Archive for 2012

The New Luxury Travel Trend – Perfect for a Luxury Villa Rental!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Travel professionals are always looking to pinpoint the new and popular when it comes to luxury vacations so that they can work to deliver what their clients are looking for. One trend that is rising in popularity when it comes to affluent travel? Shopping! A second big trend that is increasingly being seen is busy people looking to use their vacations to unwind, disconnect and totally escape–and what better way to do that to than find yourself a luxury villa rental to enjoy in total privacy?

According to a Euromonitor’s new Global Trends Report the prediction is that the luxury travel industry is “likely to see a rise in specialized holidays catering to tourists wanting to go shopping, or ‘escape’ from an increasingly connected world…The rise in luxury shopping trips is expected to be driven by tourists from the BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India and China – who are increasingly flocking to Europe and North America to throw their money around. Euromonitor said that there was already plenty of evidence of this trend, which is driven by growing middle classes in those countries, plus relatively high import taxes on luxury items.” If you’re looking to organize a vacation heavy on the shopping in Europe or North America, then you can’t really do better than locales like Miami, Aspen or St. Tropez all of which offer the very best in high end retailers and seasonal designer pop up shops.

On the other hand, if a “digital detox holiday” is more your speed then we can’t think of a better option to do just that than your very own luxury villa rental. Not only do Villazzo’s VillaHotel’s offer personalized service that more than rivals a five-star hotel, but you’ll also get all the privacy and comforts of home to enjoy during your detox. While luxury villa rentals will enable to you to stay connected if you so choose, these great properties–close to all the action, but separate enough to ensure privacy–can also be the perfect spot if you decide to unplug completely. Gorgeous locales from Miami and Aspen are wonderful spots to leave emails and phones behind while enjoying your luxury getaway.
Photos: 1. miamibeachadvisor.com / 2. coconutgroverentals / 3. jeffhirz.wordpress.com

Opening Day in Aspen is Almost Here! Do You Have Your Luxury Villa Rental Booked?

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
Events in Aspen in 2012-2013 and a Great Gadget for Your Ski Trip
Time flies when you’re having fun, or so the old saying goes. With winter in North America fast approaching we can’t help but realize how true the adage is. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is looming large that can only mean one thing: winter and all that it brings will be here in the blink of an eye. If you’re planning a luxury villa rental vacation in Aspen this winter then the time to book is now, especially with the opening day on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass (November 22) so close at hand. That’s right, we’re down to only days until the launch of the winter ski season in amazing Aspen and, with so many wonderful events to look forward to in 2012 and 2013, we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to hit the slopes!

 

Villazzo’s VillaHotel Chantal in Aspen

Whether you’re looking for an invigorating break on the slopes, a romantic getaway, or a family friendly vacation in the snow, an Aspen luxury villa rental is really an ideal choice. Spending Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s–or any holiday for that matter!–in a perfectly appointed, private villa with all the amenities and services of a five-star hotel will really make for a holiday to remember. Of course, Aspen is just as wonderful for those not celebrating a holiday and are instead looking to enjoy the great skiing and quaint beauty of this world class town.

Perfectly Appointed: The Open Concept Interior of VillaHotel Pamela

One wonderful event that always draws those in the know to Aspen is Wintersköl, a “toast to winter,” which this year celebrating its 65th Anniversary. This winter carnival, which was started by Jack DePagter as a way to bring bodies into town during the three week post-Christmas lull, offers a ton to see and do. If you happen to be enjoying a stay in a luxury villa rental during Wintersköl you’ll be treated to many wonderful activities perfect for adults and family alike. The festival kicks off on January 10, 2013 with events like a snow sculpture competition and a celebratory luncheon. Currently scheduled events over the next few days, which are subject to change, include a crash course in Aspen history held at the Wheeler Opera House, special Art Museum events, a Mad Hatter Ball, an Apres Ski Party on the Friday, a Soup Cook Off, Skating Exhibition, and Ullr Nights, a winter wonderland night ski event. You can be wowed by fireworks and, for those with canine friends, participate in Skijoring (a mix of Nordic skiing and dog sledding), as well as a canine fashion show.

