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FIVE STAR EUROPE – WHERE TO WINE, DINE AND REST IN STYLE

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Luxury Villa Rental

If you have a penchant for the finer things in life, appreciate five-star dining, a well-bodied glass of wine and luxury villa rentals for your holiday, then Global Luxury Villas has the perfect picks for you.

For those with discerning taste, we’ve compiled the ultimate places to wine, dine and stay in some of Europe’s leading destinations. From the breath-taking views of the Amalfi coast, to the chic Riviera, and tucked-up Tuscan retreats to Spanish finca’s, there’s something for everyone…

Villa Adele

Amalfi Coast

Where sweeping views fawn over clashing rocks below, where bright blue skies transform into perfect pink skylines, the Amalfi Coast remains one of the most exclusive destinations to visit. Enjoy the views at La Cambusa, a long-serving restaurant that does fresh seafood like no other (zuppa di pesce comes highly recommended). While a night cap at Silver Moon is a romantic spot to enjoy a crisp glass of local wine. Take luxury to the next level, staying at your own luxury vacation rental in Villa Adele. This cozy five-bedroom property perches high in the clifftops to offer unrivaled views.

Villa Pilar

Tuscany

Let the warm Italian hospitality wash over you in Tuscany – a melting pot of great food and drink, history and art.

Strategically located between Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca, Villa Pilar is the ideal location for exploring the region, while enjoying all the trappings of five-star luxury. This hotel-size mansion can sleep up to 23 guests, making it ideal for larger groups. Nearby the local town includes delightful local eateries, while some of the best vineyards are all within reach.

Villa Nora

French Riviera

Attracting a jet-set crowd and host of A-listers for good reason, the French Riviera always makes a chic get-away. Staying at the delightful Vila Nora, just above Cannes, guests can make full use of its private pool, or relax in comfortable surroundings in this luxury house rental. It makes the ideal base for discovering the local area, with the nearby village of Le Cannet offering plenty of great local eateries to discover, down winding back roads. Travel a little out of town and enjoy the best seat in the house at Le Bar L’Amiral in the world famous Hôtel Martinez, for a glass of champagne – what else!

Villa Pedra

Mallorca

Turning the heat up, the magical island of Mallorca provides some of the best mansion rentals in the whole of the Balearics. For unrivalled luxury Villa Pedra delivers five-star living in this fantastic finca hidden in the beautiful countryside, accommodating up to 12 guests. With your own private library, swimming pool and tennis courts, you may never want to leave. But it’s worth stepping outside, if only for the great restaurants in the area. Local spot Restaurante Clivia is known for its great cocktails and menus, or venture a little further for Michelin-star dining in the picturesque setting of Es Raco d’est Teix in Deia.

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 VILLAS FOR HONEYMOONERS IN EUROPE

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Couple in Love

After months of preparing for the big day, there’s still one gift that newlyweds get to enjoy once the celebrations are over… and that’s a luxury vacation home as part of the honeymoon.

In Europe alone, there’s endless options for every type of honeymooner. From the chic shores of the French Riviera, to the tranquil pace of Greece, and breath-taking views of Italy. Culture and cuisine, sun and swim – whatever your heart’s desire, you can find it here.

As the most important vacation you’ll ever take, and start of your lives together, your honeymoon should be everything you ever dreamed of and more. That’s why we’ve put together our pick of Europe’s best villas for honeymooners…

Villa Marina

Relaxing Greece

Greece is a timeless destination, second to none for romance, picture-postcard beaches and its famed warm hospitality. It’s what makes it so appealing to visitors, especially newlyweds.

Surrounded by the warm Ionian Sea, the dreamy island of Zakynthos was made for lovers! Here you can soak up the sunshine by day, and enjoy great food and entertainment by night.

For an unrivalled stay, Villa Marina is one of the best luxury villas to rent on the island. Its tranquil vibe and delightful views over the harbor are conducive to recharging. While its heated pool complete with hydro massage is everything you need to relax in paradise.

Villa Divina

A-list Italy

Join the jet set list of celebrities that have honeymooned in the Amalfi Coast, including; chef Jamie Oliver, actress Reese Witherspoon and tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg.

For a romantic retreat, try Villa Divina; its clifftop position boasts sweeping views over the coast, while indoors its regal touches make you feel like a member of royalty! With a romantic fireplace and cliff-edge pool, you’ll see why they call it la dolce vita.

