The arrival of autumn and its fresh crisp air compels some travelers to seek out cozy country retreats where they can admire the vibrant tableaux of fall leaves or mountain getaways where they can enjoy the first snow falls. There’s no better place to stay snug in the evenings then by a crackling fire. From a lavish cabin in Colorado to a magnificent castle in Scotland, here are 10 luxurious vacation rentals with fabulous fireplaces.

Chalet Le Chardon – Val D’Isère, France

Situated just to the side of Solaise Mountain, Chalet Le Chardon is the ideal retreat for ski enthusiasts of all levels. This luxurious villa, available through Ultimate Luxury Chalets, boasts 10 en-suite bedrooms with floor to ceiling windows offering unparalleled views of the Manchet Valley and Vanoise National Park and a fabulous outdoor fireplace and other outdoor stoves.

Chalet Le Chardon’s two separate living areas, large entertainment room, cosy study, and full dining room makes it a fitting choice for families and large groups. The expansive private terrace is superb location for unforgettable barbecues. During winter, drinks can be served from a hand-crafted snow bar.

After an energetic day on the slopes, guests can ski back or opt for luxurious private car service to return to Chalet Le Chardon for afternoon tea and cake will be served. Unwind from skiing in one of two private hot tubs (one outdoors) with a glass of champagne or swim laps in the chalet’s 18ft swim spa. Chalet Le Chardon also offers treatments by fully trained physiotherapists, and a grand fireplace where you can take a break in opulent style before hitting the slopes again in the morning.

Plan your next late autumn or early winter escape to Chalet Le Chardon with Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.

Villa F – Venice, Italy

Luxurious and exclusive, the 16th-century Villa F offers 11 opulent suites in what was once served as a residence to a number of noble Venetian families. Following a careful restoration, Villa F has transitioned into a new concept in Venetian hospitality, catering to sophisticated travelers who wish to experience Venice with modern flair.

Villa F is located on Giudecca Island, known as “the Soho of the Lagoon,” which remains a well-kept secret. A welcome escape from the swarms of tourists in the city center, Villa F allows for a serene stay while remaining a close to the city center for shopping, restaurants, and easy access to Venice’s best museums. Thanks to Villa F’s private shuttle boat service, available daily around the clock for guests departing from its dock to all the sister Bauer Hotels at San Marco, transportation from Giudecca into the center has never been easier. The Villa’s conciergerie can also organize custom water transfers to and from the airport as well as tours to other islands in the lagoon.

Villa F’s charm lies in its history. The historic property itself was extremely popular in the early 20th century when it was an upscale pensione. During that era, Villa F catered to an eclectic clientele of painters, writers, and actors such as Gabriele D’Annunzio, Eleonora Duse, and Mabel Holland. After many years of careful restoration, the Villa F reopened to guests who can now revel in its  original wall frescoes and Italian and Venetian ‘Terrazzo’ floors without sacrificing in contemporary luxuries.

Each of Villa F’s 11 residences is unique and varies in size and many have beautiful fireplaces. For example, the Residenza Opale, pictured above, is a large one-bedroom studio with a working fireplace and wet bar cabinet. The smaller Residenza Turchese offers a one bedroom residence with an en-suite bathroom and a living room, featuring a dry bar cabinet and garden views or for more space, the Residenza F includes two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, large closets, a powder room and a living room with eight north-facing windows, featuring gorgeous views of San Marco.

All guests can enjoy Villa F’s extensive three-acre gardens, which include a beautiful meditation pool, as well as full access to the facilities of the nearby Palladio Hotel & Spa and the De Pisis Restaurant at the Bauer Palazzo Hotel. With stunning views of San Marco’s renowned square and the Santa Maria della Salute church, Villa F makes for a memorable stay in the floating city.

Fork Cabin – Aspen, Colorado, USA

Set on the Roaring River and facing an open view of the mountains, this unique four-bedroom rental by Villas and Apartments Abroad is located in a chic location in Aspen, only a short walk from the heart of of the city. It boasts a 2,500 sq. ft. of outdoor living space with custom fire feature and spa.

There’s no better place to warm up after a fun day on the slopes than in front of the crackling fireplace on this amazing cabin’s exquisite multi-level terrace where you can savor the sights and sounds of the incredible Aspen Mountain and the Roaring Fork River. For the brave in winter, dine at the harvest table made of reclaimed teak wood found in a pergola. Afterwards, sooth your muscles in the heated spa.

Indoors, you’ll be in awe of the living area with eleven-foot ceilings, a custom fireplace with hand-wrought copper mantel, exposed wood beams and whole wall of windows, creating a beautiful natural living painting. The cocktail area, complete with four leather swivel chairs, stonework, a cowhide rug, original artwork and a rustic chandelier, is the perfect place for a before or after dinner drink.

Home chefs will love the cabin’s professionally equipped kitchen fitted out with granite stone countertops, custom designer cabinets and top-of-the-line appliances and culinary tools. There is also an outdoor kitchen, situated just outside the indoor kitchen.

