Where the Biggest Celebrities Go to Vacation

September 2nd, 2021

In the short space of 18 months, a lot has changed in the world of travel. Stalwarts like luxury Miami villas continue to hold their appeal, but we’ve also seen an influx of new destinations open up, especially those with plenty of space, or unique backdrops like Venice.

But why do the hard work to find your next vacation, when our favourite A-listers have done it for us!? If you’re looking for the latest trends in five-star vacations, then look no further than where our favourite celebrities have been flocking to this year.

Capri, Italy
With the fanfare around Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s romantic reunion, all eyes were on the Hollywood couple, during their recent travels to Italy. Styling it out on a $130 million super-yacht, they’ve taken to the seas, to tour the local region, including hot spot Capri. They weren’t alone, as Julianne Hough along with Kris Jenner and her beau Corey Gamble were all spotted in Capri in the last month. The luxury villas of Capri are always in demand, but with the recent arrival of ‘Bennifer’ it’s likely that they’ll be getting booked up way in advance for trend-spotting holidaymakers.

Lake Como, Italy
Not far from the dreamy views of Capri, is another jet-set favorite spot: Lake Como.

Home to stunning views, and jaw-dropping luxury villa rentals, it’s no surprise that it remains one of the top destinations for the glitterati. True to form, George Clooney and wife Amal were recently photographed during a visit – the couple are frequent visitors with their own holiday home in the area, which they enjoy with their family.

Nicole Scherzinger is also a fan of the chic Italian destination, sharing an Instagram selfie on a yacht in Lake Como in July, calling it simply a “magical place”

Miami, Florida
It was all eyes on Miami in April, when a flock of celebrities descended on the city, not for the first time this year (the SuperBowl was the first time When the Goodtime Hotel in South Beach opened, Kim Kardashian, David Beckham and Pharrell Williams all rolled up, leaving their luxury Miami villas for the night to party.

Miami is always an A-list hot-spot, proving its credentials once again, when mega-star Kendall Jenner turned up the heat during a visit in June. Spotted hanging off a boat with her friends, Kendall made the most of the gorgeous weather Miami is known for.

Venice, Italy
Known for its fabulous waterways, and a rather famous film festival, Venice was once again open for business, as celebrities from all corners of the globe returned this year. The city of romance proved its credentials when Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry paid a visit in June for a couples bresk.

Igniting further romance, Venice was also the choice of Russell Wilson and Ciara who headed there to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in recent weeks.

Greece
The stunning cluster of Greek islands always attract a well-heeled crowd, looking to escape the bustle of city life. Justin and Hilary Bieber were amongst the latest celebrity fans visiting the sunny island of Ios, staying in their luxury Greece rental. Meanwhile, actress Kate Hudson enjoyed a family holiday, mostly seen dipping in and out of the aqua blue Mediterranean waters that bring so many tourists every year.

And Hollywood royalty, Lionel Richie and family., enjoyed the stunning scenery of Santorini, for his 72nd Birthday earlier this summer. The volcanic island is popular with families and couples, looking to enjoy rest and relaxation, in its many private luxury villa rentals.

Saint-Tropez, France
The French Riviera always has a strong following with discerning travellers, hence the many St Tropez vacation rentals available in the region.

Hollywood legends Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel were recently spotted amongst its famed cobbled streets. Not too far away, basketball legend Magic Johnson was also vacationing on his private yacht. Whilst A-list model, Bella Hadid, stuck to the popular choice of Cannes for her break.

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Where in the World are the Biggest Yacht Conventions?

August 20th, 2021


As home to more superyachts than any other country in the world, the US is known for its love of water-based activities, particularly those with a luxury angle. Which is why it’s no surprise that many of the luxury rentals on Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale have private docks with water access to enjoy. Hand-in-hand with this, is some of the best yachting events that take over the towns annually.

While you’ll find that most of the big yachting conventions take place in the States, there’s also a number of international events to add to your bucket-list too. From the coast of Monaco to the shores of Dubai, here’s six of the most popular yacht shows in the world over the next year.

