Archive for 2011

Happy Holidays from Villazzo!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011


Happy Holidays

Villazzo News
Villazzo’s December NewsletterFrom Christian Jagodzinski, President and Founder of Villazzo

As Christmas and New Year’s are fast approaching, I would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays from Villazzo. Thank you to all of you who made for another very successful year at Villazzo.

I am very happy that more and more guests embrace the “next level in vacation rentals” – our VillaHotel concept – in Miami, St Tropez, and Aspen.




As a Christmas gift, I want to offer you two properties with very special pricing; and both are still available over the holidays.Everything else has been booked… and a lot of it very last minute. We just booked 3 properties in the last 2 days… and only 3 days to go before Christmas.

My warmest regards,

Christian Jagodzinski
President and Founder
Villazzo LLC

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Miami

In Miami Beach, our latest portfolio addition, “V” Villa Amanda, can now be booked at 20% off the normal peak season rate — $8,400 per week instead of $10, 500. And we have reduced the minimum rental to 10 days instead of two weeks. This is the last Miami property that’s still available… while at the same time being the most affordable one.

Click here to book now before “V” Villa Amanda becomes unavailable!


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Aspen

In Aspen, stay at VillaHotel Pamela and receive more than 25% off your entire stay – just $13,900 per night instead of the standard $19,100 rate. Plus, we are also including a free airport transfer, free massages on arrival, and a welcome toast with champagne.

Contact us as soon as possible to make your reservation with these incredible reductions!

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VillaHotel Elisa and “V” Villa Silvia in Aspen

We’re proud to be offering two stunning, new properties to our Aspen vacation destination. If you’re looking for the ultimate vacation experience in Aspen – it doesn’t get any more luxurious than six-bedroom VillaHotel Elisa. This estate is only five minutes away from downtown Aspen and the area’s top ski slopes, but you would never know it: it sits on a pristine, private piece of land overlooking the entire area – and has so much inside space, you will feel more like in a Castle than in a home.

Also joining the Aspen roster is “V” Villa Silvia. Silvia offers a different take on the typical look and feel of a lodge-style Aspen luxury villa. The modern, Asian-inspired 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom Silvia is located only a stone’s throw from downtown Aspen and the area’s top ski slopes, putting you right in the midst of everything.

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Villazzo in Cannes at the ILTM

On a final note, Villazzo is proud to note that we exhibited at this year’s International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes.

It was a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our unparalleled VillaHotel concept to the luxury travel community from around the globe, who regularly meet in Cannes every December. We look forward to attending again next year.

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The 10th Anniversary of Art Basel Celebrated in Miami

Monday, December 19th, 2011


Art Basel Miami 2011 – Photo by Photo by
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images via Yahoo

This month the who’s who of the modern art world, along with a horde of A-listers, jet setters, and famous faces, descended on Miami for the 10th anniversary of Art Basel. The art exhibition has gone a long way to re-energizing Miami’s international image, making the city the place to be in early December and kicking off the Miami high season with a bang. After a whirlwind of exhibits and parties talk is already turning to Art Basel 2012 (December 6 – 9), and now is the perfect time to pre-book your luxury villa rental if you’re planning to be in Miami this time next year.

The 2011 addition of Art Basel Miami was punctuated with a variety of exhibitions from newcomers to more established and well known artists, as well as a whirlwind of parties and promotional events. From November 30th to December 3rd, Miami was the place to be, showcasing work from 260 international galleries. With a reported 50,000 attending, a multitude of private jets touching down at Opa-Locka Airport and big names like the Yankee’s Alexander Rodriguez hosting VIP events it’s safe to say that Art Basel 2011 in Miami was nothing short of a whirlwind. As for the art, which for all intents and purposes is meant to be the real star of the show, reports are that even in this somewhat uncertain economic climate sales were brisk (the majority of the buyers were said to be American, a departure from recent years that saw many from Russia, Brazil and China). (more…)

Hot and Delicious Miami Restaurants to Enjoy in 2011-2012

Saturday, November 19th, 2011


Makoto Miami – Photo: billwisserphoto.com

With the vacation season in Miami about to kick into high gear we’re sure many heading South are already considering the age old question of where to eat after a day spent basking in the sun or touring Art Basel. Sure, if you’ve managed to secure an opulent and private luxury villa rental, there’s definitely the option of staying in, but even those with their own butlers and fully stocked kitchens will likely also want to sample some of Miami’s restaurant scene. Here are some suggestions for your days and nights out:

