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A Guide to Cuban Culture in Miami

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

There may be an ocean between them, but there’s only 531km separating Cuba and the sunny coastline of Miami. This, along with the Cuban revolution in the 50s, helped to inspire a generation of natives to venture further afield, many settling into Florida’s golden coast in recent years.

Today, Cuban culture is proudly embedded in Miami life, bringing its food, fun and flair to the bright lights of the city. In this guide we’ll take a look at some of the best spots to visit.

Historical places to visit
Little Havana is the beating heart of this community, with eateries, salsa bars and a bustling street life reminiscent of Havana, oh na na! Leave your luxury Miami villa behind you and immerse yourself in all that’s great about the Latin spirit. Come on the last Friday of every month where local galleries showcase the art scene and this proud vibrant neighbourhood.

As you scour the streets, look out for craftsmen rolling Cuban cigars – a cultural symbol of its community. The Hispanic neighbourhood of Calle Ocho is a great place to soak it all up, head to El Titan de Bronze for some of the best cigars to bring home with you.

Of course, a trip to Miami would not be complete without a visit to some of the landmarks paying tribute to the people of Cuba. This includes the Freedom Tower on Biscayne Boulevard and The Torch of Friendship monument a few blocks away.

The best Cuban eateries in Miami
At the heart of Cuban culture is good times and good company. Food plays such an important role in family life, that its influence on local Miami cuisine has left an indelible mark. The city is well known for its cosmopolitan food scene, with a Cuban flair, and you can even hire in world-class Cuban chefs to your luxury Miami villa rental.

To understand the culture, you first need to understand it’s food scene, starting with a Cuban sandwich. Head to Sanguich de Miami – an institution known for its authentic cooking and street food, just check out their Instagram page for inspiration.

For sizzling steaks and traditional sides, Palomilla Grill is a top dining spot, along with La Carreta. This also happens to be of the longest family-run restaurants in the area, gracing customers with favourites like boliche (pot-roast) and Yuca with Mojo, to satisfy their cravings.

Don’t forget the coffee…
Hand-in-hand with good food is a classic Cuban coffee – one of the most-loved drinks in this city. There’s a whole host of coffee choices, including the punchy espresso to keep those Cuban heels partying all night and a casual leche (milk) version. Puerto Sagua on Collins Avenue is a great call when it comes to sampling this Latino favorite.

Where to party like a Cuban in Miami?
Salsa and Cuba go together like Miami and cocktails. So, when you’re ready for a Daiquiri, or perhaps a Cuba Libre, the Latin Café in Brickell Plaza is a popular choice for the late-night crowd, conveniently near to the plush Miami villa rentals.

But for salsa heaven, head to Ball & Chain in Little East Havana, which has welcomed jazz heroes like Billie Holiday and Chet Baker in the past. Today it remains a throbbing party place with great cocktails to boot.

Finally, just around the corner Los Altos is a tucked away behind a hidden way for those in the know. This speakeasy brings all the luxury villa vibes with its glamourous design and Mexican-inspired walls.

For luxury villa rentals in Miami with five-star service, visit Villazzo.

GET BACK TO NATURE IN THESE FIVE DESTINATONS

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

As the saying goes, the best things in life are free. And recently we’ve all come to realise that the simple beauty of nature is one of the greatest gifts we have.

This has given rise to a growing demand in ‘great outdoors’ holidays and time out in quiet, secluded destinations. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to forgo all the luxuries of modern living. In fact, many of our luxury home rentals are positioned in and near beauty spots, from soothing waterfront villas to eco-lodges in the rainforest.

So, what are you waiting for? Here’s five destinations with nature firmly on the agenda.

Costa Rica
An oasis of charm and beauty, Villa Octavia is the perfect embodiment of eco-living in the great outdoors. This twin-villa estate boasts an open-air living room, outdoor pools and sweeping views to wake up to every day. The location of Mal Pais is known for its achingly beautiful beaches – recently voted one of the best in the world by Forbes.

