Soaking up Mykonos Culture

February 25th, 2022

The glamourous island of Mykonos must be visited at least once. With a party scene to rival Ibiza, the exclusivity of St-Tropez, and some of the finest villa rentals in the Mediterranean, it’s a popular vacation choice for those with discerning taste.
Steeped in Greek culture, there also lots to enjoy outside of its stretches of golden beach, and throbbing night life. This includes a vibrant food scene, delightful markets and a chic café-bar culture.

Here’s how to enjoy the full cultural experience.

Local scene

Growing in popularity since the 60s, this one-time fishing village, is today known as the most exclusive of all the Greek islands. Its mix of luxury Mykonos villas, hip restaurants, and cool beach bars adding to its charm.
Visit outside of peak season though, and you’ll find a very different island. One that is sleepy and quiet, with a close knit-community feel. And because it’s the gateway to the nearby ruins of Delos, it remains a popular destination all year round.
Much like all the Greek islands, locals are warm and friendly, with excellent hospitality skills. Food is central to family life here, so a visit to a local taverna is a must on a night out from your villa rental.

Indulge in fresh seafood and mezze dining, with local delights such as kopanisti (a spicy cheese), louza (cured meat) and a fabulously comforting Kremidopita (creamy onion pie) on offer. Cinnamon, nuts and honey feature heavily in local cuisine and best celebrated in the local dessert ‘Melopita’ – a kind of honey pie finished in crispy pastry. This is best washed down with a class of local Ouzo or Raki – take note; these spirits are not for the faint-hearted and have been known to leave a lasting effect on lesser trained palettes! In other words, proceed with caution.

Early riser foodies should head down to the waterfront early doors, where local fisherman sell fresh seafood, alongside farmers offering up fresh fruit and vegetables, reminding you of the simple delights of Greek cuisine.

Local Customs and Traditions

Mykonians are proud of their heritage, and celebrate local feasts and religious events to keep their much-cherished traditions alive. As a visitor, this may not be immediately apparent, but if you visit any of the local churches, especially on Saint Days or key religious events, you’ll be privy to these customs.

Churches as decorated in all-white, with candles, flowers and basil on show to create a fragrant welcome. Most events are marked with small feasts that often take place with families cooking up homemade meals to be shared with friends and neighbours. Many of the luxury Mykonos villas have state-of-the-art kitchens, as well as outdoor dining facilities, if you decide to follow suit.

Just some of these religious festivals include; The Virgin Mary of Tourliani, Agios Haralambos and Agia Anna. Alongside good food, good music can be enjoyed with local musicians bring their violins and drums to the streets!

Celebrity fans

It’s no secret that Mykonos attracts a roll call of stars, in no small part thanks to the former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who visited in the 60s with her husband and international entrepreneur Aristotle Onassis. Since then, the island has welcomed A-listers, from Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor, to today’s stars such as Leonardo di Caprio, Ariana Grande and Bella Hadid. When not entertaining at their swish Mykonos villa rentals, you can find A-listers hanging out at Nobu, Caprice Bar, or docked in their superyacht at Tourlos marina.

Made in Mykonos

Finally no trip to Mykonos is complete without picking up some local produce. The locals are known for their craft skills, utilizing gem stones and turning them into bespoke jewels. Visit any of the cobbled streets in and around Mykonos Town, and you’ll see for yourself. From international names such as ‘Gofas’ to boutique stores like ‘Rousounelos’ and ‘Actipis’, you’re most likely to go home jewelled up than empty handed.
Mykonos – a stunning and welcoming island for all seasons.

Why Florida Is a Celebrity Hotspot for Real Estate

February 17th, 2022

With its year-round sunshine, miles of pristine beaches, theme parks, art scene, luxury villa rentals and world-class entertainment, it’s easy to see why Florida is one of the top destinations for tourists. But that’s not all.

 In recent years celebrities have succumb to its charms, buying up real-estate in record numbers. As such, the local population has more than triples since the 70s, adding more than 3 million residents every decade.

Whether you consider celebrities purveyors of good taste, or good investment, it’s fair to say that A-listers are no strangers to Florida’s real estate market. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Florida property scene, and see why the jet set are flocking here in numbers.

