LUXURY MIAMI – WHERE TO STAY, EAT AND PLAY THIS FEBRUARY

February 7th, 2018

February is the perfect time to visit Miami. Not just for the weather, it’s the time of year the well-heeled descend to South Beach for two of the most decadent events in the calendar; the Miami International Boat Show and SoBe Wine & Food Festival.

With all the soirees to attend, you’ll want to ensure that you’re staying in the best luxury rental Miami has to offer. Top of the list is Villazzo – a private collection of luxury Miami villas offering unrivalled five-star treatment.

Villazzo offers a premium service, providing the complete luxury of a five-star hotel in the privacy of your own space. From fresh linen and fruit baskets to a fully stocked mini bar and a selection of exclusive wines and cigars, making it a home-from-home with an added touch of sparkle.

Impressive Miami

Christian Jagodzinski, President & Founder of Villazzo, said: “Miami is the place to impress and be impressed and we have a selection of the very finest Miami luxury house rentals in the heart of the action this February. We transform each villa to meet the needs of our individual guests, going even further than the best hotels in the world. It’s the only way to experience Miami in style.”

For discerning readers, we have handpicked two of the most high-profile events in the Miami calendar for the month of February. The Boat Show never fails to impress with its elite collection of boats and yachts from around the world, while the Sobe Wine & Food Festival celebrates the greatest local and international chefs, tantalizing taste buds with the finest food and wine pairings.

Wonders of the Water

Decadence is the word when it comes to the International Boat Show, taking place (February 15-19) at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Here’s three super yachts you won’t want to miss…

Grace E Perini Navi

One of the greatest boats on show, the Grace E Perini Navi, is also one of the eco-friendliest. Standing proud at 240 feet tall she features a full spa, wellness deck and state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Showcased by Fraser Yachts, it’s an architectural delight not to be missed (Visit IG, Slip 26).

Mine Games

Crafted by Italian builder Benetti, Mine Games is one of the finest designs. Accommodating up to 12 guests, it’s the ultimate ‘boys toy’ offering a touch and go helipad, baby grand piano and Quantum at Rest Zero Speed Stabilizers to boot. (Visit IG; Slip 1).

Skyfall

At 190 feet tall, Skyfall packs a powerful punch with its sleek sophisticated exterior, finished with an equally elegant interior. With its very own helipad and accommodation for up to 17 guests, it’s no surprise it’s valued at nearly $29 million dollars. (Entrance 2; Brokerage 277-288, 291-299A)

Wine & Dine

Showcasing the greatest culinary delights and masterful dishes from celebrity chefs, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival descends on Miami (February 21-25). From private tastings to late night parties, it’s hard to know where it begins and ends. Which is why we’ve handpicked three of the best events to attend below.

Miami Exclusive Chef – Michael Schwartz

Celebrated local Chef Michael Schwartz teams up with Hawaiian-born and West Coast trained, Chef Ravi Kapur and Chef Derek Dammann from Maison Publique in Montréal, to create a cross-country dining experience, complete with Champagne Henriot. (February 22 at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink)

Miami Hot Spot Wine Tasting – Fontainebleau/h6>

Harking back to the golden days of a bygone era, the ‘Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best’ event is hosted at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Widely considered to be one of the finest wine tasting events of the festival, there are more than 100 wines paired with exquisite dishes from 60 national chefs. From aperitif to dessert, it’s a true celebration of the grape! (February 23 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

Exclusive Kosher Dining

Four of the most coveted names in dining come together to host an exclusive evening of modern middle-eastern cuisine. From Tel Aviv chef Jonathan Borowitz along with local Michael Solomonov, Chef Justin Smillie and Chef Jenn Louis from Portland present a modern family-style feast inspired by local traditions. This event is Glatt Kosher under the strict supervision of Rabbi Chaim Lipskar of The Shul of Downtown Miami. (February 22, Rok Family Shul, Chabad Downtown Jewish Center).

Secure your place

Enjoy Miami as it’s meant – in true style, staying at a Villazzo luxury villa, and let our exclusive concierge book your ticket to these unmissable events. Find out more at Villazzo or Global Luxury Villas.

