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ARCHITECTURAL STYLES AROUND THE WORLD

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Like all fine art, architecture has evolved with the surrounding culture and technology over time. What started out as functional buildings in ancient Greece, evolved into dramatic, opulent designs featured in Gothic architecture. After all these years, trends have changed again, with simplicity prevailing in modern engineering. With different parts of the world heavily influenced by different eras of art, it’s worthwhile to visit some of the most celebrated architectural styles across the world. 

Baroque

Baroque architecture was prominent in the 1600-1700s, though its lasting influence is evident in modern design as well. When you think of Baroque architecture, picture the Palace of Versailles or St. Peter’s Basilica. Although this style varies from region to region, it is primarily known for being theatrical, with bright colors, irregular shapes, and dynamic composition. Designing a building in this style gives architects the opportunity to experiment with lighting and ornate detailing. Some of the Baroque influences can be seen in the sprawling arches and intricate detail of the Villa Tatiana.

 

Roman 

You know what they say — Rome wasn’t built in a day, probably because its architecture is so complex and refined. Although this style was first born in 400BCE in the grand city of Rome, it continues to grace modern construction, such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Jefferson Memorial, and the White House. Buildings modeled after the Roman style feature exquisite arches and polished vaults, like the Villa Adele located on the Amalfi Coast. Furthermore, this architecture was the first of its kind, introducing basic engineering concepts to the world. 

Greek

The Greeks are among the original inventors when it comes to architecture. Though their engineering skills were not up to par with those of the Romans, their designs have inspired hundreds of generations of architects. The Greeks invented three distinct column styles, also known as orders: the Doric order, the Ionic order, and the Corinthian order. Villa Marina, located on the serene island of Zakynthos, incorporates these iconic columns. 

Postmodern

Postmodern architecture is all about breaking tradition and embracing change. This movement began in the 1960s when many architects were experimenting with design. Known as PoMo for short, it screams, “Anything goes!” There are no confining elements in this style. If it looks wacky, yet radiates an edgy design, it’s PoMo. To get a better idea of this style, visit the Portland Building, the MIT Stata Center, or Villa Grandioso.
 

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THE BEST ISLANDS IN EUROPE

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Europe is home to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. From exotic beaches and distinctive cuisine to diverse cultures and traditions, you can find everything you need here. Visit the continent’s best tropical islands to make your next vacation the best one yet.

Ibiza

Ibiza is where everyone comes to feel forever young and live life to the fullest. Frequently referred to as the party capital of the world, this scenic island offers captivating views, rejuvenating wellness centers, and, of course, world-renowned nightclubs.

To go to Ibiza and not partake in the infamous nightlife is a missed opportunity. Start at the newest addition to the club scene, Hï Ibiza, where celebrated DJs party it up behind the booth. Then, head out to Amnesia, a superclub that’s known for its eclectic mix of house, techno, pop, and Latin music. And end the night in style at the world’s biggest nightclub, Privilege.

When you’re all partied out, head back to your private Villa Rocallisa. With a state-of-the-art hot tub, sauna, and infinity pool, this estate has everything you need to recharge and put your dancing shoes back on.

Mykonos

Mykonos is the idyllic paradise every sea lover is looking for. With crystal blue waters and golden sand, the beaches of Mykonos are simply picturesque.

If you love the thrill of adrenaline running through your veins, you’ll love the abundant choices of water sports and activities Paradise Beach has to offer. Prefer to bask in the sun and get some R&R? Then, head to Kapari beach. A once secluded haven, Kapari is the best place to avoid the large crowds. Most beaches along the Mykonos coast have beachside bars and cafes, providing tourists with the perfect beach day.

To get some downtime from beaching, you can explore some of the island’s many historic sites. Every inch of this quintessential beach town is Instagram-worthy, including the lovely Villa Bernice.

