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Madagascar’s New Private Island Retreat

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MIAVANA’S  LUXURY VILLAS & BLUE SAFARI

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Accessible by helicopter from Madagascar’s Nosy Be or Diego Suarez Airport. This new resort in the exotic Island of Nosy Ankao is set to fulfill your dream adventure and luxury holiday. The island of Nosy Ankao is famed for its diving spots, filled with astonishing wildlife, where reefs are mostly untouched and unexplored. Miavana offers pioneering ‘blue safaris’ where wildlife species coexisting with this resort is found nowhere else on this planet.

 

A vision of award-winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, the 14 luxury Villas are strung out along the island, all with direct access to the white sandy beaches, crystal blue water and coral reefs. Each villa has its own electric buggy to traverse the island and transport you to the Village and Beach Lounge. Settle yourself in your own villa with an uninterrupted beach and ocean front view.

 

With its pristine Indian ocean setting, powder soft sand, firt class ammenities, brimming with land and aquatic wildlife, Miavana offers a new level of luxury tropical island adventure.

 

 

Triton Luxury Villa

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NEWEST LUXURY VILLA IN TURKS AND CAICOS’ LONG BAY

 

Completed in 2016, the estate of Triton Luxury villa is tucked behind pristine sand dunes of Long Bay Beach. Long Bay is a 3 mile stretch of pure white sand beach located in Turks & Caicos, world famous for its pristine waters. It has 2 acres of lush landscape and 10,000 square feet of living space. A sleek modern villa with 7 bedrooms, terraces overlooking the ocean. The pool is spectacular with 2 large cabanas and a pavilion. The area is in top class condition for water activities, diving, kiteboarding. 

 

Almost every bedroom has a private patio overlooking the ocean. In the living room and every bedroom are a flat screen television, Wifi, Apple TV, Cable, Netflix, room to room telephone system, safes in each room, and an air conditioning throughout the whole property. The master bedroom has electronic blackout blinds. The Villa has eight bathrooms, Molton brown toiletries, three bedrooms are with soaking tubs. The top quality kitchen contains all necessary appliances at the top level.

 

Uncrowded, peaceful, unobstructed views of the blue waters, makes the villa a perfect setting for an unforgettable holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

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Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini - Gubbio15 BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN ITALY

We have curated the best boutique hotels in Italy for travelers looking for a unique experience, a touch of more personal service, better amenities and local Italian culture. Large chain hotels might not always be synonymous with better experience in  Read more….

 

15 Exceptional Boutique Hotels in Italy

15 OF THE BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN ITALY PROVIDING LUXURY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION, BETTER AMENITIES AND SERVICE

We have curated the best boutique hotels in Italy for travelers looking for a unique experience, a touch of more personal service, better amenities and local Italian culture. Large chain hotels might not always be synonymous with better experience in the travel service. It will not come to a surprise that boutique hotels just might be what you look for.

1. PARK HOTEL AI CAPPUCCINI – GUBBIO, UMBRIA

Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini - GubbioPark Hotel ai Cappuccini is a 17th century monastery transformed to a splendid boutique hotel of both antique and contemporary style. Located near the city center with elegant surroundings, comfortable rooms, impeccable service.  It has 92 rooms with a choice of exclusive junior suites and suites. Plenty of space, a spa, fireplaces, old paintings and contemporary works signed by great names of the Italian art, such as Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Arnaldo Pomodoro. Starts €140 / night.


2. PALAZZO MARGHERITA – BASILICATA, BERNALDA

Palazzo MargherThe Palazzo Margherita is one of the most charming small luxury hotels in Italy. The Palazzo Boutique Hotel was built by the Margherita Family in 1892, Francis Ford Coppola purchased the Palazzo in 2004 and has been completely restored by Francis and acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange. The suites are elegantly designed with Italian décor of the early 20th century, combining simple elegance with bold ornament. Starts €250 / night.

 

3. BORGO SANTO PIETRO – SIENA, TUSCANY

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A 13th century villa that is transformed to one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in Italy.  Nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, the hotel grows its own organic vegetables, herbs and even honey. The views are spectacular with a  spa and array of treatments and therapies to release stress and rejuvenate. Top rated  and one of the most sought after boutique hotels in Tuscany. Starts at €410 / night.

 


4. ALBERGO VILLA CASANOVA – LUCCA, TUSCANY

Albergo CasanovaThe owners have Albergo Villa Casanova adapted from a traditional Tuscan country style into an elegant luxury hotel. The elegant and highly rated boutique hotel is an ideal center for exploring Tuscany, including churches and monuments. The closest beach is 15 minutes away and the countryside is wonderful for walking. Starts at €400 / night.