The Monaco Yacht Show (22-25 September 2021)
With more billionaires per capita than any other square foot in the world, it’s no secret that Monaco is a haven for high-rollers. Take a day trip from your villa rental St Tropez and rub shoulders with the rich and famous, in this high-calibre event. From the Monacho Yacht Summit to the opportunity to board the latest superyachts available for charter or purchase, this is one yachting soiree, that you won’t want to miss.
www.monacoyachtshow.com

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (October 27-31, 2021)
Widely regarded as the biggest (and best) boat show in the world, the FLIBS takes over 278,00 square metres across seven locations when it comes to town.

During the week-long event, a jet-set crowd descend on the many luxury villa rentals in the area, with a real buzz in Fort Lauderdale at this time. It’s easy to see why, with so many luxury yachts for sale, and over 1,500 boats on display, those from near and far come to ogle at the $4 billion haul of superyachts on show. It’s simply unmissable.
www.flibs.com

Antigua Yacht Show (December 4-9, 2021)
Celebrating its 60th year, the annual Antigua Charter is held at a UNESCO World Heritage site this year, with the celebrations in full swing. This fun and friendly show brings together the best of the best in Caribbean culture, with of course, the superyachts taking centre stage.
www.antiguayachtshow.com

Miami International Boat Show (February 16-20, 2022)
A favorite in the calendar, the Miami Boat Show is a stalwart in yachting circles, bringing together an international clique of yacht lovers. Spread across three venues, from the Harbour to South Beach, it’s one of the busiest and most exciting times to visit – as long as you book your Miami villa in good time. This family-friendly event showcases the latest models for sale, an education centre and VIP experiences for everyone to enjoy.
www.miamiboatshow.com

Dubai International Boat Show (March 18 – 22 2022)
The UAE brings another level of prestige and glamour to yachting events, as seen at the annual Dubai International. Attracting a global audience of boat lovers, it’s an opportunity to mingle with the very best in class, amongst is maritime neighbourhood in Dubai Harbour.

From the show’s biggest-ever boat to the renowned Adastra Trimaran, all are on show to enjoy in their full glory, you won’t be disappointed.
www.boatshowdubai.com

Palm Beach International Boat Show (March 24-27, 2022)
And, it’s back to Florida for one of the finest Yacht and Boat shows this side of paradise. Perfectly located on West Palm Beach waterfront, near to all the luxury Miami rentals, you’ll find this popular show, which is always a hit with families. With day tickets available, it makes for an enjoyable day out, with free fishing clinics for the kids and nautical activities to try out.

With yachts upon superyachts on display, it’s a spectacular event, attended by boat enthusiasts, locals and exhibitors. https://www.pbboatshow.com

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Exploring the Best Deserts in the World

August 10th, 2021

If you find yourself craving an adventure vacation, one that lends itself to exploration and excitement, then a desert-based holiday might be for you. Whether you want to go off-grid, or visit on a day trip from your villa rental, there are numerous options, tour guides, and destinations that cater to all tastes.

Here are five of the most remote, tranquil and enchanting deserts to consider for your next trip.

The Arabian Desert, Middle East
If you’re seeking vast wilderness with just you and rich earthy sand for company, then the Arabian desert is a must. Stretching from Iraq to the Yemen, it takes in the Persian Gulf with Riyadh at its capital. This vast 900,00 square mile of land is the fifth largest desert in the world, and brings the nostalgia of Arabian nights and romance to those brave enough to visit, especially by camel.

Dry and desolate, and far from the bright lights and luxury villa rentals of the UAE, this baron land is best to visit between November and February. This is when it experiences colder temperatures, which are still hot by any standard (71-83 farenheit).

The Sahara Desert, Africa
When you think of deserts, the Sahara is the one that first comes to mind. The third largest in the world, this expansive space extends 3.6 million square miles covering most of Africa’s northern region. The extraordinary terrain is made up of sandy dunes, as well as rocks and sparse patches of grass and salt flats. As well as providing a breathtaking backdrop, it’s home to some incredible species, as well as flora and fauana. A good time to visit is between May and October when the weather is milder. Many visitors are surprised to learn that during winter (December – February) it can even plummet to freezing temperatures too.

