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Our Founder’s guide to his favorite St. Tropez hotspots

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

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)

nikki-beach

“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, and more recently also to Bagatelle.

bagatelle

Nikki Beach is still my favorite – it is larger, has a pool as an attractive centerpiece, and better service. Bagatelle is smaller and more intimate, and attracts people that know their staff from the New York original.

Both Nikki Beach and Bagatelle 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, 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.

Dinner

brasserie

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.

lopera

Newcomer L’Opéra 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 features nightly shows with flame throwers, exotic dancers and violin players.”

villaromana

“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

“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.”

Nightclubs

lescaves

“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.

viproom

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.”

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Celebrate the Winter Music Conference with Villazzo

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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.

The 31st Miami International Film Festival Starts Now!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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.

A Toast to the SOBE Wine and Food Festival!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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!

All That Is Hot and Happening in Miami – Summer 2012

Sunday, July 8th, 2012
The Bazaar Miami

While many think of Miami as the ideal winter getaway, the truth is there is tons to do in this Florida hotspot in the summer too. Just ask the countless European footballers, jet setters, and fashionistas enjoying the Miami sun, surf, and nightlife right now–and there’s no better way to enjoy Miami than with a luxury villa rental. If you’re planning a summer trip to Miami here are a few events and spots you might want to visit:

Restaurants

The Bazaar by José Andrés – Modeled after the successful L.A. restaurant of the same name, Miami’s recently opened Bazaar will feature a menu developed by culinary director and celebrated chef José Andrés. Andrés has been an ambassador for Spanish cuisine in America and has enjoyed success with restaurants like Zaytinya, Jaleo, and China Poblano. The Bazaar marries molecular gastronomy with traditional Iberian fare in a gorgeous space designed by Philippe Starck, definitely a must-visit the next time you’re in Miami. (more…)

Some Hot New Spots in Miami for Winter 2012

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012


Photo via tuyomiami.com

If you’ve booked your luxury villa rental vacation in Miami this winter you’re likely gearing up for a getaway filled with sun and sand, food and vibrant company, as well as some world class cuisine. One option if you’re on the lookout for something new to try on the Miami restaurant scene is Tuyo, the new restaurant from Norman Van Aken that is located about the Miami Dade College’s Culinary Institute. The view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the rooftop restaurant is worth the price of admission alone, but, thankfully, not the only reason to try out Tuyo (“yours” in Spanish). Executive chef Van Aken, officially the Director of Restaurants at MCI, is joined in this endeavour by Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Brana and Sous Chef Travis Starwalt.

Along with the gorgeous space, Tuyo offers a seasonal menu of fresh farm-to-table options. The restaurant features a the $95 Voyager’s Menu, which includes a 5-course dinner (add $60 for wine pairing or “flight”). Of course, Tuyo also offers an extensive à la carte dinner menu that ranges from tapas to a wide variety of fish dishes prepared in a variety of ways (think black grouper served with Serrano ham and avocado or a thick, pan-basted Key West yellowtail snapper). Meats range from barbecued veal chops to pork Havana, and there are vegetarian options such as a well prepared paella. Tuyo is located at the Miami Culinary Institute, Miami Dade College (415 N.E. Second Avenue) – 305.237.3200 (more…)

The 10th Anniversary of Art Basel Celebrated in Miami

Monday, December 19th, 2011


Art Basel Miami 2011 – Photo by Photo by
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images via Yahoo

This month the who’s who of the modern art world, along with a horde of A-listers, jet setters, and famous faces, descended on Miami for the 10th anniversary of Art Basel. The art exhibition has gone a long way to re-energizing Miami’s international image, making the city the place to be in early December and kicking off the Miami high season with a bang. After a whirlwind of exhibits and parties talk is already turning to Art Basel 2012 (December 6 – 9), and now is the perfect time to pre-book your luxury villa rental if you’re planning to be in Miami this time next year.

The 2011 addition of Art Basel Miami was punctuated with a variety of exhibitions from newcomers to more established and well known artists, as well as a whirlwind of parties and promotional events. From November 30th to December 3rd, Miami was the place to be, showcasing work from 260 international galleries. With a reported 50,000 attending, a multitude of private jets touching down at Opa-Locka Airport and big names like the Yankee’s Alexander Rodriguez hosting VIP events it’s safe to say that Art Basel 2011 in Miami was nothing short of a whirlwind. As for the art, which for all intents and purposes is meant to be the real star of the show, reports are that even in this somewhat uncertain economic climate sales were brisk (the majority of the buyers were said to be American, a departure from recent years that saw many from Russia, Brazil and China). (more…)

The Hot Places to Eat and Drink During Your Miami Vacation

Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Everything From Jeff McInnis’ Soon-to-Open Resto to Haute Living’s Top 5 Coffee Spots in Miami
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.

Calling All Art Lovers: Book Your Miami Luxury Villa Rental Now for Winter 2011-2012

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

As we enter the summer high season when many are planning to jet off to luxury villa rentals in St. Tropez or Capri, it’s important to start thinking ahead to winter plans. Luxury villa rentals of the calibre offered by Villazzo–many complete with customized five-star VillaHotel amenities and services–are few and far between and book up fast. While it may seem premature to be talking about December’s Art Basel in Miami when the Venice Biennale just kicked off, if you’re planning to attend you should start thinking about booking your accommodations now to avoid being disappointed.

While Miami is famous for sun and sand, gorgeous vistas and raucous parties, it is also becoming quite the mecca for art in North America. Indeed, Art Basel in Miami Beach is arguably the most prestigious art show in the United States. The sister of the original Art Basel in Switzerland, the Miami version is held in the city’s Art Deco District. Perfect, too, if you’re a sun lover as the exhibition spaces are located quite close to the beach. Art Basel Miami 2011 is being held from December 1st to the 4th and will feature “an exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa [that] will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The exhibiting galleries are among the world’s most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers.” Visit artbaselmiamibeach.com for more information.

A month later, from January 13th to the 16th, the Miami International Art Fair 2012 will be taking place. Having débuted in 2010, MIA has quickly become a contemporary art fair that draws thousands of visitors and VIPs. According to the fair’s website “MIA features contemporary art of all media, including photography, installations and video. The fair also integrates innovative educational art projects – linked to important museums and other art-related organizations. An array of vibrant social activities attract collectors from throughout the US, Latin America and Europe.” Visit mia-artfair.com for more information. (more…)

Is Lincoln Road Miami’s New Up and Coming Area?

Sunday, September 12th, 2010
Those Vacationing in Miami Beach Luxury Villa Rentals May Want to Check Out What All the Fuss is About with 1111 Lincoln Road and its Neighbors

Lincoln Road in South Beach is one of those rare pedestrian-only streets in a city of cars and traffic that reminds one of Barcelona’s tourist-trap Las Ramblas in many ways. Except now several companies, developers, and designers have moved in to rethink Lincoln Road and regentrify the area, producing buildings, stores, and restaurants meant to usher in a new era for the foot traffic on this road. Real estate developer Robert Wennett’s 1111 Lincoln Road is the biggest and showiest of the projects here and seeks to “further Miami’s international prominence as a 21st-century destination for art, commerce, and culture.” While Wennett has managed to pull in several international retailers for his multi-purpose building, it remains to be seen if he will have the same success with Lincoln Road as he has had with his other projects, like the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. If you’re planning a vacation in one of Miami’s luxury villa rentals you may want to head down to Lincoln Road to see for yourself the evolution currently taking place here. (more…)