For those who enjoy extremes on the slopes, the weeks that follow Winterskol will be a great time to be in Aspen too. The X Games Aspen are being held on January 24 to 27, 2013. Of course, you can also enjoy an Aspen vacation that consists of everything from skiing and shopping, snowboarding and gourmet dinners, to just enjoying the view from your luxury villa rental while relaxing by the fire (that vista above is from VillaHotel Chantal). Your luxury vacation in Aspen is really what you make it–and the limit is your imagination. If you are planning on skiing, one cool new gadget you may want to consider for the slopes are the AirWave Snow Goggles from Oakley. Stacked with GPS, sensors, and Bluetooth, these goggles can do a lot more than just protect your eyes from the elements!

 

Enjoy the Heat in Miami! Fab Outdoor Kitchen at the VillaHotel Jasmine

Villazzo is proud to offer six luxury villa rentals in Aspen, which will put you close to the action but far enough away to allow privacy. The prime locations of these villas will also enable you to host family and friends, entertain, and escape the hustle and bustle of high season if you so choose. From the sprawling rustic refinement of the VillaHotel Elisa–which overlooks the Red Mountain, Hunter Creek valley and Indepence Pass–to VillaHotel Tara, a luxurious ski lodge framed by a dramatic backdrop of soaring mountains, the choices are really endless. Of course, if you’re looking for a little bit of sun and sand this winter we also offer a great selection of luxury villa rentals in Miami–ideal for a getaway or for those planning on attending events like Art Basel.

Three New Miami Spots with Buzz Plus “Guerrilla” Dining

Monday, November 5th, 2012
A few places to consider spending your evenings during your luxury villa rental vacation
Planning a visit to Miami this fall or winter, perhaps to enjoy the sun or experience Art Basel? Whether you’ve decided to stay in a luxury villa rental or not, there are a few new spots on the Miami restaurant and bar landscape that you may want to add to your “must visit” list before your trip. Here are just three of the most buzzed about new additions to the Miami scene:
Cooper Avenue: Billing itself as a “restaurant, bakery, market and lounge that is open early, open late,” this new Miami Beach addition has fashioned itself as a one-stop shopping kind of place. The brainchild of restaurateurs Amir Ben-Zion (Gigi, Bardot) and Shai Ben-Ami, Cooper Avenue was inspired by the markets of New York, something not often seen in Miami. The restaurant at Cooper Avenue serves largely American fair and at the moment is open until 1am if you would like to pop in for a late night cocktail at the  bar. cooperavenue.com
Drumbar Miami: Chicago whiskey lovers are likely quite familiar with the Drumbar in their city, which offers patrons a large selection of single malts and more. The Miami outpost of Drumbar is set to open at the Gale South Beach in December and promises to be a great watering hole for whisky connoisseurs in Miami. The bar is also Miami’s Exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society Spot.
Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar: If you prefer rum to whiskey then Paladar is likely the place for you, offering up more than 50 varieties to choose from. The kitchen serves rum-friendly comfort food inspired by the cuisines of the Caribbean, South and Central America, and Cuba by way of Ohio. “Paladar isn’t a traditional Latin restaurant,” co-president Andy Himmel recently told Miami.com. “It’s a new experience.” The restaurant is set to open in the Village of Gulfstream Park in November.
If you’ll be enjoying the beauty and luxury of Miami you may also want to consider a more out of the ordinary dining experience, like the “guerrilla” dining provided by Shelley-belly’s Underground. The concept of this intimate home based supper club is rather simple and, according to Shelley, “details of the event are a closely guarded secret, two days before the event, once your booking has been confirmed you will receive an email with the location details and password – no one gets in without a password.” The suggested “donation” is $65 per head and you’re tasked with bringing your own wine to enjoy the several courses of fresh, local food. shelley-belly.com
Seafood lovers who will be visiting Miami soon–whether staying in a luxury villa rental or a hotel–keep in mind that Florida stone crab season starts the week of October 15. If you’re looking for some great spots to enjoy some fresh fish try Joe’s Stone Crab or My Cerviche.
Photos: Ocean Drive, Miami.com, shelley-belly.com

A Change to Aspen’s Restaurant Scene & Planning Your Winter Luxury Villa Rental Vacation

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

 

Artist’s Rendering of the New Elk Club Restaurant

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Aspen is a great place to visit any time of year, but without a doubt the luxury ski resort’s high season is the winter months. If you’re hoping to enjoy a completely comfortable vacation in a luxury villa rental in Aspen then you’ll also want to think about booking now. As people on the restaurant scene ramp up for the start of the 2012-2013 winter and ski season so too will the options of where to stay fill up fast. One such change to the Aspen scene is the new Elk Camp restaurant being opened by the Aspen Skiing Co. (Skico) and slated to be ready by the start of the winter season. Located close to the Elk Camp gondola the new restaurant will be 14,769 square feet and has been designated as the new hub of Snowmass’ summer operations.

