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
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
Best for Exploring
Best for After Hours…
Best for Business and Pleasure
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.
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Film stars and royalty, families and friends – Saint-Tropez is an all-inviting destination that must be visited once, and is sure to lure you back time and again.
Put on the map thanks to Brigitte Bardot in ‘And God Created Woman’, visitors trickle in from mid-May onwards. This signals the start of summer for the French coastal town, when temperatures reach 22°, rising throughout July and August.
If you’re thinking of planning a chic get-away with sun, sea, shopping and seafood high on your list, then book early to secure a luxury villa to rent in Saint-Tropez.
Effortlessly fashionable, the French Riviera has long attracted the jet-set community who enjoy the exclusivity of a Saint-Tropez luxury villa. And it’s easy to see why. With plenty of hilltops bathed in trees and greenery, it’s the perfect setting for luxury and privacy.
Saint-Tropez villas offer great variety too. Whether you’re looking for the perfect beachfront villa to soak up the sun, a stylish hilltop retreat for sweeping views, or a charming home-from-home for all the family – there’s something for everyone.
May and June
When Saint Tropez welcomes tourists in May, many come for its glorious but not too-hot temperature. This is also a great time to visit before the bustling crowds embark.
Ideal for a day trip, you may time your visit with the International Cannes Film Festival (18-19 May). Neighboring Cannes is only an hour and half by car, with great bars and VIP parties to enjoy. You’ll be glad of your luxury vacation rental in Saint-Tropez to retreat back to!
There’s plenty of cultural attractions too, from the Exhibition at the Annonciade museum (free entry), to the Spring Music Festival (April – August) in the renaissance cinema.
Pampelonne beach provides the perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming. Be sure to swing by Club 55 or Nikki Beach and do as the locals with an ‘Aperol Spritz’!
You won’t want to miss the ceremony of some grand regatta events, the first of which is Les Voiles Latines Regatta (24-27 May), followed by the prestigious Giraglia Rolex Club (8-16 June). This is a haven for yacht men and women, especially in the Ponche quarter and Old Port.
The French are known for their great food and drink, and this is particularly celebrated in the Côte d’Azur, eating like a king wherever you dine!
Michelin star L’Olivier offers stunning food in its charming garden. Likewise, La Vague D’or has made quite a name for itself serving up culinary seafood masterpieces. Luxury doesn’t have to be five-star though, as Le Kikouiou demonstrates with al fresco dining and hearty pizzas. Alternatively, the Place des Lices is a fantastic market where you can scoop up local produce to enjoy back at your luxury rental villa.
On the note of shopping, the triangle between the Place de Lices, Rue Allard and Rue Gambetta is the place to go for designer shops. Here you can find everything from Louis Vuitton to Chanel. You are in Saint-Tropez after all!
Looking for a luxury vacation home in St Tropez? Look no further, Villazzo curates the finest villas around the globe, coupled with outstanding service for the ultimate luxurious get-away.
Looking for the best St. Tropez hotspots? It goes without saying that Villazzo Founder and CEO, Christian Jagodzinski, has been jet-setting to many different places in the world. Yet, he keeps coming back to Saint-Tropez, not only because of his various business interests there, but also for the beautiful weather (and people!), great restaurants and hot nightlife. We asked him to share his favorite places to hang out, dine, drink and party in this tiny coastal town. Here’s the scoop from someone who really knows the scene.
“Your typical vacation day in Saint-Tropez can be divided into three parts— late lunch, late dinner and late night clubbing.”
Daytime hotspots (from 2pm to 8:30pm)
“Back in the days when I first came to St. Tropez, we still had “La Voile Rouge” with their famous daytime parties and champagne spraying. The owner has since passed away, and the “in” crowd has moved elsewhere: Mainly to Nikki Beach St Tropez, and more recently also to Bagatelle St Tropez.
Nikki Beach St Tropez is still my favorite – it is larger, has a pool as an attractive centerpiece, and better service. Bagatelle St Tropez is smaller and more intimate, and attracts people that know their staff from the New York original.
Both Nikki Beach St Tropez and Bagatelle St Tropez are not just restaurants or beaches; they both live off a party scene popular with the rich and beautiful. Come for late lunch (rarely before 3pm), and be prepared to be hit by champagne showers after 6pm… or arrange them yourself if you dare.
