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HOT DESTINATIONS FOR 2019

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

When it comes to scouring all corners of the globe for the hottest destinations and luxury villa rentals, you can leave the hard work to us! Drawing on latest industry trends, A-list tips, and with insight from our team of travel experts, we’ve selected four of the hottest destinations for the year ahead.

Whether you want to; chill by the pool, get back to nature in the country, or bathe in the bliss of the warm Mediterranean breeze, we’ve got it covered.

Gustavia, Saint-Barths
For such a small island, Saint-Barths packs a sizeable punch! Loved for its pristine white beaches, five-star restaurants, St Barths luxury rentals and yacht-filled harbour; it’s a destination that never goes out of fashion. As such it has even been proclaimed the ‘place to be’ in 2019 by Conde Nast Traveller.

It’s an especially perfect time to visit, since the island is up and running with several multi-million renovations, following a brief hurricane a few years back. Play a game of tennis, swim with turtles, or just chill in the comfort of your private pool. Complete with seven bedrooms Villa Liliana is a great place to say, especially convenient for the St Barths Bucket Regatta at Gustavia harbour, between 21-24 March.

Tuscany, Italy
In recent years wellbeing-travel has become popular; combining travel with relaxation, spending quality time with your loved ones, and enjoying the natural beauty of the world. Tucked away in the Tuscan countryside, luxury villa rental, Villa Pilar offers all of this and more. With 11 bedrooms, its own private pool, and luxurious grounds set in the heart of the Italian countryside, it’s a place to enjoy ‘la dolce vita’ at its finest.

It’s easy to get immersed in the slower pace of life here. With endless cultural sights, delightful eateries and cycle routes to discover; all washed down with a local bottle of Chianti for good measure!

Marbella, Spain
Combining the best of luxury living with city beaches, Marbella has earnt a top spot in 2019’s hottest destinations to visit. Growing in popularity, Andalucía received more than 10.6 million guests in 2016, a figure that continues to grow.

On the western coast of Spain, this lively destination has it all; golden beaches, an old town with first-class shops, top-rated golf courses, hidden sculptures by Dali to discover and its famous marina in Puerto Banus.

Go big or don’t come at all; the only place to stay is Villa Cynthia – a sprawling 11-bedroom estate perfectly placed in the hills!

The Riviera, France
It’s hard not to be dazzled by the beauty of the southern coast of France; encompassing the glamourous Saint-Tropez, world-famous Cannes and billionaire’s home of Monaco, some say its reminiscent of Beverley Hills. After all, it boasts a five-star following, luxury villa rentals carved into its hillside, high-end boutiques and enough Michelin-star restaurants to dine somewhere different every night.
The Côte d’Azur is always a trusted destination for unrivalled luxury and class. This year presents another exciting opportunity to visit, with a number of events; from the Monaco Grand Prix (23-26 May) to the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May).

But putting the Riviera firmly on the map for 2019, is the release of the ‘The Hustle’; the highly anticipated remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, filmed – you guessed it – in the South of France!

Villas in St Tropez to rent aren’t always easy to come by, with this being a popular destination, so book in advance. Villa Leslie is one of the most decadent, and authentic places to stay, accommodating up to 16 guests.
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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.

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ITALY VS SPAIN… WHERE TO GO THIS SUMMER?

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

La Dolce Vita versus Vicky Cristinia Barcelona, antipasti versus tapas and pasta versus paella! Spain and Italy may be neighbors, but their offerings are varied. When it comes to luxury villas for rent though, they both offer exceptional standards. Where you decide to go is entirely up to the experience you’re after.

To help you decide, we give the low down of two of Europe’s top spots to visit this summer.

Go for the Food

Both countries have a great love of food, both benefitting from their beautiful climate creating delicious tasting local produce and wines.

Villa Regina

For a love of fresh ingredients as well as pizza, pasta and steak, Italy is best served with a glass of local vino on the side. Tuscany provides the perfect backdrop for your luxury villa rental, with lots to explore in the Chianti region.

