Three Of The Best Photography Destinations

April 2nd, 2020

It’s estimated that we take some 93 million selfies a day! Whether you’re looking to incite FOMO in your friends, or show off your luxury villa rental, you’ll need the perfect backdrop to create the perfect picture.

From the combed beaches of Costa Rica, to the unparalleled nightlife of Miami, and the crisp white mountains of Aspen, here’s three destinations for avid photographers to visit.

The natural beauty of Costa Rica

Luscious greenery framed by swinging trees and turquoise waters – all that is great about natural beauty is celebrated in Costa Rica.

Emerging as a real tourist destination, particularly for sustainable travelers, there’s many luxury vacation rentals emerging to accommodate this growing market.

For photographers, there’s natural beauty spots at every turn. Some of the most popular can be found in the north of the country.

Rio Celeste Waterfall is not to be missed.This dramatic waterfall with an impossibly blue hue gives way to its moniker ‘Blue River’. This natural wonder can be found deep in the rural mountains, so be prepared for a hike.

Not too far away is Playa Hermosa, a picture-postcard beach, the sort where you can capture sweet sunset photos, or just a casual selfie – why not!?

If expeditions are more your thing, then wave goodbye to your luxury villa rental and take a trek to Poas Volcano National Park. Scale the mountain to the very top to capture breathtaking, some might same eerie, photos of its crater.

The energy of Miami

From neon-lights to golden beaches, Miami is a photographer’s dream with so much to capture. From the luxury of your Miami villa you can plan a different schedule every day and be blown away by the many sights on offer.

The 2.5 mile stretch of golden sand that is South Beach is a good place to start. With iconic lifeguard huts and endless blue waters, it’s the ultimate backdrop to create that all-American vibe.

From here, make your way down to Ocean Drive – this famous spot has been the base for many movies and TV shows, all demanding a snap from your lens.

As day turns to night, it’s time to trade in your Miami villa rentalfor the neon-lit hotels adorning the art-deco district (5-23 Street along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue). Dazzling when the sun goes down, you’ll want to try slow-shutter mode to capture the energy and action of these vibrant streets.

The crispness of Aspen

Aspen; it’s where the rich and beautiful rub shoulders, and come to enjoy some ski and snow. If you’re people watching, then be sure to book a luxury aspen rentals to be positioned in the heart of the action. This will also serve you well for photographing the magical scenery nearby.

There are two spots in particular that are great for amateur and pro photographers alike. The first is Smuggler Mountain Observation deck, a sky-high viewing deck towering over the city at 8,800ft. This is the spot to capture envy-inducing views that you’ll instantly want to upload to Instagram!

The other is Maroon Bells – two famous peaks in the Elk Mountains. Resembling something out of a movie, every angle is a photo opportunity, with luscious lakes, open meadows and mountain peaks framing your shot with little effort required.

Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas in a selection of leading destinations around the world.

Take shelter from Corona Virus in Miami

March 18th, 2020

The world is a strange and worrying place right now. With the Corona Virus pandemic sweeping its way across the world, entire countries going on lockdown and flights cancelled, it can be difficult to know what to do and where to go. 

So what better time to get away from it all and escape to the healing warmth of the Miami sunshine? 

Booking a villa in Miami will allow you to get away from everything, and relax and unwind in privacy and seclusion, something you can’t get in a hotel. 

Cleaning 

Although most hotels in Miami have stringent cleaning and hygiene standards, our villas in Miami are always going to be cleaner. At the moment, hygiene is absolutely crucial, so this should play a key role when deciding where to stay. After all, you want to keep your family or guests happy, healthy, and well. 

No contact with other guests 

Because your villa in Miami is exclusive, you’ll know exactly who is staying with you and you won’t need to share your space with anyone you don’t know. That means no sharing dining spaces, no mingling around the pool, and no risk of cross contamination. 

Less contact with staff

When you’re staying in a hotel, you will come into contact with a huge amount of staff on a day-to-day basis. Staying in a villa means that you will only be in touch with a limited team, all of whom have been checked, vetted, and are extremely experienced. 

