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FIVE OF THE BEST MOUNTAIN TRIPS IN THE WORLD

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

There’s something marvellously rejuvenating about getting back to nature. Whether a walk in the woods, scaling a mountain, or hiking in the countryside, the great outdoors always provides the perfect backdrop for pressing reset on life. And we’ve all needed that of late.

However, with so many mountain destination to visit and conqueror, it can be hard to know where to begin. So, to help with your travels, we’ve selected five of our favourite global destinations for navigating the mountain tops. Whether you choose to camp under the stars, or hire your very own luxury Aspen rental, there’s something for everyone.

The Alpine Air of Aspen
Aspen tops the list of mountain destinations with good reason. Every year some 7.4 million tourists visit the famous resort, known for its world-class runs, high-end restaurants, and luxury facilities. Come in the winter to ski, or visit in the summer for outdoor pursuits like kayaking, hiking and cycling its trails. This is the place to stay for snow-capped mountains, crisp alpine air and luxury properties like Villa Kelsey, waiting for you at the foot of the mountains!

Tantalising Tuscany
The Italian region of Tuscany is known for its romantic setting of pink skies, rolling hills and flowing food and wine. No wonder it’s a popular choice for couples and newlyweds. If your idea of mountain-life involves being surrounded by great cuisine and hospitality, look no further than Tuscany. It’s the ideal location for pitch up with a picnic and enjoy the view.

The Unmistakable French Alps
Europe’s answer to Aspen, the French Alps span over eight countries, attracting visitors the world over. Most popular in winter, tourists come for the unbeatable ski. However, with a bustling atmosphere and plenty of after-hours high-jinx, it attracts just as many for the après-ski. Cosy up in your French Alps rental and enjoy the view… there’s a lot to take in.

The Peaks of North Carolina
If the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina could sing, they would tell you stories of their proud past. Inspiring a generation of bluegrass and country music, as well as explorers, photographers, artists and adventure seekers, it’s easy to see why. Breathtaking beauty is found at every turn, inviting you to discover the mountainous range for yourself. Hire a tour guide and explore the Blue Ridge Mountain region and all it has to offer.

Balearic Bliss in Ibiza
The less-trodden side of Ibiza, is one you don’t always hear about. Which makes Ibiza’s hillside even more mysterious and appealing to visit. It’s highest known point – Sa Talaia mountain – offers sweeping views out to sea and over to the idyllic island of Formentera. Whether you choose to bliss out and catch the sun, reconnect with your spiritual side, or practice yoga with a view, in Ibiza you can have it all. Complete your stay with an Ibiza villa rental, and you’ll be able to discover the magic of the island at your leisure.

To book your luxury villa vacation in the most revered mountain retreats, visit Villazzo today.

CHILL OUT IN THESE LEADING WINTER DESTINATIONS

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

There’s nothing quite like fresh alpine air, the chill and thrill of the slopes, and snow-capped mountains covered in powder. And snuggled up in your luxury home rental, watching the snow fall outside is a cosy place to be.

It’s no surprise therefore, that there’s a growing number of jet-set travellers flocking to the hills to get back to nature.

If you’re one of these, or if you’re even flirting with the idea, here’s three fabulous winter destinations for cold weather fans…

Ontario, Canada
Depending on the time of year you visit, there’s a varying landscape and terrain to enjoy in Ontario. Avoid summer when it’s at peak humidity, and visit in the winter months (December to March) to enjoy sparkling beauty and breathtaking scenery. From the comfort of your luxury villa rental, you can commute to the nearby ski and snow resorts, for excellent runs for adrenaline junkies. Head to Blue Mountain, where Collingwood is a popular choice being the highest ski resort in the region.

Closer to the ground, the still and often frozen lakes of Ontario, are a sight to behold. They also make a great place for hiking and amateur photographers.

Courchevel, France
There’s something undeniably magical about the French Alps. If you’re looking for winter fun with all the frills, it’s time to head to the slopes. Come in December for a winter wonderland and guaranteed white Christmas, and complete your trip with a top-notch villa rental. Or, for tranquil times, March and April tend to be quieter with it being low season.

