Luxury Resort Reopens on the Shores of Lake Como

The luxurious CastaDiva Resort & Spa has been closed for refurbishment – now, completely refreshed, it’s reopening this March for the summer season. Baroque Travel has all the details


Renowned as one of the most romantic retreats in Italy, as well as one of the most intimate locations on the shores of Lake Como, CastaDiva Resort & Spa is reopening for summer 2018. Comprising a plush hotel as well as two private villas, the resort offers a unique environment as well as a breathtaking location. It’s situated just 5km from Como Downtown in Blevio, one of the most beautiful villages on Lake Como.

This historic establishment dates back to the early 19th Century. Originally called Villa Roda, it comprised a main house and two smaller guest houses. Villa Roda was completely rebuilt between 1906 and 1910 by Milanese architect Carlo Formenti and renamed Villa Roccabruna. It was subsequently bought by the Italian Company Hotel Residence Club in 2000. The major refurbishment just undertaken will seal its destiny as one of the most luxurious and exclusive resorts on the shores of Lake Como.

CastaDiva Resort offers a completely pampered experience. It features 73 guest rooms, 58 of which are suites and junior suites and two are private villas. All offer every luxury facility, including LCD TV and en suite bathrooms and the majority feature stunning views of Lake Como. If you want the ultimate in luxury, choose one of the two exclusive private villas located on the grounds of the resort, Villa Norma or Villa Amina. Besides having every facility from the hotel, guests are guaranteed absolute privacy. Both feature a butler on call, chef, exquisite furniture and an idyllic setting.

Villa Amina is a double story villa with floor to ceiling windows, spacious living room, kitchen and dining area. There are two bedrooms, one upstairs and the other on the ground floor, and the villa boasts a beautiful terrace overlooking Lake Como. Villa Norma is built in Neo-classical style, a style typical of the area and offers guests a breathtaking 360-degree view of the lake and its surrounds. It includes a basement with play corner and access to a private marina, kitchen, dining-room, living room and library with fireplace. There’s also a game room with pool table, wet bar, outdoor lakefront Jacuzzi, private gardens and private elevator.

Lake Como is at its most magnificent from April to October. Days are hot in the summer, though cool in the evenings, often with a little rainfall.  In addition to its glorious weather, there is so much to do in this spectacular setting, including exploring all the little towns on the shores of the lake. One of these is Cernobbio, which features narrow streets lined with pink, gold, terracotta and cream buildings. The town has a lakefront piazza full of cafes, restaurants and ice cream stores. Opposite the famous town of Bellagio one finds Tremezzo, an ancient little town that boasts an impressive medieval section as well as a selection of 18th and 19th Century villas and hotels. There’s also Menaggio further up the hill… In fact, whichever little town you choose to explore on the shores of the lake, there’s always somewhere to sit and people watch while enjoying a coffee or refreshing drink. Of course, the towns also have little beaches and promenades… Lake Como’s shores are another world entirely, just waiting to be discovered.

To celebrate its reopening, CastaDiva Resort is offering a special two-night experience, which includes breakfast daily, a four-course gourmet diner with Sommelier-selected wine pairings and a visit to the stunning spa for a 50-minute massage. Of course, you can stay longer… much longer. We recommend that.


To book your stay at this exceptional lakeside resort, mail Baroque Travel right away, We will make a reservation for you before this popular resort is booked out. We can also assist with all your travel arrangements, such as flights to Milan, transfers, sightseeing and more.

Authentic Italy

There’s only one way to explore Italy, and that’s with someone who knows the country intimately. Moreno Moretti spends his days customizing authentic Italian experiences for visitors. Baroque Travel finds out how he does it


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Yes, there are many ways to explore a country, but if you have first-hand knowledge of where to go and what to see, you’re guaranteed an exceptional experience. Moretti and his team of experts create customized vacations for those who really want to learn about Italy’s cultures and traditions. In addition to offering the opportunity to explore the most important sites on walking or bike tours, dine at traditional restaurants and shop where the locals do, they also assist with accommodation, providing a selection of exciting villas and apartments to stay in, to make your experience as authentic as possible.


The luxury aspect of this type of vacation is that it can be completely customized to suit your interests and the areas you wish to explore. If you’d like to enjoy a cooking course with a local chef of a specific region, go truffle hunting or cycle through scenic parts of the countryside, this can be arranged for you. This way, you can explore the country while learning all about its special traditions and culture.


Baroque Travel will take down all your details, and then provide these to Moretti and his team so that they can assist us with planning the perfect itinerary for you, including how you wish to travel from one location to the next, what you want to see and do in each specific destination, what events are taking place during your stay, and anything else you may require.

Baroque Villas, a sister company of Baroque Travel, liaises with Moretti to provide a selection of exceptional villas you can stay in whilst on your customized Italian vacation. Take a look at just three of these located on the Amalfi coastline:


Palazzo dei Baroni

This four-bedroomed palace which was built in 1716 features frescoed ceilings, lacquered doors and stucco throughout. It’s an exclusive, elegant enclave where up to 12 guests can enjoy a lavish stay with every possible facility, including flat screen TV, full spa and wellness area with Turkish bath and a thermal pool. The historic atmosphere is an added advantage, offering a gracious air reminiscent of a long-gone era, while featuring every possible modern convenience.


Villa La Praia

Located in Praiano on the picturesque Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno, right on the beach of La Praia and close to the city centre, this exquisite villa features two double bedrooms, a pool and a sauna. The building is ideal for the young and active. The city itself offers a choice of excellent restaurants where one can enjoy freshly caught seafood and Neopolitan pizzas.


Villa Blanca

Ideal for a group of friends or an extended family, this beautiful villa is located in a secluded area, 6.5km from Positano, 8km from Amalfi and 30km from Pompei. There are eight bedrooms, offering spectacular views of Positano and Capri. The villa nestles in lush terraced gardens with an outdoor living area comprising a private pool, stone deck and comfortable chaise lounges as well as an outdoor shower. Throughout the villa, French doors open to exquisite open terraces with sweeping ocean views.



