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Discover a world of culinary options with Villazzo

Monday, August 17th, 2015

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Sit back, relax and let us do the work for you. When you rent one of Villazzo’s exclusive luxury villas in Miami, Aspen or St Tropez, we convert it into a 5-star hotel mansion to the finest detail, including the most extravagant in-house dining experiences you can dream of. Villazzo can customize your personal epicurean journey with a “Restaurant at Home” service to cater the most sumptuous breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner menus.

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Service options at your home luxury rental include our “a la carte” service, which offers our guests a full team to use for specific occasions, such as a private dinner party or an unexpected business luncheon. If you prefer for your luxury vacation to be an everyday culinary indulgence, booking a 5-star service level will allow to have your kitchen eight hours a day led by your own full-time professional private chef, who can produce an array of signature dishes – gastronome’s delights incorporating only the best-cut meats, fresh ingredients and seasonal produce.

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If your choice of vacation destination during this month of August and September is Miami, you could skip the popular Miami Spice promotion and luxuriate instead in your own private three-course meal . Villazzo Chef Jason’s personal table is a globally inspired cuisine that will wow you every time with the most sophisticated and intricate dishes. Among current starters is the delicate Florida baby heirloom tomato salad with olive oil pan fried croutons, baby burrata cheese shallots, Brazil pepper chimichurri and minis 8 sherry vinegar. For a main course, delight your senses with entrees such as the fragrant pan seared Hudson valley duck breast with confit fingerling potatoes and broccolini, and a honey ginger gastric. A refined dessert of macha green tea soufflé with lemongrass cream anglaise is also a highlight of this Chef’s original fare.

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With Villazzo’s “Restaurant at Home” you will wine and dine the best of Miami flavor fusion, with a backdrop of the most breathtaking views of the Magic city. To make your stay even more memorable, Villazzo offers you the option to have your bar fully stocked with your own cultivated list of wine and spirits.

 

Celebrate the Winter Music Conference with Villazzo

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Winter Music Conference is announcing its 29th consecutive year as the largest electronic music event in Miami, Florida! The grand finale to the ten day electronic music extravaganza, is the 3 day long Ultra Music Festival, uniting fans and bands for all across the globe. Spanning almost three decades the Winter Music Conference has brought together some of the world’s greatest professionals in the dance music industry, along with top of the line musical equipment from keyboards to synthesizers and video and light shows that explode across the stage. Founded in 1985 by two former DJs, Louis Possenti and Bill Kelly, this mind blowing event has brought vacationers from all over looking to rent a nice property where they can unwind from the constant visual and auditory stimulation. With Villazzo luxury property rentals you, your friends, and your family can save a bundle by sharing in the magic of Miami from your own private Villazzo villa, you can also enjoy the fun of both festivals free of charge with our complimentary event tickets. This is a chance to be part of a musical revolution that brings in more guests, more amazing musicians, and more excitement to the stage each and every year.

An event not to be missed during the Winter Music Conference is the International Dance Music Awards that features performances from over seventy different countries—in fact, almost forty percent of the people in attendance are not from the United States. The plethora of record producers, high-name equipment companies, famous DJs, and other up and coming performers truly brings in a large and eclectic crowd. If you want to enjoy the fun without any hassle our five-star concierge service at all Villazzo villa hotels will ensure that each guest is provided with everything they need, whether it be transportation to an event or a delectable meal before you leave. In addition the Villazzo Living team will be on board to take care of any luxury maintenance issues that may arise. Your ultimate mission is to simply enjoy everything, and we are here to guarantee your complete and utter satisfaction. Villazzo prides itself by making your stay not only comfortable but memorable as well. There is no better stay than a Villazzo luxury villa!

The Winter Music Conference is about learning, from the people who know it best, what goes on in the electronic music industry. It provides an electrifying (no pun intended) first-hand look through interesting panels and seminars, as well as impromptu performances, what truly goes into creating and glorifying a musical genre that has made its way through the doors of just about every fist-pumping club in Miami. Headlining the three-day Ultra Music Festival will be amazing performers like Showtek, Nicky Romero, and David Guetta. For all you music lovers out there, starting March 21st Miami, Florida is the place to be and Villazzo luxury properties are the place to stay.

