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The International Boat Show of Miami – Where to Stay and Play

Monday, February 4th, 2019
Miami International Boat Show

The International Boat Show is one of the most anticipated events in Miami’s calendar, and perfect excuse to treat yourself to a luxury Miami villa rental at the same time. Attracting a well-heeled clique of jet set visitors, it returns again between February 14 and 18, 2019.

As one of the busiest times in the city, it’s worth organizing your trip in advance, to make sure it’s VIP access all the way, and you nab one of the top villas in Miami to stay.

If you’re planning to visit, here’s what you need to know.

Miami International Boat Show

What to Expect

Big things – in every respect. This is one of the top events for the global sailing community, with super yachts, sailboats, catamarans and sailing gear to marvel at. Last year attendance was up 7% with nearly 100,000 guests visiting from approximately 35 countries.

To avoid disappointment, tickets are worth buying in advance and start from $25 at miamiboatshow.com

Villa Valentina

Where to Stay

The International Boat Show takes place in Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, which is just below downtown. Villas in Miami are always a great option for small and large groups, offering the right balance of freedom and privacy. Villazzo, offers the best Miami luxury house rentals, with five-star concierge service for your every need.

If you plan to stay close to the venue, Palm Island is a tranquil setting for some respite. Here, Villa Kayla is well suited to families, with five large bedrooms, a stunning pool and views across the bay.

If you’re looking to moor up, then Villa Valentina offers a waterside residence for your superyacht that is sure to impress. With all the trappings of luxury, this six-bedroom luxury Miami villa is one of the most sought after.

Just minutes from the excitement of Miami Beach is Villa Melissa – an elegant four-bedroom property with a private dock.

Nobu Miami

Restaurants & Bars

Much like the exquisite villas in Miami Fl, its food and drink scene is impressive. If you want to soak up the city in all its glory, then a walk down Collins Avenue offers plenty of eateries and bars to swing by.

However, reservations are always advised, especially at this busy time.

For high-end dining, Nobu remains a hip spot for Japanese cuisine at its best; you never know who you might rub shoulders with too. An institution, Joe’s Stone Crab is a stalwart in the city, offering great local seafood dishes. Or, for all-American dining, try The Dutch – also a good spot for brunch.

With plenty of bars, you’re spoiled for choice.

For business meetings in a chic setting, Le Sirenuse is a great venue for discerning visitors. Likewise, The Regent Cocktail Club is a popular spot, slightly more upbeat with a post-prohibition theme and sophisticated cocktails. Another popular joint is Jim & Neesie in Miami beach; expect inspiring cocktails with an equally punchy bar menu.

Champagne Service

Private Member Clubs and After Hours

Within mooring distance of your luxury villa rental, Miami has no end of dazzling clubs for those wishing to party into the night.

Liv at the Fontainbleau is one of the city’s prime nightspots, known for big name DJs and VIP access.

There’s always something going on at Soho Beach House. Restricted to members and their guests, it’s stunning restaurant – Cecconi’s, is also worth a detour.

For high rollers, The Bath Club is one of the city’s most exclusive members-only clubs. If you are a member, or happen to know one, it’s perfectly placed for all the action just off Collins Avenue.

Enjoy Miami as it’s meant – in true style, staying in a luxury villa rentals with Villazzo. With outstanding customer service and an unrivalled portfolio of properties, you’re guaranteed a five-star stay.

THE INTERVIEW SERIES – DAVID SONTAG – SALES DIRECTOR, VILLAZZO

Thursday, July 19th, 2018
David Sontag

In our ongoing series of interviews, we exclusively speak to David Sontag, Sales Director at Villazzo. With more than five years’ experience in the luxury sales industry, David has also worked for The Miami Herald and The Miami Heat, before joining Villazzo in 2016.

Q: Tell us a little about your objectives as Sales Director at Villazzo?

My main objectives are to book homes in each of the destinations we serve, while increasing revenue year on year. This involves finding homeowners that are interested in joining our VillaHotel program, and continuing to keep Villazzo at the front of their minds.

Q: Villazzo is known for its unrivalled vacation rentals in incredible locations. What do you look for in new properties?

We always look for the best homes in the best locations in the destinations we offer, many of which have the ‘wow’ factor. Our reputation means that owners trust us with their homes and work with us exclusively. We enjoy finding likeminded partners that we can build long-term relationships with.

Q: Currently, Villazzo is present in five global locations around the world. Where would you like to see the next destination on the map?

Our customers enjoy being inspired by the luxury vacation rentals we offer. Beverly Hills is a destination with tremendous opportunities for growth, and we’re seeing a demand for homes in the area, so watch this space…

Q: What makes Villazzo unique, that entices your elite clientele back time and again?

It’s all about the high level of service we offer. When a client first contacts Villazzo, it’s because they’ve heard about our concept, and have seen photos of our properties online. But, it’s our five-star service that gives us a real advantage, which is unrivaled and unmatched by anyone.

After we’ve completed the booking process, guests are introduced to our operations team (David & Aleksandra). They work effortlessly to plan the guest’s itineraries, and ensure their every desire is met. Between these two and their in-house teams, they pull out all the stops to make every experience special. Guests leave feeling cared and catered for, and we notice that many return – not just to the same destinations, but others in our portfolio too.

Q: What is more important – great customer service or a great villa location?

They’re both equally as important as each other, but for different reasons. The homes, and their location are often the motivation for guests to get in touch – and what makes us stand out against competitors. However, it’s our five-star service that we’re known for. The service begins during the first initial call and continues even after a guest checks out. Our goal is to make a personal connection from the start. Once a guest arrives and stays with us, it’s the outstanding customer service that gets them to return, and we go beyond the usual expectations to make sure guests are satisfied.

Welcome

Q: You’re extremely well-travelled with a love of luxury – how does this help in your role?

Having a knowledge of luxury, how luxury is defined, and what’s expected from a luxury experience helps define my role. I appreciate that customers want a professional, polite approach, as well as access to some of the best luxury villa rentals.

Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?

We’re often asked to help plan itineraries that create memories that last a lifetime. This is a challenge we love, but can take weeks, if not months of planning.

Q: Have you noticed any interesting trends in the industry at the moment?

The increased demand for private rental homes continues. As travelers look for a more personalized service, this is something we can help with at Villazzo.

Q: Do you have any insider tips for online rental bookings?

Rates tend to be more favorable during mid-week stays. If you have a limited budget, try and look for properties that don’t include a weekend stay.

Q: If you had to pick a destination for unrivalled luxury, where would you choose?

This is personal to everyone’s taste, after all, there is luxury to be found in every destination. For me, it’s a combination of a perfect property matched with five-star service to create a memorable stay.