THE INTERVIEW SERIES:
CHRISTIAN JAGODZINSKI – CEO, VILLAZZO

October 10th, 2018
Christian

In our latest interview series, we’re delighted to provide a rare glimpse into the world of Christian Jagodzinski, founder of Villazzo and widely celebrated tech entrepreneur.

An innovator ahead of his time, Jagodzinski made a name for himself in his early twenties launching ‘Telebook’ – Germany’s first fully automated online retailer. The business was snapped up by Amazon and became Amazon Germany. After working as a Director for Amazon for a while, realizing a need to fulfil his entrepreneurial spirit, Christian took an extended sabbatical to travel the world. It was during this time he discovered an untapped niche in the market; premium luxury villas with all the trappings of five-star hotels, for the ultimate vacation. Bringing his passion for luxury travel together with his technical prowess, Villazzo was born.

Q: You grew up in Germany and now live in Miami where Villazzo is based. This isn’t your typical Silicon Valley start-up, tell us a bit about how you came to reside in Florida?

I’ve always loved Florida, especially Miami Beach. The climate is perfect, it’s a cosmopolitan city with an international vibe and ‘happening’ buzz. It feels like a small resort town with a big city in its backyard! We used to have a small office here already in the late 1990s, long before it became the big international destination it is today. All our workers loved it and still do.

Wherever you stay on South Beach, or any of its islands, you’re only ever minutes away from the water, the hottest restaurants, the beach and shops, as well as just 15 minutes from a major international airport hub. Tell me any other place in the world that has the same great set up?

Q: Sixteen years’ on since it launched and Villazzo is still going strong. How do you keep up with an ever-changing online and travel landscape?

We remain true to our core values that we launched with in 2002. These are to provide a five-star hotel service and management for select top-of-the-line vacation villas.
The business was borne out of my personal frustrations renting high end villas. The service lacked any professionalism, it was just people ‘brokering a deal’ forgetting the crucial human touch required to create a memorable vacation.

Unfortunately, this hasn’t improved with the abundance of online villa booking sites, driven by price while compromising customer service. I fear that we have come to see the same cut-throat price competition in the villa market as we have in the airline industry, where customers are willing to give up luggage rather than pay $25 extra – it’s a short-sighted approach.

You only have to look at the excellent service First-Class customers are given, to understand their loyalty to an airline. Despite fierce competition, premium flyers remain loyal to the provider they receive the best service from. That’s really our approach at Villazzo too. We deliver a First-Class experience to our customers (when booking online or with other agents), and the price difference is well worth it.

Q: Tell me a bit about your day-to-day involvement in Villazzo and what your ‘job’ involves?

At the start, I was very hands-on managing all the day-to-day operations, greeting clients and hand-picking the villas myself. I realized that in order to focus my efforts and expand the business, I needed to grow them team. Last year I was delighted to appoint Hanna Talaie as General Manager, who oversees everything now. I still care passionately about the business and work hard to uphold our high standards, so remain involved at a strategic level in my new role as Chairman.

Q: And what is the most challenging part of your job?

Two things come to mind.

First of all, the technical side (website, app, client service systems) has become increasingly important in recent years. While I have a tech background, it remains a challenge to find good developers that can continue to pioneer.

We invest a lot in new properties, this includes educating home owners on ‘the Villazzo approach’ to client and property management. It’s a skill we’ve honed over the past 16 years, which ultimately leads to a better experience for home owners and guests alike.

Q: Villazzo lists Beyonce and Jay-Z, Madonna and Cristiano Ronaldo among its clients, is it just for the super wealthy?

Villazzo-serviced villas do attract an elite customer, with the $5,000+ a night price tag they come with. Acknowledging this, we recently launched our sister company Global Luxury Villas where prices are much lower, and you have a ‘concierge’ service’ instead of a ‘VillaHotel’ service. This is sufficient for a range of clients, and still much better value than a pure online booking site.

Q: What makes Villazzo stand-out from a five-star hotel, or another luxury villa rental company?

We are completely unique. There is no other villa company in the world that offers the level of care and detail that we do. From our carefully curated list of villas and ‘VillaHotel Transformation’ process, to our dedicated service training. We have a reputation for offering the best properties with unrivalled customer service.

