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DON’T MISS OUT ON MIAMI’S HOT NEW ATTRACTIONS

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

The beauty of beaching in Miami is that you never get bored.

Five-star dining? Check.

Haute couture? Check.

Celebrity-loved attractions? Check!

Miami has it all and then some. This year, numerous new attractions have opened up along Miami Beach. When you stay at one of our Miami villas, we recommend you add these new hot spots to your itinerary.

 

Time Out Market Miami

What’s better than a Miami-exclusive fine-dining establishment? How about 17 superior culinary retreats under one roof? That’s right! Time Out Market is a classy dining arena where even the pickiest of eaters will find satisfaction. The local shops carefully combine local Miami tastes with unique exotic flavors. Bask in the delights of hand-crafted sushi and fresh seafood, or satiate in savory Italian and French cuisine. If you’re residing in the modern Villa Kayla, Time Out Miami is the local eatery of choice for many vacationers.

Candytopia

Willy Wonka who? The candy queen Jackie Sorkin has created the most glorious confectionary wonderland in the sweet lands of Candytopia! Located in the great Aventura Mall, Candytopia celebrates our favorite sugary flavors. You don’t just get a taste of the sweet life, you get to indulge in it like never before. Swim in the marshmallow bathtub or pose with the candy unicorn. However you curb your sweet tooth cravings, make sure you snap it for Instagram.

The Citadel Rooftop Bar

There’s no rooftop bar like the Citadel Rooftop Bar. With a 5,000 square feet open floor plan, an enticing menu, and breathtaking Miami skyline views, it’s no wonder anyone who’s anyone is flocking to visit. The Citadel Rooftop Bar has a grand assortment of weekly events available for clients to enjoy. Choose from live music and entertainment to health and wellness sessions. The Citadel Rooftop Bar is the perfect place to party after lounging at the peaceful Villa Melissa all day.

Museum of Illusions

Experience art like never before. Miami’s Museum of Illusions offers an incredible twist on modern art creations. Artists from all over the world gathered to create mind-blowing optical illusions, drawing inspiration from local art, pop culture, and much more. This world-famous attraction will make its grand debut on December 20th at the iconic Lincoln Road location. Don’t let your Instagram followers down. Visit the Museum of Illusions for something both new and unique.

Oldies but Goodies 

Here at Villazzo, we like to celebrate the old, as well as the new. If you’re visiting the Magic City this season, don’t leave without checking out the hottest Miami attractions.

Our impressive collection of Miami villas are attractions nobody should miss the pleasure of enjoying. Contact a Villazzo representative today to find out more about booking and showings!

MIAMI’S ENTICING NEW DINING ESTABLISHMENTS

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Miami is well-known as the center of fine dining establishments run by world-renowned chefs.  Wherever you go, you can have your pick of five-star mellow restaurants or Michelin-star, high-class dining. The rich combination of diverse eateries makes Miami the perfect go-to for food lovers and is one of the biggest selling points of our Miami villas.


Gregory’s Diner

Gregory’s Diner is the perfect balance between high-class cuisine and an all-American bistro. Accomplished restaurant owners Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya are seeking to extend their success in the dining industry with a homey, yet indulging, all-day American eatery. Executive chef Roel Alcudia’s delectable menu features bona fide continental American cuisine and enticing drinks. Located in the famous Vagabond Hotel, this place is ideal for anyone who loves the vibe of classic diners.


Papi Steak

Papi Steak is all about revamping tradition to your everyday steakhouse, with a contemporary twist. From the upscale dining area to the savory dinner and dessert menus, this refined establishment provides clients the A-list experience, and then some! As soon as you walk in, you’ll be enthralled with the elegant yet edgy design, courtesy of David Grutman, while the astonishing menu of David “Papi” Einhorn will leave you wanting more and more. If you’re relaxing at one of our luxurious Miami villas, head out to Papi Steak right now, located in South of Fifth, Miami Beach.