Villa Carlora

For something meatier, Spain’s famous tapas serves up a rich mix of chorizos, spicy meatballs, fried fish and patas bravas to name a few. There’s no shortage of local wine or ‘cerveza’ either, it would after all be rude not to try a local Estrella! Each region is known for its own speciality, with so much diversity, you’d may be inclined to extend your stay. If you do, Villa Carlota in Marbella is surrounded by peace and tranquillity in its expansive gardens.

Villa Adele

Soak up the Culture

Neither country is short on heritage and sights, but Italy is home to some of the most famous art and architecture in the world. From the Colosseum in Rome, to Michelangelo’s David statue in Florence. Stay in luxury villa in Sorrento and you’ll be close enough to visit the incredible Pompeii historical site.

From the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Guggenheim in Bilabo and the modern architecture of Valencia. Spain’s cultural sights are endless and plentiful. Gothic architecture with baroque influences, fused with modern design deliver something for everyone.

Villa Livia

Bliss out on the Beach

Glorious weather and coastal shores are a plenty in Spain. The magical Balearic Islands provide the perfect escape for beach life. In fact, it doesn’t get much more exclusive than Villa Livia, a beautiful Ibizan bolthole set in luscious surroundings. It’s also within easy reach of some of the island’s best beaches, including Cala d’Hort and Cala Vadella. Meanwhile, the ultimate beach island of Formentera, just off the coast of Ibiza, demands a visit – least of all for its famous picture postcard views.

Looking to the mainland, Costa Brava is known for its stretches of coasts with turquoise waters, attracting tourists throughout the summer season.

Villa Wendy

Italy is of course known for its lakes, be it Como or Garda. A-listers including George Clooney are huge fans, and as such it attracts a well-heeled visitor. The seductive island of Sardinia, should however not be overlooked. With tens, if not hundreds, of beaches to choose from, it regularly tops the ‘best beaches in the world’ list. Don’t miss out on your luxury villa rental and stay close to the action.

We’ve only skimmed the surface of what these great countries have to offer. However, both are ideal to visit during the warmer summer months, and are well geared towards tourists. Wherever you decide, you can’t go wrong with a trip to two of Europe’s most popular destinations.

Villazzo and Global Luxury Villas provide luxury vacation homes around the globe, including Spain and Italy. Coupled with outstanding service, Villazzo provides all the trappings of a five-star hotel, in the privacy of your own luxury villa.

MARBELLA, MALLORCA, MYKONOS…
WHICH ONE’S FOR YOU!?

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

All good things start with an ‘Mmmm’ and vacations are no exception! Marbella, Mallorca and Mykonos all have one thing in common, and it’s not just the ‘M factor’ – they’re three of the hippest spots to hangout this summer.

Offering something for everyone, with their own distinctive personality, find out which destination is best for you…

Marbella

Marvelous Marbella

Flashy and fabulous, the Costa del Sol has long attracted a jet-set crowd, from its heyday when Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant filmed Charade. Today you’re more likely to rub shoulders with singers, tennis stars and even royalty, who have been known to visit the coastal Spanish resort. While its famous ‘Golden Mile’ attracts a rambunctious crowd, there is serenity to be found in private villas benefitting from the exclusivity of the Sierra Blanca Mountain backdrop. Villa Carlota is one such luxury villa rental accommodating up to 20 guests. This oasis is the perfect place for exclusivity, with a sizeable pool, grand sweeping stairway, sauna and Jacuzzi. The nearby marina of Puerto Banus makes for the perfect evening stroll, where you can moor up alongside the other superyachts!

Famous fans: Sarah Ferguson, Antonio Banderas, Sean Connery, Simon Cowell.

Mallorca

Majestic Mallorca

A small island with a huge personality, Mallorca is known for its azure views, hidden hideaways and some of the best beaches in Europe. Here you can easily get back to nature with rugged mountains and alcoves for exploring, or let nature come to you in one of its many picture-postcard beaches. There’s endless choices for eating out too – islanders are very proud of its great cuisine using local produce. To experience Mallorca at its most majestic though, be sure to book a luxury vacation home, such as the recently renovated 1,300 sqm Villa Pedra estate, for a well-deserved secluded and tranquil break.

Famous fans: Jennifer Aniston, Claudia Schiffer, King Felipe VI & Queen Letizia of Spain.