5. ASILO MASI – PISA, TUSCANY

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It all started when the Countess Cristina Gotti Lega combined her passion for decor and true Tuscan hospitality to create a jewel-like upscale B&B that offers luxurious comforts in the privacy of a truly historic residence. Enjoy the silence of the Tuscan countryside; candlelit dinners in a quiet garden with centennial live trees; a glass of chilled white wine while sitting in the lavish Jacuzzi pool. The local cuisine is exceptional and the hotel has its own chef. Starts at €280 / night.

6. RELAIS SAN SANINO – SIENA, TUSCANY

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Relais San Sanino is immersed in the Tuscan countryside, among olive groves and wheat fields. There are four spacious and well-lit suites each one decorated differently from the other. Spacious and splendid bathrooms equipped with shower, jacuzzi and chromotherapy. The toiletries are by Ortigia. Starts at  €390 / night.

 

 

 


7. ALBERGO AL SOLE – VENETO, TREVISO

Albergo Al SoleA small luxury 5 star boutique hotel in the heart of the medieval town of Asolo, in the proximity of Treviso. The hotel has 23 rooms, each room is distinctly decorated to pamper guests in the Asolo hills. The hotel is an ideal base for trips to vineyards and wineries in the Veneto region – highly renowned for its outstanding food and wine. It is also a popular destination among cyclists and other sports enthusiasts from all over the world due to the spectacular natural landscape all around it. Starts at €170 / night.


8. ORSO GRIGIO – TRENTINO-ALTO ADIGE, SOUTH TYROL

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The Orso Grigio villa and restaurant are perched on the tree-covered hilltops of the upper Val di Non 1200 m above sea level in the heart of Trentino. The areas around Orso Grigio are surrounded by picturesque lakes, the Dolomites, verdant meadows, valleys dominated by castles, orchards, art museums and even archaeological delights. A golfer’s paradise.  It has ten elegant suites ranging from deluxe to top, guests feel at home and has complete privacy. Contact Owner for pricing.

9. DUCHESSA MARGHERITA – PIEMONTE, CUNEO

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The house was built around the middle of the Nineteenth century, belonging to a royal family. In 2009 it was bought by its present owners and restored it to its original splendour, with precious antique furniture, fireplaces and refined furnishings. Starts at €120 / night.

 

 

 


10. CASTILLO DI POSTIGNANO – PERUGIA, UMBRIA

Castello di PostignanoCastello di Postignano is a historic medieval fortified town, or borgo, that has been restored by a passionate and dedicated team. It is situated in the heart of Umbria, part of a constellation of enchanting towns and art treasures in the green, unspoilt setting of Valnerina. There are 60 unique homes gathered around the tower and the frescoed church. The views are awesome. You will fall in love with this architectural gem and its unforgettable atmosphere. Starts at €140 / night.


11. RELAIS LA COSTA – SIENA, TUSCANY

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Relais La Costa is located by the charming Senese hills near Monteriggioni village. Relais La Costa offers three types of suites and apartments. The Romantic Suites and Apartments are perfect for an idyllic holiday as a couple: suites include a bathroom with shower, heating system, a bright double bedroom and living room ,a fully-equipped kitchen. Comfort Suites are larger and designed for families or groups of friends. Spa services and pool.  Contact Owner for pricing.

12. BORGO DI CARPIANO – PERUGIA, UMBRIA

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A country retreat surrounded by oaks, lime trees, and ancient olive trees, whose incredible colours alternate themselves throughout the seasons. The hamlet belonged to Rovaldo Baldassini, father of Sant’Ubaldo, patron saint of the town of Gubbio in the 17th century. The hotel owners started the transformation in 2001, much has been added while maintaining its link to history. The borgo has now 10 rooms with very peaceful and scenic environment. Starts at €140 / night.


13. NIKI’S RESORT – PERUGIA, UMBRIA

Nikis resort3Niki’s Resort is an old village from the 11th century, the structures of the hotel are from the old Church of Santa Maria di Agnano. It is perched on the hills to the south-west of Gubbio, overlooking Valle dell’Assino that joins Gubbio and Umbertide. Niki’s Resort maintained the original materials of its medieval architecture and forms of the old hamlet. Decorated with the finest modern furnishings, it is now complete with swimming pool, gym and a nearby golf area. Starts at €110 / night.


14. BORGO DELLA MARMOTTA – SPOLETO, UMBRIA

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In the small village of Poreta, Borgo della Marmotta is a medieval hamlet transformed to a small boutique hotel. There are two types of accommodations: Classic and Superior, eight rooms in total. Each room is provided with air conditioning, heating, internet access, a tray with tea and coffee, and a minibar. Experience true Italian culture, comfort and refinement. Starts €120 / night.