INTRODUCING GLOBAL-LUXURY-VILLAS

January 29th, 2018

Spectacular Homes at Exceptional Rates

Villazzo is pleased to announce the launch of Global-Luxury-Villas. After more than fifteen years in the business of providing fully serviced, 5-star-quality luxury villa rentals, Villazzo understands its clientele’s wishes for more options in travel destinations, rates, and a variety of rental properties from which to choose. That’s why Global Luxury Villas was born.

Global-Luxury-Villas exciting new platform is designed for travelers who do not require the extensive services that Villazzo traditionally provides. However, through Global Luxury Villas, a complimentary Villazzo concierge is included in the rate.

The Global Luxury Villas model differentiates itself with a “best price guarantee”. Find the same property for less and we’ll reimburse you the difference! Rest assured, our negotiated, lowest possible rates will never disappoint.

Global Luxury Villas is the ideal way to save when travelling as a family or group. Rent your own vacation villa or luxury home for comparably less than hotel prices.

It’s easy for Global Luxury Villas to rent out a home practically anywhere in the world, offering seventeen destinations across the globe and constantly adding to its portfolio.

Global-Luxury-Villas showcases top-notch rental properties selected according to strict standards in comfort, space, and aesthetics. Uninterrupted privacy is an added, priceless attraction.

Book yourself one of these villas for that next, special getaway – be it planned or last-minute – to the trendy French Riviera, multicultural Miami or the sultry charm of Sardinia and the ancient heart of the Aegean Sea. Who knows, you just might find your happy place nestled in Marbella, or rediscover why Tuscany is famous for its beauty. Or perhaps you’ll taste the good life in Mykonos, or find that heavenly piece of real estate at down-to-earth rates in Bordeaux. The world is yours. Just think how much you’ll see and save.

Don’t forget to check back soon and stay in touch if you don’t find the ideal location for your next adventure right now.

The best is yet to come.

MAKE A MAGIC DASH TO SNOWY ASPEN

December 18th, 2017

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the villa…

Chef and Butler

Not a creature was stirring…well, except maybe your personal chef, who just might have been whipping up an extraordinary Aspen Christmas dinner for you and your family to enjoy. Oh, and your personal butler, if that’s the way you like a Martini. You know, “stirred”.

You see, when you book one of our Aspen luxury home rentals, you and your loved ones are free to sit back and really enjoy one another’s holiday time together, the way it ought to be. We’ll take care of the rest. We mean it.

In fact, if you would like your Villazzo butler to dress up like Santa, it is no dream. And should you need him to run your errands, or even do some last minute holiday shopping on your behalf, this too can be arranged.

Aspen Luxury Home Rentals

Whether it’s business or pleasure, Villazzo suggests you treat yourself, your nearest and your dearest, to a merry little holiday trip. Book one of our wintery-wonderful, luxury Aspen villas, and we’ll deck your halls with boughs of holly, or just about anything on your wish list.

While your impossibly thoughtful butler continues stirring his surprise butternut squash recipe (or whatever it is that he might be concocting with utmost care) and the glazed, sizzling tenderloin scents the air, you’ll be absolutely free to frolic as you wish. There are so many ways to have a jolly ole time in Aspen. It’s a most favorite time of year there, and it would be an utter shame if you did not make the most of it all.

Just think. Your own chef, your own butler, the time you will save, the peace of mind you will have, and the overall merriment you will share could mean an especially relaxing evening spent hand-in-hand with your significant other. Or, perhaps it’s all about that extra time on the slopes and the last skier standing. Either way. Helping to forge your lasting memories is our business. How you decide to spend your precious time is yours.

In case you’re up for some expert guidance, though, Villazzo has compiled the following “hot-list” of vacation activities for you to consider while you stay with us.

12 Days of Aspen

12 DAYS OF ASPEN

From outdoor adventures to more urban, cultural events including local theatre, film screenings, cooking classes, art classes, book readings, and a partridge in a pear tree so to speak, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) offers a rather amazing itinerary of things you can do with the whole family. Here’s an entire twelve-day program of delightful pastimes sure to bring your clan closer together.