The 31st Miami International Film Festival Starts Now!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Calling all film lovers…The 31st Miami International Film Festival is finally underway and there is no better way to celebrate the next ten days of films, food, and fun then by renting a luxury Miami property from Villazzo. The Miami International Film Festival dates back to 1983 and throughout the years it has featured a number of stars including famous actors like Andy Garcia and John Leguizamo, ultimate filmmakers like the Coen Brothers who have been responsible for such creations as The Big Lebowski and No Country For Old Men, and Alfonso Cuaron the director of this year’s Oscar winning film, Gravity. The famous screenwriters, directors, and actors can usually be seen meandering around the pre and after parties, red carpet events, and film debuts. This year’s celebrity guests are said to include Mike Myers, Shirley MacLaine, and John Turturro who is receiving a career achievement award, along with many others.

The first film to premiere this year is Elsa and Fred, which features a slew of award-winning actors including Marcia Gay Harding, Chris Noth, and James Brolin. The after party will take place at the elegant DuPont building, where top-shelf drinks will be served from mock bank-tellers along with various gourmet appetizers in order to commemorate Alfred DuPont owner of the Florida National Bank and Florida East Coast Railway. Also, every afternoon at 4pm filmmakers as well as film enthusiasts, along with writers, producers, and press have the opportunity to walk around the gorgeous Zen-like gardens of The Standard Hotel. Stella Artois, one of the festival’s proud sponsors will provide free suds to mingling artists and film lovers, while bow-tied servers keep everyone plump with trays of innovative hors d’oeuvres.

There are 93 feature films taking place this year covering various genres and subject matters. Movies from all over the world can be seen at six uniquely gorgeous theaters around Miami, among these cinemas are the Olympia Theater, Regal South Beach Cinemas, Tower Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema, and Miami Beach Cinematheque. The after party locations are all equally elegant and although many have not yet been released to the public there is still time to get yourself into the Area 31 party at the Epic Hotel or the Pyrat Awards Night Party at the National Historic Freedom Tower. However, if you are the proud renter of a luxurious Villazzo property you may decide to host your own prestigious event with a more intimate gathering of friends and family at your awe-inspiring villa. Enjoying the luxury of Miami is not only about where you go, it is also about where you stay…this year you too can feel like a celebrity by choosing to stay at a magnificent Villazzo Miami villa.

A Toast to the SOBE Wine and Food Festival!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Who doesn’t love a tasty meal and a nice glass of wine? At the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (the nation’s largest wine and food festival) people have a chance to pay homage to some of the world’s most ancient pleasures. Throughout history wine has been an important part of various cultures across the planet. As time went on wine continued to build in popularity as vineyards began sprouting up everywhere.  Today wine drinkers are an eclectic breed, they come from all walks of life and every one has a particular set of tastes. You would be hard pressed to find a wine lover that doesn’t have a favorite blend. From February 20-23 the Cabernet drinkers, the Riesling enthusiasts, and the unalterable Merlot fanatics will unite as one in Miami to enjoy endless events based around our love for food, wine, and spirits.

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival initially started as a fundraiser in 1997 and was celebrated for only one day at Florida International University’s North Miami Campus (approximately 450 people attended), but since then it has exploded into a four day celebration filled with culinary celebrities and some of the best wine and spirits from every region around the globe. It was in 2002 that the SOBE Wine and Food Festival truly put itself on the map as an event not to be missed in Miami (over 7000 people were in attendance). In addition to the endless seminars, tastings, and extravagant parties to keep people entertained a New York Magazine food critic was actually hauled away in handcuffs and arrested for disorderly conduct for his abrasive behavior at the Grand Tasting Tent. According to reports he just didn’t want to wait in the long lines and felt entitled to shove his way through. The following year chef Gordon Ramsey made quite a scene at Smith and Wollensky, and turned the tranquil South Pointe Park restaurant into a real-life kitchen nightmare. These unpleasant but devilishly entertaining mishaps went on to prove the theory that there is no such thing as bad press doubling the population of the SOBE Wine and Food Festival for the next year. Now everyone wanted to be a part of the party. As the years went on the SOBE Wine and Food Festival continued to progress—the number of guests kept growing, the celebrities swarmed in, the events became more elaborate, and last year 53,000 people were in attendance. This year is suspected to be even bigger!