At Nikki Beach St Tropez, my favorites are their daily fresh seafood specials, their large sushi boats, or the “classic” chicken satay, with various chilled glasses of Chateau Minuty’s Rosé et Or. Be sure to try the Pistachio Tiramisu – my favorite dessert in all of St. Tropez.
Of course, there is also the famous “Club 55” without which no visit to St. Tropez would be complete. There’s no loud music or Champagne spraying there – but great fish and the “incontournable” (= must have) vegetable platters for the whole table.
“Brasserie des Arts has re-started the “dine with a DJ” experience after famous “Villa Romana” lost a little bit of appeal due to stricter noise ordinances. Go to dinner just before 11pm – and by midnight you’ll sit amidst loud club music, with the first diners dancing on the tables! Open until 3am every night.
Newcomer L’Opéra St Tropez is equally attractive – located at the port with great views from the terrace of yachts moored in the harbor. Old Nikki Beach management has turned this old Café into the latest night hot spot – with reservations being extremely difficult in the high season. L’Opera (L Opera St Tropez) features nightly shows with flame throwers, exotic dancers and violin players.”
“In a garden of colored lights and over-the-top décor, classic Villa Romana pairs authentic Italian cuisine and serious partying. Order the famous rum cocktail to go with your wood-fired truffle pizza. It’s the priciest of the three, but hey, if you’re still looking at prices, then St Tropez is not the right place for you. I (and other friends) find it less attractive now that they have to turn the music down at 12:30am already as they do not have an automatically closing roof like the competitors.”
“Banh Hoi is a hidden gem of a restaurant down a charming lane away from the bustling port area. The menu showcases Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Dishes to try include tuna tartare, pork sushi, crispy thin pancakes filled with shrimp, and a red or yellow Thai curry with the most amazing coconut rice.”
“There are only three nightclubs in St. Tropez: Caves du Roy, VIP Room, and Papagayos. The latter has become the meeting point for teenagers coming with their parents, so that’s not for me. My favorite is still the oldest, most reputable of the three: Caves du Roy in Hotel Byblos. Even with its 70s décor, it remains a chic club and “the” place to be seen for late night dancing and pre-dawn partying. Famous DJ Jack E with his “Welcome to St. Tropez” interjections knows how to get everyone dancing. The most lavish of the party-goers will end up in ordering wars over the 38,000 Euro “Mathusalem” sized Cristal bottles.
The VIP Room is the alternative option for serious clubbing – with a more contemporary style and a slightly younger crowd. Large video screens and live performances amidst a turning dance floor are simply electric. Modern Mediterranean and Italian cuisine is on offer throughout the night just outside the club, but whatever fuels you, you better be dressed to the nines and ready to dance.”
Christian has also handpicked his Top 10 selection of luxury villas in every price range for you. Trust him for his picks!
The Winter Music Conference is announcing its 29th consecutive year as the largest electronic music event in Miami, Florida! The grand finale to the ten day electronic music extravaganza, is the 3 day long Ultra Music Festival, uniting fans and bands for all across the globe. Spanning almost three decades the Winter Music Conference has brought together some of the world’s greatest professionals in the dance music industry, along with top of the line musical equipment from keyboards to synthesizers and video and light shows that explode across the stage. Founded in 1985 by two former DJs, Louis Possenti and Bill Kelly, this mind blowing event has brought vacationers from all over looking to rent a nice property where they can unwind from the constant visual and auditory stimulation. With Villazzo luxury property rentals you, your friends, and your family can save a bundle by sharing in the magic of Miami from your own private Villazzo villa, you can also enjoy the fun of both festivals free of charge with our complimentary event tickets. This is a chance to be part of a musical revolution that brings in more guests, more amazing musicians, and more excitement to the stage each and every year.
An event not to be missed during the Winter Music Conference is the International Dance Music Awards that features performances from over seventy different countries—in fact, almost forty percent of the people in attendance are not from the United States. The plethora of record producers, high-name equipment companies, famous DJs, and other up and coming performers truly brings in a large and eclectic crowd. If you want to enjoy the fun without any hassle our five-star concierge service at all Villazzo villa hotels will ensure that each guest is provided with everything they need, whether it be transportation to an event or a delectable meal before you leave. In addition the Villazzo Living team will be on board to take care of any luxury maintenance issues that may arise. Your ultimate mission is to simply enjoy everything, and we are here to guarantee your complete and utter satisfaction. Villazzo prides itself by making your stay not only comfortable but memorable as well. There is no better stay than a Villazzo luxury villa!
