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WHY WINTER IS THE PERFECT SEASON TO VISIT MIAMI

Friday, October 5th, 2018
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While winter may be the season to wrap up warm for many of us, the lucky people of Miami get to bask in the glorious Florida sunshine and revel in the many events taking place. It’s one of the reasons why the ‘Sunshine State’ is so popular for luxury villa rentals this time of year.

If you’re wondering where to take a vacation this winter, look no further than Miami – a city that has great food, a thriving art scene, plenty of events and golden beaches for days!

Go for the Weather

The tropical climate of Miami makes it a year-round favorite with holidaymakers. Yet, winter is one of the most popular seasons to come, with typical temperatures around 24°/75 and rising. At a time when many parts of the world are wrapping up, Miami bucks the trend with its glorious sunshine.

Villa Valentina

Enjoy Happy Hour

Miami is known for its thriving nightlife and with its privileged island position, sets the perfect scene for cocktails at sunset. Whether you prefer to enjoy this from your own luxury vacation home, such as Villa Valentina surrounded by water on Jungle Island, or one of the many rooftop bars the city has to offer, you’re spoilt for choice!

Villa Siri

Special Get-Togethers

With thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s taking place in Winter, Miami is the perfect gathering for groups. All that’s required is a luxurious place to stay, such as Villa Siri, which includes six bedrooms and its own heated pool (game room, indoor bar, piano and steam room!). With so much on offer, you’ll never have to leave the island to celebrate with good company.

The Beach

Known for its golden stretches of sand and turquoise waters, Miami’s beach scene is one of its timeless tourist attractions. With so much space, there’s always plenty of room for visitors, some who come for the surf.

Villa Vanya
Of course, Miami is a city that revels in glamour and decadence, so for the true Miami experience, book a luxury home. Villa Vanya offers tranquil views of the bay from your very own pool. That’s how Miami rolls!

Awesome Events!

During the winter months, Miami perks up with some of the most renowned international festivals coming to the city.

Miami’s famed art deco scene comes alive during Art Basel (6-9 December) with 70,000 visitors descending on the city. This is a fun time to experience the city’s vibrant art scene, with paintings, sculptures, installations, photos and film, showcased throughout 250 galleries.

Villa Melissa
Meanwhile, attracting a jet-set crowd, the International Boat Show, livens up the city with the annual event returning 14-18 February. The only way to visit is by boat, which can be moored up at your own private dock at Villa Melissa. Set in the prime location of Jungle Island, this luxury vacation home is within easy reach of the Marina Stadium for guests attending the show.

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

If you’re a foodie, then stick around and join the 60,000 guests that come here for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival from 20th February. With 85 events throughout the five-day festival, it’s an unmissable opportunity to enjoy renowned chefs serving up creative fusions at the forefront of international cuisine.

And finally, winter in Miami means only one thing for fans of electric dance music, and that’s the Winter Music Conference. Attracting global superstars and international DJs, Miami is put on a world stage when it returns on 25-21 March. Get those glow sticks out!

Enjoy Miami as it’s meant – in true style, staying in a luxury villa rentals with Villazzo. With outstanding customer service and an unrivalled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

WHY RENT A VILLA FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS?

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Holiday time is precious, so when it’s time to unplug, unwind and get away, you’ll want to ensure that every moment is enjoyed to its potential. Which is why many people are turning to luxury vacation homes instead of hotels for their vacations.

Offering unrivalled luxury, a private space to unwind and great value for money, there’s plenty of reasons to make the switch. Still need convincing? Here’s seven good reasons why you might want to consider renting a villa for your next break…

Villa Silvana

Enjoy Privacy

If holidays are about one thing, it’s getting-away. Renting a villa provides the perfect way to escape the daily grind without having to share your space with strangers. A private pool all to yourself, an outside dining space exclusively for your party – and in most cases, no immediate neighbors. Many luxury villa rentals, like Villa Silvana in St Barth’s, offer seclusion and luxury in a hilltop retreat, within easy reach of the beach.

Family with Kids in Pool

Value for Money

Contrary to popular belief, a luxury villa rental can be a great way to enjoy value for money. When you consider the sheer size of the property you have access to, often with added bonuses such as free parking, WiFi, gym access, cable TV and a private pool – the perks add up. If you enjoy self-catering, then it’s also a great way to cut back on expensive hotel food and drink. Furthermore, with the flexibility to check-in and out at your leisure, it makes for a stress-free way to spend a well-earned break.

