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Own Your Vacation with Marriott Vacation Club's Fairway Villas

Sep 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Roger Sands

With over 50 luxurious resorts worldwide, owners with the Marriott Vacation Club (MVC) can walk the Great Wall of China, share the thrill of an African safari, cruise the azure waters of the Caribbean or savor refined wine tastings in California’s wine country.... Read More

$3.5 Billion Baha Mar Puts 284 Residences on Market in The Bahamas

Aug 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Nowadays it takes a little more than spas and golf courses to make a luxury resort impressive. Aside from the perfect location, an establishment needs something a little extra and Baha Mar thinks they have exactly that.... Read More

160-Year-Old Sicilian Villa Promises a Personal Touch to Your Italian Vacation

Jul 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver  |  1 Comment

Owner Francesco Alessi is standing proudly in the lush garden of our grand Sicilian villa, Il Giardino di Isabella, holding in his outstretched right hand what appears to be a rusty spear. In broken English, he explains it was the very flagpole his great grandfather had used to claim the land on which we sit, after he had led the revolution against the Bourbon rule of Sicily about 160 years ago.... Read More

Billionaire's Private Estate Now Available for Exclusive Hire in Ireland

Jul 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For the first time since its construction, the Straffan House, a private residence on the grounds of The K Club, Spa and Country Club will be available for exclusive hire. Sitting on 550 acres of idyllic Irish countryside, the property owned by billionaire Sir Michael Smurfit is an elegant 34,000-square-foot home inspired by the original structure of the same name. Built in 1832, the original resembled a French Chateau and is now being used as the K Club Hotel.... Read More

Red Frog Beach Rainforest Resort & Marina Opens in Panama with Private Villas

Aug 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Red Frog Beach Rainforest Resort & Marina in Bocas del Toro, Panama is ready to open and offering guests special deals to stay at the luxury resort.... Read More

$40,000 Fishing Trip: From the Rockies to Los Cabos

Jul 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s something very peaceful about fly fishing — standing there in the stillness, being one with nature — it’s a sport that teaches the beauty behind patience. It’s relaxing, and yet, exciting. While you may spend a few days at different lakes and rivers in the area, typically you aren’t jumping from state to state on the same trip. However, Rawah Ranch and Villas Del Mar in Los Cabos have made exploring different waters a little easier with their River to Sea package.... Read More

Casual Luxury in the Bahamas at Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Jul 18, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Picture yourself lying under the sun on a spacious towel while digging your toes into the sandy beaches of the Bahamas. Imagine hearing the soft hush of the ocean while looking behind you, where the resort you're staying at has mouth-watering food, a serene spa and access to recreational adventures you've only seen on nature programs. This isn't an unobtainable dream, the Grand Isle Resort & Spa in Great Exuma is primed and ready for you to enjoy a vacation worthy of all the hard work you put in.... Read More

Chapman Freeborn and ONE Authentic Properties Partner on All-Inclusive Travel Service

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Chapman Freeborn, the world's leading aircraft charter specialist, has partnered with ONE Authentic Properties, owner of France’s most exclusive villa rentals, on a new all-inclusive luxury travel service. Established in the UK in 1973, Chapman Freeborn pioneered the field of private aircraft charters and now has 35 offices in 25 countries offering unrivaled global coverage.... Read More

Experience a Tropical Oasis at Thailand's Award-Winning Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

The Naka Island, Phuket may have only been around for a little over a year and a half, but it has quickly made a name for itself among serious luxury-seeking guests. The award-winning property offers everything one could ever want in a beach getaway and then some. Excellent cuisine, service, activities, and great amenities — none of which come at the expense of endangering the environment — can be found at the resort. The Naka Island maintains strict environmental ethics, ensuring the area's surrounding beauty will be around for generations to come. Located on Naka Yai Island, the property is truly an exceptional escape from the monotony and rigors of travelers' everyday lives.... Read More

Banyan Tree Seychelles Begins Soft Property Renovations

Jun 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Banyan Tree Seychelles has announced a "soft" renovation of the property, updating the resort's 60 private villas as well as common areas.... Read More

Interview With Joe Poulin CEO & Founder of Luxury Retreats

Mar 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Luxury villas have been springing up all over the map in recent years; and it's no secret that they've been diverting the attention of discerning travelers who would normally be looking toward their favorite high-end hotel for an extended stay. With Barbados as his inspiration, 17-year-old Joe Poulin decided to jump head first into this growing trend by starting his own villa vacation company, Luxury Retreats, in 1999. Today, the brand represents over 2,000 villas in 50-plus countries around the world—from hilltop houses in Costa Rica to modern mansions in Morocco, to ski-in/ski-out lodges in Utah.... Read More

Villa Villino: Why Getting Shipwrecked in Sicily Can Be a Good Thing

Mar 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Villa Villino in Southeastern Sicily was conceived out of some interesting circumstances. The story begins when a Russian Admiral by the name of Nicolaiev (later changed to Nicolaci) found himself shipwrecked on the Sicilian coast. Rather than being frightened and homesick for the blistering wasteland of Russia, he chose to make the location his permanent home.... Read More

Sunset House: Luxury Villa on Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Mar 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Want to sleep in the same bed as Derek Jeter or wade around in a pool that Prince William swam in? If you book a stay at Sunset House in Tortola, those fantasies can come true. Confession: I don't know that those specific people have stayed here; but, the villa does claim to have hosted British Royalty and high-profile sports players, so feel free to use your imagination like I did.... Read More

New Villas in Bali to be Designed by Philippe Starck

Feb 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Designer Philippe Stark's brilliant vision is heading to Indonesia. A private village of 12 limited edition villas with signature glass facades by artist JonOne and designed by Stark is due to begin breaking ground in 2013. Set in the Petitenget neighborhood of Seminyak, Bali, The Stairs Villa Hotel will be the first Stark designed project in the country. Inspired by a vision of vibrant streets across the world coming together in a monolithic 65-foot-wide stairway, the property will include a café patisserie, restaurant, bar lounge, boutique, mezzanine biblioth?que, signature spa, and workout facilities. "The Stairs, without a doubt, shall become the boiling bucket of energy, activity and intelligence of Bali, and perhaps more," describes Philippe Starck, the brainchild behind the design... Read More

All-Inclusive Chalet Pelerin Includes Heli-skiing on the French Alps

Feb 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Nestled cozily beside the French Alps’ hillside village of Le Miroir in Tarentaise valley is Eleven Experience’s new Chalet Pelerin—a year-round respite for nature-lovers all of ages. The recently opened villa straddles the French/Italian border and is only a two-hour drive from Geneva, welcoming skiers, hikers and bikers from across Europe and the world over.... Read More

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