Category: Vacation Rentals

Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Special feature: The Music Mill, Hathersage, Peak District, UK

Self-catering is often overlooked as a luxury option, in favour of hotels and resorts, but really it shouldn’t be.  Over the last decade, the bar has risen once again when it comes to the self-catering (aka vacation rental) sector, and we are just back from a very relaxing break in the Peak District, staying at
Inexpensive luxury Tuscan villas: is it even possible?

Inexpensive luxury Tuscan villas: is it even possible?

Renting upscale Tuscan villas is usually associated with high rental fees. As a rule of thumb, it is usually true, as most luxury properties in Tuscany go many extra miles to make your experience unforgettable. Nonetheless, I found a fantastic exception to this rule. It is a special villa located in the Lucca area, specifically in
Top 10 places to be seen in St Tropez

Top 10 places to be seen in St Tropez

Since the 1950s St Tropez has cultivated its now celebrated reputation as a jetset playground drawing movie stars, models, and millionaires from around the world. The French newspaper Le Figaro once said that “St Tropez boasts the the greatest number of famous faces per square meter” and for summer 2011 it will still hold true.
Privacy in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Privacy in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains

The Bella Vista, a private, gated estate located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, is the ultimate destination for ski vacations, family reunions, corporate retreats and destination weddings. The 7-acre, sprawling estate features sweeping views of the legendary Yampa Valley and is located just minutes from downtown historic Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The resort
New to southern Thailand: Casas del Sol in Koh Tao

New to southern Thailand: Casas del Sol in Koh Tao

With a desire to offer a refreshing new definition of the luxury beach bungalow experience, Casas del Sol has officially opened on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand. Created by Australian Interior Designer, Christina Saenz de Santamaria, Casas del Sol are five individually designed beach villas that offer self-catered accommodation in an ideal location of

Luxury Accommodation of the Year in the Scottish Hotel Awards

Earlier this month, you may recall we reviewed The Chester Residence in Edinburgh’s West End. News just in is that the hotel has been named ‘Luxury Accommodation of the Year’ and ‘Serviced Apartments of the Year’ at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2011, held at the Thistle Glasgow Hotel. Graham Wood, co-owner with his wife Gillian,
Top luxury villas in Costa Rica versus luxury resorts

Top luxury villas in Costa Rica versus luxury resorts

There used to be a time in Costa Rica when vacation rentals were just a way to save money by families or friends traveling together, and packing in as many people as possible into a house. But not any more! In the last 8 years, there has been an explosion of high end, luxury villas
5 great luxury Cape Town ideas

5 great luxury Cape Town ideas

The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, put the city firmly on the map for many travellers wanting to explore the Mother City, opening the gateway for luxury travel in particular. As one of the world’s premier travel destinations, it is no surprise that Cape Town is hailed as one of
Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

Special feature: The Chester Residence, Edinburgh, UK

We have just returned from a very relaxing stay at The Chester Residence in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we stayed in a 2-bedroomed Mews Apartment (apartment 7/2 on Rothesay Place). The Chester Residence consists of 4 Georgian townhouses in a peaceful location and yet just a short walk from Edinburgh’s many attractions and shops. We arrived
New vacation home on Anna Maria Island

New vacation home on Anna Maria Island

Mintfish is the latest and exclusive vacation home from Pineapplefish Luxury Villas on Anna Maria Island. A fantastic and luxurious 4-bedroom waterfront rental home on Anna Maria Island, Mintfish enjoys an incredible waterfront location with spectacular views across Bimini Bay. A single-storey, spacious rental, the open plan living area has large picture windows looking out
5 fabulous experiences in Mexico

5 fabulous experiences in Mexico

The 6,000 plus travel advisors surveyed for Virtuoso’s annual Lux Report have selected Mexico as the number five international travel destination for 2011 – and for good reason. Mexico has long delivered incredible value and rich luxury opportunities to travelers worldwide. Here are five lavish experiences in Mexico sure to surpass the expectations of even
3 romantic getaways for the perfect UK Valentine’s Day

3 romantic getaways for the perfect UK Valentine’s Day

We’ve been contacted by Interflora who are looking for you to share your Valentine’s Day tips.  Here are a few suggestions to whet your appetite. Romance by the riverside in beautiful Cumbria Kendal Holiday Cottages Ltd. has a luxurious apartment in Kendal, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, that opened less than 12
5 top tips for luxury travel on a budget

5 top tips for luxury travel on a budget

Many travelers dream of a luxurious holiday but believe they simply can’t afford it. In fact, there are many easy ways to extend your vacation budget, enabling you to afford more luxury than you might think. Here are some insider tips to get you started. 1. Flexibility Be flexible with your travel plans. Consider traveling
Andermatt Swiss Alps – an exciting carbon-free development

Andermatt Swiss Alps – an exciting carbon-free development

The small town of Andermatt is regarded as an Alpine gem enjoying expansive views along the valley floor but as yet has remained relatively undiscovered. It is currently being transformed by Orascom Development into an exclusive international carbon free resort comprising a car free village complete with six hotels, 25 private villas, 490 apartments and
Quintessentially Rocksure – the perfect partnership

Quintessentially Rocksure – the perfect partnership

Rocksure Property have partnered with Quintessentially, a world leading private members’ club and concierge service to create an exciting new investment fund – The Quintessentially Rocksure Platinum Fund. This will be the fourth fund created by Rocksure Property, continuing to provide investors with shared ownerships in luxurious properties, exquisite destinations, notable service levels, reduced investment risk
Predictions for the luxury villa industry in 2011

Predictions for the luxury villa industry in 2011

Luxury Retreats has previewed trends in the villa rental industry since it started gathering statistics at the beginning of the last decade, and views 2011 as a bellwether year for an overall upswing in travel. “Not only have we seen the luxury villa market bounce back from the deepest valleys of the recession, but the