One of the major attractions, world-class ski runs aside, is the after-hours party scene, set to a backdrop of mountain tops. Courchevel village and Courchevel 1850 are where it’s at, with plenty of apres-ski, karaoke bars, and top-quality restaurants to make your stay special.

Aspen, USA
Seducing all the senses, this year-round destination changes with the season. So, if you’re visiting for your winter fix of snow, be sure to come between December and February, when the powder is fresh and slopes are in full swing.

With it being a popular time to visit, be sure to book your Aspen villa rental in good time. You won’t be disappointed with this family-friendly destination, that brings a touch of style and glamour to slopestyle living.

If you want to reconnect with the world, head backcountry on a remote run for unapparelled snow. Or if you’re here for the action, hang out with friends in one of the many buoyant bars and restaurants dotted around the centre.

Snowmass, one of the favourite resorts, is a four-mountain destination for all levels of skier. But, even if you’re not a fan of the slopes, you’ll find plenty to do, including zip-lining in the Lost Forest and bike riding in Elk Camp nearby. Or, if you come early in the season (September) you might be in time for a refreshing gondola ride down the lake.

Book your next winter vacation with Global Luxury Villas, and choose from some of the best luxury vacation homes available.

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.

Best Sunsets in the World

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Few things in the world are quite as beautiful as a bold sunset. With brilliant color palettes and warm rays, you can’t help but stop what you’re doing and pay attention. Sunsets have that effect on everyone. If you’re traveling around the world, don’t miss out on these magical golden moments.

Tuscany, Italy

You may be visiting Tuscany for the rich culture, revolutionary art, luscious wine, and five-star service at Villa Teresa, but you’ll fall in love with their sunsets. Tuscany sunsets bleed every color of the rainbow, and the best place to see them is right off the coast of the Arno river. If you’re taking a snapshot for your Instagram followers, make sure you capture the sun setting over the Ponte Vecchio bridge and surrounding historic buildings.

Ibiza, Spain

When you’re all partied out from Ibiza’s infamous club scene, you can head back to your Cala Conte Villa and relax by watching the mesmerizing Ibiza sunset. Cala Conta is one of the prime locations to watch the sun set over the deep, blue waters because of its Western facing position.

Miami, Florida

You don’t have to travel across the globe to experience some of the world’s best sunsets. In fact, one of them is right in your backyard. Miami sunsets burn brilliant reds and oranges in the hot, summer days. It’s a sight you don’t want to miss. With Villa Lori being five minutes from the beach, you can rest and relax all day, then hit the waves as soon as golden hour starts.

Courchevel, France

There’s no better way to view the sunset than at the top of the world. Located in the French Alps, Villa Layla sits on one of France’s highest mountains, Bellecôte. Surrounded by snowy mountains and cotton candy clouds, you’ll get to see the Courchevel sunset in its full glory with no obstructions standing between you and breathtaking views.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

There are many things to enjoy on the Amalfi Coast: the quaint villages, the fresh foods, and the tranquil golden hours. If you love rising with the sun, Villa Fabiana is an east-facing resort that serves as the perfect location to enjoy breakfast with a view. At the end of the day, you’ll want to take the short trip to Paiano. This charming town faces west, so you have an unabashed view of the sunset burning the horizon.

Contact Global Luxury Villas today to learn more about the luxury estates available.

Where the rich and famous spend their time in Europe

Monday, July 8th, 2019

PLAYGROUNDS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS IN EUROPE

Europe is a continent that has it all; cooling Mediterranean breezes, world-class ski resorts, luxury villa rentals, beautiful golden beaches, endless marinas for yachts and party islands renowned the world over.

Known for their five-star lifestyle, the rich and famous have exquisite taste when it comes to a well-deserved vacation. Inspired by their favourite European destinations, we’ve compiled a billionaire bucket-list that is simply unmissable!

Saint Tropez, France

From Kate Moss and Leonardo di Caprio, to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco, you never know who you might bump in to in Saint Tropez.

This French coastal town is known for its decadent lifestyle, boutique shops and extravagant parties. If you don’t own a countryside mansion here, the next best thing is to rent a luxury villa in St Tropez, or do like Simon Cowell and board your private $73 million yacht!

