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The Top 5 Private Island Rentals in the Indian Ocean

Art de Vivre is proud to announce its new luxury Private Island Collection. These islands feature exclusive-use rentals, often with their own endemic ecosystem and unique experiences for their prestigious guests. These island paradises are an unrivalled luxury escape for the adventurous traveller.

Cousine Island, Seychelles

As one of the smallest of the Seychelles islands, Cousine offers unparalleled privacy and seclusion to its visitors. With only four luxury villas on the entire island, and some of the most stunning views of untouched nature in the world, Cousine Island is a must visit for lovers of uninterrupted natural beauty. 

As well as being home to beautiful flora and fauna, Cousine Island hosts a variety of native animals, including lizards, turtles and birds. Visitors will be sharing the island with twelve Aldabra giant tortoises, and many extremely rare and exotic Seychelles birds, including the warbler, the blue pigeon and the sunbird. 

Cousine is one of the most conservation-friendly islands in the world. It is managed by the non-profit Nature Seychelles, and part of the profit from each stay at our Cousine Island villa goes towards conserving the island.

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Coco Privé, Kuda Hithi Island, Maldives

Of the 1192 islands that make up the Maldives, Kuda Hithi Island is one of the most beautiful. The island prides itself on being among the most exclusive in the world, reserved only for the lucky few who seek it out and choose to stay. 

At Coco Privé, visitors can walk across the white sandy beaches and soak in the sun by the azure sea or relax and unwind at the island’s luxurious private spa. Those who are feeling a little more adventurous can observe the island’s exotic colourful sea life while snorkeling, or ride the waves on a surfboard, jet ski or kayak.

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North Island, Seychelles

Much like Cousine, its Seychelles cousin, North Island is gorgeous and secluded with stunning beaches and views of the Indian Ocean. The people on the island are also equally dedicated to conserving the natural environment, which features abundant rare wildlife and plants.

The proprietors of North Island are extremely passionate about the wellness of their guests. The island has a spa that takes a holistic approach to rejuvenating the mind, body and soul. Where better to do that than on a private island, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the everyday stress of modern life?

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Miavana, Madagascar

A stunning new exclusive-use private island located off the coast of Nosy Ankao. There are fourteen one, two and three bedroom villas decorating the western coast. With wild beaches, incredible diving, fishing, helicopter tours and a world class spa, Miavana brings a new level of luxury adventure to the Indian Ocean. Designed by Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, who also designed the award-winning North Island, Seychelles and Leobo Observatory Villa.

All aspects of design, construction and the management of the lodge have been created with the environment, local wildlife and regeneration of native plants in mind. Restoring the ecosystem by replanting trees endemic to the island has become an important role for the island. Conserving endemic species of wildlife prevents these rare and exclusive animals from becoming endangered. Community work that the estate has focused on includes building a local school and teaching sustainability. Solar, wind and Biomass energy is used to power the island to achieve an independent renewable resource for the villas’ delicate and isolated environment.

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Thanda Island, Tanzania

Opening to guests this month, Thanda Island is perhaps the most exclusive private island in the world. Ten years in development, Thanda Island will give visitors the chance to swim with whale sharks and watch nesting sea turtles in a private marine reserve. 

Thanda Island is located off the coast of Tanzania, in a very secluded location giving guests complete privacy in their personal paradise. The island’s sole villa sleeps up to ten guests, plus children, and has dedicated staff, catering to your every need. Excursions to other islands will be available, though Thanda Island should be varied and exciting enough for even the most experienced private island visitor.

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Our Private Island Collection is the perfect inspiration for a unique and beautiful holiday in the Indian Ocean; the most untouched paradises, fully staffed and featuring plenty of luxury facilities and experiences. We look forward to arranging your island stay, please do get in touch.

Oceanfront Corfu Estate, Greek Island Villa near Kassiopi

Villa Corfu 237, Kassiopi
Oceanfront location with sandy coves, Near Avlaki Beach & close to Kassiopi, Designed with village feel in mind

A glorious waterfront estate in Corfu set in 30,000 m² of land, with 180 m of waterfront including two sandy coves. The main house and guest house are set in beautifully landscaped gardens with lavender, mature olive trees and shrubs.

The property was designed to have a village feel, with rooms and areas set slightly apart from each other and joined by pergola-covered walkways planted with wisteria and climbing shrubs.

The estate has two pools, one of which is a stunning 40 metres running along the front of the villa. There is also a tennis court, wonderful views over the channel to Albania, and it is in the best location on Corfu, near Avlaki Beach, just a few minutes from sought-after Kassiopi.

The villa enjoys high specifications with individually controlled underfloor integral air-cooling and heating system, beautiful bathrooms, and clever use of courtyards to flood the lower floors with  light. With spacious living spaces and many areas to dine al fresco, this luxury villa is perfect for family holidays and celebrations.
 

