Holidays should be a chance to indulge, and a villa with its own private pool offers the ultimate decadence. Imagine diving into the cool waters of your own private swimming pool before reclining on a sun lounger while sipping colourful cocktails. And when you need a break from the heat of the Mediterranean sun you can simply slide back into the pool to cool sun-warmed skin. How about that feeling of being the first up before the dawn, while everyone else is fast asleep, slipping into the secluded pool and swimming a few laps in perfect solitude as the sun rises? Holidays simply aren’t the same without a pool to dip your toes in and, if you’re searching for a luxury escape, privacy is key. These large houses have absolutely got it right.
We’ve picked out the top choices from some of the world’s most stylish holiday destinations in Europe including Greece, Italy, France and Spain.
Read on to discover the very best aspects of these ultimate luxury escapes, complete with private pools where you can enjoy a truly idyllic sun holiday with your friends and loved ones.
Let us inspire your group travel with our choice of luxury villas with swimming pools:
GREECE: ANCIENT HERITAGE, ISLAND LIFE AND VOLCANIC LANDSCAPES.
Sea Gem | Aitoloakarnanias, Greece
Escapism at its finest. This remarkable seafront retreat can be found in a spectacular location on the south-west coast of Greece with breathtaking views across the Ionian Sea to its offshore islands: Lefkas, Meganisi, Kalamos, Atokos and Scorpios.
Private pool: Swim parallel to the sea in this infinity pool. See more photos of the swimming pool and elegant interior.
Private pool: Large luxurious infinity pool. Cliff-top position perfect for taking in the evening sunsets. Take a peek inside this spectacular property ideal for families and big groups of friends.
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Stylish elegance and sophistication flow throughout this property, designed by a local architect and with beautiful views of the Cretan coast.
Private pool: Step through the French doors of the living room directly onto the patio and dive straight into one of two infinity pools. Admire the swimming pool and find out what other luxuries await in this large holiday escape.
A beautiful white-washed Greek villa offers an interior which inspires relaxation. With a fresh and calming white colour scheme throughout, stylish, comfortable furniture and captivating views, the villa provides a tranquil escape for families and friends.
Private pool: Villa Lia offers a stunning, curvaceous infinity swimming pool with impressive coastal views. See the traditional Grecian-style of this property.
Take a look at our full collection of Greek villas with pools to find your perfect island getaway.
ITALY: ICONIC ARCHITECTURE, STYLISH LIVING AND WORLD-RENOWNED DINING.
Severely stylish countryside mansion overlooking green and lush valleys of olive groves. 30kms from the coast and the beautiful frazione of Crespina. A delight for everybody who is looking for a relaxing break in the Tuscan sun.
Private pool: Large outdoor swimming pool with views over an ancient olive grove and beyond. See the clean, stylish, contemporary interior.
Host a special gathering, standout celebration or memorable anniversary get together at this colossal luxury property with spa facilities and a tennis court. A wedding in Tuscany? Yes, please.
Private pool: Decking, lounging chairs, and swimming pool amongst lush Tuscan scenery. Would your guests love a dip in this pool? See more.
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FRANCE: OLD CASTLES, MOUNTAIN SCENERY AND COUNTRY VINEYARDS.
Villa Plage | Provence-Alpes-Cote-D'Azur, France
With the atmosphere of a celebrity home, Villa Plage is an elegant property with fabulous sea views and a spacious interior, spoiling guests with a choice of not one, but two swimming pools.
Private pool: The large pool on the upper terrace overlooks the private tennis court, while a second pool with hot tub feature and contra-current swimming jet is perfect for more serious swimmers. Take a look.
Find a French holiday that takes your fancy from our selection of villas in France with pools.
SPAIN: VIBRANT CITY STREETS, FIESTAS AND SUNSHINE.
A party house in party central. Ibiza’s club scene makes it a world-renowned travel destination, yet this stylish property provides a scenic retreat away from the bustling town. Walk to town, stroll to the beach or lie back and unwind.
Private pools: A large swimming pool and luxury plunge pool. Bathe beneath sunshine in the manicured gardens on the decking. Shaded areas provide welcome relief and a yoga area allows space for relaxation. See inside this lush Spanish retreat.
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Quite possibly the most luxurious retreat on our list with on-site spa. This property has sun terraces with outdoor furniture, snooker, a tennis court, table tennis table, children’s playground and two secluded gardens with lawns.
Private pool: Large private swimming pool outside (one of two) with a poolside shower and changing room, and indoors an indulgent private spa, where you can sink into the Jacuzzi, laze in the Finnish sauna, work out in the fitness room and use the second heated swimming pool. See more photos of this elegant manor house.
There's even more to choose from among our collection of Spanish villas with pools.
SPOIL YOURSELF WITH A LITTLE POOLSIDE INDULGENCE.
Which is your favourite big house? Indulge in an escape to a Greek Island or plan an elegant event on the outskirts of Tuscany.
For more travel inspiration, peruse our collection of luxury villas with swimming pools.
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