When in Greece…. The Top Activities To Do

May 16th, 2022

Sun, sea and kebabs… there’s more to Greece than meets the eye. From the mainland to the islands, there’s everything from world class luxury villas, through to hiking trails, yacht clubs and vineyards to spend a well-earned day.

Sightseeing
Whether you’re in the mainland of Greece, or one of its many glorious islands, you’ll never be too far from a mega tourist attraction. Amongst these, the Acropolis and Parthenon are a must for history buffs in the Greek capital of Athens.
There’s no end of UNESCO world heritage sites to gawp at – 18 in Greece in total. So well preserved is the Medieval City of Rhodes, that it joined the list in 1988. It’s the perfect city to walk around and marvel at the 2.5 mile walls that define its skyline. Another popular UNESCO site can be found on the island of Delos. Take a day trip from your Mykonos rental and discover why it was once the religious center and major commercial port in Archaic and Classical periods.

Dining out
Greece’s bustling dining scene is a fusion of traditional classics and middle-eastern twists. Street food has really come into its own in recent years, and Athens does it better than anywhere else. Grab a gyro and a super strong Greek coffee and watch the world go by from any of its squares or cobbled streets. Failing that, ‘Funky Gourmet’ in Athens is a two-star Michelin restaurant, perfect for impressing.
In keeping with the hip vibe, Mykonos has its fair share of five-star eateries for its many discerning guests, often hailing from a luxury Mykonos villa. The trendy spot of Kiki’s brings all the taverna vibes, whilst Nobu is always a winner with the A-list crowd. Over in Santorini, Aktaion is an 80-year old taverna which never fails to disappoint, book a table for sunset and you’ll enjoy the best view in the house.

Outdoor sports
With its great weather and heavenly beaches, Greece is a haven for water sports and outdoor activities. Many luxury villas are equipped with their own spas, gyms and infinity pools. However, with miles of unspoilt beaches, Paxos is a popular island for enjoying water sports. The waters are crystal clear, making it idea for snorkelling and diving its many shipwrecks. Speaking of which, the stunning island of Zante is famous for its world-class beaches, including ‘Shipwreck Beach’ accessible only by boat.

Hiking and biking
Nature seekers are spoilt for choice in Greece. Whether it’s high in the Peloponnese, or sheltered in the windy roads of Santorini, there’s never ending terrains to discover. Naxos is known for its mountain villages, making it a serene spot for a quiet hike. For the ‘well travelled’ hiker, the gorge of Samaria is Europe’s largest and deserves to be visited
Finally for the serious hikers amongst you, The Menalon Trail is for the hardy only, stretching between two villages in Arcadia found in the breathtaking Peloponnese peninsula in mainland Greece.

Gastronomy
The local produce of Greece is one of its greatest exports. From artisan cheese to honey and olives, some of our favorite staples originate here. When in Crete, the Lyrarakis Winery is a must for wine lovers. Housed in its 14 hectares of grounds is one of the most famous vineyards in the region – be sure to sample the olive oil too. Over in Santorini, the native volcanic soil is the perfect soil for wine-making, Argyos is one of several worthy of a visit.
Back to the island of Mykonos, and a little known fact is that cheese making does a roaring trade here. Take a guided tour or perhaps a cheesemaking class – it’s a popular pursuit.

Luxury Yachts
With its rich history and surrounding Aegean waters, the luxury yacht scene makes Greece a popular hangout for the rich and famous. Athens marina is the most famous of all locations for pulling up in your mega yacht, however many of the Greek Islands have their fair share of impressive ports too. Port Zakynthos is close to the blue caves and luxury Zante villas of the island, making it a hot spot for the yachting community. Meanwhile Sani Marina in Halkidiki remains a bustling port, with an on-site first-class facilities.

Formula 1 Comes to Miami – Here’s What You Need To Know

May 5th, 2022


Calling all petrol heads, Formula 1® racing is finally coming to Miami, and we’re already gearing up for an epic time!

Promising to be a spectacle, the Miami Grand Prix enjoys its inaugural race in the city on 8 May 2022, taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium. The highly anticipated event is expected to draw in the crowds – well placed for the wealthy jet-set elite it attracts. Tickets are now available to see world-class teams including Red Bull Racing, McLaren and Renault go head-to-head.