The 2014 SOBE Wine and Food Festival’s first event is Moet Hennessy’s The Q sponsored by Miami Magazine. This incredible occasion, which takes place at the Delano Hotel, will include 40 different meals from world-renowned chefs and a visit from the luscious Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models. Other events not to be missed are the Jean-Georges Vongerichten Dinner (part of the New York Times Dinner Series), brunches and lunches like the All Aboard: Backyard BBQ at Sea, late night parties like Cigars and Spirits, and various walk-arounds and tastings like the Whole Foods Grand Tasting.  You can also expect to see television chefs like Bobby Deen and Rachael Ray and Food Network favorite Tyler Florence! Come join us this year and make 2014 the best South Beach Wine and Food Festival yet!

Some Hot New Spots in Miami for Winter 2012

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012


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If you’ve booked your luxury villa rental vacation in Miami this winter you’re likely gearing up for a getaway filled with sun and sand, food and vibrant company, as well as some world class cuisine. One option if you’re on the lookout for something new to try on the Miami restaurant scene is Tuyo, the new restaurant from Norman Van Aken that is located about the Miami Dade College’s Culinary Institute. The view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the rooftop restaurant is worth the price of admission alone, but, thankfully, not the only reason to try out Tuyo (“yours” in Spanish). Executive chef Van Aken, officially the Director of Restaurants at MCI, is joined in this endeavour by Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Brana and Sous Chef Travis Starwalt.

Along with the gorgeous space, Tuyo offers a seasonal menu of fresh farm-to-table options. The restaurant features a the $95 Voyager’s Menu, which includes a 5-course dinner (add $60 for wine pairing or “flight”). Of course, Tuyo also offers an extensive à la carte dinner menu that ranges from tapas to a wide variety of fish dishes prepared in a variety of ways (think black grouper served with Serrano ham and avocado or a thick, pan-basted Key West yellowtail snapper). Meats range from barbecued veal chops to pork Havana, and there are vegetarian options such as a well prepared paella. Tuyo is located at the Miami Culinary Institute, Miami Dade College (415 N.E. Second Avenue) – 305.237.3200 (more…)

Exclusive Event Planning Comes To Villazzo

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

 

The Villazzo luxury vacation experience has met its match – Villazzo now provides world-class event planning at our vacation villas, and even at your own home!

Since our inception, Villazzo has blazed a new trail in creating luxury vacations that no other company can come close to matching. Through our unparalleled VillaHotels and elite luxury vacation destinations in Saint Tropez, Miami Beach, and Aspen, we’ve brought the best aspects of the 5-star hotel experience to the world’s most exclusive private luxury rentals villas.

Now, in conjunction with an in-house, internationally acclaimed Event Production, Entertainment & Design Team, Villazzo is teaming with the Executive Producer of E Squared Concepts to offer Villazzo customers and Villa guests alike the same level of detail in event planning as they receive from our comprehensive luxury vacation services.

E Squared Concepts is one of the most dynamic & creative teams we have ever had the pleasure to work with – they truly embody the same level of quality and attention to detail that Villazzo employs when planning luxury vacations for our guests.

If you travel to or live in Saint Tropez, Miami, or Aspen, whatever your event needs may be, from an anniversary, Valentine’s day, a special birthday, New Year’s, or just an intimate dinner party – Villazzo and E Squared Concepts will deliver the event of your dreams from concept to completion. From catering & staff, florals & linens, to tents & transportation & of course live bands, DJs & specialty acts to add that wow factor to your event. E Squared Concepts book & produce stars like Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Jaime Fox, Josh Grobin, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Bill Cosby, & Penn & Teller for exclusive events, just to name a few.

If you are interested in learning more about what Villazzo can do for your next big event at home or while on vacation, feel free to drop us a line and we will be happy to schedule a free consultation. And please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions.

Enjoy Some Extreme Activities During Your St. Tropez Vacation Rental Experience

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
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Increase The Fun of Your Luxury Villa Rental vacation in Saint Tropez with Sports and Exclusive Toys

Shopping and clubbing, sun bathing and sailing are all hallmarks of a luxury villa rental vacation in St. Tropez. If you’re interested in something a bit more high energy, however, the exclusive resort town offers several different options you can consider. NBA star Tony Parker was recently seen motoring around the Mediterranean on a futuristic “jet pack,” one of the many grown up toys that you can choose from during your St. Tropez luxury vacation.