Mykonos

Magnificent Mykonos

The bustling island of Mykonos is everything you ever dreamed of. Windmills blowing in the warm Mediterranean air, whitewashed walls set against a deep blue sea, and cobble-stone walkways – all coupled with that unmistakable Greek charm! The island comes alive, quite literally to the sound of music, in its summer months, with packed beaches frequented by the young and beautiful. The best way to avoid the hustle, is with your own luxury villa rental. Welcoming to all, Mykonos attracts holidaymakers, fashionistas, wannabees and millionaires, as well as a LGBT crowd. Off-peak the island recharges – this is the time to visit if you prefer a more toned-down Mykonos, without it losing any of its charm.

Famous fans: Grace Kelly, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande.

For spectacular homes at exceptional rates in Marbella, Mallorca, Mykonos and more, visit Global Luxury Villas, part of the prestigious Villazzo group.

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.

FIVE OF THE BEST LUXURY FAMILY VILLAS IN EUROPE

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The long stretch of summer is the most popular time of the year to book a family break. With excitable kids to entertain, Europe ticks all the boxes for the perfect family get-away. For great beaches, delicious food, plenty of cultural sights and blissful weather, look no further.

A happy holiday starts with the perfect setting. Many families opt for a luxury villa for rent, since it provides privacy, peace and quiet and a home-from-home.

Here’s five of the best vacation homes on offer this Europe, available to book now!

Villa Cynthia

First Class Fun

High-rollers won’t feel out of place in Marbella. By day, take your pick of two enormous heated pools (one indoors, one outdoors), or take a stroll to the beach, there’s many to choose from. Conveniently located near the local golf club, and Casino Marbella, there’s plenty to occupy big kids, as well as younger ones! There’s no shortage of family-friendly restaurants either, serving up traditional Spanish food. Or stay in a first-class vacation home such as Villa Cynthia with its huge open-plan professional kitchen, and hire your own chef for a special night in. Situated in the tranquil settings of El Paraiso, the 10-bedroom 10-bathroom sanctuary is the perfect get-away for large families.

Villa Adele

Historic Haven

Ideal for families with older kids that want to explore its rich history, Sorrento in Italy perches high above the cliffs. Take the Amalfi Coast for breath-taking vistas and Michelin star restaurants, or head to Capri and Pompeii for archaeological sites – it’s certainly an enriching place to visit. Base yourself at Villa Adele, to be central to the action. With five bedrooms, its own wooden pizza oven and Jacuzzi pool, it’s no wonder they call it ‘La Dolce Vita’! For an added extra, you can hire your own boat to explore the coast in style.

Villa Perla

Country Chic

Whether you’re here for the surf, sunbathing on the beach, or enjoying walks by the harbour, Saint-Tropez in France is the ultimate all-round destination. Stay in style at Villa Perla – your very own luxury vacation villa. Great for the kids, the luscious grounds offer plenty of space to run around in, with an inviting pool to cool down afterwards! Boasting five bedrooms across two levels, an open plan kitchen and shaded terrace area, it feels like your very own private hotel!

Villa Zalika

Pamper in Porto Cervo

Bathe in luxury and enjoy the finer touches that this fashionable district in Sardinia has to offer. What better way to relax with your loved ones than taking time out in a truly decadent luxury villa rental, with seven bedrooms to enjoy. Its large heated pool is great for children, and its perfect size dining room and lounge offer plenty of room for get-togethers. Despite its remoteness, Villa Zalika is reassuringly close to the local beach, golf club and marina, for fun day’s out.

Villa Raven

Blissful Balearic Bolthole

When all you want is sun, sea and luxury, Ibiza is the island to turn to. In the peaceful area of Cala Cona, you’ll find Villa Raven, an expansive bungalow accommodating up to 12 guests for the perfect extended family stay. Great for young kids, it comes complete with cot beds, and well-tended pathways for strollers. There’s also plenty of shade, as well as a divine swimming pool. A great place to kick back and entertain, the property is complete with a fully equipped kitchen, cinema-quality entertainment in the lounge and an indoor gym. Should you ever want to leave, the local beach is but a stroll away!

For the ultimate family get-away this summer, Global Luxury Villas provides luxury villas throughout Europe.