Postcards from Europe: 5 Incredible Outdoor Rooms

The hottest spots in the Med get a dose of cool design with these stylish spaces

Summer is just around the corner, which means that you should be spending every possible moment you can outside. But even the most dedicated sun worshippers know that a shady sanctuary is always welcome – which is where these inviting outdoor rooms come in. Add in some cozy couches and flowing white drapes, and it looks like you’ve just found your new favorite place! 

ibiza_villabali_31Villa Bali, Ibiza 

If you’ve ever been to Ibiza, you know that having somewhere peaceful where you can escape for a dose of quiet time is very necessary. And while it’s famous beach parties and all night club sessions, Ibiza also has another, quieter side, which is perfectly embodied in the ultra-zen, aptly named, Villa Bali. Whether you’re out partying, touring Ibiza Old Town or feeling the ocean breezes on a private yacht charter, having this chilled-out place to retreat back to is the cherry on top of your glamorous island getaway. Once you’re sufficiently rested, head back out on the town… this IS Ibiza, after all!
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provence_villariviere_03Villa Riviere, Provence 

Located on 5 acres of fragrant land you’ll find Riviere, a beautifully restored farmhouse that proves country living can be just as elegant and stylish as the city. The home boasts perfect details like a pool designed with gold flecked Bisazza mosaic tiles, and an alfresco dining area draped in vines and surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens, the ideal setting for a Provencal dinner party – not to mention this ultra glam poolside cabana. Spend your morning cycling around the picturesque lavender fields before coming back to this splendid estate and sipping on rose in the shade.
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outdoorrooms-costadelsol_villa-mirador_07Villa Mirador, Marbella 

On the Costa del Sol – Spain’s literal sunshine coast – you’ll find Villa Mirador,  a home that mixes bohemian Spanish accents with a glamorous, flair. The vibe is playful yet stately, beginning with the rosy pink that dresses the home’s exteriors, through to this backyard lounge area complete with a attention-grabbing antique chandelier and elegant white drapes. Whether you sip on morning coffee here or stretch out with a book after your requisite afternoon dip, these couches are calling your name.
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umbria_spinaltermine_21Spinaltermine, Umbria

Stylish at every turn, Spinaltermine turns your romantic dream of living in the Italian countryside into reality. Its simple, chic interiors contrast with the villa’s rustic elements like beamed ceilings and loft-style picture windows. A winding 2-mile drive brings you to the home from the nearest road, so it’s no surprise that when you’re outside relaxing by the pool, you feel totally worlds away from everything else. When the hazy warm days fold into quiet evenings, soak up every minute of the peace and quiet from the comfort of this dreamy outdoor room.
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outdoorrooms-amalficoast_villaluisa_07Villa Luisa, Amalfi Coast 

This setting seems torn straight from the pages of an Italian romance novel. With lush vines and plush white couches, this beautiful space beckons you to sit back and while away the day with your better half. Villa Luisa is located atop a cliff hanging over the sea, where emerald mountains are visible on one side and the sparkling ocean on the other. After a dip in the sea (did we mention the villa has its own private cove?) sit down to happy hour drinks prior to dinner under the stars. Heavenly.
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Colleen McNamara