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THE BEST OF MIAMI DURING ART BASEL

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

It’s that time of year again, when the world descends on Miami for its 18th Art Basel event. Between December 5-8, 2019, Miami Beach comes alive to the sound of art lovers, fashionistas and culture enthusiasts, all in search of the next big thing and latest contemporary art on offer.

If you’re one of the 83,000 visitors in search of; art, luxury home rentals and a vibrant party scene, read on. This feature covers all the essentials.

Dwell Well – Luxury Residencies

From luxury villa rentals to mansion rentals, Villazzo offers the best luxury Miami rentals at last-minute notice. Offering seclusion in premium locations, each property comes fully-serviced with a dedicated concierge, as well as; butler, chef and housekeeping at your disposal.

Make the most of your visit with five-star pampering at Villa Sasha. This modern property oozes sophistication with indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and a heated pool. For something bigger, Vila Contenta is one of the largest mansion rentals set within 39,000 sq ft. Ideal for families, it boasts seven sizeable bedrooms with every convenience catered including a games room and library.

If modern living is more your vibe, Villa Vanya brings all the contemporary feels – fully kitted out with a theater and swanky indoor bar.

Just a few blocks from the event in the Miami Convention Center, Villa Siri is conveniently located. This top Miami villa offers stunning views in this prestigious waterfront address.

Touch of Affordable Luxe

For affordable luxury without the fringe benefits, you can simply hire a luxury house rental with Global Luxury Villas.

Larger groups will enjoy the space that Villa Ola affords, with seven bedrooms and plenty of dining spots, ideal for Miami villa get-togethers. While Villa Lori provides a beautiful backdrop for entertaining guests, wooing them with views across Biscayne Bay.

Art Basel Essentials

The Miami Convention Center plays host to the main Art Basel fair, where you can pour over modern masterpieces. Tickets start from $45 and can be booked in advance online.

During the four-day event, be sure to visit its Aqua space in South Beach (December 4-8). This is a popular gathering spot where visitors can rub shoulders with collectors and curators in informal settings.

Equally not to be missed is the critically-acclaimed Scope event (December 3-8). This is where new and emerging artists are discovered. The venue transforms into a club after hours for late night jinx. Held at 801 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, it’s in a bustling part of town, still within easy reach of the best Miami mansion rentals.

Finally, further along Ocean Drive (at 12th street), UNTITLED is worth a visit, presenting exclusive artworks this year from Tom Bianchi and much more.

Dining Out

When it comes to dining out, there’s plenty of options in the city. However, with it being a busy time of year, be sure to make the most of the concierge booking service at your Villazzo Miami villa.

In the heart of trendy downtown, Zuma brings Japanese izakaya dining to the mainstream, with noted chef Rainer Becker.

Just as alluring is Nobu at Eden Roc. Try the famous black cod at this popular Asian fusion restaurant and celebrity hangout. You’re sure to bump into an A-lister or two.

For American cuisine at its best, head over to Barton G, designed to ‘shock and awe’ the senses. This vibrant eatery is always a great place to impress clients or hang with friends, especially over a cocktail.

A final notable mention is much-loved steakhouse, Prime 112. Located on Ocean Drive, it’s a busy spot for those visiting some of the Art Basel events nearby.

Dress to Impress

Of course, Art Basel is also a gathering of people who come to be seen. From your luxury villa rental to designer clothes, this is an event where you’ll want to impress on every level.

Knowing what to wear is always a challenge, especially in the comfortably warm 69°F breeze.

Layers of linen are always advisable for the many different settings you’ll find yourself in. But don’t forget, this is an event that commands artistic flair – so creativity, colour and personality are encouraged.

Creative Ines Figarado favours hand-designed avant-garde costumes, while visitor Diana Boland celebrates high-street chic in Zara.

In terms of designer brands, art collector Matthew Strauss favours Tom Ford. Publicist Molly Krause opts for a mix of everything, from Theory to Sergio Rossi and Hermes thrown together.

Londoner Shevanne Helmer fuses vintage chic with handcrafted Vita Kin and luxe designer Gucci for a bespoke look.  (Taken from Artnet.com)

Art Basel Miami comes once a year, be sure to enjoy it as its meant – in style!

WHY RENT A VILLA FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Holiday time is precious, so when it’s time to unplug, unwind and get away, you’ll want to ensure that every moment is enjoyed to its potential. Which is why many people are turning to luxury vacation homes instead of hotels for their vacations.

Offering unrivalled luxury, a private space to unwind and great value for money, there’s plenty of reasons to make the switch. Still need convincing? Here’s seven good reasons why you might want to consider renting a villa for your next break…

Villa Silvana

Enjoy Privacy

If holidays are about one thing, it’s getting-away. Renting a villa provides the perfect way to escape the daily grind without having to share your space with strangers. A private pool all to yourself, an outside dining space exclusively for your party – and in most cases, no immediate neighbors. Many luxury villa rentals, like Villa Silvana in St Barth’s, offer seclusion and luxury in a hilltop retreat, within easy reach of the beach.

Family with Kids in Pool

Value for Money

Contrary to popular belief, a luxury villa rental can be a great way to enjoy value for money. When you consider the sheer size of the property you have access to, often with added bonuses such as free parking, WiFi, gym access, cable TV and a private pool – the perks add up. If you enjoy self-catering, then it’s also a great way to cut back on expensive hotel food and drink. Furthermore, with the flexibility to check-in and out at your leisure, it makes for a stress-free way to spend a well-earned break.

Villa Rochelle

Great for Groups

Holidaying with a group of friends or extended family? Hotels aren’t always the most convenient way to spend quality time together, with groups often spread out. Luxury vacation homes, however ensure that you can spend time together without compromise. Villa Rochelle in Ibiza, for instance, is a breath-taking property offering 16 bedrooms for larger groups. It comes complete with private pool, gym, dance floor and chill-out tent (yes, chill-out tent!) to create an unforgettable vacation.

Women Shopping

Live Like a Local

The best way to immerse yourself in a culture is to live like a local. This can be hard to do when you’re surrounded by fellow holidaymakers. However, since villas are located in private neighborhoods and highly desirable locations, it’s likely that you’ll get to experience a different side of your destination. It also enables you to shop and dine like a local too!

Businessman

For Business and Pleasure

More and more we’re seeing business travelers bringing their families with them on work trips. Villas provide the perfect ‘home from home’ for families to base themselves, offering areas to work and play, without distraction.

Villa Vanya

Exclusivity

If for no other reason, a luxury villa rental gives you access to the most exclusive properties available. For example, the highly desirable residence of Jungle Island in Miami is home to Villa Vanya, one of the most exclusive properties in the area. It features waterfront views and seven impeccably decorated bedrooms in 10,500 sq ft grounds. It’s as close to a ‘money can’t buy’ experience as you could hope for.

Foodies

Foodie Lovers

Vacation homes are the way to go for foodies. With most properties boasting gourmet kitchens and endless dining spots, inside and out, it’s the ideal way to self-cater, especially enjoyed by larger groups.

Girls by Pool with Staff

Five-Star Treatment

And finally, you don’t have to stay in a five-star hotel to reap all the benefits of luxury. Villazzo offers luxury villas with an in-house concierge service, on hand to meet all your needs. This includes organizing personal touches, from stocking your favorite foods to making bookings and catering to the needs of your guests, and much more.

For an unforgettable vacation, Villazzo offer some of the most exclusive luxury villa rentals in the world. With outstanding customer service and an unrivalled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

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

Saturday, November 27th, 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…)