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BEST SEAFOOD DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

The cuisine in Europe is as diverse as its landscape. From the delicious street food of Greece, to the gelato of Italy, and tapas of Spain. Yet, one common theme you’ll see in most Mediterranean countries is seafood – or ‘fruit de la mer’ as the French like to call it.

With great weather, a proud fishing heritage, and many cities on the coast, it’s a given that seafood would be such a popular choice. Whether you’re planning to sizzle up dishes from your luxury vacation rental, or if you prefer to dine out, be sure to cast your net to these fabulous destinations in Europe.

Those that Cannes

Down in Saint-Tropez, fresh seafood is always catch of the day, and it’s always washed down with champagne! Whether it’s a casual fish soup for lunch, or grilled seabass with frites in the evening, there’s plenty of mouth-watering dishes to sample.

Leave your luxury Cannes rental for an evening stroll to its famous promenade waterfront. Here you will find the great and good mixing, and in typical French style – often over food and wine.

There’s no shortage of restaurants serving up delightful treats either. This includes the newly opened BFire at the infamous Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic. For something more established on the Cannes scene – Le Caveau 30 is a must, as is its bestselling bouillabaisse dish . If the restaurants sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a hit with A-listers, such as George and Amal Clooney, to name but a few…

Marbella

If you’ve heard the saying ‘No carbs before Marbs’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this was anything but a foodie haven. But, you’d be wrong, because Marbella has some of the best restaurants in Spain, including a number of high-end eateries, for its discerning visitors.

The Marbella Club Grill is one such spot, that attracts a well-heeled crowd. With a menu as electric as its atmosphere, it never disappoints. Choose from popular delights such as Slow Cooked Red Prawn to the local catch of the day cooked on the firewood grill.

And, if your Marbella rental is positioned close to the harbour, you’ve lucked out, because there’s endless restaurants in the vicinity. This includes beachside favourites, Soleo Marbella Beach Club and Restaurante La Barca, serving fresh seafood with equally as sizzling views.

Mykonos

Once a sleeping fishing village, Mykonos town still remains a draw to those seeking freshly caught and beautifully seasoned seafood dishes.

Greece is all about discovering family-run tavernas tucked away down cobblestoned alleys, and there’s no place better than the Old Port for it. Kounelas Fish Tavern is one such hangout, where traditional Greek dishes are served without the frills and fuss. Do as the locals and order your meal with a side of lemon, bottle of Keo, and you’ll fit right in!

Or, for a modern Asian-fusion twist, be sure to book ahead at Nobu at the Belvedere, one of the top spots for fine-dining and mixing with the A-list that flock here. The menu is sushi heavy, with a highly impressive cocktail list for all those selfies you’re sure to take.

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YOGA RETREATS AROUND THE WORLD

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

With the recent turn in events, experts predict that we’ll all be seeking out wellness travel much more in the future. So, if getting back to nature, and learning to embrace a slower pace of life is high on your agenda, here’s some yoga destinations to consider, including our pick of Miami, Mykonos and Costa Rica villas.

Regardless of whether you’re an amateur or professional, yoga can be enjoyed just about anywhere. From the sandy shores of Greece, to hillside retreats of Costa Rica and glamour of Miami Beach. Here we delve into three of the best yoga destinations around the world.

Costa Rica
The practice of yoga is about body, spirit and mind, and no destination better embraces all three than Costa Rica. With luscious greenery, world-class beaches and a commitment to sustainable travel, the country is leading the way in progressive vacationing. Find any coastal get-away off the beaten track, and you’re sure to find a preserved part of the world for a spot of morning yoga.

For the ultimate in exclusivity, one of our favorite retreats is Villa Kamala. Not only is this eco-friendly Costa Rica villa hidden in the privacy of the rainforest, but it also comes with its own movement and yoga teacher. Designed around its natural habitat, Kamala offers a zen-like paradise for practicing all those ‘downward dog’ and ‘plank’ moves.

Miami
A city of two halves; one being its bright lights and after hours fun, the other is its wellbeing commitment. There’s endless locations for morning, lunch, or sunset yoga. The golden stretch of Miami Beach is a popular choice, although may enjoy the privacy of their own luxury Miami villa tuning in to remote yoga classes from the comfort of their App. With its own waterfront and dock, Villa Valentina is the perfect choice.

There’s also no end of free yoga classes to enjoy, including Bayfront Park, Coconut Grove and sunrise and sunset classes on Third Street of South Beach. Or, if you prefer inside workouts, then try one of the many world-class yoga studios in the city, including holistic studios – I Am Equilibrium and the Miami Life Center to name a few.