But more importantly than that, we’ve got a host of luxury Miami villas, top clubs and places to soak up the action on your visit.

Where to stay
For an event as prestigious as Formula 1®, you’ll want to stay in stylish surroundings. There is no shortage of Miami villas for rent, however, here are the top three locations for your visit.

Miami Beach
If you want to be central to the action, including all the top bars, clubs, restaurants and of course South Beach itself – then there’s only one place for it. This bustling area is well located to all fun, ensuring you never have to miss out. Staying in this vibrant spot, you can still find Miami villas that offer tranquillity and privacy, for getting away from it all.

The Venetian Islands
There is nowhere better, or more sought after in Miami, than the archipelago of dotted islands that connect Miami Beach to Downtown. Otherwise known as the Venetian Islands, this delightful location is surrounded by nothing but sunshine and sea. Luxury rentals Miami are in high demand here – be sure to book in advance.

North Miami Beach
If you’re here for the Formula 1®, and want to be in parking distance to the Hard Rock Stadium, then north of Miami Beach is a good place to base yourself. There’s also plenty of shops and golden stretches of beach in the area to enjoy during a visit.

Where to watch the race
You don’t need to have tickets to the Grand Prix to enjoy the action. Miami has a host of sports bars if you plan to visit the city to soak up the fun and atmosphere at this time.

Grails in Miami Beach is a typical pub with wall-to-wall sports anytime you visit. For something a little more slick, Black Market in Miami Bayside serves up mouth-watering burgers with HD action shown on its many large screens. Finally, ESPN will be streaming the race, so you can kick back from the comfort of your Miami villa rental and watch it in peace.

After parties
One of the many reasons Miami was chosen to host the Grand Prix, is owing to its cosmopolitan crowd and vibrant culture. As such, you can expect lots of fun, even after the race is over.

The F1 Race Weekend Miami Celebration kicks off May 4 on a new giant podium outside the Hard Rock stadium with DJ Kygo on the decks. This is just one of several events taking place as part of ‘Racing Fan Fest’ – a free four-day event of daily entertainment with family-friendly attractions to enjoy.

As part of this, the Major Food Group is hosting a four-night supper club on Carbone Beach with American Express and Resy as co-sponsors. Guests can enjoy a smorgasbord of treats from Chef Carbone himself, and naturally, surprise guests. While, bringing all the party spirit, Red Bull promises to keep revellers energized at the Faena Hotel, Miami Beach – before, during and after the race. This includes DJ sets, athlete performances and much more.

However, there’s only one after-party you want to be on the VIP guest list for, and that’s the Amber Lounge. This is the official Grand Prix party that follows Formula 1® around the world. This slick, seductive affair includes live performance from a line-up of talent, and a smattering of A-list stars.

For all your next trip to Miami, be sure to visit Villazzo for the best villa rentals Miami.

Why the Miami Property Rental Market is Booming in 2022

April 25th, 2022

When it comes to the property market, everyone wants to know what the next big trend is. But just look under your nose and you might realize why the Miami property management market is booming.

Sun, sea, beaches and five-star entertainment; there are some destinations that have it all, like say Miami.

So it’s no surprise that Miami continues to buck the market trend, as one of the key destinations for inward investment in 2022. Testament to this, the city celebrated its highest January sales this year according to the Miami Association of Realtors, from both domestic and international homebuyers.

Whether you’re thinking about getting into Miami property management, or renting out your property to maximize income, here’s some insight into why Miami real estate is booming right now.

Florida’s low taxes
One of the big draws to Miami is its low tax rate, which is currently set at 5.5%. According to a recent report, Florida boasts the “sixth-lowest tax burden in the U.S. and ranked 44th in individual income tax burden and 45th in overall tax burden.” It’s easy to see why it’s an attractive destination to live or invest in.

Finally and rather importantly Florida is a “no state income tax” state — only one of seven in the U.S. Need we say more!