Saint Tropez

There’s no better destination to experience glamour than Saint Tropez. Ever since Brigitte Bardot put the alluring island on the map and in the eyes of the affluent community, Saint Tropez has seen its fair share of beautiful crowds dripping in luxury.

There’s no shortage of attractions and entertainment available in Saint Tropez. Looking to lounge around and perfect your tan lines? Pampelonne and Ramatuelle are filled with private beaches, with Villa Anastasia just a short walk away. Are you more interested in experiencing some of the world’s finest dining establishments? The French-Mediterranean cuisine of the local restaurants will always leave you wanting more. If you’re there for the culture, Saint Tropez is home to many fascinating museums and galleries.

You don’t want to miss out on these tropical wonderlands. Contact Global Luxury Villas today to learn more about the luxury estates available!

SKIP THE SNOW IN FAVOR OF LUXURIOUS BEACH VILLAS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

If you’ve always celebrated a white Christmas, this year could be the perfect time to switch it up with a lavish beach villa made available by Global Luxury Villas. Our favorite tropical vacation locations that will help you escape the cold this holiday season are Miami, Saint Barts, and Turks and Caicos. With high-end homes available worldwide, we’ll make sure you can find a villa to match the value and quality you are looking for.

Miami

Miami is your local taste of paradise. If you’re looking for a beach getaway that’s still close to your friends and extended family, Miami is the perfect destination for you.

Warm weather and charming beaches are not all this beautiful town has to offer. Young crowds love to party it up in the famous Miami nightlife, while families can relax and enjoy five-star dining at local restaurants. Perhaps the most distinguished part of Miami is the Art Deco scene, which is bustling with personality and culture, just like Villa Sonia.

Saint Barts

Lovers of tropical beaches and delectable cuisine will want to make this destination their permanent home. Located on the shore of St. Barts, Villa Silvana is the perfect vacation home to relax in luxury.

Although this hedonistic haven is located on the strip of the Caribbean Islands, its French roots still influence local attractions. St. Barts (Saint Barthelemy if you want to impress the locals) is famous for its breathtaking coastline and beautiful boutique shops. In St. Barts, you will find 14 varieties of beaches to choose from, each with their own unique personality, where you can kick your shoes off and relax with your favorite drink in hand during the day. Once the sun goes down, watch the island come alive in one of the many refined restaurants or lively nightclubs. However you choose to spend your time in St. Barts, you won’t regret it.

Turks and Caicos Islands have long been regarded as the favorite celebrity getaway destination. If you want to live like one of your role models, there’s no better way to do it than renting out Villa Trina.

The crystal clear waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands make this location a haven for beach lovers. With 14 miles of vibrant coral reefs and uncrowded beaches, this is the perfect destination to enjoy a taste of summer in winter.

Are you ready to get away from the cold winter days that are coming up? At Global Luxury Villas, we can help make your dream vacation possible. Whether you’re looking for a destination close to home or planning an extended getaway, Global Luxury Villas has locations worldwide. Live lavish in Miami, Saint Tropez, and Turks and Caicos like all affluent individuals this winter, or choose a location that’s more suited to your needs. View our destination map to find your perfect villa and contact us today to book your luxurious vacation home.

HITTING UP FESTIVAL SEASON IN EUROPE

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

With summer in full swing and festival season upon us, it’s time to think about that long overdue vacation in your very own luxury villa rental. Now
is a great time to visit Europe with its warm weather and plenty of festivals and parties in full swing. From yachting events to classical music performances and party-all-night soirees, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re ready to book your luxury villa rental and jet off in style, here’s some inspiration for things to do, with some of the best festivals over the coming months.

Shine on at Starlight
Marbella manages to effortlessly combine putt-perfect golf courses, Marbella luxury vacation homes and a healthy measure of after-hours fun, making it a top European destination for a ‘vacay’. A favourite festival returning again this summer is Starlight. Bringing some of the best acts from around the world in music, highlights include John Legend on 24 July and Jason Derulo on 13 August, amongst many other stars. Combine this with crystal-clear waters, hiking trails and gastro-delights, and you’ve got all the ingredients required for the perfect holiday.