Nuevo cool

Let’s face it, everyone’s looking for the next big thing and while New York and Los Angeles are obvious hangouts, Florida is more understated. Not only is it the new ‘cool kid on the block’, but it’s becoming ever-trendy with names such as Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams and Jennifer Lopez buying up property in the Sunshine State. For those that can’t quite stretch to the multi-million price tag, there’s a host of luxury Miami villa rentals for a fraction of the price, making it a popular holiday destination too.

Tax haven

Investing in Florida real estate has a financial advantage too. The state’s average property tax rate is just 0.83% – much lower than the national average 1.07%. No wonder it’s a popular place for the rich and famous to invest their assets.  Amongst the most affluent areas is Palm Beach, Lake Mary and Belle Island.

And it’s not just tax savings either. A recent study found that groceries and electricity in Florida are much cheaper than the national average, making it a great place to live.

Waterside access

Surrounded by sublime turquoise waters, Florida is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. For the jet-set clique, this also means easy access to its waterways for sailing around the Bahamas, down to the Caribbean, or across the pond in the summer months. Since many villas in Miami Florida have private docks and waterside access, it’s a given that this would attract an A-list crowd.

The lifestyle

Make no mistake, finances and luxury aside, there’s something highly inviting about the Floridan way of life. Its sub-tropical climate offers mild winters and hot summers that make it a great place to visit all-year-round. 

Plus, Florida is home to world-class attractions, sports stadiums, bars and restaurants to rival any other state. From the playground of Disneyland to The Everglades and not forgetting the natural beauty of The Keys, it really is an all-round powerhouse and ultimate playground for those with discerning taste (and deep pockets!)

Natural beauty

Beaches, parks and oceans – Florida has them in abundance, and for the A-list community, this is highly appealing as a place to get away from it all.

Floridan resident Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has publicly stated that Florida is his favourite place to live, as homeowner to numerous properties in the State. He can often be seen hanging out in his pool, and working out in his luxury Miami home on his Instagram feed, for all the Miami vibes.

Villazzo leads the way in luxury villa rentals in all the top destinations worldwide. 

My Kind of Mykonos – The Must-Visit Luxury Destination

February 15th, 2022

Mykonos is noted for its beauty, vibrancy, luxurious Mykonos villas and golden beaches… but what Villazzo’s General Manager, Hanna Talaie, found on a business trip to goes beyond the aesthetics and into the heart of what makes Greece a number one destination….

By Hanna Talaie.

I landed into Mykonos airport excited to be here. My job takes me to all corners of the globe, but this was my first visit to this trendy Greek island I’d heard so much about. During my time here, I would recce the very best Mykonos villas and step inside the world of our clients, to personally vet and meet all the owners of our Mykonos villa rentals, checking them against our criteria for exceptional quality and comfort. 

The warmth of Greece

I’m initially struck by the warm Greek welcome and hospitality. Everyone I encountered, from private gardeners, to pool managers and Mykonos villa owners made me feel very much at home. 

It should be no surprise – Mykonos is known to be an island of luxury, hedonism and decadence. It is also the seventh destination added to the Villazzo collection, hence my visit. Whilst here, I would be meeting prospective property owners, to assess the very best villas in Mykonos we’re inviting into the Villazzo portfolio.

As with all our properties, I was specifically looking for the following:

  • A well maintained property
  • Size of property
  • A superior location
  • Unrivalled views
  • Comfort and first-class facilities
  • Cleanliness
  • Proximity to local attractions and entertainment

The heat is on!

I purposely came during peak tourist season, to see how the island responds at its busiest. Whilst nearby island Santorini brings in the highest number of tourists, Mykonos is known to bring in the most discerning. Those with a taste for the finer things in life; like private rooftop pools, uninterrupted views out to sea, and Mykonos villas within easy reach of its marina filled with superyachts. 

I was wowed by the safety measures in place, and the inviting hospitality from all the property owners I met, taking the time to give me tours of the properties and the amazing facilities on offer.

