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12 of the world’s best luxury villas

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From a supervilla in Puglia to a beach house in Thailand, we handpick the best luxury villas to rent this summer 

Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
Built in the style of a traditional Apulian village (the local architect Pino Brescia took ten years to complete it) and set in 40 acres of grounds, there are 72 two-bedroomed townhouses or 28 three-bedroomed supervillas to choose from, with private gardens and pools. Five nights from £4,195 per family based on two adults and one child sharing La Corte Splendida with breakfast (based on May half-term). Valid for travel 23 May – 03 Jul 15. Available through Carrier

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Castello Bonaparte, Umbria
If you have always dreamt of renting out your own luxury Medieval Umbrian castle, here is your chance. The main residence on a 500-acre private estate, Castello Bonaparte dates back to the 11th century and is surrounded by breathtaking views. The 13th-century architects of the court of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia enlarged it and made it as it appears today. Surrounded by a courtyard with an octagonal tower, the main residence has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms and has been beautifully renovated. From €11,000 per week. Available through Passepartout Homes 

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Iniala Beach House, Thailand
Twenty minutes from Phuket airport, Iniala Beach House has 10 bedrooms spread over three individual villas and one spectacular penthouse. Every contemporary styled bedroom and living space is different, and each villa and suite has its own dedicated team, which includes butler, personal chef, spa therapist, and a housekeeper (your butler and chef won’t only be available in your villa but will also accompany you on day trips, preparing barbecues and picnics). And don’t worry about having to make an appointment for a massage or spa treatment – each villas has its own dedicated therapist on call all day and spa suite in the villa. Sleeps 20. Price on request. Available through Oxford Private Travel

Iniala Penthouse Exterior

Riviera Residence, France
Chosen as one of the judge’s houses for Simon Cowell in a series of the X Factor, this quintessentially chic 15-bedroom French château perched high in the hills behind the Côte d’Azur, was built in 1904 by an English lord. It has recently undergone a restoration, retaining its original character and architectural features, while transforming the property into a sophisticated and elegant luxury venue, with an incredible outdoor infinity pool and sun-deck. From £11,000 per night. Available through Exclusive Use

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Villa Crew, Mykonos
Featured in interiors magazines and made up of two sister villas, each sleeping up to ten guests and with ensuite bathrooms and private terraces, Villa Crew is all about cool and comfortable island living. Relaxing outdoor terraces with shaded seating and dining areas and an amazing pool area with stylish loungers as well as a fully stocked bar will enable you to enjoy staying at this villa night and day. Located in the Kanalia area offering great views over the town of Mykonos and the great Aegean Blue, the villas is close to a small sandy beach, but still enjoys peace and tranquility in its secluded elevated location. Price on request. Available through Oxford Private Travel

Villa Crew Pool

Villa Elsewhere, Barbados
With its whitewashed stucco walls, terracotta tiles and Ralph Lauren furnishings, this Mediterranean-style villa on the Sandy Lane Estate is as exquisite inside as out – set in beautiful gardens with a pool, stream and waterfall to provide plenty of places for relaxing or dining al fresco. Guests are accommodated in the Main House, the Pool House or the Garden House. £2,045pp in high season based on 16 sharing and include economy flights and seven nights’ accommodation. Available through Carrier

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Tenuta La Noce, Italy
With 11 en-suite bedrooms, two private swimming pools, a tennis court and sweeping views over vineyards and the town of Cetona, this impressive country retreat combines a beautiful rural setting with top class furnishings and modern amenities. All bedrooms have private bathrooms with designer fixtures and contain the owner’s private contemporary art collection. Rates from £7,596 per week. Available through Abercrombie & Kent

Tenuta La Noce- Exterior with Vineyard

Ezzahra, Morocco
With a luxurious Moroccan vibe, Ezzahra has a staff of 17 and is large enough to accommodate up to 16 guests. The seven spacious double bedrooms – some with four-poster beds – are all unique, with large en-suite bathrooms, dressing areas and terraces. Set in the arid surrounds of the Palmaraie, Ezzahra’s lush, green gardens make you feel that you’ve stepped into a beautifully kept oasis, with a spectacular swimming pool area, which even has its own giant Berber tents for shade, dining and even massages. The in-house spa area and hammam and gym, with two full-time therapists, make this the ultimate in relaxing holidays. Eight guests for three nights costs £9,750 (fully inclusive). Available through Oxford Private Travel

Ezzahra Terrace

Opium Villa, Mustique
African and Oriental influences abound in this spectacular hilltop villa, from the koi ponds and water features to the informal, safari-style tented dining area. A spacious lounge and dining terrace lead to the large pool; stepped gardens house two additional guest houses.£4,130 pp in high season; prices include economy flights via Barbados and seven nights’ accommodation based on ten sharing. Available through Carrier

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Le Mas de Luberon, France
Set among 20 hectares of breathtaking countryside, this elegant ‘mas’ has been painstakingly restored to offer the very latest features of a luxury property. Large lawns, an enclosed pool and flexible sleeping accommodation make it ideal for a family holiday. Rates from £3,883 per week. Available through Abercrombie & Kent 

Le Mas de Luberon - Exterior with Pool

Villa Amandine, Villefranche sur Mer, France
Set over two acres of private terraced grounds on the hillside above Beaulieu, Villa Amandine has one of the loveliest aspects in Europe: 180-degree views of Cap Ferrat, the sea on both sides of Cap Ferrat, Villefranche Bay, and the Rade de Villefranche. Sleeps up to 14. May, June, September: €3,7500 per week. Available through Passepartout Homes

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Masseria Petrarolo, Puglia
Villas don’t get much more stunning than the beautiful Masseria Petrarolo, which is set in the heart of Puglia’s olive groves and dates back to 1689. Dramatically transformed in to a light and airy retreat, the villa has huge vaulted ceilings and original features throughout. Interior designer Alexander Waterworth has used a mix of antiques from Italy and across Europe while including modern bespoke pieces to help enhance the stunning space. Eight elegant and stylish bedrooms – six in the main house and two in the pool house. Sleeps up to 16 and costs from €11,500 per week. masseriapetrarolo.com

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