Your Private Villa Awaits

Picture your ideal holiday in Europe. Whether its golden beaches, snow-covered mountains or the glamour of a big city you’re after, there is nothing like experiencing the thrill of a new destination while indulging in all the comforts of your own private villa.

While there are some incredible hotels situated across some of Europe’s most coveted destinations, choosing a unique home suited to your unique needs offers a new set of advantages. SmartFlyer works with trusted partner Luxury Retreats, offering a curated collection of professionally inspected properties in the most sought-after destinations across the world. From a stunning beach house in Portugal to a retreat in an authentic Tuscan winery, or a clifftop villa with unrivaled sea views in Croatia or Greece, there is a home for every kind of getaway.

Our Expert Advisors Weigh In

…some villas have private pools, saunas, water slides, beaches, golf carts and more…you name it, we can find it!

When asked what benefits make a private home rental a great option for her clients, D.C.-based travel advisor Josie Schiavone shares, “Opting for a private luxury home offers so many added perks as opposed to a traditional hotel stay! You can typically get a home with enough bedrooms for every guest, a private chef to stock the kitchen prior to arrival and cook meals tailored to any dietary requests…oh, and did I mention laundry facilities? Plus, Luxury Retreats offers clients their own private concierge to assist with excursions, transfers, restaurant recommendations and reservations. Additionally, some villas have private pools, saunas, water slides, beaches, golf carts and more…you name it, we can find it!”

She elaborates, “I had a client traveling to Santorini with multiple families, each with various rooming requirements and budgets. They also had kids under 16, which can be tricky to accommodate at traditional hotels on the island due to the cliffs. So, finding a hotel that met everyone’s needs was seemingly impossible. When I presented an 8-bedroom villa, we hit a homerun! Each family was assigned their rooms and contributed accordingly which made it super simple. Plus, there was a private pool, chef and caretaker that coordinated each families request seamlessly, and the kids were safely accommodated. In the end, it was a family reunion like no other and they are now villa converts!”

…having a private home or villa gives them the opportunity to have a communal space to enjoy together, facilitating more family time!

When asked about what situations would make booking a private home rental the perfect fit for her network, NYC-based travel advisor Liana Merriman shared, “For my clients, it makes the most sense to book a villa or luxury private home when it’s a multi-gen trip, specifically when there are young children in the group which makes having a kitchen and common space ideal! I also love this option for multi-gen trips because instead of doing a bunch of rooms in a hotel, having a private home or villa gives them the opportunity to have a communal space to enjoy together, facilitating more family time!

She went on to say, “I have also found that if a client is open to staying in one location for a week, and doing day trips, a villa or luxury private home can represent significant savings in addition to the extra space. I recently had two families traveling together to Italy and booking a villa for them in Tuscany (as opposed to five rooms at a hotel), gave them incredible flexibility and space! Their kids could hang by the pool and the parents could explore the local area, without pressure to do everything together. Being immersed in a neighborhood allowed everyone easy access to shops and cafés in the nearest town, creating a more authentic feeling experience as if they actually were living in Italy (if only for a short while).”

Tell Me More…

While each home is unique, some elements, such as world-class service, remain consistent. Whether it’s a romantic retreat or a fun-filled friends getaway, your SmartFlyer advisor and the experts at Luxury Retreats will customize your vacation from start to finish. So if you would like a personal chef to cater to your unique culinary tastes, a butler to take care of your every need while you’re lounging poolside, or a nanny for your evenings out sans kids, you can leave it to us to make sure you get it all. And if you’re looking to explore local wineries, or go island hopping on a private yacht, we can make that happen too—the sky’s the limit! When you choose a Luxury Retreats property, you can truly unwind and enjoy your vacation, safe in the knowledge that an experienced team has everything under control. Your personalized travel itinerary awaits…

Top European Villa Picks


This Tuscan modern mansion with traditional style, is a secluded country estate that’s still close to town. The nine-bedroom property is near both beaches and cities and offers access to a private golf club. Guests will enjoy daily breakfast service and a welcome dinner. Larger groups can rent its sister villa, located on the same estate.The villa’s centerpiece is its three pools, linked by waterfalls. After a swim or a day of sightseeing, relax in the sauna and jetted tub and sip an aperitif at the al fresco dining area.


Perched just above the waterfront of the Adriatic Sea, this 4-bedroom villa looks out over the seaway between the island of Brac and mainland Croatia. With crystal waters, an ancient hillside town, and soaring mountains in view, this private vacation rental showcases Croatia’s gorgeous environment in the blink of an eye. Enjoy a sauna, steam room, and swimming pool, and if you feel like getting your toes in the sand, the beach is only 3 km away!


This spectacular villa is situated on the west coast of Santorini and offers ample space for alfresco relaxation along with cool, elegant interiors, melding an ancient Cycladic spirit with exquisite contemporary comforts. The home boasts 2 bedrooms, providing an ideal setting for couples and small families seeking a unique yet quintessential experience on this enchanted Greek Isle.

Ready for Takeoff

So, when you’re ready to get that OOO message up and take some time to hit ‘reset,’ consider a Luxury Retreats villa as your ultimate home away from home. Contact your SmartFlyer travel advisor to determine which accomodation is right for you. (As always, inventory and service inclusions are based on availability at time of booking).

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