While there are many outstanding hotels in the world, none of them can offer the sanctuary, space and privacy or our large estates at Villazzo.

Q: What’s the most unusual request you’ve had to fulfill from a client!?

This is one of the great parts of the job, where you can really make a difference to someone’s stay.

We’ve emptied and refilled a 140ft pool (it took six days!) to ensure it was untouched. We furnished a complete villa with brand new mattresses costing $4,000 each, and once we even bought a Rolls Royce Phantom at short notice for a client, which we later shipped to his home in Europe!

The most decadent request though, goes to one delightful guest who invited us to redecorate their villa for a quarter of a million dollars – the same value as the villa itself. That was a fun weekend for sure!

Christian in Mykonos

Q: If you had to pick a destination in the world for unrivalled luxury, where would you choose?

One of the perks of the job is that Villazzo is made up of all my favorite destinations; Miami Beach, St. Tropez and Aspen.

It’s hard to choose a personal favorite, but Courchevel in France is my go-to destination for skiing, while Mykonos is quickly becoming one of our worst kept secrets! It’s really blowing up in popularity, making now a great time to visit.

Q: Do you have any insider tips for online rental bookings?

If you can be flexible with timings, you can expect less than half price rates travelling off-peak. The downside though, is that you might miss out on all the action and buzz that make these destinations so great.

Holidays are so important, and so brief, that they should be spent well. I can only advise renting luxury villas with Villazzo’s ‘VillaHotel’ service whenever possible, to guarantee an unforgettable vacation. It’s the main reason why I started Villazzo.

Q: And finally, what’s next for Villazzo?

As mentioned, we recently launched our sister brand ‘Global Luxury Villas’ by Villazzo, to offer concierge-serviced villa rentals around the world. While they don’t come with the full hotel setup and staffing as VillaHotels do, they are more affordable and in a greater variety of destinations too.

We have also opened a Villazzo Investment Fund, to acquire properties with great potential that can make money through VillaHotel rentals in the meantime.

WHY WINTER IS THE PERFECT SEASON TO VISIT MIAMI

October 5th, 2018
Miami Luxury Villa Rentals

While winter may be the season to wrap up warm for many of us, the lucky people of Miami get to bask in the glorious Florida sunshine and revel in the many events taking place. It’s one of the reasons why the ‘Sunshine State’ is so popular for luxury villa rentals this time of year.

If you’re wondering where to take a vacation this winter, look no further than Miami – a city that has great food, a thriving art scene, plenty of events and golden beaches for days!

Go for the Weather

The tropical climate of Miami makes it a year-round favorite with holidaymakers. Yet, winter is one of the most popular seasons to come, with typical temperatures around 24°/75 and rising. At a time when many parts of the world are wrapping up, Miami bucks the trend with its glorious sunshine.

Villa Valentina

Enjoy Happy Hour

Miami is known for its thriving nightlife and with its privileged island position, sets the perfect scene for cocktails at sunset. Whether you prefer to enjoy this from your own luxury vacation home, such as Villa Valentina surrounded by water on Jungle Island, or one of the many rooftop bars the city has to offer, you’re spoilt for choice!

Villa Siri

Special Get-Togethers

With thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s taking place in Winter, Miami is the perfect gathering for groups. All that’s required is a luxurious place to stay, such as Villa Siri, which includes six bedrooms and its own heated pool (game room, indoor bar, piano and steam room!). With so much on offer, you’ll never have to leave the island to celebrate with good company.

The Beach

Known for its golden stretches of sand and turquoise waters, Miami’s beach scene is one of its timeless tourist attractions. With so much space, there’s always plenty of room for visitors, some who come for the surf.

Villa Vanya
Of course, Miami is a city that revels in glamour and decadence, so for the true Miami experience, book a luxury home. Villa Vanya offers tranquil views of the bay from your very own pool. That’s how Miami rolls!

Awesome Events!

During the winter months, Miami perks up with some of the most renowned international festivals coming to the city.

Miami’s famed art deco scene comes alive during Art Basel (6-9 December) with 70,000 visitors descending on the city. This is a fun time to experience the city’s vibrant art scene, with paintings, sculptures, installations, photos and film, showcased throughout 250 galleries.