 

 

15. ARGENTARIO GOLF RESORT AND SPA – GROSSETO, TUSCANY

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Located next to Porto Ercole, this luxury 5-star hotel is surrounded by cork-oak woods and centuries-old olive trees in Tuscany’s Maremma, home to hares, deer, squirrels, wild boars and a variety of bird species. For outdoor sports lovers, the resort offers three tennis courts, a football field and jogging trails. Starts at €240 / night.

 

 

 

 

Zambia’s New Luxury Wilderness

AWARD WINNING AFRICAN SAFARI COMPANY BRINGS YOU AN UNPARALLELED TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

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A place where man’s influence is rare, Zambia has become a place for authentic luxury wilderness experience. The new norm for African Safaris is not just exceptional lodges and camps but people want to experience “real” wilderness. Much of Zambia’s vast track of land is virtually untouched. One of its National Parks, the Liuwa Plain is home to the world’s second largest wildbeest migration and thousands of migratory flocks.

Time and Tide Africa, a widely known Safari tour operator offers five of the best camps in Zambia. The company’s founder Norman Carr, is a British conservationist known for setting up National Parks in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Time and Tide Africa follows the footsteps of Norman Carr and is committed to preserving the wildlife ecosystem while helping the Zambian community.

The villas have a super luxury feeling but also retains the huge adventure that safari travelers look for. Follow cheetah hunts, watch flocks of birds of 300 species. From the villa’s decks, you can watch elephants crossing the river or Impalas coming to the riverbanks for a drink.

Anyone who is serious in experiencing a once in a lifetime true safari and enjoy state of the art accommodation should take the chance to get in touch with Time and Tide Africa.

CHINZOMBO CAMP

MAMBETI – LIUWA PLAIN CAMP

MCHENJA BUSH CAMP

CHONGWE HOUSE

CHONGWE RIVER CAMP

 

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The Oitavos – Portugal

oitavos-5The Oitavos, Portugal, Lisboa, From 155,00€ to 650,00€ Room / Night

The Oitavos Hotel is a family owned and managed grand hotel that represents the pinnacle of contemporary design and innovation. It offers a modern taste of Portugal, which is simultaneously rooted in the country’s national heritage.

Aiming to embrace nature, rather than compete with it, The Oitavos’ bold design, sleek lines and elegantly simple interiors direct attention outwards – towards the stunning natural elements of the surrounding landscape and the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean.

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There are 143 Guestrooms and one private villa, all equipped with sunny private balconies. A spa, conference facility, a modern equipped fitness room, a World Class Championship 18 hole links golf course and many other indoor and outdoor facilities.

The Oitavos is an ideal place from which to enjoy your authentic Portuguese adventure. Details!

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Deep Blue Villa

deep-blue-villaDeep Blue Villa, Greece, Zakynthos Island, 4 bedrooms, private pool, internet

The Deep Blue Villa is a beautiful stone Villa located in Greece with a stunning sea view, 4 en-suite bedrooms, private pool and hydro-massage area and of course also a direct access to the sea.

Villa Deep Blue is one of in total 6 beautiful Blue Caves Villas, each with private Pool at Zakynthos. It consists of a main house and one guesthouse. The terrace of the Villa is covered. It is equipped with dining table and chairs plus a stunning view of the turquoise Ionian sea.

The Villa is a fantastic place for a wonderful holiday in Greece at Zankynthos. Details.

Villa Saraceni

saraceni-casaliotravelVilla Saraceni, Italy, Tuscany, Province of Grosseto, Maremma, Orbetello, 14-20 persons

The estate, surrounded by vineyards and fields, is located in the southern part of Tuscany, in the heart of the Maremma area, only about 5 km distant from the sea. The property is excellently situated. The area is only an hour drive from Sovana. Nearby, you will find Saturnia, with its famous hot springs, and the medieval centre of Capalbio.

The most beautiful art cities of the areas, such as Rome, Florence, Pisa and Siena can be reached in daytrips. The Natural Uccellina Park and Marine Argentario Park are only about 20 minutes drive away.

A perfect combination of culture and relaxation! More.

Villa Seneca

villa-seneca2Villa Seneca, Italy, Tuscany, Province of Siena near Pievescola, 5 bedrooms, private pool

Villa Seneca is ideally situated in a splendid, panoramic position in the Selva Natural Park, between Siena and Florence. It consists of the main villa, a beautifully positioned pool and surrounding gardens of local flora such as rosemary, lavender, yellow broom, red and white roses, cisto and much more.

The area offers opportunities for walking, hiking, jogging/running, biking and general exploring. It is a wonderful vacation spot for people who enjoy nature, combined with the possibility for numerous day trips to the nearby cultural centers of Siena, Florence, San Gimignano, Volterra and many other places within an hour driving distance.

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Corrine’s Marina Townhome – Caribbean

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Corrine’s Marina Townhome, Region Caribbean, Sint Maarten, 2 bedrooms, pool, internet.
The villa is an ideal place for as couples traveling together, and families in the Caribbean Island. Corinne’s Town Home is suitable for everyone looking to have the most luxury accommodation in St. Martin while exploring the beauty of the famed island.

