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The Caribbean is Calling

Take Me to Nevis - Paradise Nevis Hotel
Take Me to Nevis – Paradise Beach Nevis

It’s the dead of winter and almost 20 inches of snow just rained down in Chicago. So, what better time than the present to plan that trip to the Caribbean? Well, you’re in luck since the islands want YOU. Paradise Beach Nevis, the newest luxury development on the charming Caribbean island of Nevis, officially opened its doors last month.

Paradise Beach is the island’s only villa option located directly on the beach offering guests the intimacy of a posh private home with all the service of a five-star resort. Guests have seven exquisitely designed three and four bedroom villas to choose from – all inspired by a sophisticated blend of Balinese and Caribbean culture. Each villa features hand-woven thatched roofs with 20-foot vaulted ceilings, privacy walls enclosing lush gardens plus an outdoor dining pavilion, and a waterfall pool overlooking the Caribbean and neighboring St. Kitts or beautiful gardens.

Renowned designer Adam Tihany created the villas to blend seamlessly into the natural landscape, and new contemporary interiors. Each villa has two king bedrooms, one or two queen bedrooms, a full entertainment kitchen, open living space and romantic outdoor showers. Guests are catered to with concierge and butler service and a private chef can be arranged to whip up a romantic dinner under the stars or a full party spread. The villas are all air-conditioned, but, sliding, floor-to-ceiling Balinese glass walls can completely open to create an authentic island setting capturing fresh tropical breezes.

Ideal for a family or group of friends, Paradise Beach Nevis offers guests a luxurious villa experience in a gorgeous oceanfront setting. The villas are a tropical oasis for privacy and relaxation, but guests interested in venturing out have access to the resort’s stretch of white-sand beach and private beach bar as well as nearby restaurants, sight-seeing attractions, tennis and golf as well as Nevisian cultural activities and events. Paradise Beach – formerly known as Villa Paradiso – is managed by Richard Williams and Associates.

Rates start at $2700/night for a three-bedroom garden villa.


Mr. and Mrs. Smith are Waiting…

We’ve known about Mr & Mrs Smith ever since our lovely English Contributor, Sarah Ivens, shared some of the articles she had written for them about a year ago so now we’re sharing their quaint website with you, our loyal passionate unbelievably sexy readers.
As one of the world’s most trusted online boutique hotel experts (their name being a cheeky nod to the clandestine British check-in pseudonym), this popular UK-based company has now launched in the US this month, bringing its style-spotting travel knowledge and content, bespoke booking service (and an office) to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood.  Fancy a coppa tea, Mr. Smith?
The collection includes more than 700 intimate, hip, sexy hotels, villas and properties around the world, many unavailable on any other site. The good news is that anyone can access the website, tap into the in-the-know recommendations, and book their hotels at the best possible rates. Smith also won’t make recommendations without visiting a hotel at least twice to ensure quality and consistency that fits the Mr. and Mrs. Smith brand. Another fun detail? Artists, writers, entrepreneurs and celebies such as Stella McCartney and Cate Blanchett anonymously review the carefully curated collection and supply first person accounts of their Smith hotel stays.

Their in-house global editorial department features over 300 international destination guides providing entertaining and insider tips on what room to choose, table to book, or special occasion properties written in Smith’s irreverent and witty style. Service obsessed Mr & Mrs Smith’s also provides travel advisors in one of three Smith offices around the world that are available by phone 24 hours a day. With headquarters in our one time home of London, Mr & Mrs Smith now has offices in Melbourne and New York City.

For more info:  www.mrandmrssmith.com or call 1 800 464 2040

Italy’s Latest Villa Escape

Villa Armena: Relais and Beauty Farm

In the 16th century the noble Malavolti family always strived for the perfection.  When it came to the creation of their luxurious country residence in the heart of Tuscany’s Crete Senesi, they turned to one of the best known architects of the Italian Renaissance, Baldassare Peruzzi, who eventually created the residence, Villa Armena.

Thanks to an extensive reconstruction, the villa and its gardens, located just outside of Buonconvento, have been fully restored to once again show-off the original features dating back to the 16th century. The restored villa has been transformed into an exclusive luxury boutique hotel and beauty farm, which has relied on the latest standards of luxury and indulgence to create a unique experience for all of the senses of true connoisseurs of all that is the best.

We love Villa Armena Relais & Beauty Farm for several reasons, but it’s the rooms that really impressed us. We’re talking historic Tuscan romance to a T.

Seamlessly intertwining 21st century comforts and the original elegance of renaissance Italy, the conserved 16th century original features of the villa blend into the paradise setting, while inside the amenities offered represent those available at the most luxurious of today’s hotels. Villa Armena’s traditionally Tuscan rooms and suites, with original features, contain an exquisite selection of art and antique furniture and all rooms enjoy fabulous views of the gardens and the Crete Senesi.

Another Villa Armena Suite

Guests of the renaissance residence – which is going to open in Spring 2011 – will experience the very best of Tuscany, by relaxing in the shade of the “Ancient Fruit Area,” soaking up the gentle Tuscan sun by the swimming pool, or strolling through the fragrant gardens brimming with roses, cypress, maritime pine and olive trees. Alternatively, you can while away the hours in Villa Armena’s beauty farm indulging in a superb range of ancient Roman and Mediterranean spa rituals or enjoying the indoor and outdoor pools. The ‘Sorbo Allegro’ restaurant, a leader in the trend for ‘zero mile cuisine’, also serves up scintillating Italian and regional dishes prepared exclusively with local seasonal products and accompanied by a thoroughly-researched selection of delicious wines, produced by small, independent Italian wineries whose passion for wine goes hand-in-hand with their love and respect of the region in which it is made.

The stunning Tuscan location, of course, make Villa Armena Relais & Beauty Farm the ideal setting for the luxurious wedding of your dreams. The Villa’s professional in-house wedding planner ensures that every aspect of the special day exceeds the bride and groom’s expectations in respect of all aspects of the day. On request, excursions in a hot air balloon or on horseback, regional wine tours, or guided tours can be organized for both the newlyweds and their wedding guests.

So what say you? Shall we go in the Spring or the Summer?


Prices: from 295€ to 850€/night with buffet breakfast and VAT included

Punta Mita, Mexico: A Luxury Villa Rental For You

Casa Kalika… Punta Mita… si, Senorita. With its breathtaking views of the aquiline waters off the Bay of Banderas on the Pacific Ocean, along with the lush beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains, the Marietas islands, and the Puerta Vallarta skyline, Casa Kalika is one luxury gem we had to share. A 10,000 sq. foot private villa oozing in ultimate relaxation, you can soak up the sun and magnificent views. Simple, yet elegant it’s located on the famed Jack Nicklaus Golf Course in the ultra exclusive Four Seasons Punta Mita community. We think it’s a hot spot for couples or families… and an even better locale for a small wedding or wedding party. With both a coveted location and a private oceanfront setting, it’s a 10,000 square foot villa with 5 bedrooms to sleep up to 12 guests.

Quiero un romp conmigo?

Low Season (April 1st – Oct. 31st): $1,950.00 (3 nights minimum)

High Season (Nov. – Mar. 30th): $2,950.00 (3 nights minimum)

Holidays (Christmas and New Years with a minimum stay of 7 nights.
Easter, Thanksgiving and Spring Break with a minimum stay of 5 nights.): $4,600.00