Let us assist you in planning your dream vacation with the assistance of the experts. Contact Baroque Travel right away, and we will collaborate with Moreno Moretti to create an unforgettable experience. If you are interested in one of the magnificent villas on offer, let Baroque Villas assist. Contact them now,

Summer Luxury in Lake Como

Join the jet set (and that includes George and Amal Clooney, who have a home here) on Lake Como this summer, staying in a magnificent villa, once the residence of the Dukes of Serbelloni. Baroque Villas has all the details


The exquisite Villa Sola Cabiati, historic residence of the Dukes of Serbelloni, provides guests with an exclusive retreat on the western shore of Lake Como. The villa, which is a refined example of Baroque architecture, was once the summer residence of Duke Gabrio Serbelloni and his family from the second half of the 1700s onwards.

All the bedrooms in this elegant villa (there are six, offering accommodation for up to 12 people) are located on the ground floor and part of the first floor. Every one boasts breathtaking views of Lake Como and is fully equipped with every possible modern amenity. The villa has been meticulously restored to its former glory and still features the family’s original furniture. Throughout this refined private villa are period antiques, objects d'art, paintings, engravings and prints of exceptional taste and quality dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Staying in this historic villa, guests get to live and breathe history and art. The magnificently frescoed rooms, ornate stucco work and antique furniture all reflect the exquisite taste of the noble families who resided here.

The top two floors of the villa have been preserved as a private museum containing the furnishings and personal effects of the family. These exquisite rooms are not included in the rental of the villa, but interested guests can request that a member of the family show them these rooms during their stay.

The villa has been considered one of Lake Como’s most beautiful since the 18th Century. In fact, it used to be described as ‘the pearl of Lake Como’. It is a hallmark of Italian art and architecture, passed down from one generation to the next of one of Lombardy’s most noble families. Located right next to the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Villa Sola Cabiati provides guest with an opulent experience.

Lake Como has been the inspiration of poets and writers for centuries, and its fascination remains unchanged. Aside from its natural beauty, the area offers a vast array of cultural and sports activities as well as plenty of facilities for leisure and relaxation.


If you would like to rent this exceptional villa during the summer months, let Baroque Villas assist. Contact us right away, and we will organize everything for you. In addition, if you require travel assistance to Italy and Lake Como, our sister company, Baroque Travel, can assist. Mail them now, and they will make all your travel arrangements for you.

Rent a Spacious Luxury Chalet in Megève

Baroque Villas has found the ultimate luxury chalet for rent in the glitzy French ski resort of Megève… for $31,500 per night. Find out all about it here…


Chalet Ornella is an ultra-luxurious, stylish, chic chalet located close to the chic ski resort of Megève in the French Alps. The wooden building was originally a farm a century ago; it has now been meticulously restored and modernized to offer the ultimate luxury getaway whilst still retaining its historic charm. It offers five bedrooms, a kids’ room, fully equipped kitchen as well as a back kitchen and two staff bedrooms.

Guests enjoy dining in the spacious dining area that opens onto a terrace for dining on summer days and there are two comfortable living rooms to relax in. The chalet offers every possible plush facility available in a five-star hotel, including a private cinema, gym, hammam and its own heliport. Situated near the area of Règne du Bon Dieu, it nestles in the valley of Megève amidst snow and fir trees, it offers a magical, idyllic setting.

Every cosy bedroom is individually decorated and offers an extremely luxe home-from-home feel. For business meetings and functions, the chalet offers a 20-seat conference room as well as a fully equipped bar and dance area.

Of course, a ski resort vacation is all about sport and relaxation, and Chalet Ornella is the perfect base from which to enjoy all sorts of sports. It’s located right next to the ski slopes and the chalet itself offers an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, massage room and indoor Jacuzzi. Other luxe facilities include a games room, boot warmers, a fireplace, home video games, sleds, solarium, laundry, Wi-Fi, DVD player and flatscreen TVs.

To ensure a five-star experience, guests enjoy a private chef and host, champagne reception on arrival, daily continental breakfast and afternoon tea, dinner or lunch prepared by the chef and an in-resort concierge service. In addition, every possible concierge service imaginable is on offer, such as airport transfers, transport within the resort, car rental, ski adventures, ski instruction, child care, beauty and massage treatments, a selection of sports and leisure activities not to mention restaurant reservations.

The chalet is also centrally located, with the slopes just three minutes’ drive away and the town two minutes away. Geneva’s international airport is an hour’s drive from Megève.

Staying at Chalet Ornella is a unique, singularly exclusive experience. With top notch service at your fingertips, luxurious accommodation and facilities, the magical jet set resort of Megève is yours to enjoy.


Let Baroque Villas organize a winter holiday of a lifetime for you in magical Megève at Chalet Ornella. Contact us right away,, and we will arrange your stay at one of the most luxurious chalets on offer in France.

Plan Ahead… Book Your Luxury Villa on the Cote d’Azur for 2017

Take the latest villa on the Cote d’Azur for up to 4 people, or use the famous villa next door if you’re a group of 16 next summer. Yes, the famous Villa La Bergerie has a new little sister, La Petite Bergerie. Baroque Villas has all the details


 Villa La Bergerie

Villa La Bergerie

Your luxury retreat awaits in the lovely town of Cotignac, in Provence, very close to the magnificent Cote d’Azur for a vacation full of sun, sea, sand and sensational scenery. The renowned villa La Bergerie is up for grabs if there are 12 of you, and if you’re one couple, or two, the brand new La Petite Bergerie has just opened to visitors. Located on the same property, this air-conditioned Provence villa offers everything its name implies. It’s small, but typically Provencal, a tiny farm nestling peacefully amongst olive trees and vineyards.


 La Petite Bergerie

La Petite Bergerie

Both the villa and its larger sister are extremely private, set in two acres of gardens in a cul de sac in the area of Tourettes. Both are stylishly furnished with their own swimming pools, are air-conditioned and ideally situated for all that Provence and the Cote d’Azur have to offer; they are just 45km from Cannes, 10km from Saint Tropez and 20km from Saint-Raphael. In addition, the airport is just 42km away.


