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MAKE A MAGIC DASH TO SNOWY ASPEN

Monday, December 18th, 2017

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the villa…

Chef and Butler

Not a creature was stirring…well, except maybe your personal chef, who just might have been whipping up an extraordinary Aspen Christmas dinner for you and your family to enjoy. Oh, and your personal butler, if that’s the way you like a Martini. You know, “stirred”.

You see, when you book one of our Aspen luxury home rentals, you and your loved ones are free to sit back and really enjoy one another’s holiday time together, the way it ought to be. We’ll take care of the rest. We mean it.

In fact, if you would like your Villazzo butler to dress up like Santa, it is no dream. And should you need him to run your errands, or even do some last minute holiday shopping on your behalf, this too can be arranged.

Aspen Luxury Home Rentals

Whether it’s business or pleasure, Villazzo suggests you treat yourself, your nearest and your dearest, to a merry little holiday trip. Book one of our wintery-wonderful, luxury Aspen villas, and we’ll deck your halls with boughs of holly, or just about anything on your wish list.

While your impossibly thoughtful butler continues stirring his surprise butternut squash recipe (or whatever it is that he might be concocting with utmost care) and the glazed, sizzling tenderloin scents the air, you’ll be absolutely free to frolic as you wish. There are so many ways to have a jolly ole time in Aspen. It’s a most favorite time of year there, and it would be an utter shame if you did not make the most of it all.

Just think. Your own chef, your own butler, the time you will save, the peace of mind you will have, and the overall merriment you will share could mean an especially relaxing evening spent hand-in-hand with your significant other. Or, perhaps it’s all about that extra time on the slopes and the last skier standing. Either way. Helping to forge your lasting memories is our business. How you decide to spend your precious time is yours.

In case you’re up for some expert guidance, though, Villazzo has compiled the following “hot-list” of vacation activities for you to consider while you stay with us.

12 Days of Aspen

12 DAYS OF ASPEN

From outdoor adventures to more urban, cultural events including local theatre, film screenings, cooking classes, art classes, book readings, and a partridge in a pear tree so to speak, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) offers a rather amazing itinerary of things you can do with the whole family. Here’s an entire twelve-day program of delightful pastimes sure to bring your clan closer together.

ULLR NIGHTS

ULLR NIGHTS

It’s the ultimate in winter wonderland revelry. If you’re looking for that merrymaking shindig for all to enjoy, look no further than Snowmass. Start by taking everyone on an enchanting evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp. Then, get on with your tubing, your snow-biking, your s’mores, the giant bonfire, a little hot chocolate, fantastic live music, dancing, two turtle doves and partridge in a pear tree. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Hey, this mostly-outdoor festival packs it all in, even a new, thrilling “Breathtaker Alpine Coaster” amusement ride. And, it’s all part of a time-honored homage to the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, if you needed yet another interesting reason to check it all out.

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DOG SLEDDING ASPEN

Talk about making memories; this will surely leave you on an extreme Rocky Mountain high. After all, how often do you get to arrive anywhere by actual dogsled? This one is said to be pulled by a large pack of overzealous Alaskan Huskies, eager to get carried away while carrying you with them. You might even catch Santa Claus at an intersection, or at least hear his sleigh bells in the wind. Heck, there’s no better way to explore the Colorado backcountry, or pull up to a nice restaurant, even. Book your dogsled tour in the morning, afternoon or twilight and pair it with corresponding dining reservations at local favorite, Krabloonik. That’s the tradition. Dog Sledding Aspen

Ice Skating

A TIME TO SHINE ON THE ICE

We can’t be sure, but something tells us you’ll catch a star here – all kinds of stars. In fact, if you decide to go skating at the foot of Aspen Mountain, under the starry night’s sky, you may just wish upon a few. Believe us when we say that this could very well mean the vacation of your dreams. At least we know that the freshly polished ice and tinsel garland dressings make for glittering holiday memories.

Snow Tubing

‘OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO TUBE!

