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A successful year for Seychelles luxury villa rentals

Art de Vivre has seen an unprecedented 20% increase in bookings from our luxury private villas in the Seychelles this past year. We began in 2003 as Villas de Maitre Ltd and evolved into Art de Vivre a decade later, after huge success in the Indian Ocean. Whilst we have expanded our property rental portfolio internationally, we are proud to continue our success in the Indian Ocean. 

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We have three high-end properties in the Seychelles:

Li Al Do Maison

Residence on the Rocks

Villa Praslin

The first two are located in the south of main island Mahé. Whilst the third, Villa Praslin, is a rare beachfront property on the second-largest island, Praslin.

Each of the three villas are unique and offer guests privacy and stunning views. They are fully-staffed with house managers who organize clients’ entire stay.

The villas are first and foremost second homes and are owned by investors from Switzerland, Italy, U.K. and Mauritius. Potential clients who appreciate the architectural beauty and locations of the villas rent them from 1,500 to 5,500 Euros per night.

We have built strong relationships with our villa and chalet owners around the world but we have known and worked with the owners of the Seychelles villas since Villas de Maitre’s debut in 2003. Li Al Do Maison’s owner has kindly offered the villa, as a grand prize in the Princess Alexandra NHS Trust Charitable fund – Breast Unit raffle prize draw at the London Boat Show 2016 this week. We love bringing business to such charitable and congenial owners that we have known for over a decade.

 

Read our feature written on Art de Vivre's success in the Seychelles

 

If you are interested in renting a designer villa in the Seychelles, we encourage you to make an enquiry or call us on +44 (0) 1296 334138.

 

Art de Vivre joins The Luxury Network

We are excited to announce that Art de Vivre has become part of The Luxury Network, the world’s premier network of luxury brands and organisations. The network includes high-end companies from motoring (Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Stratstone), aviation (Saxon Air, Gama Aviation), and luxury goods (Heirlooms, Montevino Partners). We look forward to the new opportunities this network will bring, and the fruitful new partnerships we will form with other members.

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We are also delighted to be featured on the front page of Luxuria Lifestyle, the official digital magazine of The Luxury Network. The article is an in-depth profile of Art de Vivre, and our founder Julie Gauthier. It discusses the history of our company, the unique way we do business, and the fantastic range of luxury properties we have to offer our prestigious clients. Specifically, it highlights how Julie has redefined luxury rental with a fresh new approach rooted in her 20 years of experience in holiday rentals. Our Luxuria Lifestyle feature goes on to describe our illustrious portfolio, highlighting the best that we have to offer amongst our curated rental collections.

As a result of this venture, Art de Vivre is now offering The Luxury Network members and their clients a premium concierge priority and a personal account manager for every booking they make, to ensure VIP treatment.

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

Classical French Design in Cote d'Azur: Country Villa for Rental

Villa Côte d'Azur 226, Terre Blanche
Located in Large Country Estate
Close to Terre Blanche Golf Resort
Stunning Landscaped Gardens

This classical country villa nestled in the Terre Blanche estate lets you live in grand French style through its manicured gardens and beautifully spacious and airy rooms. The furnishings and artwork throughout the property are a subtle blend of the contemporary and the antique.

Despite its new construction, the fully serviced villa has been able to reuse the stone from a pre-existing ruin of an early 18th century sheep barn in the outside living areas and wine cellar to a stunning effect. In the past, the estate was owned by Louis Sauveur, Marquis de Villeneuve and French ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and is now home to Terre Blanche Golf Resort & Spa.

The villa has a dramatic two-story entrance in which the decor fuses contemporary and antique design and furnishings in muted tones. A well conceived pool house with barbecue kitchen and expansive outdoor living and dining areas surround the spacious swimming pool.

Highlights of the interior design are the owner’s wine cellar, private cinema and the spacious, superbly equipped kitchen. The property houses the owner's art collection, including works by Bernard Saint, Arina Gordienko, Lisa Lindqvist, Alexis Gorodine, Didier Caudron, Bella Pieroni and Jef Aerosol.