The Dutch – Chef Andrea Carmellini has always drawn on his roots as the son of Italian-Americans when creating his restaurants (like the lauded Locana Verde in Manhattan) and his dishes (Locana specializes in uncomplicated Italian fare). Carmellini’s The Dutch, which first opened in SoHo and is now debuting in Miami, is a little more Americana, a little more comfort food than the chef’s previous ventures. Fans of the original The Dutch will find that the hotly anticipated, now open Miami version incorporates a Southern spin, which includes dishes like oyster sliders and an abundance of pies. 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-938-3000

Makoto – Many looking for a good meal in the Bal Harbour Shops now have another alternative, the refreshing Japanese menu put forth by chef Makoto Okuwa at his eponymous restaurant. Okuwa has taken advantage of the fresh seafood available in Miami by presenting an interesting mix of sushi and sashimi options, along with grilled meats and innovative noodle and rice dishes. Adventurous? Try the “hotate” (live scallops). 9700 Collins Avenue, 305-864-8600

New Look: Morgans on the Beach –
Photo via Miami NewTimes

Morgans on the Beach – Joe Allen’s was a Miami lunch staple and when many regulars found out it was being replaced by Morgans on the Beach they were quite upset, even demanding that certain dishes be kept on the menu (the kitchen staff has largely remained the same). This second outpost for Morgans has proven to be successful–breathing new life and decor into an iconic restaurant. Along with the old favorites, chef Paul Suriel has added new dishes to the menu included pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese, and pizzas. The restaurant also has a respectable cocktail menu that includes a lemon basil margarita. 1787 Purdy Avenue

De Rodriguez Cuba – The newest offering from Douglas Rodriguez, one of the forefathers of New Latin cuisine, De Rodriguez Cuba’s menu is heavily influenced by the fresh seafood available in the ocean nearby. A vacation in Miami isn’t complete without some Latin flavor and Rodriguez’s new offering is definitely gourmet with selections like oxtail in a spicy red wine sauce and chocolate cigars. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-672-6624

Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith – Photo via Ocean Drive

The Villa by Barton G. – If you want a special occasion restaurant in a gorgeously opulent setting, in this case the luxe mansion of the late Gianni Versace, then The Villa is a great choice. It may be difficult for food to stand out amidst such gorgeous surroundings, but the cuisine served up by Jeff O’Neill–including the foie gras ambrosia–certainly manages. 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-576-8003


Thinking of dessert? Try Hedy Goldsmith’s delicious creations at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink (130 NE 40th Street), which include gourmet versions of childhood faves like Oreos and Pop-Tarts, or try Buttercream in Coral Gables (1411 Sunset Drive), where many Floridians flock for the cupcakes.

If you’re thinking of a vacation in Miami this winter consider the gorgeous luxury villa rentals offered by Villazzo — privacy, beauty and five-star service to rival any hotel.

“V” Villa Silvia: An Asian Vibe Arrives In Aspen

Monday, November 14th, 2011

"V" Villa Silvia - Aspen luxury villa

"V" Villa Silvia - Exterior

Amidst the many lodge-style Aspen luxury villas, “V” Villa Silvia features an Asian design sensibility that makes it stand apart from traditional Aspen aesthetics.

When it comes to luxury destinations like Saint Tropez, Miami Beach, and Aspen, there is usually one architectural and design motif that dominates the luxury villa market there. The “luxury look” of an Aspen villa has always been a rustic charm: stone, wood, exposed beans, vaulted ceilings, and large hearths with roaring fires.

Every once in a while, however, a luxury villa comes along that sheds some new light on traditional designs. In Aspen, that luxury villa is “V” Villa Silvia.

Unlike the many lodge-inspired Aspen luxury villas out there, “V” Villa Silvia features an Asian-inspired look both inside and out that is hard to miss. It’s layout evokes the look of a symmetrical, Japanese-styled furoba, with two large wings on each of the house. Unlike most Aspen villas, which feature a predominance of stone face, “V” Villa Silvia utilizes a predominance of rich, cedar siding, with a flagstone base that completes a wide terrace overlooking the rugged vistas of Aspen.

But while the exterior of “V” Villa Silvia still evokes the general trappings of an Aspen luxury villa, it is the interior that truly departs from the “Aspen ordinary.”

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Miami’s Design District Shaping Up As World Class Luxury Shopping Destination

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Miami Offers Sun, Shopping and All Manner of Exclusivity for Luxury Villa Rental Users
Photo via inhabit.com
Miami has long been a land renowned for it’s sun, nightlife and ability to draw the well heeled and celebrities to it’s sandy beaches in the winter and summer alike. Of course, those looking for a relaxing and luxurious vacation often prefer to choose a private luxury villa rental in places that also offer world class dining and shopping. While Bal Harbour has long offered stores for the world’s biggest designers, now Miami’s Design District is emerging as the newest, hottest shopping destination for those looking for the biggest names in design.

Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton (just opened at the Aventura Mall), Cartier (plans have been announced for a temporary store to open in the Design District in November) and Dior have all announced plans to open stores in the Design District. It is expected that other LVMH-owned brands will follow the lead of Louis Vuitton in making the move to the up-and-coming district. Most recently the uber exclusive French brand Hermes has followed suit. According to The Miami Herald, Herme’s Bal Harbour store lease expires in December 2012. Hermes has now announced plans for a “10,000-square-foot, two-level flagship store in the Design District in Fall 2013,” and will be temporarily housed in the area starting the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013. The new Hermes store is set to feature womens, mens and house products. Next door will be the first St. Louis crystal store in the United States.

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Karl Lagerfeld Calls St. Tropez “Paradise” in New Video

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
The Iconic Fashion Designer and Rapper Snoop Dogg Appear in Video for Jean-Roch’s VIP Room
The Iconic VIP Room Nightclub in St. Tropez
Photo via worlds-luxury-guide.com

St. Tropez’s bustling nightlife is one of the key reasons that people are drawn to the classic vacation spot again and again. Even as the summer season is drawing to a close, and the well heeled and the famous are departing from their luxury villa rentals and their yachts, we’re reminded that some of the biggest names in the world, who could vacation anywhere they choose, consistently return to St. Tropez. Just take the outspoken Karl Lagerfeld who has made his love for St. Tropez known on countless occasions. Not only does the designer vacation in the town, but has also used it as the site of Chanel Resort fashion shows and videos he’s directed to promote the iconic brand. Now, appearing in a video for the famous St. Tropez nightclub VIP, Lagerfeld once again reaffirms his love for St. Tropez. (more…)

Exclusive Event Planning Comes To Villazzo

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

 

The Villazzo luxury vacation experience has met its match – Villazzo now provides world-class event planning at our vacation villas, and even at your own home!

Since our inception, Villazzo has blazed a new trail in creating luxury vacations that no other company can come close to matching. Through our unparalleled VillaHotels and elite luxury vacation destinations in Saint Tropez, Miami Beach, and Aspen, we’ve brought the best aspects of the 5-star hotel experience to the world’s most exclusive private luxury rentals villas.

Now, in conjunction with an in-house, internationally acclaimed Event Production, Entertainment & Design Team, Villazzo is teaming with the Executive Producer of E Squared Concepts to offer Villazzo customers and Villa guests alike the same level of detail in event planning as they receive from our comprehensive luxury vacation services.

E Squared Concepts is one of the most dynamic & creative teams we have ever had the pleasure to work with – they truly embody the same level of quality and attention to detail that Villazzo employs when planning luxury vacations for our guests.

If you travel to or live in Saint Tropez, Miami, or Aspen, whatever your event needs may be, from an anniversary, Valentine’s day, a special birthday, New Year’s, or just an intimate dinner party – Villazzo and E Squared Concepts will deliver the event of your dreams from concept to completion. From catering & staff, florals & linens, to tents & transportation & of course live bands, DJs & specialty acts to add that wow factor to your event. E Squared Concepts book & produce stars like Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Jaime Fox, Josh Grobin, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Cosby, & Penn & Teller for exclusive events, just to name a few.

If you are interested in learning more about what Villazzo can do for your next big event at home or while on vacation, feel free to drop us a line and we will be happy to schedule a free consultation. And please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions.

The Hot Places to Eat and Drink During Your Miami Vacation

Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Everything From Jeff McInnis’ Soon-to-Open Resto to Haute Living’s Top 5 Coffee Spots in Miami
Jeff McInnis via Haute Living

Visitors flock to Miami for many reasons; sun and sand, art and culture, the vibrant nightlife. If you’re planning a Miami luxury villa rental vacation you have the option of eating in your own state-of-the-art kitchen or venturing out to find your meal in one of Miami’s celebrated restaurants. There are classics–Joe’s Stone Crabs, Nobu, Palme d’Or–and trendier locales, not to mention a variety of different cuisines.

Like in most big cities, in Miami new restaurants from big name chefs are cause for a ton of buzz and anticipation. One such chef is Jeff McInnis, who disappointed many Miami diners when he left his post at Gigi’s earlier this year. Miami’s Top Chef has now been tapped for the new Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, which according to its website, is set to open in Fall 2011 at 16th and Lenox on South Beach. If the restaurant stays on schedule (reports have it opening in September), you’ll be able to give it a try if you head to Miami for your luxury villa rental location in the off-season or in time for Art Basel.