Villa Melissa
Meanwhile, attracting a jet-set crowd, the International Boat Show, livens up the city with the annual event returning 14-18 February. The only way to visit is by boat, which can be moored up at your own private dock at Villa Melissa. Set in the prime location of Jungle Island, this luxury vacation home is within easy reach of the Marina Stadium for guests attending the show.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

If you’re a foodie, then stick around and join the 60,000 guests that come here for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival from 20th February. With 85 events throughout the five-day festival, it’s an unmissable opportunity to enjoy renowned chefs serving up creative fusions at the forefront of international cuisine.

And finally, winter in Miami means only one thing for fans of electric dance music, and that’s the Winter Music Conference. Attracting global superstars and international DJs, Miami is put on a world stage when it returns on 25-21 March. Get those glow sticks out!

Enjoy Miami as it’s meant – in true style, staying in a luxury villa rentals with Villazzo. With outstanding customer service and an unrivalled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

THE BEST VILLAS FOR HONEYMOONERS IN EUROPE

September 19th, 2018
Couple in Love

After months of preparing for the big day, there’s still one gift that newlyweds get to enjoy once the celebrations are over… and that’s a luxury vacation home as part of the honeymoon.

In Europe alone, there’s endless options for every type of honeymooner. From the chic shores of the French Riviera, to the tranquil pace of Greece, and breath-taking views of Italy. Culture and cuisine, sun and swim – whatever your heart’s desire, you can find it here.

As the most important vacation you’ll ever take, and start of your lives together, your honeymoon should be everything you ever dreamed of and more. That’s why we’ve put together our pick of Europe’s best villas for honeymooners…

Villa Marina

Relaxing Greece

Greece is a timeless destination, second to none for romance, picture-postcard beaches and its famed warm hospitality. It’s what makes it so appealing to visitors, especially newlyweds.

Surrounded by the warm Ionian Sea, the dreamy island of Zakynthos was made for lovers! Here you can soak up the sunshine by day, and enjoy great food and entertainment by night.

For an unrivalled stay, Villa Marina is one of the best luxury villas to rent on the island. Its tranquil vibe and delightful views over the harbor are conducive to recharging. While its heated pool complete with hydro massage is everything you need to relax in paradise.

Villa Divina

A-list Italy

Join the jet set list of celebrities that have honeymooned in the Amalfi Coast, including; chef Jamie Oliver, actress Reese Witherspoon and tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg.

For a romantic retreat, try Villa Divina; its clifftop position boasts sweeping views over the coast, while indoors its regal touches make you feel like a member of royalty! With a romantic fireplace and cliff-edge pool, you’ll see why they call it la dolce vita.

Villa Ivana

Magical Ibiza

It’s hard not to fall in love with Ibiza. This magical island is not just for party people – it also draws those hoping to reconnect, unwind or enjoy good company. It couldn’t be more fitting for those on honeymoon.

Staying at https://global-luxury-villas.com/ibiza-rental-villas/villa-ivana offers the perfect vacation rental for a chilled get-away. This luxurious cliff top property boasts three grand bedrooms, decorated to the highest standard. Its modern design and inviting swimming pool provide the perfect backdrop for married life to begin.

Villa Leslie

Breath-taking France

Always a contender for romance and respite, the French Riviera will add a chic touch to your honeymoon.

If you’re looking for grandeur, decadence and next-level luxury, then Villa Leslie is ‘the one’! High in the hills, this magnificent property is within easy reach of Cannes, yet distant enough to enjoy seclusion.

That said, you may never want to leave, since this property that has it covered; a heated swimming pool with swim up bar, breath-taking views from every inch of its massive terrace, a private cinema, massage centre, hair and nail station and full-size boxing ring! Ensuring that you’ll never have to lift a finger, ring once for your butler and twice for private chef… well, you are on honeymoon after all!

For a memorable stay, Global Luxury Villas offers some of the most exclusive luxury vacation homes in the world. With outstanding customer service and an unrivaled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

WHY RENT A VILLA FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS?

September 13th, 2018

Holiday time is precious, so when it’s time to unplug, unwind and get away, you’ll want to ensure that every moment is enjoyed to its potential. Which is why many people are turning to luxury vacation homes instead of hotels for their vacations.