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The Site of the Elk Club Gondola

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The new Elk Club, which has been in the works for the better part of two years and will replace Cafe Suzanne’s, is part of a growing trend that has seen independent ownership of mountain restaurants in Aspen dwindle to just two (Bonnie’s and High Alpine). As Scott Condon of The Aspen Times  (aspen times rentals) notes “on-mountain restaurants have become increasingly important for ski-area
operators. Just as ski areas completed replacing old chairlifts with high-speed
models over the past 25 years, they are now replacing lots of old, worn-out
restaurants with grand, new structures.”

The restaurants don’t just look newer, different, shinier, either. The food experience has also changed dramatically from down home American grub like hot dogs and fries to a much more upscale dining experience. According to Skico, the Elk Club’s menu “alludes to northern Italian cuisine” and will have food that focuses on health and freshness, two big trends in high end Aspen restaurants. The new menu will apparently include speciality sandwiches, pizzas, and rotisserie items, as well as salads, soups, fresh pasta, and gourmet desserts. The Elk Club will not just cater to skiing diners, but the size (capacity for 250 in the dining room, 25 at the bar, 150 on the deck, and 90 seats in an an area for ski school kids) will also make it ideal to host events and receptions.

Villazzo’s Luxury Villa Rental Elisa in Aspen

For those loving the new, even higher end Aspen, then a winter vacation here wouldn’t be complete without the right accommodation. While hotels are nice, the privacy and opulence of a luxury villa rental really can’t be beat. One such luxury villa rental option is the VillaHotel Elisa, located only minutes from downtown Aspen this unbelievable luxury villa includes six bedrooms, a vanishing edge pool, and outdoor seating and entertaining area complete with fireplace. The attention to detail and design on this property really has to be seen to be believed. And while Villazzo luxury villa rentals provide privacy and all the comforts of home, our VillaHotel properties really go above and beyond, combining unbelievable luxury villa rentals with the kind of service and personal touches that far surpasses a traditional five-star hotel.

If you would like to spend part of your winter break, or even Christmas and New Year’s, in an Aspen luxury villa rental then the best time to book is now. Of course, if you can’t wait for winter to enjoy the beauty that is Aspen, fall is a great time to visit too. Not only will you save yourself from the peak season hustle and bustle, but you’ll also get to enjoy the explosion of color that comes on Aspen’s mountains and surrounding areas with the advent of fall.

St. Tropez Restaurants with a View to Try During Your Luxury Villa Rental Vacation

Sunday, August 19th, 2012
St. Tropez is a land of plenty when it comes to luxury, beauty, and all the finer things in life, including food. If you’re planning a luxury villa rental vacation in St. Tropez it won’t be difficult to find great restaurants run by celebrity chefs where you can dine morning, noon, and night. Narrowing down the choices might be more difficult, so why not consider what will be surrounding you while you dine. To that end here are three great St. Tropez spots that offer up million dollar views along with their dishes and drinks.

Les Trois Saisons – A wonderful, dreamy atmosphere accompanies the delicious dishes at this gourmand’s delight. Nestled in a leafy park high above St. Tropez, Les Trois Saisons not only offers fresh and yummy delights–like wild catfish roasted lobster served with truffle–but also unforgettable views of the Bay of Pampelonne below. Chateau de la Messadiere, Route de Tahiti, +33 (0)4 94 56 76 00.

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– The location of this St. Tropez restaurant makes it no surprise that the menu is heavy on fresh seafood, including fish and shellfish. Prepared in the traditional style of the South of France these dishes will tempt your taste buds, while the sophisticated surroundings, eye catching architecture, and breathtaking panoramic views will make your meal one to remember. 1 Rue Portalet 83990 Saint-Tropez, +33 494 972 900.

Kube Restaurant and SkyBar – In season, the views from the Kube Hotel’s SkyBar are not to be missed. Have a cocktail while watching the sun go down or enjoy a DJ spinning tunes after dark. Of course, you can also opt to dine indoors (ask for a table away from the kitchen) or in the garden. Before leaving you may want to check out the ICE Kube Bar on the premises where everything is, quite literally, on ice. 13 Chemin du Rogon de la Valette 83580 Gassin,  04 94 97 20 00.