Party with Pride
The cosmopolitan Greek island of Mykonos is both a chic get-away and party destination all in one. With a proud LGBTQ community, the XLSIOR festival taking place during 21-28 August is one not to miss.

With 30,000 revellers expected to attend this huge dance party, you’ll be wise to book your Greece luxury villa rental in advance.

Sail Away in St Tropez
A festival of a different kind, the Mediterranean waters of St Tropez are ever-popular with the jet-set community. As such, it’s a haven for yacht enthusiasts and the uber-elite, culminating in the annual Les Voiles de St Tropez event. A stalwart in the yachting diary, this event returns again between September 28 and October 6, with plenty of local delights to enjoy.

Villas in St Tropez to rent are snapped up during this time for their privileged views of the waters below, be sure not to miss out and book in advance.

Dance all Day, Dance all Night!
The hedonistic island of Ibiza is one big festival from the opening parties in May, to closing in September. Visit the island during this period and you’ll be bamboozled with the endless soirees, day and night.

Both the opening and closing events are not to be missed. But if you come peak season, then time it around the Ibiza Rocks festival, with live performances and DJ sets. For all the Ibiza feels, the MK Pool Party conjures up the famous Ibiza spirit, running from 8 July until 19 August. After all that partying, you’ll need a luxury villa rental Ibiza to rest and recover!

A Classic Escapade
Not to be outdone by its Balearic partner in crime Ibiza, Mallorca has its fair share of festivals during the summer months. Attracting a sophisticated audience, the Pollenca Music Festival on 7 August brings classical music to a historic venue in the North of the island. Team this with an extended stay in your very own Mallorca luxury vacation home for an authentic experience and magical weekend away.

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

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.

Art Basel, Miami Beach

Monday, November 26th, 2018
Art Basel - Miami Beach

Where in the world do culture, cocktails and beach life collide in such perfect harmony? Miami of course! This cosmopolitan city provides the perfect backdrop to cultural events of all kinds, from the annual Winter EDM Music Conference, to the elite Miami Yacht Show. Yet, it’s the annual Art Basel exhibition that it’s most known for, attracting hundreds of America’s top galleries and art museums, as they showcase modern art in the heart of Miami beach.

Returning this December 6-9, if you’re planning to visit, then it’s time to start thinking about that Miami villa rental, as 2018 promises to be another memorable year!

What is Art Basel?

Art Basel Miami Beach showcases modern art from more than 250 galleries and 4,000 artists. This renowned annual event attracts an international audience, A-list clientele and media attention for its commitment to the arts.

Expect to see contemporary paintings, sketches and drawings, sculptures, photography, 3D and installation art, digital art as well as video art.

Where does it take place?

Art Basel takes place in the Miami Beach Convention Center, in the heart of the city center. Some activity spills out to nearby Collins Park and Soundscape Park too.

What social events take place?

More than just an art fair, the city comes alive when Art Basel comes to town. This means that everything from restaurants to Miami beach luxury rentals, are booked weeks in advance. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

This is a bustling time to visit the city with plenty of parties and pop-up soirees to attend. Official venues tend to be disclosed nearer the time, so keep an eye out in Time Out Miami. However, the Basement at the Miami Beach EDITION, club ORA and Broken Shaker, are some of the most popular hangouts that will no doubt be hosting parties during this exciting time.

Where’s a good place to stay?

With more than 70,000 visitors descending on Miami it’s a busy time to visit. For the perfect trip, luxury rentals in Miami beach are some of the best locations to stay, offering peace and privacy.

Here’s our pick of some of the best Miami mansion rentals available throughout Basel:

Best for Tranquility

Villa Denise | Art Basel

For total chill, Villa Denise is nestled on the peaceful Jungle Island. This waterfront property offers seclusion and privacy if you’re looking to get away from it all. Elegantly decorated with natural tones and enjoying plenty of natural light, this six-bedroom Miami luxury house rental is one of the finest on the island.