Oozing with glamour and irresistible old-world charm, Villa Anastasia is the perfect hideaway, hidden in the charming hills of Ramatuelle (also home to the world-famous Pampelonne beach). Closer to the action Villa Leslie serves up the right amount of coastal charm and privacy, in this highly desirable eight-bedroom property dangling above Cannes.

The Alps, France

While America has Aspen, Europe has the Alps. Offering great conditions for ski and snow during the winter months, Courchevel is known to be a billionaire’s ski row, also dubbed ‘Saint Tropez on Snow’!

And it’s easy to see why. Catering to high rollers, there’s no less than eight Michelin star restaurants in the area and plenty of mountain bars for a touch of Apres Ski. It’s impressive ski resort ‘Les Trois Vallées’ is one of the best in the world, where you’re no-one without a Gucci onesie – take note!

Complete your stay in vacation home Villa Layla which recently underwent a €1,000,000 renovation. With breath-taking views over the Dent du Villard, there’s a lot to take in, literally!

Ibiza

Up the tempo and head to the magical island of Ibiza, to see how the other half live. Aside from its well-publicised clubbing scene, Ibiza rentals are some of the most impressive you will find in Europe. It’s one of the many reasons it attracts an elite crowd, including; Cristiano Ronaldo, Paris Hilton and David Guetta who all own luxury villas here.

Complete the playboy lifestyle and stay a Villa Rochelle which was named the most “luxurious and exclusive villa” on the white isle by Conde Nast Traveller. With its supersize clifftop pool, and eight en-suite bedrooms split across four floors, it’s another league of luxury.

Mallorca

The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is still small with just 870,000 people living here. Yet its appeal is wide reaching – popular with CEOs and celebrities alike who moor up to its marina and bathe in its sun-kissed beaches.

Enjoyed by food and wine lovers, as well as those who appreciate the great outdoors, there’s plenty to see and do here, or simply relax and do nothing at all. There’s lots of places to discover by foot, bike and of course – superyacht!

Hollywood royalty (Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas) and traditional royalty (King Juan Carlos) have all been known to visit, staying in some of the top vacation homes on the island.

If you can’t beat them, the only way is to join them! A stay at Villa Pedra is everything and more that luxury dwelling should be, set in a renovated estate in tranquil surroundings.

But like all things on this island, you’re never too far from the neighboring village, and is stunning beach, making this a great choice for a five-star getaway.

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

GREAT LUXURY ESCAPES FOR THE KIDS WINTER BREAK IN EUROPE AND USA

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

It’s that time of the year again when thoughts turn to holidays with the family. When it comes to high-end escapes, a luxury home rental is essential to complete your dream vacation. Providing a home away from home, there’s no better way to indulge the family than with a five-star residence.

Whether you’re looking to the warm shores of America, cozy cabins of France, or tranquil settings of Tuscany, you’re sure to find inspiration in our exclusive pick of luxury vacation rentals.

Compiled with the forthcoming winter break in mind, here’s four dreamy destinations for total pampering…

Hello Europe!

Europe really lends itself to the winter season, with plenty of culture to enjoy, as well as world-class ski resorts.

With it being low season, Tuscany in winter is a good time to come. Costs are lower and there’s fewer crowds, making it handy for visiting attractions like Florence Cathedral and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Visit in February and you’ll be able to enjoy festival season, which the whole region gets involved in.

Villa Regina

Complete your stay with a luxury home rental such as Villa Regina. Nestled in the historic region of Arezzo, there’s great museums and wonderful architecture on your doorstep, and Florence is only an hour away by car.

While Tuscany also has its fair share of mountains for snow and ski (check out the Pistoia province), it’s the French Alps that ski aficionados flock to.

Villa Talia

Tucked away in the French ski resort of Val Thorens, Villa Talia is on the doorstep of some of the best ski runs. And when it’s time to cool down (or heat up), its private sauna, gymnasium and swimming pool are always a hit with younger ones. This hard-to-beat family-friendly luxury house rental spans 12,900 sq ft with eight cozy bedrooms for when it’s time to retire.

Get Away to USA

America has it all, and there’s no better time for families to visit than winter. At the end of November, the annual tradition of Thanksgiving makes it a wonderful time to come, plus there’s the Black Friday sales too!