No matter where you’ll be dining, if you want the ultimate in privacy and indulgence during your St. Tropez vacation think about opting for a luxury villa rental to make your trip complete.

All That Is Hot and Happening in Miami – Summer 2012

Sunday, July 8th, 2012
The Bazaar Miami

While many think of Miami as the ideal winter getaway, the truth is there is tons to do in this Florida hotspot in the summer too. Just ask the countless European footballers, jet setters, and fashionistas enjoying the Miami sun, surf, and nightlife right now–and there’s no better way to enjoy Miami than with a luxury villa rental. If you’re planning a summer trip to Miami here are a few events and spots you might want to visit:

Restaurants

The Bazaar by José Andrés – Modeled after the successful L.A. restaurant of the same name, Miami’s recently opened Bazaar will feature a menu developed by culinary director and celebrated chef José Andrés. Andrés has been an ambassador for Spanish cuisine in America and has enjoyed success with restaurants like Zaytinya, Jaleo, and China Poblano. The Bazaar marries molecular gastronomy with traditional Iberian fare in a gorgeous space designed by Philippe Starck, definitely a must-visit the next time you’re in Miami. (more…)

Best Beaches in St. Tropez

Saturday, June 16th, 2012


Pampelonne and Beyond – Great Beaches to Visit During Your Luxury Rental Villa Vacation
best beaches in st tropezLooking for the best beaches in St Tropez? One of the big draws when it comes to vacationing in St. Tropez are the beaches and the glamorous daytime lifestyle that surrounds them.  Whether staying in a luxury villa rental, hotel or on a yacht, travelers flock to St. Tropez every summer for the sun and sand, bikinis at the ready. While most associate St. Tropez with its main beach, Pampelonne, there are several lesser known stretches of sand where you can while away the days during your luxury villa rental vacation. Here’s a look at beaches you may want to check out during your St. Tropez holiday:

Pampellone – This is the classic St. Tropez beach that has sparked the imagination of travellers and glamorous jet setters since Brigitte Bardot donned that first bikini and sultry pout in the 1950s. Visitors to St. Tropez flock to Pampellone in record numbers to see and be seen, mostly at the exclusive beach clubs lining the shores. While daily charges at these clubs don’t come cheap–there are costs associated with everything from loungers to umbrellas–the excess and glamour is quintessential St. Tropez. Choices for beach clubs range from the quietly classy Club 55 to celeb magnet Nikki Beach, and reservations are always recommended. The oldest beach club in the area is Tahiti Beach, while a good choice for families is Les Jumeaux (aside from a children’s lunch menu this club also boasts a play area to keep your little ones entertained between dips). If you’re looking for good food consider Nioulargo – Kai Largo, which boasts two types of restaurants, while Moorea is a suitable choice for those hoping to find some happy go lucky fun. (more…)

Top Luxury Travel Trend for 2012

Saturday, May 19th, 2012


The number one spot on Virtuoso’s list is ideal for a luxury villa rental vacation
Enjoy family time by the pool – Villazzo’s VillaHotel Paula, St. Tropez

Every year, after consulting their “elite travel agency membership,” Virtuoso produces a Luxe Report that predicts trends in the luxury travel market. For 2012 the Luxe Report names the number one trend as “multi-generational family travel,” for which luxury villa rentals are an absolutely ideal vacation accomodation option. Forbes produced their own list Top 8 Luxury Travel Trends for Summer 2012 with family travel also earning the top spot. The magazine also cites luxury villa rentals in conjunction with the increase in family travel, stating that “high end villa rentals are a popular choice for families…extra large villas can accommodate multiple families and provide a great base for celebrations.” According to Fobres families are not just choosing luxury villa rentals for relaxing vacations, but also as a spot to gather and celebrate events like important birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions.

Games in the sun are perfect for family getaways – V Villa Sogno di Luce, St. Tropez

Aside from the growing trend of families travelling together, the Luxe Report names international as the most popular form of travel in 2012, indicating that the luxury travel customer “is not easily dissuaded by rising fuel prices and hotel costs, as evidenced in the continued support of Europe, [with] Italy and France ranked as the most popular international destinations.” Of course, gorgeous travel destinations like St. Tropez are ideal for those planning multi-generational travel, especially when opting for the luxury villa rental option. Here are three reasons why we think a luxury villa rental is an ideal option for family trips:

1. Luxury Villa Rentals Make Vacationing with Kids a Breeze: From the convenience of having your own state of the art kitchen to private pools and comfy media rooms, the luxury villa concept means that keeping kids fed, happy and occupied is much easier staying in a villa than it would be staying in a conventional hotel. Villazzo VillaHotels also offer butler service that can ensure you and your family have everything you need from a stocked pantry to the right toiletries.