The new little villa was created using the highest quality materials including reclaimed natural stone, oak flooring and beautiful handpicked furnishings. It features a living room with a fireplace and large glass doors opening onto a private terrace and garden offering breathtaking views of the little Provencal villages of Tourrettes, Fayence and Callian. There are also two luxe en suite double bedrooms and a number of terraces, including some around the swimming pool. Facilities include WiFi, a barbecue and TV.


Villa La Bergerie lives up to its reputation as one of the most luxurious villas in the area. It offers six bedrooms for up to 12 guests and numerous superlative facilities including a private cinema, outside dining area, magnificent 18m pool and a team of staff including a chef, concierge, housekeeper and hostesses.


Guests also have access to the nearby world-class Terre Blanche Golf Course and Spa, and the staff will arrange anything you require, from dinner reservations in one of the villages to hiring a private yacht for the day. Additional services such as nannies, a butler, driver, children’s activities, tennis or golf lessons can also be arranged.


Both of these superlative villas are ideal locations for a peaceful, secluded luxury vacation close to the sea in pretty Provence. Restaurants and shops are just five minutes’ drive away in Seillans, one of the most magnificent medieval villages in France.


If you would like to book your plush Provencal villa for summer 2017, let Baroque Villas assist. Contact us right away,, and we will make all the arrangements for you. If you require assistance with travel, let our sister company, Baroque Travel assist with flights, transfer, car hire and anything else you may require.

Sir Richard Branson Opens Luxury Mallorca Resort

There’s still time to book an idyllic vacation in Mallorca, and if you act fast, you could even enjoy a stay at the new all-inclusive beach retreat opened by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin fame. Baroque Villas has all the details


Virgin Limited Edition’s latest property is quite superb, and offers a choice of two exquisite villas that are available for rent from around US$19,000 per week. Called Sa Punta De S’Aguila and Sa Terra Rotja, they are both located close to each other on the Spanish jetset island retreat, but far enough to enjoy complete privacy. The extravagant villas are set in 680 lush acres of the Son Bunyola estate with uninterrupted views of the magnificent Mediterranean. 

Located on the north-west coast of Mallorca, the vast estate is also home to its own grapevines and olive trees, offering an idyllic setting for an exclusive getaway.

Sa Punta De S’Augila, which translates to ‘Eagles Point’ in English, is a Mallorcan-style luxury villa located high up on a hill offering panoramic views of both the sea and the mountain. It features five en-suite bedrooms, a beautiful heated swimming pool and a spacious living area and kitchen. Sa Terra Rotja, which means ‘Red Earth’ in English, is a slightly smaller but equally plush villa, and offers four en suite bedrooms. It also boasts a heated swimming pool and is located just a short walk from a nearby pebble beach.

Guests who stay here enjoy an all-inclusive holiday that encompasses everything from accommodation to housekeeping services, WiFi, drinks, a concierge and a chef who prepares all meals. Guests can tailor-make their menus to suit their personal tastes and enjoy Continental breakfast, followed by a buffet lunch and three-course sit-down dinner made by the in-house chef daily. Dishes are a choice of local Mallorcan or Mediterranean-style. Of course, that doesn’t stop guests exploring further afield and enjoying some of the local hotspots. The in-house concierge is available to arrange reservations at restaurants and anything else guests may require.

Son Bunyola’s two exquisite villas is the latest addition to Sir Richard Branson’s collection of exclusive retreats, which include Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, Necker Island in the British Virgin Island and Ulusaba in South Africa. This Mallorcan idyll dates back to the 1800s and is located close to the Tramuntana mountain range.


If you would like to find out more about either of these two exceptional villas, let Baroque Villas get all the information for you. Just contact us right away, and we will do this for you. If you’re interested in booking a holiday at either of these exquisite villas, or at any of Sir Richard Branson’s other exclusive Virgin Limited Edition retreats, we can arrange this for you as well.

Luxury Ski Getaway in Courchevel, France

Thinking of going skiing in the exclusive resort of Courchevel? Let Baroque Travel make your reservations for the first Six Senses luxury hotel and spa to open in Europe!


The brand new Six Senses Residences Courchevel, which opens this December, is located in the French Alps in the jet set ski resort of Courchevel. It features 53 exquisite apartments as well as a state-of-the-art spa and luxury private ski-in-ski-out concierge services.


Choose from a stunning selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments or one of the hotel’s magnificent, plush 10 five-bedroom duplex penthouse suites which boast private Spa rooms, their own wine cellars and triple aspect balconies that overlook Courchevel’s breathtaking ski slopes. The smaller apartments all offer terraces or balconies as well as their own parking spaces and ski lockers. All the accommodation offers superb contemporary décor designed by interior designer Alain Foeillet who has used custom-made furniture and local art, and there are traditional ski chalet touches including wooden beams and walls, as well as stone and clay floors.


From autumn 2016, guests will also enjoy a wide selection of therapies and treatments at the stunning Spa, including a range of signature massages, restorative therapies, facials and body treatments. The Spa boasts a beautiful indoor swimming pool, saunas, a steam room, relaxation lounge, gym and a studio where wellness classes will be offered. There will also be manicure and pedicure stations and a juice bar.

Of course, Courchevel is renowned for its excellent facilities and activities, and the hotel concierge will ensure that guests can enjoy as much, or as little, of these as they wish. There is even private jet access to the resort and bespoke guided ski tours, and guests are assisted with skiing on and off the piste every morning and evening so that they don’t have to worry about carrying any ski equipment


Six Senses is a brand synonymous with beautiful, spacious accommodation, uncompromising quality and service as well as environmental sensitivity. The Courchevel establishment is the well-known hotel and spa group’s first foray into Europe. It’s ideally located in the heart of this world-famous ski resort, one of the most coveted winter destinations in the world.