Although the island has been a haven for the jet-set since the ‘60s, Mykonos is once again enjoying its time in the limelight, with a raft of A-list celebrities, beach bars, marinas and luxury Mykonos villas welcoming visitors. It is mainly a European crowd, with a growing interest from Americans. 

With luxury villas in Mykonos in growing demand, I visited no less than twenty of the most sought-after on the island to add to our collection – only half eventually made it.

 

Stepping inside a postcard

One of the joys of visiting Mykonos is that it’s authentically Greek. Its steep and narrow roads lead to breathtaking views and windmills gently turning in the breeze. There’s no better place than Mykonos Town to walk around and get lost in, but for the main, I drove around, and found the roads safe and easy to navigate.

It was also a great way to soak up the beauty of the island – it’s turquoise waters and sandy beaches, and mountain views, ensuring there’s something for everyone. And of course it’s famed nightlife.

If you’re all about eating out and five-star dining, there’s plenty to succumb to here. And because of the high-volume of international visitors, I found it provide five-star cuisine comparable to the likes of S. Tropez and Ibiza.

Myconian style and design

Getting a feel for the island is just as important as choosing the right Mykonos villas. We are the eyes and ears of our clients, and need to be able to recommend properties with insight and honesty. So whilst visiting homes, I took the time to meet and chat to the owners, and visit the local vicinity, posing all the questions I know customers would have.

Perhaps one of my favourite things about Mykonos is the incredible interior decoration – some of the best I’ve seen. Villas in Mykonos are designed with beauty and comfort, from charming artefacts and minimalist white-washed walls, to cosy villas hidden in the nooks of the island. This, along with the location and first-class facilities, such as pools and well maintained grounds, are a prerequisite for Villazzo.

Dreaming of Mykonos

As my time in Mykonos drew to a close, I left with a full heart, grateful for the kind hospitality and incredible homes I had been invited into – many now serving as Villazzo properties. I now fully understand why people rave about this island, and book months in advance. 

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to extend my gratitude to all the homeowners who took the time to show me around their properties, and my team who helped to make this trip a great success.

Villazzo is pleased to introduce 10 Mykonos villa rentals now available for bookings at villazzo.com

Best South American Destinations 2022

January 24th, 2022

It’s a new year and with it comes a world of opportunity, including a new list of travel destinations to tick-off. From Brazil to Peru and Colombia to Costa Rica, South America’s epic and varied terrain has something for everyone. Whether you plan to camp out under the stars, indulge in a luxury villa rental or return to paradise in an eco-lodge, this huge continent is once again open for business.

For the year ahead, here’s some of our top pics for your next vacay…

Uruguay

South America’s rawness is half of its appeal, but if you prefer to walk the road more travelled, Uruguay is a smart choice. It’s one of the safest South American countries and heavily relies on tourism. It’s unspoilt setting also provides a serene space for a much needed break. Top of the list – take in the local culture with a visit to Colonia del Sacramento – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of the best vineyards and wineries in the country.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

From land to sea, Costa Rica is a diverse landscape that never fails to impress. One minute you can be scaling the jungle, exploring its biodiverse parkland, the next you can be catching a wave at several surf spots dotted along the coast. Could it be Costa Rica’s best kept-secret…. not for long. There’s already an influx of visitors and eco-lodges popping up to cater to the growing demand, like the award-winning Costa Rica villa known as Villa Kamala. With endless beaches and plenty of golf courses for those who prefer to be on dry land, it really is worth the trek.

Bolivia

For a truly authentic experience, leave the luxury villa rental behind and sleep under the stars in Bolivia. There’s plenty of outdoor activity and spectacular scenery to soak up, with mountainous ranges and salt lakes to discover along the way – especially Salar de Uyuni, a breathtaking place to visit with a guided tour. Next, onto the Amazonian rainforest down in Rurrenabaque, as you take in the exotic wildlife and picturesque scenery. It won’t be a restful holiday, but it certainly will be a memorable one.

Chile

Off the beaten track from the luxury villas nearby, head to the Atacama Desert for an experience like no other. The dramatic landscape includes giant volcanos, natural spas, salt lakes adorned with flamingos and a host of animals you’ve never seen before. Bring your camera and plenty of bird-watching kit, you might just come back with a new hobby.