Accommodation is divided amongst four bedrooms, three of which are splendid master suites and the fourth a kids’ bunkroom with two custom-made, oversized twin beds with personal, in-bunk TVs and Xbox One. The crème de la crème of all the bedrooms is the Aspen Terrace Master with unbelievable views of the mountains, an exceptional king-sized hand-forged iron canopy bed adorned with a double pillow top mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets and Ralph Lauren bedding. The en-suite bathroom is virtually a spa in itself and has a stone double vanity, water closet, soaking tub and walk-in shower.

While feeling very much secluded, guests can reach the center of town on foot in ten minutes via  the adjacent Rio Grande Trail. Here you’ll find Aspen’s five-star restaurants and excellent range of high-end shopping.

Pamper yourself on a deluxe ski trip to Aspen with Villas and Apartments Abroad here.

Glenapp Castle – Scotland, U.K.

Envelop yourself in the warmth of the stunning rooms and fantastic fireplaces of this sprawling 19th-century castle located near Scotland’s southwest coastline.  Built for the Earl of Inchcape, the regal residence has been opened to guests since 2000 and is available through Loyd & Townsend Rose. The building immediately impresses with its formidable stone exterior and you are greeting with sublime Victorian splendour found throughout the interiors.

The wonderful castle is set within 36 acres of private grounds that are completely secluded and for the exclusive use of the castle guests. They include an Italian Garden designed by the renowned 19th-century garden architect Gertrude Jekyll. You can spend your days meandering the laneways and taking in the changing leaves and crisp autumn air, plus undertake further hiking and exploring in this lovely part of Scotland.

The castle’s 17 guest rooms have been individually and luxuriously styled with a unique blend of fabrics, furnishings, antiques, artwork and open fires. Several of the suites feature magnificent views over the surrounding woodland and the sea. Your stay will be capped off in the evenings with divine meals in the castle’s award-winning restaurant.

Experience the best of Scotland at the Glenapp by contacting Loyd & Townsend Rose at this link.

Chateau Mireille – Provence, France

Enjoy mild autumn and winter days in Provence in this seven-bedroom 18th-century manor, or bastide, situated near the charming St-Rémy-de-Provence and available through Haven in.

Chateau de Mireille exudes classic French style with its elegant antiques, original artwork, and classic architectural features such as terracotta tiles, and high, wood beam ceilings. With two polished living rooms, a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, a formal dining room with large fireplace (and several other decorative ones throughout), a study, a master bedroom, and three additional bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, Chateau de Mireille makes for a luxurious stay with family or friends.

The phenomenal grounds feature a formal garden with manicured topiary, a wonderful in-ground pool with a terrace overlooking the gardens, a tennis court, and a variety of outdoor seating and dining areas. From alluring lavender fields to rolling vineyards and from vibrant villages to the breathtaking Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles, some of the region’s best features are at your fingertips.

During your stay, a housekeeper will prepare breakfast as well as take care of some light tidying— allowing you to sit back and enjoy your time in Provence.

Discover more about this singular villa by reaching out to Haven in here.

Casa Chimera – Klosters, Switzerland

After an exciting day of skiing, there is nothing better than unwinding in front of a log fire. With its comfy couches and prominent fireplace, families will especially love staying at PT Ski’s Casa Chimera. Built in 2005 as a luxury family home, the chalet is near the lifts and centre of Klosters village. Its spacious feel and Alpine charm makes Casa Chimera ideal for family getaways.

With spacious rooms able to accommodate up to 10 guests in five beautiful bedrooms, each with its own bathroom or shower room, the chalet is a perfect fit for your next family vacation. The space features an open-plan living space divided into three sections: a double-height living room with cosy sofas, a game room separated by a grand, double-sided fireplace, and a dining area with a spacious table that sits 14. Conveniently situated near the dining area, the kitchen is also on the first floor. Just off the hallway, guest will find an entertainment center fully equipped with a widescreen TV.

The chalet’s two master bedrooms are located on the second floor, each with its own fireplace and en-suite bathroom. Down the hall, there is another double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. On the ground floor, there are two bedrooms featuring twin beds with en-suite bathrooms, perfect for kids. The ground floor also features a sauna and separate power shower. Additionally, as a luxurious touch, the ski boot racks in the ski room are heated.

While traveling with kids can be stressful, the chalet has a dedicated, live-in staff of two who help facilitate your stay by preparing both breakfasts and late afternoon tea to help you unwind after hitting the slopes. Each evening, they also prepare and serve a four course dinner, preceded by canapés.

PT Ski’s expert staff will help you take care of the details ahead of time. Contact them here to start planning your next luxury ski holiday in Klosters.

Schloss Kogl – Salzkammergut, Austria

As the snow starts sprinkling the mountaintops of Austria, retreat to the cozy and elegant environment of Schloss Kogl. The beautiful baroque castle is nestled within the country’s largest private forest in the Salzkammergut Lake District. This enchanting region east of Salzburg, dotted with pristine lakes, pre-alpine mountains, dense forests and charming villages, was once the countryside playground of Austria’s aristocracy, a favorite holiday spot of the Emperor and the country’s intellectual and artistic elite.