Remote working
One of the big changes, thanks to the global pandemic, is the way we work. Remote working has become the new norm for many professionals, and is very much here to stay. A report published in Forbes shows that today a quarter of all professionals now work remotely. With this comes greater flexibility around lifestyle choices, such as where to live and base yourself from. With its stunning climate, great international connections and affordable real estate, Miami has become somewhat of a magnet to investors and Miami property management companies.

Low mortgage rates
Over the past two years, real estate in Miami has continued to break records, in no small part due to low mortgage rates. At the start of the pandemic mortgage rates were the lowest they had been in ten years. This favorable financing has continued to pull in buyers, and attract Miami property managers to the area.

Tech industry
A top trend that Miami property managers are seeing right now, is an influx of talent relocating to the city for work. Hand-in-hand with this, the city is enjoying an influx of investment from the tech industry, with brands such as Blockchain bringing their presence to the city. There’s even a suggestion that Miami could be the new ‘Silicon Valley’ which is no surprise with the first Bitcoin convention taking place this year in the city.

Lifestyle destination
But perhaps most compelling of all, given the past two years, the emphasis on living somewhere you love has never been more important.

Florida’s healthy lifestyle, glorious weather and five-star restaurants and bars make it a highly attractive place to live. That’s not all, the area has seen an impressive uptick in its facilities for families, be it shopping malls, schools and activities in the area, helping to expand its appeal beyond the youth and senior market. This has accounted for 2.7 million new residents to the city since 2010 alone.

Final thoughts
Miami has proven its credentials as a city to play and stay in. Attracting heavy hitters in the business world, and the subsequent talent it has brought to the city, has seen a surge in real estate demand, especially in the rental market. If there was ever the right time to invest in a buy-to-rent, the time is surely now.

Villazzo Realtor is one of the leading experts in local Miami property management. Get in touch today to find out how we can bring our knowledge to your property.

Six Standout Features Every Luxury Property Villa Rental Should Have

April 18th, 2022

The rental market may be having its time in the limelight, but with great opportunity comes great competition.

There was once a time where location and architecture defined what it was to be a luxury villa. Not anymore. As consumers become more tech-savvy and sustainability creeps up the agenda, luxury villa rentals need to step up their offering. Taking insight from our Miami property management team, here’s six must-have features to make sure your property stands out for all the right reasons.

Privacy and Security
A private and secure home is one of the top requests that Miami property managers receive. In terms of location, a luxury villa that has waterside access, uninterrupted views and no onlooking neighbors will have a great advantage – this especially includes properties positioned on islands or in highly desirable locations. That’s not all, homes should be will equipped with state-of-the-art security systems, better still if they can be activated through face recognition or an App remotely. Gated entry and private parking are also highly sought after features.

Remote Working facilities
With so many of us working remotely these days, especially when away on business, it’s important that luxury villa rentals reflect this trend. Miami property management companies have been inundated with requests for fully-equipped properties with home offices and excellent connectivity. This extends to boardrooms, and large screens for Zoom meetings, as well as properties with large space for entertaining clients and guests in style.

Keep in mind that today many people travel with their families in tow, even for work. As such, versatile properties that have multi-functional facilities will appeal to growing families.

Wellbeing
Travellers are increasingly looking to combine business with pleasure. This means that properties must be equipped with all the necessary equipment for more than a fleeting visit. Health and wellbeing is a high priority, so personal gyms and swimming pools are a pre-requisite. To take it up another notch, indoor steam rooms, luxurious saunas and yoga and meditation hangouts are growing in popularity.

As mentioned, keeping properties family friendly is a smart move. Grounds with
basketball courts, tennis courts and direct access are in high demand.

Sustainability
Conscious consumerism has arrived, and with it so has the need for eco-friendly properties. From solar energy to geothermal heat, properties today need to have considerate features to appease discerning clients.

One of the growing trends is towards electric vehicles, so ensuring your property is equipped with charging points will stand you in good stead.

Deluxe touches
Villazzo properties combine the best in privacy with five-star hotel like facilities. This is what makes us one of the leading Miami property management companies. We know what it takes to dazzle guests, and it goes beyond beautiful décor and sunset views.
Guests are looking for the ‘wow factor’ that gives them bragging rights. For instance, a James Bond style wine cellar, an infinity pool complete with cascading waterfall, a private dock for your superyacht, a rooftop terrace with surround-sound system, a deluxe private spa and your own bar complete with summer kitchen. These are just some of the most talked about features customers love.