ULLR NIGHTS

ULLR NIGHTS

It’s the ultimate in winter wonderland revelry. If you’re looking for that merrymaking shindig for all to enjoy, look no further than Snowmass. Start by taking everyone on an enchanting evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp. Then, get on with your tubing, your snow-biking, your s’mores, the giant bonfire, a little hot chocolate, fantastic live music, dancing, two turtle doves and partridge in a pear tree. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Hey, this mostly-outdoor festival packs it all in, even a new, thrilling “Breathtaker Alpine Coaster” amusement ride. And, it’s all part of a time-honored homage to the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, if you needed yet another interesting reason to check it all out.

dog sledding aspen

DOG SLEDDING ASPEN

Talk about making memories; this will surely leave you on an extreme Rocky Mountain high. After all, how often do you get to arrive anywhere by actual dogsled? This one is said to be pulled by a large pack of overzealous Alaskan Huskies, eager to get carried away while carrying you with them. You might even catch Santa Claus at an intersection, or at least hear his sleigh bells in the wind. Heck, there’s no better way to explore the Colorado backcountry, or pull up to a nice restaurant, even. Book your dogsled tour in the morning, afternoon or twilight and pair it with corresponding dining reservations at local favorite, Krabloonik. That’s the tradition. Dog Sledding Aspen

Ice Skating

A TIME TO SHINE ON THE ICE

We can’t be sure, but something tells us you’ll catch a star here – all kinds of stars. In fact, if you decide to go skating at the foot of Aspen Mountain, under the starry night’s sky, you may just wish upon a few. Believe us when we say that this could very well mean the vacation of your dreams. At least we know that the freshly polished ice and tinsel garland dressings make for glittering holiday memories.

Snow Tubing

‘OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO TUBE!

Again, call us Nostradamus but we have visions of sugar-plum- donut-dads and a whole lot of family laughter dancing in our heads. We know the kids will love it. All you have to do is get them the “Activities Pass” tickets and…Poof! They’re off to the tubing slopes for a couple of hours! The tix are also good for the Alpine Coaster ride; the multiple lanes are lift-served and carved into the Meadows at Elk Camp, with lighting facilities to illuminate the runs at night during Ullr Nights festivities and on special holidays.

Snow Shoeing

SNOWSHOE TOURS

If you’re one to appreciate nature as was intended, this is happiness.
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers daily snowshoe tours on Aspen and Snowmass. So strap on those mountain-chic kicks and travel along foothill streams and ridgelines while learning about mountain ecology with an ACES Naturalist guide. Tours are offered through a partnership between ACES, Aspen Skiing Company, and the White River National Forest (USFS). Maybe they’ll let you carve your initials in a tree. Maybe they won’t.

One thing is certain. After all the action around town, your cozy Aspen villa along with our professional 5-star services and staff will have you jingling all the way back to your home away from home. – Aspen Luxury Homes

Email villas@villazzo.com to book your Aspen villa today.

Paint the town during Miami’s Art Basel

November 27th, 2017

At these 6 Happening Venues

As the widely international, taste-making jet set touches down in Miami during Art Basel, the Magic City comes to life in unparalleled ways.

It’s an exciting time you don’t want to miss, if you can help it. And if you’re looking for something to do outside the gallery walls, we have just the thing to satisfy your socialite sensibilities. Consider this your cheat-sheet guide to some of Miami’s hottest nightlife destinations during Basel.

Find your favorite go-to Basel spots here:

DOHENY ROOM AT THE DELANO

6. DOHENY ROOM AT THE DELANO

A prominent South Beach fixture, the Delano is invariably home to one of Basel’s most fashionable scenes. Its sweepingly high ceilings offer artful cover to surprise installations and its nearly impenetrable pop-up parties by Parisian crossover, Le Baron, consistently draw a disproportionate number of guests with star-quality. What’s more is the Delano’s latest and greatest “Doheny Room” just off the main lobby to the right. Here you’ll find creative craft cocktails and a whole lot more. The walls are dressed in the finest expressions of contemporary art, and as for the beautiful people, excellent bone structure and style abound. If things get a little too crowded for you, a night’s stroll around the expansive Delano pool is always a good idea.

