A winter holiday in the Ocho Rios area of Jamaica is guaranteed to be a delight.  While it is one of the busier areas of the island, it has many beautiful beaches, great restaurants, non-stop shopping and recreation, and it is home what rates as one of the most intriguing luxury villas available. The Fleming Villa at Golden Eye is a five-bedroom property that is the former residence of Ian Fleming, the world-famous author and creator of James Bond.

Villa Fleming, Jamaica, James Bond
The Fleming Villa

The Birthplace of 007

In fact, this luxury villa is thought to be where the author first created the now globally recognized super spy, and this makes it one of the few luxury villas in Jamaica that might also prove an ideal writer’s retreat or group getaway destination for fans of the writer’s work.

The villa is designed to offer a comprehensive answer to the need for a holiday. While it ranks as one of the largest luxury villas, it is not the size and privacy it affords that make it a perfect vacation spot. There are also many stunning amenities, as well as a full household staff.

Visitors to luxury villas often expect grounds crews, pool teams, and housekeeping staff (including a laundress), but this gorgeous villa also provides you with private butler, and a chef to prepare one meal daily. Though you will find yourself wandering to the long list of world-class restaurants in every direction, it is also remarkably appealing to know that one of your daily meals is served by a professional and prepared by a chef!

As part of a stay, visitors to The Fleming Villa are also welcome to use all of the facilities and amenities of the GoldenEye complex. This includes enjoying meals at the onsite restaurant, sipping artisan cocktails at the Bizot Bar, or taking one of the many beauty treatments at the spa. There is also a long list of sporting activities available, including tennis, bike rentals (no charge), water sports, and more.

Villa Fleming, Jamaica, James Bond
Beautiful Beachfront Area at Fleming Villa

Waterfront Delights

And though it is among the luxury villas with a private pool area, it is also one with an expansive private beachfront to go along with it. Set along the island’s northern coastal area it affords the rare opportunity to gaze at sunrise and sunset alike. Sit along the garden’s edge in an array of oversized lounges, savor the views from the al fresco dining area tucked beneath a row of trees at the beach’s edge, or dive right in from the white sands of your idyllic private beachfront…this is sure to become one of the most coveted parts of a visit.

As noted, there is a charming pool area, and it is tucked discreetly to the end of the main house and situated in front of one of the two small bungalows. One is a flawlessly appointed pool house with a covered terrace furnished as outdoor dining space and a kitchenette for making drinks and snacks.

The grounds are also furnished with a private heliport for easier transportation to and from the nearby Ian Fleming Airport, expansive gardens, and paths leading to the beach, the villa, and the GoldenEye area. There is also a private waterfront garden with stone terraces furnished for cool and shaded dining and lounging.

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The Main Villa Interior

The Villa

The villa is a series of three structures, each designed in the iconic Jamaican style and decorated with true island flair and visual appeal. There is the main villa, the fifth bedroom in a free-standing villa, and the Sweet Spot, which is the charming poolside bungalow for enjoyable outdoor living and dining.

The main villa is flawlessly preserved and features natural stone, native wood, and Colonial-inspired furnishings. It features an expansive veranda that wraps most of the house, but which also incorporates some of the bedrooms (enabling them to open directly to the gardens). The shared living spaces provide inspired settings that capture the essence of Jamaican style and luxury villas.

You see this in the gorgeous great room that uses an open floor plan, pickled wood cathedral ceilings, and terrazzo flooring to make a remarkable impression. The space houses a living room with richly stained wood furnishings, a formal dining area, and a casual lounge that opens to the pool area.

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Bedroom at Fleming Villa

Unlike other luxury villas, though, the five bedrooms of Fleming Villa are each entirely unique and function like individual master suites. They are given names to coordinate with Ian Fleming’s creations, and the ultimate suite is the 007 with a four-poster king bed, oversized windows with island-style shutters opening to the sea views, and an enormous outdoor bath. The room is extra-special as it is also furnished with the author’s actual writing desk where he penned the Bond stories. The outdoor bath is also extra-special as it has a huge claw foot tub, a full shower, and a sink.

The remaining bedroom suites are also standout stunners different from what is found in other luxury villas, with 008 opening to the garden and also featuring a similar claw foot tub, shower and sink outdoors. The 009 is also appointed with an al fresco bath and large, four-poster bed. The pool house can be a bedroom with its king bed and outdoor shower in a grove of banana trees, and the second bungalow offers similar luxuries with its king bed and outdoor shower in a tropical garden.

If you are seeking one of the luxury villas of Jamaica as a holiday destination this winter, it is difficult to match the beauty, privacy and amenities afforded by Fleming Villa. It is an inspired and inspiring space that is a destination all on its own as it is home to the creation of one of modern literature (and film) favorites.

It provides the kinds of attentive services and extras that few luxury rentals can offer, as well, with private chef, household staff, private beach, full resort privileges, and all just minutes from some of the best restaurants, shops, and nightlife Jamaica has to offer.

The BVIs or the British Virgin Islands have long been a favorite getaway for those who want year-round good weather, natural beauty, excellent seas, and lots of options in accommodations, dining, and shopping. Did you also know it is a preferred honeymoon or romantic getaway destination? None other than experts like those at Martha Stewart Weddings have repeatedly noted it as a preferred destination, saying “What’s more romantic than honeymooning on a Caribbean island? Honeymooning on several of them. That’s easy to do in the British Virgin Islands, a volcanic archipelago of more than 60 sandy spots that are renowned for their beaches, snorkeling, and sailing.”

While you can choose from Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Necker Island, and Oil Nut Bay, among other locations for your choice of the very best in luxury rentals, you will want to take advantage of your location and pay a visit to excellent beaches, restaurants, and more.

Staying in the BVIs

To get started, consider that the British Virgin Islands are home to many luxury BVI villas. For example, Necker Island is owned by Richard Branson, and you can rent charming homes right along the waterfront, or the entire island. There are two and three-bedroom luxury villas perfect for that retreat or honeymoon, and they will often in clude private pools or beach access (or both), beautifully designed interiors, sunny and private terraces with generous amounts of al fresco living space, and more. Interiors will include gourmet kitchens, luxury linens in elegant bedrooms, and non-stop views out of every window. Count on Wi-Fi and entertainment systems, and generally all that you would need for a lengthy stay in comfort, quiet, and relaxation just for two.