The Namib, Africa
A visit to the Namib is undoubtedly about escape. Here you can get off the beaten track and disconnect with the distractions of the world. Inhabited by just tumbleweed and desert plants, as well as the occasional elephant, it’s hostile environment is far from the luxury villas and glossy restaurants of South Africa. While it may not be the biggest, it is certainly the oldest desert on the planet, with its red dunes and dusty panes estimated to be around 55 million years old.

Moab Desert, USA
If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, the Moab desert in Utah is one of the most stunning to encounter. A veritable geological treat, it boasts hues of red, burgundy and coral, with boulders, cliffs and rugged terrain for hiking, climbing and exploring.

Dare to ditch your villa rental and pitch up and tent, and you’ll experience a sky full of stars in all their magical brilliance. The surrounding canyonlands balance out the remote desert with rivers, forests and even a state park to conqueror. Spring and fall is the perfect time to visit this rugged land, when tourists and heat levels are lower than usual.

The Antarctic Desert
And finally, you perhaps wouldn’t think that the largest desert on the planet is one filled with layers of ice. However, that’s exactly what all 5.5 million square miles of the Antarctic desert offers. Expect to see whales, icebergs and glaciers of ice in this humbling and spectacular setting, which many choose to visit by expedition cruise. Visit between October and March when the temperatures are most bearable (35-44 Fahrenheit), especially if you’re embarking on the famous two-day Drake Passage sea voyage.

Looking for a luxury villa rental for your next expedition? Visit Villazzo, which offers some of the most incredible properties in leading destinations across the world.

Six of the Best Thailand Islands

July 26th, 2021

Offering exotic elegance, Thailand is a unspoilt country that is much-loved for its food, culture and beach life. But, with over 1,430 islands to choose from, as well as the mainland, it’s hard to know where to begin, especially if it’s your first visit.

With this in mind, we’ve handpicked six of the best Thailand islands, equipped with luxury villa rentals and first-class restaurants for total indulgence. Let’s dive in!

Best for deep relaxation and first-timers: Koh Samui
If it’s your first visit to Thailand, Koh Samui is a great starting point. This tourist-friendly haven is known for its stunning beaches, full-moon parties and luxurious touches… if you know where to find them. This is the destination for laying back in a hammock in your Thailand villa rental under a banana tree, and letting the world float by.

With scenery at every turn, it’s a sun kissed spot for getting back to nature and enjoying the tranquillity of island living. It’s all about rest and relaxation in hearty doses, soaking up the sun more than the culture, and that’s alright too!

Best for water life: Koh Tao
Translated as ‘Turtle Island’ this enticing island is the perfect get-away for deep-sea diving and discovering Thailand’s rich underwater world. This popular diving destination welcomes amateurs and pros alike, and there’s even night diving and shark diving for those brave enough. With crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand, it’s a wonderful choice for beach lovers.

Best for glamour: Phuket
Another popular choice for island first-timers, Phuket eases you into Thai life with all the western comforts you’re aching for. As the biggest of all the islands, Phuket is more ‘on’ than off the beaten track. With this comes a plethora of villa rentals, popular restaurants and even cosmetic surgery clinics, catering to the many tourists it receives. There’s also a fair amount of designer boutiques and stunning beaches for the jet-set crowd.

Best for Beach Selfies: Phi Phi Leh Island
Made famous by the film and book ‘The Beach’, Phi Phi Island certainly lives up to the hype. The main beach, as featured in the film, is sheer paradise with spectacular scenery to wow. However, with this comes an influx of tourists. Hiding away in your own luxury villa is the best way to experience this island, or as many do – stay in Krabi in the mainland and jet over for the day. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Best for exploring wildlife and nature: Koh Lanta
For an authentic Thai experience, Koh Lanta in the Krabi region is enjoyed for its luscious greenery, tropical rainforests and coral beaches. On the cusp of Mu Ko Lanta National Park, it attracts visitors seeking action adventure, such as hiking, biking and discovering its mangroves and waterfalls. At the end of a long day trekking, it’s a joy to come home to your villa rental and enjoy the stillness of tranquil surroundings.