Again, call us Nostradamus but we have visions of sugar-plum- donut-dads and a whole lot of family laughter dancing in our heads. We know the kids will love it. All you have to do is get them the “Activities Pass” tickets and…Poof! They’re off to the tubing slopes for a couple of hours! The tix are also good for the Alpine Coaster ride; the multiple lanes are lift-served and carved into the Meadows at Elk Camp, with lighting facilities to illuminate the runs at night during Ullr Nights festivities and on special holidays.

Snow Shoeing

SNOWSHOE TOURS

If you’re one to appreciate nature as was intended, this is happiness.
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers daily snowshoe tours on Aspen and Snowmass. So strap on those mountain-chic kicks and travel along foothill streams and ridgelines while learning about mountain ecology with an ACES Naturalist guide. Tours are offered through a partnership between ACES, Aspen Skiing Company, and the White River National Forest (USFS). Maybe they’ll let you carve your initials in a tree. Maybe they won’t.

One thing is certain. After all the action around town, your cozy Aspen villa along with our professional 5-star services and staff will have you jingling all the way back to your home away from home. – Aspen Luxury Homes

Email villas@villazzo.com to book your Aspen villa today.

10 Ultimate Ways To Enjoy The Snow In Aspen!

Friday, January 13th, 2017

It’s the coldest time of the year and we all like to cozy up by a nice fire, but there is plenty of outdoor activities that will entertain you all Winter long. Pick your favorite winter wonderland adventure and let us know!

1. DOG SLEDDING:

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Experience an exciting dog sled ride through the Snowmass backcountry being pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Huskies for over an hour. This thrilling adventure will allow you to fully enjoy the wilderness whether it’s sunny or rainy. Try the twilight ride too where you will take a pit stop in the woods to enjoy some warm drinks, soup and a cozy bonfire. Don’t forget to ask the musher for your turn to drive the sled!
Find more information here.

2. SNOW TUBING:

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Grab a tube, ride the lift up the hill and slide down at full speed! Snow tubing is one of the most fun activities for adults and kids and Snowmass now offers facilities with lighting to illuminate the hills even at night during festivities and special holidays. You can also reserve the lanes for special events and have a private fun day with your family and friends!
Find more information here.

3. SKIING:

Skier Carving a Turn in Fresh Powder

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced skier, Aspen will satisfy all your needs with 4 mountains offering every slope difficulty from easy to hard. If you are a beginner try Buttermilk or Snowmass, both with “learn to sky” zones, but stay away from Aspen Mountain. Expert skiers on the other hand will get the best experience from Aspen Mountain with top-to-bottom runs and if you really want to get a kick out of it try the 700 ft vertical hike to the top fo Aspen Highland bowl!
Find more information here.

4. SNOWBOARDING:

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If you love snowboarding don’t miss Buttermilk Mountain, with its 22–foot superpipe it’s been voted #1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll, or try Snowmass Mountain with its beginner terrain park. If it’s your first time, don’t worry, they say “it takes only 3 days to learn”, but why not get a teacher who will help you get started. Don’t forget you will fall and it will hurt, but you can always get up again.
Find more information here.

5. SNOWSHOEING:

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If you are looking for a family activity, getting in touch with nature, or just a good workout, snowshoeing might just be the right thing for you. With a huge variety of trails and views, Aspen Mountains can make your snowshoeing experience unforgettable. Explore the snowy forests on your own or with a guided tour, either way you will love it. And with night tours available as well, why not make it a romantic date night ending with a dinner reservation at Elk Camp Restaurant!
Find more information here.

6. ICE FISHING:

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Ice Fishing isn’t for everyone, but if you try you’ll get hooked! Remember to dress up warm since you will be sitting in the cold for hours, while waiting to catch some good fish. Then drill a hole in the ice, drop your line and just sit back and relax. If you are not the most patient angler and want to maximize your time, just read a book, practice your photography or maybe meditate while you are waiting for your fish to get hooked. Now it’s time for dinner, just throw your catch of day on the grill and enjoy!
Find more information here.

7. ICE SKATING:

ice-skating

The perfect entertainment for kids and adults alike, ice skating is always a fun activity. With two indoor skating arenas and an outdoor ice skating pond, Aspen has it all. Just strap your skates on and go with the flow! And if you are a first-timer, lessons are available, as well as for the experts that want to improve their technique. If you are more into team sports they also offer ice hockey, or curling clinics, so don’t hold back and get on the ice!
Find more information here.