Villa Rochelle

Great for Groups

Holidaying with a group of friends or extended family? Hotels aren’t always the most convenient way to spend quality time together, with groups often spread out. Luxury vacation homes, however ensure that you can spend time together without compromise. Villa Rochelle in Ibiza, for instance, is a breath-taking property offering 16 bedrooms for larger groups. It comes complete with private pool, gym, dance floor and chill-out tent (yes, chill-out tent!) to create an unforgettable vacation.

Women Shopping

Live Like a Local

The best way to immerse yourself in a culture is to live like a local. This can be hard to do when you’re surrounded by fellow holidaymakers. However, since villas are located in private neighborhoods and highly desirable locations, it’s likely that you’ll get to experience a different side of your destination. It also enables you to shop and dine like a local too!

Businessman

For Business and Pleasure

More and more we’re seeing business travelers bringing their families with them on work trips. Villas provide the perfect ‘home from home’ for families to base themselves, offering areas to work and play, without distraction.

Villa Vanya

Exclusivity

If for no other reason, a luxury villa rental gives you access to the most exclusive properties available. For example, the highly desirable residence of Jungle Island in Miami is home to Villa Vanya, one of the most exclusive properties in the area. It features waterfront views and seven impeccably decorated bedrooms in 10,500 sq ft grounds. It’s as close to a ‘money can’t buy’ experience as you could hope for.

Foodies

Foodie Lovers

Vacation homes are the way to go for foodies. With most properties boasting gourmet kitchens and endless dining spots, inside and out, it’s the ideal way to self-cater, especially enjoyed by larger groups.

Girls by Pool with Staff

Five-Star Treatment

And finally, you don’t have to stay in a five-star hotel to reap all the benefits of luxury. Villazzo offers luxury villas with an in-house concierge service, on hand to meet all your needs. This includes organizing personal touches, from stocking your favorite foods to making bookings and catering to the needs of your guests, and much more.

For an unforgettable vacation, Villazzo offer some of the most exclusive luxury villa rentals in the world. With outstanding customer service and an unrivalled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

Saint-Tropez, Summer’s Coolest Hotspot!

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
saint-tropez luxury villa

Film stars and royalty, families and friends – Saint-Tropez is an all-inviting destination that must be visited once, and is sure to lure you back time and again.

Put on the map thanks to Brigitte Bardot in ‘And God Created Woman’, visitors trickle in from mid-May onwards. This signals the start of summer for the French coastal town, when temperatures reach 22°, rising throughout July and August.

If you’re thinking of planning a chic get-away with sun, sea, shopping and seafood high on your list, then book early to secure a luxury villa to rent in Saint-Tropez.

Villa Victoria

Chic Sleeps

Effortlessly fashionable, the French Riviera has long attracted the jet-set community who enjoy the exclusivity of a Saint-Tropez luxury villa. And it’s easy to see why. With plenty of hilltops bathed in trees and greenery, it’s the perfect setting for luxury and privacy.

Saint-Tropez villas offer great variety too. Whether you’re looking for the perfect beachfront villa to soak up the sun, a stylish hilltop retreat for sweeping views, or a charming home-from-home for all the family – there’s something for everyone.

Nikki Beach

May and June

When Saint Tropez welcomes tourists in May, many come for its glorious but not too-hot temperature. This is also a great time to visit before the bustling crowds embark.

Ideal for a day trip, you may time your visit with the International Cannes Film Festival (18-19 May). Neighboring Cannes is only an hour and half by car, with great bars and VIP parties to enjoy. You’ll be glad of your luxury vacation rental in Saint-Tropez to retreat back to!

There’s plenty of cultural attractions too, from the Exhibition at the Annonciade museum (free entry), to the Spring Music Festival (April – August) in the renaissance cinema.

Pampelonne beach provides the perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming. Be sure to swing by Club 55 or Nikki Beach and do as the locals with an ‘Aperol Spritz’!

Le Voiles

You won’t want to miss the ceremony of some grand regatta events, the first of which is Les Voiles Latines Regatta (24-27 May), followed by the prestigious Giraglia Rolex Club (8-16 June). This is a haven for yacht men and women, especially in the Ponche quarter and Old Port.