If you’d like to go skiing in France’s best address, contact Baroque Travel right away to make all your arrangements for you,

The Most Luxurious Country Hotel in Europe

The Portuguese Country House Fazenda Nova justly deserves its new accolade, “Luxury Country Hotel Europe”, which was awarded to this quirky luxe establishment by the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015 in late October. Baroque Travel finds out all about this sumptuous Algarve retreat


 Photo credit: British Airways High Life

Photo credit: British Airways High Life

Located near the historic coastal town of Tavira in the Eastern Algarve, the stunning Fazenda Nova Country House is renowned for its luxury, simple style and country warmth. So it’s no wonder that it won this famous award, which is considered the Oscars of the hospitality industry. The World Luxury Hotel Awards were initially established in 2006 and nominees are chosen according to a stringent set of rules and 50 distinct categories.


 Photo credit: Fazenda Nova

Photo credit: Fazenda Nova

This sumptuous, secluded country house only opened three years ago, in September 2012. It’s situated in one of the most picturesque areas of the Algarve, where stunning coastline and magnificent golden beaches reign supreme. Fazenda Nova is one of the original country farmhouses in the area and dates back to the 19th Century. Before the hotel opened, the structure was meticulously refurbished to its former glory and now boasts every possible modern facility and luxury. There are only 10 guest rooms, a mixture of garden suites, apartments and a spacious terrace suite. The hotel itself nestles in 10 hectares of lush green gardens, and even boasts its own orchard, vegetable and herb gardens. In springtime, colorful wildflowers abound, popping up amongst almond, olive and carob trees.


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Benagil sea cave, algarve

The Algarve is one of the most idyllic holiday settings, with blue skies all year round, even in winter. This luxurious country hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the stunning surroundings, go shopping at local markets, or just laze on the beach. Guests can also enjoy a variety of activities, including hiking, cycling, horse riding, boat trips, a variety of water sports, quad biking and much more.


New features that give the hotel a stylish boutique edge include a saltwater swimming pool, superb dining facilities (the restaurant is excellent), a library of DVDs and books to enjoy, not to mention a selection of sumptuous facilities in the guestrooms, including flat screen TV, iPod dock, free WiFi, bathrobe and Ren toiletries. Some of the rooms have their own terraces, and the terrace suite on the top floor offers a magnificent, spacious terrace with scenic country views.


 Photo credit: Fazenda Nova

Photo credit: Fazenda Nova

Of course, if you want to laze on the beach, it’s just 15 minutes away by taxi, and if you really want to be pampered, book an in-room spa, or a private yoga class with your own instructor. Another bonus of staying in this gorgeous location – the hotel is completely eco-friendly: most of the food, including fruit, vegetables and herbs, are grown on the premises and the rest is sourced locally. The stylish décor is mainly hand crafted from items sourced from the original building: tables and headboards had a former incarnation as the farmhouse’s original shutters and all the outdoor furniture was handmade using century-old pine from trees grown on the property.


If you would like to book a stay at Fazenda Nova, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. Just contact us right away, and we will make sure you get a reservation at one of the Algarve’s best-kept secrets, a secluded luxury hideaway with every possible facility.

The Most Exclusive Holiday Home in the UK

Let Baroque Villas arrange a stay for you in one of the most exclusive, luxury holiday homes in England, Forest Court. Open for bookings for only two months (July and August 2016), this magnificent mansion awaits


Nestling in historic Hampshire in Southern England, birthplace of famous literary authors Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, Forest Court is a true luxury gem. Located just two hours from London, this exclusive holiday home is so sought-after that it is only booked out for two months of the year.

Reminiscent of the halcyon days of Old England, with lush rural surrounds and every possible sumptuous comfort, Forest Court is a late 18th Century farm designed by renowned architect Samuel Wyatt. It’s part of the Somerly Estate, and is the only of the three buildings on the estate that is available to rent. With an idyllic country setting, this Grade II listed heritage building has been meticulously transformed to its former glory, and is known as being one of the most prestigious, luxury homes in England. Today it’s a perfect replica of a Georgian mansion, but offers every modern convenience to ensure that guests enjoy every possible comfort and luxury. It offers three beautiful bedrooms and every facility for a peaceful country holiday, full of hiking, climbing, cycling, sunbathing or just lazing around with a good book.


Located in spectacular countryside, Forest Court is the stunning base from which to explore the surroundings, including neighboring Ringwood Forest, en route to the charming little village of Verwood, with its iconic little stores including a traditional butcher and the local newsagent. You must spend some time in the local pub, the Albion Inn, downing a pint of beer and getting to know the locals.

Slightly further afield you’ll find the seaside resort of Bournemouth, where you can laze on seven miles of sandy beaches, enjoy some of the tastiest fish and chips of the region, and savor the seaside resort’s various entertainment facilities.


You won’t want to wander too far, though. Forest Court is so charming and luxurious, you’ll want to spend lots of time taking in the magnificent views, strolling through the sunken Italian garden or the nearby forest, and experiencing the true magic of the English countryside. Spend a few hours on the terrace with its breathtaking garden views enjoying pre-dinner drinks, then head inside for a gourmet feast prepared by experienced chefs from locally sourced, fresh ingredients.

Of course, London is just a few hours away, with all its urban charms. This truly offers the opportunity for the best of two wonderful English worlds.


Hurry and book your stay in this idyllic countryside mansion. Let Baroque Villas arrange everything for you – contact us right away,, and we will arrange your charming country holiday at one of the most exclusive houses in the UK.

Versace Apartments in London

f you’re looking for the ultimate luxury address, look no further. Baroque Lifestyle has found it for you – the 57-storey Aykon Tower in London, next to Battersea and overlooking the River Thames, is, according to its creators, “a global symbol of opulence”.


This ultra-modern 168-meter high skyscraper on the banks of the Thames is so sought after that every single apartment facing the Thames has already been sold – and it’s not completely built! With interior décor by Versace, these just have to be the most coveted real estate offerings on that side of the pond.


