BEST SEAFOOD DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE

November 25th, 2020

The cuisine in Europe is as diverse as its landscape. From the delicious street food of Greece, to the gelato of Italy, and tapas of Spain. Yet, one common theme you’ll see in most Mediterranean countries is seafood – or ‘fruit de la mer’ as the French like to call it.

With great weather, a proud fishing heritage, and many cities on the coast, it’s a given that seafood would be such a popular choice. Whether you’re planning to sizzle up dishes from your luxury vacation rental, or if you prefer to dine out, be sure to cast your net to these fabulous destinations in Europe.

Those that Cannes

Down in Saint-Tropez, fresh seafood is always catch of the day, and it’s always washed down with champagne! Whether it’s a casual fish soup for lunch, or grilled seabass with frites in the evening, there’s plenty of mouth-watering dishes to sample.

Leave your luxury Cannes rental for an evening stroll to its famous promenade waterfront. Here you will find the great and good mixing, and in typical French style – often over food and wine.

There’s no shortage of restaurants serving up delightful treats either. This includes the newly opened BFire at the infamous Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic. For something more established on the Cannes scene – Le Caveau 30 is a must, as is its bestselling bouillabaisse dish . If the restaurants sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a hit with A-listers, such as George and Amal Clooney, to name but a few…

Marbella

If you’ve heard the saying ‘No carbs before Marbs’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was anything but a foodie haven. But, you’d be wrong, because Marbella has some of the best restaurants in Spain, including a number of high-end eateries, for its discerning visitors.

The Marbella Club Grill is one such spot, that attracts a well-heeled crowd. With a menu as electric as its atmosphere, it never disappoints. Choose from popular delights such as Slow Cooked Red Prawn to the local catch of the day cooked on the firewood grill.

And, if your Marbella rental is positioned close to the harbour, you’ve lucked out, because there’s endless restaurants in the vicinity. This includes beachside favourites, Soleo Marbella Beach Club and Restaurante La Barca, serving fresh seafood with equally as sizzling views.

Mykonos

Once a sleeping fishing village, Mykonos town still remains a draw to those seeking freshly caught and beautifully seasoned seafood dishes.

Greece is all about discovering family-run tavernas tucked away down cobblestoned alleys, and there’s no place better than the Old Port for it. Kounelas Fish Tavern is one such hangout, where traditional Greek dishes are served without the frills and fuss. Do as the locals and order your meal with a side of lemon, bottle of Keo, and you’ll fit right in!

Or, for a modern Asian-fusion twist, be sure to book ahead at Nobu at the Belvedere, one of the top spots for fine-dining and mixing with the A-list that flock here. The menu is sushi heavy, with a highly impressive cocktail list for all those selfies you’re sure to take.

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FIVE OF THE BEST MOUNTAIN TRIPS IN THE WORLD

November 10th, 2020

There’s something marvellously rejuvenating about getting back to nature. Whether a walk in the woods, scaling a mountain, or hiking in the countryside, the great outdoors always provides the perfect backdrop for pressing reset on life. And we’ve all needed that of late.

However, with so many mountain destination to visit and conqueror, it can be hard to know where to begin. So, to help with your travels, we’ve selected five of our favourite global destinations for navigating the mountain tops. Whether you choose to camp under the stars, or hire your very own luxury Aspen rental, there’s something for everyone.

The Alpine Air of Aspen
Aspen tops the list of mountain destinations with good reason. Every year some 7.4 million tourists visit the famous resort, known for its world-class runs, high-end restaurants, and luxury facilities. Come in the winter to ski, or visit in the summer for outdoor pursuits like kayaking, hiking and cycling its trails. This is the place to stay for snow-capped mountains, crisp alpine air and luxury properties like Villa Kelsey, waiting for you at the foot of the mountains!

Tantalising Tuscany
The Italian region of Tuscany is known for its romantic setting of pink skies, rolling hills and flowing food and wine. No wonder it’s a popular choice for couples and newlyweds. If your idea of mountain-life involves being surrounded by great cuisine and hospitality, look no further than Tuscany. It’s the ideal location for pitch up with a picnic and enjoy the view.