Offering unrivalled luxury, a private space to unwind and great value for money, there’s plenty of reasons to make the switch. Still need convincing? Here’s seven good reasons why you might want to consider renting a villa for your next break…

Villa Silvana

Enjoy Privacy

If holidays are about one thing, it’s getting-away. Renting a villa provides the perfect way to escape the daily grind without having to share your space with strangers. A private pool all to yourself, an outside dining space exclusively for your party – and in most cases, no immediate neighbors. Many luxury villa rentals, like Villa Silvana in St Barth’s, offer seclusion and luxury in a hilltop retreat, within easy reach of the beach.

Family with Kids in Pool

Value for Money

Contrary to popular belief, a luxury villa rental can be a great way to enjoy value for money. When you consider the sheer size of the property you have access to, often with added bonuses such as free parking, WiFi, gym access, cable TV and a private pool – the perks add up. If you enjoy self-catering, then it’s also a great way to cut back on expensive hotel food and drink. Furthermore, with the flexibility to check-in and out at your leisure, it makes for a stress-free way to spend a well-earned break.

Villa Rochelle

Great for Groups

Holidaying with a group of friends or extended family? Hotels aren’t always the most convenient way to spend quality time together, with groups often spread out. Luxury vacation homes, however ensure that you can spend time together without compromise. Villa Rochelle in Ibiza, for instance, is a breath-taking property offering 16 bedrooms for larger groups. It comes complete with private pool, gym, dance floor and chill-out tent (yes, chill-out tent!) to create an unforgettable vacation.

Women Shopping

Live Like a Local

The best way to immerse yourself in a culture is to live like a local. This can be hard to do when you’re surrounded by fellow holidaymakers. However, since villas are located in private neighborhoods and highly desirable locations, it’s likely that you’ll get to experience a different side of your destination. It also enables you to shop and dine like a local too!

Businessman

For Business and Pleasure

More and more we’re seeing business travelers bringing their families with them on work trips. Villas provide the perfect ‘home from home’ for families to base themselves, offering areas to work and play, without distraction.

Villa Vanya

Exclusivity

If for no other reason, a luxury villa rental gives you access to the most exclusive properties available. For example, the highly desirable residence of Jungle Island in Miami is home to Villa Vanya, one of the most exclusive properties in the area. It features waterfront views and seven impeccably decorated bedrooms in 10,500 sq ft grounds. It’s as close to a ‘money can’t buy’ experience as you could hope for.

Foodies

Foodie Lovers

Vacation homes are the way to go for foodies. With most properties boasting gourmet kitchens and endless dining spots, inside and out, it’s the ideal way to self-cater, especially enjoyed by larger groups.

Girls by Pool with Staff

Five-Star Treatment

And finally, you don’t have to stay in a five-star hotel to reap all the benefits of luxury. Villazzo offers luxury villas with an in-house concierge service, on hand to meet all your needs. This includes organizing personal touches, from stocking your favorite foods to making bookings and catering to the needs of your guests, and much more.

For an unforgettable vacation, Villazzo offer some of the most exclusive luxury villa rentals in the world. With outstanding customer service and an unrivalled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

WINE COUNTRY – GREAT EUROPEAN VACATIONS NEAR THE VINEYARDS

September 7th, 2018
Vineyards

Dripping in culture and attracting foodies from the world over, there are some 3.2 million hectares of vineyard to conqueror throughout Europe. But knowing where to find your dream luxury villa rental can be the hardest part.

With so many visitors wanting to soak up the local culture, as well as enjoy a tipple or two, we’ve compiled some of the best destinations to help you on your way.

Sprawling villa rentals in Saint-Tropez, idyllic Italian retreats and beautiful Bordeaux abodes, are just some of the perfect locations in which to immerse yourself in wine country, here’s why…

Villa Tatiana

Blissful Bordeaux

Known around the world for its high-quality produce, France is a must-visit for wine connoisseurs. One of the most celebrated wine-growing regions is Bordeaux – synonymous with great food and drink – some even say it’s the wine capital of the world.

For gastronomy lovers, Villa Tatiana is one of the most exquisite residences in the region to base yourself. It’s within close proximity to no less than eight Michelin star restaurants and endless vineyards, including; Latour, Margaux, Haut Brion and Cheval Blanc.