Greece
When it comes to getting back to nature, Greece is most definitely the word! Fresh mountain air, mixed with the sweet scent of orange groves, and pine leaf trees, combine to create a natural oasis for rest and relaxation. Couple this with the gentle lapping of the Aegean Sea, and it’s the perfect formula for a mindful break.

With as many as 227 inhabited Greek islands, you’re spoilt for choice. However, Mykonos is certainly worthy of a visit. Known for its high-end luxury, vibrant beaches and exclusive luxury villas for rent Mykonos, you’ll find yourself right at home.

Do like the A-listers, and tuck yourself away in a luxury villa with a private instructor to come to your door for personal workouts. In the quiet area of Ftelia beach, Villa Calypso is the perfect choice, offering a mesmerizing backdrop for all those yoga moves you’ll be trying out.

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CHURCH ARCHITECTURE AROUND THE WORLD

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

When you think of some of the most impressive architecture around the world, it often falls to historic or religious properties that have stood the test of time. Forget the grandeur of your Costa Rica villa, we’re talking about long-standing buildings that hail back to a bygone time.

From the gothic architecture of Italy, to the ancient ruins of Greece, and all that’s in between, here’s four must-visit destinations for experiencing rich history and culture.

Costa Rica


The architecture of Costa Rica is a veritable feast for the eyes, with breathtaking buildings dotted throughout its vast land. To the north, La Iglesia de Canas presents one of the most striking churches in the central district. Look closely and you’ll see that it’s covered in beautiful mosaic tiles – depicting religious and fable stories. Designed by Otto Apuy, it has become a landmark building in the region.

Nearer to San Jose, the quaint town of Grecia has some of the most memorable properties, many which hark back to the 18th century. This includes Catedral de la Mercedes – a striking red building that pays homage to this gothic era. Venture inside and you’ll find luxurious marbling to rival any Costa Rica villa.

Florence, Italy


Milan may be the capital of Italy, but there’s no question that Florence is its cultural epicenter attracting 15 million visitors a year. Here you’ll find famous museums, renaissance artworks, and Catholic churches that conjure up images of its proud past.

Standing like a beacon it the city skyline, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is one of the largest churches in the region. Indeed, it’s so prominent that you can probably spy it from your villa rental Florence. Built in 1296, and taking a further 140 years to complete you can see why the Italians are so proud of this building, with its Gothic inspiration, finishing touches in bronze and it’s iconic dome.

There’s no shortage of architectural masterpieces in this city – far too many to mention. However, another worthy of your time is Basilica Santa Croce. With its historical significance, swarm of tourists flock here to marvel at its glory.

Zakynthos, Greece


There are hundreds of churches and monasteries in Greece, all with their own unique charm. The paradise island of Zakynthos is a favorite for those seeking culture and beach bliss in equal measure.

Nestled in the south, near prime estate such as Villa Marina, you’ll stumble across Virgin Keriotissa Church. This understated renaissance building is identifiable by its hourly bell dongs, and perfectly encapsulates Greek Orthodox architecture.

It stands in stark contrast to the biggest church in the city – St. Dionysios. Built in 1948, it’s relatively new in terms of Greek architecture, but this doesn’t diminish it’s significance, as it resides over this charming coastal town. The long imposing bell tower is a particular favorite feature to look out for.

France


The French Riviera may be known for St Tropez villas, but it’s also home to incredible architectural feats. The Orthodox church of Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas is certainly one. Russian influence comes through clear, although it remains modern having only been built at the turn of the century. Nonetheless, it has been recognized as a national monument in France. Be sure to take a visit!

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FIVE OF THE BEST FISHING DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Everyone needs a pastime and for some 45.7 million enthusiasts, fishing is it! The popular, relaxing and cathartic sport has been adopted by people of all ages, acknowledging recreational fishing as a wonderful hobby and bonding activity.

With this in mind, we’ve uncovered five of the best fishing destinations around the world. Just be sure to book your luxury vacation rental and yacht in advance during peak season to avoid disappointment.

Florida, USA

The sunshine state of Florida has an extraordinary ecosystem that ranges from the swampy marshes of the Everglades to the coral reefs of Key West.

To enjoy all of these, a luxury villa for rent Miami is the perfect place to base yourself. Choose a Miami villa with its own waterfront and dock, allowing you to set off to the Key West in three hours. The variety of fish here are amongst some of the best in the world, from yellowfin tuna to the elusive blue marlin. Either way, just make sure you pack your camera!

