionably late on most people's travel radars, Croatia needs little introduction nowadays. Teeming with National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and infamous red-roofed Old Towns – the epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones, owes a lot to Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian coast. Jaw-dropping cinematic settings are just the beginning of Croatia's revered repertoire, cementing the crescent-shaped country firmly on the map.
Whether you're seeking seaside swagger in the form of Split, or captivating countryside in the heart shaped peninsula of Istira, an abundance of activities are sure to blow your itinerary wide open! Have your cake and eat it with tranquil days sailing across peacock coloured waters, returning to chic marinas and harbour hotspots buzzing with nightlife. Dust off your walking boots and conquer wild trails, rewarding adventurers with views across verdant valleys and majestic mountains. Eight picturesque parks are dotted across the dramatic landscape, making it a heavenly hangout for nature lovers chasing longing for a taste of the great outdoors. The water wonderlands of Plitvice Lakes and Krka will leave even the most seasoned explorers speechless!
Croatia's charms don't stop there of course. Turn your attention to the dazzling Dalmatian Islands and set sail for paradise. A certified, summer break staple – cast away on craggy coves and roll out your towel under impossibly blue skies. Countless pebbly and sandy sweet spots line the shores, not to mention swoon worthy seaside towns, sea caves and secluded lagoons. Mother Nature's masterpiece – Zlanti Rat – lies on the beautiful island of Brac and is a chart-topping feature on most beach-bum bucket lists.
With a tempo that changes to fit your mood, and that special something you can't quite put your finger on – Croatia's a destination that's sure to get under your skin.
Gorgeous Greece has long graced the top of traveller's bucket lists. Between sun-drenched ancient ruins and beaches that are near mystical in their ability to slow time – prepare to be enthralled by a land so enchanting you'll think you've stepped straight into a fairy tale. No wonder this Mediterranean marvel is winning hearts the world over!
An intoxicating blend of myth and legend is sure to intrigue history hunters and culture vultures alike, as well as whetting new appetites and sparking little imaginations. Explore remnants of moments stuck in time, from famous Peloponnese cities like Sparta, to under-the-radar ruins peppered across mountain tops. With more archaeological museums than anywhere else on earth, Crete's Palace of Knossos and the Acropolis of Rhodes are both unmissable.
The poster child for breathtaking beaches and spectacular shores, there's no bad choices when it comes to Greece Beach Holidays. Idyllic islands speckle the Ionian and Aegean Seas, while Halkidiki's, iconic shipwrecks brood in hidden bays on Zakynthos and Crete's exotic Elafonisi Lagoon could even make the Caribbean jealous. Lesser-known island escapes like to stay out of the spotlight. Secluded Skiathos and peaceful Paxos are the epitome of easy-going, free of commercial development and rife for rest and relaxation.
Sublime climes mean hot summers, mild springs and warm autumns, offering something for everyone. Top up your tan in July and August when Greece is at its sunshine prime, or venture outdoors in the shoulder seasons for a whole host of action-packed adventures. Pull up a chair in a traditional taverna and mingle with larger-than-life locals, where tables buckle under mountains of mouth-watering mezes and delicious dishes. With an events calendar that'll put even the most party-crazed socialites to shame – the Greeks know how to throw a good shindig!
When you think of Portugal, it's likely your mind conjures up visions of the sought-after south and its 24 carat coastline. The Algarve's golden scenes never go out of style, with over 100 miles of award-winning sands stretching out as far as the eye can see. Blue Flags are the norm – which is probably why visitors roll in like waves – eager to witness the prestigious, postcard-perfect Portuguese region for themselves. Whether you're after golf stays, beach days or a spot of good old-fashioned sun-bathing and sightseeing, this could well be your 2021 holiday candidate!