What makes this country estate so special though, is its early 20th-century architecture and vast space with eight rooms. It’s the ideal base for wine-lovers and big groups to come together.

Villa Anastasia

Sun-drenched Saint-Tropez

Further south, the glamourous shores of Saint-Tropez attract a well-heeled and well cultured set. Not just offering glamourous clubs, designer shops and yacht-upon-yacht, Saint-Tropez is perfectly positioned to enjoy a number of local vineyards in the area.

Finding the right vacation home allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds, all of which can be found in Villa Anastasia a seven-bedroom property offering the ultimate luxury get-away. Its sizeable gourmet kitchen is the perfect place to rustle up dishes using local ingredients, best enjoyed al fresco with plenty of outdoor space to choose from.

This lavish property is well placed too – 55 minutes from the airport and within driving distance to a number of charming vineyards in the area. These include Domaine Bertaud Belieu and Chateau Minuty, which offer tours and tastings.

Villa Pilar

Soak Up Florence

There’s no shortage of vineyards to visit in Italy. But, if you want to combine your stay while soaking up the local culture, the vicinity of Montecatini Terme is a must! Perfectly positioned between Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca, it offers the ideal base for exploring the many wineries in this bustling Tuscan region.

When it’s time to rest your weary head, a fabulous place to stay is Vila Pilar. With 11 bedrooms and a stunning outdoor area with private pool, this sprawling mansion is great for larger groups. It celebrates the very best of rural Italy, with thermal resorts and medieval villages close by.

Enjoy gentle walks to the village to enjoy fresh baked goods and local wine – a simple delight that many flock from afar to enjoy.

For a memorable stay, Global Luxury Villas offers some of the most exclusive luxury vacation homes in the world. With outstanding customer service and an unrivaled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

THE INTERVIEW SERIES
ALEKS ALEKSANDROVA
SALES AND OPERATIONS ASSISTANT, VILLAZZO

August 31st, 2018

In our ongoing series of interviews, we catch up with Aleks Aleksandrova, Sales and Operations assistant at leading luxury rentals website, Villazzo. Aleks is responsible for the day-to-day management of clients and supporting the overall operation’s function. Here we find out more about her role.

Q: You were born in Bulgaria, before finishing your studies in USA. How has this global breadth helped you in your role?

I’ve always found it extremely useful to speak multiple languages and have an appreciation of other cultures.

During my travels throughout Europe, I’ve learnt to understand different values, something I apply to my work every day when dealing with international clients. Above all, my humble beginnings taught me to be kind to everyone, something I still hold dear today.

Q: You work both in sales and operations, how do you bring both of these roles together?

Both parts of the business complement each other well. The one shared goal is to create an amazing unforgettable experience for our guests. Every part of my job involves creating or selling that dream, and ensuring that the whole process runs smoothly for everyone.

Q: What is a typical working day like for you?

It’s a real mix – no two days are the same. On the sales side I spend a lot of time in the office responding to clients, scheduling showings and reviewing the beautiful properties on offer. When working in operations it’s more ‘front line’ with a real buzz about it. From dealing with reservations to adding personal touches for clients, to visiting properties and ensuring everything is in pristine condition. We take a lot of pride in the way we present our properties, to ensure every need is met – attention to detail is crucial.

Q: What trends are you seeing in the travel industry at the moment?

There continues to be lots of competition in the vacation rental market, with travelers looking for next level luxury. However, there’s nothing that rivals Villazzo and the five-star service we offer, we’re in a class of our own – it’s one of the reasons I love working for the company!

Q: What requests do you most enjoy from clients?

I really enjoy organizing and planning special events for our guests. Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations… even engagements! It’s humbling to think that I could play a role in someone’s special day, and make it even more memorable for them and their loved ones.

Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?

Multi-tasking comes with its challenges. Dealing with requests from homeowners to staff, as well as customers at the same time requires a certain kind of organization and forward planning.

Q: What makes Villazzo stand-out from its competitors?

Undoubtedly our five-star customer service and commitment to providing only the best for our guests. There is no other brand offering what we do – gorgeous homes in the lap of luxury, at the best prices available.

Q: What is the key to successful customer service?