Choose a villa that works for you 

A further benefit of staying in a Miami rental villa rather than a hotel is the fact that you can chose a villa that suits your specific needs. From waterfront 4 bedroom properties, to palm-tree flanked, 6-bedroom Venetian Island villas, there’s sure to be a property that suits your personal preferences. 

Make the space your own

What’s more, because you can make your Miami villa your own space, if you plan on settling down until the pandemic has passed, you’ll really be able to feel at home – much more comforting than living out of a suitcase in a hotel room. 

Impeccable cleanliness 

At Villazzo, we pride ourselves on the impeccable cleanliness of our Miami villas. All of our luxurious properties undergo extensive deep cleaning between guests, as well as thorough daily cleans by our expert housekeeping team during your stay. 

During this challenging time, we’ll be increasing our focus on cleanliness and ensuring all of our dedicated staff are aware of the steps they should be taking to keep our guests safe. 

So you can rest assured that, when you book a Miami villa rental, your family and your guests will be safe and sound. 

Our Miami Villas 

We offer an elite collection of stunning Miami villa rentals complete with a five-star concierge service, private chefs, luxury yachts, and everything in between – allowing you to enjoy the luxuries of a hotel from the comfort and safety of your own private estate. 

So, if you’re looking for an escape from the world right now, our incredible villas in Miami provide the perfect solution. Explore our range of Miami Villas today. 

To find out more about out Miami villa rentals, get in touch. 

The World’s Top Ski Destinations

February 27th, 2020

Most of us are looking forward to bright sunshine, warm days, and a piña colada in hand while relaxing by the pool after these cold winter days. Spring is right around the corner, and summer will be quick to follow. With the end of the season quickly approaching, take your ski gear out one last time at the world’s top ski destinations before retiring them until next winter.

Val Thorens, French Alps

France is well-known for many things: delectable wine, five-star shopping, cordon bleu cuisine, and the best ski resort in the world. Val Thorens is the highest ski slope in Europe, standing loud and proud at 10,560 feet at its highest point. The resort usually opens in early November and remains busy until mid-May.

Val Thorens is located in Trois Valllées, literally meaning the three valleys of Les Menuires, Méribel, and Courchevel, where our lovely Villa Rayna will keep your family warm and cozy during your stay. The ski resort offers multiple terrains to choose from, so beginners and experts alike can enjoy their time on the slopes. However, because of Val Thorens’ immense popularity, you might have to wait in line to get your turn!

Ontario, Canada

If you have already enjoyed every ski resort on the mainland multiple times, you can hop on over to our arctic neighbor in Canada. Ontario is cold almost year-round, with temperatures dipping well below zero in the dead of winter. That means there’s plenty of snowfall to set the stage for a ski vacation. The only challenge is choosing your destination, with a diverse pool of breathtaking ski resorts at your disposal.

Start out at Horseshoe Resort, where 28 miles of cross-country ski trails await you. Then make your way to Blue Mountain, which is the biggest resort in Ontario and just a short drive from Toronto. Don’t forget to visit Whistler-Blackcomb, the most popular ski site for enthusiasts far and wide. The best part is that our Villa Oriana is at the heart of every ski trail in Ontario.

Aspen, USA

We would be remiss to list the world’s top ski resorts without mentioning our very own world-renowned ski destination. Aspen, Colorado, is a winter wonderland for ski aficionados and affluent families. Surrounded by miles upon miles of white-capped mountains, Aspen is a sight to behold from the warmth of your very own Aspen vacation rental, Villa Justine.

If you’re skiing in Aspen, you have to do it right. Partaking in the full experience means visiting each mountain in the area: Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain, Highlands, and Snowmass. As the most popular trail, Buttermilk is ideal for those who enjoy being part of a lively crowd. Those who want complete focus practicing their sport should head to the Highlands, where experienced locals are slashing through the trails. Aspen Mountain, better known as Ajax, is located in the heart of Aspen and has the best apres-ski establishments. Finally, if you have nothing but time on your hands, explore the endless terrains (actually, 3,000 acres) that make up Snowmass.