The Winter Music Conference is about learning, from the people who know it best, what goes on in the electronic music industry. It provides an electrifying (no pun intended) first-hand look through interesting panels and seminars, as well as impromptu performances, what truly goes into creating and glorifying a musical genre that has made its way through the doors of just about every fist-pumping club in Miami. Headlining the three-day Ultra Music Festival will be amazing performers like Showtek, Nicky Romero, and David Guetta. For all you music lovers out there, starting March 21st Miami, Florida is the place to be and Villazzo luxury properties are the place to stay.
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Calling all film lovers…The 31st Miami International Film Festival is finally underway and there is no better way to celebrate the next ten days of films, food, and fun then by renting a luxury Miami property from Villazzo. The Miami International Film Festival dates back to 1983 and throughout the years it has featured a number of stars including famous actors like Andy Garcia and John Leguizamo, ultimate filmmakers like the Coen Brothers who have been responsible for such creations as The Big Lebowski and No Country For Old Men, and Alfonso Cuaron the director of this year’s Oscar winning film, Gravity. The famous screenwriters, directors, and actors can usually be seen meandering around the pre and after parties, red carpet events, and film debuts. This year’s celebrity guests are said to include Mike Myers, Shirley MacLaine, and John Turturro who is receiving a career achievement award, along with many others.
The first film to premiere this year is Elsa and Fred, which features a slew of award-winning actors including Marcia Gay Harding, Chris Noth, and James Brolin. The after party will take place at the elegant DuPont building, where top-shelf drinks will be served from mock bank-tellers along with various gourmet appetizers in order to commemorate Alfred DuPont owner of the Florida National Bank and Florida East Coast Railway. Also, every afternoon at 4pm filmmakers as well as film enthusiasts, along with writers, producers, and press have the opportunity to walk around the gorgeous Zen-like gardens of The Standard Hotel. Stella Artois, one of the festival’s proud sponsors will provide free suds to mingling artists and film lovers, while bow-tied servers keep everyone plump with trays of innovative hors d’oeuvres.
There are 93 feature films taking place this year covering various genres and subject matters. Movies from all over the world can be seen at six uniquely gorgeous theaters around Miami, among these cinemas are the Olympia Theater, Regal South Beach Cinemas, Tower Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema, and Miami Beach Cinematheque. The after party locations are all equally elegant and although many have not yet been released to the public there is still time to get yourself into the Area 31 party at the Epic Hotel or the Pyrat Awards Night Party at the National Historic Freedom Tower. However, if you are the proud renter of a luxurious Villazzo property you may decide to host your own prestigious event with a more intimate gathering of friends and family at your awe-inspiring villa. Enjoying the luxury of Miami is not only about where you go, it is also about where you stay…this year you too can feel like a celebrity by choosing to stay at a magnificent Villazzo Miami villa.
Who doesn’t love a tasty meal and a nice glass of wine? At the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (the nation’s largest wine and food festival) people have a chance to pay homage to some of the world’s most ancient pleasures. Throughout history wine has been an important part of various cultures across the planet. As time went on wine continued to build in popularity as vineyards began sprouting up everywhere. Today wine drinkers are an eclectic breed, they come from all walks of life and every one has a particular set of tastes. You would be hard pressed to find a wine lover that doesn’t have a favorite blend. From February 20-23 the Cabernet drinkers, the Riesling enthusiasts, and the unalterable Merlot fanatics will unite as one in Miami to enjoy endless events based around our love for food, wine, and spirits.