Key Facts

  • Corfu Private Estate set in 30,000 m² of land
  • Sleeps 16
  • 180m of waterfront including two sandy coves
  • Designer Corfu Villa near Avlaki Beach
  • 40m Infinity Pool
  • Luxury Greek Island Villa for rental
  • Main House & Guest House
  • Spacious Family Villa in Corfu for rental

Room for Everyone: Large Family Villas for Rental

Written by Julie Gauthier, Founder & Director, Art de Vivre

We are often approached by clients to find a villa for a large family get together. With grandchildren, son-in-laws and distant cousins, all needing enough space and activities, what seemed like a good idea initially can become a stressful task for the host. Sound familiar?

Pleasing everyone and finding the perfect balance of location and property is where our expertise is invaluable. Luckily many of our private properties are made for large gatherings with vast areas of space in the gardens and living areas, separate sleeping areas, as well as many different areas for dining around the property.

While some guests will prefer a quiet relaxing time around the villa, the little guests may like to be on the beach and the active ones, be they teenagers or aunts and uncles, may want water sports, cultural trips, golf, hiking, snow sports or cycling nearby. We take pride in getting to know the complete makeup of each of our guest parties, using our experience and imagination to ensure each guest's priorities and interests are fulfilled during their stay.

Our portfolio and contacts have large villas and chalets around the world located in Mediterranean, Majorca, Ibiza, Italy, Cote d'Azur, Dubrovnik, Bali, Thailand, Caribbean, South Africa, Indian Ocean, Central America, South America and the Alps.

Whether you are searching for a villa or chalet for a family celebration, wedding anniversary, milestone birthday, family get together, special occasion or group of friends staying together, send us a request with your family's unique requirements and we will be happy to aid you in finding the perfect property for rental.

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.
— Albert Einstein

Restored Fortress in Majorca: Pollensa Bay Castell for Rental

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Villa Majorca 222, Pollensa Bay
Located by the sea with sea views
Restored Old Fortress from 1715
Italian Interior Designer

The exclusive private estate is located in the beautiful bay of Pollensa in the North of the island of Majorca. The old fortress dates from 1715 and has been restored to form the main house.

Influences of the Italian interior designer ensure a contemporary and stylish design. The property has a high-tech sound system from Bang & Olufsen, LED light system as well as designer kitchen with professional Gaggenau equipment

The estate is 150,000 m² and guests can enjoy 1km of coastline with all other buildings offering absolute privacy and breathtaking views over the Mediterranean and the surrounding countryside.

Five other historical buildings including an old finca, a bird sanctuary and a fisherman’s house, have been completely re-built and individually refurbished offering further guest accommodation as well as staff quarters. 

 

Key facts

  • Restored Castle for rental

  • Sleeps 16 guests

  • 8 bedrooms

  • Private estate of approx. 150,000 m²

  • Around one kilometre of coastline

  • Personal butler/concierge, housekeeper, private chef, kitchen staff

  • Boat Excursions in a private “Boston Whaler” moored in the marina of “Puerto de Cocodrillo”

  • Swimming pool 20 m x 4 m

  • Luxury Majorca Villa for rental

  • Watersports, sauna, tennis court, jogging course, horse riding, nature walks and hiking paths

Elegance in the Cote d'Azur: Designer Oceanfront Villa

Villa Côte d'Azur 232,
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Stunning views across golden islands
Restored elegance & beautiful garden
Classical French interior desig

With its maritime pines backdrop, perfectly manicured garden and prime location overlooking the Mediterranean, the villa is a great location for a family holiday or special celebration. Just 25km from St Tropez, this restored villa has pride of place in an exceptional setting across from the Golden Islands, Levant, Porquerolles and Port Cros.

The owner and his wife have lovingly restored the elegant villa with style and refinement.  The interior is classically French with soft neutral fabrics and antique-style furnishings.

Most of the rooms face the bay and most have their own sea-facing outdoor terrace or balcony. The four bedrooms in the main house (with an additional 4 bedrooms in the guest wing) are furnished with an eclectic mix of period and modern classics. They are decorated with a light and airy touch and each room is unique in style and ambiance, featuring eye catching furnishings and striking art.

A great selection of dining areas are available from the formal dining room, to the alfresco dining by the pool house or more informal spaces on the terraces or courtyard. There is a relaxed family kitchen with a beautiful island piece, top quality equipment with subzero fridge, four oven aga and large Gaggenau oven.

The pool house is a highlight with its natural Burgundy stone floors and its open exposure. Its fully equipped kitchen is perfect for entertaining alfresco-style. An island bar separates the kitchen from the living area with its large open log fireplace, oversized cushions and a music system. This opens out with a large dining table & chairs for 20 people.

The grounds are across an acre of walled garden of rose bushes, plants and shrubs. Local plants include extensive areas of Lavender, an agapanthi walk and beds of iceberg roses with Arboussier and Mimosa trees. An ideal villa for you to spend quality time with family and friends for birthday celebrations, special dinners, wedding anniversaries and family reunions.

 

Key Facts

  • Elegant French Villa for rental
  • Sleeps 20 guests
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Main House + Guest Wing
  • An Acre of Private Manicured Gardens
  • Cote d'Azur Villa with exceptional sea views
  • South of France Villa for rental
  • Beautiful Ocean Vista Villa with Private Chef
  • Beach Nearby