virtuoso communities 4 Reasons to Celebrate in a Private Villa

4 Reasons to Celebrate in a Private Villa

Step inside your Italian villa. 
Step inside your Italian villa. 
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For celebrating life’s greatest moments, book a (better than) home away from home with dedicated service, decadent seclusion, and so much more.
Whether you’re commemorating a milestone, hosting a family reunion, or just want to kick up your heels and make some noise, a villa rental takes celebrations to the next – and unforgettable – level.

“Our agency’s biggest villa requests typically coincide with milestone celebrations,” says Judy Stein, a Virtuoso advisor. Stein once booked a monthlong stay in a six-bedroom Tuscan villa for a couple celebrating a big birthday. They took a week for themselves “to catch their breath, work out the kinks, and get accustomed to the property, the neighborhood, and the area,” she says. “Then it was a revolving door of everyone they loved coming and going each week.”

Virtuoso’s global portfolio includes a plethora of hotels and resorts with on-site villas, along with partners that focus solely on home and villa rentals. Bonus: Virtuoso-approved properties come with value-added perks – think exclusive amenities such as stocked pantries and bars, and complimentary spa treatments. Villas may be remote or resort based, studios or 40-plus bedrooms, pieds-à- terre or palazzi. Why rent one for your next big event? Let us count the reasons.
Relax in the hot tub while a private chef prepares an alfresco meal – and cocktails.
Relax in the hot tub while a private chef prepares an alfresco meal – and cocktails.
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1. Bring the Generations Together.

What more natural way to unite multigenerational families than to house them all under one commodious roof?

“Villas work so perfectly because families have chill space to be alone and big areas to hang out together,” says Wendy Davis, a Virtuoso agency owner. “You have way more space than hotel rooms allow, as well as additional opportunities for interaction.”

In addition, villa rentals are especially child friendly: They offer many bedrooms, ample space to run around and play, and a hiatus for parents worrying about how their kids’ noise might affect others.
Breezy indoor-outdoor living spaces give groups the room to spread out — and rejoin in the evening over a family-style dinner. 
Breezy indoor-outdoor living spaces give groups the room to spread out — and rejoin in the evening over a family-style dinner. 
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2. Seek Maximum Privacy. 

Villas may be mansions, castles, bungalows, or penthouses. But what most share, says Virtuoso agency owner Michael Nolan, “are the most coveted locations that are private and away from others.”

Seekers of seclusion, whether they’re newlywed couples or active families, “are usually more about the destination than resort amenities,” says advisor Judy Stein, citing rural areas in ItalySpain, France, Greece, and Jackson Hole as popular get-away-from-it-all locales.
Consider a private villa with an infinity pool overlooking miles of jungle canopy.
Consider a private villa with an infinity pool overlooking miles of jungle canopy.
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3. Get the Best of Both Worlds.

For travelers envisioning an exclusive celebration with all the amenities of a resort, “a villa on the grounds of a hotel offers it all,” says advisor Judy Stein. “You have space for family togetherness, but when you need all the bells and whistles, they’re right there.”

Being on resort grounds doesn’t mean that villa residents will feel crowded, though. Agency owner Wendy Davis recently booked a family at a five-bedroom villa in Tuscany. “It was two kilometers from the main hotel,” she says. “You still get the true villa experience, but you just dial the phone, and staff will pick you up and take you to the spa.”

4. Let the Butler Do It. 

Rather than leaving guests on their own, Virtuoso-approved villas often come with service staff, such as chefs, butlers, and concierges, to arrange special celebratory dinners at home or adventures away from it, ranging from safaris to heli-skiing.

“It’s like having well-connected friends who can open doors that are typically only accessed by locals,” says agency owner Michael Nolan, “especially with providers whose portfolios of properties are handpicked and personally approved by engaged villa managers.” 

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