8. BUILDING A SNOWMAN:

snowman

Here’s an all time favorite, build your very own snowman and make it a whole family entertainment, that the kids will absolutely love. All you need to make it perfect are a carrot, some buttons, a scarf and a hat, then just get your hands in the snow and get started! And if you want your snowman to stand out try to make an upside down one. When you are done take pictures of your own creation and send them to family and friends!

9. BUILDING AN IGLOO:

igloo

If you are more entrepreneurial, you could try building an igloo. You should definitely get some help and have a few hours available but wouldn’t it be amazing to have a picnic in your very own igloo a few hours later? Here is a tip! The snow needs to be very solid but no worries, if your snow is too soft you can always harden it by adding some water to it.

10. SNOWBALL FIGHT:

Snowball fight

Who hasn’t taken part in a snowball fight at least once in their life? Well if you haven’t you better get on it now! Gather all your friends out in the snow, start rolling your snowballs and just throw them at each other. Doesn’t that sound like fun? So what are you waiting for?

Top 5 Activities to do in Aspen this August

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Unlike some mountain towns, the adventures in Aspen are just starting to heat up when the snow melts. The ski town known for its breathtaking landscape and dynamic culture scene comes alive with a variety of activities, from star gazing to mountain biking. There are many reasons why Aspen is one of America’s most visited destinations over the summer, and here’s a guide on how to make the most of this month of August in this unforgettable and exclusive getaway.

1. August 1 Belly Up Aspen, Chris Isaak “First Comes the Night Tour”

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Since opening in 2005, the Belly Up has become Aspen’s premier spot for live music. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy Isaak’s first album of new material in six years than at this intimate venue with a capacity of 450.

 

2. August 8 Aspen Institute Hurst Lecture Series: Bright Minds in New Media

BrightMinds
Gather amongst diverse thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world’s most complex issues.  The panel discussion will focus on the future of new media and how it has transformed our lives and the way we consume information.

 

3. August 10 Stars Above Aspen | Astronomy Night

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Head up the Silver Queen Gondola to gaze through telescopes and explore the constellations and learn from experts. Be sure to stay until 8:15 for the keynote presentation with Astronomer and Author David Auguilar entitled “To Pluto and Beyond”.

 

4. August 16 Farm to Table Tuesdays

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The weather is perfection in Aspen in the summer…… warm, sunny (no humidity) and it cools off at night. Indulge in the outdoors, ride up the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass and enjoy locally-sourced ingredients in a farm-to-table-inspired dinner menu, outdoor family activities and live music.

 

5. August 23 Bonus Bike Nights

BikeNights

Thrill in lift-served biking covering more than 50 miles of terrain. The trail system on Snowmass ranges from gentle roads to challenging freeride single track.

 

Celebrate Father’s day with a River Raft Adventure in Aspen!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

 

Give the gift of the outdoors this Father’s Day and plan a unique outdoor adventure for Dad.  Bring the whole family to a half day river raft adventure on the refreshing waters of Colorado’s best whitewater rivers. Celebrate the excitement of summer and make some new family memories. The whole family can enjoy the fresh mountain air with Dad!

Enjoy a half day rafting adventure on the Roaring Fork River, complimentary when you book a minimum one week stay, 3 star VillaHotel booking at any Aspen villa during the month of June.

-Offer valid for up to 12 guests (gift value of $1200)
-Experienced and award winning guides
-Good for beginners as well as experienced rafters.

Your VillaHotel experience includes a lifestyle organized by your own private Hotel Manager and his expert team of hand-picked and uniformed staff whom we train in-house to pamper you. Don’t miss your opportunity to indulge all the moms in your family and celebrate in style! Contact us at villas@villazzo.com to book now and assure availability, and let Villazzo take care of the details.

Inquire now to ensure availability and take advantage of our amazing low season rate during the month of June!

