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Top10 ..villas with pools.

Byline: Gill Williams

LOOKING for a holiday? Each week we pick the Top 10 best trips and deals, whether it's a cruise, a B& B or a week on the beach. This week Gill Williams picks villas to go for if you want to take the plunge...

To book today or for more Travel Top 10 ideas simply go to www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10

1. ES COSTER, MAJORCA

FRESH bread, milk and English newspapers are delivered every morning to your back door when you stay at Es Coster.

The villa is about three miles from Pollenca and five minutes drive from the beach.

It has four bedrooms, each opening out on to the terrace with views across the bay.

The interior is a mix of modern Spanish and traditional design with stone floors and walls and wooden beams overhead. A maid comes in to clean twice a week so you can forget the housework. HOW MUCH A week's rental from August 30 when eight share starts at pounds 718pp including flights and hire car. Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

2. ORLANDO

RIDE the Manta- inspired wet ride at Sea World or join the Simpsons on a Krusty adventure at Universal Studios when you take the family to Orlando on a villa holiday. Then, after a day of thrills and spills at one of the theme parks, retreat to the altogether quieter Tuscany Villas, just 15 minutes drive from the parks yet next to a wetland nature reserve. The Spanish-style villas sleep four to eight and have private pools.

HOW MUCH A week in a villa with its own pool costs pounds 679pp this month and next or from pounds 489pp departing between September 9 and March 10. Price includes flights and a hire car. Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

3. PAXOS

MESS about in boats, fish for tiddlers and take a late afternoon picnic down to the beach when you hire a villa on the sleepy island of Paxos, off Corfu. Stay in one of the Corfu Villas, all a mileand-a-half stroll from the port at Gaios through pine woods and about a mile from the beach. Choose from villas with two or three bedrooms, a sun terrace, pool and barbecue.

HOW MUCH Prices are from pounds 399 per person when six share or pounds 469 when four share a three-bedroom villa this month or next. Price includes flights from Manchester or Gatwick, transfer by private boat from neighbouring Corfu to Paxos plus a hire car. Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

4. CASA ROCKMORELL, MINORCA

THE pretty cove beach of Cala Morell is just a few minutes walk from Casa Rockmorell.

Ideal for two families or large groups, it has five bedrooms and four bathrooms with southfacing swimming pool terraces that catch the sun all day. The gardens are surrounded by pine trees and you're a 10-minute walk from a restaurant and snack bar. Or leap in the car for a short drive to the sandy beach at Algaiarens La Ville or to the smart restaurants around the square at Ciutadella.

HOW MUCH Rental for a week from September 11 costs pounds 995 when seven to 10 share (flights and car hire extra). Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

5. MADRID

PACK your Jimmy Choos for a villa holiday in the city, staying in a smart spartment with a swimming pool in Madrid. Love fashion? Teeter to an exhibition at Museo del Traje, which pays homage to the stiletto (until August 30, pounds 2.80 entrance fee). Interhome have a three-star holiday apartment in Madrid, equipped with pool, shared garden and children's playgrond. The apartment is conveniently located close to the shops, restaurant, golf course and underground and just four miles form the centre of Madrid.

HOW MUCH Three- night breaks cost pounds 243 or pounds 121.50pp when two share form August 7 to 10. Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

6.MAJORCA

SWAP big hotels on the south coast of Majorca for a villa in the Canna Joana in Santa Margalida is a three- bedroom villa sleeping six surrounded by almond trees.

It has a private pool and is about five miles form the dune-backed beaches of Son Serra de Marina. Windows overlook the rugged Tramuntana Mountains to the east and the sea to the west across Pollenca Bay. The house has a table tennis table and large terraces for al fresco meals.

HOW MUCH A week's rental form August 22 cost pounds 1,325 for a family of up to six. Flights not included. Book on www. sundaymirror/travel/top10.

7. BEAUMONT VILLA, CAPE TOWN

VIEWS of Table Mountain from the balcony AND a breakfast hamper delivered to your door make getting out of bed easy when you stay at Beaumont Villa. It's the new little sister of fivestar Beaumont House, a three-storey villa sleeping fouin two bedrooms. French doors lead to a heated plunge pool. There's a maid service and you're walking distance from great restaurants, bars and a delicatessen.

HOW MUCH From August 6 to September 30 the villa costs about pounds 328 per night (minimum 3-night stay), including breakfast plus drinks (including wine, spirits, soft drinks and coffees). Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

8. DINIZ 1, ALCUDIA

FRIENDS, countrymen ...why not take a dip in my Roman-style pool? Diniz 1 is a modern villa in Alcudia on Majorca with its own swimming pool based on an ancient design.

It is only a quarter of an hour's stroll from a sandy beach if you fancy a dip in the sea. Diniz I has a barbecue and covered terrace for outdoor living and you can keep up with all your favourite soaps on the villa's satellite television. The house sleeps six in three bedrooms. HOWMUCH Four adults and two children flying from Gatwick on August 22 pay pounds 3,083 (pounds 514pp including flights. Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

9. LA RAGNANA, TUSCANY

TUCKED away on a 15-acre estate with woods where you can wander at will is Ragnana, a restored Italian farmhouse with beamed ceilings, tiled floors and a simply dreamy pool screened by trees.

The villa, which is built on a hillside and offers superb views, sleeps eight with plenty of room for you and all your fellow guests to spread out.

If you fancy eating out, go for dinner in the nearby village of Radicondoli where there are several good eateries.

HOW MUCH A week's rental costs from pounds 1,190 to pounds 2,451 in peak season. Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.

10. VILLA PETRA, CRETE

TRADITIONAL Cretan features such as beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls are combined with 21st Century mod cons (such as satellite telly) when you stay at Villa Petra.

The house is on a hillside with views of the White Mountains in one direction and of the coast, just four miles away, in the other. It has a main pool and a children's pool and sleeps six in three bedrooms. The tiny village of Maza, with its kafenion (cafe/pub/village gathering place) and ancient church, is a stroll away. The larger village of Vrisses is a mile away. HOW MUCH A week starting August 25 costs pounds 1,195. Book on www.sundaymirror.co.uk/travel/top10.
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