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A French Villa So Grand it Could Make Napoleon Jealous

Jan 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located amongst some of the most prestigious vineyards in the French countryside, Château de Varennes is a palatial, 17-bedroom luxury villa, oozing with 18th century elegance. That doesn’t mean that it is antiquated, however. After 300 years of being tucked away as a family heirloom for the aristocratic Truchis family, it has been renovated to include a modern kitchen, twelve bathrooms, designer interiors, and a stunning pool. The While the Chateau is available to rent for professional or personal occasions of all sorts, the grandiose spaces and attentive service will make it feel more like a stay in a five-star hotel.... Read More

When in Tuscany Live as the Medici's Did at Villa Poggio Bartoli

Jan 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Villa Poggio Bartoli, like many Italian buildings, is filled to the brim with centuries of torrid stories and intriguing historical elements. First built as a defensive outpost during the rule of the Medici's, the luxury villa later became an elegant country home, famed for its hunting prowess. Though its days of harboring nobility are long past, Poggio Bartoli seems to be frozen in time in its grandest age of elegance.... Read More

Where the Stars Will be Staying During the Sundance Film Festival

Jan 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Tons of incredible talent will be showcased at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah come January 17, but the event also seems like an excuse for the rich and famous to take yet another vacation. With gorgeous vistas and white slopes aplenty, Park City offers some of the best skiing in the country—and for the celebrities attending Sundance, this is a time for them to get some press while lounging in the best luxury villas in the area.... Read More

Luxury Villa in St. Croix Will Make You Feel Like a Colonial Aristocrat

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Designed like a nineteenth-century colonial plantation home, Mango Hill Greathouse is located behind private gates and set atop a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Furnished in antique West Indian Furniture, sisal area rugs and impressive pieces of island art, this luxury Caribbean villa, is sure to make guests feel like they’ve died and been reincarnated as colonial gentlefolk.... Read More

Villa Brisa Caribe | Exclusive Luxury on the Mayan Riviera

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Brisa Caribe, located on the Mayan Riviera, offers luxurious accommodations within nine unique bedrooms and ten baths, boasting breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. The fully air-conditioned villa provides guests with an entertainment room and stocked wet bar as well as a rooftop bar and dining terrace perfect for some al fresco dining! For relaxing in the warm sun, Brisa Caribe showcases three stunning pools and cascading waterfalls, including a fresh water and salt water pool.

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Explore the Decadence of the Chalet Marco Polo in the French Alps

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Nestled under an Alpine blanket of snow, the Chalet Marco Polo in Val d’Isere, France welcomes explorers to experience the village, perched a little ways from the main road. Enjoy views of the stunning mountain landscape from the balcony while utilizing the outdoor kitchen and keeping warm on heated seats at the dining table. The luxurious property consists of six bedrooms with the capability of sleeping twelve adults and two children.... Read More

The Retreat in Laguna is Your Home Away From Home in Southern California

Dec 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Laguna Beach is renowned as one of the most beautiful beach communities in California and an ideal place for a luxury vacation. At The Retreat in Laguna, guests are invited to experience an exclusive villa community in a Tuscany-style environment. Perfect for a spiritual yoga retreat, an executive trip, or family reunion, The Retreat has something for everyone.... Read More

What is a Villa?

Dec 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

The word villa gets thrown around quite a bit these days, but what exactly qualifies a certain dwelling to be called one?... Read More

Luxury Villa Near Athens Could Have Changed the Course of History

Nov 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Most people when they read Homer’s The Odyssey, think that the hero of the story perseveres in his journey to return to his faithful wife. Once you consider, however that he was a king and probably lived in a place similar to the Delenia Villa in Ewia, you will probably see things differently. Forget Penelope, the reason Odysseus didn’t dawdle with a goddess divine or throw hours away in friendly conversation with a Cyclops was because his home probably looked a lot like this luxury villa.... Read More

Luxury Villa Rental in Miami Will Have You Living Like Bruce Wayne

Nov 22, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

If you are sick and tired of renting yourself a luxury villa, only to discover upon arrival that you don’t get the same royal treatment available at a five-star hotel, then Christian Jagodzinski knows your pain. The entrepreneur was so fed up with his being ignored during his supposedly luxury villa vacations, that he created the hotel operating company Villazzo, which allows clients all the amenities of a luxury hotel stay, but within the seclusion of their own private villa.... Read More

St. Barth Welcomes Vacation Season With Three Luxury Hotel Renovations

Nov 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

With the holiday travel season set to start, there's no better place to go than St. Barth, which has just announced the completion of three hotel renovations. The renovated hotels include: The Hotel Carl Gustaf, Le Sereno Hotel & Villas and Hotel Le Toiny.... Read More

Alila Manggis Villas | One of Bali's Best Kept Secrets

Nov 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Skip the lines and avoid the crowds at typical vacation destinations and book an Alila Manggis villa for all the luxuries of a large resort, with the privacy and peacefulness you crave. Nestled in a coconut grove between clear blue ocean water and Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain, Alila Manggis is a secluded retreat of tranquility on the unspoiled Eastern coast.... Read More

Family-Friendly Luxury Villa Rental on the Australian Coast

Nov 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Australia is a place of charming accents, beaches, famous opera houses and of course a vast outback full of exotic creatures. Whether you are visiting for the surf, opera or animals, your search for the right accommodations for your Australian vacation, will warrant a quick look at the luxury villas on Airbnb. That portion of your search will probably end with you discovering this stunning oceanfront retreat in New South Wales, that assures “Life is good...at the beach!” The Beach House captivates with promises of private decks, family-friendly amenities and "one of the best views of North Avoca Beach.”... Read More

Azul Hotels by Karisma Unveils Azul Villa Esmeralda in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nov 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Azul Hotels by Karisma, a Gourmet Inclusive collection of properties, has just unveiled Azul Villa Esmeralda, an 11,000-square-foot oceanfront villa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Azul Villa Esmeralda is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom secluded haven featuring two private pools, spa, fitness center, Bose equipped home theater, kids' club, and conference center that offers the privacy of a residence with the services and amenities of a luxury boutique resort.... Read More

Five-Star Villa Marie a Secluded Sanctuary in St Tropez

Nov 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Anneka Bain

"Villa Marie" is rather a modest name. There’s something played down about it. Even its website stays the right side of ostentatious—unusual for a five-star hotel on the outskirts of arguably the glitziest place on the planet: St Tropez.... Read More

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