Built from the mid-18th century, the castle has been in the family of the Barons of Mayr-Melnhof since 1872. In the early 2000s the family began to carefully restore the castle to its previous glory. Guests will find a refined and comfortable series of rooms decorated in a fin-du-siècle style with elegant furnishings, antiques, paintings and lovely woodwork. Among these is the wonderful living room, pictured above, home to the grand piano and a gorgeous fireplace from the époque.

You can enjoy the pleasures of the region right on the castle’s spectacular grounds, by strolling through its gardens and private forest, plus nearby are breathtaking national parks, picture-perfect villages and magical Salzburg. If you visit in the late autumn you can also do your Christmas shopping at the area’s fabulous holiday markets.

Relax in Austrian refinement at Schloss Kogl at this link.

Villa di Torno – Lake Como, Italy

Experience the grandeur of the Italian Lake District at this spectacular villa with an intimate winter living room with decorative fireplace, crystal chandelier and family portraits as well as two double doors open to balcony to soak up a few gentle winter rays off Lake Como.

In the exquisite repertoire of Homebase Abroad, the stylish villa offers central air and heating for year-round comfort. Guests can relax on its spacious and private lakefront terrace to admire the breathtaking views of Cernobbio, Villa d’Este and and stunning sunsets.

Villa di Torno can accommodate up to 16 guests, with 12 in the main villa and an additional four in the equally luxurious Mansarda building. Italian aristocratic refinement are throughout the villas, from the grand Carrara marble staircase to the divine formal dining room. The old and the new are beautifully balanced thanks to antiques and historic paintings combined with excellent modern amenities like brand new walk-in closets, plasma TV screens and a semi professional kitchen with granite countertops.

On warm days, guests can spend time in the beautifully furnished outdoor living and dining spaces and the lakeside Conservatory. To facilitate your stay, Homebase Abroad suggests arranging the services of a skippered Venetian Taxi charter to be able to enjoy the pleasures of the lake and its neighboring villages to the fullest. The Alps are also nearby, making the property ideal for a few day trips to the slopes.

Take an opulent and cozy holiday on Lake Como by reaching out to Homebase Abroad at this link.

Chalet Mon Izba – Verbier, Switzerland

With panoramic views across the village below and expansive accommodation for up to 12 people spread over five floors, the Chalet Mon Izba creates a memorable, luxe ambiance, especially cozied up around its wonderful living room fireplace.

Available through Ultimate Luxury Chalets, Chalet Mon Izba is located in the mountains in the Sonalon area of Verbier, maximizing your connection to the natural landscape, while remaining close to the restaurants, bars, and shopping in Verbier’s city center.

After a day of skiing or exploration, relax in the living room next to the toasty fireplace and continue to savor the chalet’s exceptional views. After dark, settle into the plush entertainment room to watch the latest film while your kids play Nintendo Wii in the comfy TV room. An extensive entertainment system and all-round WiFi broadband will keep you entertained throughout your stay. Additionally, Chalet Mon Izba’s extensive wine cellar provides an intimate environment for enjoying a glass of wine and perusing the considerable wine collection.

Mon Izba’s private spa is one of the best in the Alps. With panoramic views of the mountains, the indoor pool and outdoor hot tub bring the stunning landscape to you, while the floor to ceiling glass sinks below the terrace, allowing guests to take in the crisp mountain air or prefer to stay cosy indoors. The adjoining massage room is separated from the pool by one way glass allowing for maximum privacy, while the sauna and hammam provide the perfect way to unwind after an active day on the ski slopes. Moreover, the state-of-the-art gym looks out over the outdoor hot tub across to the impressive mountains in the distance.

Contact Ultimate Luxury Chalets here to start planning your perfect ski trip to Verbier.

For some Christmas is the time for family, however, New Year’s Eve is the time for friends. Whether you’re looking for a lively escape in a big European city or want to ring in the new year in the privacy of a luxurious and spectacular hideaway, our global experts have come up with this fabulous roundup of perfect villas and chalets to cap off 2017 and hail 2018…. perhaps even in the comfort of your own private night club!


Chalet Truffe Blanche – Verbier. Switzerland

Bring 18 friends together for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve in the chic Swiss ski resort of Verbier where you’ll find amazing skiing, a lively festive ambiance and your own private nightclub at the extraordinary Chalet Truffe Blanche, in the exemplary repertoire of Ultimate Luxury Chalets.

One of Verbier’s most exclusive chalets, the sprawling 3,000 m2 luxury rental is decorated in lavish Italian silks, rich textures and 17th-century inspired furnishings. The refined living areas feature gorgeous teak floors running and include a plush drawing room a formal dining room which seats 20 comfortably, two living rooms with roaring fireplaces and a French style library. Each of the seven suites and two superior bedrooms has been individually decorated combining classic elegance with modern comforts and design.  There are two large terraces which have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valley beyond.

The vast 1500m2 spa is an undeniable highlight. The Roman inspired wellness center includes a 15m indoor pool, an exotic Turkish hammam with Ottoman-style domes, a relaxation area with nine treatment rooms, a Finnish sauna, home cinema, sushi and vodka bar, wine cellar, pool table…. And its own private nightclub. Extending over 130m2, the nightclub includes everything you could possibly want for your own private New Year’s Eve party, from a much needed DJ booth, dance floor and sleek bar.