The Unmistakable French Alps
Europe’s answer to Aspen, the French Alps span over eight countries, attracting visitors the world over. Most popular in winter, tourists come for the unbeatable ski. However, with a bustling atmosphere and plenty of after-hours high-jinx, it attracts just as many for the après-ski. Cosy up in your French Alps rental and enjoy the view… there’s a lot to take in.

The Peaks of North Carolina
If the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina could sing, they would tell you stories of their proud past. Inspiring a generation of bluegrass and country music, as well as explorers, photographers, artists and adventure seekers, it’s easy to see why. Breathtaking beauty is found at every turn, inviting you to discover the mountainous range for yourself. Hire a tour guide and explore the Blue Ridge Mountain region and all it has to offer.

Balearic Bliss in Ibiza
The less-trodden side of Ibiza, is one you don’t always hear about. Which makes Ibiza’s hillside even more mysterious and appealing to visit. It’s highest known point – Sa Talaia mountain – offers sweeping views out to sea and over to the idyllic island of Formentera. Whether you choose to bliss out and catch the sun, reconnect with your spiritual side, or practice yoga with a view, in Ibiza you can have it all. Complete your stay with an Ibiza villa rental, and you’ll be able to discover the magic of the island at your leisure.

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MIAMI FESTIVALS ALL YEAR LONG

October 23rd, 2020

If you’re looking for a year-round destination where there’s always something fun going on, add Miami to your list.

With a subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, a buzzing nightlife and plenty of luxury Miami villas to choose from, it’s easy to see why it’s a crowd pleaser.

Sure, most who visit come for the charms of South Beach and all it has to offer. But time your travels well, and you might just coincide your visit with one of the big festivals taking place.

Here’s just a few of the most-loved events that hold a permanent fixture in the Miami calendar.

Rolling Loud (February)
Bringing music to the masses, Rolling Loud is a highlight in the Miami music calendar. Taking place over three days, the festival has recently gone global, but the Miami stage remains the highlight. Artists who have graced the stage range from Travis Scott to Post Malone. Oh, and did we mention, it’s the biggest hip-hop festival in the world!?

Miami International Boat Show (February)
Sailing into February, the Miami Boat Show is always a great way to start the year. Here, the sailing fraternity come together to ogle at superyachts in all their glory. It’s also great for networking, closing sales and corporate gatherings. As such the city can get quite busy at this time, so book your Miami villa rental in earnest.

South Beach Food and Wine Festival (February)
It’s no secret that Miami has some of the best chefs and first-class restaurants in the world. Fusing influences from Cuba to Cancun, New York to Tokyo, it’s a celebration of world cuisine at its best.

Bringing this all together, the SoBe Food and Wine Festival is a must for any self-respecting foodie. Attracting over 65,000 hungry mouths, the annual event showcases the gastronomic delights that come together to make South Beach so special. The festival is laid-back and fun… but be sure to arrive hungry!

Winter Music Festival (March)
Now in its 35th year, the Miami Winter Music Conference owns the title of top electronic dance gathering. Attracting the holy grail of DJs, everyone from Pete Tong to Roger Sanchez have attended. Industry schmoosing aside, the festival sets the tone for the summer ahead, previewing tracks and throwing parties for fellow music-aficionados.

Whether it’s a rooftop pop-up or superyacht soiree, events are held all over town. With luxury and decadence high on the menu, be sure to impress and book your luxury Miami vacation home in advance – check out Villa Kayla for inspiration.

Pride (March/April)
Miami’s cosmopolitan vibe makes it the perfect choice for Pride weekend come the end of winter. This is one of the largest party gatherings for the LGBTQ community, with an upbeat welcoming vibe and plenty of sass!

