Christian Jagodzinski is a world traveler who loves the services and amenities of upscale hotels, as well as the seclusion and character of rentable private estates. Often disappointed with European vacation homes leased via the Internet, the German entrepreneur had difficulty finding all the traits he wanted in one place.
Most would agree: When it comes to vacation properties, it would be ideal to have the peacefulness of a home with the services of a hotel. Problem is, that combo ain’t easy to find. Unless you’re traveling to Aspen, Miami, St. Tropez or Marbella, Spain, that is. Then it exists through this Miami-based villa-rental company, which offers 11 luxury homes in said destinations, complete with daily housekeeping services and access to a concierge. Now you can have it all.
When globe trotting Internet entrepreneur Christian Jagodzinski constantly found that he had to choose between the services of a five-star hotel and the exclusivity of a private villa, he created a company that offered both. Villazzo VillaHotels provides vacation rentals of some of the most stylish, luxurious homes in the hottest of hot spots (Aspen, Miami, St. Tropez and Marbella), plus deluxe hotel-style amenities like chauffeured airport pick-up, child care, personal concierge assistance and spa therapists that come directly to your front door. Book early, Villazzo has a fiercely loyal seen-it-all jet-set clientele that includes Derek Jeter and Jaime Foxx.
Contact: President Christian Jagodzinski,
Phone: (305) 777-0146; Fax: (305) 777-0147;
Email: Christian.email@example.com; Website: www.villazzo.com
Back in the U.S.A, for clients who want to forego the traditional hotel stay in favor of an ultra-exclusive setting, suggest one of Villazzo VillaHotels’ (www.villazzo.com) two Aspen abodes – VillaHotel Bear’s Creek or VillaHotel La Niche. Villazzo’s aptly named VillaHotels afford the privacy and exclusivity of a villa, but offer the same amenities and services – think chauffeurs, butlers and beauticians – of a luxury hotel, including a hotel manager.
If you like the range of services you get in a hotel but also want the privacy of a villa, you can now have both with Villazzo’s VillaHotels. One of the most glamorous is VillaHotel Village, a new property in St Tropez designed to fit in with its ancient surroundings. Close to the market, shops, port, bars and restaurants, it is also a great escape, with a private garden and pool, a well-equipped farm-house kitchen, a huge lounge and seven very chic bedrooms.
Nice? It’s absolutely gorgeous. The aging rocker Rod Stewart bought a £3.3 million house in the South of France for himself and his fiancée Penny Lancaster last week to add to his properties in the US and England.
As if you needed another reason to go to Aspen. But her are two more: VILLAHOTEL BEAR’S CREEK AND VILLAHOTEL GEORGINA. Located minutes from Aspen Mountain, these two properties bring the number of Villazzo retreats to a delightful dozen. Like all of the Miami-based company’s fancy escapes (which are rentable by the day, week, or month), this duet offers five-star-hotel-style services in a home (without the hassles of hotel stays or homeownership).
Before contracting syphilis and then dying of cardiac arrest in 1947, the original gangsta, Al Capone, lived in a mansion on Palm Island, Florida. That home was torn down and replaced by a palatial, Spanish-style residence called Casa Contenta. Now you and your posse can check in. It’s one of three Florida villas for rent at about $70, 000 a week from Villazzo VillaManagement.
What do you get when you combine a hotel with a villa? A VillaHotel, that’s what, and a travel experience synonymous with luxury and style. The Villazzo VillaHotels are located at the finest addresses from Miami to St. Tropez, Marbella, and Aspen. Guests have a fabulous place that they don’t have to share with anyone else, and they choose a staff that’s ready to cater to their every whim-everything from butlers and chefs to beauticians and chauffeurs.
Imagine if you could take your family or a big group of friends to a private vacation villa in, say, Marbella, Miami or St. Tropez. The villa is perfectly located for privacy but still central to the beach, buzzed about new restaurants and any sights you might want to meander through on a lazy afternoon. It is outfitted with a pool, billiard room, home theater, chef?s kitchen, fitness center and amenities like WiFi, Godiva chocolates for munching, a full library of DVDs and the plushest robes you?ll find outside a Four Seasons. And, most impossibly, there is a staff of concierges, housekeepers, cooks and other good time facilitators on standby, ready to address your whims on a moments? notice.