Entertaining rooms
A lounge – no matter how divine, is no longer enough. A games room, a personal cinema/theater, library and outdoor summer kitchen are just some of the demands of the rich and fabulous these days. Entertainment has come full-circle, and thanks to the pandemic, more and more guests are looking for ways to host events or celebrations within the confines of their private grounds. Be it the Super Bowl, a birthday or 4th July celebrations, a well-thought out luxury home should have a side room for hosting and impressing guests.

If you’re looking to rent your home, Villazzo is one of the leading Miami property management companies. Get in touch today to find out more.

Top Festivities in Mykonos for 2022

March 3rd, 2022

The paradise island of Mykonos is a favourite with those who enjoy life’s luxuries. Like stylish villa rentals, five-star dining, celebrity hangouts and plenty of soirees – from the beach to the bar.

Cultivating an image of good times, Mykonos has long attracted a cosmopolitan crowd, as reflected in its world-class night life. But even when the sun comes up, there’s still fun to be had. Once you’ve booked your luxury Mykonos villa it’s time to start planning the itinerary – here’s what’s in store for 2022…

Conventions and Conferences

Mykonos hosts a number of small business summits throughout the year. Two of these include; the Fifth Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium (5-7 May) for business leaders in the community. The other is the annual ‘Dental Implants Masters’ (29 June – 1 July), bringing industry leaders together under one roof. Both events take place at Saint John Hotel, which is easy to reach from many of the luxury villa rentals in the nearby area.

Club Life

Visit Mykonos in the summer, and you’ll be grateful you booked a luxury villa rental in the quiet part of town. Because this is when the island best comes to life, with a busy party schedule.

Voted the 14th best club in the world, Paradise Club Mykonos reopens its doors to an international set of partygoers come summer, with daily parties and big name DJs in attendance. It’s the number one all-day party destination on the island, and bookings are now open.

Mykonos music festivals 2022

In keeping with the music vobe, XLsior Mykonos Pride is the big music event in the Mykonos calendar that everyone’s talking about. Taking over the island from 17-24 August, more than 30,000 global guests are expected to rock up to Mykonos’ lively shores. This LGBT friendly event hosts some of the biggest names in the gay industry, world-class DJs, and plenty of fun by day and night. Passes are available to buy now online at https://xlsiorfestival.com/about- it’s wise to book these early along with your villa rental, to avoid missing out.

Parades and Traditional festivals

Myconians love tradition almost as much as they like to party. As such, there’s a number of traditional and religious events taking place throughout the year. Most of these fall on a Monday or Friday, meaning that there’s plenty of long weekend’s in store. If you’re staying in a Mykonos villa rental, you may want to consider booking a car or driver, for getting around during this time.

The first of many events kicks off February 16 – March 6 with the annual much-loved ‘Apokries’ carnival. This prelude to lent features bright and colourful costumes with parades and street parties taking place. There’s also plenty of feasts and local cooking to be enjoyed.

However, the biggest festival is Easter, which takes place between April 18-25 – also a public holiday. This is the biggest event in the Greek Orthodox calendar, and the island comes to a standstill as locals observe the religious festival. Church services take place throughout the weekend, and there’s plenty of local celebrations as well.

The final religious event to note is the ‘Ascension of the Virgin Mary’ which takes place in the peak of summer – August 15. Widely celebrated across Mykonos and Greece, this fast followed by a feast commemorates the life and death of the Virgin Mary. It’s especially big for those who have certain Greek names, as the locals celebrate ‘name days’ much like birthdays. Although it’s a public holiday, it’s still a busy time with most bars, restaurants and luxury villa rentals booked up months in advance.

Cultural events

Arts and crafts are big in Mykonos, so fully expect a packed schedule as the season unfolds. Last year the renowned HOFA gallery had two special events to celebrate a new art portfolio. This included showcasing work from Banksy, Jonas Wood and Yoshimoto Nara amongst international artists. The special event ran throughout July and August, and we expect a similar calendar of events this year – as yet to be confirmed.

