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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.

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!