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Luxury Villa Travel with an Epicurean Flair

BeautifulPlaces has created a new dimension in luxury travel. We are the first villa company in the world to focus its expertise, creativity and financial resources on satisfying the passions and experiential desires of a singular and thriving lifestyle segment we call epicurean travel enthusiasts.

Today's lifestyle travelers demand "real" experiences, from immersion into local communities and cultures to personal access and privileges beyond the ordinary. Epicurean travel enthusiasts are no different as they seek to discover, in very personal terms, what makes a SuperTuscan wine super or the local gnocchi a knockout. For some this means hiring a private chef to cook the local favorites. For others it may involve learning how to cook like a local themselves.

BeautifulPlaces helps our guests fulfill their dreams of an immersive epicurean holiday; inviting them to experience some of the world’s finest food & wine destinations “like a native” from their homebase of a luxurious villa in Northern California wine country, France, Italy, and Mexico.

Our superb collection of villas range from sprawling mountaintop vineyard retreats, and tours de force of modern architecture to painstakingly restored farmhouses; stately contemporary homes and even large chateaux and villas. Our villas are located throughout Northern California wine country, the French regions of Bordeaux and Provence, and perennial favorites Tuscany, and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The modern resort community of Punta Mita and the historic vacation destination of Puerto Vallarta are the settings for BeautifulPlaces’ Mexican portfolio.

In addition to providing luxurious villa accommodations and the amenities of a five-star hotel, BeautifulPlaces’ lifestyle travel experts will, upon request, work with our guests to design a one-of-a-kind itinerary we call a Tailor Made Experience (sm). For instance, BP concierges can arrange entry into exclusive vineyards and consultations with experts to assist in building a wine collection. For those who are interested in the fine art of cooking, BP can arrange for guests to cook side by side with private chefs; or take lessons in the art of making cheese, olive oil and chocolates.

For those interested in exploring the beauty of their destination; BeautifulPlaces can arrange explorations by balloon or helicopter; a day with a local artist; recording wine country with a professional photographer; or night sky viewing with a noted astronomer. In-home spa treatments, certified nannies, local transportation and pre-arrival shopping can all be handled with one phone call. While the kinds of activities one can participate in vary by region, BeautifulPlaces can help its guests craft an experience –epicurean or cultural- that is unique and fulfilling.