The Galapagos Islands

Experience more nature than you’ve ever seen in your life, and hot-foot it to the Galapagos. A 600-mile journey off Ecuador, it’s unspoilt terrain feels like going back to a time that the world forgot. Today a protected UNESCO World Heritage site, the landscape is simply breathtaking.

Cartagena, Colombia

If you enjoy history and architecture, then Cartagena tells its story on its historic walls. This is a city to discover by foot, and when you’re done, it’s beaches are the closest place to paradise you’ll find. A little known gem, the Rosario Islands are flung off the coastline – an archipelago dotted in the sea surrounded by nothing but beauty. While you won’t find any luxury villa rentals here, it’s worth it for the experience alone.

Patagonia

The famous peaks of Patagonia stretch for 4000,000 square miles, from Argentina to Chile. If the thought of exploring these piques your attention, then read on. This region is known for its spectacular scenery, crisp fresh air and stunning glaciers set against the mountain range. A true wilderness, it’s wonderful for whale watching and hiking, penguin spotting and conquering national parks. There are fewer places in the world as ready to explore as Patagonia, just remember to bring your hiking boots!

For the very best in luxury villa rentals visit Villazzo to secure your next first-class vacation home.

The Top Winter Destinations for Christmas 2021

December 24th, 2021

Is your idea of a ‘holly jolly Christmas’ roasting chestnuts on an open fire from your Aspen luxury home? Or perhaps it’s all about chilling by the pool from a boutique beachside abode? Then again, maybe you’re more of a food market type of traveller? Whatever you have in mind for the holidays, we’ve got just the destination for you.

Read on to discover the top five destinations for a very Merry Christmas in 2021.

Best for friends and groups – The Alps, France

The French Alps are hugely popular with young couples, groups of friends and families, come the festive season. It offers the right balance of downtime, with adrenaline-based activities to keep everyone entertained. Cosy up in your luxury villa rental complete with roaring fire, and enjoy a relaxing family Christmas dinner. Once you’ve recovered from all the excess it’s time to burn it off with some of the best ski runs in Europe. Linger a little longer, and you’ll get to enjoy the fireworks, parties and celebrations of New Year’s – the perfect way to see 2022 in.

For active families – Aspen

Closer to home in the rocky mountains of Colorado, lies one of the prime destinations for winter snow and sports. Aspen luxury homes are kitted out with the very best amenities from hot tubs to private bars, making them the perfect place for all the family to spend quality time together. Stay near Snowmass resort and there’s plenty of entertainment throughout the holidays, from parties, drinks, performances and not forgetting the snow itself! You might also see some familiar faces, including, Kim Kardashian, Elton John and Gigi Hadid – all known to be fans.

For all the summer party vibes – Miami, Florida

Thaw out from the cold and enjoy Christmas dinner by the pool. Miami weather is joyously warm in December making it a top destination for beach lovers. With it not being high tourist season either, it’s a wonderful time to hit the beaches, bars, and festively decorated shopping malls. With many luxury villas in Miami overlooking Biscayne Bay, it’s worth extending your stay to enjoy the dazzling New Year’s fireworks displays too.

Best beaches and bars – Saint-Barth’s

If there is ever a time to visit Saint-Barth, it’s definitely Christmas. The weather is supreme, the entertainment in full-swing, and the glamourous yachting community descend to the island to enjoy its exclusivity. Why not take advantage of the world-class dining and first-class service, and roll up to one of the many high-end restaurants for Christmas day. The dining at Eden Rock, La Guerite and Bonito are amongst the most popular spots for a table. Then it’s all back to your St Barth’s luxury villa to relax in the jacuzzi or pool, as you unwind to the gentle crashing of waves in the distance. What could be more blissful…

Best for Christmas markets and foodies – Austria

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The Austrian hills are most certainly alive with the sound of Christmas markets in December! Foodies will revel in the endless stalls and markets, with some of the tastiest festive treats you’ll find this side of Europe. From traditional Sachertorte cake, to Stolen bites and a warming glass of Gluehwein to wash it all down – it’s the perfect prelude to a Christmas feast. With its snow-capped mountains perfect for ski, warm hospitality and villa rentals to make your own, the natural beauty of Austria makes it an all-round Christmas winner.