South Beach Seafood Festival (October)
With its privileged coastal position, Miami is the perfect setting for great seafood. The city celebrates this like no other at its annual Seafood Festival. Think giant stone crabs drenched in lime and chilli dressing, cocktail parties on yachts, and live music at Lummus Park. It’s a fun gathering that feeds the body and soul, all in one.

Art Basel (December)
For nearly twenty years now, Art Basel has been synonymous with Miami, as one of the foremost art events in the calendar. Bringing an international crowd of art lovers, Miami Beach plays host to over 70,000 visitors that come. Planning ahead is essential, especially if you want to scoop one of the top villas in Miami that get snapped up quickly. It’s never too early to reserve your pass, get on the VIP list, and start getting into the Basel vibe.

Villazzo has an exclusive collection of luxury villa rentals in Miami, in all the prime locations for its calendar of events.

TRENDING HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS FOR 2020/2021

October 14th, 2020

There’s no greater holiday of your life, than a honeymoon. So, when it comes to booking the ultimate get-away, you’ll want the ultimate in decadence.

From booking your luxury villa rental, to a chauffeur-driven carriage, there’s nothing too grand for such an important vacation.

There’s just the small matter of choosing where to go.

In the coming year, the emphasis will be on destinations that celebrate the great outdoors, sustainable living, and natural beauty with plenty of space. Inspired by this, here’s four of the top honeymoon destinations bang on trend.

Beautiful Saint Barth
Watch the sun go down over Pointe Milou and clink champagne glasses from the comfort of your St Barts Villas. There’s romance at every turn in St Barths, making it one of the leading destinations for honeymooners. As well as offering glamour and style, there’s plenty of secluded places for enjoying privacy.

You’ll never tire of its iconic beaches either, let alone the breathtaking views. Head to the world-famous Saint-Jean Beach, and the white sand of Colombier beach for some of them. And when you’re all beached-out, there’s plenty of private superyachts to watch the sunset go down from a different angle.

Good Times in the Turks and Caicos
Known for its postcard-perfect views, impossibly soft sand, and some of the finest restaurants in tranquil surroundings, take your honeymoon to the Turks and Caicos.

Here it’s all about coral life, as you soak in the aqua-blue seas and discover a new found love for suba diving! There’s some 40 islands to explore after all.

With some of the best luxury villas located in and around Grace Bay beach, and with world-class eateries such as The Shore Club and Pink Bar at Wymara, you won’t be stuck for entertainment either.

Costa Rica Vibes
If you’re looking for a far-flung honeymoon that delivers on beauty, beach and the great outdoors, consider Costa Rica. This beautiful country is raw and rugged, awaiting your discovery.

There’s also some outstanding eco-friendly Costa Rica rentals that set the standard in modern living. If you’re into sustainability, this is the perfect destination to start your married life.

Drench yourself in nature, and unwind in the natural beauty of its exotic rainforests, never too far from a beach. If you’re not one for sitting still, you can enjoy days out hiking, biking, and exploring ancient ruins, as well as taking to the waters to surf – a local favourite pastime. Then of course there’s the food, which is an entire chapter in itself!

If you like your vacations varied and exciting, Costa Rica ticks all the boxes.

The Romantic Riviera
When you think of romantic destinations, France almost always tops the list. There’s nowhere quite like it for glorious food, heavenly weather and stunning sea views. Top that with bijou touches at every turn, and it’s answer to all your honeymoon dreams. Whether you choose to tuck yourself away in your French Riviera luxury home rental, or venture out to explore this chic coastal destination, it’s a timeless classic for newlywed couples.

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CHILL OUT IN THESE LEADING WINTER DESTINATIONS

September 29th, 2020

There’s nothing quite like fresh alpine air, the chill and thrill of the slopes, and snow-capped mountains covered in powder. And snuggled up in your luxury home rental, watching the snow fall outside is a cosy place to be.

It’s no surprise therefore, that there’s a growing number of jet-set travellers flocking to the hills to get back to nature.