Villa Ivana

Magical Ibiza

It’s hard not to fall in love with Ibiza. This magical island is not just for party people – it also draws those hoping to reconnect, unwind or enjoy good company. It couldn’t be more fitting for those on honeymoon.

Staying at https://global-luxury-villas.com/ibiza-rental-villas/villa-ivana offers the perfect vacation rental for a chilled get-away. This luxurious cliff top property boasts three grand bedrooms, decorated to the highest standard. Its modern design and inviting swimming pool provide the perfect backdrop for married life to begin.

Villa Leslie

Breath-taking France

Always a contender for romance and respite, the French Riviera will add a chic touch to your honeymoon.

If you’re looking for grandeur, decadence and next-level luxury, then Villa Leslie is ‘the one’! High in the hills, this magnificent property is within easy reach of Cannes, yet distant enough to enjoy seclusion.

That said, you may never want to leave, since this property that has it covered; a heated swimming pool with swim up bar, breath-taking views from every inch of its massive terrace, a private cinema, massage centre, hair and nail station and full-size boxing ring! Ensuring that you’ll never have to lift a finger, ring once for your butler and twice for private chef… well, you are on honeymoon after all!

For a memorable stay, Global Luxury Villas offers some of the most exclusive luxury vacation homes in the world. With outstanding customer service and an unrivaled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

WINE COUNTRY – GREAT EUROPEAN VACATIONS NEAR THE VINEYARDS

Friday, September 7th, 2018
Vineyards

Dripping in culture and attracting foodies from the world over, there are some 3.2 million hectares of vineyard to conqueror throughout Europe. But knowing where to find your dream luxury villa rental can be the hardest part.

With so many visitors wanting to soak up the local culture, as well as enjoy a tipple or two, we’ve compiled some of the best destinations to help you on your way.

Sprawling villa rentals in Saint-Tropez, idyllic Italian retreats and beautiful Bordeaux abodes, are just some of the perfect locations in which to immerse yourself in wine country, here’s why…

Villa Tatiana

Blissful Bordeaux

Known around the world for its high-quality produce, France is a must-visit for wine connoisseurs. One of the most celebrated wine-growing regions is Bordeaux – synonymous with great food and drink – some even say it’s the wine capital of the world.

For gastronomy lovers, Villa Tatiana is one of the most exquisite residences in the region to base yourself. It’s within close proximity to no less than eight Michelin star restaurants and endless vineyards, including; Latour, Margaux, Haut Brion and Cheval Blanc.

What makes this country estate so special though, is its early 20th-century architecture and vast space with eight rooms. It’s the ideal base for wine-lovers and big groups to come together.

Villa Anastasia

Sun-drenched Saint-Tropez

Further south, the glamourous shores of Saint-Tropez attract a well-heeled and well cultured set. Not just offering glamourous clubs, designer shops and yacht-upon-yacht, Saint-Tropez is perfectly positioned to enjoy a number of local vineyards in the area.

Finding the right vacation home allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds, all of which can be found in Villa Anastasia a seven-bedroom property offering the ultimate luxury get-away. Its sizeable gourmet kitchen is the perfect place to rustle up dishes using local ingredients, best enjoyed al fresco with plenty of outdoor space to choose from.

This lavish property is well placed too – 55 minutes from the airport and within driving distance to a number of charming vineyards in the area. These include Domaine Bertaud Belieu and Chateau Minuty, which offer tours and tastings.

Villa Pilar

Soak Up Florence

There’s no shortage of vineyards to visit in Italy. But, if you want to combine your stay while soaking up the local culture, the vicinity of Montecatini Terme is a must! Perfectly positioned between Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca, it offers the ideal base for exploring the many wineries in this bustling Tuscan region.

When it’s time to rest your weary head, a fabulous place to stay is Vila Pilar. With 11 bedrooms and a stunning outdoor area with private pool, this sprawling mansion is great for larger groups. It celebrates the very best of rural Italy, with thermal resorts and medieval villages close by.

Enjoy gentle walks to the village to enjoy fresh baked goods and local wine – a simple delight that many flock from afar to enjoy.

For a memorable stay, Global Luxury Villas offers some of the most exclusive luxury vacation homes in the world. With outstanding customer service and an unrivaled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

SAINT-TROPEZ FOR FOODIES

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The French are known for their love of food and drink with good reason. The French Riviera presents the perfect climate and environment for growing fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as home to a number of wineries and vineyards. It also benefits from its coastal location, with fresh seafood in abundance.