 

Key facts

  • French Country Villa in Cote d'Azur for rental
  • Sleeps 12 adults and 4 children
  • 6 Bedrooms ensuite
  • Beaches of Cannes & St Tropez, 30 mins
  • 1000m² of living space including cinema room
  • Spacious outdoor living & dining areas surrounding magnificent swimming pool
  • Pool House
  • Dedicated Concierge
  • Live in chef, two live in hostesses & daily housekeeping included
  • Set in 1.4 hectares of beautiful gardens
  • Large Provence Villa for rental
  •  Perfect for Privacy & Security
  • Within the estate of The Terre Blanche Golf Resort with spa, kids club and golf

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

Modern Design in Dubrovnik: Oceanfront Lozica Villa

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Villa Dubrovnik 239, Croatia, Lozica
Modern Design White Cube Villa
Sliding Glass Walls with Ocean Views
Private Outdoor Pool with Deck

Located in the area of Dubrovnik called Lozica, this modern villa in Croatia is highlighted by its open plan design, floor to ceiling windows, pure lines and white stone.

Situated on the rocks, the villa benefits from an unobstructed picture view of the sea from almost every room thanks to its large glass design surrounding the property. The roll back windows and glass walls ensure the visitor can always be at one with nature.

Built on different levels, the villa's entrance and sleeping accommodation is located on the top level with the split level living space below. The living space is full of natural light and the warmth of wooden interiors, most notably in the kitchen and staircases. The wooden decked terrace with the stunning outdoor pool is connected by a stone staircase to the beach.

 

Key facts

  • Waterfront Villa in Dubrovnik for rental

  • Access to Sea

  • Sleeps 8 guests

  • 4.5 km from the Old Town of Dubrovnik

  • 4 Bedrooms ensuite

  • Outdoor swimming pool with deck

  • Luxury Oceanfront Croatian Villa

  • Modern Villa for rental in Lozica

Feature in Bilan Immoluxe magazine, Winter 2014

Art de Vivre was featured in the Bilan Immoluxe magazine, in Winter 2014. Below you may read the article [in french] and a Google translation.

Créée en 2013 au Royaume-Uni, la société Art de Vivre repose sur un concept original: mettre à la disposition de riches clients des résidences uniques, tant par leur situation géographique que par leur design.
— Alexandre Babin, Bilan Immoluxe, Winter 2014

 

Design in Bali: Oceanfront Villa

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Bali Villa 803, Cemagi
STunning Bali Villa with Ocean Views
Argentine Architect, Ernesto Bedmar
Set on 2 Acres of Land

Set on two acres of sumptuous oceanfront land, the location is truly exceptional. The villa, set at the top end of a distinctive traditional village on the southwest coast of the island, is a gorgeous laid-back home by the sea, with a tropical elegance that draws one to beautiful Bali.

The architecture and interiors were a creation of Ernesto Bedmar - a Singapore based Argentine architect - who gave a contemporary inspired take on traditional Balinese living.

A property to spend with family and friends with generous living pavilions, swimming pool and lush tropical gardens with gorgeous private quarters to retreat to. 

 

KEY FACTS

  • Luxury Bali villa for rental
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms & 5 Bathrooms
  • Private Outdoor 30m Pool
  • Oceanfront Villa
  • Famous Nirwana Golf Course, 15 min
  • International Airport, 40min

Wildlife Fantasy: South Africa Nature Villa in Private Reserve

South Africa Villa 309,
Private Reserve, Architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens
Research-grade Observatory Tower
12,000 acre private estate

Leobo is an award winning bush villa located on a completely private 20,000 acre estate in the Waterberg Mountains. One of the most stunning safari homes in Africa, not only from an architectural or style perspective as it is a truly private home great for families and small groups.

This Africa luxury villa for rental is a fantasy holiday home for nature and wildlife lovers as it is truly a nature villa surrounded by its own private reserve.

Designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens (notable creations include North Island), the property is a state-of-the-art masterpiece with breath-taking views across the private reserve.

It can’t be compared to any other bush camp, as all the furniture pieces are bespoke and handmade specifically for the house, such as the 3D crochet cactus cushions and the wildebeest hide ceiling in a recessed lounge.

Art de Vivre loves the sheer size of the rooms and the incredible feeling of space. There is also ample space to eat both inside and out as well as a spectacular sunken fire pit. Best of all is the automated professional standard observatory.

 

Key facts

  • South Africa luxury villa for rental
  •  Sleeps 6 adults plus children
  •  Malaria free zone
  •  Rented on an exclusive basis
  •  Abundance of activities for you to enjoy