You might not even need to leave the chalet on December 31st, however, if you do want to kick start or finish off your celebration, our local experts recommend the bar at Pub Mont Fort, Le Farinet or the renowned Farm Club. Many visitors also fill the main streets of the resort for some midnight cheer. Regardless of your exact plans, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible start to 2018 at this phenomenal chalet.

Reach out to Ultimate Luxury Chalet here before the Truffe Blanche gets booked up by someone else!


House On A Dune – Harbour Island, The Bahamas

As tiny as Harbour Island is, it’s huge for the amount of fun to be had surrounding New Year’s Eve and the perfect stylish base on the island is the sleek House on a Dune villa which is still available through Pamela H. Murdock from December 26th to January 2nd.

“Between beach parties, fireworks and the annual Junkanoo (a parade with costumes, music and dancing), this Bahamian island has become so popular that houses are booked months and months in advance,” explains Pamela. “By now trying to find an available house is near impossible unless there’s been a cancellation… and there has been this one.”

The five bedroom House on a Dune is an ultra contemporary and very cool house right on the island’s famous pale pink sand beach. This remarkable property is hidden from the road amidst 1.5 acres of tropical vegetation and sitting atop a 35’ dune.

The contemporary villa was designed by an award winning architect who sought to create a structure that was “simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; primitive, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant; raw, yet refined.” There is seamless indoor and outdoor living from its living and dining areas which open onto verandas protected from the elements by the deep overhangs of the gabled roof and retractable glass walls. Steps from the house, guests can take a short path down to the stunning pink sand beach.

Inside you can also find a dining area with a table for up to 12, beyond which is the kitchen, which can be closed off by recycled cedar doors. The five bedrooms all have are ensuite baths, that of the master bedroom has a freestanding tub and shower.

Ideal for both a family or a group of friends, find the right vibe for a fabulous New Year’s Eve in the Caribbean on beautiful Harbour Island by contacting Pamela H. Murdock at this link

Via Degli Orti – Rome, Italy

Be in the heart of Rome’s historic and cool Trastevere district at the stylish Via Degli Orti, for ringing in the New Year in this an ageless city ideal. The festive season goes on into January so Roma will still be abuzz in the holiday spirit.

Within the portfolio of Homebase Abroad, the property is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac at the foot of the Gianicolo hill, one of Rome’s original seven and today popular with local Roman families. The building dates back to the 17th century when it was constructed to house artists’ studios, a purpose it served into the early 20th century when the painters Giorgio De Chirico and Filippo de Pisis had a studio here. Currently owned by designers, the underlying essence of the building lies on.

The particular configuration of both outdoor and interior spaces are one of the highlights of this beautiful city abode. This element is accentuated by the fact that the street itself receives very little traffic. The division of the bedrooms works well for both a family, or a group of friends or couples. Stop by a local market on December 31st to pick up some delectable local food products to be prepared in the apartments heavenly kitchen — a tasty start to your evening before heading out on the town.

Trastevere is great authentic and central district where you have a number of the cities hidden gems at your doorstop. Amble through the area’s tin laneways, into its early ancient churches and over the the lesser know but stunning Galleria Corsini or the Orto Botanico. Back at the apartment you’ll find yourself in your own perfect private sanctuary.

Contact Homebase Abroad here to start planning a local Roman New Year’s Eve escape.

La Rive Penthouse – Cape Town, South Africa

If you would like to escape to a warm and lively destination for NYE 2018 them Cape Town is the right place to go. The weather will be warm and sunny, there is a festive ambiance at bars and restaurants throughout the city as well as the V&A Waterfront’s annual New Year’s Eve bash and firework display. Alternatively, arrange your own private terrace party at the gorgeous La Rive Penthouse.

Nicknamed the “Home in the Sky,” the luxury four-bedroom apartment was recently redesigned with an Art Deco feel. You can spend your days enjoying the apartment’s south-facing terraces with a fabulous infinity pool and breathtaking views of Robben Island, the Atlantic Ocean and the Metropolitan Golf Course and the Green Point Urban Park. On New Year’s Eve, gather your guests for some Cap Classic bubbly around the living room’s grand piano where you’ll also be surrounded by a number of paintings and sculptures from some of South Africa’s most important artists. You can admire the sunset and part of the fireworks right from her or the terraces.

The layout of the apartment has positioned the large bedrooms in different areas, offering guests their own privacy. The building is found on the bustling Sea Point promenade with nearby access to Cape Town’s beaches, the V&A Waterfront, and a fabulous range of excellent restaurants are within walking distance. A 24-hour Concierge Service is on hand to welcome guests and assist with any needs you may have during your stay.

Savor the sunshine, stunning views and fun atmosphere of New Year’s Eve in Cape Town at the La Rive Penthouse at this link.

El Mar Azur – Costa Careyes, Mexico

Have a fabulous fiesta over New Year’s at this one of a kind architectural marvel, located in the private gated five-star resort area of Costa Careyes, known for attracting free spirited artists and lovers of the sea from around the world, including movie producers, actors, writers and industrialists.