Beachfront villa Cheemaun, BVIs. Honeymoon in the BVIs
Villa Cheemaun, for an intimate honeymoon getaway

Eat, Drink, and Play

Naturally, you will also want to head out into the area and explore all of the famous eateries and other activities that bring so many to the British Virgin Islands every year. If the two of you are eager to savor time in the famous beachfront bars, Jost Van Dyke is the area. White Bay is what is often thought of as the heart of the beach bar culture and Soggy Dollar Bar as one of the most famous. Though you might be floating on the famous “cloud nine” during your honeymoon, you can sample the drink known as the Painkiller during your visit there, and say you enjoyed one of the area’s more historic drink.

Norman Island is also home to a famous beach bar, Willy-T, which is a floating bar anchored offshore and renowned for its conch fritters and its swimming platform. You can also go to the island of Anegada to try the local lobsters and the drinks at the beach “shack” known as Big Bamboo.

Dining should include a bit of the more “high-end” during a honeymoon or retreat for two, and if you are in the area of Oil Nut Bay, a meal at the Beach Club Restaurant is in order. On Peter Island, Deadman’s Beach Bar and Grill is famous for its Caribbean cuisine, and at Virgin Gorda, you’ll want to head to the beachfront for a meal (or two) at Cocomaya, which is well known for its Asian-inspired dishes.

Saba Rock is a tiny resort, and you’ll have to pay a visit by boat if you are eager to dine there, and you will be because it offers delicious dishes and its own take on the Painkiller cocktail.

Beautiful garden at villa Anegada House. Honeymoon in the BVIs
Beautiful garden at villa Anegada House

For the Active Honeymooners

If you are not prepared to savor days of soaking up the sun alongside your private pool or at the beach nearby your luxury villa, then sailing is one of the best ways to “play” during a visit in the British Virgin Islands. Watersports of any kind are a must, but you can find a long list of options for taking privately chartered sails and even day-long yacht tours of the waters around the islands.

Snorkeling and swimming are a must, and if you are on Virgin Gorda, you can combine them with a visit to the Baths, where you are able to enjoy the clear waters and the amazing giant boulders that capture delicate sea pools several times a day. There is a bit of a short hike involved in reaching the area, but it is always worth the experience. As one expert noted, “look out for the strange skull-like rock on the way. Consider setting out early, as the beach can get very crowded when cruise parties attend.”

Virgin Gorda is also home to Devil’s Bay National Park, where you can also do some rock climbing and finish up with a wonderful swim or hours on the beach.

If you want the most private beachfront experience, the island of Anegada has Loblolly Bay, which many travelers have had almost entirely to themselves.

If playtime is also shopping-time, then the British Virgin Islands have plenty to offer the honeymooning couple. For example, you can head to Virgin Gorda where island locals can make one-of-a-kind souvenirs ranging from jewelry to painting. Tortola also has good shopping with many finding great local art close to the airport.

Guana Island Beach

If you are all about the beaches, a visit to Guana Island may be for you as there are more than two dozen hiking trails, and almost that many beaches. Of course, White Bay on Jost Van Dyke also ranks as one of the top things to do during a visit to the British Virgin Islands. While you don’t get the isolation that some honeymooners crave, you do get amazingly soft sands, excellent snorkeling, and gorgeous scenery. There are also so many spots to grab a bite and a cocktail that you’ll find any crowds worth it!

As you can see, there are scores of places throughout all of the British Virgin Islands to enjoy time by the beach, by the friendly local bar, or at the tastiest eateries. While you may find that a luxury villa provides all you want or need for a romantic getaway or the world’s best honeymoon, be sure you spend some time also enjoying the gorgeous surroundings, friendly locals, and adventures that will make for an unforgettable adventure.

We love a good “best of” list or “top ten” article, and particularly when it focuses on travel and the hottest destinations. In multiple “best for 2020” travel lists, the South of France was tagged as the place to travel, particularly during the spring season. When those different articles and lists described the south of France, they generally listed spots like:

  • Cannes – Spring is a good time to choose to visit Cannes because that is when the annual film festival occurs and when it is possible to star watch, enjoy all kinds of unique activities, and experience events that happen only once every year
  • The entire Cote D’Azur Area (which includes Gasin, Grimaud, Port Grimaud, La Garde Freinet, Villefranche Sur Mer, St. Tropez, and Ramatuelle, among other spots)
  • Provence
  • Antibes
  • Paul de Vence
  • Nice

Most also mention Monaco. As one writer said, while “not technically part of France, Monaco is still one of the major highlights to hit while touring the south. Just a 10-minute drive from the Italian border town of Ventimiglia, the petite principality of Monaco—it measures roughly three times the size of the National Mall in Washington D.C.—offers plenty of pursuits that can be as decadent or demure as you’d like.”

And like Cannes with its annual spring festival, the spring season is also when the Grand Prix comes to Monaco, typically in the month of May, and it makes for a very entertaining and unique time to pay a visit.

What to Do

If you do opt to head to this area for a spring getaway, you want to consider the likelihood of a special event. For example, if you head to Cannes, you will find lots of luxurious villas to rent, and many have full household staff (including chefs), pools, and private terraces and gardens. They would make an ideal base from which to explore the area and savor the delights (including at least one meal at Chez Tetou, where you are sure to spot at least a few celebrities).

However, if you are not eager to experience the flood of fellow travelers, then it is to the quieter areas like Provence, where you can cycle for days along easy courses and stop to savor the changing spring landscape, the early fresh produce, and more.

Let’s take a few moments to look at some of the best things to do if you are planning to rent one of the excellent luxury rentals in the South of France, Cote D’Azur or Monaco.


The southeastern area of France spreads out to the Mediterranean and is packed with vineyards and gentle, rolling landscapes. Rent a car and set out into a fairy-tale landscape starting around Baux de Provence or the more well-known Aix en Provence or Avignon (a romantic walled city). Be sure to sip some of the cooler paler vintages at the Les Deux Garçons (in Aix en Provence), or try the season’s first foie gras in Avignon at the equally famous eatery known as L’Agape.

Head into the lavender fields as you head inland towards the Gorges du Verdon (the river valley with some of the finest springtime hiking in the world). Also known as the Grand Canyon of Europe, it is in close proximity to the famous Michelin-starred restaurant Les Gorges de Pennafort, which is well worth a visit. You must also make a point of visiting the wineries and medieval villages around Châteauneuf-du-Pape while in Provence.