With such a rich combination of local produce, and its jet-set visitors, it’s easy to see why Saint-Tropez is one of top destinations for foodies.

If you’re planning a visit, here’s some foodie-favourites to sample:

Michelin

Michelin Star Dining

With a staggering 66 Michelin starred restaurants in Saint-Tropez, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to five-star dining. From L’Olivier to Le Belrose, and La Table du Mas to La Pomme de Pin, you could choose a new restaurant every night!

However, boasting three-stars, La Vague d’Or celebrates luxury dining at its best, at the Residence de la Pinede. Head Chef Arnaud Donckele is a true alchemist of flavour, using locally sourced produce including great seafood ensembles. For a memorable experience, try the ‘Au Fil Du Temps’ five-dish menu, combining classic favourites with wine pairings. Its outdoor terrace completes the dining experience.

Spectacular Seafood

Spectacular Seafood

Saint-Tropez is a fish-lovers haven, and with so much great seafood on offer, you don’t always have to dine five-star. La Bouillabaisse Plage is the perfect spot to enjoy great food against the sound of crashing waves, with a fillet of sea bream starting from €28. You can enjoy equally great dishes at low key finds like El Mas bar, or the more upscale La Plage des Jumeaux restaurant.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The open-air market of Place des Lices is a fantastic spot to scoop up locally sourced fruit and veg, to enjoy back at your luxury villa rental. Open from Tuesday to Saturday (8am-1pm), you can buy olives by the bucket load, delicious home-made bread, tomatoes in every colour, and freshly made tartes and sweets to make the heart sing!

Villa Jessica

Channel your inner Gordon Ramsay!

There’s nothing quite like home-cooking, and with so much fresh local produce to enjoy, all you need is your own kitchen to conjure up a three-course meal. Luxury vacation homes such as Villa Jessica, are made with get-together’s in mind, offering a modern fully equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as outdoor terrace for dining under the stars!

Wineries

If you’re partial to a glass of rosé, this is the region that produces some of the finest bottles. Take a visit to the family owned estate at Chateau Minuty, which conjures up romantic images of sunny afternoons, glass in one hand. Why not buy a few extra to enjoy back at your villa rental.

Villazzo provides luxury vacation homes in Saint-Tropez and some of the most desirable destinations in the world. Coupled with outstanding service, it provides all the trappings of a five-star hotel, in the privacy of your own villa.

LUXURY FOR LOVERS – TOP TEN ROMANTIC VILLAS IN EUROPE!

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Europe has no shortage of stunning hideaways for romantic rendezvous and starry-eyed lovers. From private breath-taking retreats in Ibiza, to cozy villas weaved in to the tapestry of the Italian countryside, there’s something to suit every luxury need!

So, it’s time to turn the heat up on Europe, as we carefully curate our top ten list of luxury villa rentals for a romantic get-away…

Villa Sabrina

For Dreamy Days and Cozy Nights

Sophisticated décor and elegant surroundings make Villa Sabrina one of Ibiza’s most sought-after luxury villa rentals for lovers. Escape for days or weeks, hiding in the hillside of this magical island. And when you’re ready to resurface, it’s within easy reach of the infamous Blue Marlin beach.

Villa Teresa

For Great Food and Wine

Known for its charm and natural beauty, the luxury vacation home of Villa Teresa is located in Italy’s Montalbano – the land of da Vinci, great wine and local produce. If food is the language of love, then Teresa speaks volumes. Great for romantic walks, late night Chianti’s and natural springs, there’s so much to fall in love with – company included!

Villa Andrea

For Honeymooners

Set in perfectly manicured gardens and hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the world, you’ll never want to leave Villa Andrea. The ultimate secluded get-away, this Saint-Tropez luxury villa rental is designed with an open plan feel, ideal for honeymooners or those wanting to enjoy the comfort of their own company.

Villa Fabiana

For Impressing Someone Special

Whisk that someone special away for a memorable trip to Italy. The peaceful retreat located on the seaside between the towns of Amalfi and Positano is sure to impress, least of all because it’s built in to an eighteenth century building. Complete with plunge pool, private chef (by request) and breath-taking views.

Villa Dahlia

For French Sophistication

It’s hard not to be seduced by Villa Dahlia, with its panoramic views of the French Riviera, a spacious and Provençal style dining area and heated infinity pool. Cozy enough for two couples, why share when you can have the property all to yourself.