The whimsical seven-bedroom villa compound, available through Villas and Apartments Abroad, is made up of three buildings, two swimming pools, a private beach and a grotto. The castle-like Tower is home to six bedroom suites, accessible via its grand spiral staircase, as well as various terraces where you can absorb your dose of vitamin D during the day and star gaze at night. Astounding views of the sea can be admired throughout.

The Main Pavilion Tower is the compound’s central gathering place — the massive Mexican Palappa that extends the length of the building and features local woods and other indigenous materials carved by talented local artisans. The ground floor has a vast dining area and a large open plan airy living-room is found on the upper level. 

An additional two bedroom suites are located in the guest Annex, a fairytale ambiance with panoramic views of the lush forested scenery and the sparkling sea. The building also contains a floor to ceiling library of books in different languages, the ideal place to slip away for a moment to peace.

The villa is fully staffed with a live-in butler, chef and maids (who have their own quarters) who can help you plan the perfect in-villa New Year’s Eve party or fill you in on other festivities nearby. Start the new year off on the right foot by arranging some in-suite spa services or if you’re artistically minded, there is an artist atelier that is available on request.

Learn more about this unique property by reaching out to  Villas and Apartments Abroad at this link.

The Issy Island Retreat – Paris, France

Celebrate le reveillon French style at an amazing and truly unique luxury rental just minutes from the heart of central Paris. Found on the exclusive Île-Saint-Germain, a lush island in the heart of Issy-les-Moulineaux, this massive four-story villa by Haven In boasts cathedral ceilings, skylights, an elevator, and custom-made furniture.

A stay in this extraordinary four-bedroom rental starts at the foot of the Eiffel Tower where your chartered boat and captain will greet you with champagne to sip on your leisurely 30-minute cruise westward along the Seine to your private dock. Here a tranquil oasis, decorated with original sculptures and complete with a teak terrace and heated pool, awaits.

The living area on the main level is perfect for festive entertaining with a custom wood and steel bar and huge, retractable bay-style windows that open onto the terrace, pool, and garden. A double-sided fireplace between the interior living and dining areas creates a seamless flow between both spaces and a cozy feel in winter. Guests can enjoy seasonal feasts around the large dining table which can seat up to 12 and is adjacent to a professional, eat-in-kitchen. The kitchen also gives onto a covered outdoor dining terrace.

The second floor features a comfortable music room, with a beautiful Steinway & Sons grand piano and a multimedia room that can be used for watching movies whereas the third floor hosts an eclectic library with over 800 books collected by a lover of Brazilian and world literature. Three of the villa’s four bedroom suites are located on this floor and the expansive master bedroom suite takes up the entire top floor.

Have a original Paris experience this New Year’s at this divine island retreat through Haven In here.

Canella at Ca’nova – Venice, Italy

Enjoy the perfect romantic New Year’s Eve by staying in a private palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal, the luxuriously appointed three-bedroom apartment Canella. Located on the third floor of the outstanding Palazzo Ca’nova, available through by Trust & Travel, within a stone’s throw of the glorious Piazza San Marco, you’ll be able to easily take in the festive ambiance of the city all the while having your very own central hideaway.

The gorgeous historic palace features three recently renovated apartments which have been redecorated in a pure, classic style with a contemporary twist. Surrounded by this superior comfort and sublime beauty, you will feel spoilt and privileged over the holiday season.

In addition to the spacious apartment, you will access to a inviting terrace, shared by all guests of the Palazzo. There is also daily maid service each morning and a private secretary is available to assist you with anything you may need during your stay.

There is a wide variety of excellent restaurants and shops in the vicinity, among which the famous Harry’s Bar, declared a national landmark in 2001 by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs.

Countdown to 2018 from the rooftop of this treasured location by contacting Trust & Travel at this link.

Dar Marja – Marrakech, Morocco

Base yourself in Marrakech’s fashionable La Palmeraie district for an exotic and chic start to 2018. You’ll find everything you would need at the gorgeous five bedrooms Dar Marja villa by Villanovo, bringing together oriental spirit and contemporary luxuries.

The attractive oriental style villa offers space and elegance in this vibrant Moroccan city. The villa is organized in the tradition Moroccan style of building surrounding a central terrace opening onto the pool and garden. The upper level terrace has awe-inspiring views of the Atlas mountains and the bedrooms each has a fireplace and ensuite with either tub or shower.

The villa also has a private heated pool, tennis court, hammam, massage room, pitch and putt and large garden. No trip to Morocco would be complete without enjoying some delicious local cuisine, and why not a whole feast for your New Year’s Even celebrations prepared by the villa’s talented chef.

Enjoy a stylish and warm getaway to Marrakech at this beautiful villa through Villanovo here.

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Chalet Edelweiss – Courchevel 1850

Avid skiers looking to celebrate the new year at the perfect ski in ski out chalet in a posh Alpine resort, need look no further than Chalet Edelweiss by Ultimate Luxury Chalets. Located in glamorous  Courchevel 1850, the eight-bedroom chalet has a 50m² ski room opening directly onto the Bellecote piste and its very own night club, so you can ski all day then dance the night away on December 31st.