Best for unspoilt beauty: Koh Libong
This small but stunning island is the perfect antidote to the commotion of the other more-discovered islands. While there isn’t much in way of exploration, it provides the perfect base for relaxation and being at one with the world. It is, however, one of few places where you can see a dugong (a bit like a sea cow) in its natural surroundings. If that doesn’t appeal, there’s a number of luxury villa rentals with pools you can retire to instead.

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Four Blissful Beach Wedding Destinations

July 8th, 2021

When it comes to saying ‘I do’, a beach wedding is one of the most popular options for newlyweds looking for far-flung romance. So much so, that many luxury villa rentals around the world now offer local wedding coordinators for couples tying the knot.

If the thought of gentle waves hitting the shoreline, sand between your toes, and beams of sunlight gracing your guests, is your idea of the perfect wedding then read on. Here are six stunning locations for a blissful beach wedding.

Fall in love in Ibiza
It’s said that the magical island of Ibiza has a spiritual draw that brings people back to the island time and again. From its breathtaking sunsets, to its hedonistic hideaways, the white isle is very much about reconnecting with all your senses. It’s no wonder that Ibiza vacation rentals get booked so far in advance, with an ever-growing demand.

For a truly memorable and iconic wedding day, Ibiza is the perfect canvas. Whether you choose to head over to the paradise island of Formenterra, or clink champagne classes at Cala Llonga beach, there are 80 immaculate beaches to choose from. And when the party is all over, another is just beginning somewhere on the island!

Mesmerising Miami
Miami is a city that has it all; a vibrant nightlife, world-class cuisine, and some of the most pristine beaches in the US. For this reason, it’s a top destination for couples looking to elope in style, and enjoy the trappings of the many luxury rentals Miami Beach has to offer. South Beach may be popular with hipsters and the work-out crowd, but it’s also a beautiful setting for exchanging vows. If, however, you’re seeking white sand and landscaped dunes, a bit further north you’ll find Haulover Beach – one of the best settings for beach weddings. And, after all the fun is over, you’ve still got the excitement of Miami to discover!

Sizzling romance in Saint-Tropez
The Cote d’Azure is known for its chic glamour and jet-set community with discerning taste. As such, you can expect the very best from your stay, typically on a superyacht or stunning villa rental Saint-Tropez. With a temperate climate, uninterrupted views out to sea, and miles upon miles of golden beaches, it’s no wonder that it’s a prime destination for saying ‘I do’.

Nikki Beach is a favourite with A-listers, especially between peak season of May to September. Or, if you fancy doing a Brad and Angelina, whisk yourself off to the countryside in Correns as they did to tie the knot.

Seductive Saint-Barth
In recent years, couples have combined their wedding and honeymoon all in one, to make the most of jetting away. For all this and more, the idyllic island of Saint-Bath is the perfect getaway. Here you can enjoy chic coastal views combined with world-class hospitality and a warm West-Indies welcome. This daydream setting is also perfect for eloping, be it from your luxury Saint-Barths mansion, from a quaint church in the hillside, or from the ever-charming Shell Beach. With so many award-winning beaches and yacht-filled harbors to discover at your leisure, it’s the ultimate way to ease yourself in to married life.

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The Best Cities to Meet People

June 28th, 2021

Whether you’re travelling for work, vacationing with friends, or roaming alone, meeting new friends is a big part of broadening your cultural horizons. It’s also fun to network and chat to people from different backgrounds.

From hosting get-togethers in your luxury villa rental, to clinking glasses with friends in bars, or just mixing in new circles, where you go is equally as important. Which is why we’ve picked Aspen, Miami, Ibiza and Los Angeles as some of the most fertile stomping grounds for meeting people, and making new acquaintances.

Hit the snow in Aspen

Aspen is a city of two tales. On the one hand, you can enjoy uninterrupted world-class ski and snow followed by chill time in your Aspen villa rental. On the other, you can soak up all the fun and party vibes in its many sociable spots in town.

Although this city is always bustling, the best time to come is holiday season, when families and groups descend and there’s an unmistakable buzz in the air. The Snowmass region is one of the prime spots for rubbing shoulders with a fun crowd, especially Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Escobar. For more sophisticated socialising, head to Little Nell, for private-member style vibes.

