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Best Boutique Hideaways, Villas & Family Resorts in Italy

Review our hand-picked collection of some of the best places to stay in Italy.

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Overlooking the magical Amalfi Coast, this elegant 12th century palazzo in the pretty village of Ravello has luxurious rooms, an indulgent spa, private beach club and Michelin star dining (and two less formal restaurants), all with breathtaking views. Perched high on the cliffs 300m above the Mediterranean, Palazzo Avino is a romantic boutique hotel that makes the most of its incredible location with light and airy marble interiors and stunning vistas.

Luxury Villas

We have over 200 fabulous villas dotted around Italy, including Puglia, Sicily, Umbria, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast and Sardinia. Our villas range from charmingly rustic (chic and cheap!) to sublimely luxurious and range in size from 2 to 8 bedrooms, almost all with private pools. For example, see 2 bedroom Casetta Angeli on the Amalfi Coast or Golden Sands on the beach in Sicily; for Puglia, a couple of options include 3 bedroom Trulli Le Rose or fabulous 5 bedroom Masseria Coloniale; for something even larger, perhaps 7 bedroom Vista Giglio in Tuscany or 8 bedroom Beach Retreat in Sardinia would suit you? Please let us know your dates, party size and destination preference, and our villa experts will find the perfect option for you. Please get in touch.

If you want a taste of what Capri and St Tropez were like in the 1950s, but for a smidgeon of the price, Monopoli is the spot. This romantic 10 bedroom townhouse (with fabulous roof terraces) is carved into the town's ancient defensive walls. Tucked away down a side street, Don Ferrante comes as a surprise to even the most seasoned Italophile, its discreet front door opening to reveal a maze of stone steps and corridors all leading to the same magical Adriatic panorama. Some of the best beaches in Italy are just minutes away, and guests have special access to the Hamptons-esque Coccaro Beach Club. Don Ferrante truly excels with its discreet first-class service.

Lefay Resort & Spa is the perfect sanctuary (for both couples and singles) to restore mind and body. Set in 27 acres on a hillside above Lake Garda, this sensual mountain retreat has far reaching views of the majestic Italian Lakes region, in northern Italy. At the heart of the resort and central to its wellness philosophies, the impressive Lefay Spa is one of Europe’s premier holistic retreats. If you just want to decompress and enjoy daily health and fitness classes and book the occasional spa treatment, you can. But you may prefer to pick a weight loss, fitness or immersive spa programme at Lefay Resort & Spa

Set on a 2km private coastline in 230 hectares, Verdura is an exceptional resort with a wonderful sense of space. All of the rooms and suites have sea views and each blend beautifully into the landscape. This stylish and wonderfully luxurious Sicilian resort offers something for everyone, whatever their age: kids' club, swimming pools, tennis, golf, beach, spa, water sports, bicycles, yoga, fitness training. Verdura Resort is a year-round destination but best for families during the summer holidays, when the hot summer sunshine is tempered by the coastal breezes. Outside peak summer season there's always special offers available. 

This is just one of the wonderful hotels that we know and love in this magical city. Thanks to its location on Giudecca island (but still just a quick boat ride to the heart of Venice) Hotel Cipriani has panoramic views of Piazza San Marco and an unusual amount of space, including manicured gardens, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, the Casanova Spa, and three fabulous restaurants. 

Monastero Santa Rosa, formerly a 17th-century monastery, is a unique boutique spa hotel steeped in history, lavished with top-quality furnishings, and set in gloriously scented tiered gardens. Perched dramatically on the edge of a sheer cliff above the Bay of Salerno in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini, the 20 ocean-view rooms are remarkably spacious and utterly romantic.

Routinely voted by travel experts as the world's best family resort, Forte Village Sardinia is an extraordinarily diverse resort with numerous hotels and a truly astonishing array of activities, sports and services that are guaranteed to keep everyone happy whatever their age.

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