The Best Global Company Retreat Destinations 

November 29th, 2021

Hand’s up who’s missed business travel. All of us, right?! In a long overdue catch up, companies are starting to come back to business travel, with company retreats providing the perfect opportunity to catch up in the many villa rentals across the world.

There’s numerous benefits in doing so. It’s an opportunity for team bonding, harnessing creative resources and learning from each other in a stress-free environment. It’s also an opportunity for teams across different locations to come together, something that has been sorely missed in recent months.

If you’re ready to be inspired, check out some of the best destinations below.

Aspen, Colorado

During the summer months, Aspen is perfect for outdoor pursuits,  come winter it’s a snow and ski paradise. Either way, this makes for a fun backdrop for hosting your work event, especially if you’re looking to combine it with outdoor activities. Another reason for its popularity, is that Aspen villa rentals are known to be well equipped with plenty of space. Villa Marylou, for instance, is the ideal spot for smaller teams to enjoy. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

The city that never sleeps also has the best spaces for hire – perfect for company events and team presentations on a large scale. It’s the reason why so many exhibitions and launches take place here. Alternatively, further away in Henderson, you can find a calmer vibe with ranches and retreats perfectly suitable for lower-key engagements. 

Athens, Greece

The lively capital of Greece is home to first-class villa rentals, grand hotels and event space, making it perfect for company retreats. With its rich history, it’s also an inspiring place to bring teams together, with the Parthenon and numerous other cultural sights to feast your eyes on. Its endless museums and architectural ruins are nothing short of inspiring, no matter what industry you’re in. 

Singapore

For inspiring architecture and modern living fused with age-old traditions, Singapore is a popular business destination for corporate retreats. A visit to the iconic Marina Sands Bay, 207 metres high, is a good place to start. The sky is most certainly the limit in this creative setting that knows no bounds.

Barcelona, Spain

Bustling Barcelona is a popular destination for both leisure and business travel, with work-hard play-hard appeal. As such, there’s endless villas for rent, restaurants for dining and private spaces for hire, for taking your team on company retreat. When the hard work is over, there’s a ton of famous galleries, museums, zoos and Olympic stadiums to wander around. As for evening activities – it’s reputation goes before it!

Miami, Florida

With some of the largest conferencing facilities, complex and hotels in USA, Miami is a popular choice for company retreats. Home to leading events such as Art Basel and the International Boat Show, the city is well-equipped for hosting large parties. This includes a wide selection of Miami villa rentals, many with waterfront docks for easy access to the water. There’s plenty of business centers for meetings, plus the downtown destination of Brickell is a fun place for after-hours entertainment. All in all, you can’t go wrong in this fun up-for-it city.

Ibiza, Balearic Islands

More than just a party island, Ibiza has capitalized on its popularity, with a cluster of new hotels, business centres and private spaces available for hire. Combined with its easy access from Europe, it makes for an attractive destination for your company retreat. With wellness high on the agenda here, you can easily hire yoga, Pilates and other instructions to your Ibiza villa rental for a full company detox. 

For the very best luxury villa rentals, for work or pleasure, visit Villazzo for an elite selection.

Top 2021 Destinations for Coming Together Over Thanksgiving

November 12th, 2021

This year Thanksgiving is set to be bigger than ever, as families make up for lost time over the past year. Taking place on Thursday 25 November in the US, the date is slowly creeping up. However, it’s never too early (or late) to plan ahead, and it all starts with a spacious vacation rental for all the family.

If you’re ready for a get-away, we’ve hand-picked seven of our favorite destinations for all the Thanksgiving feels.

For winter feels – Aspen
Warming the coldest of hearts, the powdery slopes of Aspen invite you over for a long weekend. Cosy up in front of the fire and get in the festive mood, with log fires burning and eggnog brewing! It’s a romantic choice for couples, as well as popular with families too.

