Summer holidays are all about spending quality time with your loved ones, basking in the sun, playing in the pool, and hanging out around the barbie as the sun sets with a few cold beers and lots of laughter. That’s why a villa holiday is so often the answer, bringing the seclusion and intimacy of your own private sphere, but also being spacious enough to give people room to move and groove with freedom. Perfect!

Whether you choose to holiday by the sparkling blue waters of Greece or to laze on Spain’s most beloved beach destinations, travel company Oliver’s Travels have got you covered. They offer a range of incredible villas in stunning locations and, perhaps best of all, a cracking concierge service. With that in mind, here are 5 IDEAL luxury villas for your next holiday from Oliver’s Travels.

VILLA ELOUNDA MEGALI, CRETE, GREECE

Nestled on the Cretan hillside, surrounded by olive trees and dusty roads lined with wildflowers, this holiday home offers guests genuine peace and tranquillity. The pool area is large enough for everyone to enjoy, but should you need some alone time, there are hammocks set up in the shade and various rest areas set away from the main villa where you can soak up the crystal-clear blue waters and the jaw-dropping landscape. Plus, you’ll have access to the spa, tennis courts and water sports offered at the resort up the road. 

Prices for Villa Elounda Megali, with 16 people sharing, start at £11,856 per week

VILLA LIDIA, COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN

At the Villa Lida, the location is unbeatable –  guests can enjoy incredible views overlooking the beautiful town of Tamariu and the Mediterranean sea. The villa itself is a modern, utterly luxurious, four bedroom on the Costa Brava. What more could you want?

The surrounding area is ideal for those who seek to avoid the more touristy side of the Spanish coast and instead experience the traditional charm of old industrial and fishing towns.

For the adventurous types in your group, there are miles of coastal paths perfect for strolling or hiking on a beautiful day. Golfers will be satisfied, too, by the facilities in the area, as of course will those who enjoy life on the water, with plenty of sailing, fishing and endless water-sports available nearby.  

Prices for Villa Lidia, with 8 people sharing, start at £3,961 per week

TRULLI DI OLIVE, PUGLIA, ITALY

Set in a fantastic rural location in Puglia, this three-bedroom holiday home has room for eight guests, all of whom have space to stretch out around the villa’s sizeable pool. If the Italian sunshine gets a bit too much, there are also shaded terraces and comfy bean bags to retire to and admire the beautiful surroundings. 

The living room is a particular highlight, housed in a sleek glass cube and truly a magical place to relax and recline. Trulli Di Olive is the perfect choice of base for families or friends looking to explore the popular towns and villages of Puglia, its extraordinary cuisine, and the beautiful beaches on both the Adriatic and Ionian coastlines. 

Prices for Trulli Di Olive, with 8 people sharing, start at £2,717 per week

VILLA KRYSTAL, DALYAN, TURKEY

Perhaps the stand out feature of this incredible villa housed just a 30 minute drive from Dalaman, Turkey, is its extensive grounds – 5,300 square metres in fact –  elegantly surrounding the circular-shaped swimming pool and dotted with beautiful potted plants, trees and greenery.

The four-bedroomed Villa Krystal is the perfect getaway for families and friends, set against the backdrop of a rugged mountain in Dalyan on the south-west coast of Turkey. Outside, there are plenty of soft grassy spots for the little ones to play and several prime spots for the adults to soak up the sun. The villa is ideally situated just a short distance from the sandy Iztuzu beach. 

Prices for Villa Krystal, with 8 people sharing, start at £1,968 per week

BARBATI VIEW, CORFU, GREECE

Barbati View, a charming five-bedroom modern affair (sleeping 10), boasts a fabulous location on the north-east coast of Corfu. Once there you will find spectacular views overlooking the village of Barbati and its gorgeous beach. 

The beautiful infinity pool is the perfect place to take in the peaceful surroundings. When you’re done cooling off, access the large private veranda in the master bedroom – a great place to slip away and enjoy the incredible views of Mount Pantokrator, and the idyllic blue ocean beyond. 

Prices for Barbati View, with 10 people sharing, start at £5,928 per week

All properties listed are available to rent this summer at www.oliverstravels.com