Five Napkin Turkey Burger – Photo by billwisserphoto.com
via The Miami New Times

Michelle Bernstein is another chef with a high profile on the Miami dining scene. Bernstein’s new offering, Crumb on Parchment, may be laidback but it is attracting well-heeled lunchers and foodies alike. The restaurant on 3930 NE Second Avenue has a café-style vibe, serves all day breakfast and scrumptious options like classic baked goods (delicious chocolate chip cookies) and elevated lunch food (tuna sandwiches served with kimci aioli and spicy pickles). While a luxury villa rental is the perfect place to throw a bash, Crumb is also a site to consider for a private party, especially one where food wrapped in parchment and utensils served up in pails only adds to the charm and ambiance.

Having a cup of coffee brewed in the state of the art kitchen of your luxury villa rental is a great way to the start the day or unwind at night, but where to go for your java fix when you’re out and about in Miami during the day? To answer that question HauteLiving.com has published their picks for the Top Five Coffee Shops in Miami: Café Demetrio, Nespresso, David’s Café, Pasion del Cielo and Versailles. Of the five we’re partial to Demetrio’s gorgeous location and gourmet brews.

And, lastly, if you’re looking for some more casual dining you’ll be happy to know that Miami has been overrun as of late with gourmet burger joints. Take Shake Shack, for instance, which just announced its opening another location in Coral Gables. The Miami New Times recently compared the newly opened Five Napkin Burger (located on Lincoln Road) to BGR the Burger Joint, which is on Miracle Mile. The results? According to the critic Lee Klein, BGR has the better “signature beef burger,” while Five Napkin wins when it comes to turkey burgers. And that’s the beauty of Miami–high or low, luxury or laidback, the city really delivers.

Villa Contenta, seen here, is just one of the gorgeous luxury villa rental options that Villazzo offers for the Miami area. Visit Villazzo.com for information on the different villas available, their unique features, stunning locations and modern amenities.

Enjoy Some Extreme Activities During Your St. Tropez Vacation Rental Experience

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
Tony Parker on Water Propelled Jet Pack via TMZ.com
Increase The Fun of Your Luxury Villa Rental vacation in Saint Tropez with Sports and Exclusive Toys

Shopping and clubbing, sun bathing and sailing are all hallmarks of a luxury villa rental vacation in St. Tropez. If you’re interested in something a bit more high energy, however, the exclusive resort town offers several different options you can consider. NBA star Tony Parker was recently seen motoring around the Mediterranean on a futuristic “jet pack,” one of the many grown up toys that you can choose from during your St. Tropez luxury vacation.

The JetLev reportedly costs more than $130,000 to own, and Parker spent about $5,000 to rent one in St. Tropez. So how does this modern answer to parasailing actually work? The JetLev, made by a Canadian company, gets strapped to your back and propels you through the air using water, sucked in through a tube trailing in the ocean, as its fuel. Perhaps not the exact image of the flying jet packs we’ve been promised by movies and science fiction, but definitely a new and unique way to enjoy the sun, sand and sea of St. Tropez. (more…)

Villazzo Vibe – July 2011

Thursday, July 14th, 2011


Villazzo VIBE

Villazzo News
Villazzo’s July Newsletter

From Christian Jagodzinski, President and Founder of Villazzo

Christian Jagodzinski
Summer is in full swing here in Saint-Tropez, and as we get closer to late July, all indications are that the resort will be super-packed this season unlike any other time in recent memory! Stars, socialites, dignitaries, and the most discerning luxury travellers of the world are descending on Saint-Tropez for July and August . . .

. . . will you be here with us as well?

On your behalf, I have worked tirelessly along with my operations and sales team throughout the winter to hand pick the finest luxury villas in Saint-Tropez and Miami. As you know, Villazzo doesn’t just rent you a villa – in our famous “VillaHotels”, we set up a private five-star hotel just for you before your arrival (and convert it back to owner use after your departure).

The vast majority of our top VillaHotels and “V” Villas in Saint-Tropez were booked solid back in the spring. There are, however, a select few properties with very limited availability during Saint-Tropez’s peak season!

In order to make a Villazzo Summer vacation a reality for you, we are offering an exclusive 10% off promotion on the remaining summer dates for one of our top Saint-Tropez VillaHotels! In addition, we have a recently added “V” Villa offering, as well as some availability at one of our top properties. Be sure to read below for all of the details.

These last-minute offerings are perfect reasons to finally book your summer Saint-Tropez vacation with Villazzo at one of our exclusive VillaHotels and “V” Villas, and get a great deal in the process!