For the very best Mykonos villa rentals, visit Villazzo today.

Soaking up Mykonos Culture

February 25th, 2022

The glamourous island of Mykonos must be visited at least once. With a party scene to rival Ibiza, the exclusivity of St-Tropez, and some of the finest villa rentals in the Mediterranean, it’s a popular vacation choice for those with discerning taste.
Steeped in Greek culture, there also lots to enjoy outside of its stretches of golden beach, and throbbing night life. This includes a vibrant food scene, delightful markets and a chic café-bar culture.

Here’s how to enjoy the full cultural experience.

Local scene

Growing in popularity since the 60s, this one-time fishing village, is today known as the most exclusive of all the Greek islands. Its mix of luxury Mykonos villas, hip restaurants, and cool beach bars adding to its charm.
Visit outside of peak season though, and you’ll find a very different island. One that is sleepy and quiet, with a close knit-community feel. And because it’s the gateway to the nearby ruins of Delos, it remains a popular destination all year round.
Much like all the Greek islands, locals are warm and friendly, with excellent hospitality skills. Food is central to family life here, so a visit to a local taverna is a must on a night out from your villa rental.

Indulge in fresh seafood and mezze dining, with local delights such as kopanisti (a spicy cheese), louza (cured meat) and a fabulously comforting Kremidopita (creamy onion pie) on offer. Cinnamon, nuts and honey feature heavily in local cuisine and best celebrated in the local dessert ‘Melopita’ – a kind of honey pie finished in crispy pastry. This is best washed down with a class of local Ouzo or Raki – take note; these spirits are not for the faint-hearted and have been known to leave a lasting effect on lesser trained palettes! In other words, proceed with caution.

Early riser foodies should head down to the waterfront early doors, where local fisherman sell fresh seafood, alongside farmers offering up fresh fruit and vegetables, reminding you of the simple delights of Greek cuisine.

Local Customs and Traditions

Mykonians are proud of their heritage, and celebrate local feasts and religious events to keep their much-cherished traditions alive. As a visitor, this may not be immediately apparent, but if you visit any of the local churches, especially on Saint Days or key religious events, you’ll be privy to these customs.

Churches as decorated in all-white, with candles, flowers and basil on show to create a fragrant welcome. Most events are marked with small feasts that often take place with families cooking up homemade meals to be shared with friends and neighbours. Many of the luxury Mykonos villas have state-of-the-art kitchens, as well as outdoor dining facilities, if you decide to follow suit.

Just some of these religious festivals include; The Virgin Mary of Tourliani, Agios Haralambos and Agia Anna. Alongside good food, good music can be enjoyed with local musicians bring their violins and drums to the streets!

Celebrity fans

It’s no secret that Mykonos attracts a roll call of stars, in no small part thanks to the former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who visited in the 60s with her husband and international entrepreneur Aristotle Onassis. Since then, the island has welcomed A-listers, from Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, to today’s stars such as Leonardo di Caprio, Ariana Grande and Bella Hadid. When not entertaining at their swish Mykonos villa rentals, you can find A-listers hanging out at Nobu, Caprice Bar, or docked in their superyacht at Tourlos marina.

Made in Mykonos

Finally no trip to Mykonos is complete without picking up some local produce. The locals are known for their craft skills, utilizing gem stones and turning them into bespoke jewels. Visit any of the cobbled streets in and around Mykonos Town, and you’ll see for yourself. From international names such as ‘Gofas’ to boutique stores like ‘Rousounelos’ and ‘Actipis’, you’re most likely to go home jewelled up than empty handed.
Mykonos – a stunning and welcoming island for all seasons.

Why Florida Is a Celebrity Hotspot for Real Estate

February 17th, 2022

With its year-round sunshine, miles of pristine beaches, theme parks, art scene, luxury villa rentals and world-class entertainment, it’s easy to see why Florida is one of the top destinations for tourists. But that’s not all.

 In recent years celebrities have succumb to its charms, buying up real-estate in record numbers. As such, the local population has more than triples since the 70s, adding more than 3 million residents every decade.