Stay warm in these cold climates with your luxury villa rental from Global Luxury Villas. Contact us today for more information.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at the Best Global Rooftop Bars

February 27th, 2020

Our favorite holiday is just around the corner, and we’re getting ready to celebrate by making a list of our favorite rooftop bar destinations… in the whole world! If you want to party as the A-listers do, here are the places you should visit.

Aspen

You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the most distinguished bash in your own backyard. Aspen isn’t just the skiing capital of the country — it’s also the epicenter of glamorous parties occupied by affluent individuals far and wide. The best part is that our Aspen villas are at the heart of it all.

You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world when you hit the rooftop bars located in the famous mountains of Aspen. Highlands Alehouse sits on the base of the Aspen Highlands mountain range, and its drink menu is as wild and carefree as it is sophisticated. If ale isn’t your drink of choice, head to Scarlett’s, where the one-of-a-kind drink selection will leave you wanting more and more!

Miami


Party all night long Miami-style, then get some much-needed R&R at your favorite Miami vacation rental.

St. Tropez

Walk down any St. Tropez street from Villa Brigitte, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by first-rate bars every step of the way. But, just any tavern won’t do. You deserve to celebrate at the best rooftop bar on the island. Luckily, this is an easy one to narrow down as St. Tropez isn’t exactly known for towering skyscrapers.

Les Toits Lounge is the only rooftop lounge on the island, so you’re sure to be surrounded by many locals and tourists who want to live it up under the stars. The bar offers a wide selection of elegant wine and hand-crafted cocktails, so the whole group can find something they enjoy.

Ibiza

Of course, we saved the best for last. The party capital of the world celebrates each day to the fullest, so imagine the rambunctious excitement that takes over on the biggest and booziest holiday of the year. You’re in for a night you’ll never forget when you celebrate St. Paddy’s in Ibiza.

Unless you’re planning to pregame at your Villa Rochelle, the best place to start the night is Sa Punta. Sa Punta’s rooftop bar, Patchwork, is where A-listers love to lounge in the casual atmosphere. Then, head over to The Ninth. This rooftop bar makes you feel like you’re celebrating in the clouds with 360-degree panoramic views of the sky kissing the sea. Finally, end the night at Up Ibiza Sky Society. As the pinnacle of glamour and glitter, Up Ibiza will have you dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Celebrate in style at the world’s best rooftop bars when you let the Villazzo team take care of you at one of our luxury rental villas. Contact us today for more information.

Best Sunsets in the World

January 22nd, 2020

Few things in the world are quite as beautiful as a bold sunset. With brilliant color palettes and warm rays, you can’t help but stop what you’re doing and pay attention. Sunsets have that effect on everyone. If you’re traveling around the world, don’t miss out on these magical golden moments.

Tuscany, Italy

You may be visiting Tuscany for the rich culture, revolutionary art, luscious wine, and five-star service at Villa Teresa, but you’ll fall in love with their sunsets. Tuscany sunsets bleed every color of the rainbow, and the best place to see them is right off the coast of the Arno river. If you’re taking a snapshot for your Instagram followers, make sure you capture the sun setting over the Ponte Vecchio bridge and surrounding historic buildings.

Ibiza, Spain

When you’re all partied out from Ibiza’s infamous club scene, you can head back to your Cala Conte Villa and relax by watching the mesmerizing Ibiza sunset. Cala Conta is one of the prime locations to watch the sun set over the deep, blue waters because of its Western facing position.

Miami, Florida

You don’t have to travel across the globe to experience some of the world’s best sunsets. In fact, one of them is right in your backyard. Miami sunsets burn brilliant reds and oranges in the hot, summer days. It’s a sight you don’t want to miss. With Villa Lori being five minutes from the beach, you can rest and relax all day, then hit the waves as soon as golden hour starts.

Courchevel, France

There’s no better way to view the sunset than at the top of the world. Located in the French Alps, Villa Layla sits on one of France’s highest mountains, Bellecôte. Surrounded by snowy mountains and cotton candy clouds, you’ll get to see the Courchevel sunset in its full glory with no obstructions standing between you and breathtaking views.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

There are many things to enjoy on the Amalfi Coast: the quaint villages, the fresh foods, and the tranquil golden hours. If you love rising with the sun, Villa Fabiana is an east-facing resort that serves as the perfect location to enjoy breakfast with a view. At the end of the day, you’ll want to take the short trip to Paiano. This charming town faces west, so you have an unabashed view of the sunset burning the horizon.