Saint Tropez, France

The 550 miles of the French Riviera coastline make it a favorite for fishing enthusiasts the world over. Go with locals on a fishing excursion and explore the beaches and coves, while hooking in your catch of the day!

For many staying in St. Tropez villas, hiring a private yacht is another appealing option. Pros will particularly enjoy the big game fishing for those comfortable with deep sea waters. Tuna, swordfish and dolphin fish can all be found dwelling here.

Sardinia


The elite destination of Porto Cervo in Sardinia is home to more than just Sardinia villas. It also has some of the most extravagant superyachts in the world, making it a popular choice for offshore fishing.

Here you can expect to haul in impressive loads, including the island’s favorite – bluefin tuna.

The Greek Islands

With some of the oldest (and best) fishing ports in Europe, the Greek Islands are a fishing haven. Mykonos, which started out as poor fishing island, may have reinvented itself as a jet set destination, buts its fishing prowess is ever present.

From the comfort of your villa rental Mykonos, such as Villa Berince, you can hire a private charter out to sea. Here the catch is varied, from John Dory to bream, to local favorite – octopus. From a simple sardine on the barbecue, to gourmet salted fish, do as the locals and savor every bite.

Mallorca

With sea bream galore, the rocky coast of Mallorca is a top destination for fishing aficionados. Hand-in-hand with its other popular pastime – golf – locals and visitors alike are known to dabble in this sea sport of kinds.

The luxury villas for rent Mallorca and giant yachts in the area, tell you all you need to know about the high standard of fishing to expect. From gilthead bream to hake, group and golden seabream, it’s easy to lose a day or two to this much-loved pastime on a visit to Mallorca.

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THE BEST SUSHI RESTAURNTS IN THE WORLD

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Sure, we all know that Japan is home to koi carp and the best sushi and sake in the world. But what about the rest of the globe?

For those that like their sushi with a side of five-star indulgence, and partial to some globe-trotting, we’ve pulled together the top Japanese restaurants around the world.

From the snow-topped mountains of Aspen, to Miami Beach villas, here’s four of the best to whet your appetite…

Sushi and Views in Mykonos
Sun, sea and great hospitality. What’s not to love about the Greek islands? Moor up to your Mykonos luxury vacation rental in your private yacht and enjoy the comforts that this magical island has to offer.

Don’t be mistaken by the small size of Mykonos, as it packs a hearty punch when it comes to dining out. Known the world-over as one of the premium sushi establishments, Nobu makes a welcome appearance. Here you can enjoy sushi rolls with views out to see. Just be sure to order the black cod – its legendary famous dish.

Nobu, The Belvedere, Agiou Ioannou, Mykonos, Greece

Feel the heat in Miami

The party city of Miami has it all, from luxury Miami villas to celebrity dining spots. Wherever you base yourself, you’re never too far from a world-class restaurant. Better still, why not hire a private chef to your villa rental Miami for the ultimate in decadence?

If you decide to venture out, Miami has a whole host of excellent sushi spots. One of the favourites is Zuma, offering contemporary Japanese cuisine.

This internationally renowned name in Japanese dining lives up to its reputation. Amongst delights it offers robata-grilled plates and epic sushi dishes, including; spicy tuna, freshwater eel and freshly rolled Maki rolls. It’s also a celebrity favourite, so keep your eyes peeled too.

Zuma, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

Saint-Tropez Swag

For the well-heeled clientele of Saint-Tropez, where only luxury limos and St Tropez villas will do, five-star cuisine is a prerequisite.

With its privileged coastal position, the French region is overflowing with great seafood restaurants. However, few are as committed to Asian-fusion as Kinugawa. The open air terrace delivers mouth-watering views out to see, best served with a side of sliced tuna on crispy tarts and a cheeky Tokyo mule! Popular in fashion circles and with local hipsters, Kinugawa serves up a feast fit for a king, or catwalk queen.

Kinugawa, Tour du Portalet, La Jetee, 83990, Saint-Tropez

Artful Aspen

It may be a surprise to know that as well as skiers, Aspen is a huge hit with foodies. With sushi served up looking like pieces of art, Marua is the place to go for all your luxury dining requests.

Here fresh sashimi is served alongside sushi rolls and chef specialty lobster dishes to delight. Don’t leave without trying the tuna tataki and avocado mousse, and game-changing salmon infused sake.

Marua, 320 South Mill Street, Aspen

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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!