If you’re one of these, or if you’re even flirting with the idea, here’s three fabulous winter destinations for cold weather fans…

Ontario, Canada
Depending on the time of year you visit, there’s a varying landscape and terrain to enjoy in Ontario. Avoid summer when it’s at peak humidity, and visit in the winter months (December to March) to enjoy sparkling beauty and breathtaking scenery. From the comfort of your luxury villa rental, you can commute to the nearby ski and snow resorts, for excellent runs for adrenaline junkies. Head to Blue Mountain, where Collingwood is a popular choice being the highest ski resort in the region.

Closer to the ground, the still and often frozen lakes of Ontario, are a sight to behold. They also make a great place for hiking and amateur photographers.

Courchevel, France
There’s something undeniably magical about the French Alps. If you’re looking for winter fun with all the frills, it’s time to head to the slopes. Come in December for a winter wonderland and guaranteed white Christmas, and complete your trip with a top-notch villa rental. Or, for tranquil times, March and April tend to be quieter with it being low season.

One of the major attractions, world-class ski runs aside, is the after-hours party scene, set to a backdrop of mountain tops. Courchevel village and Courchevel 1850 are where it’s at, with plenty of apres-ski, karaoke bars, and top-quality restaurants to make your stay special.

Aspen, USA
Seducing all the senses, this year-round destination changes with the season. So, if you’re visiting for your winter fix of snow, be sure to come between December and February, when the powder is fresh and slopes are in full swing.

With it being a popular time to visit, be sure to book your Aspen villa rental in good time. You won’t be disappointed with this family-friendly destination, that brings a touch of style and glamour to slopestyle living.

If you want to reconnect with the world, head backcountry on a remote run for unapparelled snow. Or if you’re here for the action, hang out with friends in one of the many buoyant bars and restaurants dotted around the centre.

Snowmass, one of the favourite resorts, is a four-mountain destination for all levels of skier. But, even if you’re not a fan of the slopes, you’ll find plenty to do, including zip-lining in the Lost Forest and bike riding in Elk Camp nearby. Or, if you come early in the season (September) you might be in time for a refreshing gondola ride down the lake.

Book your next winter vacation with Global Luxury Villas, and choose from some of the best luxury vacation homes available.

BEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN MIAMI

September 18th, 2020

As a melting pot of cultures, Miami benefits from some of the best chefs in the world. Whether for private hire in your Miami villa, or the many cafés and restaurants in town, it’s often said that Miami is a haven for foodies.

But it’s not just all neon lights and late night-jinx, there’s a whole host of exciting brunch spots maximizing the daytime beauty of the city. If you’re wondering where to meet up with friends, or just enjoy a casual mid-day brunch, here’s five of the best dining spots.

Three

Miami does upscale dining particularly well, and Three at the Wynwood Hotel is one of the best weekend spots (11am-3pm). If you’re looking for a smart downtown restaurant, this eatery serves up inspired brunch options with a Miami-Mexican twist. Try out the Huevos Rancheros ‘Miami style’ or ‘Oysters on the half shelf’ for something truly memorable. This stylish joint is as perfect for romantic dates as it is for family visits. Be sure to come!

News Café

It’s easy to see why the News Café was Gianni Versace’s favorite brunch spot. Teetering over South Beach, it’s a natural sun trap, as well as hip hangout. There’s no place better to sip on a smoothie and watch the world go by Perfectly placed on Ocean Drive, it’s easy to step out of your villa rental Miami and find a cozy table for late breakfast or early lunch.

The menu is plentiful, including hearty salads, eggs benedict or fruit platters to get you in the sunshine mood!

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply

Is it the morning after the night before? Then roll out of your pad and swing into Sweet Liberty for a calorific punch to keep you going! The epic ‘Big Breakfast Sandwich’ is a local favorite, or if you’re feeling a tad guilty, the ‘Cauliflower Nachos’ are a happy alternative. A cross between a daytime club and old fashioned American diner, this is a Sunday institution for those in the know. Open from 12 onwards, it keeps the fun vibes going with throwback tunes to drown out any emerging hangovers.