It goes back to my humble beginnings again – being kind. Also, always doing my best. At the end of the day, I can take pride knowing I’ve done the best job possible.

Q: If you had to pick a destination for unrivalled luxury, where would you choose?

I have a real affinity for Indonesia, specifically Bali. The people are just wonderful, the customer service is outstanding, and the culture is so different to America that I find it wholly fascinating. It’s a fabulous place to visit.

Q: What’s your top tip for someone looking to book a vacation rental with Villazzo?

Don’t think twice – just do it! You won’t regret it.

SAINT-TROPEZ FOR FOODIES

August 22nd, 2018

The French are known for their love of food and drink with good reason. The French Riviera presents the perfect climate and environment for growing fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as home to a number of wineries and vineyards. It also benefits from its coastal location, with fresh seafood in abundance.

With such a rich combination of local produce, and its jet-set visitors, it’s easy to see why Saint-Tropez is one of top destinations for foodies.

If you’re planning a visit, here’s some foodie-favourites to sample:

Michelin

Michelin Star Dining

With a staggering 66 Michelin starred restaurants in Saint-Tropez, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to five-star dining. From L’Olivier to Le Belrose, and La Table du Mas to La Pomme de Pin, you could choose a new restaurant every night!

However, boasting three-stars, La Vague d’Or celebrates luxury dining at its best, at the Residence de la Pinede. Head Chef Arnaud Donckele is a true alchemist of flavour, using locally sourced produce including great seafood ensembles. For a memorable experience, try the ‘Au Fil Du Temps’ five-dish menu, combining classic favourites with wine pairings. Its outdoor terrace completes the dining experience.

Spectacular Seafood

Spectacular Seafood

Saint-Tropez is a fish-lovers haven, and with so much great seafood on offer, you don’t always have to dine five-star. La Bouillabaisse Plage is the perfect spot to enjoy great food against the sound of crashing waves, with a fillet of sea bream starting from €28. You can enjoy equally great dishes at low key finds like El Mas bar, or the more upscale La Plage des Jumeaux restaurant.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The open-air market of Place des Lices is a fantastic spot to scoop up locally sourced fruit and veg, to enjoy back at your luxury villa rental. Open from Tuesday to Saturday (8am-1pm), you can buy olives by the bucket load, delicious home-made bread, tomatoes in every colour, and freshly made tartes and sweets to make the heart sing!

Villa Jessica

Channel your inner Gordon Ramsay!

There’s nothing quite like home-cooking, and with so much fresh local produce to enjoy, all you need is your own kitchen to conjure up a three-course meal. Luxury vacation homes such as Villa Jessica, are made with get-together’s in mind, offering a modern fully equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as outdoor terrace for dining under the stars!

Wineries

If you’re partial to a glass of rosé, this is the region that produces some of the finest bottles. Take a visit to the family owned estate at Chateau Minuty, which conjures up romantic images of sunny afternoons, glass in one hand. Why not buy a few extra to enjoy back at your villa rental.

Villazzo provides luxury vacation homes in Saint-Tropez and some of the most desirable destinations in the world. Coupled with outstanding service, it provides all the trappings of a five-star hotel, in the privacy of your own villa.

ITALY VS SPAIN… WHERE TO GO THIS SUMMER?

August 9th, 2018

La Dolce Vita versus Vicky Cristinia Barcelona, antipasti versus tapas and pasta versus paella! Spain and Italy may be neighbors, but their offerings are varied. When it comes to luxury villas for rent though, they both offer exceptional standards. Where you decide to go is entirely up to the experience you’re after.

To help you decide, we give the low down of two of Europe’s top spots to visit this summer.

Go for the Food

Both countries have a great love of food, both benefitting from their beautiful climate creating delicious tasting local produce and wines.

Villa Regina

For a love of fresh ingredients as well as pizza, pasta and steak, Italy is best served with a glass of local vino on the side. Tuscany provides the perfect backdrop for your luxury villa rental, with lots to explore in the Chianti region.

Villa Carlora

For something meatier, Spain’s famous tapas serves up a rich mix of chorizos, spicy meatballs, fried fish and patas bravas to name a few. There’s no shortage of local wine or ‘cerveza’ either, it would after all be rude not to try a local Estrella! Each region is known for its own speciality, with so much diversity, you’d may be inclined to extend your stay. If you do, Villa Carlota in Marbella is surrounded by peace and tranquillity in its expansive gardens.