FINDING ZEN FIVE WAYS – THE BEST GLOBAL RETREATS FOR WELL-BEING

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Vacations can be many things to many people, but top of most holidaymaker’s agenda is finding zen. From the luxury of a Costa Rica luxury rental to reconnecting with your inner goddess in Ibiza and residing in the many breath-taking villas Mykonos has to offer, there’s plenty of places to relax, refocus and refresh.

Here’s five far-flung destinations known for their dedication to zen and well-being:

Costa Rica

The luscious rainforests of Costa Rica provide the perfect backdrop for reconnecting with nature. As such, it has become a popular destination with the ‘well-set’ community, looking for inspirational surroundings and total chill.

Top of the list is a Costa Rica luxury rental like no other in Villa Kamala. Conceptualized by world-famous architects, this pioneering property is set in the heart of tropical forests allowing you to be at one with nature. If that’s not enough, the five-bedroom eco-friendly abode comes with its own personal yogi at your disposal, making this the perfect spot for a weekend away with good company.

Mykonos

Shimmering in the Aegean Sea like a precious gem, the Greek island of Mykonos is perfectly positioned to soak up the sunshine and unspoiled views, in this Grecian paradise.

Of the many stunning villas Mykonos has to offer is the ever charming Villa Kendra. Set in tranquil gardens with its own private pool and sweeping views across the coastline, Kendra is the ultimate in luxury rentals Mykonos. Come here to unwind and reconnect with nature, revitalizing all the senses. The outdoor Jacuzzi is a heavenly spot to unwind as you bask in the delicious heat – great for boosting Vitamin B levels too.

Turks & Caicos

Follow in the sandy footsteps of the rich and famous, many who come to the Turks and Caicos for its tranquility, long stretches of golden beach and luxury villa rentals to escape to.

Villa Trina is one of the prime luxury villa rentals to whisk yourself away to. Surrounded by two acres of pristine landscape and 10,000 sq ft of beachfront, this exclusive property offers a complete retreat which you’ll never need to leave. Complete with a butler, movie theater and private tennis courts, every well-being touch is thought of. A retreat within a retreat, but all to yourself, what’s not to love!

Ibiza

The magical island of Ibiza is known for its hedonistic qualities and rejuvenating properties all at once. If you’re coming to unwind, then Villa Sabrina is a great option, since it’s within easy reach of the beach for all those sunny vibes coming your way!

As far as Ibiza luxury rentals go, this stunning retreat makes is one of the most revitalizing to enjoy. Its spacious private outside space is ideal for lounging back with a good book and glass of herbal tea. With views across the mountains and the unmissable fresh Mediterranean air, it’s hard to do anything but unwind.

Saint Barths

It has long been the go-to destination for the uber-rich, and with good reason; it’s home to some of the best luxury vacation homes in the Caribbean.

One such resort is Villa Violet. An oasis of zen, it hangs off the hillside, offering sublime views of the azure waters below. Every touchpoint and every piece of décor has been designed with relaxation in mind. With a semi-heated infinity pool, serene gardens and a gently flowing fountain, it has all the trappings of a luxury spa, housed within your very own quarters.

 

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BEST PLACES FOR ALL ‘THE DANCE FEELS’ IN EUROPE

Friday, October 25th, 2019

There’s something about sunshine and music that go together like David Guetta and dance tracks! The perfect combination for all your summer feels, it’s time to pack your dance shoes, gather your friends and book a luxury villa rental – summer is calling.

From May onwards, Europe comes alive with the sound of dance music bellowing out of bars, clubs and exclusive parties not to be missed. Looking for inspiration? Here’s some of the best destinations for those wanting to combine beaches with beats…

Chic and Cheerful

The French Riviera has long been known for its A-list clientele, exclusive villas in St Tropez to rent, and jet-set lifestyle. For a taste of the celebrity lifestyle with uplifting tunes, head to Club 55.This beach bolthole has a famous following, from U2 frontman Bono to Elton John and David Furnish. This is the place to soak up beach vibes and dance tunes any time of day. In keeping with French chic style, there’s also an excellent restaurant with a delightful menu.

Not far away, the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel is a prolific spot for schmoozing with the stars. As day turns to night, head to Balinese-inspired club – Baoli, with dance music pumping out of its speakers till dawn, make sure you’re decked head to toe in Prada.

Hands in the Air Hedonism

We all know that Ibiza is where the real party’s at! A place where dance music aficionados rub shoulders with the beautiful people; it’s a mesh of music lovers, party revelers and posing beauties, with a typically Euro crowd.

Start at the unmissable spot of Café del Mar in San Antonia. Come for the sunset, and enjoy the spiritual experience of music and mystique that fills the air.