Le Zoo

For all the healthy brunch vibes, Le Zoo is designed for those who like pushing salad around their plate in style. Fresh seafood, creative egg dishes and variations of smashed avocado feature heavily on the menu, as well as of course a ton of salad choices. Popular with ladies that lunch, it’s conveniently close to Bal Harbor shops and many of the Miami villas the area has to offer. Watch out, this could become an expensive brunch!

The Deck at Island Gardens

Sweeping waterfront views to rival your Miami villa, and a jet-set crowd of well-heeled clientele – that’s what you can expect from The Deck. This is somewhat reminiscent of your favorite private yacht club, in no small part owing to its close proximity to the marina.

If you’re a seafood-lover then add this to your brunch bucket list. There’s also a decadent weekend three-course brunch offer, including seasonal soups and dim sum.

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YOGA RETREATS AROUND THE WORLD

September 10th, 2020

With the recent turn in events, experts predict that we’ll all be seeking out wellness travel much more in the future. So, if getting back to nature, and learning to embrace a slower pace of life is high on your agenda, here’s some yoga destinations to consider, including our pick of Miami, Mykonos and Costa Rica villas.

Regardless of whether you’re an amateur or professional, yoga can be enjoyed just about anywhere. From the sandy shores of Greece, to hillside retreats of Costa Rica and glamour of Miami Beach. Here we delve into three of the best yoga destinations around the world.

Costa Rica
The practice of yoga is about body, spirit and mind, and no destination better embraces all three than Costa Rica. With luscious greenery, world-class beaches and a commitment to sustainable travel, the country is leading the way in progressive vacationing. Find any coastal get-away off the beaten track, and you’re sure to find a preserved part of the world for a spot of morning yoga.

For the ultimate in exclusivity, one of our favorite retreats is Villa Kamala. Not only is this eco-friendly Costa Rica villa hidden in the privacy of the rainforest, but it also comes with its own movement and yoga teacher. Designed around its natural habitat, Kamala offers a zen-like paradise for practicing all those ‘downward dog’ and ‘plank’ moves.

Miami
A city of two halves; one being its bright lights and after hours fun, the other is its wellbeing commitment. There’s endless locations for morning, lunch, or sunset yoga. The golden stretch of Miami Beach is a popular choice, although may enjoy the privacy of their own luxury Miami villa tuning in to remote yoga classes from the comfort of their App. With its own waterfront and dock, Villa Valentina is the perfect choice.

There’s also no end of free yoga classes to enjoy, including Bayfront Park, Coconut Grove and sunrise and sunset classes on Third Street of South Beach. Or, if you prefer inside workouts, then try one of the many world-class yoga studios in the city, including holistic studios – I Am Equilibrium and the Miami Life Center to name a few.

Greece
When it comes to getting back to nature, Greece is most definitely the word! Fresh mountain air, mixed with the sweet scent of orange groves, and pine leaf trees, combine to create a natural oasis for rest and relaxation. Couple this with the gentle lapping of the Aegean Sea, and it’s the perfect formula for a mindful break.

With as many as 227 inhabited Greek islands, you’re spoilt for choice. However, Mykonos is certainly worthy of a visit. Known for its high-end luxury, vibrant beaches and exclusive luxury villas for rent Mykonos, you’ll find yourself right at home.

Do like the A-listers, and tuck yourself away in a luxury villa with a private instructor to come to your door for personal workouts. In the quiet area of Ftelia beach, Villa Calypso is the perfect choice, offering a mesmerizing backdrop for all those yoga moves you’ll be trying out.

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CHURCH ARCHITECTURE AROUND THE WORLD

August 26th, 2020

When you think of some of the most impressive architecture around the world, it often falls to historic or religious properties that have stood the test of time. Forget the grandeur of your Costa Rica villa, we’re talking about long-standing buildings that hail back to a bygone time.

From the gothic architecture of Italy, to the ancient ruins of Greece, and all that’s in between, here’s four must-visit destinations for experiencing rich history and culture.