Bordeaux
As you’d expect from a leading wine-growing region, Bordeaux is drenched in beauty. Its vineyards stretch for miles, offering the perfect playground for adults to get lost in. Come for a walk, come to sample the local produce, or simply come to mooch around its chateaux’s and cobbled roads. Of course, being France’s wine capital, there’s plenty of great wines to knock back, or sip slowly from your Bordeaux luxury home rental.

Aspen
Aspen isn’t just for ski lovers. The chic resort is also a haven for outdoorsy types of all kind. Visit in the summer and you might be pleasantly surprised by the complete change of scenery inviting you to be at one with the world. Hike, bike, trail or kayak – there’s so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to begin.

Tuscany
Where pink sunsets meet green and yellow fields, Tuscany is just as you imagined it would be. The Italian countryside retreat may be home to some of the most recognizable artworks, statues and architecture, but its landscape is equally as enticing.

The countryside is best enjoyed from a Tuscany  luxury villa rental with plenty of room to lounge in. Take your time to discover the sights and vistas at a leisurely pace.

Turks and Caicos
If your idea of reconnecting with the world involves sun, sea and plenty of coral reef, then add the Turks and Caicos islands to your bucket list. This A-list favourite destination is steeped in beauty at every turn. Endless white sand beaches, azure blue waters and luxury villa rentals that you’ll never want to leave.

The scuba here is great, allowing you to discover the peace and tranquillity of its still waters. Why not hire a yacht and make the most of your stay? It’s all about sea life in the Caicos.

Get back to nature and get booking your luxury villa at Global Luxury Villas today.

UNCOVERING THE MOST UNUSUAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Travellers tend to fall in to two categories; those who enjoy the path less travelled, and those who don’t. Whether you’re into luxury vacation homes, or treehouses in the forest, there’s plenty of options for every kind of traveller these days.

So, if your sense of wanderlust takes you to the far-flung, or if you’re keen to uncover alternative attractions on your vacation, read on. In recent years tourism has started to open up and cater to all kinds of interests and trends. Here’s just a few of the most notable and unusual tourist attractions never too far from a luxury villa rental!

Take the slow road…

The rugged unpredictable terrain of Costa Rica makes it a popular destination with those who love the great outdoors. While zip-lining and mountain trekking are typical tourist attractions, why not opt for something more special.

Nestled in the heart of the rain forest, the Sloth Sanctury in Cahuita is a hidden gem, where you can get up close and personal with little critters themselves! When it’s time to retreat, there’s no shortage of Costa Rica luxury rentals to enjoy either.

Invade the streets


Miami luxury house rentals aside, the city is known for its endless sunshine, glorious beaches and glamour galore. It’s also home to a bustling art scene, with galleries and artists dotted throughout South Beach and beyond.

For an altogether alternative experience, join the street art movement! French artist ‘Invader’ has dotted famous space invaders throughout the city. Take a tour by foot as you uncover some of these hidden treats. Plus, if you’re an art aficionado, don’t miss the global Art Deco event every January, or the super-famous Art Basel event.

The ghost town


Ski and snow – that’s what Aspen is best known for. However, tucked away behind its famous mountains and lurking beyond the many Aspen luxury vacation homes to rent is Ashcroft – a famous ghost town. This eerily quiet village was once home to a small community. Today just a few buildings remain to show what was once a flourishing silver mining area. Open during the summer, this is a great place to learn more about the city’s rich history, so to speak.

Step back in time


Just an hour away from the luxury villa rentals of the Amalfi Coast lies Pompeii. This ancient Roman city has been immortalised for all to see, when it was buried in a sheet of volcanic dust in 79AD. In its process, the remains including many people were captured in time, and can be visited for those with a strong constitution!

Chest in time


The smoky mountains and luxury vacation homes of North Carolina have nothing on its most unusual attraction; the world’s largest chest of drawers!

Sitting 40ft tall in ‘High Point’ this extraordinary structure pays homage to the city being the furniture capital of the world. Be sure to look out for the odd-coloured socks hanging out, it’s quite the talking point!

Get extra terrestrial


The white island of Ibiza is known for many things. When you aren’t lounging around your Ibiza villa rental, be sure to make time for one of the stranger experiences on the island.

