Archive for July, 2018

FOUR SPOTS FOR REST, RELAXTION AND TOTAL LUXURY

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to a vacation for some much-needed time out. More than just topping up your tan, rest and relaxation is imperative for productivity and rejuvenation. As such, wellbeing travel has come to the fore in recent years, with stunning spas, tranquil luxury villa rentals and revitalising settings to help aid the ‘R&R’ process.

However, the ultimate break requires the ultimate retreat, and to help inspire, we’ve compiled our top four luxury destinations for those seeking chic chill.

Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy

Picture postcard views of rolling hills, vast vineyards and sun-kissed skies make Tuscany one of the most idyllic settings for a relaxing break. For those that enjoy unwinding through art, there’s plenty of landscape to paint, while those who enjoy cultural walks or love Italian cuisine are spoilt for choice. If seclusion is what you’re after, then its remoteness makes it highly desirable. Luxury villa rentals in Tuscany are often nestled in rugged mountains and charming countryside retreats.

Ibiza

Ibiza, Spain

Where party and peace come together in natural harmony. The spectacular island of Ibiza is home to some of the most luxurious villa rentals offering elegance, beauty and the ultimate in chill. Without having to leave your property you can soak up the sun, lounge by a salt water pool and enjoy sundowners with the best view in the house. The island also has its fair share of secluded coves, fitness retreat and detox camps, as well as the blissful island of Formentera awaiting your discovery.

Ontario

Ontario, Canada

When it comes to getting away from it all, Ontario offers an exciting alternative from the daily grind. By night, luxurious lodges provide the perfect setting to unwind, while the great outdoors await discovery by day. Spanning 400 acres, High Park is a great starting point to explore with nature all around. Of course, most tourists come for the Great Lakes – some 250,000 in total, offering undeniable tranquility while getting back to nature at the same time.

St Barth’s, Caribbean

When only five-star pampering will do, bathe in the complete luxury and transformative settings of St Barth’s. Alcove beaches with pristine white sand and calm aqua waters offer unrivalled views for beach lovers, or you may prefer to sip cocktails from the privacy of your own pool. St Barth’s, after all, is known for its high-end heavenliness, with luxury vacation homes, daytime yoga sessions and divine eateries awaiting your visit.

If you’re in search of sun, sea and luxury, then Global Luxury Villas to discover your dream vacation today!

LUXURY ST TROPEZ, FOR THOSE THAT ‘CANNES’

Friday, July 20th, 2018
Festival de Cannes

Stars from the Silver Screen and the great and the good from the film industry descend to Cannes once again this May 8- 19, for the ‘Festival de Cannes’.

As only an event of this stature can command, nothing less than the best luxury vacation rentals will suffice. After all, this is a city steeped in glamour and class.

With its elite selection of luxury vacation rentals, Global Luxury Villas provides the perfect solution for holiday homes to rent for guests attending the Festival. With a wide selection to choose from, many of the luxury holiday homes include special touches – from a personal chef to a housekeeper. Every stay includes a personal concierge service, to help secure reservations to the most exclusive venues in the city, at the best value for your visit.

What are the highlights this year?

As one of the greatest and most widely publicized celebrations of film, and now in its 71st season, this year’s event promises to be another memorable year, with Cate Blanchett named President of the Jury.

Cate Blanchett
The list of shortlisted films has just gone live here too.

Free Screenings

As usual, open-air screenings at the Cinema de la Plage are open to all from 9pm during the Festival. Usefully, this is opposite the Hotel Majestic – one of the prime locations for a pre-and post-film Prosecco. It’s always a guaranteed venue to rub shoulders with industry insiders too.

Alternatively, if you’re happy to mingle with bystanders, the Red Carpet and Blue Carpet zones in and around the coveted Debussy Theatre, are great vantage points to soak up the atmosphere.

Invite Only Screenings

Those on the inside, including; investors, journalists, directors, publicists, actors and producers, will need to apply for a badge beforehand for accreditation.

Grand Theatre Lumiere
For those lucky enough to have bagged an invitation to the Grand Theatre Lumiere, it’s a strictly black-tie or evening dress affair. The Gala screenings are held every evening, and passes are essential.
The latest events are updated to: http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/

Where to Schmooze!

For a touch of elite luxury, the annual Chopard gathering is not to be missed on May 11, returning to the legendary Savarona yacht. If you are lucky enough to be on the guest list to the Swarovski lunch (May 19) you can look forward to rubbing shoulders with Penelope Cruz, heading up the intimate get-together.