Whether you consider celebrities purveyors of good taste, or good investment, it’s fair to say that A-listers are no strangers to Florida’s real estate market. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Florida property scene, and see why the jet set are flocking here in numbers.

Nuevo cool

Let’s face it, everyone’s looking for the next big thing and while New York and Los Angeles are obvious hangouts, Florida is more understated. Not only is it the new ‘cool kid on the block’, but it’s becoming ever-trendy with names such as Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams and Jennifer Lopez buying up property in the Sunshine State. For those that can’t quite stretch to the multi-million price tag, there’s a host of luxury Miami villa rentals for a fraction of the price, making it a popular holiday destination too.

Tax haven

Investing in Florida real estate has a financial advantage too. The state’s average property tax rate is just 0.83% – much lower than the national average 1.07%. No wonder it’s a popular place for the rich and famous to invest their assets.  Amongst the most affluent areas is Palm Beach, Lake Mary and Belle Island.

And it’s not just tax savings either. A recent study found that groceries and electricity in Florida are much cheaper than the national average, making it a great place to live.

Waterside access

Surrounded by sublime turquoise waters, Florida is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. For the jet-set clique, this also means easy access to its waterways for sailing around the Bahamas, down to the Caribbean, or across the pond in the summer months. Since many villas in Miami Florida have private docks and waterside access, it’s a given that this would attract an A-list crowd.

The lifestyle

Make no mistake, finances and luxury aside, there’s something highly inviting about the Floridan way of life. Its sub-tropical climate offers mild winters and hot summers that make it a great place to visit all-year-round. 

Plus, Florida is home to world-class attractions, sports stadiums, bars and restaurants to rival any other state. From the playground of Disneyland to The Everglades and not forgetting the natural beauty of The Keys, it really is an all-round powerhouse and ultimate playground for those with discerning taste (and deep pockets!)

Natural beauty

Beaches, parks and oceans – Florida has them in abundance, and for the A-list community, this is highly appealing as a place to get away from it all.

Floridan resident Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has publicly stated that Florida is his favourite place to live, as homeowner to numerous properties in the State. He can often be seen hanging out in his pool, and working out in his luxury Miami home on his Instagram feed, for all the Miami vibes.

Villazzo leads the way in luxury villa rentals in all the top destinations worldwide. 

My Kind of Mykonos – The Must-Visit Luxury Destination

February 15th, 2022

Mykonos is noted for its beauty, vibrancy, luxurious Mykonos villas and golden beaches… but what Villazzo’s General Manager, Hanna Talaie, found on a business trip to goes beyond the aesthetics and into the heart of what makes Greece a number one destination….

By Hanna Talaie.

I landed into Mykonos airport excited to be here. My job takes me to all corners of the globe, but this was my first visit to this trendy Greek island I’d heard so much about. During my time here, I would recce the very best Mykonos villas and step inside the world of our clients, to personally vet and meet all the owners of our Mykonos villa rentals, checking them against our criteria for exceptional quality and comfort. 

The warmth of Greece

I’m initially struck by the warm Greek welcome and hospitality. Everyone I encountered, from private gardeners, to pool managers and Mykonos villa owners made me feel very much at home. 

It should be no surprise – Mykonos is known to be an island of luxury, hedonism and decadence. It is also the seventh destination added to the Villazzo collection, hence my visit. Whilst here, I would be meeting prospective property owners, to assess the very best villas in Mykonos we’re inviting into the Villazzo portfolio.

As with all our properties, I was specifically looking for the following:

  • A well maintained property
  • Size of property
  • A superior location
  • Unrivalled views
  • Comfort and first-class facilities
  • Cleanliness
  • Proximity to local attractions and entertainment

The heat is on!

I purposely came during peak tourist season, to see how the island responds at its busiest. Whilst nearby island Santorini brings in the highest number of tourists, Mykonos is known to bring in the most discerning. Those with a taste for the finer things in life; like private rooftop pools, uninterrupted views out to sea, and Mykonos villas within easy reach of its marina filled with superyachts. 

I was wowed by the safety measures in place, and the inviting hospitality from all the property owners I met, taking the time to give me tours of the properties and the amazing facilities on offer.