In Cala Codolar head to a sculpture called ‘Time and Space’. Designed by artist Andrew Rodgers it’s said to have been commissioned to lure UFOs to a luxury landing spot. Taking inspiration from Stonehenge in the UK, the stones are put together in a similar arrangement, lighting up when the sun strikes across it. It’s said to be a magical island after all.

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WHERE TO VACATION FOR ADVENTURE SPORTS

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

If your vacations are all about sun, sea and sports, then there’s a few must-visit locations to add to your travel bucket list.

From the family-friendly parks of Miami to the zip-lining forests of Costa Rica, and the rollicking waves of the French Riviera; it’s time to find a luxury vacation home and book your flights – summertime is calling.

Here’s our top five destinations for adventure sports by type:

First choice for family fun

Miami is a destination that has it all. From some of the best hotel pools, to miles upon miles of golden beaches, it’s all about poolside and seaside vibes.

It’s also a great family-friendly destination, with plenty of sports activities for children of all ages. This includes the famous Flamingo Water Park and teen-favourite Stand Up Paddling.

South Beach is where to go for all your water sports activities, from wakeboarding lessons to surfing, all dependent on the current and conditions. Complete your stay with a luxury villa rental complete with outdoor pool.

Great for sailing selfies

If you like your adventure sports with a cheeky spritzer in one hand, hanging off a designer yacht, the French Riviera is for you! With no shortage of A-list standard

villas in St Tropez to rent, this is the playground for the rich and famous.

Matched by an equally impressive choice of adventure sports, this is the go-to destination in Europe for yachting and powerboating. There’s a number of sailing schools to enrol in, or simply do as the locals and charter a superyacht.

Chill and thrill

When it’s time to chill, the Caribbean is the place to go, with plenty of St Barts villa rentals to choose from. Yet, this doesn’t stop this sleepy island offering plenty of action adventure too!

Thrill seekers can take advantage of the perfect conditions for windsurfing in its Grand Cul de Sac beach. Complete with shallow waters and brisk winds, it’s suitable for every level of surfer. Meanwhile Lorient is the place to go to catch some waves, with a bustling surfing community.

With an equally stunning underwater world, there’s plenty of diving spots too. Check out St Barth Plongee and the Birdy Diving Centre for children and adults alike.

Best for outdoor pursuits

For fun in the forests, zip-lining galore and just simply getting back to nature, Costa Rica has it all. This adventure backdrop has an abundance of outdoor pursuits for all the family to enjoy, especially older children.

If you have a head for heights, the Diamante Superman Canopy Zip Line offers thrilling views of the Guanacaste coast as you fly through the air! Back down to earth, Playa Tamarindo is one of the best surfing destinations on the coast, ideal for all levels of surfer.

If hiking is more your thing, the heady heights of Mount Chirripo make for a thrilling adventure. Just be sure to book a luxury vacation home for the rest and recovery you’ll need!

Villazzo offers a wide selection of luxury house rentals for a five-star get-away. With outstanding customer service and an unrivalled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable stay.

FOUR CLASSIC AND VINTAGE CAR EVENTS IN EUROPE AND USA

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Petrol heads, motor enthusiasts, car lovers, whatever you go by, one thing is for sure – classic, vintage and antique cars are more than just a hobby. They’re a labor of love, a restoration project, a passion.

For the millions of classic car fans in the world, here are four of the best car shows to attend. Hand-in-hand with this glamourous lifestyle is a taste for the finer things in life, like luxury Miami villas. With that in mind, we’ve also handpicked some of the best places to stay, just be sure to book in advance.

The Miami International Auto Show

One of the leading car shows in America, The Miami International returns again 19-28 February 2021. A well-oiled event, so to speak, it has been running since 1971, making it a firm fixture on the calendar.

There’s thousands of new vehicles on show from over 40 manufacturers worldwide, as such, it’s a much-anticipated show with lots of impressive motors to ogle over.

With plenty of private parking spots and its own valet, Villa Grandioso is a top Miami villa to rent, conveniently close to the event at the Convention Center.

For more visit: miamiautoshows.com

The Charlotte AutoFair

When it comes to world-renowned events, the Charlotte AutoFair in USA, is the largest collector vehicle event in the Southeast. With a 35-year old history, this event is all about restoring classic cars.