Best for Business

Villa Catia | Art Basel
Ideally placed near the event exhibition, Villa Catia in mid-beach is the perfect Miami mansion rental for all the action. This open-plan seven-bedroom estate comes with its own vanishing edge pool, dock for mooring and spectacular bayside terrace enjoying views across the bay.

Best for Exploring

Villa Florence | Art Basel
If you’re teaming your visit with a wider tour of the region, Villa Florence is suitably located in South Miami. This Mediterranean style sprawling property offers nine-bedrooms along with all your home comforts, from a private pool and Jacuzzi to an outside terrace for entertaining guests.

Best for After Hours…

Villa Ola | Art Basel
If you’re looking for somewhere central for all those day (and night) soirees, then South Beach is where it’s at! Within easy reach of all the bars, clubs, golf course, restaurants and beach, Villa Ola serves up seven superb bedrooms in this Moroccan-style mansion. A charming spot to enjoy all the fun that Miami has to offer.

Best for Business and Pleasure

Villa Semira | Art Basel
Close enough to the Art Basel exhibition but far enough from the party scene, Villa Semira offers a blissful waterfront get-away on Biscayne Point. Complete with private dock and four-bedrooms (including a crib for little ones) this single-level property is one of the most family-friendly luxury home rentals in Miami beach.

Art Basel

For more information, or for tickets, visit the official Art Basel website at artbasel.com.

Complete your visit to Art Basel with a Miami luxury house rental through Global Luxury Villas. With a wide selection of high-end properties including concierge services, you’re guaranteed a luxurious stay.

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.

THE INTERVIEW SERIES:
CHRISTIAN JAGODZINSKI – CEO, VILLAZZO

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Christian

In our latest interview series, we’re delighted to provide a rare glimpse into the world of Christian Jagodzinski, founder of Villazzo and widely celebrated tech entrepreneur.

An innovator ahead of his time, Jagodzinski made a name for himself in his early twenties launching ‘Telebook’ – Germany’s first fully automated online retailer. The business was snapped up by Amazon and became Amazon Germany. After working as a Director for Amazon for a while, realizing a need to fulfil his entrepreneurial spirit, Christian took an extended sabbatical to travel the world. It was during this time he discovered an untapped niche in the market; premium luxury villas with all the trappings of five-star hotels, for the ultimate vacation. Bringing his passion for luxury travel together with his technical prowess, Villazzo was born.

Q: You grew up in Germany and now live in Miami where Villazzo is based. This isn’t your typical Silicon Valley start-up, tell us a bit about how you came to reside in Florida?

I’ve always loved Florida, especially Miami Beach. The climate is perfect, it’s a cosmopolitan city with an international vibe and ‘happening’ buzz. It feels like a small resort town with a big city in its backyard! We used to have a small office here already in the late 1990s, long before it became the big international destination it is today. All our workers loved it and still do.

Wherever you stay on South Beach, or any of its islands, you’re only ever minutes away from the water, the hottest restaurants, the beach and shops, as well as just 15 minutes from a major international airport hub. Tell me any other place in the world that has the same great set up?

Q: Sixteen years’ on since it launched and Villazzo is still going strong. How do you keep up with an ever-changing online and travel landscape?

We remain true to our core values that we launched with in 2002. These are to provide a five-star hotel service and management for select top-of-the-line vacation villas.
The business was borne out of my personal frustrations renting high end villas. The service lacked any professionalism, it was just people ‘brokering a deal’ forgetting the crucial human touch required to create a memorable vacation.

Unfortunately, this hasn’t improved with the abundance of online villa booking sites, driven by price while compromising customer service. I fear that we have come to see the same cut-throat price competition in the villa market as we have in the airline industry, where customers are willing to give up luggage rather than pay $25 extra – it’s a short-sighted approach.