With prices starting at a mere $1.03million for a studio apartment, you know you’re in the right league if you purchase one of the 360 apartments designed by Donatella Versace with her inimitable style, elegance and sensuality. Aside from owning a little slice of designer paradise, apartment buyers also get access to a luxe full-length swimming pool located on the 23rd floor of the building, not to mention a “state-of-the-art” gym and spa, panoramic roof terrace and private cinema, all decorated by the superlative Versace house of design.


According to the developers, DICO UK Property Holdings Ltd, whose claim to fame is that they are owned by DAMAC International, and part-owned by Damac Properties, one of Dubai’s largest construction companies, the Aykon Tower, located on One Nine Elms, offers the ultimate Versace lifestyle – “a fantasy turned into reality”. Well, you have to be able to afford this fantasy, which includes a parking place that will add a further $78 000. Of course, parking your car is not your problem. A concierge and valet service takes care of that.


This stunning new skyscraper, which is expected to be completed by 2020, is located in the riverside district of Vauxhall in London, which was once an impoverished train and bus junction. A cluster of modern, luxury skyscrapers have emerged here already, transforming London’s skyline. Interestingly enough, many prospective owners have no intention of ever living there. Purchasing now (the apartments went on sale last week, 22 July) will secure them a hefty profit, if London’s residential tower-building market goes the way it’s expected to, which is way upwards. With promises of high returns, even if they decide to rent out their profitable purchases, investors are flocking to take advantage.


If you’d like to find out more about one of these iconic properties, or would like to travel to London to see their location first hand, contact Baroque Travel right away and we will arrange everything for you. Email us, If you’re interested in purchasing one of these unique properties, contact right away.

Luxury Farmhouse in Puglia, Italy’s Trendiest Location

Baroque Villas offers you the perfect place to holiday – an ultra-luxurious Soho-designed farmhouse in pretty Puglia, in the ‘heel’ of ‘Italy’s boot’


No longer a best-kept secret, Puglia is the place for a fabulous summer getaway, with its exquisite, unspoilt secluded beaches, charming history, rustic Italian cuisine and spectacular scenery. When Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel married in Puglia in 2012, the secret was revealed, and now wealthy Europeans and British holidaymakers flock there to enjoy its numerous resorts and stunning facilities.

One of the most charming aspects of this magnificent region are the fortified farmhouses, called masserias, which are located all over the region. Built in the 16th Century so that multiple families could live together on the farm and defend themselves from the Saracens from North Africa, who used to come by sea to raid the farms on the Italian coastline, some of these masserias still exist today. One of those is the Borgo Egnazia Resort, where Timberlake and Biel tied the knot. But there are others, too, that have been refurbished and redesigned into ultra-luxurious villas that holidaymakers can rent.


One of the most newly renovated masserias is a magnificent farmhouse called The Masseria Petrarolo, which opened to guests this summer. Owned by British entrepreneur Constant Tedder, who is based in Hong Kong and founded The Hive, a series of coworking spaces in that city, this masseria was designed by the head designer of Soho House, James Waterworth. It nestles in a 75-acre olive grove and is quite exquisite, with 9 en suite bedrooms, a stunning dining room that seats up to 20 people, two swimming pools (one on the rooftop, the other located in the grounds) as well as a traditional old-fashioned citrus grove and a vegetable garden.


Hire of this superlative villa includes a chef, housekeeper and concierge – plus a chauffeur if you need one. The housekeeper is Stefana, who manages the team, while the concierge focuses on service and arranging meals, cocktails and serving at the table. There’s also a maid team who clean in the morning and turn the beds down in the evening. The level of service is personal and attention to detail is paramount.


When Constant Tedder originally bought the masseria, he planned to transform it into a family home that he would rent out when he was working abroad. It was originally very rustic, just dirt floor and plain stone, and used for keeping cows, pigs and chickens. He hired James Waterworth to transform the farmhouse into something spectacular, and that is exactly what occurred. As the designer was aware of the history of masserias, he took great care into transforming this farmhouse, creating an informal yet extraordinary homestead.


The masseria is exquisitely decorated with French antiques and custom-made pieces as well as decorative elements that are quite theatrical. There are no pictures on the walls; the design of the interior and the furnishings create enough of an ambience.


If you’re planning to rent this spectacular masseria, you can land a private jet at Bari, about 40 minutes’ drive away. Most Americans fly to Rome and then drive to Puglia from there – it takes about 4 hours.


If you would like to rent this magnificent Puglia villa this summer, or make a reservation to holiday here in 2016, contact Baroque Villas right away and we will organize it all for you. Email us now,

Villa Anna in Cannes, Immerse Yourself in a Universe of Glitter and Parties

The villa is situated in a prestigious area near Cannes, 10 minutes by car to Cannes centre and the beach,and just off the famous Chemin des Collines. The villa has a delightful large mature garden of 2000m2 with palm trees and lawn, with a beautiful sea view over the bay of Cannes and the Cap d'Antibes.

This villa is of modern Provencal syle villa is bright and sunny. It is in total 300 sqm. It benefits from a large (80sqm) living /dining room with very elegant classic decoration, stunning sea views and beautiful sunsets. There are touches of contemporary art decorating the walls and the furnishings are comfortable in cream and beige colours. There are 4 main bedrooms, all of a good size all with en suite bathrooms. 1 on the main floor and 3 down stairs, opening on to the garden and pool areas. Outside there are many areas for sunbathing, or eating out in the shade. A large garden overlooks the sea and the mountains and there is room for children to play.

The Most Luxurious Villa in Saint-Tropez

Travelling to the French Riviera this summer? Baroque Villas has found the perfect villa for you!

We’re talking about Le Mirage, a six-bedroom modern architectural masterpiece just five minutes from Pampelonne Beach in Saint-Tropez. This luxury retreat for up to 14 people, is set in a private residential area overlooking the magnificent Mediterranean Sea, within walking distance of the center of Saint-Tropez.