 

 

St. Tropez…you are in our thoughts!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

 


Since the 1950’s the travel hotspot in the South of France has been in high demand. Join <em>la</em> party at St. Tropez this summer while there are still a few spectacular VillaHotel properties available! No place on earth has the perfect balance of relaxation mixed with glam like St. Tropez does. Enjoy long, lazy days perfecting your sun-bronzed tan at Nikki Beach and then gear up for the most exclusive parties at Club 55, Bagatelle, Cave du Roy and VIP Room for a never ending night of fun.

Luxurious amenities

Last year sun-seekers from all over the world booked our services to add an extra luxurious dimension to their vacation. Our properties have much to offer: at your own private pool with butlers from the international butler academy on call to cater to your every whim, sophisticated meals prepared at your own state-of-the-art kitchen by a Michelin star chef for elegant indoor dinners, comfortable patios to accommodate private gatherings and, naturally, the best amenities you can dream of.

Tailor your package
A full hotel management company, Villazzo’s ultimate goal is to exceed our patrons’ highest expectations. Our customizable 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star level packages allow you to tailor our offerings to match all your requirements.

Be sure to contact us today to make a reservation with Villazzo and experience the Saint-Tropez
Summer like you never have before! Reserve your escape to the most exclusive destination in Europe while there is still villa availability for the summer.

 

Forbes – Lifestyle

Thursday, March 17th, 2016


Vacation Like a Billionaire: 11 of the Most Expensive Villas in the World

Sometimes more is more. A whole lot more. That’s the case with these over-the-top luxury villas. Whether their own island playgrounds, protected nature preserves or part of larger resorts, they all share certain things: abundant space, stunning design, toys galore, dedicated A-team staff and, of course, privacy that is simply sublime. (All-inclusive rates are per week for a full house during high but not holiday season and don’t include taxes.) (more…)

LUXURY TRAVEL GUIDE

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Villazzo Launches Kids Program – March 3, 2016


Villazzo announces the launch of the new Villazzo Kids Program rolling out at our 30 VillaHotels located in Miami Beach, St Tropez and Aspen. In response to the growing global demand of family travel and their evolving needs, the program redefines family experiences within the VillaHotel and introduces more meaningful branded amenities for young travelers. (more…)

Delight in your own private Luxury Slopeside VillaHotel

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
 

Blessed with fresh powder measured each winter in feet high up in the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Aspen’s four incredible ski mountains are hard to beat. Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk and the Highlands are set firmly in the pantheon of ski courses, with slopes ranging from tame, mountain-long beginner trails to expert hard-core verticals. In Aspen, the legendary powder is plentiful and the runs perfectly groomed.

But winter in Aspen can go beyond its iconic skiing – ice skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowshoeing and fly fishing are only some of the other many exhilarating possibilities to explore. Treat yourself to a winter retreat in Aspen and you will engage your mind, body and spirit like in no other winter vacation. Book your escape now and hit the slopes, as of yesterday January 19, 2016, 324 runs and 32 lifts were open at Aspen Snowmass!

During the winter, Ajax Tavern becomes the epicenter of Après Ski. With bands and sunshine, Ajax Tavern is the ultimate scene to see and be seen.

Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, a mere ten steps from the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Tavern has been an Aspen institution since its opening in 1997. Casual fine dining and an unbeatable lively atmosphere make it the perfect place to catch the last sun rays at the end of a thrilling skiing day through Aspen Mountain’s runs and mogul fields. Don’t forget to try the truffle fries – they have earned their reputation!

For skiers, few private villas can top the location of Villa Malia and Villa Chepita. Set at the base of Aspen Mountain, these 5-star homes are some of the only ski-in / ski-out private homes within walking distance to downtown Aspen. The incomparable convenience and service of these villas are the perfect setting for your luxury ski vacation.

Your VillaHotel experience includes a lifestyle organized by your own private Hotel Manager and his expert team of hand-picked and uniformed staff whom we train in-house to pamper you. So get your skis on and let Villazzo take care of the details!

 

Check out the recently published web article about Villazzo on JetSetMag.com

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

 

Click here to see full article. 