And don’t forget: while Saint-Tropez is buzzing, it’s the low season in Miami Beach. If you love Miami in the summer, we have some absolutely incredible deals that you simply cannot pass up!

Be sure to read about our highlighted VillaHotels and “V” Villas in both Saint-Tropez and Miami below, and contact us if you have any questions about the properties and available Summer dates for your vacation plans.

Thank you as always for choosing Villazzo – we look forward to giving you the luxury vacation of a lifetime!

My warmest regards,

Christian Jagodzinski
President and Founder
Villazzo LLC


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Saint-Tropez

A Few Spots at Select Saint-Tropez VillaHotels Still Available For Summer!

We have an amazing deal on our “V” Villa Sogno di Luce that you simply cannot pass up! Villazzo is offering over 10% discount on Sogno di Luce if you book a vacation between August 1st and 12th – the peak of Saint-Tropez’s summer season. This reduces the weekly booking rate from 46,200 € to 39,999 €! This magnificent 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom villa is perched atop a high hill with a commanding seaside view, and puts you close to all of the action.
Now is the time to take advantage of this great deal on one of our finest “V” Villas in Saint-Tropez!

Sogno di Luce

Another available option in Saint-Tropez this summer is newly-added “V” Villa Kim. Located in the coveted Domain de Sinopolis near “V” Villa Sogno di Luce , “V” Villa Kim gives luxury vacationers a spectacular, hilltop view of the sea! Its 4 bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms are surrounded by beautifully decorated living and dining areas, as well as a garden-rich exterior, complete with teak terraces, swimming pool, and outdoor Jacuzzi.
For this property Villazzo offers a special last minute rate of 13,100 € for a week, hurry up to get this amazing deal!

Kim

“V” Villa Solea is also still available for the start of peak season in Saint-Tropez – we have availability from July 15th through the 31st. Solea features a unique floor plan that really brings the sun and warmth of Saint-Tropez in summer into the villa experience. And with 5 bedrooms and bathrooms, it has ample room as well.

Solea

Finally, we have some exciting, late-breaking news on Villazzo in Saint-Tropez: we are just about to add a phenomenal new property — similar in style to “V” Villa Kim — that will have full availability for the remainder of Saint-Tropez’s peak season! This brand new, 4 bedroom beauty is close to Tahiti Beach, and very nice. Contact us if you’d like to hear more about it!

Don’t get left out of the 2011 summer season in Saint-Tropez! Contact us now to book your vacation!


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Miami

Villazzo Miami VillaHotels Are A Great Deal in the Summer – Take a look!

Even though the Summer months are considered the “low season” for Miami, Villazzo’s luxurious VillaHotels and “V” Villas remain the hottest properties around. We are currently offering incredible rates and promotions on several of our properties:

Miami Beach’s Palm Island can be described as nothing less than “luxury on luxury” – an ultra-exclusive community of the finest properties in all of Miami. VillaHotel Contenta is truly one of the finest luxury villas of Palm Island, with 11,000 sq ft, 6 bedrooms with spa-inspired en suite bathrooms, spectacular views across Biscayne Bay towards South Beach, and a magnificent pool, terrace area, and plenty of privacy and luxury amenities that, along with Villazzo’s 5 star hotel-inspired VillaHotel services, make VillaHotel Contenta the luxury villa of choice in Palm Island.

VillaHotel Contenta features an amazing low season rate of 50% off peak season, at just $8500 a night for a weekly booking. Some dates are still available for summer – please enquire.

Contenta

With architectural details that conjure the splendor of Alhambra Palace, VillaHotel Jasmine offers Miami Beach vacationers a Moorish-style luxury villa experience on an exclusive waterfront property. The 8,500 sq ft, 6 bedroom, 6 en-suite bathroom mansion features a modern, open floor plan with chic Indian and Moroccan-style furnishings throughout. Outside, an ultra-private terrace, garden, swimming pool, and Jacuzzi make VillaHotel Jasmine the perfect choice to luxury travellers.

We have an exclusive summer promotion for VillaHotel Jasmine: in addition to Jasmine’s low season rate of $7300 a night, we’ll add an additional 20% for any weekly summer booking. Take a look!

Jasmine

We also have a host of other stunning Miami properties available throughout the remainder of the summer, such as VillaHotels Valentina and Catia. You can take a look at all of our Miami properties here.

If you’re ready to make plans for your summer vacation experience, don’t delay! These incredible deals are going fast, and summer will be over before you know it! Contact us to check on availability for all of these fine Villazzo properties.


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