Nestled in beautiful landscaped gardens with lush vineyards, this magnificent contemporary six-bedroom retreat offers complete privacy as it’s completely enclosed. It’s also ideal for those who enjoy close proximity to all the action. The villa is equipped with every facility you need for a luxury holiday with spacious rooms and lots of entertainment facilities, including a home theater, grand piano, state-of-the-art sound system, piano, satellite TV, DVD/Blu-Ray disc players and WiFi plus computer and printer.

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Le Mirage epitomizes spaciousness and light, with glass walls and floor-to-ceiling windows and airy rooms filled with sleek yet comfortable designer furniture. There’s an infinity heated swimming pool, a number of stunning terraces including a teak deck with sun loungers, tables and chairs, where you can soak up the sun and another offering spectacular views. The formal dining room opens onto a terrace and is a great place to enjoy indoor dining for up to 12 people. There’s a spacious modern kitchen with every mod con for preparing meals to eat either al fresco or in the dining room.

There are three bedrooms in the main house and three in a separate guesthouse; all offer comfortable beds, iPod docking stations, telephone, TV, CD player, hairdryer and deluxe en suite bathrooms, all with underfloor heating. With every facility, an ideal location close to a stunning beach and the best beach club in the area, Le Mirage is a perfect holiday getaway. What’s more, great golf, tennis and shopping is less than 10km away.

Le Mirage is fully air-conditioned and although it’s modern, it’s been built using natural materials. The villa is ideal for guests who enjoy large, spacious living areas and a design that integrates indoor and outdoor lifestyles with ease. To ensure maximum privacy, the villa provides 24-hour camera surveillance, an electric entrance gate, motion sensors on the property and a fulltime security staff.

Le Mirage is situated on a plateau just behind Club 55, which is one of the most prestigious beach clubs in Saint-Tropez. The French Riviera is one of the most spectacular areas in France, as well as one of the most historic. It’s also a popular summer holiday destination, a playground for celebrities and the jetset, with spectacular beaches and an incredible nightlife, superb gastronomic restaurants and some of the best shopping in Europe. Join the throng this summer, by renting your own private luxury villa through Baroque Villas. We can arrange your stay at this sumptuous villa in Saint Tropez, so why not contact us so that we can arrange your stay?

Villa Bonito in Corsica, a Diversity of Modern Getaway

This extraordinary estate of 12 hectares lies a few kilometres away from Bonifacio with a breathtaking view onto the Mediterranean.

This is a rare and luxurious home with a stunning panorama onto the Lavezzi islands and only 6 miles away from Sardegna which can been seen from the property.

The 1500 m² of modern architecture build on one floor and in a local style made of wood, stones and iron offers large reception rooms and suites with superb sea views.

Many large terraces surround the main house and are fully furnished for lunches, drinks, or simply read a book and enjoy the landscape.

The 30 meters heated pool is surrounded by huge lawns and hundred years old olive trees.

You also have available a tennis, jacuzzi, and all the water sports equipment: 63 feet day boat with 4 cabins (fuel extra), 60 feet competition sailboat, waterski competition boat, 20 feet tender, 27 feet expedition boat, 2 jetskis. 3 Seabobs, Quads, 10 bikes.

Included are also the following cars: 5 military green Land Rovers, 356 Convertible Porshe, 1 Nissan Truck (fuel extra).

The spa/gym centre designed by Philippe Starck is ideally organized for daily training, massages, yoga....

You also have a great wine cellar with 2000 bottles.

The natural landscaped of the park is the perfect occasion for long walks and to discover the owner modern art collection with major names such as Xavier Veilhan, Fabien Verschaere, Philippe Perrin....

There are two helipads on the estate which is perfect to fly directly.

Back to the house , the bedrooms layout is as follow:

1 Master suite pf 185 m² 2 suites 3 double bedrooms 1 children dormitory for 6 guests and a nanny single bedroom.

All of them with bathrooms.

Villa Roco, a Modern Home in Ibiza

This extraordinary brand new estate of 2 hectares (totally fenced) is located in the prime location of Es Cubells with a beautiful panorama onto the Mediterranean and a superb palm grove.

The owner went through a complete building works and garden landscaping and can now enjoy one of the most luxurious properties of the island.

The house of 1600 m² is surrounded by various terraces, large lawns and stunning outdoor sitting and dining areas.

Villa Roco is a perfect retreat offering a lot of privacy, very stylish interiors the latest technology. It is a perfect option for high end discerning travelers that would like to entertain some friends or simply relax with their family.

Each single detail has been deeply thought and offers an extreme and discrete luxury. The 25 meters heated pool is ideal for the sport addicts and also enjoys a fabulous outdoor Bose sound system and most modern lighting system. A balinese house is hidden in the Palm trees garden and offers a perfect gym .

The House

The interiors are extremely stylish with a mixture of modern and old antiques and objets d'art. You do have some amazing paintings from old Masters throughout the villa. A very chic mix of highly selected antiques and modern art will be found. The volumes are quiet exceptional and always offering a cosi atmosphere, thanks to the interior design.

There are is impressive 150 m² drawing room with its fireplace, a separated dining room, a large professional fully equipped kitchen, a home cinema, 4 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor overlooking the pool and gardens all with a terrace, 2 master bedrooms on the first floor with en-suite bathroom, huge terrace, 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and huge private terrace. All of them with sea view.

The Guest's House

This is an independent pavilion in the garden and surrounded by palm trees and lawns, equipped with 3 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom.

Twice as Nice as Paradise

Baroque Villas discovers the most exclusive luxury villa on the paradise Balearic island of Ibiza

According to Conde Nast Traveler, Villa Rica Ibiza is the ultimate luxury getaway on the iconic island of Ibiza. Harpers Bazaar once called it one of the five most fabulous houses in the world. Get the picture?

Staying in this sumptuous establishment is like staying in a five star hotel with the added bonus of complete privacy. From the moment you arrive, you are pampered with everything your heart desires – 24 hours a day. Chefs are ready and willing to prepare a selection of local ingredients including freshly caught seafood and freshly picked vegetables. The Head Butler is on hand to greet you on arrival, and there are eight other fulltime staff members, all ready and willing to cater to your every whim.