Looking for Christmas get-away inspiration? Check out the global villa rentals of Villazzo for the very best winter hideouts.

The Best Global Company Retreat Destinations 

November 29th, 2021

Hand’s up who’s missed business travel. All of us, right?! In a long overdue catch up, companies are starting to come back to business travel, with company retreats providing the perfect opportunity to catch up in the many villa rentals across the world.

There’s numerous benefits in doing so. It’s an opportunity for team bonding, harnessing creative resources and learning from each other in a stress-free environment. It’s also an opportunity for teams across different locations to come together, something that has been sorely missed in recent months.

If you’re ready to be inspired, check out some of the best destinations below.

Aspen, Colorado

During the summer months, Aspen is perfect for outdoor pursuits,  come winter it’s a snow and ski paradise. Either way, this makes for a fun backdrop for hosting your work event, especially if you’re looking to combine it with outdoor activities. Another reason for its popularity, is that Aspen villa rentals are known to be well equipped with plenty of space. Villa Marylou, for instance, is the ideal spot for smaller teams to enjoy. 

Las Vegas, Nevada

The city that never sleeps also has the best spaces for hire – perfect for company events and team presentations on a large scale. It’s the reason why so many exhibitions and launches take place here. Alternatively, further away in Henderson, you can find a calmer vibe with ranches and retreats perfectly suitable for lower-key engagements. 

Athens, Greece

The lively capital of Greece is home to first-class villa rentals, grand hotels and event space, making it perfect for company retreats. With its rich history, it’s also an inspiring place to bring teams together, with the Parthenon and numerous other cultural sights to feast your eyes on. Its endless museums and architectural ruins are nothing short of inspiring, no matter what industry you’re in. 

Singapore

For inspiring architecture and modern living fused with age-old traditions, Singapore is a popular business destination for corporate retreats. A visit to the iconic Marina Sands Bay, 207 metres high, is a good place to start. The sky is most certainly the limit in this creative setting that knows no bounds.

Barcelona, Spain

Bustling Barcelona is a popular destination for both leisure and business travel, with work-hard play-hard appeal. As such, there’s endless villas for rent, restaurants for dining and private spaces for hire, for taking your team on company retreat. When the hard work is over, there’s a ton of famous galleries, museums, zoos and Olympic stadiums to wander around. As for evening activities – it’s reputation goes before it!

Miami, Florida

With some of the largest conferencing facilities, complex and hotels in USA, Miami is a popular choice for company retreats. Home to leading events such as Art Basel and the International Boat Show, the city is well-equipped for hosting large parties. This includes a wide selection of Miami villa rentals, many with waterfront docks for easy access to the water. There’s plenty of business centers for meetings, plus the downtown destination of Brickell is a fun place for after-hours entertainment. All in all, you can’t go wrong in this fun up-for-it city.

Ibiza, Balearic Islands

More than just a party island, Ibiza has capitalized on its popularity, with a cluster of new hotels, business centres and private spaces available for hire. Combined with its easy access from Europe, it makes for an attractive destination for your company retreat. With wellness high on the agenda here, you can easily hire yoga, Pilates and other instructions to your Ibiza villa rental for a full company detox. 

For the very best luxury villa rentals, for work or pleasure, visit Villazzo for an elite selection.

Top 2021 Destinations for Coming Together Over Thanksgiving

November 12th, 2021

This year Thanksgiving is set to be bigger than ever, as families make up for lost time over the past year. Taking place on Thursday 25 November in the US, the date is slowly creeping up. However, it’s never too early (or late) to plan ahead, and it all starts with a spacious vacation rental for all the family.

If you’re ready for a get-away, we’ve hand-picked seven of our favorite destinations for all the Thanksgiving feels.

For winter feels – Aspen
Warming the coldest of hearts, the powdery slopes of Aspen invite you over for a long weekend. Cosy up in front of the fire and get in the festive mood, with log fires burning and eggnog brewing! It’s a romantic choice for couples, as well as popular with families too.