LIV AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU

5. LIV AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU

For the ultimate, resort mega-club excursion, we recommend you venture to the time-honored and action-packed LIV. It’s the flashy brainchild of nightlife impresario, David Grutman, so you’ll be certain to catch a memorable music set by an internationally acclaimed DJ, or two. Expect high demand at the velvet rope as this club is not only a popular favorite, but its long-awaited reopening coincides with the busy influx of thrill-seeking Baselers and celebrity patrons.

ORA

4. ORA

If you’d like to try something that is just a bit off the beaten path, but are still aiming to go big, look no further. Ora is South Beach’s freshest installment of sensory overload with a twist. Touting the slogan, “when nightlife grows up,” the club’s concept relies on the enduring traditions of glamorous European nightspots then lets go with playful innovation. Resident DJ, Snoop Dogg holds it down on decks about once per month, and if he’s not there, you’ll find equivocally interesting class acts who do well to keep the vibes right and on a high note. Take the stairs to the second floor for a VIP backroom lounge referred to as the Anti-Social. Mixology cocktails and open format dance tracks add yet another spin here.

BASEMENT AT THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION

3. BASEMENT AT THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION

Consider a heightened experience without all of the pretense. Beautifully curated to include amazing add-ons like a sexy indoor ice-skating rink and a well-appointed bowling alley bar that spins elegant hip-hop, and what not. Basement is tactfully situated past the delightful Edition lobby bar…and you guessed it, downstairs. The eponymously named hotspot is frankly incendiary. With sincere resident DJs like Questlove, Soul Clap and the brilliant James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, we highly recommend. It’s a sort of performance art sanctuary, really. In fact, we’d also suggest you simply “go for it” in the dimly lit “Discobox”. You know, like nobody’s watching. Like it’s Art Basel 2017. It’s just down the hall.

STORY

2. STORY

This is a good place to write one. It’s in the heart of South Beach and it’s where privy locals mingle with A-Listers. The result is pure Abstract Expressionism. That’s our metaphor for an unbridled good time. Think of Story as LIV’s irreverent, little brother; they have the same parent-owners, after all. And like LIV, Story boasts big lights, big sound, and a big space – brush strokes broad enough for the Miami Heat to hold court on the dance-floor whenever they want to punctuate a birthday or just write off a small fortune.

SUGAR AT THE EAST HOTEL

1. SUGAR AT THE EAST HOTEL

Fancifully inspired Asian design reaches sweet, new heights at this 40th floor picture-perfect “Hong-Kongy” haven. Except, you don’t have to go that far. It’s just off the beach atop Downtown Brickell’s new City Centre hotel, EAST. An airy, lush garden setting makes for a sensual composition, frame-able by international DJs, authentic Asian culinary flavors and signature cocktails. We’d say that the sky is no longer the limit.

That’s the perspective, as curated for you by Villazzo.

We hope you can make it.

Email villas@villazzo.com to book your Miami villa today.

Villazzo Offers Kosher Services

October 12th, 2017

As the end of Yom Kippur opens the door to everything that is good and pleasant for you and your loved ones, Villazzo Operations Director, David Siauvaud opens his doors with outstanding Kosher Villas services for all to enjoy.

Villazzo is always one step ahead, consistently aligning its services with its clientele’s preferences. And, Kosher Food service has been a frequent request since Villazzo graciously established its first clients in 2002. Fortunately, Mr. Siauvaud comes with nearly a decade of relevant professional experience, and when he speaks about his current role at Villazzo, it is clear that he is a competent leader and a man who understands what Kosher food preparation is all about.

We asked Mr. Siauvaud a handful of questions regarding Villazzo’s Kosher Villas services. It is our pleasure to share with you his answers, delivered in the most charming and characteristic French accent.

What exactly does Villazzo’s Kosher food preparation entail?

“Well, when a ‘Kosher’ experience is requested, we work meticulously to accommodate our community when and where appropriate, from A to Z, really. We certify that the foods are Kosher – properly prepared in accordance with the Jewish dietary laws. Even our champagne aces the test.

The origins, significance and principals associated with “kashruth” – Jewish dietary laws – are complex. Our special behind-the-scenes preparations are rather extensive but it all happens in a convenient and timely manner.

