The company’s approximately 1,000 properties are especially strong across Italy, France, and the Caribbean.
Best For: Exclusives
What We Love: LaCure’s zealously guarded private portfolio is not just for over-the-top properties; owners of reasonable midrange rentals also prefer to keep their places out of the public eye.
Properties From: $4,000 a week
Standout Rental: Listings include a former hunting lodge with six bedrooms in Tuscany that was once owned by the Medici family ($51,528 a week). 800/387-2726; lacurevillas.com.
Luxury Lifestyle Management
Even if your budget is modest, owner Maria Salazar will likely find
the best possible option for your dollar among her 2,000 or so rentals. Her favorite values right now: the Azores and Greece.
Best For: Emerging destinations
What We Love: Salazar deftly steers clients away from “outrageous” high-season rentals in favor of secret shoulder-season deals. She also offers frank advice about the true costs of the trip.
Properties From: $2,800 a week
Standout Rental: The 4,305-square-foot, four-bedroom Quinta das Oliveira, with panoramic views of the Algarve coast and the Atlantic—not to mention easy access to Vilamoura Golf Course ($8,425 a week). 866/293-9061; dreamexoticrentals.com.
The agency aims to represent only the two or three finest villas in its destinations (currently 140 properties in 70 countries), handpicking them for privacy, style, and individuality.
Best For: Exclusives; local staff
What We Love: All properties are fully staffed and include a local guide and concierge services.
Properties From: $35,500 a week
Standout Rental: A 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom town house right on Hyde Park. The open-air rooftop living room is divine ($70,700 a week). 44-20/7723-5599; privateworldvillas.com.
Unique Properties & Events
Each of the 80 properties—in France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and, later this year, Corsica—includes private concierge service and a local host.
Best For: Special excursions; exclusives
What We Love: The company is equally known for the “events” portion of its name (a tasting of rare wines in Tuscany; access to private yachts during the St.-Tropez regatta).
Properties From: $14,000 a week
Standout Rental: A five-room travertine palazzo in Cortona, Italy, surrounded by ancient olive trees ($36,231 a week). 44-20/7788-7815; cedricreversade.com.