With their huge kitchens and endless dining space, Aspen villa rentals were made for big family gatherings. There’s also a number of resorts serving Thanksgiving dinner, including Der Fondue Chessel and Ski Tip Lodge to name a few. When the turkey has settled, Snowmass mountain beckons with some of the best slopes you’ll find in the US.

Family fun – Miami
Miami villas are known for their decadence, style and swimming pools. If you’re looking to combine Thanksgiving with a mini break, this is the perfect place for you. Villa Sasha, for instance, boasts seven spacious bedrooms, with a large private outdoor space and plenty of indoor dining options. Thanksgiving in the sun doesn’t get better than Miami.

For big party vibes – New York City
There’s thousands of reasons why New York is a great choice for Thanksgiving. But perhaps one of the biggest is the infamous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A stalwart in the diary since 1924, it attracts millions of party-goers with giant floats, musical acts and theatrical performance from Broadway stars. Perfect for couples and friends looking to party through the Thanksgiving weekend. Just be sure to book your villa rental in advance, as it gets busy.

The ultimate get-away – Hawaii
November is a great month to visit Hawaii – the busy crowds have dispersed and the weather is perfectly warm. Just a short flight from the west coast, it manages to feel a world away. If you fancy something a little different, try a luau Thanksgiving feast, full of Polynesian flavour – fun for all the family. And while you’re there, why not hit up the waves – since it’s home to some of the best in the world.

Beach life at its best – St Barth’s
Bring together your loved ones under the luxury and beauty of one of the best St Barth’s villa rentals on the island. This is the best way to enjoy privacy and luxury under one roof. Hire in a catering company to cook up your Thanksgiving feast, or take to one of the many five-star restaurants on the island. When the celebrations are over, there’s plenty of tranquil beaches for fully relaxing and making the most of your time on the island.

Calling all kids – Orlando, Florida
One for the kids (and big kids) amongst you! Orlando is home to some of the most luxurious villa rentals, hotels and of course Disney World. This Thanksgiving, the theme park is hosting all sorts of options for families within its resort, which means you don’t have to miss out whilst having fun with Mickey Mouse. Reassuringly, the standard is high here, so you won’t go wrong wherever you decide to book.

For unrivalled luxury, Villazzo offers the very best villa rentals in the most sought-after destinations in the world.

The Lifestyles of Europe’s Top Five European Cities

November 1st, 2021

If you’re partial to Apple TV’s Ted Lasso, you might have learnt a few things about Europe. Like football is life, and tea is a religious-like ritual! But there’s more to Europe than Cristiano Ronaldo and a strong Earl Grey. Every day starts and ends differently, with fascinating customs, traditions and cuisines to experience.

We’ve picked out five of the top cultural destinations in Europe, that just so happen to have plenty of luxury villa rentals for your next visit. Curious to learn more, then read on…

The Amalfi Coast, Italy
As you wake from slumber in your Naples villa rental, the day must start with a strong espresso. The pace builds with the day, allowing you to make the most of those dreamy Amalfi coast views, whilst sinking into your pool, or taking a private yacht to the island of Capri – a popular summer jaunt. To truly experience la dolce vita, it’s all about five-star dining in three-course servings. Start with primo – usually carbs, then secondo (protein), whilst saving space for dessert and a glass of local vino. It’s not too hard to get into the local lifestyle after all, is it?!

Saint-Tropez, France
A favourite with the rich and famous, villas in St-Tropez are a must-have for mooring up and spending a few weeks over the summer months. This allows you to visit farmers markets and fish markets for the freshest produce. You can also indulge in some of the finest five-star and family-run restaurants this side of Cannes. Shopping is another popular pastime, with its quaint cobbled stoned pathways leading to designer boutiques and outlets to pick up something new. Finally, with golden stretches of beaches along its rugged coastline, local living isn’t without a brisk power walk on the promenade, giving you the St-Tropez glow.

