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5 of the most luxurious villas in Europe to rent out this summer

The Villa Edit has picked a selection of their stand out properties available for rental this summer, all previously rented by celebrities and fully serviced to the highest standards.

By LLM Reporters  |  March 25, 2022
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What could be better than an ultra-luxurious villa all to yourself, that has previously welcomed A-list celebrities? Luxury villa rental specialist The Villa Edit welcomes you to live like a star this summer and to explore their curated portfolio of the most luxurious homes and villas in the Mediterranean. All prestigiously designed and unashamedly five-star in service and quality. 

From world-renowned actors and sporting legends to international pop stars, the Mediterranean has become a ‘must-visit’ summer destination for the rich and famous, and now you can experience it for yourself, staying in the same luxurious homes graced by celebrities and film stars. 

With Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival just around the corner, these impressive retreats are the perfect private getaway and have welcome the likes of Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga and the Royal family. 

The Villa Edit has picked a selection of their stand out properties available for rental this summer, all previously rented by celebrities and fully serviced to the highest standards.

Villa Ulysses, Corfu  – Sleeps up to 12 guests

Villa Ulysses
You may never want to leave Villa Ulysses, with so much on offer. Each level of the house has an infinity pool, plus there is a tower with a warm and bubbling jacuzzi shaded by olive trees

Dates on request = from €136,000 per week

Perfectly combining privacy and ultra-luxury surroundings, Villa Ulysses is run like your own five-star deluxe hotel, where the only guests are your friends and family. This world-class luxury villa prides itself on being a cut above the rest, with around 95 per cent of guests arriving at the villa on the stunning island of Corfu by private jet. With its own private boat to take you to the villa, you’ll certainly be arriving in style. 

The staff here ensure that you never have to lift a finger and will make you feel pampered to perfection from the moment you step onto the private jetty. 

The villa consists of the main house (with four en-suite bedrooms) as well as a separate guest house with two more en-suite bedrooms connected by a private living room and kitchen, and everywhere you look you are treated to an unforgettable 180-degree view of the sea. 

You may never want to leave Villa Ulysses, with so much on offer. Each level of the house has an infinity pool, plus there is a tower with a warm and bubbling jacuzzi shaded by olive trees and a gazebo. What’s more, there is a private movie room with tiered seating, a sauna and a gym too. 

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Villa Bayview, Cote d’Azur – Sleeps 10

Villa Bayview
Special features include a roof garden, swimming pool, pool house, and a private chef, and you are only 15 minutes away from Monaco

Available dates: Cannes Film Festival (14 May – 25 May) = €70,700, 30 May – 04 June = €40,000, 09 July – 27 August = €70,000 per week

Arguably one of the most luxurious villas on the Côte d’Azur, Villa Bayview is located in the exclusive Domaine du Castellet area, just moments from the centre of Villefranche and Beaulieu. With breath-taking views from its secluded hillside location, Villa Bayview is an architectural masterpiece waiting to be discovered.

Over the years Villa Bayview has attracted world-famous pop stars and A-list celebrities, and it is clear why this luxury villa has earned its place as one of the most extraordinary properties in the French Riviera. The staff will work with the utmost discretion to ensure your privacy is maintained, whilst always being on hand for any request you may have.

Ultra-modern and furnished to the highest of standards, this elegant and stylish getaway can accommodate up to 10 guests. Special features include a roof garden, swimming pool and pool house, and a private chef, and you are only 15 minutes away from Monaco. Villa Bayview provides everything one could possibly need for an extravagant and luxurious lifestyle.

Take a closer look here.

Villa Dianna, Korcula – Sleeps 10

Villa Dianna
For those wanting to be totally undisturbed, Villa Dianna is the perfect place

Available dates: 23 July – 30 July = €25,200, 20 August – 27 August = €25,200  

A modern architectural masterpiece on the secluded island of Korcula in Croatia, Villa Dianna is one of the most distinguished high-end luxury mansions and has been named ‘The Best Luxury Villa in Croatia’. 

Striking and unusual, you would expect to see Villa Dianna on a James Bond film, with its fabulous location offering complete solitude and panoramic sea views. For those wanting to be totally undisturbed, Villa Dianna is the perfect place.

With 370m2 of living space, sprawling over three floors, this magnificent mansion has seamlessly combined exterior and interior spaces, allowing you to choose the most suitable corner of the villa at any time, depending on the time of day and sun movement. Boasting breath-taking views, two infinity pools and beautifully furnished living spaces, Villa Dianna is a hidden pearl of the Adriatic, known only by insider connoisseurs of the finer things.

Take a closer look here.

Villa Benita, Lake Como – Sleeps 12

Villa Benita
Built by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio at the end of the 16th-century, this luxury Italian villa was recently restored

Dates on request = from €147,000 per week

Recently featured in the 2021 film ‘House of Gucci’, Villa Benita stood in as Al Pacino’s Aldo Gucci’s home, and it makes complete sense why this awe-inspiring Lakefront villa was chosen. Offering the unparalleled height of style and elegant luxury, Villa Benita is truly one of a kind.

Thought to be the largest private residence on Lake Como, Villa Benita features six bedrooms and six bathrooms, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, boathouse, private pier, and extensive two-hectare gardens, which were designed by the British Society of Garden Designers.

Transporting you to the height of ‘90s Italian opulence, Villa Benita is full of history and character. Built by Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio at the end of the 16th-century, this luxury Italian villa was recently restored, whilst maintaining its distinctive character and timeless beauty. The villa’s grand entrance halls and reception areas are decorated with original floor to ceiling baroque frescoes, and throughout the villa, you discover beautiful antiques, paintings, silks and exotic velvets.

This sumptuous palazzo is actually an estate, comprising the main house, the Villino and the Dependence and is perfect for a group of up to 12.

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Water’s Edge, St Tropez -Sleeps 12 

Villa Water’s Edge
Villa Water’s Edge will feel like your own private hotel thanks to the fabulous facilities, large ground and incredible staff

Available dates: 24 June – 01 July = €75,000, 28 August – 04 September = €90,000

Found in the chic Mediterranean destination of St Tropez, Villa Water’s Edge is an exceptional property pairing privacy with luxury. Found in the highly coveted ‘Les Parcs’ estate, this luxury villa offers guests security and authentic exclusivity, whilst within immaculate surroundings.

This opulent Saint Tropez villa, sitting right on the picturesque shores of the Côte d’Azur, has long attracted the wealthy and glamorous, drawn to its exclusive, jet-set reputation, lavish beach clubs and three Michelin-starred dinings.

Villa Water’s Edge will feel like your own private hotel thanks to the fabulous facilities, large grounds and incredible staff. The villa offers a truly tailor-made 24-hour service provided by a team of world-class hoteliers, which means you can ensure your stay here is exactly as you like it. 

Take a closer look here.