With their huge kitchens and endless dining space, Aspen villa rentals were made for big family gatherings. There’s also a number of resorts serving Thanksgiving dinner, including Der Fondue Chessel and Ski Tip Lodge to name a few. When the turkey has settled, Snowmass mountain beckons with some of the best slopes you’ll find in the US.

Family fun – Miami
Miami villas are known for their decadence, style and swimming pools. If you’re looking to combine Thanksgiving with a mini break, this is the perfect place for you. Villa Sasha, for instance, boasts seven spacious bedrooms, with a large private outdoor space and plenty of indoor dining options. Thanksgiving in the sun doesn’t get better than Miami.

For big party vibes – New York City
There’s thousands of reasons why New York is a great choice for Thanksgiving. But perhaps one of the biggest is the infamous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A stalwart in the diary since 1924, it attracts millions of party-goers with giant floats, musical acts and theatrical performance from Broadway stars. Perfect for couples and friends looking to party through the Thanksgiving weekend. Just be sure to book your villa rental in advance, as it gets busy.

The ultimate get-away – Hawaii
November is a great month to visit Hawaii – the busy crowds have dispersed and the weather is perfectly warm. Just a short flight from the west coast, it manages to feel a world away. If you fancy something a little different, try a luau Thanksgiving feast, full of Polynesian flavour – fun for all the family. And while you’re there, why not hit up the waves – since it’s home to some of the best in the world.

Beach life at its best – St Barth’s
Bring together your loved ones under the luxury and beauty of one of the best St Barth’s villa rentals on the island. This is the best way to enjoy privacy and luxury under one roof. Hire in a catering company to cook up your Thanksgiving feast, or take to one of the many five-star restaurants on the island. When the celebrations are over, there’s plenty of tranquil beaches for fully relaxing and making the most of your time on the island.

Calling all kids – Orlando, Florida
One for the kids (and big kids) amongst you! Orlando is home to some of the most luxurious villa rentals, hotels and of course Disney World. This Thanksgiving, the theme park is hosting all sorts of options for families within its resort, which means you don’t have to miss out whilst having fun with Mickey Mouse. Reassuringly, the standard is high here, so you won’t go wrong wherever you decide to book.

For unrivalled luxury, Villazzo offers the very best villa rentals in the most sought-after destinations in the world.

The Lifestyles of Europe’s Top Five European Cities

November 1st, 2021

If you’re partial to Apple TV’s Ted Lasso, you might have learnt a few things about Europe. Like football is life, and tea is a religious-like ritual! But there’s more to Europe than Cristiano Ronaldo and a strong Earl Grey. Every day starts and ends differently, with fascinating customs, traditions and cuisines to experience.

We’ve picked out five of the top cultural destinations in Europe, that just so happen to have plenty of luxury villa rentals for your next visit. Curious to learn more, then read on…

The Amalfi Coast, Italy
As you wake from slumber in your Naples villa rental, the day must start with a strong espresso. The pace builds with the day, allowing you to make the most of those dreamy Amalfi coast views, whilst sinking into your pool, or taking a private yacht to the island of Capri – a popular summer jaunt. To truly experience la dolce vita, it’s all about five-star dining in three-course servings. Start with primo – usually carbs, then secondo (protein), whilst saving space for dessert and a glass of local vino. It’s not too hard to get into the local lifestyle after all, is it?!

Saint-Tropez, France
A favourite with the rich and famous, villas in St-Tropez are a must-have for mooring up and spending a few weeks over the summer months. This allows you to visit farmers markets and fish markets for the freshest produce. You can also indulge in some of the finest five-star and family-run restaurants this side of Cannes. Shopping is another popular pastime, with its quaint cobbled stoned pathways leading to designer boutiques and outlets to pick up something new. Finally, with golden stretches of beaches along its rugged coastline, local living isn’t without a brisk power walk on the promenade, giving you the St-Tropez glow.