As per enduring traditions, any contact between meat and dairy products is avoided at all cost, and the food is invariably treated according to specific laws. Should any meat be served, it is procured with a minimum of pain to the animal, for example. And, the food served will never contain those ingredients considered to be inherently unsuitable or unorthodox, like pork or shellfish.”

Are the food and kitchen inspected by a rabbi?

“Our Kosher Villas food suppliers are the best. Actually, quality control begins before the food is even introduced into the equation, with our selection of the villa and its amenities. Because meat and dairy are never to touch, the villa comes equipped with two refrigerators, two kitchen sinks, two dish washers, and all of the appropriate dishware, glassware, silver, etc. Before our guests arrive, a rabbi pays the villa a special visit to say his prayers and give everything his final blessing.

The inspecting rabbi examines not only the instruments and appliances used to prepare the meals but also the process by which our food is made and served.

Our aim is to ensure adequate supervision of purity, quality and overall compliance by our Kosher sources, suppliers and appointed staff.”

What about the staff? Who prepares and serves the food?

“The experience does not only adhere to Kosher customs, it is tailored to personal preferences and persuasions. In fact, you may request a male or female chef and/or butler. If there are women guests present at your villa, and everyone would feel more comfortable with a female butler, for instance, we would make certain that this is the case. That way the wives and moms can enjoy the pool and relax.”

Anything else you would like your guests to know?

Yes, you don’t have to be Jewish to request Kosher! It can be enjoyed be everyone!

Also, I would like larger families to know that we can help with transportation to and from the airport, if need be. This part of the trip can get a bit complicated for some and I encourage it. Our team is here to help in every way we can. I want our guests to be absolutely happy with every aspect of their stay.

Fortunately, Mr. Siauvaud and his Villazzo team are readily available to you for any further questions or special needs you may have. So, don’t hesitate to reach out and toast to life with them!

L’chaim!
The Villazzo Team

The Summer You'll Never Forget

May 25th, 2017

Consider an Escape to Ibiza

Live a thrilling, wild adventure or hide in a haven of perfect tranquility. The little White Isle on the blue Mediterranean, with her radiant beaches and color-drenched nightlife can offer many choices. But whatever you fancy, you are guaranteed a unique holiday, enriched to the fullest by our staff (at your disposal), our infinite amenities (at your command), and a five-star hotel for you and you alone: home in the lap of unimaginable luxury.

Book one of our five fabulous luxury villas. And once we move you in, consider the following five suggestions as your essential guide to making memories.

TOP-5 THINGS TO DO

5. EXPLORE

Fly in and peel out to discover Ibiza as you will, by private car and personal driver, if and when you’d like. Villazzo will arrange for all your transportation, be it on wheels, water, or saddle, and is always ready when you are. Revel in a carefree, scenic ocean-drive or let one of our knowledgeable guides whisk you away, down enchanting, twisty trails to secret beaches and cliff-tops of jaw-dropping photo-ops. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century, the island still holds the markings of four ancient civilizations (Carthaginian, Roman, Muslim, and Christian), so there are plenty of ruins and a few excavations for would-be historians or just lovers of antiquity.

4. BEACH IT or BOAT IT

Ibiza boasts some 50 spectacular beaches. One of the most famous is Playa d’en Bossa, a three-mile stretch of white sand just south of Ibiza Town. But, you haven’t done Ibiza’s beaches justice until you’ve gone yachting along the coast. Villazzo offers chartered yachts should you desire an offshore view of the glorious Ibiza sunset while sitting back on an epic, bespoke water-tour. For those who want to venture further from land, Ibiza is ideal for snorkeling and diving. The national park of Las Salinas is a phenomenal diving site. Let Villazzo plan your seafaring adventures.

3. PARTY

Ibiza features some of the most well appointed nightclubs on earth. Popular mega-clubs on the island include Ushuaïa, Amnesia, Privilege, Underground, Destino, and Blue Marlin. Hot on our list are also Playa d’en Bossa on the eastern coast and San Antonia on the West. Deemed by many to be the party capital of the world, Ibiza welcomes Villazzo’s guests for exceptional all-day and all-night amusement. Our dedicated concierge team will see to it that your entertainment is tailored to perfection.