Costa Rica


The architecture of Costa Rica is a veritable feast for the eyes, with breathtaking buildings dotted throughout its vast land. To the north, La Iglesia de Canas presents one of the most striking churches in the central district. Look closely and you’ll see that it’s covered in beautiful mosaic tiles – depicting religious and fable stories. Designed by Otto Apuy, it has become a landmark building in the region.

Nearer to San Jose, the quaint town of Grecia has some of the most memorable properties, many which hark back to the 18th century. This includes Catedral de la Mercedes – a striking red building that pays homage to this gothic era. Venture inside and you’ll find luxurious marbling to rival any Costa Rica villa.

Florence, Italy


Milan may be the capital of Italy, but there’s no question that Florence is its cultural epicenter attracting 15 million visitors a year. Here you’ll find famous museums, renaissance artworks, and Catholic churches that conjure up images of its proud past.

Standing like a beacon it the city skyline, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the largest churches in the region. Indeed, it’s so prominent that you can probably spy it from your villa rental Florence. Built in 1296, and taking a further 140 years to complete you can see why the Italians are so proud of this building, with its Gothic inspiration, finishing touches in bronze and it’s iconic dome.

There’s no shortage of architectural masterpieces in this city – far too many to mention. However, another worthy of your time is Basilica Santa Croce. With its historical significance, swarm of tourists flock here to marvel at its glory.

Zakynthos, Greece


There are hundreds of churches and monasteries in Greece, all with their own unique charm. The paradise island of Zakynthos is a favorite for those seeking culture and beach bliss in equal measure.

Nestled in the south, near prime estate such as Villa Marina, you’ll stumble across Virgin Keriotissa Church. This understated renaissance building is identifiable by its hourly bell dongs, and perfectly encapsulates Greek Orthodox architecture.

It stands in stark contrast to the biggest church in the city – St. Dionysios. Built in 1948, it’s relatively new in terms of Greek architecture, but this doesn’t diminish it’s significance, as it resides over this charming coastal town. The long imposing bell tower is a particular favorite feature to look out for.

France


The French Riviera may be known for St Tropez villas, but it’s also home to incredible architectural feats. The Orthodox church of Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas is certainly one. Russian influence comes through clear, although it remains modern having only been built at the turn of the century. Nonetheless, it has been recognized as a national monument in France. Be sure to take a visit!

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FIVE OF THE BEST FISHING DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

August 12th, 2020

Everyone needs a pastime and for some 45.7 million enthusiasts, fishing is it! The popular, relaxing and cathartic sport has been adopted by people of all ages, acknowledging recreational fishing as a wonderful hobby and bonding activity.

With this in mind, we’ve uncovered five of the best fishing destinations around the world. Just be sure to book your luxury vacation rental and yacht in advance during peak season to avoid disappointment.

Florida, USA

The sunshine state of Florida has an extraordinary ecosystem that ranges from the swampy marshes of the Everglades to the coral reefs of Key West.

To enjoy all of these, a luxury villa for rent Miami is the perfect place to base yourself. Choose a Miami villa with its own waterfront and dock, allowing you to set off to the Key West in three hours. The variety of fish here are amongst some of the best in the world, from yellowfin tuna to the elusive blue marlin. Either way, just make sure you pack your camera!

Saint Tropez, France

The 550 miles of the French Riviera coastline make it a favorite for fishing enthusiasts the world over. Go with locals on a fishing excursion and explore the beaches and coves, while hooking in your catch of the day!

For many staying in St. Tropez villas, hiring a private yacht is another appealing option. Pros will particularly enjoy the big game fishing for those comfortable with deep sea waters. Tuna, swordfish and dolphin fish can all be found dwelling here.

Sardinia


The elite destination of Porto Cervo in Sardinia is home to more than just Sardinia villas. It also has some of the most extravagant superyachts in the world, making it a popular choice for offshore fishing.