Old Town, Mykonos
Beach life is the way of life on this fashionable Greek island, that bars, restaurants and even clubs centre around it. Mykonos Town is the bustling spot for late night fun, but the rest of the island has hidden coves of tranquillity for some much needed downtime. When not on the beach, the other popular hangout is poolside, of course. No Mykonos villa rental is complete without a plunge pool melting into the view, cocktail in hand. Yammas to that!

London, England
The weather may be rainy, but the party never stops in London. This fun, vibrant city invites you to discover its many hidden gems, with some of the best villa rentals to base yourself. There’s always something going on – from the famous Wimbledon tennis championships in the summer, to the Chelsea Flower Show in the spring, and Christmas lights and Oxford Street shopping come winter. With pubs on every street corner, along with cocktail bars and world-class restaurants, there’s no shortage of night time entertainment either. Just be sure to start the day right with a ‘greasy fry up’ and cup of ‘brew’, a local is bound to point you in the right direction!

Ibiza Town, Ibiza
Ibiza Town is a destination that must be visited at least once. If not from your luxury superyacht (the marina is full of them), then one of the Ibiza villa rentals within the city. The way of life here embraces ‘manana’ – take it at your own pace – there’s no rush. This is what also makes Ibiza Town a great place for people watching, particularly in the early hours of the morning when the town comes to life. If you’re not a morning person, this is your vibe! The days are spent mooching around, or hanging by local hip hangouts – the Blue Marlin or Bora Bora beach, where anything goes. Dining takes place later than most European destinations (9pm is early!), with plenty of cafes lining the spiral castle streets, before you hit up Pacha – the iconic club.

Looking for a luxury villa rental for your next European getaway? Visit Villazzo, for a selection of the bet.

A Covid-Friendly Return to St Bart’s – Where to Stay and Go

October 15th, 2021

As life starts to return to its pre-pandemic normal, we’re all looking forward to changing our scenery and getting away. The idyllic Caribbean island of St Bart’s has started to ease itself back, with many St Bart’s villa rentals now available to enjoy at your leisure.

It’s back to business and back to the beach, so step inside paradise and enjoy this beautiful island, safe in the knowledge that protocols are in place with your welfare in mind.

What safety measures are in place in St Bart’s?

As a small island that relies upon hospitality, St Bart’s has gone to great lengths to protect its residents and visitors. Whilst legislation is ever-changing, the current procedures include a 5pm curfew (ending 20 August) ensuring the island never gets too busy, plus there are restrictions on arrivals from certain countries (please check here in advance).

Before you get to your luxury St Bart’s villa, visitors must take a PCR test (within 72 hours of arriving) which is required for everyone aged 10 and over. Proof of vaccination is also required. All the latest travel news for St Bart’s can be found on its official tourist site.

Where to stay

First thing’s first, you’ll want to style it out in your very own St Bart’s villa rental. Not only is this the most luxurious way to enjoy your time on the island, but it also allows you to remain socially distanced from travellers and limit interactions outside of your group.

For added reassurance, guests booking with Villazzo benefit from the villa-hotel experience. This extends to private housekeeping, which involves deep cleaning the property, prior to, during and after your stay for total comfort and wellbeing.

Furthermore all Villazzo St Bart’s rentals are located in the most sought after spots on the island, known for their privacy, seclusion and sweeping views. This includes the highly-desirable Colombier beach, the quiet hideout of Petit Cul-de-Sac, and the mountain serenity of Petite Saline. Each provides its own vantage points and beauty, offering sun, sea and mountain views.

However, coastal retreats are amongst the most popular St Bart’s rentals, especially if you plan on visiting the local beaches, bars and restaurants, which are all within easy reach.

Going out – where to go?

There is always something to do on this peaceful island, from low-key cinema festivals to yachting events. However, for most visitors, the island’s chilled vibe lends itself perfectly to first-class dining, and sophisticated cocktails when the sun goes down.

For extravagance (why not, you deserve it) Le Toiny is a local hotspot with five-star service all the way. Fancy something from the sea? Then La Langouste in Flamands is a popular choice – try the fresh spiny lobster. 