You only have to look at the excellent service First-Class customers are given, to understand their loyalty to an airline. Despite fierce competition, premium flyers remain loyal to the provider they receive the best service from. That’s really our approach at Villazzo too. We deliver a First-Class experience to our customers (when booking online or with other agents), and the price difference is well worth it.

Q: Tell me a bit about your day-to-day involvement in Villazzo and what your ‘job’ involves?

At the start, I was very hands-on managing all the day-to-day operations, greeting clients and hand-picking the villas myself. I realized that in order to focus my efforts and expand the business, I needed to grow them team. Last year I was delighted to appoint Hanna Talaie as General Manager, who oversees everything now. I still care passionately about the business and work hard to uphold our high standards, so remain involved at a strategic level in my new role as Chairman.

Q: And what is the most challenging part of your job?

Two things come to mind.

First of all, the technical side (website, app, client service systems) has become increasingly important in recent years. While I have a tech background, it remains a challenge to find good developers that can continue to pioneer.

We invest a lot in new properties, this includes educating home owners on ‘the Villazzo approach’ to client and property management. It’s a skill we’ve honed over the past 16 years, which ultimately leads to a better experience for home owners and guests alike.

Q: Villazzo lists Beyonce and Jay-Z, Madonna and Cristiano Ronaldo among its clients, is it just for the super wealthy?

Villazzo-serviced villas do attract an elite customer, with the $5,000+ a night price tag they come with. Acknowledging this, we recently launched our sister company Global Luxury Villas where prices are much lower, and you have a ‘concierge’ service’ instead of a ‘VillaHotel’ service. This is sufficient for a range of clients, and still much better value than a pure online booking site.

Q: What makes Villazzo stand-out from a five-star hotel, or another luxury villa rental company?

We are completely unique. There is no other villa company in the world that offers the level of care and detail that we do. From our carefully curated list of villas and ‘VillaHotel Transformation’ process, to our dedicated service training. We have a reputation for offering the best properties with unrivalled customer service.

While there are many outstanding hotels in the world, none of them can offer the sanctuary, space and privacy or our large estates at Villazzo.

Q: What’s the most unusual request you’ve had to fulfill from a client!?

This is one of the great parts of the job, where you can really make a difference to someone’s stay.

We’ve emptied and refilled a 140ft pool (it took six days!) to ensure it was untouched. We furnished a complete villa with brand new mattresses costing $4,000 each, and once we even bought a Rolls Royce Phantom at short notice for a client, which we later shipped to his home in Europe!

The most decadent request though, goes to one delightful guest who invited us to redecorate their villa for a quarter of a million dollars – the same value as the villa itself. That was a fun weekend for sure!

Christian in Mykonos

Q: If you had to pick a destination in the world for unrivalled luxury, where would you choose?

One of the perks of the job is that Villazzo is made up of all my favorite destinations; Miami Beach, St. Tropez and Aspen.

It’s hard to choose a personal favorite, but Courchevel in France is my go-to destination for skiing, while Mykonos is quickly becoming one of our worst kept secrets! It’s really blowing up in popularity, making now a great time to visit.

Q: Do you have any insider tips for online rental bookings?

If you can be flexible with timings, you can expect less than half price rates travelling off-peak. The downside though, is that you might miss out on all the action and buzz that make these destinations so great.

Holidays are so important, and so brief, that they should be spent well. I can only advise renting luxury villas with Villazzo’s ‘VillaHotel’ service whenever possible, to guarantee an unforgettable vacation. It’s the main reason why I started Villazzo.

Q: And finally, what’s next for Villazzo?

As mentioned, we recently launched our sister brand ‘Global Luxury Villas’ by Villazzo, to offer concierge-serviced villa rentals around the world. While they don’t come with the full hotel setup and staffing as VillaHotels do, they are more affordable and in a greater variety of destinations too.

We have also opened a Villazzo Investment Fund, to acquire properties with great potential that can make money through VillaHotel rentals in the meantime.