VILLAZZO TAKES ROCKY MOUNTAIN VACATIONING TO
NEW HEIGHTS WITH ASPEN VILLAHOTELS
Bear's Creek and Georgina latest additions to global portfolio
There's a new peak vacation experience in the Rocky Mountains - or, more precisely, two of them. Villazzo, the innovative Miami-based VillaHotel company, recently opened two new VillaHotel properties in Aspen, Colorado, bringing its global portfolio of ultra-luxury residences to twelve. Bear's Creek and VillaHotel Georgina, are graced with Villazzo's notable five-star hotel-style services. Each has its own interior style and personality, with the design and furnishings reflecting contrasting tastes. Both are located mere minutes from Aspen Mountain.
VillaHotels offer service and seclusion
ASPEN'S HOTELS BOAST TOP-TIER CUISINE, splendid amenities, and services that would make the Gosford Park crew swoon. Many upper-crust travelers, however, crave something a little different- a sense of personal dominion, of homespun comfort and manorly refinement. Fortunately for them, two elegant new villa properties have sprung up courtesy of Villazzo, whose VillaHotels- already the rage in Miami, St. Tropez, and Marbella, Spain- combine the highest standards of hospitality with plenty of personal space. Guests choose the desired amenities (think-well stocked wine cellars and minibars, flower services, and spa treatments) and enjoy the pampering of a staff that includes butlers, nannies chauffeurs, and chefs.
Hawaii, the Hamptons, and the New England coast have become as popular with renters as the hills of Tuscany. The new territory: Whistler, British Columbia, and California's wine country .Domestic rentals used to be a straightforward business facilitated by local real estate agents, but new villa companies are stepping in and offering concierge-based services. Summer is obviously the key time to visit coastal destinations. But if you book in early September, when school is back in session, you'll find better rates. For ski properties, January (following the holidays) and late spring are the best times to find deals
You- yes, you, the delirious one still biding time in a West Avenue rental apartment waiting for prices to somehow fall lower than they were when you signed that lease in 2002- can still get in on South Florida's real-estate boom. Pick up Miami local Matthew Martinez's new book, 2 years to a Million Real Estate ($21.95), which hits Amazon.com and the shelves of Barnes & Noble this month. Martinez lays out a step-by-step strategy for locating the best rental properties, managing tenants and getting rid of that pesky day job.
When Christian Jagodzinski, left, retired at age 29, having sold his on-line book business to Amazon, he took two years off to travel the world. 'I was travelling on rather a high budget', he explains. 'But when I rented properties I found that there were no guarantees of quality or service. You're working with estate agents, not hoteliers. Once they've got their commission, that's it.'
The problem, from Christian Jagodzinski's perspective, is that you can't get the service of a 5-star hotel when you rent a house. It's that simple, and he has a simple solution: build a network of vacation rental properties that come stuffed to the gills with superior hotel service that is anything but star-crossed.
Villazzo, the Miami-based VillaHotel company, opened two new VillaHotel properties in Aspen, Colo., bringing its global portfolio of luxury residences to 12. Bear's Creek and VillaHotel Georgina feature the company's hotel-style services. Each is individually designed and both are located minutes from Aspen Mountain. VillaHotel Georgina is located in the hills of Smuggler Mountain, minutes from Aspen.
Casa Contenta, a $20 million mansion on Miami's Palm Island, is part of the collection of villa hotel company Villazzo, which offers hotel-like service in personal villas for guests. The mansion has an enormous pool with a waterfall grotto, and the guest bedrooms are decorated thematically for different countries. In the off-season, nightly rates start at $11,600. During high season, they rocket up to $17,700, with a three-night minimum stay for new guests. The rates include staff (such as chefs, butlers, nannies and masseuses) and airport pickup in a limo.
For more information, call 877-VILLAZZO or visit www.villazzo.com.
Marbella is exactly the kind of place where you might expect to find a property scandal. Awash with cash, the city is characterized in part by the march of lavish estates of villas ever further up the mountainside, the better to secure views across the sea to Morocco. Sunning myself by the pool of one such villa, it was not so surprising to hear the Spanish government had recently dissolved Marbella's city council as part of a corruption investigation into allegations that huge bribes were taken by local officials in exchange for permitting thousands of illegal developments. It's a plot worthy of the trashiest of holiday novels, but our deeply tanned neighbors, pottering about their grounds skimpy attire, did not seem perturbed by the news, and the bustle of the harbour continued unabated in the distance.