If you visit one town in the Cote D’Azur, it should be Saint Tropez. The summer crowds are quite large, but during the spring, you can enjoy such destinations as Old Town almost entirely to yourself. Get out early in the morning and enjoy a cream-filled brioche and a coffee or espresso at the landmark La Tarte Tropezienne. Then visit the open-air market (if you are able to visit on a Tuesday or Saturday) and enjoy putting together a bouquet of flowers or a picnic.

You can also visit the Portalet Tower, visit one of the local beaches, such as L’Escalet Beach or the Pampelonne Beach, and savor the peace and quiet. If you want to stroll the town instead of savoring the waterfront, visit the Senequier port area and savor a bit of people watching and café sampling.


Between Cannes and Nice, it has a lot of Greek influence and a charming Old Town that is home to a Picasso Museum. You will want to visit Le Pain JPV for one of the most authentic and delicious bread you might ever sample and head to Cap d’Antibes (rather than the small and less idyllic beaches) for a seaside picnic.

If you are a fan of hiking, Chemin du Calvaire is a good path that leads to La Garoupe, which is famous for being a favorite destination of the American author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. You might also rent a bike and simply pedal your way along the waterfront and through the quiet spring season Old Town.


As the world’s tiniest country, it is still a far more familiar name than other small countries and lands. It is a good idea to consider if you want to go during or before the Grand Prix. The weather is ideal the entire time, but before the start of the Grand Prix, you’ll find that the excellent markets and food areas are much more enjoyable.

Be sure to visit Le Marché de la Condamine, and also to take some time just around dusk to enjoy a leisurely stroll along Fontvielle Harbor.


Too many travelers skip it because it is so often described as a gateway. However, you’ll love the Cours Saleya flower market, the delights of the restaurants outside of the main square, and the picturesque buildings along Promenade des Anglais. If you are feeling energetic, head towards the village of Eze and savor the walk along the amazing cliffs. You might also want to visit Chateau de la Chevre d’Or for its gardens and views.

As you can see, there is so much to see and do in this area, and you will want to find an ideal base from which to enjoy your travels. Booking a luxury villa is a wise idea as it can allow you the privacy, the coveted downtime surrounded by excellent amenities, and the convenience of being only a short distance from the best destinations in the South of France, Cote d’Azur, and Monaco.

Over the past few years, Mallorca has developed a noticeable glamour and reputation for luxury. It has its own collection of upscale hotels and five-star destinations. It is no longer considered a budget destination, and ranks as one of the more coveted stops among the Balearic Islands. A premier Mediterranean location for a winter holiday, it is also home to a growing food culture, and has several highly recommended eateries for those staying in one of its many luxury rentals.

The main city on the island, Palma de Mallorca, is definitely home to some of these dining hotspots, but there are other parts of the island in which classic Mediterranean fare or other types of dishes will wow the traveler eager to savor the best Mallorca has to offer. Some are in rural areas, others are secluded spots by the sea, and still others are similar to Caribbean beach shacks where fresh-caught seafood is the order of the day.

It is important to remember, as one expert has noted, “There are so many great restaurants on Mallorca and with new ones opening constantly it’s not easy to keep up-to-date with the ever-evolving gastronomic scene,” so be ready to ask your concierge or a local expert about their favorite eatery in Mallorca.

The Top Spots

It might surprise those staying in luxury villas or other locations that Mallorca is home to seven Michelin starred restaurants. They include:

  • Adriàn Quetglas – Offering fusion dishes that give a nod to Mallorca and Buenos Aires, this spot offers five and seven course options.
  • Marc Fosh – Enjoy a 17th century setting and seasonally inspired dishes that emphasize presentation and flavor.
  • Andreu Genestra – In the village of Capdepera.
  • Deià – Located in Racó d’es Teix.
  • Zaranda – Chef Fernando Perez Arellano has two Michelin stars and his restaurant in the Castell Son Claret Hotel (near the Capdella area).
  • Es Fum – At the St. Regis Mardavall Resort Hotel it is scenic as it overlooks the grounds, but also remarkably tasty as it specializes in local produce and fresh ingredients.
  • Maca de Castro – Set in the Port de Alcudia area.

As you might expect, the seating at such dining spots can be a bit of a challenge, and if you are eager to see what these award-winning chefs are up to, and what their restaurants are serving, you will most definitely want to book ahead.

In Palma

Of course, many travelers stay within easy reach of the delightful town of Palma, which is the capital of the island. It has a wealth of interesting neighborhoods, with Old Town one of the most visually appealing. It is also where the highest concentration of delicious eateries is found, and most of them are within a short distance of one another. If you are enjoying a honeymoon villa or one of the luxury villas of the area, you will find the restaurants of Mallorca to be some of the most atmospheric.

There are al fresco options set along shade and leaf-dappled squares. There are world-class dining rooms within old-fashioned and boutique hotels, and there are ancient palazzos now converted into upscale or low-key restaurants.

The most recommended include:

  • Fera – Serving Asian and Mediterranean fusion
  • Tomeu Restaurant amb Arrels – In the Sant Jaume hotel, it has a Michelin starred chef at the helm
  • Aromata – Three to five course meals focused on Mediterranean fare and ideal for lunch
  • Equus – Specializing in French cuisine, it is part of the all new Summum Prime Boutique Hotel

You will also want to wander La Longa district, Borne Ave, and the Paseo Maritimo to find cafes, bars and little restaurants offering amazing treats and fresh tastes.

Santa Catalina

Tucked right below the picturesque windmill, this is a Palma suburb or neighborhood that features some of the best shopping and dining. Take time to explore Calle Fabrica with its many cafes, or Calle Sant Magi for its nightlife.

Dining in Santa Catalina means enjoying such treasures as its indoor market or the many cafes. There are restaurants specializing in Spanish specialties, and some of the best in the neighborhood include:

  • Nuru – New and wildly popular it is a hotspot for lunch and dinner
  • Gin Burger – As the name implies, this unique and tasty spot serves an array of gins along with artisan burgers
  • Café Zanzibar – Specializes in world cuisine and is part of the market neighborhood
  • Xorigeur – Specializing in Basque far

Explore this entire area as it is one of the most globally inspired, in terms of eateries, with Lebanese, Peruvian, Asian, Italian and even American dishes available in an array of eateries.