This ultra modern villa, which is located just 6km from Ibiza town, offers every facility for a luxury holiday. The setting is heavenly (it nestles in a nature reserve in the south of the island) and the structure itself is quite unique, carved into a solid rock 200m above sea level. As you can imagine, the views from the villa are panoramic and quite breathtaking. You have a bird’s eye view of the old town of Ibiza, the exquisite beaches of Salinas, even the island of Formentera. What’s more, there’s a cave hidden under the waterfall in the pool – how many mansions can boast that?

Designed to offer spaciousness and light, the villa is exquisitely furnished and offers a large swimming pool complete with waterfalls, a hidden cave, floating cabana and sub-aquatic pool windows. There’s also a plunge pool, mini pool on the rooftop with state-of-the-art hydro massage, two other hydro massage spa baths and a pond. The gym boasts an infrared detox sauna, and guests enjoy the luxury of spring water mist system to keep them cool poolside, which also boasts its own bar. And did we mention that the Spa offers every treatment imaginable including being covered in 24-carat-gold body glitter?

Dining at Villa Roca is a delight and the chefs are happy to prepare anything your heart desires. In addition you can choose where you wish to eat the meal – breakfast in bed, perhaps, an intimate dinner à deux, or a formal dinner on one of the 12 terraces.

Guests enjoy every comfort in a choice of eight sumptuous air-conditioned suites, six in the main house and two below the pool area. They all boast spectacular views from the windows and private terraces, as well as having luxurious en suite bathrooms, DVD sound system, flat screen digital satellite TV and more.

Villa Roca offers the ultimate in comfort, luxury and pampering, which is why it’s one of the most sought-after villas to rent in the world. Baroque Villas can arrange your stay at this iconic establishment, so contact us right away to arrange your stay at what is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite, exclusive and palatial villas on the planet.

Villa Serenity in Tuscany, a Luxury Mansion in the Sun-Kissed Countryside


9 bedrooms and 7 baths, located near Siena

This elegant two-story villa was built in the 13th century and thanks to a meticulous restoration, still keeps its original structure and architectural details, such as warm colors, beamed ceilings and a lovely internal courtyard. Villa Serenity is set atop a hill and its blessed location is ideal for those who wish to spend a unique holiday amidst spectacular views of the Tuscan rolling hills. The beautiful appointed property is located just 15 kilometers away from Siena, while Florence and Rome are easily reachable by car.

Villa Daisy in Mallorca, a Tale of Seven Gardens


 8 bedrooms, Arabic style, 7 gardens

Villa Daisy comprises of 130 acres of unique natural area of indisputable scenic value in the island of Mallorca. Located only four kilometers from the virgin beaches, terraces and gardens of the mansion offer breath-taking panoramic view of Tramuntana mountain range and Cape Formentor, la Bahía de Alcudia Sea and the mountain range of Levante de Mallorca.

Mediterranean fields surrounding the property were once hills and forests reserved by the nobility for hunting. For that reason the area remained uninhabited by people and preserved its distinctive rustic character. Today, this area endures as uncontaminated natural resource, of great ecological value, specially protected by environmental legislation. The Estate is an exclusive Mediterranean pearl, which offers privacy to its guests which, captured by its relaxing and harmonious essence will enjoy an unforgettable holiday.

Each of the seven gardens, a total of 15,000 square meters, that surround the villa, is conceived around a water source, an Arabic style fountain, a system of cascading pounds, a music fountain or the pool. These water oasis are filled with water lilies and surrounded by Rosales and Agapanthus. Paved pathways and arbors of jasmine and bougainvillea connect different spaces between olive trees, pomegranates, oaks, hack-berries and cypress trees.

From the terraces and porches the scent of Mediterranean vegetation is perceived together with the constant sound of water and the presence of partridges, doves, hoopoes and other native animals that come to drink. At sunset the atmosphere is truly peaceful and bucolic.

The swimming pool located in the very garden is spacious and intimate at the same time. It reflects the colors of bougainvillea and jasmine flowers and dry stone walls. On the warmest summer days a porch with couches allows you to rest al fresco. A spacious sundeck with hammocks will fascinate sun lovers. A barn, which was used in the past to thresh wheat, can be found in a garden together with the wide paved esplanade, covered with olive trees Villa Daisy construction began in the sixteenth century and was for centuries the residence of the owners of the extensive farmlands and pastures which were integral part of the property.

It has been recently refurbished with an absolute and uncompromising aesthetic and architectural rigor. The mention possesses all modern amenities, yet at the same time, exudes a strong respect for traditional elements of insular architecture and exquisite neo-romantic Italian taste. Its 2,000 square meters are organized in two levels from which the tower protrudes, offering unobstructed views of the whole island of Mallorca.

On the ground floor a solemn entrance with two arches gives access to salons that connect both winter dining room, summer dining room, kitchen, courtyard with fountain, glazed porch, which serves also as the access to the family chapel, and a suite with bedroom.

On the upper floor are the bedrooms and the library. The library receives a great amount of natural light through a greenhouse, in art-nouveau style, which also provides extensive views over the bay and Cape Formentor. The room is coated with hardwood floors and ceiling and features a central fireplace. These elements provide warmth and comfort to the environment ideally suited for reading and listening to music.

A spacious living room with grand piano, in which private chamber music concerts are performed, gives access to the bedrooms, which have their own living room with fireplace and exit to the exterior through different terraces.

There is a constant communication between the outdoor gardens and the elements of the house. The sea breeze, the sound of water from fountains or the scent of Mediterranean vegetation sneak into the rooms creating a magical atmosphere that characterizes the villa

The maximum capacity is 16 people, i.e. 8 bedrooms, though additional beds can be provided to reach the capacity of 18 people.