There’s no better place to enjoy cocktails at sunset than the infamous Remy Bar at Eden Roc. The experienced mixologists here conjure up all manner of wizardry – just wait until you try it! Ready to take it up a gear? Then Nikki Beach brings outdoor partying day, and night, for an up-for it glamourous youthful crowd.

Alternatively, let the five-star experience come to you. Villazzo guests can book private chefs for in-home dining in their very own St Bart’s villa – what could be more cosy.

Blessed beach life

Pristine white sands and turquoise waters are calling. For beach life, be sure to head to Anse des Flamanes. This stretch of perfect white sand is one of the quietest on the island, making it ideal in these current times. Meanwhile the lagoon at Anse du Grand Colombier is a wonderful place to lay back and enjoy the beauty of nature float by.

For water sports, surfing and snorkelling, head to the east coast, specifically Toiny and L’Orient.

Know before you go

St Barts is a beautiful and safe island, that is welcoming guests back in a careful and considerate manner. As such, it’s important to observe the measures in place, especially the vaccination requirements in order to enter. Failing that, you must be able to present a compelling reason to enter the island, which must be pre-approved from the authorities.

It’s never too early to plan your vacation. Check out our St Bart’s villa rentals and book yours today at Villazzo.com

Hottest Areas to Buy a Luxury Villa Home in 2021

October 1st, 2021

It’s fair to say that over the past year we’ve all succumb to less travel, and more discovery on our own shores. This coupled with the need for more personal space has seen a surge in demand for luxury home villas. Indeed, you might be reading this as you search for some of the best properties to invest in.

As an established and global real-estate leader, our experienced teams at Villazzo Realty have hand-picked their top destinations to invest in a luxury mansion rental this year. With a focus on elite properties and ultra-luxury homes, here’s the hottest destinations everyone’s talking about.

Miami Beach, Florida
According to Forbes, luxury home rentals are continuing to surge this year, by at least 60% – the biggest jump since 2013. One of the reasons is because of the desire for larger houses and greater space, especially as working-from-home is on the rise. This, along with its glorious climate, is one of the reasons why Florida continues to attract buyers all-year round.

Miami Beach remains a popular choice for estate-hunters. No stranger to sprawling mansions and sweeping views across the bay, luxury Miami rentals are always in high demand. It makes for a great investment, with some 10 million visitors gracing its shores every year – ensuring there’s always a steady flow of visitors seeking premium villas for rent.

For the ultimate in exclusivity, the stunning islands in and around Miami, are home to some of the finest properties in America. This includes Palm and Hibiscus Islands and the highly coveted Star Island.

If you’re looking for a long-term investment, up and coming Brickell offers great value and is well-located to all the bustling nightlife the city is known for.

Orlando, Florida
In keeping with the Floridian vibe, Orlando offers a strong market for property investment and returns. Orlando luxury villas remain in high-demand, owing to their popular location for tourism and entertainment. The city is also well connected to other Florida hotspots, but with a more affordable price tag. With a growing population and job opportunities to boot, it remains a stable economy for those looking to relocate or buy a vacation home. Should you need further convincing, it was named the second fastest growing city in America by Forbes magazine.

Charlotte, North Carolina
It might be the ninth most populated state in America, but with acres of space to spread out and with coast to mountain terrains to explore, it’s a popular destination for those looking to add to their real estate portfolio. From the Blue Ridge mountains in the west, to its coastal beaches, and bustling towns, there’s something for everyone in The Tar Heel State.

Another point to note is that North Carolina luxury homes are large and spacious. Durham is one of the regions worth exploring, with its real estate outperforming the average US rental, especially in downtown, where new properties are growing at a pace.

Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is a city for all-seasons, especially appealing to outdoorsy types. Where else could you kayak in the summer, hike in the fall, and hit the slopes come winter? This is one of the many reasons why city dwellers have made the move during the pandemic, to relocate to the beautiful location.
Popular resorts like Snowmass, offer plenty of luxury Aspen homes for sale, known as a haven for the jet-set community. But, for a long-term investment on a more affordable budget, properties outside downtown offer greater value and even more space to enjoy. As such,
now is a great time to invest in the Aspen housing market.

Looking to make your next real-estate investment? Speak to our team of experts at Villazzo Realty today.

What are the Elements That Make Up a Five-Star Villa Home?

September 20th, 2021

Vacations are precious, which is why we have invested more than 15 year’s into creating and defining the ultimate concept: the villa-hotel experience. This offers the very best luxury villa rentals, with all the touches of five-star hotels, brought to you in the privacy of your own mansion rental. What could be better?!

From villas in St Tropez to St Barts villas, we understand what it takes to create the perfect setting for your stay. Our signature five-star service has been honed over the years, to create a premier service customized to your needs.

So, if you’re curious to find out more, here’s everything you need to know about the foundations of Villazzo in creating a five-star home.

Personalized Service
What makes Villazzo stand out, is our unrivalled and attentive customer service. With 24/7 concierge available, including your own personal butler, you can sit back and enjoy the pampering. Our knowledgeable team anticipate your needs, to ensure you’re perfectly looked after.

Ahead of arrival, we customize your villa vacation rental, stocking it with your favorite brands and products, as well as any other requests you may have. Throughout your stay, our dedicated team remain at your disposal, available to organize special experiences, book VIP tables, and even organize gourmet chefs to your villa for the evening. You can rest assured that whatever your request – no matter how big or small – we will exceed your expectations.

Blissful Locations
Our discerning team of experts hand-selected the very best villa vacation rentals, in the most exclusive locations in the world, saving you all the hard work. From Miami beach villas on the highly-sought after Star and Venetian Islands, to Aspen villa rental nestled in the elite resort of Snowmass. You will only find Villazzo properties in the best locations in the world.

Surrounded by luxury
Every single touchpoint has been thoughtfully considered to create a five-star experience for your visit. From our luxurious 600-thread count bedding, to BVLGARI products and GODIVA chocolate treats, to our well-stocked mini bars. It doesn’t stop there, we provide fresh flower arrangements, controlled wine storage and thick cotton towels as part of the five-star treatment.

State of the art facilities
We’ve got it covered, from car parking to private docks for your yacht, we can match you with the right property for your stay. All our vacation homes are chosen on the strength of their facilities, as well as location. Guests can enjoy state-of-the-art homes, with fully-equipped kitchens, mesmerizing artworks and beautiful views. Many have hot tubs, Jacuzzis, heated swimming pools and sun decks, offering the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Some of our private estates also offer tennis courts, rooftop bars, home gymnasiums, games rooms, home theaters and so much more.

Courteous housekeeping
Bringing all our favorite five-star hotel touches to your vacation, guests can enjoy daily housekeeping and turndown service, from the confines of your private villa.

Bespoke butler service
What could be more exclusive than access to your very own butler? All guests have access to our professionally qualified butlers for the duration of their stay. So, whether you want local recommendations, a bespoke cocktail service, or a curated shopping experience, nothing is too much trouble. With an impressive black book of contacts and extensive network, our butlers will dazzle you with their connections.

Home comforts
While nothing competes with a vacation away, we understand that home comforts can really enhance your stay. For this reason, we create a ‘home from home’ experience, helping you to slide in to your vacation without any hassle. This includes free high speed Wi-Fi access with business suite facilities available, and a direct line to our concierge.

All luxury villa rentals are stocked with a host of DVDs, magazines, newspapers and other home comforts, to ensure you’ve got everything at your disposal.

Once you’re ready to book your Villazzo experience, visit our website or get in touch today.

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.

Visit Villazzo for the best luxury villa rentals in the hottest destinations.

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

Visit Villazzo for a selection of the best luxury villa rentals in key locations around the world.

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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