Contact Global Luxury Villas today to learn more about the luxury estates available.

Miami Art Galleries and Museums for Art Aficionados

January 22nd, 2020

Although Miami’s art scene exploded with the introduction of Art Basel, this city has always been the centriole of creativity and experimentation. Distinguished artists, like Fredric Snitzer and Don Rubell, infiltrated Miami’s art scene in the late 20th century and continue to influence local culture to this day. All up and coming artists who are looking to make their mark in the world head to Miami to get their big break. Art aficionados who are looking for master craftsmanship and passionate designs can’t miss these acclaimed art galleries and museums in Miami, FL.

Art Galleries

Fredric Snitzer Gallery: The Fredric Snitzer Gallery is perfect for those who love to express themselves with no inhibitions, just like our Villa Denise. Located near Town Square, this gallery is a trendsetter in Miami’s art scene, with curator Fredric Snitzer featuring new and established artists from areas all over. If the name Fredric Snitzer doesn’t ring a bell, just know that he’s not only the mastermind behind this abstract exhibition, but he’s also served on Art Basel’s committee board since its very beginning. That in itself should pique your interest.

Pérez Art Museum: There’s no better place in Miami where history, culture, and art combine. The Pérez Art Museum may have just relocated to the beautiful Biscayne Bay area, not far from our Villa Kayla, but the institution has been around for over three decades. Commonly referred to as PAMM by Miami locals, this modern art gallery features exquisite works from 20th and 21st-century world-renowned artists.

Wynwood 28 Art Gallery: If you want to travel back in time through art history, you can’t miss the Wynwood 28 Art Gallery. Based in the creative district of Wynwood, this gallery is dedicated to helping new and rising artists reach their full potential. When you visit Wynwood 28 Art Gallery, you’ll be enthralled at how each piece harmoniously combines traditional techniques with contemporary topics, like our Villa Contenta.

Locust Projects: Locust Projects is the first-established nonprofit alternative art gallery in the Miami area. Since its inception, this experimental gallery has never strayed from its mission of helping artists of all stages push their boundaries to the limit. They are not just a space for showcasing art — they love to create art as well. Bring out your inner artist by participating in one of their many fundraisers and events.

Museums

 

Unleash your inner artist today — visit Miami’s bustling art scene to be inspired and enthralled. We’ll be welcoming you into your luxury Miami rental with open arms and unmatched services. Contact us today to learn more.

ARCHITECTURAL STYLES AROUND THE WORLD

December 19th, 2019

Like all fine art, architecture has evolved with the surrounding culture and technology over time. What started out as functional buildings in ancient Greece, evolved into dramatic, opulent designs featured in Gothic architecture. After all these years, trends have changed again, with simplicity prevailing in modern engineering. With different parts of the world heavily influenced by different eras of art, it’s worthwhile to visit some of the most celebrated architectural styles across the world. 

Baroque

Baroque architecture was prominent in the 1600-1700s, though its lasting influence is evident in modern design as well. When you think of Baroque architecture, picture the Palace of Versailles or St. Peter’s Basilica. Although this style varies from region to region, it is primarily known for being theatrical, with bright colors, irregular shapes, and dynamic composition. Designing a building in this style gives architects the opportunity to experiment with lighting and ornate detailing. Some of the Baroque influences can be seen in the sprawling arches and intricate detail of the Villa Tatiana.

 

Roman 

You know what they say — Rome wasn’t built in a day, probably because its architecture is so complex and refined. Although this style was first born in 400BCE in the grand city of Rome, it continues to grace modern construction, such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Jefferson Memorial, and the White House. Buildings modeled after the Roman style feature exquisite arches and polished vaults, like the Villa Adele located on the Amalfi Coast. Furthermore, this architecture was the first of its kind, introducing basic engineering concepts to the world. 

Greek

The Greeks are among the original inventors when it comes to architecture. Though their engineering skills were not up to par with those of the Romans, their designs have inspired hundreds of generations of architects. The Greeks invented three distinct column styles, also known as orders: the Doric order, the Ionic order, and the Corinthian order. Villa Marina, located on the serene island of Zakynthos, incorporates these iconic columns. 

