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LUXURY MIAMI – WHERE TO STAY, EAT AND PLAY THIS FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

February is the perfect time to visit Miami. Not just for the weather, it’s the time of year the well-heeled descend to South Beach for two of the most decadent events in the calendar; the Miami International Boat Show and SoBe Wine & Food Festival.

With all the soirees to attend, you’ll want to ensure that you’re staying in the best luxury rental Miami has to offer. Top of the list is Villazzo – a private collection of luxury Miami villas offering unrivalled five-star treatment.

Villazzo offers a premium service, providing the complete luxury of a five-star hotel in the privacy of your own space. From fresh linen and fruit baskets to a fully stocked mini bar and a selection of exclusive wines and cigars, making it a home-from-home with an added touch of sparkle.

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Christian Jagodzinski, President & Founder of Villazzo, said: “Miami is the place to impress and be impressed and we have a selection of the very finest Miami luxury house rentals in the heart of the action this February. We transform each villa to meet the needs of our individual guests, going even further than the best hotels in the world. It’s the only way to experience Miami in style.”

For discerning readers, we have handpicked two of the most high-profile events in the Miami calendar for the month of February. The Boat Show never fails to impress with its elite collection of boats and yachts from around the world, while the Sobe Wine & Food Festival celebrates the greatest local and international chefs, tantalizing taste buds with the finest food and wine pairings.

Wonders of the Water

Decadence is the word when it comes to the International Boat Show, taking place (February 15-19) at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Here’s three super yachts you won’t want to miss…

Grace E Perini Navi

One of the greatest boats on show, the Grace E Perini Navi, is also one of the eco-friendliest. Standing proud at 240 feet tall she features a full spa, wellness deck and state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Showcased by Fraser Yachts, it’s an architectural delight not to be missed (Visit IG, Slip 26).

Mine Games

Crafted by Italian builder Benetti, Mine Games is one of the finest designs. Accommodating up to 12 guests, it’s the ultimate ‘boys toy’ offering a touch and go helipad, baby grand piano and Quantum at Rest Zero Speed Stabilizers to boot. (Visit IG; Slip 1).

Skyfall

At 190 feet tall, Skyfall packs a powerful punch with its sleek sophisticated exterior, finished with an equally elegant interior. With its very own helipad and accommodation for up to 17 guests, it’s no surprise it’s valued at nearly $29 million dollars. (Entrance 2; Brokerage 277-288, 291-299A)

Wine & Dine

Showcasing the greatest culinary delights and masterful dishes from celebrity chefs, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival descends on Miami (February 21-25). From private tastings to late night parties, it’s hard to know where it begins and ends. Which is why we’ve handpicked three of the best events to attend below.

Miami Exclusive Chef – Michael Schwartz

Celebrated local Chef Michael Schwartz teams up with Hawaiian-born and West Coast trained, Chef Ravi Kapur and Chef Derek Dammann from Maison Publique in Montréal, to create a cross-country dining experience, complete with Champagne Henriot. (February 22 at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink)

Miami Hot Spot Wine Tasting – Fontainebleau/h6>

Harking back to the golden days of a bygone era, the ‘Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best’ event is hosted at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Widely considered to be one of the finest wine tasting events of the festival, there are more than 100 wines paired with exquisite dishes from 60 national chefs. From aperitif to dessert, it’s a true celebration of the grape! (February 23 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

Exclusive Kosher Dining

Four of the most coveted names in dining come together to host an exclusive evening of modern middle-eastern cuisine. From Tel Aviv chef Jonathan Borowitz along with local Michael Solomonov, Chef Justin Smillie and Chef Jenn Louis from Portland present a modern family-style feast inspired by local traditions. This event is Glatt Kosher under the strict supervision of Rabbi Chaim Lipskar of The Shul of Downtown Miami. (February 22, Rok Family Shul, Chabad Downtown Jewish Center).

Secure your place

Enjoy Miami as it’s meant – in true style, staying at a Villazzo luxury villa, and let our exclusive concierge book your ticket to these unmissable events. Find out more at Villazzo or Global Luxury Villas.