Elegant and luxurious, fully air-conditioned home offers all – privacy, comfort, lovely water views, daily maid service, concierge service, private gym and garage.

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Villa Dafne

dafne3Villa Dafne, Itay, Tuscany, Pistoia, 5 bedrooms, air condition, Wifi

Villa Dafne is a beautiful vacation home close to Pistoia with 5 bedrooms, Wifi, air-condition and private pool. Inside the atmosphere is that of an ancient villa: all the traditional details have been maintained and the reorganization of spaces has been contained. Modern comforts and innovative elements – air conditioning system, independent in each room, washing-dryer machine and Internet connection – have been introduced with sobriety.

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Villa Danza

danzza-casalioVilla Danza, Italy, Tuscany, Region of Siena near Siena, 8 Bedrooms, Private Pool, Air Conditioning

Description: Everything about this house gives it the feeling of a private residence, the furniture and soft furnishings, the decoration and those extra touches make it a family home. An extraordinary house in a marvellous position amongst gently rolling hills, with views over Siena. Extremely well furnished.

The house is on a 35 acre estate of olive groves. Stay inspired and find out more about Villa Danza! Details

Villa Antimo

antimoVilla Antimo, Italy, Toskana, Montalcino, Grosseto, 6 Bedrooms, 12 Persons, Private pool

The villa Antimo is located only about 15 Km from Montalcino between Montegiovi and Castelnuovo in the Val d’Orcia Region. The area is one of the most exclusive places of Tuscany declared by UNESCO world heritage. The Villa has 6 bedrooms and can accomodate up to 12 person. It is a fantastic place for families and friends for a holiday. The sea can be reached in about 50 minutes by car.

Outside the Villa there is a covered dining terrace and a barbecue. The private rooftop swimming pool is filled with saltwater and a separate solar shower. Also for the guests in front of the pool are available comfortable deckchairs.

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Villa Sambuco

sambucoVilla Sambuco, Italy, Umbria, Terni, Orvieto, 5 bedrooms, pool, internet

Built in 19th century as a self-sufficient farmhouse completed with cattle shed, pigsty and barn, Villa Sambuco has been restored in 1998 and rennovated in 2010 using traditional material as wood, clay and stone. It overlooks a green pasture where you can see sheep grazing.

The land of the property is some 7 hectares, part of which are completely fenced to prevent guests pets wandering around. Only 15 min drive from Orvieto, one of the most beautiful Italian town, one hour drive from Rome, and few minutes from some very nice medieval small villages, which still distinguish the look and the atmosphere of country central Italy.

Guests bicycles at free disposal. Nearby horse riding.

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Villa Palagi

palagi3Villa Palagi, Villa in Italiy, Umbria, Province Terni close to Orvieto, 6-12 persons, private pool

Villa Palagi is a former farmhouse, which has been completely restored into a luxury vacation villa. The furnishing is light, bright and modern. Situated within an organic farm estate, set on a hill of Umbria on the border with Tuscany, and on the edge of the Monte Rufeno national park, the green heart of Italy.

The beautiful furnishing of the Villa and the location itself offer best conditions for a relaxing and peaceful vacation. There is a large swimming pool with traditional stone barbecue and pizza oven. The Villa has a beautiful terrace and a nice garden which is ideal for children.

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Villa Carlotta

breakfast-at-carlottaItaly, Villa Carlotta, Umbria, area of Perugia close to Pierantonio, 4 – 8 Persons

Villa Carlotta is situated in Northern Umbria close to the borders with Tuscany and only 15 minutes drive from the bustling university town of Perugia. This beautiful Villa is located beautifully amid a large private estate, newly refurnished and providing comfortable accommodation for families and friends to enjoy a relaxing retreat in one of the most beautiful private nature reserves in Italy. The Villa is set among the rolling Umbrian hills. It dominates the spectacular valley of Monte Tezio and it is located 20 km from Perugia and 15 km from Lake Trasimeno.

There are plenty of opportunities for viewing local wildlife, as the estate is also a nature reserve and farm.

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Villa Gherardesca

gherardesca-casalioVilla Gherardesca, Italy, Tuscany, Province of Pisa, 10+2 Persons, Guardistallo

The villa is located in the hilly landscape of Tuscany, close to Guardistallo and about 14 Km distant from the coast but also some of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany like San Gimignano, Volterra, Lucca, Pisa are not too far and can be visited on a half day trip or day trip. The beauty of the Tuscan countryside, combined with refined interior decor, makes this Villa so homely. An approx. 1 km long entrance over an not tarred street leads to the house.

Located very peacefully, in panoramic position in the hilly landscape of the area. The villa includes all comforts for its guests.

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