Archive for January, 2021

FIVE OF THE BEST MOUNTAIN TRIPS IN THE WORLD

Monday, January 25th, 2021

There’s something marvellously rejuvenating about getting back to nature. Whether a walk in the woods, scaling a mountain, or hiking in the countryside, the great outdoors always provides the perfect backdrop for pressing reset on life. And we’ve all needed that of late.

However, with so many mountain destination to visit and conqueror, it can be hard to know where to begin. So, to help with your travels, we’ve selected five of our favourite global destinations for navigating the mountain tops. Whether you choose to camp under the stars, or hire your very own luxury Aspen rental, there’s something for everyone.

The Alpine Air of Aspen
Aspen tops the list of mountain destinations with good reason. Every year some 7.4 million tourists visit the famous resort, known for its world-class runs, high-end restaurants, and luxury facilities. Come in the winter to ski, or visit in the summer for outdoor pursuits like kayaking, hiking and cycling its trails. This is the place to stay for snow-capped mountains, crisp alpine air and luxury properties like Villa Kelsey, waiting for you at the foot of the mountains!

Tantalising Tuscany
The Italian region of Tuscany is known for its romantic setting of pink skies, rolling hills and flowing food and wine. No wonder it’s a popular choice for couples and newlyweds. If your idea of mountain-life involves being surrounded by great cuisine and hospitality, look no further than Tuscany. It’s the ideal location for pitch up with a picnic and enjoy the view.

The Unmistakable French Alps
Europe’s answer to Aspen, the French Alps span over eight countries, attracting visitors the world over. Most popular in winter, tourists come for the unbeatable ski. However, with a bustling atmosphere and plenty of after-hours high-jinx, it attracts just as many for the après-ski. Cosy up in your French Alps rental and enjoy the view… there’s a lot to take in.

The Peaks of North Carolina
If the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina could sing, they would tell you stories of their proud past. Inspiring a generation of bluegrass and country music, as well as explorers, photographers, artists and adventure seekers, it’s easy to see why. Breathtaking beauty is found at every turn, inviting you to discover the mountainous range for yourself. Hire a tour guide and explore the Blue Ridge Mountain region and all it has to offer.

Balearic Bliss in Ibiza
The less-trodden side of Ibiza, is one you don’t always hear about. Which makes Ibiza’s hillside even more mysterious and appealing to visit. It’s highest known point – Sa Talaia mountain – offers sweeping views out to sea and over to the idyllic island of Formentera. Whether you choose to bliss out and catch the sun, reconnect with your spiritual side, or practice yoga with a view, in Ibiza you can have it all. Complete your stay with an Ibiza villa rental, and you’ll be able to discover the magic of the island at your leisure.

To book your luxury villa vacation in the most revered mountain retreats, visit Villazzo today.

MIAMI FESTIVALS ALL YEAR LONG

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

If you’re looking for a year-round destination where there’s always something fun going on, add Miami to your list.

With a subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, a buzzing nightlife and plenty of luxury Miami villas to choose from, it’s easy to see why it’s a crowd pleaser.

Sure, most who visit come for the charms of South Beach and all it has to offer. But time your travels well, and you might just coincide your visit with one of the big festivals taking place.

Here’s just a few of the most-loved events that hold a permanent fixture in the Miami calendar.

Rolling Loud (February)
Bringing music to the masses, Rolling Loud is a highlight in the Miami music calendar. Taking place over three days, the festival has recently gone global, but the Miami stage remains the highlight. Artists who have graced the stage range from Travis Scott to Post Malone. Oh, and did we mention, it’s the biggest hip-hop festival in the world!?

Miami International Boat Show (February)
Sailing into February, the Miami Boat Show is always a great way to start the year. Here, the sailing fraternity come together to ogle at superyachts in all their glory. It’s also great for networking, closing sales and corporate gatherings. As such the city can get quite busy at this time, so book your Miami villa rental in earnest.

South Beach Food and Wine Festival (February)
It’s no secret that Miami has some of the best chefs and first-class restaurants in the world. Fusing influences from Cuba to Cancun, New York to Tokyo, it’s a celebration of world cuisine at its best.

Bringing this all together, the SoBe Food and Wine Festival is a must for any self-respecting foodie. Attracting over 65,000 hungry mouths, the annual event showcases the gastronomic delights that come together to make South Beach so special. The festival is laid-back and fun… but be sure to arrive hungry!

Winter Music Festival (March)
Now in its 35th year, the Miami Winter Music Conference owns the title of top electronic dance gathering. Attracting the holy grail of DJs, everyone from Pete Tong to Roger Sanchez have attended. Industry schmoosing aside, the festival sets the tone for the summer ahead, previewing tracks and throwing parties for fellow music-aficionados.

Whether it’s a rooftop pop-up or superyacht soiree, events are held all over town. With luxury and decadence high on the menu, be sure to impress and book your luxury Miami vacation home in advance – check out Villa Kayla for inspiration.

Pride (March/April)
Miami’s cosmopolitan vibe makes it the perfect choice for Pride weekend come the end of winter. This is one of the largest party gatherings for the LGBTQ community, with an upbeat welcoming vibe and plenty of sass!

South Beach Seafood Festival (October)
With its privileged coastal position, Miami is the perfect setting for great seafood. The city celebrates this like no other at its annual Seafood Festival. Think giant stone crabs drenched in lime and chilli dressing, cocktail parties on yachts, and live music at Lummus Park. It’s a fun gathering that feeds the body and soul, all in one.

Art Basel (December)
For nearly twenty years now, Art Basel has been synonymous with Miami, as one of the foremost art events in the calendar. Bringing an international crowd of art lovers, Miami Beach plays host to over 70,000 visitors that come. Planning ahead is essential, especially if you want to scoop one of the top villas in Miami that get snapped up quickly. It’s never too early to reserve your pass, get on the VIP list, and start getting into the Basel vibe.

Villazzo has an exclusive collection of luxury villa rentals in Miami, in all the prime locations for its calendar of events.