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival initially started as a fundraiser in 1997 and was celebrated for only one day at Florida International University’s North Miami Campus (approximately 450 people attended), but since then it has exploded into a four day celebration filled with culinary celebrities and some of the best wine and spirits from every region around the globe. It was in 2002 that the SOBE Wine and Food Festival truly put itself on the map as an event not to be missed in Miami (over 7000 people were in attendance). In addition to the endless seminars, tastings, and extravagant parties to keep people entertained a New York Magazine food critic was actually hauled away in handcuffs and arrested for disorderly conduct for his abrasive behavior at the Grand Tasting Tent. According to reports he just didn’t want to wait in the long lines and felt entitled to shove his way through. The following year chef Gordon Ramsey made quite a scene at Smith and Wollensky, and turned the tranquil South Pointe Park restaurant into a real-life kitchen nightmare. These unpleasant but devilishly entertaining mishaps went on to prove the theory that there is no such thing as bad press doubling the population of the SOBE Wine and Food Festival for the next year. Now everyone wanted to be a part of the party. As the years went on the SOBE Wine and Food Festival continued to progress—the number of guests kept growing, the celebrities swarmed in, the events became more elaborate, and last year 53,000 people were in attendance. This year is suspected to be even bigger!
The 2014 SOBE Wine and Food Festival’s first event is Moet Hennessy’s The Q sponsored by Miami Magazine. This incredible occasion, which takes place at the Delano Hotel, will include 40 different meals from world-renowned chefs and a visit from the luscious Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models. Other events not to be missed are the Jean-Georges Vongerichten Dinner (part of the New York Times Dinner Series), brunches and lunches like the All Aboard: Backyard BBQ at Sea, late night parties like Cigars and Spirits, and various walk-arounds and tastings like the Whole Foods Grand Tasting. You can also expect to see television chefs like Bobby Deen and Rachael Ray and Food Network favorite Tyler Florence! Come join us this year and make 2014 the best South Beach Wine and Food Festival yet!
|Jeff McInnis via Haute Living|
Visitors flock to Miami for many reasons; sun and sand, art and culture, the vibrant nightlife. If you’re planning a Miami luxury villa rental vacation you have the option of eating in your own state-of-the-art kitchen or venturing out to find your meal in one of Miami’s celebrated restaurants. There are classics–Joe’s Stone Crabs, Nobu, Palme d’Or–and trendier locales, not to mention a variety of different cuisines.
Like in most big cities, in Miami new restaurants from big name chefs are cause for a ton of buzz and anticipation. One such chef is Jeff McInnis, who disappointed many Miami diners when he left his post at Gigi’s earlier this year. Miami’s Top Chef has now been tapped for the new Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, which according to its website, is set to open in Fall 2011 at 16th and Lenox on South Beach. If the restaurant stays on schedule (reports have it opening in September), you’ll be able to give it a try if you head to Miami for your luxury villa rental location in the off-season or in time for Art Basel.
|Five Napkin Turkey Burger – Photo by billwisserphoto.com
via The Miami New Times
Michelle Bernstein is another chef with a high profile on the Miami dining scene. Bernstein’s new offering, Crumb on Parchment, may be laidback but it is attracting well-heeled lunchers and foodies alike. The restaurant on 3930 NE Second Avenue has a café-style vibe, serves all day breakfast and scrumptious options like classic baked goods (delicious chocolate chip cookies) and elevated lunch food (tuna sandwiches served with kimci aioli and spicy pickles). While a luxury villa rental is the perfect place to throw a bash, Crumb is also a site to consider for a private party, especially one where food wrapped in parchment and utensils served up in pails only adds to the charm and ambiance.
Having a cup of coffee brewed in the state of the art kitchen of your luxury villa rental is a great way to the start the day or unwind at night, but where to go for your java fix when you’re out and about in Miami during the day? To answer that question HauteLiving.com has published their picks for the Top Five Coffee Shops in Miami: Café Demetrio, Nespresso, David’s Café, Pasion del Cielo and Versailles. Of the five we’re partial to Demetrio’s gorgeous location and gourmet brews.
And, lastly, if you’re looking for some more casual dining you’ll be happy to know that Miami has been overrun as of late with gourmet burger joints. Take Shake Shack, for instance, which just announced its opening another location in Coral Gables. The Miami New Times recently compared the newly opened Five Napkin Burger (located on Lincoln Road) to BGR the Burger Joint, which is on Miracle Mile. The results? According to the critic Lee Klein, BGR has the better “signature beef burger,” while Five Napkin wins when it comes to turkey burgers. And that’s the beauty of Miami–high or low, luxury or laidback, the city really delivers.
Villa Contenta, seen here, is just one of the gorgeous luxury villa rental options that Villazzo offers for the Miami area. Visit Villazzo.com for information on the different villas available, their unique features, stunning locations and modern amenities.