The old fishing village of Portixol is another outlier in the Palma area and a must if you want fresh seafood and world-class dining. Though you will find fewer options here, most are winners. They include:

  • Molinar – This is where you go when it is all about seafood
  • Hotel Portixol – Offering a show-stopping restaurant out on a deck and with amazing sea views, it is considered a trendy spot
  • Ola Del Mar – This is another great destination for fans of seafood and amazing scenery
  • Petit C’an Punta Port – This is a fusion spot with international cuisine, inspired décor, and an emphasis on local ingredients

There are many other areas to visit, whether close to your luxury villa or honeymoon villa, or a bit of a drive. Head to Deia (home to Es Raco d’Es Teix, another with a Michelin star rated chef), Valledemossa, or the Soller area to enjoy amazing coastal and mountain views along with world-class dining. The mountain area of Banyalburfar is ideal for farm-fresh ingredients, and the Fornalutx area has mountain views and is home to some of the best Mallorcan cuisine. Don’t forget Porto Cristo if you want waterside romance, and the eateries of Port de Soller and Soller are emerging as a trendy spot for dining and waterfront sightseeing.

Mallorca has shed its outdated reputation and is taking center stage as a spot of great luxury, amazing dining, culture and beautiful scenery – all perfect ingredients for a winter holiday.

Any traveler to Mykonos goes with the full understanding that they are about to be surrounded by incredible scenic beauty, bright skies, sparkling sea waters, unforgettable views, and an endless array of things to see and do. They also know that dining is at the top of the agenda.

In fact, Vogue Magazine said that the best way to see Mykonos is to “eat and drink everything in sight.”

Like so many popular destinations, the Greek island of Mykonos is home to local favorites and high-end, award-winning eateries. In this guide, we are going to look at those that travel experts and enthusiasts have identified as the best or as “must-try” options for those traveling to the area.

The Geography of Mykonos

When planning to visit Mykonos and savor its most delicious restaurants, it helps to know the basic layout and locations to visit. The island spans only 33 square miles and has ten villages, each with a unique character. They are:

  • Agios Ioannis
  • Agios Stefanos
  • Ano Mera
  • Ftelia
  • Kalafati
  • Mykonos or Chora
  • Ornos
  • Platys Gialos
  • Psarrou
  • Tourlos

You will find luxury rentals within most of these towns, or moments from them, and during your stay, you will want to head into the village and explore its local offerings. It is likely that you will find many offering such specialties as local cheeses, wines, and meat dishes. By all means, try them all, but also save room for the most recommended options that include:

Spilia Seaside Restaurant

Famous for its cliff-side setting above Kalafatis Beach, it specializes in the seafood that comes from the waters directly below. It focuses on Mediterranean cuisine, and on the classics of Mykonos in particular. It also features some dining within the caves along the beach and is an icon of Mykonos eateries.

Kiki’s Tavern

One expert said that everyone will recommend this restaurant, which is actually a beach shack without electricity, but which specializes in grilling local seafood and serving a lot of local wine. Most suggest the roasted eggplant and grilled shrimp and pork chops, and that you go early and get in line because the owners often pass out free wine and they often sell out!


Enjoy the height of fusion cuisine with a meal in the garden setting of this famous restaurant. Focusing on seafood that has taken its inspiration from many Asian and Italian classics, it is located in the Matogiannia area of Mykonos Town and gazes out towards the water. In business for years, it is considered a culinary treasure, and one not to miss.

Eva’s Garden

Set in the heart of Mykonos, this is a spot when you want to enjoy the same dishes that locals head out to enjoy, and the garden setting ensures the ultimate in romance. There is a small patio and the award-winning restaurant has a signature wine list that pairs flawlessly with such classics as kolokithokeftedes, the traditional soutzoukakia, and the house-made pastas.


This Bohemian inspired eatery has daybeds you can reserve, seaside dining, and food that is often described as next-level good. Fish is deboned tableside and everything is served with an array of house sauces and salads. There is often a DJ and dancing later in the night, and many arrive to enjoy this part of the open-air fun. If you are not a big fan of crowds, you can book one of the signature daybeds during the breakfast or lunch hour and linger over the food.

Ling Ling – Hakkasan

Part of the Hakkasan chain, it is a unique branch emphasizing Cantonese cuisine using only the local island ingredients. Thus, lucky travelers will be able to eat dim sum that features Mediterranean fish or braised briny lobster with black Chinese vinegar. An open-air eatery, it is a romantic classic in the heart of Mykonos Town.

Matsuhisa Restaurant at the Belvedere Hotel

Another Mykonos Town location, this is another fusion eatery that focuses on Japanese cuisine prepared with ingredients from Mykonos. If you are craving sushi with a flair, this is the spot. It too is another open-air eatery that adds an extra special something to local ingredients.


Described by one expert as offering some of the best food in Mykonos Town, it is a small restaurant in a traditional island home. With all of the bright white and blue colors that make the island famous and photogenic, you step inside into a lovely indoor eater and verandah space. The chef has a background in five-star cuisine but emphasizes only Greek specialties that include octopus, soutzoukakia, and honey-based desserts.

Hippie Fish

Set along Agios Ioannis beach, this is considered to be a must-try beach bar that also takes its name from the house specialty – the day’s freshest catch. Here you find options like sea-urchin spaghetti and Myconian pie. All is served in their lovely garden area, indoor seating, or open-air spaces.

Fokos Taverna

This is a more romantic and secluded spot far from the hustle and bustle of town. Located along Fokos Beach, it is housed inside a building that emphasizes classic island architecture and which is furnished in natural materials to support the elegance of the wood and stone structure. It offers an open air space and lots of climbing plants, and a menu that is inspired by the Mediterranean region, but Mykonos in particular. Ravasaki grilled feta, savory pies, and lots of fresh seafood are the emphasis.

So, go with the recommendations of the travel experts and be sure to eat everything in sight during a visit to Mykonos. Whether or not you are a fan of fresh seafood, you are sure to find an abundance of regional specialties. Vegetarians, pescatarians, and everyone else will enjoy the most delicious vegetable-based dishes, and there is always an emphasis on local wine and a bit of something sweet at the end of the meal. Your trip to Mykonos will be unforgettable because of the scenery and the charm of the villages and towns, but it will also be remarkable when you make sure you sample some of the island’s best beach shacks, restaurants, and bars.

If you are considering your last ski vacation for the season, and you have yet to enjoy some time in the French Alps, consider a stay in Val D’Isere. As many know, it is a “legendary ski resort tucked away in a valley beneath the soaring peaks” of the Alps. Though it is a favorite of thrill-seekers for its amazingly challenging slopes, it is much more than a ski area.

