Italian idyll or Balkan bolthole: soak up the views from a luxury pad.
Villa Jelka, Montenegro
About 700m above the pretty beach of Becici sits this four-bedroom villa with sweeping views from its three huge terraces. There is also a large garden with a pergola, an agreeable spot for leisurely lunches. The medieval old town and bustling beaches of Budva are just a short drive.
Villa Jelka, Becici, Opostina Budva, Montenegro (available through Holiday Rentals: www.holidayrentals.co.uk/p98765). Weekly rental starts at £700; sleeps eight.
Villa Meneghello, Croatia
The Meneghello family has run its Palmizana resort on the island of Sveti Klement, near Hvar, for more than a century. Now they have opened this luxury villa on the island of Hvar itself. Rent one of a pair of three-bedroom apartments, or get a larger group together and splurge on the whole villa. It is set in a lush, private garden complete with swimming pool, hammocks and everything else you need for a very tranquil holiday.
Villa Meneghello, Hvar, Croatia (00 385 21 71 7 270; www.palmizana.hr). One night’s rental of an apartment sleeping eight starts at €200 (£167); for €352 (£293) rent the whole villa, which sleeps 18.
Villa Sheherezade, Croatia
This Thirties white stone villa wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond film: terraces, stone balustrades and a vivid blue dome that crowns a state of-the-art entertainment room. Along with a swimming pool and outdoor whirlpool, there are four staff members on hand to look after you.
Villa Sheherezade, Dubrovnik, Croatia (00 385 20 440 524; www. sheherezade.info). Weekly rental starts at €21,000 (£17,500); sleeps 12.
Villa San Giovanni, Italy
A 17th-century house on the Venetian island of Torcello, this peaceful haven has a pool, walled garden, orchard, loggia, canal-side terrace and even the remains of a sixth-century church. The cook will come in handy if you can’t make it to the food shop on nearby Burano for local fare.
Villa San Giovanni, Torcello, Italy (00 39 02 2951 7755; www.torcestina.com). Weekly rental starts at €8,000 (£6,667), with cook; sleeps 12.
Trullo Mandorla, Italy
Trullo Mandorla has an enviable position on top of a hill near Fasano in Puglia, and is only a 10-minute walk down to the sea. Underneath those distinctive, 19th-century cone-shaped rooms are three bedrooms with modern interiors and the original stone ceilings intact, as well as a spacious kitchen and sitting room. For al fresco pleasure there’s a large, shaded living area, an outdoor kitchen and a pool, set in a garden of olive trees. Trullo Mandorla, Fasano, Puglia, Italy (07802 642084; www.trullomandorla.com). Weekly rental starts at £1,500; sleeps six.