Le Jardinier

Bringing exquisite French cuisine to the heart of Buena Vista, Miami, Le Jardinier features a modern, futuristic design, with clean lines and an open-space venue, just like our Villa Melissa. Complementing the minimalist layout is the eclectic culinary experience. Every menu item at Le Jardinier is plant-based and seasoned to perfection. Even better, all ingredients used for food production are fresh and sustainably sourced. Elevate your palate with a delectable lunch, dinner, or happy hour special at Le Jardinier.


L’Atelier

You can list this one under haute cuisine. L’Atelier is one of the most refined restaurants available, not just in the flourishing Design District of Miami, where accomplished restaurants compete to be the best of the best, but all over the world. The amazing Joël Robuchon has an impressive 73 Michelin stars associated with his name. That means you can expect L’Atelier to radiate perfection like you’ve never experienced it before. His impressive menu draws inspiration from traditional French cuisine with extraordinary twists exclusive to the Robuchon name. To miss out on this culinary excellency would be a tragedy.

Ready to experience five-star dining? Then you’ll need a five-star vacation home nearby! Villazzo offers luxurious rental villas with unmatched amenities and gorgeous views. Take a look at the available Miami villas below.

Contact a licensed Villazzo realtor to book your vacation home today! 

SAINT-TROPEZ FOR FOODIES

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The French are known for their love of food and drink with good reason. The French Riviera presents the perfect climate and environment for growing fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as home to a number of wineries and vineyards. It also benefits from its coastal location, with fresh seafood in abundance.

With such a rich combination of local produce, and its jet-set visitors, it’s easy to see why Saint-Tropez is one of top destinations for foodies.

If you’re planning a visit, here’s some foodie-favourites to sample:

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Michelin Star Dining

With a staggering 66 Michelin starred restaurants in Saint-Tropez, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to five-star dining. From L’Olivier to Le Belrose, and La Table du Mas to La Pomme de Pin, you could choose a new restaurant every night!

However, boasting three-stars, La Vague d’Or celebrates luxury dining at its best, at the Residence de la Pinede. Head Chef Arnaud Donckele is a true alchemist of flavour, using locally sourced produce including great seafood ensembles. For a memorable experience, try the ‘Au Fil Du Temps’ five-dish menu, combining classic favourites with wine pairings. Its outdoor terrace completes the dining experience.

Spectacular Seafood

Spectacular Seafood

Saint-Tropez is a fish-lovers haven, and with so much great seafood on offer, you don’t always have to dine five-star. La Bouillabaisse Plage is the perfect spot to enjoy great food against the sound of crashing waves, with a fillet of sea bream starting from €28. You can enjoy equally great dishes at low key finds like El Mas bar, or the more upscale La Plage des Jumeaux restaurant.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The open-air market of Place des Lices is a fantastic spot to scoop up locally sourced fruit and veg, to enjoy back at your luxury villa rental. Open from Tuesday to Saturday (8am-1pm), you can buy olives by the bucket load, delicious home-made bread, tomatoes in every colour, and freshly made tartes and sweets to make the heart sing!

Villa Jessica

Channel your inner Gordon Ramsay!

There’s nothing quite like home-cooking, and with so much fresh local produce to enjoy, all you need is your own kitchen to conjure up a three-course meal. Luxury vacation homes such as Villa Jessica, are made with get-together’s in mind, offering a modern fully equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as outdoor terrace for dining under the stars!

Wineries

If you’re partial to a glass of rosé, this is the region that produces some of the finest bottles. Take a visit to the family owned estate at Chateau Minuty, which conjures up romantic images of sunny afternoons, glass in one hand. Why not buy a few extra to enjoy back at your villa rental.

Villazzo provides luxury vacation homes in Saint-Tropez and some of the most desirable destinations in the world. Coupled with outstanding service, it provides all the trappings of a five-star hotel, in the privacy of your own villa.

Saint-Tropez, Summer’s Coolest Hotspot!

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
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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.

Villa Victoria

Chic Sleeps

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.

Nikki Beach

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’!

Le Voiles

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.

 

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Luxury Living

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.

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.