Delve into the ultimate little black book of luxury villas and bespoke getaways.
Le Collectionist was born out of a desire to shake off the constraints of rigid travel options and unreliable rental homes, allowing experience, not logistics, to take centre stage. With over 1200 houses available to rent with a private concierge service, we’ve picked out some of our favourites.
Villa Dar El Sadaka Marrakech, Morocco
For those who like homes with personality, you’ll find it in abundance here due to the host of faux animals you’ll share your stay with: orangutans swing through the living room, a giraffe inspects your meal in the dining room and an Afghan Hound guards your bed while you sleep. Sound bizarre? It is—but its quirkiness ensures that your guests will always be entertained. Keep the magic going by feasting on breakfast prepared by an expert pastry chef in a hot air balloon and exploring the Sahara Desert in ex-Red Army sidecars.
Villa Tulum Croix-Valmer, France
Admire stunning panoramic sea views from this oasis of calm in the French Riviera. Rise early for morning fishing, guided by a local fisherman, for the satisfaction of cooking your own catch with a chef who will teach you some of Cote d-Azur’s best seafood recipes. If you need some white wine to wash it down with, you can make an informed choice after a masterclass at a local renowned wine estate. If you’d prefer a truly memorable dinner, Le Collectionist can arrange sunset paddleboarding to a candlelit picnic in a secret cove.
Villa Timi Paros, Greece
Creative types can find inspiration at Villa Timi, where clean, geometric lines offer minimal visual noise for maximum headspace. Get crafty by turning local orange marble into souvenirs with guidance from a local artist and designer, then discover the exceptional material’s roots by visiting an underground quarry with a sculptor. Of course, you may just wish to take a boat trip—with a pirate called Michael, no less—from the quiet port of Paros, scuba-dive above shipwrecks of Aegean Sea or swim a few lengths in the infinity pool.
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