Month: December 2014

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Four Amazing Villas in Tuscany

Have you been thinking about exploring the Tuscany region of Italy for your next European vacation? Are you thinking about organizing a large group to travel along with you? If so, it might become quite expensive to stay in your standard hotel.

Tuscany is a significantly large region, so you’ll have to think about the specific area you want to visit. It’s important to base yourself within a reasonable vicinity of the attractions you want to see while you’re there. A great way to improve your mobility on vacation is to avoid the hotel clutter and find your own Tuscany holiday villa rental.

If you’re considering a trip to Italy this year, here are four amazing villas in Tuscany that you should consider staying in:

Villa Beatrice


This seven-bedroom, seven-bath villa is located in the hills outside of Lucca, in the Montecatini area of Tuscany. This vacation villa is perfect for a large family gathering, but also offers two semi-private spaces for couples or small families traveling together.

Villa Beatrice is comprised of two semi-detached units, a shared pool, and 18 breathtaking acres of olive groves that provide guests with plenty of space to relax and refresh. The property’s ideal location will also provide easy access to explore the Tuscany region.

La Pratola


This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath palace is set on a spectacular hilltop in the Chianti area of Tuscany. The hilltop location provides amazing views in every direction. Le Pratola is a great family destination, as the pool and game rooms will be perfect for the kids while adults will surely appreciate the villa’s proximity to both Siena and Florence.

Podere Cecilia


If you stay in this seven-bedroom, seven-bath villa in the Siena area, you’ll easily find yourself immersed in the rolling Tuscan countryside. Podere Cecilia is a fully renovated, 18th-century home that preserves the astonishing qualities of traditional Italian architecture. This villa is sure to provide one of the more authentic experiences available in Tuscany.

Sole del Chianti


Located in the Chianti area of Tuscany, this eleven-bedroom, eleven-bath vacation villa is a perfect location for soaking in that beautiful Tuscan sun. The expansive farmhouse is located near Florence and, although it dates back to the turn of the century, it has recently been beautifully renovated. Accommodations include the large main house and a more private, separate cottage.

Tuscany is a must-see destination for most serious wine connoisseurs, and these four amazing villas in Tuscany will help you get the most out of your Tuscan wine-tasting vacation!

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Five Brunch Spots in the Riviera Maya

Are you thinking of visiting the Riviera Maya this year? Are you looking forward to enjoying the amazing nightlife that the Riviera Maya has to offer? If you like to stay out late and wake up mid-morning for a delicious brunch, you’re in luck!

When planning your stay in the Riviera Maya, while you could rent a Riviera Maya vacation villa with a private chef to prepare all your meals for you, the area also boasts a number of good spots to get a tasty, authentic Mexican meal! Specifically, if you’re an adventurous brunch aficionado, here are a few brunch spots in the Riviera Maya you should explore during your stay:

Oh Lala International Cuisine

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The environment at Oh Lala International Cuisine provides a refreshing alternative to more conventional Riviera Maya restaurants. The staff places a large emphasis on friendly, relaxing customer service with a personal touch. It also helps that they serve some of the best food in the Riviera Maya.

Oh Lala was opened back in January of 2011 by co-owners George and Mikaela. With just nine tables indoors and out, Chef George, Mikaela, and the rest of their staff can devote ample attention to each and every guest. This helps them create a uniquely personal and acutely delicious experience every time you visit!

Falafel Nessya

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If you’re in the Riviera Maya, but you’re getting a craving for Mediterranean food, you should be sure to check out Falafel Nessya, where they serve some of the finest Middle Eastern, International, and Mediterranean cuisine available in the region.

While this spot does require a bit of a walk from Main Street, it is well worth it, as the owners will surely take care of you when you get there! This small establishment run with tons of heart and innate passion will surely make you feel like you’re enjoying breakfast in the comfort of your own home.

Kaxapa Factory

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This restaurant serves amazing breakfast and brunch with a Venezuelan touch. The casual setting is perfect for everyone, as the restaurant offers all of their specialties with options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free patrons.

El Nicho

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Located right across from the town square, you won’t regret stopping into this international restaurant with a distinctly Mexican touch. Chef Pablo will take care of each and every casual brunch patron that wanders into his quaint, casual eatery.

Coffee Stop


If bagels and coffee are your preferred breakfast cuisine, be sure to stop by the small café in the heart of Playa Del Carmen. If you’re in a hurry to get on your way sightseeing, you can call Coffee Stop ahead of time and simply pick up your order of coffee and bagels as you pass by!

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