The JetLev reportedly costs more than $130,000 to own, and Parker spent about $5,000 to rent one in St. Tropez. So how does this modern answer to parasailing actually work? The JetLev, made by a Canadian company, gets strapped to your back and propels you through the air using water, sucked in through a tube trailing in the ocean, as its fuel. Perhaps not the exact image of the flying jet packs we’ve been promised by movies and science fiction, but definitely a new and unique way to enjoy the sun, sand and sea of St. Tropez. (more…)

Exclusive Skis – Perfect for Your Luxury Aspen Vacation

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

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Planning on hitting the slopes this year? Lucky enough to have snagged a luxury villa rental in Aspen? You’ll likely need skis, of course, and we’ve rounded up some of the most luxurious options out there. These skis are not only great for hitting the slopes, but will also look fab at your après-ski spot of choice.

Buy a pair of handmade skis from Swiss luxury brand zai AG and you’ll be landing yourself one of the hottest brands on the market. Unique machines, like zai’s computer controlled press, are also used in some stages of the manufacturing process to achieve the company’s promise of lightweight flexibility. These beautiful looking skis–like Zai’s newest model, the Nezza–are made of cedarwood, UD carbon fibre, carbon nano tubes and the revolutionary Zaiìra®, and are made to work for skiiers of any level of experience. Zai is also the first manufacturer of skis to utilize a high-tensile polyethylene fibre called Dyneema®.  If you’re interested, in Aspen Zai skis are available for purchase at the Aspen Mountain Store (970-544-1814). (more…)

Modesty the New Trend on the Sands of St. Tropez?

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Well-heeled travelers amid the luxury villa rentals of St. Tropez now seem to prefer covering up to baring all

St. Tropez is known as a place of glamorous excess, where the rich frolic in the sunshine and party well into the night. In the past it was also quite famous for its topless beaches, a Cote d’Azur tradition that seems to be in decline in recent years. Vacationers from yacht owners to those staying in luxury villa rentals will have noticed that fewer and fewer women are daring to bare their breasts lately. French sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann has been following the issue since the 1990s and has published books about his findings. Kaufmann has recently updated his old data with interviews with a new generation of women and has not only confirmed the trend, but has attempted to work out the reasons for the cultural shift.

Only fifteen years ago, when Kaufmann first conducted a study on the popularity of toplessness on the Cote d’Azur, he found that the majority embraced le monokini (bottoms only) for their beach wear. The style was especially popular in St. Tropez where topless and nude beaches have been all the rage since they were introduced in the 1960s. Tahiti Beach, for instance, is constantly showing up on Top 10 Lists, from one of the best beaches on the Cote d’Azur to one of the world’s top nude beaches. The secluded Plage de Tahiti is located about four kilometers from St. Tropez’s city center and can be found along the north part of famous Pampelonne Beach. Yet, even on beaches where topless women were once everywhere, a marked downturn can be seen. The recent trends in swimwear–like the cut-out one pieces so popular in 2010 and seen in St. Tropez on the likes of Paris Hilton–also seem to support this new keep-the-top-on modesty.

Kate Hudson debuted an array of stylish cover ups in St. Tropez this summer.

Kaufmann’s new interviews have led him to draw the conclusion that, “cultural reference points have completely changed in the last fifteen years. What was once fashionable has now become old-fashioned, and young women in particular no longer think twice about stigmatizing in a very emphatic manner the ‘old women of 50’ who dare to take off their bikini tops.” Furthermore the sociologist has found the reasons for this new way of thinking include keeping a semblance of modesty as a form of seduction, the fear of skin cancer and out-and-out shyness.

Supermodel Heidi Klum is stylish in a modest black cover up – Tropez 2010

According to RUE89, which published an article based on Kaufmann’s findings, it is not nudity itself that makes modern women blanch, but outright public nudity. “A tiny inlet or by a river or somewhere like that where there’s only me and maybe some people I know very well,” one woman told the publication about where she would be comfortable bearing it all. “I don’t feel at ease on a beach.” It seems that the current generation of women would be much more comfortable going topless poolside at a secluded luxury villa rental rather than a crowded St. Tropez beach.

