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Sea or Mountain: which holidays to choose?

Written on : 21 June 2018

When we think about holidays, we immediately have in mind the beach, the sun and idleness. In itself, in paradise! After having worked all year long, it is the possibility to recover all the lost energy and to rest a few days away from the daily stress. At Villanovo, holidays mean much more. We offer villas by the sea but also in the mountains. But you, are you more mountain or beach? In summer or winter, thanks to our catalogue of villas we can satisfy your needs. And, in order to offer you memorable experiences, we are dedicated in providing you the best possible service. Discover all the charms of a stay at the sea or in the mountains in our luxury villas. 

Holidays by the sea: your peaceful stay

Holidays by the sea: your peaceful stay

Losing yourself in the immensity of the blue ocean to calm your mind and rest is possible if you go on holiday to the sea. After spending your days in an office without being able to enjoy the sun's rays outside, it's time to get some fresh air. And what better than the sea air to revitalise your body, and fill up with iodine. To the rhythm of the waves, listening to the song of seagulls or exotic birds, go in search of the sun and translucent waters. To give back colors to your pale skin after winter or to escape the cool temperatures, do not hesitate more and opt for a beach destination. Let your feet breathe by walking barefoot in fine sand and water. Masks and snorkels in hand, the clear waters offer you an extraordinary fauna and flora to discover. The seabed is ideal for snorkeling but also for a multitude of other activities such as water skiing, surfing, windsurfing and more. On the sand, children will have a lot of fun creating sand castles, and you might even go back to childhood with them. Or, start a game of beach volleyball or football with family or friends, before getting together for an aperitif and a barbecue with fish and shellfish. A stay by the water is also an opportunity to visit museums, zoos and have fun in amusement parks and water parks.

Waterfront destinations

Waterfront destinations

Among our destinations, we offer villas with house staff just steps away from the most beautiful beaches with breathtaking views.
 
 
In Mauritius, the clear waters of the Indian Ocean attract more and more travellers every year. Whatever beach you choose, you can try diving, seabob or solar undersea walk, the island's must-see. But above all, don't miss those of Ile aux Cerfs, worthy of the most beautiful postcards. In the Seychelles, with its 115 islands, you have plenty of choice. Many coves, magnificent sandbanks preserved and natural parks will delight the most curious among you. And for an even more extraordinary experience, between August and November, you will surely have the chance to swim with whale sharks. Another destination, but just as beautiful: Portugal. A real paradise for surfers, facing pine forests or high cliffs, the Portuguese beaches are immaculate and on the kilometres of coastline hide superb coves. From the intimist to the most lively, some are among the most beautiful in Europe such as Galapinhos. In Greece, it is the diversity of its beaches that charms the greatest number. With over 3000 islands, it is impossible not to find your ideal little corner of sand more or less hidden. In the heart of a luxuriant vegetation of cypresses, olive trees and vines, the Greek opaline waters will answer your need for well-being and relaxation. France, a territory with diverse and varied landscapes, is known for its legendary culture but also for its magnificent canvases. And among these natural spaces, the beaches offer idyllic settings for your holidays. In Côte d'Azur, Corsica or Ile de Ré, take your towel and enjoy the view.

Stay at the Mountain: summer and winter

Stay at the Mountain: summer and winter

In winter, it has become essential to go skiing with family or friends for an active stay between skiing on the slopes, alpine hikes, snowshoeing in the snow and dog sledding. At this time of year, it is pleasant to go to the mountains to take a big breath of fresh, pure air and thanks to the altitude to enjoy the benefits of light on the body and mood. Namely that it is demonstrated that we tan faster in the mountains than at the sea. It is also an opportunity to go to the spas to relax and treat everyday ills. Spa, sauna, hammam and whirlpool baths, everything you need to recharge your batteries.
 
However, in winter, holidays can easily become expensive. That's why going to the mountains in summer is a good alternative. There's nothing better than climbing to avoid the crowd on the beaches. And on hot summer days, enjoy a mild climate and the cool mountains with the great possibility of walks and visits that these areas offer you. In the heart of exceptional landscapes, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, tree climbing or whitewater sports with rafting, canoeing and kayaking. And, there is no question of drawing a line on swimming since the mountain lakes also allow you to refresh and enjoy the water. Then, the culture in altitude offers absolutely exquisite local products. Cheese, charcuterie, forest fruits... a whole range of dishes to enjoy. In itself, going to the mountains in summer means discovering alpine landscapes in a different light!

The chalets: the stars of the mountains

The chalets: the stars of the mountains

In winter as in summer, the chalets are ideal rentals to enjoy beautiful views of the snow-covered mountains and villages. At Christmas or for winter or summer holidays, the Northern Alps, the Swiss Alps or the Italian Alps all have exceptional properties by the slopes. In the hollow of a wooded and traditional architecture, the interior decoration combines both a modern style with an authentic mountain charm. The stone walls, exposed beams and large bay windows create a warm and appreciable setting. With house staff, a hammam, a private cinema, a gym, a jacuzzi, a spa or even an indoor pool, you will find within these nuggets all the luxury services you hope for your stay. From your exceptional chalet, you have the possibility to do a whole range of activities, from private ski lessons to hiking on the trails. Book a stay in the Alps with your loved ones to create memorable memories and spend an extraordinary stay.
 
 
But, it is sometimes difficult to choose between the sea or the mountain for the holidays. But we have for you the ideal compromise to avoid you making such a decision: a stay in Corsica. In the Mediterranean Sea, this French island offers a landscape of character between azure waters and high mountains. Something to satisfy you!