Here you can expect to haul in impressive loads, including the island’s favorite – bluefin tuna.

The Greek Islands

With some of the oldest (and best) fishing ports in Europe, the Greek Islands are a fishing haven. Mykonos, which started out as poor fishing island, may have reinvented itself as a jet set destination, buts its fishing prowess is ever present.

From the comfort of your villa rental Mykonos, such as Villa Berince, you can hire a private charter out to sea. Here the catch is varied, from John Dory to bream, to local favorite – octopus. From a simple sardine on the barbecue, to gourmet salted fish, do as the locals and savor every bite.

Mallorca

With sea bream galore, the rocky coast of Mallorca is a top destination for fishing aficionados. Hand-in-hand with its other popular pastime – golf – locals and visitors alike are known to dabble in this sea sport of kinds.

The luxury villas for rent Mallorca and giant yachts in the area, tell you all you need to know about the high standard of fishing to expect. From gilthead bream to hake, group and golden seabream, it’s easy to lose a day or two to this much-loved pastime on a visit to Mallorca.

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MOST PICTURESQUE WEDDING DESTINATIONS

August 6th, 2020

Overseas weddings are on the rise, up by 14 per cent, according to the latest reports. It’s easy to see why; not only can a wedding abroad be cost-effective, but it can lend itself to some of the most picturesque backdrops. From the comfort of your luxury villa rental to exchanging vows on the sandy shores of the beach, the world is quite literally your oyster!

If you’re looking for wedding day inspiration, then look no further. Compiled by our team of travel experts, here are four of the most stunning destinations for getting married.


Romance in Ibiza
Anyone who has visited the White Isle will know that it’s a spiritual destination, and one that lends itself perfectly to wedding ceremonies.

Dotted near the shores of Sant Jordi, Villa Rochelle offers mesmerizing views across the island. Its privileged secluded position, also makes it ideal for saying your nuptials in the privacy of your own Ibiza luxury vacation rental.

For hedonistic types, another romantic destination is Café del Mar in San Antonio. Sail up in your private yacht as the sun goes down – there’s no greater place for saying ‘I do’.


Honeymooners paradise – Italy
Italy is consistently voted as one of the best top destinations in the world for overseas weddings and honeymoons.

The rolling hills of Tuscany lend themselves perfectly to bride and grooms to-be, with vineyards galore and luscious green fields. Follow this with champagne over ice at your own Tuscany villa, far away from the tourists. Villa Larissa is one of the most spectacular, with its modern architecture and private terrace for carrying on the celebrations.

For unmistakable Italian charm, head to Positano on the Amalfi Coast. Clusters bars, hotels and restaurants hang off the cliff edge to create a dramatic setting. Suitable for smaller parties, the views here are simply spectacular.


Miami’s Glamourous Shores
With its glorious weather, outdoor Miami weddings are very in vogue. Better still from the privacy of your villa rental Miami. With its sprawling 17,060 sq ft grounds, Villa Lori is the utlimate setting for an intimate outdoor wedding. Boasting uninterrupted views across Biscayne Bay, it promises beautiful wedding photos that you’ll look back with happy memories.

Another popular outdoor venue is Miami Botanical Gardens. Getting back to nature, this 2.6 acre oasis features subtropical plants that create a grandeur and elegance for your big day.


Sanctuary in St Barths
The French Caribbean island of St Barths is known for its lavish luxury and award-winning beaches.

The quartier of Anse des Cayas in Saint Barths is one of the best examples of these, making it ideal for all your elopement dreams. This quiet spot is not far from the best St Barths villa rentals in the area, meaning you won’t have to venture too far. With golden sand and turquoise waters, the local beach is the perfect place for all those newlywed photos.

For postcard-perfect views out to sea, Marigot Bay beach is another wonderful location for your wedding day. There’s plenty of Coconut Groves here, as well as high-end restaurants for exchanging vows under the watchful eyes of the exotic local birds.

For the best luxury vacation rentals in the most picturesque parts of the world, head to Global Luxury Villas.