Villa Adele

Soak up the Culture

Neither country is short on heritage and sights, but Italy is home to some of the most famous art and architecture in the world. From the Colosseum in Rome, to Michelangelo’s David statue in Florence. Stay in luxury villa in Sorrento and you’ll be close enough to visit the incredible Pompeii historical site.

From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Guggenheim in Bilabo and the modern architecture of Valencia. Spain’s cultural sights are endless and plentiful. Gothic architecture with baroque influences, fused with modern design deliver something for everyone.

Villa Livia

Bliss out on the Beach

Glorious weather and coastal shores are a plenty in Spain. The magical Balearic Islands provide the perfect escape for beach life. In fact, it doesn’t get much more exclusive than Villa Livia, a beautiful Ibizan bolthole set in luscious surroundings. It’s also within easy reach of some of the island’s best beaches, including Cala d’Hort and Cala Vadella. Meanwhile, the ultimate beach island of Formentera, just off the coast of Ibiza, demands a visit – least of all for its famous picture postcard views.

Looking to the mainland, Costa Brava is known for its stretches of coasts with turquoise waters, attracting tourists throughout the summer season.

Villa Wendy

Italy is of course known for its lakes, be it Como or Garda. A-listers including George Clooney are huge fans, and as such it attracts a well-heeled visitor. The seductive island of Sardinia, should however not be overlooked. With tens, if not hundreds, of beaches to choose from, it regularly tops the ‘best beaches in the world’ list. Don’t miss out on your luxury villa rental and stay close to the action.

We’ve only skimmed the surface of what these great countries have to offer. However, both are ideal to visit during the warmer summer months, and are well geared towards tourists. Wherever you decide, you can’t go wrong with a trip to two of Europe’s most popular destinations.

Villazzo and Global Luxury Villas provide luxury vacation homes around the globe, including Spain and Italy. Coupled with outstanding service, Villazzo provides all the trappings of a five-star hotel, in the privacy of your own luxury villa.

MARBELLA, MALLORCA, MYKONOS…
WHICH ONE’S FOR YOU!?

August 3rd, 2018

All good things start with an ‘Mmmm’ and vacations are no exception! Marbella, Mallorca and Mykonos all have one thing in common, and it’s not just the ‘M factor’ – they’re three of the hippest spots to hangout this summer.

Offering something for everyone, with their own distinctive personality, find out which destination is best for you…

Marbella

Marvelous Marbella

Flashy and fabulous, the Costa del Sol has long attracted a jet-set crowd, from its heyday when Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant filmed Charade. Today you’re more likely to rub shoulders with singers, tennis stars and even royalty, who have been known to visit the coastal Spanish resort. While its famous ‘Golden Mile’ attracts a rambunctious crowd, there is serenity to be found in private villas benefitting from the exclusivity of the Sierra Blanca Mountain backdrop. Villa Carlota is one such luxury villa rental accommodating up to 20 guests. This oasis is the perfect place for exclusivity, with a sizeable pool, grand sweeping stairway, sauna and Jacuzzi. The nearby marina of Puerto Banus makes for the perfect evening stroll, where you can moor up alongside the other superyachts!

Famous fans: Sarah Ferguson, Antonio Banderas, Sean Connery, Simon Cowell.

Mallorca

Majestic Mallorca

A small island with a huge personality, Mallorca is known for its azure views, hidden hideaways and some of the best beaches in Europe. Here you can easily get back to nature with rugged mountains and alcoves for exploring, or let nature come to you in one of its many picture-postcard beaches. There’s endless choices for eating out too – islanders are very proud of its great cuisine using local produce. To experience Mallorca at its most majestic though, be sure to book a luxury vacation home, such as the recently renovated 1,300 sqm Villa Pedra estate, for a well-deserved secluded and tranquil break.

Famous fans: Jennifer Aniston, Claudia Schiffer, King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia of Spain.