Showcasing vehicles typically 25 years and older, this also makes it a great place to pick up a spare part for your own vintage car. Plus it’s a chance to meet likeminded others. Taking place every year bi-annually, it’s a popular event with some 150,000 attendees making the journey out.

If you’re planning to make a weekend of your trip, be sure to book up one of the luxury North Carolina villas such as – Villa Hilary, a 100-mile journey away.

For more, visit: charlotte-autofair.com

The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique

Held every other year in Monaco (usually in May), the Grand Prix is a unique event celebrating racing cars from a bygone era.

The spectacular motorsport hosts more than 180 Grand Prix cars across seven grids, as they tear up the streets of Monaco. For petrol heads, it’s simply unmissable!

In keeping with the luxury vibes, Villa Fanya in Cannes is just 34 miles to Monaco. This luxury St Tropez villa comes with its own dreamy terrace and private pool, making it secure spot for parking your vintage wheels.

For more, visit the official website here.

Le Mans Classic, France

A world-famous race, Le Mans Classic is one of the most famous classic car events. Le Mans keeps its air of exclusivity by showcasing models that competed between 1923 and 1981.

This spectacular race allows qualified drivers to compete on the 24 Hours of Le Mans layout, with 500 racing cars divided into six grids.

Complete your visit with a trip to the stunning vineyards of Bordeaux, there’s plenty of luxury Bordeaux villas in the area, including favourite Villa Tatiana.

For more, visit: lemansclassic.com

Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas in a selection of leading destinations around the world.

FIVE LUXURY SPA DESTINATIONS FOR REJUVENATION

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Sometimes you just need a little rest and recovery. So, when it comes to a much needed vacation, a spa destination is the ideal choice for all the chillout feels.

From fully-kitted out luxury vacation rentals to award-winning spas, here’s five luxurious spa destinations for inspiration.

Awesome Aspen


With its high peaks and fresh alpine air, outdoor living is what Aspen does best. With wellbeing so high on the agenda, there’s a smattering of spas and sanctuaries in the main town, in between Main Street and the mountain’s edge. Here you can relax and let your body aches melt away, before hitting up the slopes.

Catering to a high-end clientele, there’s also a number of luxury villa rentals in the area. Many of these have first-class facilities, such as Villa Kelsey which has an indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, private gym and swimming pool to help you relax and unwind.

Take a break in the Turks and Caicos


As far as luxury retreats go, the Turks and Caicos island is conducive to all things restorative. Sink back in your luxury vacation rental and enjoy soothing sea views from the comfort of your private abode. If you’re looking for a touch of pampering, there’s plenty of first-class destinations for spa treatments. This includes the revered
Regent Palms Spa, famed for its Oriental Essence Ceremony and side-by-side massages for friends and couples.

Beautiful Bordeaux


On the western coast of France, the beautiful valleys of Bordeaux lend themselves to the perfect escape. Here you will find natural beauty at every turn.

Treat yourself to a luxury villa rental and explore the widen region at your leisure. You’re also well placed to visit Les Sources de Caudalie – one of the top spa destinations in the world, as awarded by Conde Nast Traveller. This five-star chateau boasts its own natural hot springs filtered with rich minerals. Plus, there’s state-of-the-art treatment rooms that will lure you in.

Chillax in Mykonos

Mykonos may have a reputation as a party island, but for those in the know, there are many hidden gems to explore. This includes more than 20 independent spas on the south west coast alone. Of these, the Anax Spa offers hammam treatments, and The Six Senses Spa is known for its Aegean style rejuvenating body treatments.

Make the most of the stunning scenery and tranquillity from the backdrop of your very own luxury villa rentals. In the chilled out Elia Beach, Villa Kendra is one of the most sought-after luxury vacation rentals, not just because of its enviable position, but also owing to its dedication to wellness. This includes a private landscaped garden featuring a large pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Mediterranean sea – pure bliss.

Far-flung Florence


Romance, culture and natural springs; that’s what you can expect from a trip to Florence. Hidden throughout this popular Italian city are a number of spa and wellbeing centres to enjoy. Luxury villa rental – Villa Teresa, is perfectly placed to soak this all up. It’s just minutes from the natural springs and Grotta Giusti – a world-famous natural spa. Guests visit from all over the world, making it one of the most sought-after spas. After all that you’ll need a glass of local wine to round the day off!

Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas in a selection of leading destinations around the world.

SKIP THE SNOW IN FAVOR OF LUXURIOUS BEACH VILLAS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

If you’ve always celebrated a white Christmas, this year could be the perfect time to switch it up with a lavish beach villa made available by Global Luxury Villas. Our favorite tropical vacation locations that will help you escape the cold this holiday season are Miami, Saint Barts, and Turks and Caicos. With high-end homes available worldwide, we’ll make sure you can find a villa to match the value and quality you are looking for.

Miami

Miami is your local taste of paradise. If you’re looking for a beach getaway that’s still close to your friends and extended family, Miami is the perfect destination for you.

Warm weather and charming beaches are not all this beautiful town has to offer. Young crowds love to party it up in the famous Miami nightlife, while families can relax and enjoy five-star dining at local restaurants. Perhaps the most distinguished part of Miami is the Art Deco scene, which is bustling with personality and culture, just like Villa Sonia.

Saint Barts

Lovers of tropical beaches and delectable cuisine will want to make this destination their permanent home. Located on the shore of St. Barts, Villa Silvana is the perfect vacation home to relax in luxury.

Although this hedonistic haven is located on the strip of the Caribbean Islands, its French roots still influence local attractions. St. Barts (Saint Barthelemy if you want to impress the locals) is famous for its breathtaking coastline and beautiful boutique shops. In St. Barts, you will find 14 varieties of beaches to choose from, each with their own unique personality, where you can kick your shoes off and relax with your favorite drink in hand during the day. Once the sun goes down, watch the island come alive in one of the many refined restaurants or lively nightclubs. However you choose to spend your time in St. Barts, you won’t regret it.

Turks and Caicos Islands have long been regarded as the favorite celebrity getaway destination. If you want to live like one of your role models, there’s no better way to do it than renting out Villa Trina.

The crystal clear waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands make this location a haven for beach lovers. With 14 miles of vibrant coral reefs and uncrowded beaches, this is the perfect destination to enjoy a taste of summer in winter.

Are you ready to get away from the cold winter days that are coming up? At Global Luxury Villas, we can help make your dream vacation possible. Whether you’re looking for a destination close to home or planning an extended getaway, Global Luxury Villas has locations worldwide. Live lavish in Miami, Saint Tropez, and Turks and Caicos like all affluent individuals this winter, or choose a location that’s more suited to your needs. View our destination map to find your perfect villa and contact us today to book your luxurious vacation home.

FINDING ZEN FIVE WAYS – THE BEST GLOBAL RETREATS FOR WELL-BEING

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Vacations can be many things to many people, but top of most holidaymaker’s agenda is finding zen. From the luxury of a Costa Rica luxury rental to reconnecting with your inner goddess in Ibiza and residing in the many breath-taking villas Mykonos has to offer, there’s plenty of places to relax, refocus and refresh.

Here’s five far-flung destinations known for their dedication to zen and well-being:

Costa Rica

The luscious rainforests of Costa Rica provide the perfect backdrop for reconnecting with nature. As such, it has become a popular destination with the ‘well-set’ community, looking for inspirational surroundings and total chill.

Top of the list is a Costa Rica luxury rental like no other in Villa Kamala. Conceptualized by world-famous architects, this pioneering property is set in the heart of tropical forests allowing you to be at one with nature. If that’s not enough, the five-bedroom eco-friendly abode comes with its own personal yogi at your disposal, making this the perfect spot for a weekend away with good company.

Mykonos

Shimmering in the Aegean Sea like a precious gem, the Greek island of Mykonos is perfectly positioned to soak up the sunshine and unspoiled views, in this Grecian paradise.

Of the many stunning villas Mykonos has to offer is the ever charming Villa Kendra. Set in tranquil gardens with its own private pool and sweeping views across the coastline, Kendra is the ultimate in luxury rentals Mykonos. Come here to unwind and reconnect with nature, revitalizing all the senses. The outdoor Jacuzzi is a heavenly spot to unwind as you bask in the delicious heat – great for boosting Vitamin B levels too.

