We’re thrilled – but not entirely surprised – to announce that on this year’s Condé Nast Traveler list of Top Travel Experts, 17 of the villa and travel specialist companies selected are UltraVilla members. Not to mention that one of these, Barge Lady Cruises, was only one of two specialists chosen for European canal barges. A big congratulations to these experts for their continuing achievements and commitment to providing nothing but the best when it comes to luxury rental accommodation. So who are these impressive laureates? Discover them below.


Countess Simonetta Brandolini d’Alba – Best in Italy

With more than 30 years in the business, Countess Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda guarantees the very best with her exceptional collection of villas, castles, palaces, and country homes, all with the most attentive staff and service.

Erica Berman – Haven in

Erica Berman applies her 20+ years in the rental business to arrange the perfect luxurious holidays in Paris, London, Provence and Tuscany at her extensive repertoire of beautiful city apartments and refined countryside villas.

Sylvia Delvaille Jones – Villas and Apartments Abroad

Sylvia Delvaille Jones and her team strive to create the most memorable experiences and meet the needs of all of their clients thanks to their award-winning portfolio of villas, chalets and lodges found in the best locations around the globe.

Annie Flogaus – Just France

Celebrating 25 years in the villa rental business, the team at Just France uses its vast knowledge of France to provide their clients with the top villas and luxury apartments across the country.

Martin Frankenberg – Matueté

Matueté is the go-to top trip planning and accommodation specialist for Brazil. From arranging VIP tickets to Carnival to selecting the perfect luxury villas across the country, Martin Frankenberg and his team bring the best of Brazil to discerning global travelers.

Marina Gratsos – Carpe Diem Luxury Travel

One of the leading villa specialists with worldwide coverage, Carpe Diem Luxury Travel has access to the most exclusive, chicest and glamorous properties on the rental market anywhere.

Warren de Long – Blandings

Blandings represents the highest levels of comfort and the most unique properties in the United Kingdom and southern Europe offering unparalleled service thanks to Warren de Long’s 30+ years as a luxury property consultant.

Andrew Loyd – Loyd and Townsend Rose

Since 1999 Andrew Loyd has been designing completely bespoke trips for affluent travelers at the most exclusive manor houses, castles, and historic homes across the United Kingdom, Scotland and Ireland.

Henrietta Loyd – cazenove+loyd

In the safari business over 25 years ago, Henrietta Loyd and team are considered as the leading international experts on Africa and the Indian Ocean. They organize ultimate safari experiences and holidays at luxury lodges, beachfront house and villas across the continent.

Anne Pawsat-Dressler – Hawaii Hideaways

With a portfolio of the finest beachfront villas across the Hawaiian archipelago, Anne Pawsat-Dressler and her team know what exclusive clients want and provide this with the utmost attention to detail require to meet their high standards.

Patrice Salezze – Papavero Villas

Patrice Salezze specializing in crafting personalized Italian villa experiences. From charming intimate villas to sprawling historic homes, she works carefully with her clients to design their perfect Italian experience.

Mara Solomon – Homebase Abroad

Homebase Abroad is not merely a list of high-end properties, but rather a selection of stunning one-of-a-kind luxury villas, carefully curated and inspected seasonally by Mara Solomon.

Cedric Reversade – Unique Properties & Events

The team of Unique Properties and Events offer extremely personalized services bringing together luxury villa rentals, global events and an international travel concierge service all in one.

Tim Roney – Villa Concierge

Tim Roney brings his 30 years in villa rentals to provide his clients with the finest private properties in the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Amalfi Coast,Tuscany, Capri, the Cote d’Azur and Provence.

Ellen Sack – Barge Lady Cruises

The only CNT European barge specialist, Ellen Sacks is known the world over for her top collection of luxury barges cruising the rivers and canals of Europe.

Ileana von Hirsch – Five Star Greece 

Ileana von Hirsch and her team at Five Star Greece use their extensive experience and knowledge of Greece to provide the absolute best fully-serviced villas, beachfront properties and yachts available in this gorgeous country.

Peg Walsh – St Barth Properties

With over 25 years in the luxury rental business, Peg Walsh and her team can arrange the perfect luxury villa on Saint Barthélmey with their impressive 190-strong portfolio.

Meet the rest of our exceptional international villa rental experts here.