If the beach plays B-side on your vacation vinyl, then the floating island of Madeira will be music to your ears. A sub-tropical speck in the Atlantic, jaws drop at nature's dramatic display of towering mountains and soaring cliffs. Just 600km from the African coast, visitors can expect year-round warmth courtesy of winds blowing over from the Sahara Desert – idyllic climes for time spent in the great outdoors. Hike legendary landscapes, conquering impressive walking trails that bring you face to face with wonderful waterfalls, fairy tale forests and mind-boggling clifftop drops. Go from above the cloud extremes at Pico Ruvio to end-of-the world panoramas at Ponta de São Lourenço. All in a days work for this incredible island! With so many wild natural wonders packed in to such a small Portuguese package, you'll barely have time to miss the beach…
Pick 'n' mix your favourite holiday features with a stay in lesser-known mainland locations. Fresh, country air awaits in Costa Verde, while foodie fanatics can devour delicious local dishes in Douro Valley. If you're about the beach without the buzz, the spectacular Silver Coast is your go-to.
Something of a trend-setter, irresistible Italy continues to prove that size doesn't matter. Putting much larger countries to shame, the boot-shaped beauty has so much on offer that one holiday might not be enough! From romantic rolling hills in Tuscany, to whitewashed towns in picturesque Puglia – this Mediterranean maestro has left no stone unturned when it comes to the wanderlust wow-factor.
An overflowing cultural treasure chest, iconic masterpieces, relics of Roman rule and world-famous works of art are hoarded across the country in astounding volumes. Whether you're drooling over Florence's Duomo, or the candy-coloured towns of the Amalfi Coast, you can't help but be seduced by Italy's effortless elegance and timeless charm. Dolling out landmarks like they're going out of fashion, Italy's list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites totals 51, with 40 others being considered – more than any other country on the planet.
From Roman remnants to roaming rolling hills, island gems are just as overrun with spellbinding scenes and luscious landscapes. Untamed interiors and volcanic views are part of Sicily's DNA, while Sardinia is blessed with beaches that'll make the Caribbean jealous. Slow down the pace of 2021 with a summer well spent on sun-soaked shores, and prepare to sound like a broken record as you declare 'Belissimo' on repeat!
Holidaymakers are well and truly hooked to the beautiful Balearics. Bronzed beaches and seaside sweet spots are the name of the game on this amazing archipelago, where startling blue seas lap against silky sands. Whether you're on a mission to watch as many sunsets as possible, discover natural parks, visit sleepy fishing villages or you simply want to relax by your own private pool – these Spanish sensations have something for everyone.
Narrowing down the slice of island paradise that's best for you is no mean feat! Choose from action-packed antics in Mallorca, laid-back living in Menorca or Ibiza's irresistible blend of leisure and pleasure. Tried and tested holiday institutions, which one will win your heart?
Few places inspire excitement quite as much as the Sunshine State! Filled with wonder and heart-warming sparkle, Florida is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday teeming with thrills and spills. Let little imaginations soar as you walk through magical kingdoms at Walt Disney World Resort, where smiles are sure to beam from ear to ear as you catch a glimpse of beloved childhood characters. Swap Cinderella's Castle for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios™ and explore the dazzling alleyways of Diagon Alley™. One thing's for sure, there's no shortage of fantasy-filled fun in Orlando!
If heart-racing rollercoasters aren't your idea of a relaxing getaway, then look no further than the gorgeous Gulf Coast. Boasting beautiful beaches, prestigious golf courses, showstopping sunsets and direct access to the infamous Everglades National Park – a holiday here can be as fast or slow paced as you like. Set sail on a catamaran cruise to watch the resident dolphins dance with the waves, or practice your stand up paddle boarding skills in wild waterways. Keep your eyes peeled for 'gators, manatees and a whole host of brilliant bird life.
Catching destinations in their sunshine prime is non-negotiable for most holidaymakers. Winter warmers are the perfect remedy for January blues, while summer scorchers are always a hit! Year-round sun in Lanzarote and the Caribbean will have you well catered for when snowy spells strike, so wave goodbye to woolly knitwear and kick-back and relax under cloudless skies. After all, what better way to start your 2021?
Dive into our month by month guides and treat yourself to toasty temperatures and a healthy dose of Vitamin D…