Savarona Yacht
Meanwhile, the delectable de Grisogono party (May 15) held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is sure to deliver high octane fun!

Cannes Grisogono Party
Finally, die-hard Star Wars fans cannot miss ‘A Star Wars Story, Orchestra’ on May 15 at Corbeille.

For an altogether more public event, look out for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for top gatherings with fundraising initiatives.

Where to wine and dine

One of the ultimate Cannes venues is the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, a great location for lunch, dinner and post-theatre drinks.

Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez
However, La Palme d’Or at the Martinez Hotel is the place to be when the film set take over. It offers the finest dining experience with sweeping views of the golden stretch of Cannes famous beach. Afterwards, trot over to its ‘Bar l’Amiral’ for a glass of bubbly, usually with an A-lister standing next to you.

For lunch, 45 La Croisette at Le Grand Hotel is the perfect spot for a two-course lunch, with a delightful selection of fresh seafood and an excellent wine menu.

Carlton Luxury Vacations
However, since time began, the bar at the Carlton Hotel is the go-to destination for a sophisticated night cap, in this ultra glamourous spot.

For the latest information on the Cannes Film Festival, visit: www.festival-cannes.com/en and for luxury and last minute villa rentals, Global Luxury Villas.

STAR-STUDDED HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS FOR 2018

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The world may be your oyster, but when it comes to booking the luxury vacation rental of your dreams, it can be hard to know where to start.

Which is why we’ve compiled a list of exquisite locations for the year ahead, picked by those who know luxury better than anyone else – celebrities! From the fresh air of Colorado, to the sun kissed shores of St Barth’s, here’s some of the hottest destinations on the A-list map.

luxury vacation rental

St. Barths

Known as “the St Tropez of the Caribbean”, this French-speaking island is known for its picture-postcard beaches, designer shops and celebrity clientele.

Thinking of paying a visit? You’re in good company. Beyonce and Jay-Z, Orlando Bloom, Rihanna, and most recently Cindy Crawford, are just some of the stars that have been spotted “chez” Barths.

With lavish luxury villas to rent and hillside pools to unwind it, this is the perfect island for relaxation and seclusion. Be sure to do as A-listers and visit La Langouste in Flamands Bay for extraordinary seafood, followed by a walk around Gustavia harbor to ogle at the jaw-dropping yachts.

Aspen luxury vacation rental

Aspen

What do Bella Hadid, Stella McCartney and Elton John all have in common? Their love of Aspen, of course!

The fresh mountain air, alluring après ski and plenty of outdoor adventure, make it a popular haven for the jet set, with luxury chalet rentals a prerequisite.

With award-winning runs for ski, sledge and snowboarding by day, and warm cozy nights in by the fire at night, it makes a particular favorite during the holidays. With any luck, you may even bump in to Mariah Carey on the slopes.

Ibiza luxury vacation rental

Ibiza

From Kim and Kanye, to Kate Moss and friends, Ibiza’s the place to see and be seen. If you can’t afford to take a private jet like Cristiano Ronaldo, you may prefer to moor up alongside the other superyachts in town, like Simon Cowell.

Always attracting an A-list crowd and superstar DJs like Calvin Harris, Ibiza Town is the place for a pre-party drink and bite to eat. However, this island is all about the beach and there’s plenty to pick from, including Cala Salada, Las Salinas and the nearby idyllic island of Formentera – a favorite with Noel Gallagher.

For the true Ibiza experience though, only a luxury rental villa perching off a hillside cliff will do!

Mallorca luxury vacation rental

Mallorca

A haven for the glitterati since the 50s, Mallorca has welcomed legends such as Fred Astaire and Ava Gardner, along with Tom Cruise and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones to its golden shores.

Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, excellent golf courses, secluded bays and top-notch restaurants, this beautiful Balearic island is a timeless destination. Santa Catalina is a popular spot for five-star dining, while Bar Abaco is the place to star-gaze, in more ways than one!

Finally, no trip is complete without a trip to Puerto Portals, where you might even bump in to Bill Gates on his mega yacht.

St. Tropez luxury vacation rental

St. Tropez

This chilled out get-away has long been a favorite with the jet set community, since it offers tranquility and hillside retreats to escape to. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot in the film ‘And God Created Women’, a string of celebrities has been known to visit this beautiful coastal resort, including the Kardashians, Leonardo DiCaprio and supermodel Naomi Campbell. This is one place where lounging on your super-yacht is the best way to blend in!

To book your luxury holiday villa, visit Global Luxury Villas to discover your dream escape today.