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Three Of The Best Photography Destinations

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

It’s estimated that we take some 93 million selfies a day! Whether you’re looking to incite FOMO in your friends, or show off your luxury villa rental, you’ll need the perfect backdrop to create the perfect picture.

From the combed beaches of Costa Rica, to the unparalleled nightlife of Miami, and the crisp white mountains of Aspen, here’s three destinations for avid photographers to visit.

The natural beauty of Costa Rica

Luscious greenery framed by swinging trees and turquoise waters – all that is great about natural beauty is celebrated in Costa Rica.

Emerging as a real tourist destination, particularly for sustainable travelers, there’s many luxury vacation rentals emerging to accommodate this growing market.

For photographers, there’s natural beauty spots at every turn. Some of the most popular can be found in the north of the country.

Rio Celeste Waterfall is not to be missed.This dramatic waterfall with an impossibly blue hue gives way to its moniker ‘Blue River’. This natural wonder can be found deep in the rural mountains, so be prepared for a hike.

Not too far away is Playa Hermosa, a picture-postcard beach, the sort where you can capture sweet sunset photos, or just a casual selfie – why not!?

If expeditions are more your thing, then wave goodbye to your luxury villa rental and take a trek to Poas Volcano National Park. Scale the mountain to the very top to capture breathtaking, some might same eerie, photos of its crater.

The energy of Miami

From neon-lights to golden beaches, Miami is a photographer’s dream with so much to capture. From the luxury of your Miami villa you can plan a different schedule every day and be blown away by the many sights on offer.

The 2.5 mile stretch of golden sand that is South Beach is a good place to start. With iconic lifeguard huts and endless blue waters, it’s the ultimate backdrop to create that all-American vibe.

From here, make your way down to Ocean Drive – this famous spot has been the base for many movies and TV shows, all demanding a snap from your lens.

As day turns to night, it’s time to trade in your Miami villa rentalfor the neon-lit hotels adorning the art-deco district (5-23 Street along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue). Dazzling when the sun goes down, you’ll want to try slow-shutter mode to capture the energy and action of these vibrant streets.

The crispness of Aspen

Aspen; it’s where the rich and beautiful rub shoulders, and come to enjoy some ski and snow. If you’re people watching, then be sure to book a luxury aspen rentals to be positioned in the heart of the action. This will also serve you well for photographing the magical scenery nearby.

There are two spots in particular that are great for amateur and pro photographers alike. The first is Smuggler Mountain Observation deck, a sky-high viewing deck towering over the city at 8,800ft. This is the spot to capture envy-inducing views that you’ll instantly want to upload to Instagram!

The other is Maroon Bells – two famous peaks in the Elk Mountains. Resembling something out of a movie, every angle is a photo opportunity, with luscious lakes, open meadows and mountain peaks framing your shot with little effort required.

Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas in a selection of leading destinations around the world.

The World’s Top Ski Destinations

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Most of us are looking forward to bright sunshine, warm days, and a piña colada in hand while relaxing by the pool after these cold winter days. Spring is right around the corner, and summer will be quick to follow. With the end of the season quickly approaching, take your ski gear out one last time at the world’s top ski destinations before retiring them until next winter.

Val Thorens, French Alps

France is well-known for many things: delectable wine, five-star shopping, cordon bleu cuisine, and the best ski resort in the world. Val Thorens is the highest ski slope in Europe, standing loud and proud at 10,560 feet at its highest point. The resort usually opens in early November and remains busy until mid-May.

Val Thorens is located in Trois Valllées, literally meaning the three valleys of Les Menuires, Méribel, and Courchevel, where our lovely Villa Rayna will keep your family warm and cozy during your stay. The ski resort offers multiple terrains to choose from, so beginners and experts alike can enjoy their time on the slopes. However, because of Val Thorens’ immense popularity, you might have to wait in line to get your turn!

Ontario, Canada

If you have already enjoyed every ski resort on the mainland multiple times, you can hop on over to our arctic neighbor in Canada. Ontario is cold almost year-round, with temperatures dipping well below zero in the dead of winter. That means there’s plenty of snowfall to set the stage for a ski vacation. The only challenge is choosing your destination, with a diverse pool of breathtaking ski resorts at your disposal.

