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Elite Perk: Stay in a Dream-Worthy Villa During Your Next European Excursion

Stop what you’re doing and imagine exploring the Amalfi Coast on your own boat, or swimming in the glistening Mediterranean seas. Picture savoring pasta in an Italian vineyard while sipping on wines made from the very grapes surrounding you, or the flavors your own private sommelier will pair in your French villa. Or, envision that, alongside your own personal tour guide, you’re strolling the enchanting streets of Mykonos and relishing in the city’s history and culture. Yes, a getaway to Italy, France, Greece or any other gorgeous European country is an experience unlike any other.

Now, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Members with Elite status can find their picture-perfect European villa––all thanks to a new partnership with Villas of Distinction.

Why book a villa in Europe?

Just as each prominent European city is distinguished in a unique way, each Villa of Distinction is constructed to reflect the natural beauty, culture and colors that make its host city so remarkable. The trademark Villa Concierge team will help you plan your European getaway with personalized service—organizing (and helping to capture) special family moments, scheduling restaurant reservations and tee times or simply being on-call to answer any destination-specific questions you have while on your vacation.

Where can you go with Villas of Distinction?

Here’s a preview of the breathtaking villas to consider when planning your next European excursion.

Gaia Vacation Rental — Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece

Santorini is famous for its volcanic terrain concealing cavernous interiors, and the Gaia Vacation Rental in Imerovigli (above) embodies that unique, mysterious landscape. Consisting of two separate cave houses on an upper and lower level, this three-bedroom, four-bathroom romantic rental is ideal for a honeymooning couple or small gathering of friends. The view is the real star here, as you’ll not only overlook a lovely outdoor terrace and pool but also the Aegean Sea.

Guilia

Giulia Vacation Rental — Amalfi Coast, Positano, Italy

It’s easy to let your senses take over when visiting the Amalfi Coast; inhale the fresh citrus aroma of lemon groves while admiring the pastel-colored houses, rocky shorelines and winding paths. Stay just a 15 minute stroll from the beach and on a cliffside — overlooking the coast and the town of Positano — in the luxurious and 4,600-square-foot large Villa Giulia (above). Boasting panoramic seaside views from its outdoor terrace, a wellness area featuring an indoor heated pool and a Turkish bath and relaxation lounge as well as six bedrooms and bathrooms, this modern villa is an ideal home base for large groups wishing to explore one of Europe’s most famous coastlines.

Villa D'Aix

Villa D'Aix— Provence, France

A seaside playground for celebrities and even royalty, Provence exudes luxury and beauty. Located just a stone’s throw from Aix-en-Provence and its Cours Mirabeau — a miniature Champs-Elysees-like thoroughfare — and situated on grounds boasting lavender fields and exquisite gardens, the Villa D’Aix is no exception to that rule. Surrounded by an enchanting stone wall, this 19th century villa (above) is secluded, but not remote. Decorated and equipped with modern interiors and amenities, Villa D’Aix sleeps 12 guests comfortably, with six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Roam its ground, which include a swimming pool, horse stables, and gardens sheltered by hundred-year-old trees, or enjoy the view on high from the villa’s terraces or even its very own treehouse.

More Information

Learn more about how to choose from thousands of luxurious villas—from one-bedroom penthouses to 42-bedroom estates—in more than 50 destinations around the world. Members with Elite status can search availability and options at Villas of Distinction properties by visiting hgvc.villasofdistinction.com. Reservations using Points start around 2,500 Points per night, and any combination of Points and cash may be used. Nightly Point costs vary by property.

*All photos featured in this article are courtesy of Villas of Distinction.