 

Women Shopping

Luxury Living

The French are known for their great food and drink, and this is particularly celebrated in the Côte d’Azur, eating like a king wherever you dine!

Michelin star L’Olivier offers stunning food in its charming garden. Likewise, La Vague D’or has made quite a name for itself serving up culinary seafood masterpieces. Luxury doesn’t have to be five-star though, as Le Kikouiou demonstrates with al fresco dining and hearty pizzas. Alternatively, the Place des Lices is a fantastic market where you can scoop up local produce to enjoy back at your luxury rental villa.

On the note of shopping, the triangle between the Place de Lices, Rue Allard and Rue Gambetta is the place to go for designer shops. Here you can find everything from Louis Vuitton to Chanel. You are in Saint-Tropez after all!

Looking for a luxury vacation home in St Tropez? Look no further, Villazzo curates the finest villas around the globe, coupled with outstanding service for the ultimate luxurious get-away.

IBIZA – EVERYONE’S FAVORITE SUMMER HIT!

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Ibiza by Night

In time honored tradition, the end of May is an important time for Ibiza… it’s when the opening parties begin and the island opens for business!

Once a haven for hedonists and 24hr party people, the magical island has seen a transformation over the past few years, catering to a more discerning crowd. Visitors are no longer resigned to package holiday hotels, with a demand for luxurious Ibiza villa rentals hidden like gems throughout the island.

With so much to offer, the fashionable ‘White Isle’ attracts an eclectic European crowd of beautiful people, dance music aficionados and hip holidaymakers.

When to visit

When to visit

Heating up from May onwards, Ibiza’s weather peaks in July and August, before starting to cool down in September. For many, the start of the season is signaled by the opening party weekend, around the last week in May.

The BBC Radio 1 weekender (first weekend of August) has also become a popular and busy time for the island, with superstar DJs and big-name bands playing to a young ‘up for it’ crowd.

Villa Veronica

Where to stay

To complete the Ibiza experience, seek out a stylish abode offering peace and respite from the crowds.

Vacation homes in Ibiza get booked up quickly, so it’s wise to plan ahead. For decadence, style and unadulterated chill out, Villazzo have some of the most luxurious villas on the island. Favorites include properties with private pools hidden in acres of mountains and ultra-modern villas for those that appreciate finer taste in luxurious settings.

Opening Weekend

Opening Weekend

Day clubs, beach clubs, hidden secret night clubs, huge expansive clubbers clubs and all that’s in between. Ibiza’s music scene is unsurprisingly one of the best in the world!

As such, the International Music Summit (May 23-25) takes place here annually, to discuss the future of EDM (electronic dance music), which coincides with the start of the season.

For style and substance, Ushuaia is a mega open-air venue, bringing the beautiful people to party by day. It kicks off from 19 May, but the one to look out for is ‘David Guetta’s Big Opening Party’ on June 4 (tickets from €50).

The self-titled ‘heartbeat of the island’, Pacha invites a fashionable VIP crowd to its 3000-capacity venue – still the only place where clubbers wear high heels! Open for locals from the start of May, the big opening nights to look out for include a set by Fatboy Slim on 18 May, and the opening of ‘Pure Pacha’ on 26 May.

For sultry deep house and all-round Euro vibe, Playa d’en Bossa’s ‘Hi Ibiza’ opens its doors from 26 May, with ‘Glitterbox’ opening on 1 June, with Roger Sanchez, Basement Jaxx and Dimtri from Paris on the decks.

Bambuddha Grove

Live it up

Aside from the party scene, there are many smaller venues across the island to enjoy. Hidden in the hills, KM5 is a great place to drink and dine, while Bambuddha Grove offers an exceptional experience of dining under the stars.

Don’t be surprised if you bump in to a celebrity or two at Blue Marlin, El Chiringuito or Cipriani as well.

People watching is one of the favorite sports in Ibiza Town, perfectly within reach of the super yachts frequented by the rich and famous.

For a complete listings guide, be sure to check out Ibiza Spotlight.

Looking for a luxury villa for rent in Ibiza? Look no further, Villazzo curates the finest villas around the globe, coupled with outstanding service for the ultimate luxurious get-away.

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.