It is also a place that blends cosmopolitan European charm with old world appeal. There is a notable “storybook charm” within the village proper, and a blend of French and English can be heard everywhere thanks to the region’s international appeal. A popular area for apres ski events, it is also full of Michelin starred eateries and dining spots, and whether one enjoys walking or hopping on free shuttles, it can be a flawless retreat for the dedicated non-skier, too.

Val D’Isere Winter Sprots

The skiing is a focus for most visitors. As one expert has written, unlike “some resorts that claim a giant ski area, the pistes of Val d’Isère and Tignes are naturally linked without the need for long and boring connecting trails or lifts. On top of that, the standard of piste grooming is extremely high and the lift system is constantly being upgraded, making short work of any bottlenecks in high season.”

This is why the area is a popular choice for snowboarding competitions in addition to classic ski events. The Critérium de la Première Neige, a Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) competition takes place here every December. The hosting of the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics’ men’s downhill, giant slalom, and Super G events also helped to transform the area’s facilities.

Val d'isere, France
Val d’isere, France

Val D’Isere Central Village

The town’s center has been undergoing major transformations (including car-free main thoroughfares with underground parking), new pistes, underground walkways, and more. The dining in Val D’Isere is also noted for its excellence and development over the years. Today, it is a gourmand’s dream whether at the lodges close to the gondolas or the Michelin starred establishments dotting the area.

There is also a great deal of shopping to be had in town, and activities outside of skiing include the hugely popular Aquatics and Sports Complex, several ice driving academies, the snow park, and the recreation centre.

A One-Stop Hideaway

Naturally, there are many eager to have a holiday or vacation in Val D’Isere, but who also wish for the many delights of the area to be just outside of their door. There are many luxury rentals in Val D’Isere, but if you are ready to book a group or family ski holiday before the season’s end, and you wish it to be as luxurious as possible, the stunning Chalet White Pearl may be the solution.

An expansive, five-bedroom chalet, it features elegant style and unique design inside and out. The exterior uses iconic chalet lines, but covers a tremendous footprint with its multiple structures, decks, balconies, and terrace areas. Up to ten guests will savor the remarkably private setting and the stunning scenery of the Daille slopes area.

Just a short distance from the Funival funicular, thi s spacious and amenities-rich chalet is perfect for a group of avid skiers as well as those who would rather enjoy the shopping, dining, apres ski, and other activities.

Chalet White Pearl, Val d’Isere

World-Class Service from Start to Finish

While it is ideal to have such an excellent location for a private ski retreat, having the very best in services and amenities is even more important. This property is fully staffed with a private chef who makes breakfast, high tea, and dinner five days of the week. There is a host (butler) and a housekeeping team, and you even njoy the services of your private driver and 4×4 for days spent exploring other parts of the ski area, doing shopping in town, or just taking in the views.

The amenities within the chalet are luxurious and welcoming, and they include an oversized indoor pool area that features a uniquely shaped pool and lounge area. There is a spa room with the option for booking services and treatments in the chalet. There is a home cinema and a lounge area, a ski room with heated boot racks, and more.

Beautiful Interiors for Beautiful Memories

The Chalet White Pearl is elegantly designed, but does not seek to overwhelm visitors with immense interior spaces. Instead, the heavily beamed ceilings and lodge-like spaces are always cozy and warm. The great room features a large living room with fireplace, access to the balcony, and oversized seating to ensure hours of comfort and fun.  Nearby is the elegant and yet comfortable dining room, and the gourmet kitchen is yours to use (but with a chef, you may never do more than make a quick drink or snack).

One of the bedrooms at the White Pearl, Chalet in Val d'Isere
One of the bedrooms at Chalet White Pearl

Bedrooms as Private Retreats

To ensure that all bedrooms are the equally opulent and private, they are divided between the different living levels. Two are on the main living level, and both are ensuite with queen or king beds. The master suite has an enormous bath and all have balconies. There is a second master suite on the uppermost floor with king bed and luxuriously appointed bath. There is another king suite, as well as a queen suite on the top floor, both ensuite with terraces.

Don’t Miss Out on Last Minute Luxuries

Ski season is going strong in the French Alps, and many travelers book well into mid-April. That makes it the ideal time to consider a winter retreat in the utmost of luxury and style. A visit to the Chalet White Pearl or Val D’Isere in general is a great idea. Whether it is for an opulent getaway with family or friends, a couple’s retreat to a cozy apartment-like chalet in the heart of the village, or something in between, there is a great deal to be enjoyed. Noted for its dining, amazing scenery, world-class skiing, and apres ski fun, Val D’Isere should be something you experience sooner rather than later.

Cap Cana is located in the Dominican Republic and is considered one of the most exclusive destinations of the Caribbean. It is even described as “the world’s new destination,” and aims to be the very best in terms of luxury travel and natural beauty.

About Cap Cana

Is it a town? A resort? No, set along the eastern end of the island (on which Haiti and the Dominican Republic are found), it is a master-planned community that was created to offer comprehensive services and facilities for both holiday makers and property owners in the area. It is unique for its ability to provide views of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and along with its neighbor, Punta Cana (another planned community), it offers the very best in services, amenities and facilities.

This includes being home to many amazing restaurants, in addition to its award-winning golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, famous and prestigious marina where world-class fishing tournaments begin, equestrian facilities, fitness and wellness facilities, exceptional spa facilities, its five-star hotels, dazzling array of night clubs, and countless shops.

It is home to a convention center and the Scape Park adventure area, which blends natural and man-made activities. It is also where a large array of luxury rentals are available as honeymoon villas, family vacation spots, and more.

Dining in Cap Cana

There are more than 30 spots to enjoy a bite while visiting Cap Cana. Of course, “enjoying a bite,” there can mean a five to seven course gourmet meal or a quick bite from a local favorite. Foodies will want to take note of the many options since, as one expert noted, from “exquisite dining choices to relaxed poolside meals, [the] stunning restaurants offer an inspired choice of restaurants and bars.”

Many point to the Eden Roc property as home to some of the most famous and well-reviewed eateries. They include:


Mediterraneo (a AAA four-black-diamond eatery) is described as the most elegant in all of Eden Roc, and specializes in dishes from the Mediterranean area of Europe. It uses ingredients delivered from “artisanal suppliers” in Europe and serves three meals daily.

La Palapa

La Palapa is part of the beach club area of Eden Roc and emphasizes seafood in a casual atmosphere, serving lunch and dinner, daily.