While toplessness in the 60s was a sign of the Love Generation revolution and women’s lib, this new modesty seems to be the take of the new feminists who, while comfortable with their own bodies, prefer to only show them in more private places, like around the private swimming pool of a luxury villa rental. While everyone has their own ideas about what is fun and appropriate it seems that more and more women are choosing to cover up when in the glaring sun and the public eye.

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St. Tropez Named One of the Top Five Most Expensive Port Marinas in the World

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Find out what a portion of water will cost you in the land of stars, sand, and luxury villa rentals

Ever since Bardot turned the world’s eyes on St. Tropez in the 1950s, the area has been a beacon to the rich, famous, and those who’d like to be. So it’s no surprise that when Wealth Bulletin came out with their list of most expensive places to dock a superyacht, St. Tropez was not only on the list, but in the top five. While the Italians have the lock on the first three priciest yacht spots, the report makes it clear that saving yourself a berth in one of the marinas of St. Tropez won’t come cheap. And with only thirty mega-yacht berths available, throughout the St. Tropez waterway, both price and space are making staying on a yacht for a St. Tropez vacation prohibitive for even the world’s most lavish travelers.

In compiling their report, the Wealth Bulletin used a 230-foot yacht, the longest length that some exclusive marinas will allow, as theirsample. To be as accurate as possible, the prices cited do not include dates of high activity in certain ports like the film festival in Cannes or Monaco’s F1 race.

So how much will it cost you, exactly, to moor a 230-foot vessel in St. Tropez? €1,300 a day.

And with just thirty mega-yacht berths available, the peak periods of June through August for the Cote d’Azur are consistently booked, which is why vacationers to St. Tropez routinely see yachts dotting the bay’s azure horizon.

Considering the high percentage of yacht-wielding socialites, celebrities, and otherwise wealthy jetsetters, it might seem strange that so few berths are made available by the St. Tropez port authority, especially considering that it is one of the most famous ports in the world for luxury travel. But size, quality, and environmental considerations play key factors in limiting the number of yachts allowed in St. Tropez’ bay at one time.

First off, the bay is quite small compared to others: while the U.S.’s vacation-oriented Chesapeake Bay stretches 200 mi (322 km) long by 30 mi (48 km) wide, the Gulf of St. Tropez’s coastline is only 7.45 mi (12 km) long by comparison, allowing for only a limited number of safe berths for large yachts.

In addition to the limitations in size, the St. Tropez port authority also seeks to limit the number of yachts in the bay in order to control water pollution as well as unsightly boat traffic.

Of course, there are even more expensive places to moor your yacht in Europe.

Seven of the top ten marinas can be found in Europe with the most expensive, in Capri, costing €2,900 ($3,914 U.S.) per night. The bargain of the bunch? Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island Marina at €421 per night. Of course, these costs don’t include all the other annual expenses that go along with owning a yacht, which can run up to about twenty percent of the vessel’s total value.

Despite the high cost of owning a yacht and anchoring it in St. Tropez, the berths in these high-end marinas are always full and often taken by boldfaced names. If you’ve booked a yacht or luxury vacation villa in St. Tropez this summer you’ll be sunning yourself alongside the likes of Paris Hilton, who has been seen jumping off her yacht Tatoosh and getting sprayed with champagne on club roofs in the middle of the day.

Paris Hilton aside, for many of the elite travelers to St. Tropez, it’s becoming much more comfortable and convenient to book a luxury villa rental instead. With gorgeous grounds and round-the-clock service, luxury villa rentals in St. Tropez offer just as much luxury service and amenities as any superyacht, but with the added bonus of being much closer to the beaches and center of town. Getting into town from a yacht, after all, requires an inconvenient ride to shore on a dingy.

What’s more, you’re guaranteed to find ten times as many luxury villa rentals to choose from in and around St. Tropez, compared to only thirty slots for yachts in the St. Tropez bay. So, if you’re ready to experience the full luxury of St. Tropez, spend your time there in a luxury villa hotel and simply enjoy the yachts from a distance.