The six-level chalet’s elegant lounge and dining areas radiate charm and feature gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and pistes. Here you’ll find a large dining table that can accommodate up to 24 people. All of its eight bedrooms have the latest furnishings, fittings and ensuite bathrooms. The two master suites are both 100m² each and the main one is comprised of two dressing rooms, a private lounge, bedroom and bathroom.

The spa floor has a high tech gym, double massage room, hammam, sauna, 13m x 4.50m swimming pool with Jacuzzi featuring a waterfall surrounding a skylight, a bar and relaxation area.

On New Year’s Eve get ready to party the night away in the chalet’s 130m² nightclub, which can actually accommodate over 100 people and has a DJ booth, dance floor and bar. On other nights, you can relax in the state of the art private cinema or library.

Make the most of chic and festive ski holiday at the Chalet Edelweiss through Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.

We can dream big for our holidays. For some, these visions might include the powdery sand of a pristine deserted beach, for others it might be the thrill of skiing off-piste on perfect virgin snow. Whether you’re yearning to curl up by a toasting fireplace, soak up some rays next to an exquisite infinity pool or sip succulent wines on a terrace overlooking rolling vineyards, your grandiose vacation fantasies can become a reality at these incredibly inspiring villas to add to your “Christmas Wish List.”


What could be more luxurious than a whole Tuscan village all to yourself? You can have that at Borgo Finocchieto, an exclusive and beautifully restored eight hundred-year-old village, or “borgo.” Located thirty minutes south of Siena and very close to Montalcino in the Brunello wine growing district, it’s unique among luxury villas in this picturesque part of Italy.

The borgo, which includes five lavish village houses atop six acres of perfectly manicured grounds, can accommodate a maximum of 44 guests in 22 suites, making it an amazing gathering place for friends and family… or for a fabulous luxurious splurge for smaller groups. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom with either bathtubs and rain showers, private sitting areas as well as lovely views of the borgo and the surrounding bucolic countryside. Some have larger living and dining areas, private outdoor terraces, fireplaces and full kitchens or kitchenettes. The main house features a vast dining room, piano studio, library, conference room, media room, professional kitchen, outdoor terrace, art gallery and wine cellar.

The grounds are adorned with aromatic and indigenous plants and trees, a 60-foot oval pool with chaises longues and sitting area as well as tennis, basketball and bocce courts. Inside, guests can relax in the spa with its Jacuzzi tub, cold splash, steam room and dry sauna or keep fit in the well-equipped gym.

Indulge in this sublime retreat by reaching out to the Borgo Finocchieto at this link.


Lodge at The Hills – Queenstown, New Zealand

You’ll be wishing upon your lucky stars that Santa’s elves have been keeping an eye on all your good doings this year! Why? Because you’ll now be adding a vacation at Lodge at The Hills to your Christmas wish list…

Not only surpassing all standards of luxury, but also offering a new interpretation, Lodge at The Hills, is an ultra-modern property in Queenstown. The exceptional lodge sleeps up to 12 and is available through Touch of Spice. Spread across 500 acres and surrounded by a spectacular glacial valley, the property includes a grass tennis court, heated pool, spa and sauna. What makes it even more special is the complementary use of its award-winning facilities; The Hills Clubhouse, its exquisite golf course as well as its substantial sculpture park.

It wouldn’t be exceptional without it being effortless, therefore a butler, private chef, night porter, chauffeur and tour guide are there for your every need.

Make your Christmas dreams come true with Touch of Spice here.


Black Pearl Chalet – Courchevel, France

The opulent Chalet Black Pearl is one of the best known luxury chalets in the posh Alpine resort of Courchevel 1850. Available through Ultimate Luxury Chalets, it’s decorated in modern contemporary tones and equipped with the best luxury amenities and facilities. The vast chalet extends over 1350 m2 and includes eight individual bedrooms the chalet, making it the perfect option for large groups.

An entire floor is dedicated to relaxation and wellbeing. It has a 14m-long indoor swimming pool offering a social environment where you can swim or relax on the adjoining lounging furniture. Sunaholics can top up on their tan using the UV cabine and you can prep yourself for another big day on the slopes in the hammam, sauna and massage room.

The chalet has a different floor dedicated to entertainment, featuring a bar with pool table, lounge with piano and a cinema room with large comfortable sofas and plush carpets. There’s also a playroom for children.

The main living room in the chalet has fantastic panoramic views over the Courchevel ski area. It gives way to the large outdoor terrace and has a large dining area where the full party can enjoy culinary delicacies cooked by the chalet’s personal chef.

Learn more about this amazing chalet by contacting Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.


Villa Glamour – St-Tropez, France

St-Tropez is certainly one of the most glamorous locations on the French Riviera and the Villa Glamour by Villas Prestige et Services is one of the area’s finest villas. The beautiful eight bedroom / eight bathroom villa is located a short 12-minute drive from the village. Its elevated position provides stunning views of the sea and the Alps on the horizon.

The airy interior decorated in light tones accentuated by the exterior greenery of the estate, the double pool and the expansive blue sea and sky. The large terrace features two pools and various seating areas. In the evening it can be lit by candles and torches to further or guests can cozy up by the living room’s fireplace.

the terrace is the ideal location for a private yoga class or a soothing massage. The villa also has a snooker room, a gym and Sky TV. The area is abundant in active pursuits from hiking to cycling and there are many quaint villages and historic sites to explore in the region. Discover the gastronomy of the South of France through wine tasting or private cooking classes which can be organized at the villa.