Power lunches in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the place where business mixes with pleasure, and in typical Angelino style, this is often in the form of outside activities. If not dining in one of its terrace restaurants in Beverly Hills, try a hike in Runyon Canyon or power-walk along the beachfront with a friend. Better still, combine the two and hit a round of golf, before retiring to the club house for lunch-  it’s a discreet spot for hob-knobbing with the city’s finest. When day turns to night, there’s no end of hip bars to hang out in – sunset strip in West Hollywood never fails to impress.

Always Up in Miami

There’s no shortage of fun spots in Miami to meet locals and mingle with the jet-set community, outside of your luxury Miami rental. Brickell brings a young up-for-it crowd and is a popular post-work spot for doing casual business. 

While Miami Beach delivers the glitz and glamour in the many cool and hip hotel bars on the stretch of Collins Avenue. For a city that prides itself on cultural savviness, you can also meet interesting people in the many galleries and boutique shops dotted around the city. And, finally if you can make it during big events like Art Basel and the Miami Yacht Show, you’re bound to find plenty of networking opportunities for mixing with likeminded others.

24hr party people in Ibiza Town

Ibiza Town needs no introduction when it comes to its social credentials. Here you can find the good, the bad and the downright naughty, and you never have to look too hard for it either! Bars, clubs and an up-for-it crowd gather in Ibiza Town from late night onwards. Pacha, and the Pacha Hotel are lively spots, where locals intermingle with visitors. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a Ibiza villa rental in the heart of the action, you can extend the party all back to yours for a select few. By day, Bora-Bora and the Blue Marlin are the perfect beachside hangouts, with a friendly European crowd happy to get to know you…

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Where to Find the Most Beautiful Castles in Europe

June 11th, 2021

Where to Find the Most Beautiful Castles in Europe

There are over 50 countries in Europe, all with their own unique charm, history and villas for rent, that bring global visitors every year. But one of the greatest attractions and hallmarks of Europe, is the striking and historical architecture still standing today – namely castles.

Since the Middle Ages, and as early at the 5th century, castles were built with abundance throughout Europe. Some as forts and defensive buildings, others used as homes for royalty. Today thousands of these buildings still remain intact, to tell the story of where they once stood.

If you’re planning a European trip, here are some of the finest castles to add to your list:

Castell de Eivissa – Ibiza


Towering over Ibiza Town, the superyachts and the Ibiza luxury rentals below is Castell de Eivissa. This huge 12th century fortress is unmissable, dominating the skyline from every angle of the town. This medieval fortress was built in the Punic period when it was ruled by the Arabs known as ‘Yebisah’. Much is left standing today, and it remains a UNESCO World Heritage site, very much worthy of your visit during a trip to the White Island. Bring a camera, a bottle of water and your best selfie-face and don’t miss the the 14th century gothic cathedral at the very top!

Alnwick Castle, England


Although Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe – the most famous in the UK belongs to Alnwick Castle on the Scottish/English border.

You might not have heard of it, but you will most certainly have seen it, for this is where the Harry Potter series of movies were filmed bringing the magic of Hogwarts to life.

Today it remains one of the UK’s largest inhabited castles, with tours and guests welcomed – extremely popular with American visitors. Nestled in the stunning Northumberland region, this austere building dates back to the historic Norman Conquest, making it all the more fascinating.

Château de Langoiran, Bordeaux


There is nothing more charming than a French Chateaux, so when in the delightful region of Bordeaux, make it your mission to visit de Langoiran. Not only is this one of the largest castles in France, but it boasts spellbinding views across the Garonne Valley, and is within easy reach of all the nearby villa rentals for visiting. Despite being built in the 13th century, it’s still stands proudly, as one of the great local attractions. It’s turbulent history paints a picture of a bygone era of France, making it all the most exciting to visit.

Castillo de Marbella – Spain


Spain’s rich history is best seen around its protected coastline. Marbella is one of these, and home to Castillo de Marbella – a 9th century construction erected during the reign of Abderramán III. This magnificent castle stands today as the backdrop to wedding parties, spectacular events and guests from around the world, coming to marvel at it’ sheer scale.

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Five Places to Discover Greek Architecture

May 28th, 2021

Amidst the mountains, capes, alcoves and beaches that Greece has to offer, there’s stunning architecture to marvel at. Some old, some new – there’s certainly something for everyone.