Villa Ola

Winter is always warm in Miami, and the kids will love the many outdoor activities and water sports on offer. Hire a luxury villa in Miami beach, for the perfect base to explore the city. At Villa Ola you’re on the right side of Miami beach to access its many restaurants, bars and renowned night life, without being in the thick of it.

Villa Trina

For complete luxury and escapism with the family Villa Trina in the stunning Turks & Caicos islands is a firm favourite. Here you can completely relax and unwind in this huge mansion, right on the golden shores of Long Bay Beach. Complete with your own butler, outdoor movie theater, two pools and private tennis courts – it’s hard not to feel spoilt, but that’s what holidays are all about – right!?

So, pack your bags, book time off work and gather the kids, for an unmissable break to one of our stunning winter destinations.

For the best value luxury vacation rentals, visit Global Luxury Villas. With a wide selection of high-end properties including concierge services, you’re guaranteed a memorable stay.

THE BEST FRENCH SKI RESORTS FOR LUXURY

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
French Alps

France is a great destination to visit any time of year, but particularly in winter. With beautiful white-washed picturesque villages, ski-season in full bloom and plenty of outdoor activities to explore, it’s time to pack your bags and get ready for a luxury home rental like no other.

Ideal for families, fun with friends and conduce for romance, it’s easy to see why more than 120 million people flock to the French Alps every year.

To help you decide which resort is best for you, our team of travel experts have hand-picked the best villa vacation rentals throughout top French ski resorts Courchevel and Val Thorens. All you have to do is get that ski pass and you’re off!

Villa Paige

For Fun with Friends

Ski by day, play by night – that’s how guests in the upbeat resort of Courchevel 1850 like to roll! Situated in the heart of town, Villa Paige is a modern four-bedroom property with everything on its doorstep. A top ski resort in reach (and ski school), as well as all the best bars, restaurants and high-end shops at your disposal make this destination great for friends and groups to enjoy. The villa also benefits from a daily maid, to help maintain the comfort of your stay.

Villa Rayna

Chic Chalet for Large Groups

Further away in a quieter spot of Courchevel 1850, lies Villa Rayna. Situated in the ultimate skier’s playground, there couldn’t be a more exclusive destination for a five-star ski experience. This Luxury villa rental can sleep up to 15 guests and is decorated to the highest standard with finishing touches to dazzle. This includes its own private lift, personal chef, personal driver and underground spa and fitness lounge complete with steam room and Turkish sauna. It’s pièce de résistance however is its indoor swimming pool, ideal for post-ski recovery.

Villa Layla

Uninterrupted Beauty

Slightly off the beaten track in Bellecôte, above the bustle of Courchevel 1850, the Nogentil region is one of great natural beauty. Here you can enjoy the majestic surroundings with total escape, but still only 50m from the ski slopes. Luxury villa rentals in the area don’t come better than Villa Layla – a distinguished property that can sleep large groups of up to 14 guests. Recently undergoing a million-euro renovation, it boasts modern touches while retaining its rustic wood-cabin charm. After a hard day on the slopes, sit back and enjoy time out in the private hone theater, game room, indoor swimming pool or spa, or just snuggle up in front of its fireplace and make the most of the stunning surroundings.

Villa Talia

Jet-set Ski-set

The enchanting Alpine resort of Val Thorens is one of the highest in Europe. As such, it’s a prime spot for great powder throughout the winter season (November through May), attracting serious winter sports enthusiasts. But it’s equally as accommodating to newbies, with a terrain to suit every level. And since the resort is purpose-built, it has no shortage of all the essentials, including a three Michelin star restaurant, making this a magical place to stay.

A luxury home rental is the only way to visit and Villa Talia is one of best properties for larger groups. Its five suites accommodate up to 15 guests, treated to charming views across the resort. There’s a bespoke activity room for kids with plenty of entertainment, along with two cinemas, a whirlpool tub, sauna and gym for bigger kids! Plus, there’s a private chef, beautician and masseur on hand to cater to your every whim.

For the best value luxury vacation rentals, visit Global Luxury Villas. With a wide selection of high-end properties including concierge services, you’re guaranteed a memorable stay.

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.