2. Luxury Villa Rentals Offer More Options: Rather than having several generations of one family cooped up in one or two hotel rooms a luxury villa rental offers the opportunity for space and many different activities during your vacation. Of course, you always have the option of leaving your villa and exploring your destination, but when you’re at “home” you can rest assured knowing it will feel just like that–with five-star luxuries thrown in.

3. Luxury Villa Rentals Won’t Always Break the Bank: We’re all looking for value for our dollar and while a villa rental may seem pricey, it can be definitely be an efficient option when considering the number of people vacationing and the type of experience you’re looking for.

Enjoy the convenience of your own gourmet kitchen while on vacation – VillaHotel Stella, Miami

Whether you’re planning to travel with your children or several generations of your family consider a luxury villa rental for 2012. Gorgeous luxury villa rentals in hot spots like St. Tropez, Miami and Aspen (Departures.com recently named their choices for Five of the World’s Most Opulent Villas and included Villazzo’s Aspen VillaHotel Elisa on their list) will offer your family five-star amenities, privacy and the ability to make memories that none of you will soon forget.
Sources:

http://www.virtuoso.com/thecompany/luxereport2011/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/anniefitzsimmons/2012/04/25/8-luxury-travel-trends-for-summer-2012/

The Five Top Trends for Summer 2012 Vacation Wear

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Whether vacationing in a luxury villa rental in St. Tropez or Miami these trends will serve you well this summer

Planning a summer vacation can be daunting enough–where to go, what to do, where to stay–but once that’s all settled, what remains is what to pack, which can be equally problematic. Depending on your destination and the duration of your stay, you may require quite a few outfit changes for any one luxury vacation. If you’re undecided about accommodation in the South of France or Miami this summer, we’d definitely suggest the privacy and exclusivity of a luxury villa rental. If what to bring is more the problem then we think a mix of the following trends will hit just the right note no matter what your vacation plans.

BIG, BOLD PRINTS – Nothing says vacation like a loud Hawaiian patterned shirt, right? Well, not exactly, although high end designers from New York to Milan have embraced the graphic nature of Hawaiian and floral prints and modernized them for 2012.

Net-a-porter.com calls the look “techno tropics” and relates how this season from “graphic Hawaiian florals at Altuzarra to Peter Pilotto’s hothouse stems, kaleidoscopic prints reign supreme…[these] blown up florals and oceanic motifs mean instant drama.”

Brightly hued and bold prints will serve you well from day (like the Alberta Ferretti shorts seen above) to night (when you can make good use of Matthew Williamson’s easy breezy belted kimono-style maxidress). A look like Roberto Cavalli’s floaty red and white maxi is a perfect vacation piece, because it can do double duty between day and night depending on your choice of accessories.

JET SET GYPSY – Boho is a trend that never really goes away, but every so often more than just the usual designers like Cavalli and Pucci’s Peter Dundas revisit the style. This season flowing skirts, lace, wedges and chunky statement jewelry are perfect pieces to pack to complete that luxe boho look.

Cavalli, Pucci, Dolce and Gabbana, and Missoni and Versace, as seen above, seem to do the luxe gypsy style particularly well. Perhaps it’s something about the romance of the Mediterranean that inspires these designers, either way these items are perfect for any luxury getaway. Missoni’s cobalt silk-chiffon Haydee skirt or Versace’s printed chiffon top are just two great options for incorporating the gypsy look into your vacation wardrobe.

PRETTY PASTELS – This spring there’s a little bit of dichotomy when it comes to color. On the one hand soft and feminine pastels were all over the runways, on the other the trend of bold colorblocking and neon brights (we’ll get to that next) seems to be hanging around for the foreseeable future. One look at the pastels designers are churning out and it’s easy to see why these pieces could easily become vacation staples.

A cropped skinny jean in a cotton candy shade, like the apricot pair from MiH seen above, is one of the must-have items this summer (add a pair of red and white pants to the mix and you’re half way to being vacation ready), one that can easily be accessorized from totally casual to acceptable for balmy evenings eating al fresco. Mixing different shades of pastels is also a great way to add visual interest to a softly feminine outfit. Of course, you’ll never go wrong packing a classic shift dress like the lavender Jil Sander seen here, which is made uber feminine by adding the floral bag from Reed Krakoff.