Blue Grill + Bar

Blue Grill + Bar is new to the property and is quickly emerging as a favorite spot throughout the entire Dominican Republic, winning kudos from TripAdvisor and many other sites. It serves poolside meals and has a cigar cellar, too.

La Cava

La Cava is a wine cellar where pairing meals are a specialty. The domed roof gives the entire space an antiquated feel and it is perfect for groups of 10 or 12 to enjoy an opulent meal.

Riva Bar

Riva Bar offers a 1960s glam atmosphere in which to enjoy signature cocktails and great views of the gardens and the pool each evening until 1AM.

Juanillo Beach is home to just one frequently recommended site, Little John, that is tucked along the sands and offers a truly Bohemian experience at breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is part of the Juanillo Beach area and is also an award-winning site.

The Marina Cap Cana area is noted for its position as a preferred spot for fishing tournaments to begin, and is home to restaurants like:

Soprano, a pizzeria that is ideal for group gatherings and those who want great views of the marina. Emphasizing fresh ingredients, many think of it as a surprising discovery.

API is on the beach at the marina and offers amazing ceviche and views. It sits along the sands and offers meals from 10AM to 6PM.

Sanctuary Town

This is a charming downtown area and is where you will encounter “locals” enjoying their time at some of the most casual and authentic eateries. They include:

El Ricon de Paco

El Rincon de Paco, a tavern in the Spanish style and ideal for grilling and pairings with wines from their cellar.

Mamma’s Forno En Pasta

Mamma’s Forno En Pasta is an Italian restaurant where homemade pasta and delicious wood oven pizza are the specialties of the house. They have odd hours, so plan ahead!

Fusion, Sense & Flavors

Fusion, Sense & Flavors is an open kitchen that specializes in fusion cuisine that calls for a blend of the freshest ingredients along with international recipes.

Coffee & News

Coffee & News is a reader’s favorite with lots of publications to enjoy alongside world-class hot and cold coffee drinks.

Tacos Truc

Tacos Truc is a Mexican street food option that uses an iconic Volkswagen van from which to serve homemade salsa and authentic tacos.

The Sweet House

The Sweet House is THE location for ice cream, candies, chocolates, homemade pastries and crepes, and sweets of all kinds.

The Burger Factory

The Burger Factory is just as it sounds and is designed to emulate a classic diner serving artisanal burgers and side dishes.

The area is full of other gastro pubs and taverns, and it is a definite foodie’s destination.

The Fishing Lodge

Is one of the most low-key and casual areas, and home to shops selling local foods and ingredients. The restaurants include:


Bohemian with its tapas, cocktails, wines and cozy setting ideal for a special event.

Arroceria Valenciana

Arroceria Valenciana is a Spanish restaurant specializing in paella and open each day for dinner only.

El Portico

El Portico, which is an Italian restaurant that receives rave reviews

Barbudo, Estacion 16, and Nakamura are also favorites for those seeking tasty meals and casual dining experience.

Ciudad Ecuestra and Los Establos is home to the Cavalier Grill and Steak House which sits alongside the polo grounds and offers nouvelle cuisine in a rather luxurious setting

There are also eateries of almost every kind at the resorts and the hotels. They include the Maraca Gourmet that focuses on authentic Dominican dishes and the Cafeina Coffee House that is a traditional American café with gourmet coffee, pastries and more in the Las Canas area. Sotogrande by Alsol del Mar has quality eateries including the Raices, the Spanish Veranda, and the poolside Merengue Beach and Bar Grill.

There is an array of choices in the Secrets Cap Cana area, with options like the Seaside Grill, Oceana, Bordeaux, Portofino, El Patio, Himitsu, and Market Café (a gourmet buffet), among others.

This is barely breaking the surface of options available, and if you leave Cap Cana hungry, it will most certainly be your own fault!

Though headlines seem to focus on failed music events in the Caribbean region, there is a huge list of annual events that draw thousands every year. Some are just getting off to a strong start and others are long-established. If you are considering a late winter or even summer getaway to the Caribbean, and you’d enjoy it even more if it included some sort of music-based event, we’ve put together a list of what music enthusiasts have ranked as the top for the coming year.

Vujaday Music Festival

This is a Barbados newcomer that has earned raves from previous years’ successes. It takes place April 1-8th in 2020 and features many noted house and techno music artists.

Tmrw.Tday Culture Fest

Equal parts spiritual and music festival, it is a recent innovation that takes place in the Negril Beach area of Jamaica. Along the seven-mile stretch of beachfront, participants can, as one expert wrote, “Embark on a six-day journey of consciousness, conviction and growth through wellness, music, dance, art, nature and natural therapies.”

There are regular reggae and house music events directly on the waterfront, and it all centers around the Irie Soul Retreat.

SXM Festival

This is a well-known five-day event on Saint Martin and it features “the creme of international DJs and electronic music talent, SXM Festival prides it itself upon drawing the most discerning crowd of music lovers.” Because of this, anyone eager to attend in March of 2020, must make their accommodations arrangements in advance. Luxury rentals are widely available and since almost any part of the island is easily reached, it is a good way to enjoy a relaxing, quiet, and even opulent getaway while attending the various SXM Festival events.

Pirates Week

This is a national festival celebrated every year in the Cayman Islands, and usually over the course of several weekends in November. Though that is a long way ahead for 2020, it is important to note how wildly popular it is and how valuable it can be to book your luxury villa far in advance to ensure you enjoy the best experience possible. Not strictly a music festival, it is still one of the most celebrated events with music, food, and other activities all over the three islands.

St. Kitts Music Festival

Another music festival far in the future, but one that requires a bit of advanced planning to make the most of the experience. Taking place in July and hosted in Basseterre, it is often spills over from late June and into July, and is decades old. It draws names from all over the world, and as one expert explained, after “two decades, the event is now the top music festival in the entire Caribbean, blending Soul, Soca, Jazz, R&B, Calypso, Meringue, Zouk, Cadence, Dancehall, Reggae, Gospel and Blues, into a potpourri of musical delights.”

Of course, there is far more than just music to enjoy and people of all ages will appreciate the chance to meet islanders also celebrating the environment, food, and culture that makes St. Kitts such an unforgettable paradise.