Postmodern

Postmodern architecture is all about breaking tradition and embracing change. This movement began in the 1960s when many architects were experimenting with design. Known as PoMo for short, it screams, “Anything goes!” There are no confining elements in this style. If it looks wacky, yet radiates an edgy design, it’s PoMo. To get a better idea of this style, visit the Portland Building, the MIT Stata Center, or Villa Grandioso.
 

To learn more about the rental estates available, visit Global Luxury Villas!

DON’T MISS OUT ON MIAMI’S HOT NEW ATTRACTIONS

December 19th, 2019

The beauty of beaching in Miami is that you never get bored.

Five-star dining? Check.

Haute couture? Check.

Celebrity-loved attractions? Check!

Miami has it all and then some. This year, numerous new attractions have opened up along Miami Beach. When you stay at one of our Miami villas, we recommend you add these new hot spots to your itinerary.

 

Time Out Market Miami

What’s better than a Miami-exclusive fine-dining establishment? How about 17 superior culinary retreats under one roof? That’s right! Time Out Market is a classy dining arena where even the pickiest of eaters will find satisfaction. The local shops carefully combine local Miami tastes with unique exotic flavors. Bask in the delights of hand-crafted sushi and fresh seafood, or satiate in savory Italian and French cuisine. If you’re residing in the modern Villa Kayla, Time Out Miami is the local eatery of choice for many vacationers.

Candytopia

Willy Wonka who? The candy queen Jackie Sorkin has created the most glorious confectionary wonderland in the sweet lands of Candytopia! Located in the great Aventura Mall, Candytopia celebrates our favorite sugary flavors. You don’t just get a taste of the sweet life, you get to indulge in it like never before. Swim in the marshmallow bathtub or pose with the candy unicorn. However you curb your sweet tooth cravings, make sure you snap it for Instagram.

The Citadel Rooftop Bar

There’s no rooftop bar like the Citadel Rooftop Bar. With a 5,000 square feet open floor plan, an enticing menu, and breathtaking Miami skyline views, it’s no wonder anyone who’s anyone is flocking to visit. The Citadel Rooftop Bar has a grand assortment of weekly events available for clients to enjoy. Choose from live music and entertainment to health and wellness sessions. The Citadel Rooftop Bar is the perfect place to party after lounging at the peaceful Villa Melissa all day.

Museum of Illusions

Experience art like never before. Miami’s Museum of Illusions offers an incredible twist on modern art creations. Artists from all over the world gathered to create mind-blowing optical illusions, drawing inspiration from local art, pop culture, and much more. This world-famous attraction will make its grand debut on December 20th at the iconic Lincoln Road location. Don’t let your Instagram followers down. Visit the Museum of Illusions for something both new and unique.

Oldies but Goodies 

Here at Villazzo, we like to celebrate the old, as well as the new. If you’re visiting the Magic City this season, don’t leave without checking out the hottest Miami attractions.

Our impressive collection of Miami villas are attractions nobody should miss the pleasure of enjoying. Contact a Villazzo representative today to find out more about booking and showings!

THE BEST ISLANDS IN EUROPE

December 19th, 2019

Europe is home to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. From exotic beaches and distinctive cuisine to diverse cultures and traditions, you can find everything you need here. Visit the continent’s best tropical islands to make your next vacation the best one yet.

Ibiza

Ibiza is where everyone comes to feel forever young and live life to the fullest. Frequently referred to as the party capital of the world, this scenic island offers captivating views, rejuvenating wellness centers, and, of course, world-renowned nightclubs.

To go to Ibiza and not partake in the infamous nightlife is a missed opportunity. Start at the newest addition to the club scene, Hï Ibiza, where celebrated DJs party it up behind the booth. Then, head out to Amnesia, a superclub that’s known for its eclectic mix of house, techno, pop, and Latin music. And end the night in style at the world’s biggest nightclub, Privilege.

When you’re all partied out, head back to your private Villa Rocallisa. With a state-of-the-art hot tub, sauna, and infinity pool, this estate has everything you need to recharge and put your dancing shoes back on.