Discover a world of culinary options with Villazzo

Monday, August 17th, 2015

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Sit back, relax and let us do the work for you. When you rent one of Villazzo’s exclusive luxury villas in Miami, Aspen or St Tropez, we convert it into a 5-star hotel mansion to the finest detail, including the most extravagant in-house dining experiences you can dream of. Villazzo can customize your personal epicurean journey with a “Restaurant at Home” service to cater the most sumptuous breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner menus.

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Service options at your home luxury rental include our “a la carte” service, which offers our guests a full team to use for specific occasions, such as a private dinner party or an unexpected business luncheon. If you prefer for your luxury vacation to be an everyday culinary indulgence, booking a 5-star service level will allow to have your kitchen eight hours a day led by your own full-time professional private chef, who can produce an array of signature dishes – gastronome’s delights incorporating only the best-cut meats, fresh ingredients and seasonal produce.

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If your choice of vacation destination during this month of August and September is Miami, you could skip the popular Miami Spice promotion and luxuriate instead in your own private three-course meal . Villazzo Chef Jason’s personal table is a globally inspired cuisine that will wow you every time with the most sophisticated and intricate dishes. Among current starters is the delicate Florida baby heirloom tomato salad with olive oil pan fried croutons, baby burrata cheese shallots, Brazil pepper chimichurri and minis 8 sherry vinegar. For a main course, delight your senses with entrees such as the fragrant pan seared Hudson valley duck breast with confit fingerling potatoes and broccolini, and a honey ginger gastric. A refined dessert of macha green tea soufflé with lemongrass cream anglaise is also a highlight of this Chef’s original fare.

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With Villazzo’s “Restaurant at Home” you will wine and dine the best of Miami flavor fusion, with a backdrop of the most breathtaking views of the Magic city. To make your stay even more memorable, Villazzo offers you the option to have your bar fully stocked with your own cultivated list of wine and spirits.

 

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)

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“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.

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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.

Dinner

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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.

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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.”

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“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

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“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.

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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!

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Hot New St. Tropez Restaurants to Try on Your 2013 Luxury Villa Rental Vacation

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Summer may seem far off for many of us, but if you’re planning a getaway to a popular destination like St. Tropez it wouldn’t be remiss to start planning now. Not only where to stay–exclusive luxury villa rentals with all the amenities of five star hotels book up quickly!–but what to do during your vacation in the South of France. To that end there are a few new restaurants opening in St. Tropez that you’ll want to keep in mind for your visit including new Alain Ducasse and Georges Blanc hot spots.

Rivea – Celebrated chef Alain Ducasse’s latest restaurant creation is Rivea, which is located at the Byblos Saint Tropez and is slated to open in mid-April. The menu created by Chef Ducasse is very Mediterranean, focusing on local products and heavily influenced by both Italian and French cuisine. The venue itself was designed by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, who have made quite the splash with their vision for the Bulgari Hotel in London, and features everything from coral fabrics to local woods and flickering lanterns for centerpieces. The new Rivea will be replacing the Spoon restaurant at the Byblos.

 

Le Suffren Café – The historic St. Tropez hotel, Hotel de Paris, is set to reopen again this year to much fanfare after a two year renovation. The historical Hotel de Paris is one of the most storied hotels in St. Tropez–it has been around since the 1930s and was the “it” spot in the 1960s and 1970s–and is also in a great location, within walking distance from both the Citadelle and the harbor. While the hotel offers several bars and lounges, the new Le Suffren is what is drawing the most attention. With Georges Blanc as consulting chef the new café is set to offer some top notch French cuisine in a traditional bistro-like setting along with a picturesque landscaped patio.

In other exciting St. Tropez culinary news, Michelin recently gave a third star to Chef Arnaud Donckele’s La Vague d’Or. Trained by the likes of Alain Ducasse, Donckele arrived on the St. Tropez scene in 2004 and received his second star in 2010. Michael Ellis, the international director of the Michelin guides, said in a press release regarding the award:

“Arnaud Donckele’s cuisine
provides diners with a unique, unforgettable experience. His fish dishes are highly original and he has personally sought out local
producers to find the highest quality ingredients.”

If you are hoping to enjoy the summer sun in St. Tropez while dining at hot restaurants like the ones named above, think about a luxury villa rental for your vacation. Villazzo’s VillaHotel options marry the privacy and luxury of a private home with the personalized service and amenities of any five-star hotel.