My Morning Jacket One Big Holiday

This unique event has been taking place for several years and is hosted in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Dates for 2020 have yet to firmed up, but it is usually a late March event that occurs at the Hard Rock Hotel within the Punta Cana resort area. Attendees can stay “active by participating in artist workshops, poolside games and morning yoga, or spend your days sunbathing or decompressing at the spa. In the evening, get decked out for our theme night, head to one of the all-inclusive restaurant options for dinner, and gear up for a night of music.”

Reggae Sumfest

This is one of Jamaica’s leading celebrations that occurs every July in the Montego Bay area of the island. As one might guess, it is important to book early to get a premium accommodation and make plans for the days of the event. It is not unusual to see such names as Rihanna, 50 Cent, and others making appearances on the main stage.

SOLEIL Saint Lucia Summer Festival

This is a jazz festival every May and it is a partnership with Lincoln Center in New York, guaranteeing the very best musical performances possible.

Barbados Reggae Festival

Jamaica does not have the entire market on great reggae, and the annual event is actually four major events that take place over the course of a few days in April. The event books quickly and accommodations can be difficult to find. Booking a luxury villa ahead of time is a sure-fire way to enjoy the different shows and performances as well as a quiet and opulent beach experience.

Dominica World Creole Music Festival Roseau

Though far into the season, this October event has been occurring for decades and showcases the music and the language of the Creole speaking people. Billboard Magazine says that “the lineup includes superstars within Dominica’s indigenous cadence-lypso and propulsive bouyon music, zouk artists from neighboring Guadeloupe and Martinique and Haitian kompa acts, alongside African soukous, New Orleans’ zydeco as well as marquee dancehall, reggae and soca artists.”

Make Music One of Your Holiday Goals

There is no doubt that most travelers associate the entire Caribbean region with excellent music, beautiful landscapes, and great food. It is also home to many world-class luxury villas that can enhance the enjoyment and pleasure of any visit. When considering your next vacation or getaway, or when looking to enjoy a new world music experience, think of some of the festivals above, and book yourself a private retreat readily available through one of the many luxury villas in the Caribbean region.

With properties sized for singles, couples, or enormous groups, it could be the best way to visit one of the beautiful, unique islands, enjoy top of the line surroundings, full household services (including many luxury villas with chefs, butlers and a concierge), and then head to the music festivals to savor the sound.

Ask Caribbean travel experts about dining in places like St Martin, and most will ask you how much time you have to sit and listen to them rave over the many kinds of food. In fact, the island has over 400 restaurants, and because it is a distinctly cosmopolitan spot thanks to its French and Dutch heritage, along with its history of many different waves of immigrants passing through, the food is amazing.

And yet, when parents think about St Martin vacation rentals or a St Martin family vacation, they know that even with 400 restaurants, they might end up with a few finicky eaters who just don’t want the unique foods and ingredients that dominate the island’s cuisine. While it might be tempting to skip the high-end eateries and stick to budget restaurants, which is common among family vacation ideas, it is unforgivable to miss out on the island’s options.

Assembled below is a list of kid-friendly restaurants for those enjoying St Martin vacation rentals, but who don’t want to do all of their own cooking or miss the chance to sample island specialties. Before looking at that list of recommendations, let’s take a moment to quickly review the most frequently recommended dishes on the island, so you can steer the kids towards at least a bit of something authentic during your St Martin family vacation.

BBQ spare ribs with herbs. Family Restaurants St martin
BBQ spare ribs with herbs

Top Dishes to Sample on a St Martin Family Vacation

Speak with experts in island food and favorites, and they would tell you that the top dishes to try while visiting St. Martin would be:


A tasty soup with greens and veggies, and some spices. It includes pork and onions in some versions.

Conch and Dumplings

Hot and spice, it is made with conch that has been pre-cooked to tender perfection and is then stirred into cornmeal and served with gravy.

Johnny Cakes

These are cornmeal cakes that are served with jam, syrup, butter or honey and a real kids’ favorite.

Spare Ribs

This is something found at the many lolos (barbecue shacks) all over the island, and there is rarely ever a bad barbecue to be found. One of the best family vacation ideas might be to do a taste test of your favorite lolos and have everyone pick a favorite.

Codfish fritters

This is called salt fish and may be an acquired taste for adults, let alone kids. However, it is a common street food and something everyone should sample.


This is a dish made all in one pot and includes chicken, rice, veggies and a lot of seasonings.

Crab Backs

This is a dish that features crab shells stuffed with crab meat and lots of other ingredients and then broiled and served up hot at tasty.

That’s a good list of must-sample foods, and maybe a food-like scavenger hunt could be another of the fun and delicious family vacation ideas. The list of restaurants below can help, and kids will appreciate some time at any of these options, even if at one of the luxurious, one-stop St Martin vacation rentals designed to provide days or weeks of fun.

Speciality caribbean dish of callaloo (spinach) served with fried dumplings

Top Restaurants for Families

It is never easy to pull kids away from the fun of the beach, the pool, or another exciting vacation activity, but as noted, you cannot allow a visit to St. Martin to end without a few food experiences.

For those with families, one of the best family vacation ideas is to spend time at Pete’s Village in Simpson Bay. It is an entertainment area that has all kinds of activities, and it sits right on the Lagoon, making it a nice spot to approach by water, too.

It is home to Pineapple Pete Restaurant & Bar, where lots of families enjoy time sampling the menu and doing a bit of shopping. The menu is a blend of cuisines and there are a few island-inspired options, but kids will also appreciate the thought put into the menu as it leans towards their taste preferences and includes coconut shrimp, chicken fingers, and classic burgers as well as local fish and some island classics.

Another in the Simpson Bay Marina area is Zee Best, ideal for breakfast or lunch and offering a distinctly European inspired array of quiches, crepes, chef’s specials, salads, and other tasty favorites. There is a Jamaican Jerk Burger, a curried chicken crepe, and other dishes that incorporate a lot of the island’s flavors and favorites.

If the kids are tired of barbecue or home-like dishes whipped up in the gourmet kitchen of one of the St Martin vacation rentals, they may enjoy a visit to Lee’s Roadside Grill. A long-time island staple is a thriving open-air eatery on Simpson Bay. It is a hot spot for barbecue, chicken and fresh island seafood, and you can get the kids to sample some conch fritters, some fish soup, and other classics in this fun and family-friendly eatery.

And if a St Martin family vacation is not going to be complete without a bit of Carib-Mex (the island’s version of Tex Mex), a visit to Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Café. Parents will love the lobster fajitas, the “best burger on the island,” the popular “fall off-da-bone” ribs, and more. Desserts are a specialty of the house and no dinner is complete without at least one favorite.