Start out at Horseshoe Resort, where 28 miles of cross-country ski trails await you. Then make your way to Blue Mountain, which is the biggest resort in Ontario and just a short drive from Toronto. Don’t forget to visit Whistler-Blackcomb, the most popular ski site for enthusiasts far and wide. The best part is that our Villa Oriana is at the heart of every ski trail in Ontario.

Aspen, USA

We would be remiss to list the world’s top ski resorts without mentioning our very own world-renowned ski destination. Aspen, Colorado, is a winter wonderland for ski aficionados and affluent families. Surrounded by miles upon miles of white-capped mountains, Aspen is a sight to behold from the warmth of your very own Aspen vacation rental, Villa Justine.

If you’re skiing in Aspen, you have to do it right. Partaking in the full experience means visiting each mountain in the area: Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain, Highlands, and Snowmass. As the most popular trail, Buttermilk is ideal for those who enjoy being part of a lively crowd. Those who want complete focus practicing their sport should head to the Highlands, where experienced locals are slashing through the trails. Aspen Mountain, better known as Ajax, is located in the heart of Aspen and has the best apres-ski establishments. Finally, if you have nothing but time on your hands, explore the endless terrains (actually, 3,000 acres) that make up Snowmass.

Stay warm in these cold climates with your luxury villa rental from Global Luxury Villas. Contact us today for more information.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at the Best Global Rooftop Bars

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Our favorite holiday is just around the corner, and we’re getting ready to celebrate by making a list of our favorite rooftop bar destinations… in the whole world! If you want to party as the A-listers do, here are the places you should visit.

Aspen

You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the most distinguished bash in your own backyard. Aspen isn’t just the skiing capital of the country — it’s also the epicenter of glamorous parties occupied by affluent individuals far and wide. The best part is that our Aspen villas are at the heart of it all.

You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world when you hit the rooftop bars located in the famous mountains of Aspen. Highlands Alehouse sits on the base of the Aspen Highlands mountain range, and its drink menu is as wild and carefree as it is sophisticated. If ale isn’t your drink of choice, head to Scarlett’s, where the one-of-a-kind drink selection will leave you wanting more and more!

Miami


Party all night long Miami-style, then get some much-needed R&R at your favorite Miami vacation rental.

St. Tropez

Walk down any St. Tropez street from Villa Brigitte, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by first-rate bars every step of the way. But, just any tavern won’t do. You deserve to celebrate at the best rooftop bar on the island. Luckily, this is an easy one to narrow down as St. Tropez isn’t exactly known for towering skyscrapers.

Les Toits Lounge is the only rooftop lounge on the island, so you’re sure to be surrounded by many locals and tourists who want to live it up under the stars. The bar offers a wide selection of elegant wine and hand-crafted cocktails, so the whole group can find something they enjoy.

Ibiza

Of course, we saved the best for last. The party capital of the world celebrates each day to the fullest, so imagine the rambunctious excitement that takes over on the biggest and booziest holiday of the year. You’re in for a night you’ll never forget when you celebrate St. Paddy’s in Ibiza.

Unless you’re planning to pregame at your Villa Rochelle, the best place to start the night is Sa Punta. Sa Punta’s rooftop bar, Patchwork, is where A-listers love to lounge in the casual atmosphere. Then, head over to The Ninth. This rooftop bar makes you feel like you’re celebrating in the clouds with 360-degree panoramic views of the sky kissing the sea. Finally, end the night at Up Ibiza Sky Society. As the pinnacle of glamour and glitter, Up Ibiza will have you dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

Celebrate in style at the world’s best rooftop bars when you let the Villazzo team take care of you at one of our luxury rental villas. Contact us today for more information.

WHERE THE STARS ARE TRAVELLING TO IN 2019

Monday, August 19th, 2019

If anyone appreciates the jet set lifestyle and a taste for the finer things in life, it’s our A-list friends. From first class luxury villa rentals to king-size yachts, there’s no holding back when it comes to the very best that life has to offer.

Offering a glimpse into their lifestyles, here’s three destinations that are always in vogue. To help you on your way, we’ve hand-picked the best five-star villa rentals to complete your trip!