Three New Miami Spots with Buzz Plus “Guerrilla” Dining

Monday, November 5th, 2012
A few places to consider spending your evenings during your luxury villa rental vacation
Planning a visit to Miami this fall or winter, perhaps to enjoy the sun or experience Art Basel? Whether you’ve decided to stay in a luxury villa rental or not, there are a few new spots on the Miami restaurant and bar landscape that you may want to add to your “must visit” list before your trip. Here are just three of the most buzzed about new additions to the Miami scene:
Cooper Avenue: Billing itself as a “restaurant, bakery, market and lounge that is open early, open late,” this new Miami Beach addition has fashioned itself as a one-stop shopping kind of place. The brainchild of restaurateurs Amir Ben-Zion (Gigi, Bardot) and Shai Ben-Ami, Cooper Avenue was inspired by the markets of New York, something not often seen in Miami. The restaurant at Cooper Avenue serves largely American fair and at the moment is open until 1am if you would like to pop in for a late night cocktail at the  bar. cooperavenue.com
Drumbar Miami: Chicago whiskey lovers are likely quite familiar with the Drumbar in their city, which offers patrons a large selection of single malts and more. The Miami outpost of Drumbar is set to open at the Gale South Beach in December and promises to be a great watering hole for whisky connoisseurs in Miami. The bar is also Miami’s Exclusive Scotch Malt Whisky Society Spot.
Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar: If you prefer rum to whiskey then Paladar is likely the place for you, offering up more than 50 varieties to choose from. The kitchen serves rum-friendly comfort food inspired by the cuisines of the Caribbean, South and Central America, and Cuba by way of Ohio. “Paladar isn’t a traditional Latin restaurant,” co-president Andy Himmel recently told Miami.com. “It’s a new experience.” The restaurant is set to open in the Village of Gulfstream Park in November.
If you’ll be enjoying the beauty and luxury of Miami you may also want to consider a more out of the ordinary dining experience, like the “guerrilla” dining provided by Shelley-belly’s Underground. The concept of this intimate home based supper club is rather simple and, according to Shelley, “details of the event are a closely guarded secret, two days before the event, once your booking has been confirmed you will receive an email with the location details and password – no one gets in without a password.” The suggested “donation” is $65 per head and you’re tasked with bringing your own wine to enjoy the several courses of fresh, local food. shelley-belly.com
Seafood lovers who will be visiting Miami soon–whether staying in a luxury villa rental or a hotel–keep in mind that Florida stone crab season starts the week of October 15. If you’re looking for some great spots to enjoy some fresh fish try Joe’s Stone Crab or My Cerviche.
Photos: Ocean Drive, Miami.com, shelley-belly.com

A Change to Aspen’s Restaurant Scene & Planning Your Winter Luxury Villa Rental Vacation

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

 

Artist’s Rendering of the New Elk Club Restaurant

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Aspen is a great place to visit any time of year, but without a doubt the luxury ski resort’s high season is the winter months. If you’re hoping to enjoy a completely comfortable vacation in a luxury villa rental in Aspen then you’ll also want to think about booking now. As people on the restaurant scene ramp up for the start of the 2012-2013 winter and ski season so too will the options of where to stay fill up fast. One such change to the Aspen scene is the new Elk Camp restaurant being opened by the Aspen Skiing Co. (Skico) and slated to be ready by the start of the winter season. Located close to the Elk Camp gondola the new restaurant will be 14,769 square feet and has been designated as the new hub of Snowmass’ summer operations.

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The Site of the Elk Club Gondola

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The new Elk Club, which has been in the works for the better part of two years and will replace Cafe Suzanne’s, is part of a growing trend that has seen independent ownership of mountain restaurants in Aspen dwindle to just two (Bonnie’s and High Alpine). As Scott Condon of The Aspen Times  (aspen times rentals) notes “on-mountain restaurants have become increasingly important for ski-area
operators. Just as ski areas completed replacing old chairlifts with high-speed
models over the past 25 years, they are now replacing lots of old, worn-out
restaurants with grand, new structures.”