Mykonos

Magnificent Mykonos

The bustling island of Mykonos is everything you ever dreamed of. Windmills blowing in the warm Mediterranean air, whitewashed walls set against a deep blue sea, and cobble-stone walkways – all coupled with that unmistakable Greek charm! The island comes alive, quite literally to the sound of music, in its summer months, with packed beaches frequented by the young and beautiful. The best way to avoid the hustle, is with your own luxury villa rental. Welcoming to all, Mykonos attracts holidaymakers, fashionistas, wannabees and millionaires, as well as a LGBT crowd. Off-peak the island recharges – this is the time to visit if you prefer a more toned-down Mykonos, without it losing any of its charm.

Famous fans: Grace Kelly, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande.

For spectacular homes at exceptional rates in Marbella, Mallorca, Mykonos and more, visit Global Luxury Villas, part of the prestigious Villazzo group.

LUXURY FOR LOVERS – TOP TEN ROMANTIC VILLAS IN EUROPE!

July 26th, 2018

Europe has no shortage of stunning hideaways for romantic rendezvous and starry-eyed lovers. From private breath-taking retreats in Ibiza, to cozy villas weaved in to the tapestry of the Italian countryside, there’s something to suit every luxury need!

So, it’s time to turn the heat up on Europe, as we carefully curate our top ten list of luxury villa rentals for a romantic get-away…

Villa Sabrina

For Dreamy Days and Cozy Nights

Sophisticated décor and elegant surroundings make Villa Sabrina one of Ibiza’s most sought-after luxury villa rentals for lovers. Escape for days or weeks, hiding in the hillside of this magical island. And when you’re ready to resurface, it’s within easy reach of the infamous Blue Marlin beach.

Villa Teresa

For Great Food and Wine

Known for its charm and natural beauty, the luxury vacation home of Villa Teresa is located in Italy’s Montalbano – the land of da Vinci, great wine and local produce. If food is the language of love, then Teresa speaks volumes. Great for romantic walks, late night Chianti’s and natural springs, there’s so much to fall in love with – company included!

Villa Andrea

For Honeymooners

Set in perfectly manicured gardens and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the world, you’ll never want to leave Villa Andrea. The ultimate secluded get-away, this Saint-Tropez luxury villa rental is designed with an open plan feel, ideal for honeymooners or those wanting to enjoy the comfort of their own company.

Villa Fabiana

For Impressing Someone Special

Whisk that someone special away for a memorable trip to Italy. The peaceful retreat located on the seaside between the towns of Amalfi and Positano is sure to impress, least of all because it’s built in to an eighteenth century building. Complete with plunge pool, private chef (by request) and breath-taking views.

Villa Dahlia

For French Sophistication

It’s hard not to be seduced by Villa Dahlia, with its panoramic views of the French Riviera, a spacious and Provençal style dining area and heated infinity pool. Cozy enough for two couples, why share when you can have the property all to yourself.

Villa Ilaria

For Stylish Pampering

Porto Cervo in the north of Sardinia, is the preferred destination for those seeking luxury vacation rentals, with a stylish twist. Villa Ilaria offers all the right ingredients for an unforgettable trip, including a Jacuzzi and Turkish bath, for all those cozy nights in.

Villa Cynthia

For the WOW factor!

It would be hard to say anything but ‘yes’ to Villa Cynthia, one of Marbella’s top luxury vacation homes, offering everything you could wish for and more. Accommodating up to 20 guests, this is the place to sweep your star struck lover off their feet and dazzle them with your excellent taste!

Villa Calypso

For Falling in Love

Fall in love with Mykonos from the minute you step inside Villa Calypso. With an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and split-level rooms, you can always find a quiet corner to enjoy some time-out.

Villa Camilla

Find your Happy Place

Spend quality time together in the tranquility of this Mallorca farmhouse with its own in-house concierge to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger! Offering sea-views, a private infinity pool and exquisitely landscaped gardens, you may never want to leave.

Villa Tatiana

For Family Fun

Take the kids and enjoy a luxurious countryside retreat at this simply stunning eight-bedroom luxury family home just west of Bordeaux. Made for family escapades, it’s perfectly positioned between the seashore, pine forests and world-famous vineyards, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Global Luxury Villas provides luxury vacation homes in some of the most romantic settings in the world. Coupled with outstanding service, it provides all the trappings of a five-star hotel, in the privacy of your own villa.