We're not ones to toot our own horn, but we certainly love appearing in and out of the national and international press...which happens weekly might we add.

But in all seriousness, there's nothing better than being recognised for what we do best - villa holidays. Below are some of our most recent press mentions, all of which we're incredibly proud of. After all, there's no such thing as bad press.

To view our latest awards check out the Awards Page >>

Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards 2020

We can all agree that 2020 has been a challenging year. So, we were humbled and thrilled when we found out we were voted one of the best villa rental companies in the world at this year’s global Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards!


Co-founder Oliver Bell discusses exactly how the company chooses its properties, what we can expect as we look ahead and which are locations are expected to be abuzz in the coming months and into 2021.

The Telegraph

Even during times of travel uncertainty, The Telegraph discussed the surge in demand for stays in fabulous homes in secluded spots both at home and abroad this summer, mentioning our 'Book with Confidence' campaign.


When Sheerluxe were on a mission to find the top 8 best houses for a party weekend in England, our splendid Colleton Hall & East Wing was a no-brainer! With 38 acres of private woodland, parkland and manicured garden, Sheerluxe explains why it's a seclude slice of paradise.

Lonely Planet

To celebrate the release of the 25th James Bond film, we launched a bespoke package that brings guests to Tuscany to live out their ultimate spy dream. As well as sleeping in Talamon Tower, an iconic landmark that was featured in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, travellers will take part in speedboat rides, cocktail classes and casino nights.

The Times

The Times has listed 25 spectacular Italian villas and two of our beauties have made the summer holiday cut; Villa Alminera and Villa Castagna.

Fast Track

Every December the Sunday Times releases a Fast Track 100 detailing the top fastest-growing privately owned businesses over the last 3 years – this year we were ranked number 80 on their 2019 list.


The Independent answered the question Where to go on holiday in April and beyond by recommending a host of fabulous locations, including Italy for July and the stunning Chiesa Amaro.

Mail Online - Holiday like a lord

The Mail on Sunday talk all things affordable luxury holidays in their Holiday like a lord…-article, including how to get the full royal treatment at our historical holiday home in Gascony, Chateau Noble

The Times

The Times know that beach holidays are nothing without great accommodations, so when they published their list of the 50 best secret beaches in the Mediterranean, they made sure to include ‘rock-star party pad’ Villa Mer et Pierre in their blurb on Plage de Sylvabelle.

Mail Online -Travel: A different class of holiday rentals with Oliver’s Travels

Following on from her gorgeous fashion shoot at Inglethorpe Hall, Lucy Coghlan wrote a glowing review of the property for You Magazine and Mail on Sunday entitled A different class of holiday rentals with Oliver’s Travels. We’re blown away!

Sunday Telegraph - How to book the perfect villa holiday

The Sunday Telegraph have treated their readers to a guide on how to book the perfect villa holiday just in time for the upcoming summer season, and Oliver’s Travels made the list of their recommended providers in Europe.

Mail Online - Why Croatia is the best family destination

The Mail Online has written up an excellent guide on why Croatia is (almost) the perfect destination for a family getaway and not only one but two lovely Oliver’s Travels villas were featured in the article – the striking Hiza Histria and the gorgeous Villa Florinia

Ten of the best villas in Spain - The Times

In a fabulous article by The Times detailing the charms of ten of the best villas in Spain, we spotted Villa BougainvilleaVilla Ander and Villa Rocio. We made sure to count and that’s one, two THREE of our favourite Spanish villas that made the list!

Villa Trullo featured in The Telegraph

Villa Trullo, Puglia, Italy 

"Villa Trullo offers plenty of room for families travelling together. There’s a large pool with speakers on the terraces, and a garden where you can pick fresh fruit. Beaches are a 20-minute drive away.."

Independent - Oliver's Travels

"Come August, the exquisite French Atlantic island of Ile de Ré fills up with holidaying Parisians, so you don’t want to leave it too late to book a villa rental. Oliver’s Travels has the luxurious Maison Ile de Ré available from 4 August onwards, and it’s in the village of Bois Plage-en-Ré – a stone’s throw from a long string of sandy beaches."

Mariella Frostrup - Telegraph - Oliver's Travels

"One of the particular pleasures of renting a house, rather than a hotel stay, is how it pushes you into local life, so while the family slept, my mornings began with a visit to the one-roomed bakery, with it’s flour-dusted tiled floor and open bread oven where delicious crusty loaves sold out before most of the world had opened their eyelids."

Mariella stayed at Villa Sirenusa in the Amalfi coast

The Times

"Beechwood House - New Forest
It’s not often you find a small holiday cottage with its own outdoor heated pool. The three-bedroom house’s interior is light and spacious, with a lovely conservatory off the living area and a separate lounge with a cosy wood-burner. Across the lawn is the Stables, home to a playroom with a tepee and toys, and a reading room ideal for grandparents needing an escape (a ground-floor en suite bedroom is in the main house)."

The Evening Standard

"Not so Oliver Bell and Ravi Sabharwal, friends who met as teenagers at Marlborough College. The summer of 2002 that they spent in a “crumbling French chateau” in the Dordogne with 30 friends inspired them to launch villa holidays business Oliver’s Travels, which is set to hit revenues of £12 million this year." [2017]

Daily Mail - Oliver's Travels

"'Wow, we are sleeping in our very own castle!' shouted my excited five-year-old boy Zak as he ran room to room of our home for the week to pick out where he would be staying.

And he was right."

Daniel stayed in Villa San Michele in Puglia, Italy

i - Oliver's Travels

"Temperatures in the Canary Islands are pleasantly warm in high summer, making it a great family destination. Oliver’s Travels still has availability for its three-bedroom, Villa Estebana on Lanzarote. Overlooking the sea, it’s in walking distance of buzzing Puerto Calero. It also has the benefit of its own sea water pool and far-reaching views."

The Times - Oliver's Travels

Villa Sophronia - Santorini, Greece 
"The all-white interior lets the panoramic sea views do the talking at this luxurious cliff-top villa..."

Villa Bliveria - Lastovo, Croatia
"If you tire of the pool and views, there’s direct access to a private beach with a mooring..."

Gigaro Beach House - near St Tropez, France
"Pick up croissants for breakfast after an early-morning dip at the sandy beach just four minutes’ walk away from this chic villa..."


From the Interview to Oliver & Ravi...

"In 2013, we realized that we dominated the French châteaux market, but that’s a very small niche, and we wanted to move into and compete in the luxury villa market. So, we rebranded and launched Oliver’s Travels in January 2014. We then took on lots of new destinations and it’s been really fast growth since; it felt risky at the time but that was the best decision we’ve ever made…"

The Sunday Times

USP Unique or downright quirky. Its 1,400-plus villas and houses across Europe and the Caribbean range from a converted lighthouse in Sardinia to opulent chateaux in Provence
Top tip Whatever the guest wants, they get. A camel for a party in Morocco? No probs.
Big no-no Leaving out valuables and breakables is asking for trouble. Make your home beautiful but robust.