2. FINE DINE

Along with its reputation as a party island, Ibiza is well respected for its extraordinary restaurants. Local establishments know how to set the mood with both traditional and contemporary décor set against an unforgettable, natural backdrop. Amante Ibiza, Bambuddha, and Las Dos Lunas are just a few of the best establishments on the island. Order a local specialty such as “guisat de peix” – a hearty seafood stew with potato and garlic mayonnaise. And don’t forget to bring home some flavored sea salt. The island’s saltpans date back to 800BC.

1. RELAX

Master the art of doing nothing. Let us spoil you as you indulge in the comforts of your luxury villa. Our signature 5-Star VillaHotel Experience includes a lifestyle organized by your own private Hotel Manager and his expert team of hand-picked and uniformed staff whom we train in-house to pamper you full-time. Your personal in-villa butler/concierge, private chef, and on-call Villazzo limousine service are all included. Staying in has never been so fulfilling.

Consider this your next greatest escape, especially tailored and delivered to you by Villazzo. Your little white isle on the blue Mediterranean awaits.

Email villas@villazzo.com to book your villa today.

Mansion Global – April 2017

April 28th, 2017

Lavish Mansion Global Rentals for This Summer’s Getaways

From private islands to 18th century villas, these dreamy properties are ready for the ultimate summer vacationers

mansion global

by Celine Li

This summer, why not take a break from hotels and enjoy more private luxury in your very own mansion?

You could relax on your own beach or go one step further with an entire island in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean or perhaps the Indian Ocean. Another way to really unwind: Have your private butler and chef serve lunch at your own historic villa in Italy or France.

Below is a roundup of eight fabulous and still-available, celebrity-worthy rentals around the world.
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Hedge Fund Blogs From HedgeCo.Net

April 7th, 2017
Villazzo: A Luxurious Miami Villa for the Entertainment of Hedge Funds,
Investors, and the Rich and Famous – April 2017

by David Drake

As an avid traveler, on a quest for the ultimate destinations for the ultra-rich, I have visited several countries and stayed at countless hotels. Traveling almost always gives me the satisfying feeling of being able to experience a city or a country just by staying in its famed hotel for a few days. Recently I got the chance of experiencing another vacation destination together with the people dearest to me, my family. This is how you travel in the hedge fund world to celebrate with your loved ones. Read the rest of this entry »

JetSet to Europe this summer in style

April 5th, 2017

When it comes to booking a summer holiday, the journey is part of the holiday experience. If you’re jetsetting, you’ve got to do it right.

Villazzo has partnered with WiJet to provide a special offer so you can travel to our villa destinations in Ibiza and St Tropez in your own private on-demand jet.

Hop on board the latest generation of jet, the four seater Cessna Citation Mustang.

As a Villazzo guest, you can enjoy a 10 % discount on your first WiJet flight and  5 % on subsequent flights between May 2017 – October 2017.

Wijet is a certified airline with hubs in Cannes and Nice and is one of only 3 private jets airlines certified to operate in Saint Tropez La Môle. Wijet’s philosophy is to offer maximum flexibility and they can take last minute bookings. They serve more than 1200 airports in Europe with a fleet that consists of 15 Cessna Citation Mustangs and they are the exclusive partner of Air France La Première flight.  The experience begins on board where you  can kick back, relax and enjoy exclusive snacks created for Wijet by French Chef Patissier Christophe Michalak and Ruinart champagne.

Book you villa now in St Tropez or  Ibiza  while there is still availability to take advantage of this special offer!

Reserve your summer  holiday in Europe in St Tropez or Ibiza and Villazzo will get you there in style with privacy and comfort.  Villazzo offers the ultimate service experience, tailored to you. Our expertly trained team of hand-picked and uniformed villa staff will tend to the details; so you can focus on making the most of your time together. Let us pamper you with our renowned outstanding personal service, all you need to do is create lasting memories.

Email villas@villlazzo.com to book your minimum 7 night stay during the months of May 2017 – October 2017 to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Complimentary Chauffeur Service with your 5-star Stay!

February 20th, 2017