Whether it’s a day excursion from your Greek villa rental., yacht trip out to sea, or an organized tour, here are five must-visit destinations for appreciating Greek architecture at its best.

Cyprus
With some of the greatest preserved architecture dating back to 900BC and earlier, Cyprus is a fusion of old and new, as seen in its buildings and structures.

The jewel of the Mediterranean, start your whirlwind tour at 9th century Church of Lazarus in Larnaca. If possible, come at night when it’s lit up and gleaning like a beacon in the city skyline, it’s history is equally as impressive.

In stark contrast, another impressive building is The Oval in Limassol. This 16-floor office space is a local landmark, designed to represent a pebble on the Limassol coastline.

Zante
Although Zante has some of the best luxury villa rentals and beaches in the Greek Islands, it also has impressive buildings to view. This includes many aqueducts, a Venetian Castle and Churches includes the Metropolis of Agios Dionysios – the perfect illustration of Greek architecture at its best.

For something more unique head to Navagio Beach. Plunged into the sea and accessible only by boat, here you will find a 40-year old shipwreck, preserved for all to enjoy. Bring your camera, and some flip flops!

Mykonos
For a small island, Mykonos packs an almighty punch when it comes to aesthetically pleasing buildings.

Dotted throughout the island are white-washed houses littering cobbled streets with windmills blowing in the wind. It is very much like stepping inside a postcard of what you imagine the Greek islands to be like.

There are also many state-of-the art Mykonos villas with modern elegant design and views out to sea. Head to Little Venice to enjoy some of these washed up views and cute houses.

Athens
The Greek capital is home to some of the most famous and significant architecture of today and yesteryear.

It would be remiss not to mention the most famous of them all – The Acropolis and Parthenon. Standing atop of a rock since the 5th century, it’s one of the most famous Greek temples, fantastically preserved for generations to enjoy. If you’re interested in neoclassical buildings, there are many private tours you can embark on.

For a more modern approach, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre is aesthetically impressive, that you could easily mistake if for a luxury mansion for rent!

Corfu
If you just want to meander down stone walkways and gawp at the buildings as you walk on by, then Corfu is your island. As well as great food, and a booming hospitality industry, it has architecture that people come from far and wide to enjoy.

Head to the Old Town, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and must-visit destination for appreciating neoclassical design including the Old and New Fort.

For your next trip to Greece, visit Global Luxury Villas to book your luxury villa rental.

A Guide to Cuban Culture in Miami

May 13th, 2021

There may be an ocean between them, but there’s only 531km separating Cuba and the sunny coastline of Miami. This, along with the Cuban revolution in the 50s, helped to inspire a generation of natives to venture further afield, many settling into Florida’s golden coast in recent years.

Today, Cuban culture is proudly embedded in Miami life, bringing its food, fun and flair to the bright lights of the city. In this guide we’ll take a look at some of the best spots to visit.

Historical places to visit
Little Havana is the beating heart of this community, with eateries, salsa bars and a bustling street life reminiscent of Havana, oh na na! Leave your luxury Miami villa behind you and immerse yourself in all that’s great about the Latin spirit. Come on the last Friday of every month where local galleries showcase the art scene and this proud vibrant neighbourhood.

As you scour the streets, look out for craftsmen rolling Cuban cigars – a cultural symbol of its community. The Hispanic neighbourhood of Calle Ocho is a great place to soak it all up, head to El Titan de Bronze for some of the best cigars to bring home with you.

Of course, a trip to Miami would not be complete without a visit to some of the landmarks paying tribute to the people of Cuba. This includes the Freedom Tower on Biscayne Boulevard and The Torch of Friendship monument a few blocks away.

The best Cuban eateries in Miami
At the heart of Cuban culture is good times and good company. Food plays such an important role in family life, that its influence on local Miami cuisine has left an indelible mark. The city is well known for its cosmopolitan food scene, with a Cuban flair, and you can even hire in world-class Cuban chefs to your luxury Miami villa rental.

To understand the culture, you first need to understand it’s food scene, starting with a Cuban sandwich. Head to Sanguich de Miami – an institution known for its authentic cooking and street food, just check out their Instagram page for inspiration.