Old Town, Mykonos
Beach life is the way of life on this fashionable Greek island, that bars, restaurants and even clubs centre around it. Mykonos Town is the bustling spot for late night fun, but the rest of the island has hidden coves of tranquillity for some much needed downtime. When not on the beach, the other popular hangout is poolside, of course. No Mykonos villa rental is complete without a plunge pool melting into the view, cocktail in hand. Yammas to that!

London, England
The weather may be rainy, but the party never stops in London. This fun, vibrant city invites you to discover its many hidden gems, with some of the best villa rentals to base yourself. There’s always something going on – from the famous Wimbledon tennis championships in the summer, to the Chelsea Flower Show in the spring, and Christmas lights and Oxford Street shopping come winter. With pubs on every street corner, along with cocktail bars and world-class restaurants, there’s no shortage of night time entertainment either. Just be sure to start the day right with a ‘greasy fry up’ and cup of ‘brew’, a local is bound to point you in the right direction!

Ibiza Town, Ibiza
Ibiza Town is a destination that must be visited at least once. If not from your luxury superyacht (the marina is full of them), then one of the Ibiza villa rentals within the city. The way of life here embraces ‘manana’ – take it at your own pace – there’s no rush. This is what also makes Ibiza Town a great place for people watching, particularly in the early hours of the morning when the town comes to life. If you’re not a morning person, this is your vibe! The days are spent mooching around, or hanging by local hip hangouts – the Blue Marlin or Bora Bora beach, where anything goes. Dining takes place later than most European destinations (9pm is early!), with plenty of cafes lining the spiral castle streets, before you hit up Pacha – the iconic club.

Looking for a luxury villa rental for your next European getaway? Visit Villazzo, for a selection of the bet.

A Covid-Friendly Return to St Bart’s – Where to Stay and Go

October 15th, 2021

As life starts to return to its pre-pandemic normal, we’re all looking forward to changing our scenery and getting away. The idyllic Caribbean island of St Bart’s has started to ease itself back, with many St Bart’s villa rentals now available to enjoy at your leisure.

It’s back to business and back to the beach, so step inside paradise and enjoy this beautiful island, safe in the knowledge that protocols are in place with your welfare in mind.

What safety measures are in place in St Bart’s?

As a small island that relies upon hospitality, St Bart’s has gone to great lengths to protect its residents and visitors. Whilst legislation is ever-changing, the current procedures include a 5pm curfew (ending 20 August) ensuring the island never gets too busy, plus there are restrictions on arrivals from certain countries (please check here in advance).

Before you get to your luxury St Bart’s villa, visitors must take a PCR test (within 72 hours of arriving) which is required for everyone aged 10 and over. Proof of vaccination is also required. All the latest travel news for St Bart’s can be found on its official tourist site.

Where to stay

First thing’s first, you’ll want to style it out in your very own St Bart’s villa rental. Not only is this the most luxurious way to enjoy your time on the island, but it also allows you to remain socially distanced from travellers and limit interactions outside of your group.

For added reassurance, guests booking with Villazzo benefit from the villa-hotel experience. This extends to private housekeeping, which involves deep cleaning the property, prior to, during and after your stay for total comfort and wellbeing.

Furthermore all Villazzo St Bart’s rentals are located in the most sought after spots on the island, known for their privacy, seclusion and sweeping views. This includes the highly-desirable Colombier beach, the quiet hideout of Petit Cul-de-Sac, and the mountain serenity of Petite Saline. Each provides its own vantage points and beauty, offering sun, sea and mountain views.

However, coastal retreats are amongst the most popular St Bart’s rentals, especially if you plan on visiting the local beaches, bars and restaurants, which are all within easy reach.

Going out – where to go?

There is always something to do on this peaceful island, from low-key cinema festivals to yachting events. However, for most visitors, the island’s chilled vibe lends itself perfectly to first-class dining, and sophisticated cocktails when the sun goes down.

For extravagance (why not, you deserve it) Le Toiny is a local hotspot with five-star service all the way. Fancy something from the sea? Then La Langouste in Flamands is a popular choice – try the fresh spiny lobster. 