Turks & Caicos

Follow in the sandy footsteps of the rich and famous, many who come to the Turks and Caicos for its tranquility, long stretches of golden beach and luxury villa rentals to escape to.

Villa Trina is one of the prime luxury villa rentals to whisk yourself away to. Surrounded by two acres of pristine landscape and 10,000 sq ft of beachfront, this exclusive property offers a complete retreat which you’ll never need to leave. Complete with a butler, movie theater and private tennis courts, every well-being touch is thought of. A retreat within a retreat, but all to yourself, what’s not to love!

Ibiza

The magical island of Ibiza is known for its hedonistic qualities and rejuvenating properties all at once. If you’re coming to unwind, then Villa Sabrina is a great option, since it’s within easy reach of the beach for all those sunny vibes coming your way!

As far as Ibiza luxury rentals go, this stunning retreat makes is one of the most revitalizing to enjoy. Its spacious private outside space is ideal for lounging back with a good book and glass of herbal tea. With views across the mountains and the unmissable fresh Mediterranean air, it’s hard to do anything but unwind.

Saint Barths

It has long been the go-to destination for the uber-rich, and with good reason; it’s home to some of the best luxury vacation homes in the Caribbean.

One such resort is Villa Violet. An oasis of zen, it hangs off the hillside, offering sublime views of the azure waters below. Every touchpoint and every piece of décor has been designed with relaxation in mind. With a semi-heated infinity pool, serene gardens and a gently flowing fountain, it has all the trappings of a luxury spa, housed within your very own quarters.

 

Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas to rent in a selection of leading destinations around the world.

HOT DESTINATIONS FOR 2019

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

When it comes to scouring all corners of the globe for the hottest destinations and luxury villa rentals, you can leave the hard work to us! Drawing on latest industry trends, A-list tips, and with insight from our team of travel experts, we’ve selected four of the hottest destinations for the year ahead.

Whether you want to; chill by the pool, get back to nature in the country, or bathe in the bliss of the warm Mediterranean breeze, we’ve got it covered.

Gustavia, Saint-Barths
For such a small island, Saint-Barths packs a sizeable punch! Loved for its pristine white beaches, five-star restaurants, St Barths luxury rentals and yacht-filled harbour; it’s a destination that never goes out of fashion. As such it has even been proclaimed the ‘place to be’ in 2019 by Conde Nast Traveller.

It’s an especially perfect time to visit, since the island is up and running with several multi-million renovations, following a brief hurricane a few years back. Play a game of tennis, swim with turtles, or just chill in the comfort of your private pool. Complete with seven bedrooms Villa Liliana is a great place to say, especially convenient for the St Barths Bucket Regatta at Gustavia harbour, between 21-24 March.

Tuscany, Italy
In recent years wellbeing-travel has become popular; combining travel with relaxation, spending quality time with your loved ones, and enjoying the natural beauty of the world. Tucked away in the Tuscan countryside, luxury villa rental, Villa Pilar offers all of this and more. With 11 bedrooms, its own private pool, and luxurious grounds set in the heart of the Italian countryside, it’s a place to enjoy ‘la dolce vita’ at its finest.

It’s easy to get immersed in the slower pace of life here. With endless cultural sights, delightful eateries and cycle routes to discover; all washed down with a local bottle of Chianti for good measure!

Marbella, Spain
Combining the best of luxury living with city beaches, Marbella has earnt a top spot in 2019’s hottest destinations to visit. Growing in popularity, Andalucía received more than 10.6 million guests in 2016, a figure that continues to grow.

On the western coast of Spain, this lively destination has it all; golden beaches, an old town with first-class shops, top-rated golf courses, hidden sculptures by Dali to discover and its famous marina in Puerto Banus.

Go big or don’t come at all; the only place to stay is Villa Cynthia – a sprawling 11-bedroom estate perfectly placed in the hills!