A quaint little fisherman's cottage in Cornwall isn't everybody's idea of heaven. So for them, there's Beachmodern (07929 205727; www.beachmodern.com), a new company offering spacious (sleeping up to 20 people) and- crucially - modern, catered or self-catering holiday accommodation in Bude. Properties can be rented for weekends, short breaks or per week and cost from ₤ 200 in mid-season.
Australia gets cooler by the minute with W Hotel in Sydney, The Marque in Melbourne and Empire Retreat in Western Australia. Austravel's aptly names Cool Collection (0870 166 2070, www.austravel.com) features everything you need for a trendy honeymoon Down Under. And hip Aussie swimwear label Sunseeker (www.sunseekerswimwear.com), just launched in the UK, is a honeymoon essential.
Are you bored with run-of-the-mill package holidays and would love to do something a little more meaningful when you travel? Hands Up Holidays (0800 783 3554/ www.handsuptravel.com) could have just the trip for you. With destinations including Morocco, Peru (below), Mexico and turkey, the new company offers a range of unique holidays for people who want to combine a proper break with some volunteer work. On the nine-day Taste of Thailand In Style trip, which takes in Bangkok's temples and The Bridge over the River Kwai, three days are dedicated to tsunami relief work in Khao Lak province. Price from ₤1,400pp, including meals. British Airways (0870 850 9850/ www.ba.com) offers flights to Bangkok from ₤450.
A classic schooner, a converted abbey in Burgundy, low-key luxury on the Yucatan coast and a new concept in villas - there are thousands of new places to stay in 2006, but here are four you won't want to miss.
Room service, Bulgari toiletries and a humidor are among the perks at a new kind of luxury rental properties.
When is a hotel a villa? When it's a Villazzo home. This Miami-based company appears to have identified a gap - or possibly a ravine - in the luxury holiday homes market. "There are luxury hotel brands such as Mandarin Oriental and Ritz-Carlton", says Christian Jagodzinski, 37, Villazo's founder, "but if you go beyond that, to the private home market, there are no global names."
It's a conundrum faced by many high-end travelers when they go on vacation. Do they want the space and the seclusion afforded by the rental of a private home, or do they want the amenities, like daily housekeeping and access to a concierge, that come with a hotel stay?
They were revered for their entrepreneurial acumen and vilified when the tech boom went bust. More recently former tech execs like Steve M. Case and James Clark have been riding a second wave - the real estate market. Case, former chairman of AOL Time Warner, is now the majority owner in Miraval, a spa in Arizona. Thomas Jermoluk, former head of ExciteAtHome, partnered with Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape and Healtheon, to build a pair of luxury condo towers in Miami. They say they learned enough not to get buried twice. That makes us wonder: Are these guts leading indicators of a real estate bust? Some other former dot-commers: ~ Sara Clemence
Aspiring high-flyers until recently faced lengthy and complicated training before they could make a coveted solo hang-gliding flight. Now Airways Airsports, together with the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA), has fast-track training courses that take only ten days instead of the usual two years. The courses were started by Judy Leden, a three times world hang-gliding champion. Students are towed by a microlight for tandem flights with an instructor.
Villazzo brings five-star hotel service to private-home rentals.
Villazzo Founder and CEO Christian Jagodzinski has a knack for identifying a good business opportunity. He started the world's first online bookstore in his native Germany in 1991, and what he did with the wealth he amassed by selling the company to Amazon.com in 1998 allowed him to identify a void in the luxury lodging market.
Villazzo rental properties offer consummate service in venerable locations
In Miami you can stay at a former homer of Al Capone. In Aspen you can stay in a five-bedroom cabin slopeside in the Highlands. And in Marbella you can stay at a 10,000-square-foot villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa. All of these properties are part of Villazzo's international catalog of carefully selected villa rentals. "Big hotel chimes do a great job with their amenities and services, but lack a personal touch", says Villazzo creator and owner Christian Jagodzinski. "Boutique hotels and villa rental brokers can provide a unique place for you to stay, but they're often unreliable when it comes to fulfilling the needs of a luxury traveler. Our company takes the finest homes in different regions and creates private, full-service, hotel-like atmosphere complete with room service, spa treatment, housekeeping and concierge."