Archive for May, 2022

When in Greece…. The Top Activities To Do

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Sun, sea and kebabs… there’s more to Greece than meets the eye. From the mainland to the islands, there’s everything from world class luxury villas, through to hiking trails, yacht clubs and vineyards to spend a well-earned day.

Sightseeing
Whether you’re in the mainland of Greece, or one of its many glorious islands, you’ll never be too far from a mega tourist attraction. Amongst these, the Acropolis and Parthenon are a must for history buffs in the Greek capital of Athens.
There’s no end of UNESCO world heritage sites to gawp at – 18 in Greece in total. So well preserved is the Medieval City of Rhodes, that it joined the list in 1988. It’s the perfect city to walk around and marvel at the 2.5 mile walls that define its skyline. Another popular UNESCO site can be found on the island of Delos. Take a day trip from your Mykonos rental and discover why it was once the religious center and major commercial port in Archaic and Classical periods.

Dining out
Greece’s bustling dining scene is a fusion of traditional classics and middle-eastern twists. Street food has really come into its own in recent years, and Athens does it better than anywhere else. Grab a gyro and a super strong Greek coffee and watch the world go by from any of its squares or cobbled streets. Failing that, ‘Funky Gourmet’ in Athens is a two-star Michelin restaurant, perfect for impressing.
In keeping with the hip vibe, Mykonos has its fair share of five-star eateries for its many discerning guests, often hailing from a luxury Mykonos villa. The trendy spot of Kiki’s brings all the taverna vibes, whilst Nobu is always a winner with the A-list crowd. Over in Santorini, Aktaion is an 80-year old taverna which never fails to disappoint, book a table for sunset and you’ll enjoy the best view in the house.

Outdoor sports
With its great weather and heavenly beaches, Greece is a haven for water sports and outdoor activities. Many luxury villas are equipped with their own spas, gyms and infinity pools. However, with miles of unspoilt beaches, Paxos is a popular island for enjoying water sports. The waters are crystal clear, making it idea for snorkelling and diving its many shipwrecks. Speaking of which, the stunning island of Zante is famous for its world-class beaches, including ‘Shipwreck Beach’ accessible only by boat.

Hiking and biking
Nature seekers are spoilt for choice in Greece. Whether it’s high in the Peloponnese, or sheltered in the windy roads of Santorini, there’s never ending terrains to discover. Naxos is known for its mountain villages, making it a serene spot for a quiet hike. For the ‘well travelled’ hiker, the gorge of Samaria is Europe’s largest and deserves to be visited
Finally for the serious hikers amongst you, The Menalon Trail is for the hardy only, stretching between two villages in Arcadia found in the breathtaking Peloponnese peninsula in mainland Greece.

Gastronomy
The local produce of Greece is one of its greatest exports. From artisan cheese to honey and olives, some of our favorite staples originate here. When in Crete, the Lyrarakis Winery is a must for wine lovers. Housed in its 14 hectares of grounds is one of the most famous vineyards in the region – be sure to sample the olive oil too. Over in Santorini, the native volcanic soil is the perfect soil for wine-making, Argyos is one of several worthy of a visit.
Back to the island of Mykonos, and a little known fact is that cheese making does a roaring trade here. Take a guided tour or perhaps a cheesemaking class – it’s a popular pursuit.

Luxury Yachts
With its rich history and surrounding Aegean waters, the luxury yacht scene makes Greece a popular hangout for the rich and famous. Athens marina is the most famous of all locations for pulling up in your mega yacht, however many of the Greek Islands have their fair share of impressive ports too. Port Zakynthos is close to the blue caves and luxury Zante villas of the island, making it a hot spot for the yachting community. Meanwhile Sani Marina in Halkidiki remains a bustling port, with an on-site first-class facilities.

Formula 1 Comes to Miami – Here’s What You Need To Know

Thursday, May 5th, 2022


Calling all petrol heads, Formula 1® racing is finally coming to Miami, and we’re already gearing up for an epic time!

Promising to be a spectacle, the Miami Grand Prix enjoys its inaugural race in the city on 8 May 2022, taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium. The highly anticipated event is expected to draw in the crowds – well placed for the wealthy jet-set elite it attracts. Tickets are now available to see world-class teams including Red Bull Racing, McLaren and Renault go head-to-head.

But more importantly than that, we’ve got a host of luxury Miami villas, top clubs and places to soak up the action on your visit.

Where to stay
For an event as prestigious as Formula 1®, you’ll want to stay in stylish surroundings. There is no shortage of Miami villas for rent, however, here are the top three locations for your visit.

Miami Beach
If you want to be central to the action, including all the top bars, clubs, restaurants and of course South Beach itself – then there’s only one place for it. This bustling area is well located to all fun, ensuring you never have to miss out. Staying in this vibrant spot, you can still find Miami villas that offer tranquillity and privacy, for getting away from it all.

The Venetian Islands
There is nowhere better, or more sought after in Miami, than the archipelago of dotted islands that connect Miami Beach to Downtown. Otherwise known as the Venetian Islands, this delightful location is surrounded by nothing but sunshine and sea. Luxury rentals Miami are in high demand here – be sure to book in advance.

North Miami Beach
If you’re here for the Formula 1®, and want to be in parking distance to the Hard Rock Stadium, then north of Miami Beach is a good place to base yourself. There’s also plenty of shops and golden stretches of beach in the area to enjoy during a visit.

Where to watch the race
You don’t need to have tickets to the Grand Prix to enjoy the action. Miami has a host of sports bars if you plan to visit the city to soak up the fun and atmosphere at this time.

Grails in Miami Beach is a typical pub with wall-to-wall sports anytime you visit. For something a little more slick, Black Market in Miami Bayside serves up mouth-watering burgers with HD action shown on its many large screens. Finally, ESPN will be streaming the race, so you can kick back from the comfort of your Miami villa rental and watch it in peace.

After parties
One of the many reasons Miami was chosen to host the Grand Prix, is owing to its cosmopolitan crowd and vibrant culture. As such, you can expect lots of fun, even after the race is over.

The F1 Race Weekend Miami Celebration kicks off May 4 on a new giant podium outside the Hard Rock stadium with DJ Kygo on the decks. This is just one of several events taking place as part of ‘Racing Fan Fest’ – a free four-day event of daily entertainment with family-friendly attractions to enjoy.

As part of this, the Major Food Group is hosting a four-night supper club on Carbone Beach with American Express and Resy as co-sponsors. Guests can enjoy a smorgasbord of treats from Chef Carbone himself, and naturally, surprise guests. While, bringing all the party spirit, Red Bull promises to keep revellers energized at the Faena Hotel, Miami Beach – before, during and after the race. This includes DJ sets, athlete performances and much more.

However, there’s only one after-party you want to be on the VIP guest list for, and that’s the Amber Lounge. This is the official Grand Prix party that follows Formula 1® around the world. This slick, seductive affair includes live performance from a line-up of talent, and a smattering of A-list stars.

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