Although the island has been a haven for the jet-set since the ‘60s, Mykonos is once again enjoying its time in the limelight, with a raft of A-list celebrities, beach bars, marinas and luxury Mykonos villas welcoming visitors. It is mainly a European crowd, with a growing interest from Americans. 

With luxury villas in Mykonos in growing demand, I visited no less than twenty of the most sought-after on the island to add to our collection – only half eventually made it.

 

Stepping inside a postcard

One of the joys of visiting Mykonos is that it’s authentically Greek. Its steep and narrow roads lead to breathtaking views and windmills gently turning in the breeze. There’s no better place than Mykonos Town to walk around and get lost in, but for the main, I drove around, and found the roads safe and easy to navigate.

It was also a great way to soak up the beauty of the island – it’s turquoise waters and sandy beaches, and mountain views, ensuring there’s something for everyone. And of course it’s famed nightlife.

If you’re all about eating out and five-star dining, there’s plenty to succumb to here. And because of the high-volume of international visitors, I found it provide five-star cuisine comparable to the likes of S. Tropez and Ibiza.

Myconian style and design

Getting a feel for the island is just as important as choosing the right Mykonos villas. We are the eyes and ears of our clients, and need to be able to recommend properties with insight and honesty. So whilst visiting homes, I took the time to meet and chat to the owners, and visit the local vicinity, posing all the questions I know customers would have.

Perhaps one of my favourite things about Mykonos is the incredible interior decoration – some of the best I’ve seen. Villas in Mykonos are designed with beauty and comfort, from charming artefacts and minimalist white-washed walls, to cosy villas hidden in the nooks of the island. This, along with the location and first-class facilities, such as pools and well maintained grounds, are a prerequisite for Villazzo.

Dreaming of Mykonos

As my time in Mykonos drew to a close, I left with a full heart, grateful for the kind hospitality and incredible homes I had been invited into – many now serving as Villazzo properties. I now fully understand why people rave about this island, and book months in advance. 

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to extend my gratitude to all the homeowners who took the time to show me around their properties, and my team who helped to make this trip a great success.

Villazzo is pleased to introduce 10 Mykonos villa rentals now available for bookings at villazzo.com

Best South American Destinations 2022

January 24th, 2022

It’s a new year and with it comes a world of opportunity, including a new list of travel destinations to tick-off. From Brazil to Peru and Colombia to Costa Rica, South America’s epic and varied terrain has something for everyone. Whether you plan to camp out under the stars, indulge in a luxury villa rental or return to paradise in an eco-lodge, this huge continent is once again open for business.

For the year ahead, here’s some of our top pics for your next vacay…

Uruguay

South America’s rawness is half of its appeal, but if you prefer to walk the road more travelled, Uruguay is a smart choice. It’s one of the safest South American countries and heavily relies on tourism. It’s unspoilt setting also provides a serene space for a much needed break. Top of the list – take in the local culture with a visit to Colonia del Sacramento – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best vineyards and wineries in the country.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

From land to sea, Costa Rica is a diverse landscape that never fails to impress. One minute you can be scaling the jungle, exploring its biodiverse parkland, the next you can be catching a wave at several surf spots dotted along the coast. Could it be Costa Rica’s best kept-secret…. not for long. There’s already an influx of visitors and eco-lodges popping up to cater to the growing demand, like the award-winning Costa Rica villa known as Villa Kamala. With endless beaches and plenty of golf courses for those who prefer to be on dry land, it really is worth the trek.

Bolivia

For a truly authentic experience, leave the luxury villa rental behind and sleep under the stars in Bolivia. There’s plenty of outdoor activity and spectacular scenery to soak up, with mountainous ranges and salt lakes to discover along the way – especially Salar de Uyuni, a breathtaking place to visit with a guided tour. Next, onto the Amazonian rainforest down in Rurrenabaque, as you take in the exotic wildlife and picturesque scenery. It won’t be a restful holiday, but it certainly will be a memorable one.

Chile

Off the beaten track from the luxury villas nearby, head to the Atacama Desert for an experience like no other. The dramatic landscape includes giant volcanos, natural spas, salt lakes adorned with flamingos and a host of animals you’ve never seen before. Bring your camera and plenty of bird-watching kit, you might just come back with a new hobby.

