What makes a villa rental company stand out from the rest? The Thinking Traveller, which offers a collection of over 200 beautifully alluring properties in Sicily, Puglia, the Ionian and Sporades Islands and Corsica, believes it is down to three principles: exceptional villas, in-depth local knowledge and expert personal service. That was the basis on which the company was founded in 2002, and it has since been voted Best Villa Rental Company no fewer than four times at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards (most recently in 2018).

A fourth aspect that undoubtedly plays well with its savvy, international clientele is that The Thinking Traveller’s properties cannot be found on any other website or booked through any other channels. This suggests a strong element of curation, as well as reassuringly long-term collaborative relationships with the property owners. Clients can book online (if they wish), safe in the knowledge that a high level of quality is guaranteed.

In October 2018, The Thinking Traveller opened an office in New York to provide a more personalised service to its growing American client base. Based in Manhattan, the new US team works in the same way as its London counterpart, regularly visiting the company’s destinations and properties and offering expert advice based on first-hand experience.

In line with its tireless pursuit of excellence, The Thinking Traveller continues to enrich its portfolio with exciting new properties, including a number of superb contemporary homes designed by renowned architects.
This is particularly true of the company’s collection of villas in southern Corsica, built to harmonise with the unspoilt, natural environment; but there are outstanding examples of this trend throughout its destinations.

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The Thinking Traveller combines its Britishness (its head offices are in London’s Brick Lane and one of its founders, Huw Beaugié, is British) with a passion for all things Mediterranean. The company’s international team is a true reflection of modern Britain, where diversity inspires and enriches. Clients, who hail from over 50 countries, from Australia to America and from Chile to China, appreciate this combination of Mediterranean authenticity and impeccable British service.

The Thinking Traveller’s expertise and extra-mile service can also be seen through the work of its teams of personable, local concierges. Available 24/7, they have the connections to organise practically anything the company’s clients may desire, from tours of private aristocratic palazzi that are closed to the public, to arranging the delivery of a Steinway concert grand piano for a Lang Lang recital at a villa.

Problem solving is also second nature to them, and they leave no stone unturned in their pursuit for transforming awkward situations into positive experiences. One outstanding example of this was the rescue of a client’s dog from a cave. Liaising with the local fire brigade in a three-hour-long night time mission, the local team successfully helped to reunite Fido with his overjoyed family. All in a day’s work for The Thinking Traveller’s team.