There’s no better place to enjoy cocktails at sunset than the infamous Remy Bar at Eden Roc. The experienced mixologists here conjure up all manner of wizardry – just wait until you try it! Ready to take it up a gear? Then Nikki Beach brings outdoor partying day, and night, for an up-for it glamourous youthful crowd.

Alternatively, let the five-star experience come to you. Villazzo guests can book private chefs for in-home dining in their very own St Bart’s villa – what could be more cosy.

Blessed beach life

Pristine white sands and turquoise waters are calling. For beach life, be sure to head to Anse des Flamanes. This stretch of perfect white sand is one of the quietest on the island, making it ideal in these current times. Meanwhile the lagoon at Anse du Grand Colombier is a wonderful place to lay back and enjoy the beauty of nature float by.

For water sports, surfing and snorkelling, head to the east coast, specifically Toiny and L’Orient.

Know before you go

St Barts is a beautiful and safe island, that is welcoming guests back in a careful and considerate manner. As such, it’s important to observe the measures in place, especially the vaccination requirements in order to enter. Failing that, you must be able to present a compelling reason to enter the island, which must be pre-approved from the authorities.

It’s never too early to plan your vacation. Check out our St Bart’s villa rentals and book yours today at Villazzo.com

Hottest Areas to Buy a Luxury Villa Home in 2021

October 1st, 2021

It’s fair to say that over the past year we’ve all succumb to less travel, and more discovery on our own shores. This coupled with the need for more personal space has seen a surge in demand for luxury home villas. Indeed, you might be reading this as you search for some of the best properties to invest in.

As an established and global real-estate leader, our experienced teams at Villazzo Realty have hand-picked their top destinations to invest in a luxury mansion rental this year. With a focus on elite properties and ultra-luxury homes, here’s the hottest destinations everyone’s talking about.

Miami Beach, Florida
According to Forbes, luxury home rentals are continuing to surge this year, by at least 60% – the biggest jump since 2013. One of the reasons is because of the desire for larger houses and greater space, especially as working-from-home is on the rise. This, along with its glorious climate, is one of the reasons why Florida continues to attract buyers all-year round.

Miami Beach remains a popular choice for estate-hunters. No stranger to sprawling mansions and sweeping views across the bay, luxury Miami rentals are always in high demand. It makes for a great investment, with some 10 million visitors gracing its shores every year – ensuring there’s always a steady flow of visitors seeking premium villas for rent.

For the ultimate in exclusivity, the stunning islands in and around Miami, are home to some of the finest properties in America. This includes Palm and Hibiscus Islands and the highly coveted Star Island.

If you’re looking for a long-term investment, up and coming Brickell offers great value and is well-located to all the bustling nightlife the city is known for.

Orlando, Florida
In keeping with the Floridian vibe, Orlando offers a strong market for property investment and returns. Orlando luxury villas remain in high-demand, owing to their popular location for tourism and entertainment. The city is also well connected to other Florida hotspots, but with a more affordable price tag. With a growing population and job opportunities to boot, it remains a stable economy for those looking to relocate or buy a vacation home. Should you need further convincing, it was named the second fastest growing city in America by Forbes magazine.

Charlotte, North Carolina
It might be the ninth most populated state in America, but with acres of space to spread out and with coast to mountain terrains to explore, it’s a popular destination for those looking to add to their real estate portfolio. From the Blue Ridge mountains in the west, to its coastal beaches, and bustling towns, there’s something for everyone in The Tar Heel State.

Another point to note is that North Carolina luxury homes are large and spacious. Durham is one of the regions worth exploring, with its real estate outperforming the average US rental, especially in downtown, where new properties are growing at a pace.

Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is a city for all-seasons, especially appealing to outdoorsy types. Where else could you kayak in the summer, hike in the fall, and hit the slopes come winter? This is one of the many reasons why city dwellers have made the move during the pandemic, to relocate to the beautiful location.
Popular resorts like Snowmass, offer plenty of luxury Aspen homes for sale, known as a haven for the jet-set community. But, for a long-term investment on a more affordable budget, properties outside downtown offer greater value and even more space to enjoy. As such,
now is a great time to invest in the Aspen housing market.

Looking to make your next real-estate investment? Speak to our team of experts at Villazzo Realty today.