About Time: You Discovered the Most Beautiful Private Infinity Pools in EuropeBy Gemma Perlin
Word on the street is this: infinity pools are the latest holiday buzzwords. With over 12,000 Google searches a year for the best places for a paddle, CV Villas has revealed their pick of the best villas with the most stunning private infinity pools. Dive in, and enjoy some of the best infinity pools in Europe where you can unwind in blissful solitude.
Infinity Pools in Europe: Corfu
The Lowdown: With a timber yoga platform over the water by a boulder-strewn beach, a relaxing reading deck raised above the sea in the shade of a tree, a series of stone terraces for alfresco lounging and dining, and a private jetty and tennis court; this exquisite estate looks out to sea across two infinity pools, one of them an incredible forty metres long.
A magnificent venue for a gathering of family or friends, Kingfisher Point is a pair of adjacent, highly luxurious houses, Amarea and Ophelia with four bedroooms each. Amarea is larger in proportion than Ophelia and both have airy sitting rooms and direct sea access.
Price: Sleeps up to 16, from £41,667 for 7 nights
Where: Kingfisher Point, Corfu
Infinity Pools in Europe: Mykonos
The Lowdown: Villa Valentina is located on a slope that overlooks Lia, and affords spectacular views that extend all the way to the bay of Kalafatis. The architect of the structure presents a contemporary twist to the traditional island dwelling; polished-concrete flooring and white-washed walls softened by curved edges and the emerald waters of the infinity swimming pool.
Pergola-shaded areas offer shelter from the sun and include a poolside lounge and outside dining area with a barbecue, and panoramic views of the Aegean.The interior design is based on traditional Mykonian aesthetics, but with contemporary touches, which creates an elegant and relaxing backdrop.
Price: Sleeps up to 10, from £15,317 for 7 nights
Where: Villa Valentina, Mykonos
Infinity Pools in Europe: Portugal
The Lowdown: A unique holiday villa, Quinta Matilde is surrounded by 8,000 sq meters of land and all the 4 en-suite double bedrooms as well as the social areas, have been designed to enjoy the very special landscape and views over olive trees and vineyard terraces, sloping all the way down to the river Douro. Slate (local to the Douro), glass and wood have been used for the contemporary interiors; and its fitted with air-conditioning for those very hot Douro summer days, as well as central heating and fireplaces for off-season – making it suitable for year-round rentals.
In the evenings, the outlook from the swimming pool and the jacuzzi transforms into something quite magical – whilst the pool is flood-lit, the jacuzzi’s ceiling is all lit-up with tiny stars and you look out onto to the faint twinkling lights of distant villages. A very spacious games room includes a pool table, a piano and a bar. There is also an outdoor chill-out area amidst vineyards and olive trees, providing the ideal set up for a private wine tasting (on request) or just somewhere to relax the hours away, with a book and a glass of port in your hand.
Price: Sleep up 8, from £4,143 for 7 nights
Where: Quinta Matilde, Douro Valley, Portugal
Infinity Pools in Europe: Amalfi Coast
The Lowdown: A superbly restored house, where typically tiled floors add colour and character to contemporary design, Villa Le Balconie is tiered into the hillside, with both a lift and a staircase linking the three floors. Entry to the villa is on the upper level, where a spacious sitting room opens out to a broad terrace, gazing across the water to Capri.
One of the bedrooms is also at this level, the other three occupying the floor below and sharing a long balcony overlooking the bay. All are styled with calm, uncluttered elegance, and each has its own bathroom, the master double enjoying en suite facilities. Most of the social space is at ground level, a lovely country kitchen serving a large living/dining room, with double doors to a beautiful terrace.
Price: Sleeps up to 8, from £11,571 for 7 nights
Where: Villa Le Balconie, Amalfi Coast
Infinity Pools in Europe: Costa Brava
The Lowdown: La Vista is a stunning luxury villa perched on the hillside overlooking Port Lligat beach on the Cap de Creus peninsula. A superb modern villa, the property is the epitome of understated luxury and style, surrounded by tranquil gardens of olive trees and vines.
The accommodation is spread over two floors, the spacious living and dining area on the ground floor is the focal point of the house, and a perfect example of open-plan living at its finest. This space opens onto the large terrace with outdoor living and dining areas as well as a stunning infinity swimming pool, heated jacuzzi and incredible views out to the ocean.
Price: Sleeps up to 16, from £13,959 for 7 nights
Where: La Vista, Costa Brava