For die-hard dance fans, ditch the posing terraces of Pacha and head straight for a clubbers-club Space. Better still, seek out the underground bunker of DC10; their legendary ‘CircoLoco’ parties are dedicated to house music lovers, fusing techno tunes with afrojack style beats. Come in full-dance mode – this is where the true Ibiza spirit lives.

When it’s time to carry on the party in private, luxury villa rental Veronica is one of the most sought-after properties on the island. With its own private after-hours club, there’s no need to guess why.

Greece is the Word

Bijou beats and sun-kissed shorelines bring the beautiful people to the Greek islands every summer. Start at Mykonos for all the dance music feels. Seek out a luxury rental Mykonos in the South or West to be close to all its lively spots. These include the infamous ‘Super Paradise Beach Club’ a gay-friendly upbeat club, and Buddha Bar Beach Mykonos where good food and music combine. When it comes to late night partying, VOID is the place to go.

Lesser known for its party spirit, but still keeping the after-hours going, the stunning island of Zakynothos is a fun destination for late-night jinx. Sizzle Club lives up to its name going strong for over a decade now, while Ghetto appeals to a cooler type entirely with hip-hop beats filling the air.

Party all night and sleep all day in your luxury villa rental. Check out Villazzo and Global Luxury Villas, for luxury vacation homes in leading worldwide destinations.

 

LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR WINE LOVERS

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Some destinations need to be tasted to be believed! France, Italy, Greece and Costa Rica, are just some countries high on the list of any self-respecting foodie and wine lover. Yet finding the right luxury villa to rent can in itself be a challenge.

With many of these vineyard retreats hidden in valleys, or nestled deep in the countryside, it can be a challenge to find an accessible destination to visit. That’s why we’ve compiled our list of top destinations for wine lovers, complete with luxury vacation homes within the neighboring vicinity.

Blissful Bordeaux

Arguably, France should be visited at least once if you’re serious about wine. There’s endless regions to choose from, but Bordeaux stands out as one of the most appealing, with plenty of high quality vacation rentals to enjoy.

Blessed with the perfect conditions for flourishing vineyards and with extensive sprawling grounds, the temperate climate of Bordeaux is globally acclaimed for its wine making. Here over 90% of the produce is red wine, made with Merlot and Cabernet, attracting visitors from far afield, any time of year.

The charming coastal town of Arcachon makes the perfect stop-over point for visiting; combining both the local beach, and with links to the great French countryside for wine tasting.

For a truly French experience, a country estate is a prerequisite! With eight generously-sized bedrooms, Villa Tatianna offers a vast luxury vacation home in its chateau-style estate. It’s a wonderful base for exploring the region, without being limited to just one vineyard. Plus, its many facilities make it ideal for larger groups and families too.

Iconic Italy

The Amalfi Coast is home to sweeping views, world-class cuisine, and Villa Adele. Perched on Sorrento’s rugged hills, many come here for a romantic escape and appreciation of its outstanding local cuisine. With local Michelin star restaurants on your doorstep, you may never want to step outside the village. The luxury vacation home is also equipped with everything you could desire for a five-star stay. But if you do venture out, there’s a world of wineries awaiting your arrival; including the renowned Winery De Angelis, half an hour away by car.

For a traditional experience, the coastal village of Monte Argentario in Tuscany is home to Villa Larissa. Appealing to large groups, this seven-bedroom luxury villa rental has its own fully-equipped kitchen for dishing up locally sourced dishes. Hanging off the Italian coast, it looks and feels like an island in itself, however it’s perfectly located for trips to nearby wineries, within easy reach.

Glorious Greece

Mykonos is a lively place for those that love delicious food and drink, with beach life thrown in for good measure! Nonetheless, this small Greek island, does produce a small amount of vino, using native Greek grapes ‘assyrtico’ that offer a rich nutty flavor.

Staying at Villa Kendra you can have it all; glorious sunshine and a pool to dip in to, as well as a 10-minute drive to the ‘Ecologically Vineyard and Winery of Mykonos’.

Charming Costa Rica

While it might be better known for coffee, Costa Rica’s wine region is well worth a visit. Pair this with a stay at Villa Kamala for a truly memorable experience. Set in paradise, this luxury vacation home offers ten-bedrooms in its world-class eco-lodge. Committed to wellbeing, the pioneering design utilizes the natural terrain, to create a zen-like space. There’s plenty of local vineyards to discover, although you’ll need a car to visit them all. Neighbouring Finca Vidor, tends to be very popular with tourists, and much like Villa Kamala, should not be missed!

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