Places of natural, cultural and recreational interest surround the estate. The sea can be found only four km from the villa and can be reached by a dry stone road, leading to virgin dunes. It is also a short distance from the nature reserve of Son Real, with paths where different tours can be organized, as horse riding, hiking or cycling. The virgin beaches of white sand and turquoise waters form large sand areas that venture into pine forests.

A prehistoric necropolis and other archaeological remains as Illot des Porros, that will surprise archaeology lovers can be found in the area.

The villages of great beauty, Arta, Petra, Capdepera and Son Servera are the closest ones . In Son Servera, a renowned art gallery, Sa Pleta Freda, can be seen, where major Spanish contemporary painters and sculptors exhibited their works.

A mere 20 minute drive leads to the golf courses of Pula, Canyamel or Capdepera. The yacht clubs of the Colonia de San Pere, Can Picafort and Port d’Alcúdia are also within a short distance .

Villa Persha in Mallorca, Your Finest Beach Getaways in the Mediterranean


8 bedrooms, 150,000 sqm property that covers a kilometer of coastline...

Villa Persha is an exquisite estate located in the beautiful bay of Pollensa in the North of the Island. At less than 50 minutes by car from the aeroport of Palma, the property offers various activities.

This completely private estate covers 150,000 m2 covering a kilometre of coastline, and is without doubt one of the most amazing properties on Mallorca and is situated in one of the most beautiful and fascinating locations on the Balearic Islands. All buildings offer absolute privacy with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean and the surrounding countryside. You have a beach access a 100 meters away from the estate, a short walk!

Villa Persha has the particularity of having a historical main building originating from the year 1715 and five other historical buildings including an old finca, a bird sanctuary and a fisherman's house, all re-built and individually refurbished offering further guest accommodation.

The property is also made up of five other historical buildings including an old finca, a bird sanctuary and a fisherman’s house and these have been completely re-built and individually refurbished offering further guest accommodation plus staff quarters.

The property offers a state of the art technology and sytlish large interiors.

Situated in the Alcùdia region, the property benefits of 30 km of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean, ideal for boat excursions, such as the ones one can enjoy with the "Boston Whaler" moored in the Mariner of "Puerto de Cocodrillo", diving and swimming.

While it is true that the beaches at Puerto Alcúdia and Playa de Muro can suit the most sedentary of sun-worshipper, the sea offers the more active a variety of fun and excitement. And it is the water that is one of the main focuses of sport in Alcúdia and Playa de Muro. There are ample opportunities for scuba diving, jet- and water-skiing, wind- and kite-surfing, the latter definitely en vogue right now.

This area is considered to be one of the most beautiful and unique of all areas in the Ballearic Islands. The sea vistas momentarily aside, Northern Mallorca also offers indisputably spectacular scenery along its wonderful coast. Guests here will take in the best of both worlds in scenery and activities. There are numerous water sports to be pursued here, along with equestrian opportunities throughout the nearby countryside. The area is also one rich in history, with places similar to that of Manresa in their historical roots dating back centuries.

On dry land, cycling has become a hugely popular past-time and a major tourist element in its own right, especially in the quieter late winter and spring seasons. Riding and hiking have also become important activities that tourists enjoy as well as nature walks and jogging courses in this magnificent area.

In total there are 6 bedrooms with bathrooms en suite: 2 large en suite bedrooms in the main house, and the other ensuite bedrooms with are located in the three guest houses.

Other finishing touches include a fantastic Bang & Olufsen sound system, an LED light system and beautiful designer kitchen with Gaggenau professional equipment.

A helicopter is at the disposal of every guest willing to escape and overfly the magnificent island of Mallorca and its surroundings.

Villa Azul in Ibiza, the Paradise in Style


8 bedrooms, includes main house and two guest houses, and a seaside property that spans 40,000 sqm of luxury and style  

Travel to Ibiza in style at Villa Azul, an oceanfront property with magazine-worthy interiors and five-star amenities. From chef, butler and chauffeur service to beach access, ocean views and a private sauna and dance floor, the villa has everything you’ve dreamed of in a luxury getaway. With eight bedrooms spread over a main house and two guest houses, there’s room for all your friends or family on the trip of a lifetime.

Your stay at Villa Azul includes the services of a chef, butler and chauffeur, leaving you free to enjoy outdoor features like a lap pool, hot tub, private lakes, tea house, tennis court, sunny terrace and dining area, not to mention waterfalls and gardens. Inside, there’s a home theater, Wi-Fi, ping-pong and pool tables, a dance floor and sound system, fitness room and a playroom for kids. The main house is air-conditioned for your comfort during warm Spanish summers.

With warm beamed ceilings, large windows looking out to the ocean, and lively prints, the villa’s interiors embody boho luxe. Stucco walls and tile floors in the common areas have traditional texture, while crisp white sofas and chairs adorned with patterned throws are welcoming places to relax. In addition to the outdoor dining areas, the main house has a table that can seat eight, and one of the guest houses has its own dining area. The main house at Villa Azul has two fully equipped kitchens, and each of the two guest houses has its own kitchen.

There are four bedrooms in the main house at Villa Azul, two in the La Vista guest house and two in the La Breeze Cottage guest house. Each bedroom has a double bed, TV and DVD player. In the main house, there are two bedrooms on the ground floor, each with an en-suite bathroom and access to the garden and pool, and two bedrooms upstairs, one of which has terrace access. In La Vista, one bedroom has a fireplace, terrace access and sea views, and the other has terrace access and garden views. In La Breeze, both bedrooms have garden views; one has terrace access and the other has balcony access.

From the villa, it’s a 25-minute drive to Ibiza, 11 miles to the Club de Golf Ibiza, 16 miles to Marina Botafoch or the Tennis Club de Ibiza and 24 miles to the village of Sant Josep de sa Talaia. If you’ve come to Spain for the beaches, the villa is right on Cala Mastella Beach, just over 1 mile from Cala Llenya Beach, 5 miles from Nikki Beach, 6 miles from Duquesa Beach and 10 miles from the Amante Beach Club. Fly in or out of the Ibiza airport, 20 miles away.