Always Chic in France
Since the early days of film, the French Rivera has been a haven for stars of the silver screen, royalty, fashionistas and billionaires alike. With turquoise waters, golden sands and delightfully warm summer days, not forgetting it’s mix of culture and couture, it’s no surprise that it remains popular to this day.

Expect to see Elton John and his partner David Furnish, who own a home in Mount Boron, or Brad Pitt who is no stranger to nearby ‘Cap Ferrat’, dubbed ‘Cap Celebrity’ for its VIP fan base. With sweeping views, and a luxurious interior Villa Dahlia, is the perfect place to unwind in your own luxury villa rental.

Closer to the action, and within reach of the International Film Festival, Villa Nada is nestled in the hills of Cannes; boasting seven incredible bedrooms with equally stunning views to match.

Expect to see a roll call of stars during the Cannes Film Festival, possibly Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper tipped to attend this year. Previous guests have included Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Kirsten Stewart, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem to name just a few.

The Chill of the Caribbean
Oozing with style, glamour and an A-list clientele, the Caribbean island of Saint-Barth is a year-round destination for the rich and beautiful.

Expect to hang out with supermodels, such as Emily Ratajkowski or Heidi Klum, who make the most of its bikini lifestyle! However, most VIP guests descend on the island come New Years’ eve, with a ‘who’s who’ of billionaires in their super yachts.

If you prefer dry land, then Villa Silvana is the perfect luxury vacation home rental, with all the five-star touches you could hope for, including a very ‘instagram-able’ view.

Cool in Colorado
A popular hangout for those who like the great outdoors, Aspen has become somewhat of a celebrity favourite in recent years.

Do like the A-listers and stay in your very own private abode at Villa Justine. Here you can ski by day and bliss-out by night, with its state-of-the-art facilities, including a wet bar, BBQ and fire pit!

Come at the right time and you can expect to rub shoulders with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton who are big fans. Christmas and New Year is a popular time for A-listers, as well as events such as the ‘KickAspen Big Air’ and the annual ‘Jazz Aspen Snowmass’.

Go Greek!
Where impossibly blue waters meet a lively up-for-it-crowd, this Grecian hideaway attracts beautiful people from all around the world. You never know who you might run in to, Tom Hanks and Lindsay Lohan both own luxury vacation homes here, while supermodels Kendall Jenner and Alessandra Ambrosio are frequent visitors.

Live like an A-lister with a luxury villa rental at Villa Micaela. This seven-bedroom property offers the ultimate in relaxation with its white washed interior, calming sounds of the sea and private pool hanging off the Cliffside.

Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas in a selection of leading destinations around the world.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE PERFECT ASPEN CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Villazzo Aspen

If you promise yourself every year that you’ll go away for the holidays, or if you dream of a white Christmas, then now’s the right time to start booking your Aspen villa rental.

With its famous white washed mountains, brilliant blue skies and world-famous snow and ski facilities, there’s no better destination for family fun than Aspen, Colorado.

The Rocky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for this magical winter wonderland that welcome an influx of visitors around this time of year. To make your stay extra magical, here’s a few pointers for achieving a five-star get-away.

Villa Marylou

Quality Time

The perfect way to spend your Christmas in Aspen is with family and loved ones. Aspen luxury vacation rentals offer the perfect base for spending time together. Villa Marylou is one of the most sought-after spots, adjacent to the Red Mountain and minutes away from the slopes. This sprawling chalet offers seven en-suite bedrooms, and rejuvenating facilities including; a gym, steam room and indoor Jacuzzi. If you want to spend quality family time in undisturbed settings, look no further.

Villa Lynne

Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

If Christmas is synonymous with one thing, it’s indulging in great food and drink. Base yourself in the heart of Aspen to make the most of the area. This buzzling destination lives up to its winter reputation as a vibrant fun place. Stay at luxury house rental Villa Lynne to be within walking distance of all the top restaurants and venues, including Belly Up – the famous live music venue in the area.

Villa Justine

Peace and Quiet

One of the great reasons to come to Aspen is for the change of scenery. With scenic walks and desolate mountains to explore, there’s nothing more calming than its serene landscape. For the ultimate in escapism, stay at luxury Aspen rental Villa Justine housed in the remote hilltops for complete exclusivity. With wood-burning fireplaces, great dining facilities (indoors and out), and luxuriously designed bedrooms, it’s the perfect place for solitude and privacy.