The restaurants don’t just look newer, different, shinier, either. The food experience has also changed dramatically from down home American grub like hot dogs and fries to a much more upscale dining experience. According to Skico, the Elk Club’s menu “alludes to northern Italian cuisine” and will have food that focuses on health and freshness, two big trends in high end Aspen restaurants. The new menu will apparently include speciality sandwiches, pizzas, and rotisserie items, as well as salads, soups, fresh pasta, and gourmet desserts. The Elk Club will not just cater to skiing diners, but the size (capacity for 250 in the dining room, 25 at the bar, 150 on the deck, and 90 seats in an an area for ski school kids) will also make it ideal to host events and receptions.

Villazzo’s Luxury Villa Rental Elisa in Aspen

For those loving the new, even higher end Aspen, then a winter vacation here wouldn’t be complete without the right accommodation. While hotels are nice, the privacy and opulence of a luxury villa rental really can’t be beat. One such luxury villa rental option is the VillaHotel Elisa, located only minutes from downtown Aspen this unbelievable luxury villa includes six bedrooms, a vanishing edge pool, and outdoor seating and entertaining area complete with fireplace. The attention to detail and design on this property really has to be seen to be believed. And while Villazzo luxury villa rentals provide privacy and all the comforts of home, our VillaHotel properties really go above and beyond, combining unbelievable luxury villa rentals with the kind of service and personal touches that far surpasses a traditional five-star hotel.

If you would like to spend part of your winter break, or even Christmas and New Year’s, in an Aspen luxury villa rental then the best time to book is now. Of course, if you can’t wait for winter to enjoy the beauty that is Aspen, fall is a great time to visit too. Not only will you save yourself from the peak season hustle and bustle, but you’ll also get to enjoy the explosion of color that comes on Aspen’s mountains and surrounding areas with the advent of fall.

St. Tropez Restaurants with a View to Try During Your Luxury Villa Rental Vacation

Sunday, August 19th, 2012
St. Tropez is a land of plenty when it comes to luxury, beauty, and all the finer things in life, including food. If you’re planning a luxury villa rental vacation in St. Tropez it won’t be difficult to find great restaurants run by celebrity chefs where you can dine morning, noon, and night. Narrowing down the choices might be more difficult, so why not consider what will be surrounding you while you dine. To that end here are three great St. Tropez spots that offer up million dollar views along with their dishes and drinks.

Les Trois Saisons – A wonderful, dreamy atmosphere accompanies the delicious dishes at this gourmand’s delight. Nestled in a leafy park high above St. Tropez, Les Trois Saisons not only offers fresh and yummy delights–like wild catfish roasted lobster served with truffle–but also unforgettable views of the Bay of Pampelonne below. Chateau de la Messadiere, Route de Tahiti, +33 (0)4 94 56 76 00.

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– The location of this St. Tropez restaurant makes it no surprise that the menu is heavy on fresh seafood, including fish and shellfish. Prepared in the traditional style of the South of France these dishes will tempt your taste buds, while the sophisticated surroundings, eye catching architecture, and breathtaking panoramic views will make your meal one to remember. 1 Rue Portalet 83990 Saint-Tropez, +33 494 972 900.

Kube Restaurant and SkyBar – In season, the views from the Kube Hotel’s SkyBar are not to be missed. Have a cocktail while watching the sun go down or enjoy a DJ spinning tunes after dark. Of course, you can also opt to dine indoors (ask for a table away from the kitchen) or in the garden. Before leaving you may want to check out the ICE Kube Bar on the premises where everything is, quite literally, on ice. 13 Chemin du Rogon de la Valette 83580 Gassin,  04 94 97 20 00.

No matter where you’ll be dining, if you want the ultimate in privacy and indulgence during your St. Tropez vacation think about opting for a luxury villa rental to make your trip complete.

Hot and Delicious Miami Restaurants to Enjoy in 2011-2012

Saturday, November 19th, 2011


Makoto Miami – Photo: billwisserphoto.com

With the vacation season in Miami about to kick into high gear we’re sure many heading South are already considering the age old question of where to eat after a day spent basking in the sun or touring Art Basel. Sure, if you’ve managed to secure an opulent and private luxury villa rental, there’s definitely the option of staying in, but even those with their own butlers and fully stocked kitchens will likely also want to sample some of Miami’s restaurant scene. Here are some suggestions for your days and nights out:

The Dutch – Chef Andrea Carmellini has always drawn on his roots as the son of Italian-Americans when creating his restaurants (like the lauded Locana Verde in Manhattan) and his dishes (Locana specializes in uncomplicated Italian fare). Carmellini’s The Dutch, which first opened in SoHo and is now debuting in Miami, is a little more Americana, a little more comfort food than the chef’s previous ventures. Fans of the original The Dutch will find that the hotly anticipated, now open Miami version incorporates a Southern spin, which includes dishes like oyster sliders and an abundance of pies. 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-938-3000

Makoto – Many looking for a good meal in the Bal Harbour Shops now have another alternative, the refreshing Japanese menu put forth by chef Makoto Okuwa at his eponymous restaurant. Okuwa has taken advantage of the fresh seafood available in Miami by presenting an interesting mix of sushi and sashimi options, along with grilled meats and innovative noodle and rice dishes. Adventurous? Try the “hotate” (live scallops). 9700 Collins Avenue, 305-864-8600

New Look: Morgans on the Beach –
Photo via Miami NewTimes

Morgans on the Beach – Joe Allen’s was a Miami lunch staple and when many regulars found out it was being replaced by Morgans on the Beach they were quite upset, even demanding that certain dishes be kept on the menu (the kitchen staff has largely remained the same). This second outpost for Morgans has proven to be successful–breathing new life and decor into an iconic restaurant. Along with the old favorites, chef Paul Suriel has added new dishes to the menu included pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese, and pizzas. The restaurant also has a respectable cocktail menu that includes a lemon basil margarita. 1787 Purdy Avenue

De Rodriguez Cuba – The newest offering from Douglas Rodriguez, one of the forefathers of New Latin cuisine, De Rodriguez Cuba’s menu is heavily influenced by the fresh seafood available in the ocean nearby. A vacation in Miami isn’t complete without some Latin flavor and Rodriguez’s new offering is definitely gourmet with selections like oxtail in a spicy red wine sauce and chocolate cigars. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-672-6624

Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith – Photo via Ocean Drive

The Villa by Barton G. – If you want a special occasion restaurant in a gorgeously opulent setting, in this case the luxe mansion of the late Gianni Versace, then The Villa is a great choice. It may be difficult for food to stand out amidst such gorgeous surroundings, but the cuisine served up by Jeff O’Neill–including the foie gras ambrosia–certainly manages. 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-576-8003


Thinking of dessert? Try Hedy Goldsmith’s delicious creations at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink (130 NE 40th Street), which include gourmet versions of childhood faves like Oreos and Pop-Tarts, or try Buttercream in Coral Gables (1411 Sunset Drive), where many Floridians flock for the cupcakes.

If you’re thinking of a vacation in Miami this winter consider the gorgeous luxury villa rentals offered by Villazzo — privacy, beauty and five-star service to rival any hotel.

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.

The Hottest Aspen Restaurants for the 2011 Season

Friday, January 21st, 2011
High season in Aspen is moving into full swing, which means the arrival of well-heeled travelers from far and wide who are not only looking to hit the slopes, but to have some fun après ski as well. If you’ve booked a luxury villa rental in Aspen this season–or are thinking of doing so–you’ll likely want to think about where to eat and what to do when you’re not enjoying the great outdoors.
The 2010/2011 season has seen some interesting additions to the Aspen restaurant scene, in addition to the tried and true classics that every traveller to this ski heaven should try at least once.
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Casa Tua Aspen

If you’ve been to Miami, you’ve likely sampled the wares at Casa Tua’s outpost in that city, which is set up in a gorgeous Mediterranean-style house, circa 1925, that is also home to a member’s only club on the upper level. Aspen’s Casa Tua has opened up in the space that once belonged to Ruth’s Chris and Guido’s, and is a sprawling 5,000 square foot, two-story mix of elegant and Aspen rustic.
The menu has definitely taken a page from the Miami original, and chef Sergio Sigalai’s kitchen will be serving food all day. Some delicious dishes you may want to sample include homemade pastas like Tagliolini with crème fraiche and caviar, a whole Branzino that is deboned at your table, and yummy Wagyu steaks served grilled. Mickey Grendene’s club and eatery will definitely be catering to the after hours crowd as well; if you’re interested in a membership the set up is similar to the Caribou Club, with a choice between short and long term options. 447 East Cooper Avenue, 970-920-7277. (more…)