Design your perfect Tropezian holiday at the Villa Glamour by contacting Villas Prestige et Services here.


Dacha – Wanaka, New Zealand

This exquisite luxury villa, available through MajorDomo, is located in New Zealand’s gorgeous resort village of Wanaka. It is spacious, beautifully decorated and offers seamless indoor and outdoor flow. Imagine large open fires, floor to ceiling glass, and a wall of bi-fold doors which open to the outside decking to unveil 180 degree views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond.

The owners’ pursuit of perfection is evident throughout. They spent four years building and developing this very special retreat, situated with perfect privacy and striking natural surroundings.

Extensive entertaining areas both inside and out and numerous accommodation options make it the ideal ‘stay put’ location for a couple, family group or group of friends travelling together.

This unique property can accommodate from two to 16 guests. You may choose the impressive master suite only or add on the main house for larger groups. Then there is ‘The Banya’ – an architecturally designed, luxurious stand-alone bedroom suite with its own veranda and alpine outlook.

There is also a swimming pool, spa pool and stunning covered outdoor room which may be fully opened allowing guests to socialise al fresco around the fire and barbecue.

Have the ultimate luxury experience in New Zealand with MajorDomo here.


Hacienda Tixnuc – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Experience the intimate world of a Sisal baron by staying at the historic Hacienda Tixnuc by Catherwood Travels. A meticulously restored private hacienda in Yucatan, the house is a contrast between new and old, between nature and civilization and between excitement and pure relaxation.

Ideally located near the main attractions of the Yucatan, the hacienda is a haven of tranquility where families and friends can reconnect in a unique setting. Holiday in supreme luxury and modern comforts thanks to its four bedrooms, full staff, exuberant jungle, stargazing platforms ideal for contemplating the cosmos and an outstanding pool.

Wake each morning to the symphony of birds, breakfast in one of the many secret nooks and prepare for a day that is tailored to your individual wishes – whether it be within the hacienda or discovering the unrivalled heritage of the region.

Discover the relaxed luxury of the Yucatan with Catherwood Travels here.

Villa La Grande Maison des Etoiles - Saint Barthélemy

Villa La Grande Maison des Etoiles – Saint Barthélemy

Situated in the exclusive, gated domaine known as Les Étoiles, this gorgeous villa is one of the most exceptional properties on the island and is the repertoire of Saint Barth Properties. It’s been designed to take advantage of the spectacular views of the incoming yachts, Saba, Statia and the sunset.

This extremely private property cascades down the hillside and comprises of six bedrooms, six en-suite bathrooms plus a staff room spread between a four-bedroom villa and a two-bedroom villa. The main villa has a fully equipped gourmet chef’s kitchen, a spacious indoor dining area as well as a large outdoor dining terrace with barbecue. Each of the four en-suite bedrooms in the main villa has its own private terrace and is named after a famous designer. The Hermes and Christian French king bedrooms are in a separate pavilion and connect to each other through a hallway. The king Yves French bedroom is in yet another bungalow. The Louis en-suite French king master bedroom, located in a separate pavilion, has its own plunge pool on the terrace and a lovely office area.

The estate includes three pools, the main one is heated, quite large and has both shallow and deep areas. It’s surrounded by covered and open terraces, a wet bar and a guest bath. Reflecting pools flank the steps that lead down to the two-bedroom “Manuel Canovas Cottage.” It’s ideal for guests seeking some independence as it has two queen en-suite bedrooms, indoor living and dining rooms, full kitchen, outdoor terrace, swimming pool, separate parking entrance and a nice side yard where children can play. Other amenities include flat screen satellite TV, DVD and iPod docks in each of the bedrooms and a well equipped fitness room.

La Grande Maison des Étoiles is the perfect choice for those looking for a very private, luxurious retreat. It is currently still available over the festive season, contact Saint Barth Properties for further details at this link.

Chalet Merveille - Verbier

Chalet Merveille – Verbier, Switzerland

The chic Swiss ski destination of Verbier is home to the extravagant Chalet Merveille, one of the resort’s largest and most luxurious residences. With eleven guest bedrooms it also has the largest number of bedrooms and some of the most spacious living areas of any private chalet in Verbier. For anyone still looking for an escape for this festive season, the chalet is currently available through Carpe Diem Luxury Travel.

Enjoy the stunning views of sprawling glaciers and snow-capped peaks from its expansive south-facing terraces and balconies. It has been tastefully decorated with art and antiques over its 1,000m² of living space spread across three floors. Its separate loft and mezzanine areas are perfect for children and its open hearth fireplaces are enjoyed by all. Every comfort has been considered from high-speed, high-capacity WiFi broadband throughout to under-floor heating throughout living, bathroom, hall and spa areas.

Live-in staff provide bespoke service to complete an unparalleled Alpine experience. Full breakfast and afternoon tea are served daily and a professional chef is also available to prepare gourmet dinners. The chalet’s private cellar stores over a thousand bottles of fine wines, premium champagnes and liqueurs. The helpful staff can also assist with activities outside the chalet like ice skating, tobogganing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and heli-skiing.