Mykonos

Mykonos is the idyllic paradise every sea lover is looking for. With crystal blue waters and golden sand, the beaches of Mykonos are simply picturesque.

If you love the thrill of adrenaline running through your veins, you’ll love the abundant choices of water sports and activities Paradise Beach has to offer. Prefer to bask in the sun and get some R&R? Then, head to Kapari beach. A once secluded haven, Kapari is the best place to avoid the large crowds. Most beaches along the Mykonos coast have beachside bars and cafes, providing tourists with the perfect beach day.

To get some downtime from beaching, you can explore some of the island’s many historic sites. Every inch of this quintessential beach town is Instagram-worthy, including the lovely Villa Bernice.

Saint Tropez

There’s no better destination to experience glamour than Saint Tropez. Ever since Brigitte Bardot put the alluring island on the map and in the eyes of the affluent community, Saint Tropez has seen its fair share of beautiful crowds dripping in luxury.

There’s no shortage of attractions and entertainment available in Saint Tropez. Looking to lounge around and perfect your tan lines? Pampelonne and Ramatuelle are filled with private beaches, with Villa Anastasia just a short walk away. Are you more interested in experiencing some of the world’s finest dining establishments? The French-Mediterranean cuisine of the local restaurants will always leave you wanting more. If you’re there for the culture, Saint Tropez is home to many fascinating museums and galleries.

You don’t want to miss out on these tropical wonderlands. Contact Global Luxury Villas today to learn more about the luxury estates available!

MIAMI’S ENTICING NEW DINING ESTABLISHMENTS

December 19th, 2019

Miami is well-known as the center of fine dining establishments run by world-renowned chefs.  Wherever you go, you can have your pick of five-star mellow restaurants or Michelin-star, high-class dining. The rich combination of diverse eateries makes Miami the perfect go-to for food lovers and is one of the biggest selling points of our Miami villas.


Gregory’s Diner

Gregory’s Diner is the perfect balance between high-class cuisine and an all-American bistro. Accomplished restaurant owners Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya are seeking to extend their success in the dining industry with a homey, yet indulging, all-day American eatery. Executive chef Roel Alcudia’s delectable menu features bona fide continental American cuisine and enticing drinks. Located in the famous Vagabond Hotel, this place is ideal for anyone who loves the vibe of classic diners.


Papi Steak

Papi Steak is all about revamping tradition to your everyday steakhouse, with a contemporary twist. From the upscale dining area to the savory dinner and dessert menus, this refined establishment provides clients the A-list experience, and then some! As soon as you walk in, you’ll be enthralled with the elegant yet edgy design, courtesy of David Grutman, while the astonishing menu of David “Papi” Einhorn will leave you wanting more and more. If you’re relaxing at one of our luxurious Miami villas, head out to Papi Steak right now, located in South of Fifth, Miami Beach.


Le Jardinier

Bringing exquisite French cuisine to the heart of Buena Vista, Miami, Le Jardinier features a modern, futuristic design, with clean lines and an open-space venue, just like our Villa Melissa. Complementing the minimalist layout is the eclectic culinary experience. Every menu item at Le Jardinier is plant-based and seasoned to perfection. Even better, all ingredients used for food production are fresh and sustainably sourced. Elevate your palate with a delectable lunch, dinner, or happy hour special at Le Jardinier.


L’Atelier

You can list this one under haute cuisine. L’Atelier is one of the most refined restaurants available, not just in the flourishing Design District of Miami, where accomplished restaurants compete to be the best of the best, but all over the world. The amazing Joël Robuchon has an impressive 73 Michelin stars associated with his name. That means you can expect L’Atelier to radiate perfection like you’ve never experienced it before. His impressive menu draws inspiration from traditional French cuisine with extraordinary twists exclusive to the Robuchon name. To miss out on this culinary excellency would be a tragedy.

Ready to experience five-star dining? Then you’ll need a five-star vacation home nearby! Villazzo offers luxurious rental villas with unmatched amenities and gorgeous views. Take a look at the available Miami villas below.

Contact a licensed Villazzo realtor to book your vacation home today!