Summer Travel Guide

Summer is here and so is our summer travel guide! For those of you still looking to book their last minute escape, we spoke with Laura Blair, the founder + director of luxury private villa rental company, In Villas Veritas, to discover the chicest destinations to unwind and have a little fun this summer. Whether it’s an endless European holiday in the sun, or an exuberant Mexican or Caribbean escape, these are some of the top, GDV-approved places to vacation this summer.

 

HARBOUR ISLAND


One of the hottest Caribbean vacation spots of the moment, Harbour Island is renowned for its laid-back gentility, understated charm and beauty as well as for its famous pink sand beaches. Whether spending your holiday walking along the long stretches of the coastline, on a boat in the crystal clear waters, or exploring the pastel painted houses in town, Harbour Island is worth the visit.

Where we’re staying…

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

The Beach House

This spectacular, beachfront villa is perfectly situated on arguably one of the finest beaches worldwide. There are vast terraces all around the house as well as spacious entertainment areas around 4 courtyards allowing for indoor to outdoor connections from all rooms. This wonderful layout, in addition to the 32 foot, heated infinity pool and marvelous landscaped gardens, provides an amazing atmosphere of serenity and luxury. 

What we’re bringing…

Walker & Wade Mallorca Kaftan

$288

The Organic Pharmacy Sun Cream

$69

Harbour Island Throwbed

$375


MEXICO


If you want some easy fun in the sun, Mexico is the destination for you. In a shorter distance than flying to Europe, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches, delicious food and vibrant culture in and around the coastline of Mexico. Sit back, relax and enjoy a fresh made margarita, GDV style!

Where we’re staying…

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Estate Brisa

One of the most exceptional properties in Punta Mita, the Estate Brisa offers beautiful ocean views and a long list of amenities; private access to the beach, an incredible infinity pool, game room, bar, cinema room, spa, yoga room, a full gym and close proximity to the Kapuri Beach Club.

What we’re bringing…

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The Organic Pharmacy Travel Kit

$80

Fouta Towels

$85

Citronella Incense

$18 each


GREECE


Known for it’s stunning Mediterranean views, and iconic white houses that line the coast, Greece is one of our favorite go-to summer destinations. Whether you’re exploring the mainland or going on a tour of the many Greek islands, you can’t go wrong. This summer, we’re heading to the Amanzoe resort, located a mere 2 hours from Athens.

Where we’re staying…

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Amanzoe Villa

Situated on a gentle rise surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe’s 360-degree views take in the Peloponnese countryside and rocky coves. The resort is within easy reach of a wealth of archaeological sites and bustling Porto Heli. Dotted across the hillside, Amanzoe’s Pavilions and Villas are classically inspired, contemporary in attitude and provide seamless indoor-outdoor living, perfect for any guest.

What we’re bringing…

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West African Glass Bead Necklace

$80

Square Handle Beach Tote

From $185

Aromatherapy Associates Collection

$75


ITALY


There’s nothing more romantic than a summer escape to Italy. Traverse the stunning rolling hills of the countryside or explore the local sites in and around the small towns and cities. Italy’s rich culture & unique laissez-faire perspective on life is just the break that you deserve. We’d recommend going in August when the tomatoes are fresh & in season!

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Masseria Lucatello

Originally built in the 1800s by a noble family, the masseria has been completely renovated to the highest standard keeping every comfort in mind. The interiors are elegantly furnished and the paintings and sculpture throughout are lovely and whimsical. The Masseria is surrounded by olive trees and offers sweeping views to the sea. A splendid holiday home with its own beach “club” private to the clients of Masseria Lucatello only.

What we’re bringing…

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La Cucina Italiana

$50

Positano Candle

$115

Summer Tote

From $165


SOUTH OF FRANCE


The South of France, one of the most iconic holiday destinations, has seen the likes of celebrities, locals & tourists passing through the many towns that dot the coastline for years. Enjoy moules frites & a glass of rosé by the beach, explore the local produce at the farmers markets, or take a boat tour along the coastline, there’s never a shortage of activities in the South of France.

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

Image Courtesy of In Villas Veritas

La Cap Corse

La Cap Corse is an extraordinary property with extravagent views over the mediterranean sea, the Corsican coastline, Cap Corse and the charming port town of St. Florent. The 35 acres of terraced gardens, which have been featured in house & garden books, are magnificent with an abundance of lemon and olive trees. The stylish house itself was designed to take advantage of the marvelous views and relaxing, airy and sundrenched feel of Corsica. There is also a tennis court, beach and a dock for guests use.

What we’re bringing…

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Jaguar Chambray Towel

$245

Chic Summer Jewelry

From $30

Colorful Boules Set

$150