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Our Founder’s Guide to his Favorite Aspen Hotspots

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

BDEC0470-112A-4569-BE39-8671E1AF00FDBy Juliana Accioly

A true citizen of the world, Christian Jagodzinski has picked Aspen, the “most chic of Colorado resorts” as one of the exclusive sites for his Villazzo’s operations. This stylish Old Victorian mining town set against the towering magnificence of the Elk mountains is a world-renowned hot spot – the glamour of its superb year-round mix of outdoor recreation and stimulating dining and cultural life attracts a distinctive multicultural jetsetting crowd.

Here Villazzo’s founder and CEO shares his firsthand experience of this “quaint, most charming town” and its dashing social landscape.

Best skiing

Aspen has dozens of lifts split between four different mountains. “Highland Bowl is the most extreme, and my personal favorite – its terrain requires total commitment. After the usual gondola ride, Aspen hard-core ski and snowboard fanatics take a snow cat to go up even further, and then set out on an additional 10-30 minute hike taking you well above 12,000 ft to the rim of the “Bowl”. If the almost vertical drop-in is too much for you to handle, there is also an option of “trails” weaving through trees, gullies and meadows to offer a more gentle and solitary run. If you are looking for a serious skiing challenge, this outdoor fantasyland will blow you away.”

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Après-ski Activities

Ajax Tavern at the foot of Aspen Mountain is a great place to catch the last sun rays at the end of an active skiing day through Aspen Mountain’s runs and mogul fields. “I like to relax on the terrace close to the gondola base station and enjoy the sights of skiers coming down, sipping some hot chocolate.”

“When the sun has set behind the mountains, head over one block to 39 Degrees Lounge in the Sky Hotel, where you can enjoy Aspen’s best burger amongst the hip après-ski crowd.” A live DJ set by the heated pool and poolside bar make it the perfect spot to try some of Aspen’s most adventurous cocktails!

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Dining

Dining in Aspen is absorbing and varied, there is everything from Austrian to Mexican to authentic French.

Nobu’s outpost in town Matsuhisa is an Aspen’s dining mainstay. “My favorite dishes are the thinly sliced scallop dotted with chili and yuzu and mussels in spicy garlic sauce”. You can reserve a coveted seat downstairs for the immersive Matsu experience or hit the laid-back upstairs lounge with private seating boxes. The eclectic wine list includes an exclusive selection of sake and drinks made with shochu, a Japanese fiery spirit.  

matsuhisa
For more casually sophisticated ambiance, “I love Cache Cache, Aspen’s upscale French bistro. You must try the rack of lamb!” There’s a balanced mix of curious tourists and gracious locals here, drawn in by the delicious dishes and an eclectic 106-page, 1,000-label list that represents the world’s major wine regions. The bar is a scene, showcasing 4,000-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar set behind a wall of glass. This is also a popular spot amongst celebrities and after a punishing day at the slopes you might just find yourself dining next to Elle MacPherson or rock star Dave Navarro.

Also perfect for fine dining is the “excellent service and warmth of Piñons”.  Its traditional American fare has held its own for more than 20 years in Aspen. You can’t go wrong with the ample portions of venison, veal chops, steak offerings, and delicious salads and desserts.

Housed in a charming Victorian historic mining cabin in Restaurant Row, Steakhouse No 316 is a high-end stylish meat lover’s paradise. This dining treasure is small and cozy, with elegant touches of velvet-tufted banquettes, leather chairs and wood floors, but still “a steakhouse to compare to New York’s best list”. Order your favorite cut and the attentive staff will help you pair it with some of the wonderful sauces, such as the blue cheese bone marrow. The wonderful generous portion of the utterly decadent white chocolate Bourbon bread pudding is the perfect way to end an absolutely decadent meal.

2015 Audi Ajax Cup Dec. 30, 2015

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D142EF86-7F19-40CB-86E8-468F92045DB8Aspen’s signature winter event puts the spotlight on the youngsters of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, raising proceeds to help more than 2,300 kids participating in skiing and snowboarding. This traditional midwinter fundraising takes place between Christmas and New Year’s Eve making it the most coveted ticket of the season. “It is fascinating to watch former Olympians going head-to-head with locals on a downhill ski challenging course on the Little Nell run on Aspen mountain.  “Don’t miss the legions of pro skiers and riders that turn out for the event not only for the race but also the hottest Après party in Aspen!”