Ever since the pandemic began, wanderlust has gone hand-in-hand with the desire to keep our pets close and make them part of our holiday memories as well as our home life. Especially for longer stays, pet-friendly villas have never before been in such high demand - after all, it’s just not the same without our furry friends!
Here is a selection of villas where pets are just as welcome as their owners!
Villa SpirouHalkidiki, Greece
Bedrooms: 10, Guests: 20
A tale of two villas, the stunning Spirou estate sits on a cliff on the Halkidiki peninsula, an unspoiled corner of mainland Greece. Comprised of a six-bedroom villa and a four-bedroom one, it is ideal for hosting large groups or families who can retain some privacy whilst also enjoying a holiday together. The estate boasts two pools – one with a Jacuzzi and swim-up bar – an entire floor dedicated to entertainment, a private marina, and a helipad among its luxurious features.
The most attractive draw is undoubtedly the access to two private sandy beaches easily reached on foot, which will provide not only a safe swimming area but also a lovely running space for a pooch. The sprawling landscaped gardens are also perfect for running around, whilst the lush Mediterranean greenery will provide much-needed shade in the warmest summer hours.
O' Santo VillaSantorini, Greece
Bedrooms: 8, Guests: 16
Famous for its breath-taking sunset views and blue domes, Santorini presents such an iconic image of Greece that you may be forgiven for thinking it doesn’t exist in reality. O’ Santo Villa will convince you otherwise: its two pools and terrace areas will provide spectacular sea views over the ever-changing Mediterranean light, and its location in the middle of the island is perfect for exploring the many picturesque corners Santorini has to offer.
Perfect for a family reunion or an event, this eight-bedroom villa will allow guests to indulge in a truly relaxing holiday for everyone, pets included. The shaded outdoor areas, the luxurious interiors, and the discreet service will add to the feeling that O’ Santo Villa is indeed Santorini’s best-kept secret.
Monte Rei VillasAlgarve , Portugal
Bedrooms: 4, Guests: 8
The Algarve region in Portugal is well known for its wide Atlantic beaches and its golf courses, and this villa in the Monte Rei resort, built around an award-winning golf course and a short distance from the ocean, is the perfect base for exploring this stunning area. Pretty fishing villages, historic towns, nature hikes, and lively nightlife are all a short drive away, allowing guests to satisfy diverse tastes and inclinations.
The property is built with a traditional design and offers plenty of space and modern comforts. There are two en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor, one opening to the green lawn, and two upstairs leading to a terrace, while the outdoor space has a lovely pool and a shaded dining area. The resort facilities include numerous restaurants, bars, and sports venues, which are only a short walk away, and pets will enjoy the large, safe park gardens.
Casa VictorSt Tropez, France
Bedrooms: 5, Guests: 10
With its warm terracotta walls and its green balcony doors opening up to lush gardens overlooking the stunning Baie des Canoubiers, this traditional Provencal villa represents the best of both worlds for both pets and owners. The extensive gated park – 4,800 square metres of woods and lawn, ideal for active dogs – is graced by a pool, an outdoor gym, and plenty of lounging and sunbathing areas, where the butler can serve cooling drinks.
The curated indoor space comprises four en-suite bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with an elegant dining area, an office, and a spacious lounge. A fifth en-suite bedroom with a dressing room is located in the guest house, providing independence for teenagers or a romantic nest for a newlywed couple.
Villa CoralloSicily, Italy
Bedrooms: 4, Guests: 8
Located in the Verdura Resort in Sicily, Villa Corallo has it all: the comforts of a 5* hotel (concierge, packing/unpacking services, daily housekeeping, etc.), the facilities of a high-end resort (spas, golf courses, tennis courts, restaurants, kids' activities, boutiques etc.), plus all the benefits of an independent villa, with fantastic sea views to boot.
Cosy but perfectly formed, this three-bedroom property with an annexed one-bedroom guest house has a contemporary style with living spaces flooded with Mediterranean light through floor-to-ceiling windows. The outdoor space includes a pool, a sunbathing area, and a covered terrace ideal for dining or just relaxing with a good book in one hand and petting your four-legged friend with the other.
St Moritz, Switzerland
Bedrooms: 3, Guests: 6
For mountain lovers, St Moritz is a true paradise; a stay at the Carlton Penthouse allows guests to enjoy it with their pets in tow. This stylish apartment, located on top of the Carlton St Moritz Hotel, is wrapped by terraces that offer stunning mountain views, green in summer, and blanketed by snow when winter comes. Perfect for a break in all four seasons, penthouse guests can avail themself of all the benefits of a luxury hotel whilst retaining complete privacy.
The three en-suite bedrooms are supremely comfortable, and the living area - decorated in a traditional mountain style - features a cosy fireplace, an elegant dining area, and even an office corner for those who just can’t unplug. For those who can, the numerous attractions of St Moritz are literally at their feet!