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.
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).
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Artist’s Rendering of the New Elk Club Restaurant
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.
|The Site of the Elk Club Gondola
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.
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.
– 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.
|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.
|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.