Villa Malia

Ski for Yourself!

If there’s one thing a Christmas in Aspen demands, it’s a festive family ski! When it comes to Aspen luxury rentals, none are better positioned than Villa Malia for making the most of the local slopes. This six-bedroom alpine villa offers wistful views of the Red Mountain ski resort, as well as a host of great facilities, including your own basketball court and an indoor Jacuzzi.

Villa Molly

Cozy Fireplaces

One of the great joys of Aspen is coming home to a cozy fireplace and enjoying a hot mug of something warming. Leave the busy world behind you at Villa Molly in this secluded romantic Aspen luxury rental. This six-bedroom estate is set across three acres with every modern touch thought of. There’s plenty of space to entertain, both indoors and out (with its own hot tub) as well as boasting some of the most beautiful views across the Aspen mountains.

For an unforgettable Christmas, Villazzo offers a wide selection of luxury villas in Aspen to complete your stay. With outstanding customer service and an unrivaled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star break.

MOUNTAIN VERSUS BEACH – WHICH ONE’S FOR YOU?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Mountain vs Beach

From the fresh alpine air to warm sunshine shores, from the highest peaks to hidden beaches. It can be hard to choose between mountain or beach, winter or warmth, ski or swim.

Which is why our travel experts have compiled a list of the most desirable luxury vacation rentals around the world. Inspired by golden shores, rugged clifftops and mountainous ranges, there’s a destination for everyone in this contrasting list of unbeatable properties.

Magnificent Mountains

If you’re looking to change your scenery completely with outdoor adventure and total escapism, there’s no better refuge than the mountains. Calm and crisp, high and mighty, there’s something inviting about the highest peaks that beckons traveler’s year after year. Whether it’s for adventure travel, getting back to nature or just getting away, there’s many reasons why a mountain break could be the right choice.

Villa Justine
With high hilltop views, romantic wood burning fireplaces and complete isolation, head to Villa Justine in Aspen. This six-bedroom home offers complete privacy in the lap of luxury with all modern comforts, including; a wet bar, built-in barbecue grill and fire pit to wow guests. This world-famous American destination has some of the best ski runs in the world.

Villa Rayna
Conversely, if you’re looking for mountain fun in the thick of it, Villa Rayna in the popular French ski resort of Courchevel is a great spot. Up to 15 guests can stay in this magnificent chalet, perfectly placed for all the ski action, as well as local entertainment and dining options nearby. But with your own private chef, swimming pool, sauna and steam room, you’ll probably never want to leave your luxury vacation home.

Blissful Beaches

If you’re more in tune with the gentle sounds of crashing waves and sand between your toes, then a beach holiday may be more suited to you. There’s certainly no end of choice when it comes to white sands and turquoise waters – the challenge is finding somewhere unspoiled and undiscovered.

Villa Trina
If total pampering and pristine beaches is your thing, then say hello to the Turks & Caicos islands! With impossibly blue waters and endless stretches of golden sand, it offers the ultimate beach break. In Long Bay, the breath-taking mansion of Villa Trina is a stand-out property spanning 10,000sq feet. It features seven impeccably designed bedrooms, an outdoor movie theater with fire pit, hot tub, no less than two private pools, a tennis court and of a course a butler!

Villa Denise
Perhaps you’re looking for a tranquilly and beach life, with all the amenities of modern living nearby? Then the private residence of Villa Denise in Miami Beach offers a stunning luxury vacation home to unwind in. Expect total tranquilly and escape in this elegant property on the elite Sunset Island. Its heated pool and luscious gardens provide the perfect backdrop to a restful stay.

Villa Estelle
But if you can’t decide where to go, why not have it all?! High in the hilltops of St Barth, Villa Estelle perches on a mountain cliff, minutes from the famous Eden Rock and overlooking the beautiful ‘Baie de St Jean’. A luxurious retreat with six bedrooms for guests, complete with private pool and sweeping views, it delivers all the magic of the mountains with a ‘beach within reach’ for the complete package!

Whether you’re seeking magnificent mountains or beautiful beaches, Global Luxury Villas offers unrivaled luxury in some of the most desirable locations in the world.