For sizzling steaks and traditional sides, Palomilla Grill is a top dining spot, along with La Carreta. This also happens to be of the longest family-run restaurants in the area, gracing customers with favourites like boliche (pot-roast) and Yuca with Mojo, to satisfy their cravings.

Don’t forget the coffee…
Hand-in-hand with good food is a classic Cuban coffee – one of the most-loved drinks in this city. There’s a whole host of coffee choices, including the punchy espresso to keep those Cuban heels partying all night and a casual leche (milk) version. Puerto Sagua on Collins Avenue is a great call when it comes to sampling this Latino favorite.

Where to party like a Cuban in Miami?
Salsa and Cuba go together like Miami and cocktails. So, when you’re ready for a Daiquiri, or perhaps a Cuba Libre, the Latin Café in Brickell Plaza is a popular choice for the late-night crowd, conveniently near to the plush Miami villa rentals.

But for salsa heaven, head to Ball & Chain in Little East Havana, which has welcomed jazz heroes like Billie Holiday and Chet Baker in the past. Today it remains a throbbing party place with great cocktails to boot.

Finally, just around the corner Los Altos is a tucked away behind a hidden way for those in the know. This speakeasy brings all the luxury villa vibes with its glamourous design and Mexican-inspired walls.

For luxury villa rentals in Miami with five-star service, visit Villazzo.

Great Escapes for Couples Seeking Solace

April 29th, 2021

If the recent global pandemic didn’t give you enough time to be alone, we’ve got just the ticket. Created with couples in mind, we’ve chosen five of the most magical luxury villas nestled in tranquil surroundings.

So, whether you’re seeking romance, time-out, or just a different setting to slip into, here’s five must-visit destinations. From the windswept views across the Amalfi Coast, to the glitz and glamour of Mykonos, and the indulgence and charm of Sardinia, take your pick…

The Amalfi Coast
With quaint roads, panoramic views and hidden gems at every turn, there’s few places that ooze romance and charm quite like the Amalfi Coast. It’s the ideal location for couples looking to enjoy each other’s company, while benefitting from beautiful restaurants within stumbling distance. At Villa Fabiana you can hide away from the world and fall in love with all that’s great about Italy. It truly embodies La Dolce Vita.

French Riviera
The French countryside is unapparelled when it comes to total escapism. It’s easy to see why it has spawned so many great artists, with breathtaking vistas and rolling hills to capture. This also bodes well for couples looking to get away from their busy lives. Located close to the village of Mougins, where Picasso once resided, Villa Gloria is an idyllic luxury villa rental set within pristine gardens. With its own private pool, and views of fields and the countryside, it’s a firm favourite with those seeking refuge in blissful surroundings.

Mykonos
When you just want fun in the sun, Mykonos is the place to go! With views out to sea, Villa Kendra is the perfect choice for pressing reset and spending quality time with a loved one. Soak up the Mediterranean sunshine and enjoy a good book by the pool, as you recharge your batteries. Idyllic without being isolated, this luxury villa rental is well located to the many vibrant beach bars and restaurants in the area, just in case you find yourself missing the bright lights!

St-Tropez
For all the jet-set feels with a touch of beach boutique thrown in, St-Tropez is a popular destination for couples. Here you can enjoy leisurely walks on the promenade, followed by a gentle boat ride over to Cannes for lunch. There’s glorious stretches of golden beaches at every turn, some quieter than others, depending on the vibe you’re after. At Villa Felicia you’re even within walking distance of iconic Club 55, for when you feel the need to let loose.

Sardinia
For indulgence and decadence, the insatiable island of Sardinia is a wonderful place to get-away from it all. With 2,000km of rugged coastline and literally hundreds of beaches to discover, you can easily lose track of time, as you immerse yourself in island living. Porto Cervo is a favourite with couples and discerning travellers, with its five-star restaurants, luxury rentals, marine harbour and A-list fanbase. With views out to sea, it doesn’t get better than Villa Viviana – a five-bedroom home that’s perfectly placed in the hillside and within reach of local beaches and attractions. If you’re looking for a seductive sanctuary by the sea, you might just have found it!

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