BLOCK IT OUT – Nothing says summer like bright hues, which is why colourblocking is one of those trends that just seems to work best with bright summer days and long summer nights. During your luxury villa rental vacation do as net-a-porter suggests and “pep up your palette with bold primary colors” like “fuchsia, mint, emerald and orange – electric block color is so bright now!”

Emilio Pucci’s colorblock sweater looks so chic paired with skinny white pants, perfect for a daytime stroll or some time on a yacht. Gucci’s colorblock silk crepe de chine top looks fabulous with their purple pants and nude heels, a versatile look that can easily take you from day to night.

GO SHORT – It seems like a no brainer when heading on vacation to a sunny and hot destination, but this summer shorts really are all the rage. From denim cut offs to smart and preppy printed versions we recommend packing at least a few to get you through the hot days and warm nights.

Reminiscent of a deck chair, Stella McCartney’s cotton and silk-blend shorts pretty much scream vacation, while who wouldn’t love Yves Sant Laurent’s red shorts paired with their lively floral blouse (you can also get shorts in the same floral print)? Meanwhile, Michael Kors’ leopard print short shorts are glamorous and exotic.

Where accessories are concerned, think about a Two Part Bag, which will work for both day and night. This printed canvas and leather clutch from Proenza Schouler comes in both a clutch and a tote, the smaller of which can easily be slipped into the larger when traveling.

As for shoes, wedge sandals are uber hot at the moment, but don’t forget a pair or two of what net-a-porter is calling the “ready to wear heel” (like Brian Atwood’s Claudia embroidered suede pumps above), which will instantly become the focus of any outfit. Of course, another option is to embrace the flat-for-night trend by choosing a pair or two of embellished flats that are easily packed and perfect for your vacation evenings.

Photo 1 – www.stylesizzle.com
All looks from net-a-porter-.com

Book Your Aspen Luxury Villa Rental Now in Time for Great 2012 Events

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012


Skiing, shopping and eating are three of the main draws for the throngs that convene on Aspen every year. And while people often associate the snowy slopes of Aspen with winter vacations, don’t be fooled into thinking this striking village has nothing to offer in the warmer months. On the contrary, if you’ve missed out on booking a luxury villa rental in Aspen for your winter getaway think about reserving now for the months to come. There are several great, not-to-be-missed events taking place in Aspen in the coming months, among them the Food & Wine Classic at Aspen (June 15-17) and the Aspen Film Festival (October 1-7), which you may want to consider penciling in to your vacation itinerary.
Rob Reiner and Kathy Bates at the Aspen Film Festival
Photo via filmfestivalworld.com

If you love great food and wonderful wine then you’ll likely be enthralled with an event hosted by Food & Wine magazine. The now legendary event may have started as a gathering of winemakers, chefs and aficionados of both, but thirty years later it has evolved into one of the United States’ foremost culinary festivals. The 30th anniversary of the festival will be held in Aspen this year from June 15 to the 17th, and participating chefs include Mario Batali, Jacques Pépin, Giada DiLaurentiis, Grant Achatz, and Tom Coliccio, not to mention the internationally celebrated winemakers, brewmasters, mixologists and sommeliers who will also be convening on the resort town for the event. The festival includes tastings, panel discussions, classes, demonstrations and seminars, and 300 exhibitors showing in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. You can choose between such events as Ming Tsai’s Asian BBQ, Swill for the Grill by Danny Meyer and Undiscovered Grapes of Spain by Steve Olson.

VillaHotel Rose

If you’re interested in the Food & Wine event then 2012 is the perfect year to attend, because in addition to the usual draws there are also several special 30th anniversary events on the schedule. These include an anniversary party, an after-hours dessert soiree and a 5 kilometre charity run. Tickets are currently selling for $1,225 (with 2% of the net proceeds being donated to Grow for Good by Food & Wine) and going quickly, so if you’re looking to attend snap up your tickets now! You may also want to consider booking a gorgeous luxury villa rental in Aspen while you’re at it, a perfect way to complete the entire culinary experience. (Our “V” Villas and VillaHotels also offer state of the art kitchens if you’d like to try out some of your new skills once the food weekend is over). (more…)