Have a last minute family getaway to this fabulous chalet or plan a ski break later in the season with the help of Carpe Diem Luxury Travel here.

Ranawara – Tangalle, Sri Lanka

One of the best private villas in the country, stylish Ranawara sits on a virtually uninhabited stretch of Sri Lanka’s southern coastline. The sophisticated yet unpretentious villa is hidden on 23 acres of tropical gardens next to a small fishing village, 15 kilometres south of Tangalle and only two hours from Galle.

Comprised of a total of 46,000 sq.ft. of open plan living, the main villa has five elegant suites. There are a further two single-suite chalets located on the grounds. All of the bedrooms with en-suites are air-conditioned and outfitted with four-poster king size beds, Indonesian rugs. The property also has a library, TV room, bar area, open plan kitchen & dining room, an outdoor dining pavilion, a spa and a 100 ft long swimming pool. There is a dedicated live-in team of staff who cater to guests needs during their stay.

Besides taking incredible walks or lounging on its secluded beach, you can spend hours ambling through the grounds dotted with hundreds of coconut trees and other tropical fruit trees like dragon fruit, green oranges, papaya, bananas, mango and wood apple.

There are a number of diverse excursions that can be organized including tours to nearby villages, visits to Rekawa to observe turtles laying their eggs, boat trips for whale and dolphin watching or tours to the historic Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 1588.

Discover this beautiful and culturally rich country all the while staying in complete luxury at Ranawara here.


Ca’Nova Palazzo – Venice, Italy

There’s nothing more romantic in Venice than staying in a palazzo on the Grand Canal. Our experts at Trust&Travel were personally involved in the refurbishment of the enchanting Ca’nova mansion, located across from the Santa Maria della Salute basilica and a short walk from the iconic Piazza San Marco.

Redecorated in a classic style with a contemporary twist and a colour palette inspired by 17th and 18th century paintings of Venice, the palazzo is steeped in centuries of history. It contains three separate apartments with two or three bedrooms each, all with their own living room, kitchen and  perfectly equipped with contemporary luxurious amenities.

All guests have access to a welcoming shared rooftop terrace. There is also daily morning maid service and a private secretary is available to give you tips and assistance during your stay. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and shops in the vicinity, among which the famous Harry’s Bar.

Experience the best of Venice with Trust & Travel / at this link.

Last year our New Zealand experts at MajorDomo introduced POP UP Villas to their villa folio – a first for the omega replica luxury villa industry. After a year of guest stays in these exclusive limited edition villas, this offering is here to stay! Find out more about this exciting accommodation option below.

Twin Views MajorDomo Pop Up (3)

Fiona Stevens of MajorDomo says “the Pop Up Villas offer the opportunity for our guests to live like a local in gorgeous homes which are not normally available. Each Pop Up Villa is beautifully decorated – think fabulous art, designer furniture, well-planned living spaces – all ready to go as a hassle free base for visits to Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, and the Bay of rolex replica Islands. As well as experiencing world-class, architecturally designed homes, guests may access MajorDomo’s add-on services such as in-house chefs, nannies, massages, yoga instructors, daily servicing and guided touring.”

MajorDomo’s Pop Up Villas are generally available during holiday seasons & they differ every year. They get booked up very quickly therefore it’s advisable to plan ahead and book these exclusive opportunities as soon as they arise.

123 MajorDomo Pop Up

Properties do vary depending on the time of year and availability, however, they might include the above lakeside villa in Queenstown. This stylish and spacious lakeside villa is within walking distance to the center of town. The villa has the perfect layout featuring beautifully furnished living areas and outside boasts a generous deck, garden, spa and heated swimming pool.

The upper level of the holiday house has an expansive open-plan living room with a kitchen and dining area, which opens onto the deck for alfresco dining. The replica watches state of the art chef’s kitchen is perfect for entertaining whether you are the chef or have a private chef arranged.

A private lounge space, the master bedroom and one guest bedroom are also located on the upper level. Another two bedrooms/two bathrooms and an open-plan area are located on the lower level. The villa can comfortably cater for up to 8 guests. The swimming pool is also accessed from this area.

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Alternatively, you could be fortunate enough to have the above wonderful homestead available during your trip to New Zealand. Built in 1860, this vast family farmhouse, which sleeps 16, is set in enormous parklike gardens on 30 acres of farmland above Lake Hayes. Its privacy and size make it perfect for large family gatherings, ski holidays, weddings and family reunions.

With a wide range of indoor and outdoor spaces, everyone can enjoy themselves fully. There’s a big family TV room off the farmhouse kitchen, a dining room that seats 16, a huge library, a snooker room with a full-size billiard table and a tennis court.

Outside, the house’s various verandahs and sitting areas are ideal for reading the paper in morning sunshine or late afternoon cocktails. In the evenings, everyone tends to gravitate around the massive outdoor fireplace on the big terrace.

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If you’d like to experience these unique villas or learn more about their hand-picked selection of luxury rental accommodation in New Zealand, contact MajorDomo at this link.