The Riviera, France
It’s hard not to be dazzled by the beauty of the southern coast of France; encompassing the glamourous Saint-Tropez, world-famous Cannes and billionaire’s home of Monaco, some say its reminiscent of Beverley Hills. After all, it boasts a five-star following, luxury villa rentals carved into its hillside, high-end boutiques and enough Michelin-star restaurants to dine somewhere different every night.
The Côte d’Azur is always a trusted destination for unrivalled luxury and class. This year presents another exciting opportunity to visit, with a number of events; from the Monaco Grand Prix (23-26 May) to the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May).

But putting the Riviera firmly on the map for 2019, is the release of the ‘The Hustle’; the highly anticipated remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, filmed – you guessed it – in the South of France!

Villas in St Tropez to rent aren’t always easy to come by, with this being a popular destination, so book in advance. Villa Leslie is one of the most decadent, and authentic places to stay, accommodating up to 16 guests.
Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas in a selection of leading destinations around the world.

Where the rich and famous spend their time in Europe

Monday, July 8th, 2019

PLAYGROUNDS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS IN EUROPE

Europe is a continent that has it all; cooling Mediterranean breezes, world-class ski resorts, luxury villa rentals, beautiful golden beaches, endless marinas for yachts and party islands renowned the world over.

Known for their five-star lifestyle, the rich and famous have exquisite taste when it comes to a well-deserved vacation. Inspired by their favourite European destinations, we’ve compiled a billionaire bucket-list that is simply unmissable!

Saint Tropez, France

From Kate Moss and Leonardo di Caprio, to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco, you never know who you might bump in to in Saint Tropez.

This French coastal town is known for its decadent lifestyle, boutique shops and extravagant parties. If you don’t own a countryside mansion here, the next best thing is to rent a luxury villa in St Tropez, or do like Simon Cowell and board your private $73 million yacht!

Oozing with glamour and irresistible old-world charm, Villa Anastasia is the perfect hideaway, hidden in the charming hills of Ramatuelle (also home to the world-famous Pampelonne beach). Closer to the action Villa Leslie serves up the right amount of coastal charm and privacy, in this highly desirable eight-bedroom property dangling above Cannes.

The Alps, France

While America has Aspen, Europe has the Alps. Offering great conditions for ski and snow during the winter months, Courchevel is known to be a billionaire’s ski row, also dubbed ‘Saint Tropez on Snow’!

And it’s easy to see why. Catering to high rollers, there’s no less than eight Michelin star restaurants in the area and plenty of mountain bars for a touch of Apres Ski. It’s impressive ski resort ‘Les Trois Vallées’ is one of the best in the world, where you’re no-one without a Gucci onesie – take note!

Complete your stay in vacation home Villa Layla which recently underwent a €1,000,000 renovation. With breath-taking views over the Dent du Villard, there’s a lot to take in, literally!

Ibiza

Up the tempo and head to the magical island of Ibiza, to see how the other half live. Aside from its well-publicised clubbing scene, Ibiza rentals are some of the most impressive you will find in Europe. It’s one of the many reasons it attracts an elite crowd, including; Cristiano Ronaldo, Paris Hilton and David Guetta who all own luxury villas here.

Complete the playboy lifestyle and stay a Villa Rochelle which was named the most “luxurious and exclusive villa” on the white isle by Conde Nast Traveller. With its supersize clifftop pool, and eight en-suite bedrooms split across four floors, it’s another league of luxury.

Mallorca

The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is still small with just 870,000 people living here. Yet its appeal is wide reaching – popular with CEOs and celebrities alike who moor up to its marina and bathe in its sun-kissed beaches.

Enjoyed by food and wine lovers, as well as those who appreciate the great outdoors, there’s plenty to see and do here, or simply relax and do nothing at all. There’s lots of places to discover by foot, bike and of course – superyacht!

Hollywood royalty (Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas) and traditional royalty (King Juan Carlos) have all been known to visit, staying in some of the top vacation homes on the island.

If you can’t beat them, the only way is to join them! A stay at Villa Pedra is everything and more that luxury dwelling should be, set in a renovated estate in tranquil surroundings.

But like all things on this island, you’re never too far from the neighboring village, and is stunning beach, making this a great choice for a five-star getaway.

Global Luxury Villas offer luxury villas in a selection of leading destinations around the world.