The Galapagos Islands

Experience more nature than you’ve ever seen in your life, and hot-foot it to the Galapagos. A 600-mile journey off Ecuador, it’s unspoilt terrain feels like going back to a time that the world forgot. Today a protected UNESCO World Heritage site, the landscape is simply breathtaking.

Cartagena, Colombia

If you enjoy history and architecture, then Cartagena tells its story on its historic walls. This is a city to discover by foot, and when you’re done, it’s beaches are the closest place to paradise you’ll find. A little known gem, the Rosario Islands are flung off the coastline – an archipelago dotted in the sea surrounded by nothing but beauty. While you won’t find any luxury villa rentals here, it’s worth it for the experience alone.

Patagonia

The famous peaks of Patagonia stretch for 4000,000 square miles, from Argentina to Chile. If the thought of exploring these piques your attention, then read on. This region is known for its spectacular scenery, crisp fresh air and stunning glaciers set against the mountain range. A true wilderness, it’s wonderful for whale watching and hiking, penguin spotting and conquering national parks. There are fewer places in the world as ready to explore as Patagonia, just remember to bring your hiking boots!

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The Top Winter Destinations for Christmas 2021

December 24th, 2021

Is your idea of a ‘holly jolly Christmas’ roasting chestnuts on an open fire from your Aspen luxury home? Or perhaps it’s all about chilling by the pool from a boutique beachside abode? Then again, maybe you’re more of a food market type of traveller? Whatever you have in mind for the holidays, we’ve got just the destination for you.

Read on to discover the top five destinations for a very Merry Christmas in 2021.

Best for friends and groups – The Alps, France

The French Alps are hugely popular with young couples, groups of friends and families, come the festive season. It offers the right balance of downtime, with adrenaline-based activities to keep everyone entertained. Cosy up in your luxury villa rental complete with roaring fire, and enjoy a relaxing family Christmas dinner. Once you’ve recovered from all the excess it’s time to burn it off with some of the best ski runs in Europe. Linger a little longer, and you’ll get to enjoy the fireworks, parties and celebrations of New Year’s – the perfect way to see 2022 in.

For active families – Aspen

Closer to home in the rocky mountains of Colorado, lies one of the prime destinations for winter snow and sports. Aspen luxury homes are kitted out with the very best amenities from hot tubs to private bars, making them the perfect place for all the family to spend quality time together. Stay near Snowmass resort and there’s plenty of entertainment throughout the holidays, from parties, drinks, performances and not forgetting the snow itself! You might also see some familiar faces, including, Kim Kardashian, Elton John and Gigi Hadid – all known to be fans.

For all the summer party vibes – Miami, Florida

Thaw out from the cold and enjoy Christmas dinner by the pool. Miami weather is joyously warm in December making it a top destination for beach lovers. With it not being high tourist season either, it’s a wonderful time to hit the beaches, bars, and festively decorated shopping malls. With many luxury villas in Miami overlooking Biscayne Bay, it’s worth extending your stay to enjoy the dazzling New Year’s fireworks displays too.

Best beaches and bars – Saint-Barth’s

If there is ever a time to visit Saint-Barth, it’s definitely Christmas. The weather is supreme, the entertainment in full-swing, and the glamourous yachting community descend to the island to enjoy its exclusivity. Why not take advantage of the world-class dining and first-class service, and roll up to one of the many high-end restaurants for Christmas day. The dining at Eden Rock, La Guerite and Bonito are amongst the most popular spots for a table. Then it’s all back to your St Barth’s luxury villa to relax in the jacuzzi or pool, as you unwind to the gentle crashing of waves in the distance. What could be more blissful…

Best for Christmas markets and foodies – Austria

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The Austrian hills are most certainly alive with the sound of Christmas markets in December! Foodies will revel in the endless stalls and markets, with some of the tastiest festive treats you’ll find this side of Europe. From traditional Sachertorte cake, to Stolen bites and a warming glass of Gluehwein to wash it all down – it’s the perfect prelude to a Christmas feast. With its snow-capped mountains perfect for ski, warm hospitality and villa rentals to make your own, the natural beauty of Austria makes it an all-round Christmas winner.

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