Villa Ilaria

For Stylish Pampering

Porto Cervo in the north of Sardinia, is the preferred destination for those seeking luxury vacation rentals, with a stylish twist. Villa Ilaria offers all the right ingredients for an unforgettable trip, including a Jacuzzi and Turkish bath, for all those cozy nights in.

Villa Cynthia

For the WOW factor!

It would be hard to say anything but ‘yes’ to Villa Cynthia, one of Marbella’s top luxury vacation homes, offering everything you could wish for and more. Accommodating up to 20 guests, this is the place to sweep your star struck lover off their feet and dazzle them with your excellent taste!

Villa Calypso

For Falling in Love

Fall in love with Mykonos from the minute you step inside Villa Calypso. With an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and split-level rooms, you can always find a quiet corner to enjoy some time-out.

Villa Camilla

Find your Happy Place

Spend quality time together in the tranquility of this Mallorca farmhouse with its own in-house concierge to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger! Offering sea-views, a private infinity pool and exquisitely landscaped gardens, you may never want to leave.

Villa Tatiana

For Family Fun

Take the kids and enjoy a luxurious countryside retreat at this simply stunning eight-bedroom luxury family home just west of Bordeaux. Made for family escapades, it’s perfectly positioned between the seashore, pine forests and world-famous vineyards, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Global Luxury Villas provides luxury vacation homes in some of the most romantic settings in the world. Coupled with outstanding service, it provides all the trappings of a five-star hotel, in the privacy of your own villa.

EUROPE IN AUGUST – A ROUNDUP OF THE BEST BEACH DESTINATIONS

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Vast and varied, alluring and inspiring – Europe has it all. From vineyards in Bordeaux to historic sites in Germany, from the blissful chill of Ibiza to sailing in the French Riviera. With more than 50 countries to choose from, it may be hard to know where to start your European get-away with a luxury villa rental. Despite it being peak season, August is a great time to visit with many destinations welcoming families, and soaring summer temperatures, perfect for a trip to the beach!

To help select the perfect get-away, we’ve selected four of our favorite European destinations for beach lovers this summer…

Women Overlooking Mykonos

Mykonos

This Greek island might be best known for its luxury villa rentals, however it’s also home to some hidden gems of beaches. Lined with pine trees, covered in golden sand and with plenty of sun beds to hire, Paraga Beach is one of the most popular. It’s also one of the more livelier beaches – expect to hear distant mutterings of Greek music blasting from the local beach bars and cafes! Note – the nearby glamorous ‘Scorpio’ restaurant is the place to see and be seen. For a quieter affair ‘Myrsini’ beach in the north of the island is small and unspoiled, providing the perfect backdrop for soaking up the sun.

Beach Path

Ibiza

The magical island of ‘Evissia’ provides rave and refuge in equal measures. Here, beaches are transformed in to day clubs, with the Blue Marlin and Ushuaia attracting a rambunctious glamorous crowd enjoying the Balearic beats! It’s best enjoyed with your very own Ibiza villa rental to return to, for the ultimate in five-star dwelling. Of course, not all beaches are about the party and the idyllic island of Formentera (accessible by ferry) is a desirable haven with its crystal-clear waters, sand dunes and pine trees.

Beach Promenade French Riviera

French Riviera

Attracting the rich and famous, the French Riviera brings a certain ‘oh la la’ to sunbathing! In Cannes you can expect five-star service at the private Carlton Beach with sky high prices for the privilege while Plage du Midi, just a little further down, offers a more casual family vibe. For an A-list experience though, Paloma Beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat offers exclusivity and privacy, alongside its Chanel-clad clientele!

Puerto Banus Marbella

Marbella

Like your sunbathing with a side of summer tunes and sangria? Then head to Bounty beach and Nikki beach, attracting a young hip crowd. But why stop there when there’s 27kms of coastline to choose from. One of the many outstanding blue-flag beaches to enjoy is Cabo Pinto, or if it’s exclusivity you’re after then Playa Nagueles is a beauty spot worth visiting, best coupled with an exclusive Marbella luxury villa to complete your trip!

So, there you have it, three of the most seductive, exclusive and charming beaches for when you want to escape the city.

Global Luxury Villas provides luxury vacation homes within reach of some of the best beaches around the globe.