Other family-friendly eateries that receive praise as part of a St Martin family vacation include Lazy Lizard Beach Bar and Grill, the Palms, Café Atlantico, Croissant Royal, Al Pasha (offering mini-meals for younger diners), Rainbow café right along the beach, and La Villa Restaurant that adjusts any dish on the menu to a child’s preferences.

So, whether your top family vacation ideas include a lot of food experiences and explorations, or a lot of meals made in one of the home-like but luxurious St Martin vacation rentals, you will still want to enjoy a few visits to at least one of the options above. Don’t forget that lolos are also a must and easily enjoyed whenever heading to the beach, home from a day of exploring, or simply popping by because you caught an irresistible whiff of the delicious island cuisine waiting for the whole family to enjoy.

Honeymoons can be ruined by the wrong choice in destination. Choose a romantic spot like a Caribbean island and yet opt for one of the villas in the busiest areas, and the romance factor is likely to fade. That is why you will want to explore your options for honeymoon villas in the most romantic destinations possible.

Right now is a great time to consider the most romantic European destinations with luxury villas ideally suited to the honeymooning couple. Luxury vacation rentals are readily found in the following areas, and any of them would be perfect for your honeymoon or romantic getaway:

Villa Pamina, Amalfi Coast
Villa Pamina, Amalfi Coast


More frequently called the Amalfi Coast, it is (as one travel writer gushed) “one of Italy’s most enchanting destinations. Along this breathtaking strip of coastline, discover colorful towns backed by rugged mountains and fronted by bright blue seas, romantic vacation getaways tucked away in the hills, many historic sites, and countless natural attractions.”

That is likely to sell anyone on the idea of a holiday in the area, and especially in one of the private villas situated in the best spots. Just south of Naples, it is a region famous for its villages perched in the cliffs above the sea, with cottages and buildings painted in any number of gentle pastel hues. Lots of small harbors and areas ripe with groves and flowers, it is also a fragrant spot during the warmer seasons.

Historically popular with Roman emperors of the past, it has been a premiere holiday destination with many luxury vacation rentals and villas for centuries. If considering booking one of the charming honeymoon villas of the Amalfi area, it is important to orient yourself to the region.

It is, as noted, the Amalfi Coast and it is part of the Gulf of Salerno that runs from the town of the same name and west to the town of Positano. It then merges with the Sorrento Peninsula, where some of the most famous beaches in Italy are found. The famed Isle of Capri is in this region, too, and makes for a great day trip from one of the luxury villas well-suited to a honeymoon.

The most appealing towns to visit or to consider when booking honeymoon villas are “Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi, Praiano, and Positano.”

Villa Coeur du Village, Cabriere d'Avignon Luberon, Provence. European Honeymoon villas
Villa Coeur du Village, Cabriere d’Avignon Luberon, Provence


While many people think of Paris as the region of France more suited to honeymoons and luxury villas or properties, Provence and the Cote d’Azur are great competitors for that role. These regions face the Mediterranean Sea and are bounded by the Rhone Rive to the west. With influences from Italy at its eastern border, Provence is a place where many travelers fall in love with the landscape, making it ideal for honeymoons in luxury villas.

With Roman ruins, a wonderful farm-to-table culture, medieval towns and churches, and roads suited to hours of easy and gentle bicycle travel, it is perfect for the honeymooning couple. As one writer noted, “Provence is the kind of place that harkens back to yesteryear—when sun-soaked days were spent chatting with neighbors in your hilltop village or sipping wine in a quaint courtyard beside a medieval cathedral,” so a slow and quiet pace will prevail.

Some of the best spots for honeymoon villas and luxury villas in Provence are located in the areas around charming Arles and Aix-en-Provence. Valensole is home to lavender fields and Antibes, Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Cagnes-sur-Mer are home to amazing museums, and vineyards and wineries are around every corner. And for an unforgettable experience at a market, Cours Massena is a must.

Villa Chalcedony, Santorini. European Honeymoon villas
Villa Chalcedony ,Santorini

Greek Islands

Another destination with many luxury villas and honeymoon villas, and also described as ideal for couples is Greece, and in particular, several of the islands that dot its shores.  As one writer noted, it is an area with the “ingredients for the perfect romantic trip to Greece might include pretty bougainvillaea-filled streets and romantic open-air restaurants. Beautiful boat trips and hikes to take in the hot thyme-scented scenery. Secluded beaches. Perhaps a daybed for lounging by the pool or sea. A dash of solitude, a smattering of incredible views…”

This is the ultimate description of a romantic setting, and add to it the wide availability of luxury villas, and it is the perfect region to consider for a honeymoon. Which of the Greek Islands are the most recommended for their luxury vacation rentals and honeymoon villas? In no particular order they are: Santorini, Folegandros, Astypaleia, Milos, Rhodes, Amorgos, Naxo, Paros, Hydra, Kefalonia, Koufonisia, and the ultra-famous Crete.

Each will have its main towns, most will have old towns, and many have beach resort areas and coastal destinations. There will be luxury villas on all of them, and if it is to getaway to a place with flawless weather, great food, and immense beauty, any of the Greek Islands mentioned (plus many others), will provide a great solution.

Villa Violet, Croatia. European Honeymoon villas
Villa Violet, Brac Island, Croatia


Set along the Adriatic coast and directly across from Italy, Croatia is described by many as a sort of crossroads or overlap of central and southeast Europe. It is full of amazing history and architecture, and is bordered by some of the loveliest and culturally rich countries in the region. Montenegro, Hungary and Slovenia are among them, but Croatia is a sort of melting pot of many cultures.

Its coastal towns are home to luxury rentals and honeymoon villas, and couples will love exploring the ancient forts or taking pleasant boat rides along the waters. There is also a great deal of hiking and inland exploration, including vineyards and a farm-to-table culture.

The top towns and cities to consider when booking luxury villas for a honeymoon are Dubrovnik, which is part of a UNESCO world heritage site, Split, which is the country’s second biggest city and close to the Dalmatian Islands (another spot ripe with options for romantic villas).

There is also the thriving city of Zagreb with its remarkable surroundings and ancient history and the Zagorje region for amazing road trips.

There are many other spots for romantic holidays in Europe, and most offer luxury villas sized for two. The destinations above, however, rank as some of the very best if planning a honeymoon or romantic escape this year.