Conde Nast Traveler Names BeautifulPlaces to Top International Villa Company List

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Home / Conde Nast Traveler Names BeautifulPlaces to Top International Villa Company List


Sonoma Company Selected One of 49 Best in the World

[Sonoma, CA] -- For the third year in a row, Condé Nast Traveler has named BeautifulPlaces one of the world’s top villa specialists and Summerhill – the newest wine country villa in BP’s portfolio - was featured on the two pages introducing the article in the magazine’s June 2009 issue. BeautifulPlaces – the only villa company in California to be honored and one of only six in the U.S. - was singled out for its distinctive homes, personal concierge services, exclusive insider connections and custom itineraries and experiences.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor from Condé Nast Traveler. Villa rentals and experiential travel continue to be the strongest segments of the travel industry as they provide guests with privacy, personalization and exclusivity. To keep up with demand, we’ve recently added new homes to our portfolio and our concierge service is busy planning new exclusive activities for our guests,” commented Liza Graves, who envisioned the growth of wine country villa rentals and lifestyle travel when she co-founded BeautifulPlaces with her husband, Patrick Smith, in 2003.

Only 49 worldwide villa agents were selected for the honor out of the hundreds who were considered. The list - Wendy’s Rolodex, an indispensable guide to 49 rigorously vetted villa rental agents – is compiled by Wendy Perrin, the magazine’s Consumer News Editor for Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Worldwide Villa Rental Guide. “To compile the list, we created a 47-question application designed to assess an agent’s competency, connections, and business practices. We interviewed (hundreds of) the most promising by phone to evaluate their user-friendliness, honesty and familiarity with the villas and regions they represent. Only 49 agents made the cut!” noted Perrin. See the full article at http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/12300

In other media news, when Peter Greenberg noted traveler expert wanted to do a story on villa rentals, he tapped BeautifulPlaces to offer advice and plan a stay in Villa Andrea. The article Villa Rental Tips from a Weekend in Sonoma (http://www.petergreenberg.com/2009/05/18/villa-rental-tips-from-a-weekend-in-sonoma/) was featured in Greenberg’s popular newsletter and on his website.

“Our motto is ‘Savor Life’…and that is what we enable our guests to do. BeautifulPlaces combines the services and amenities of a luxury hotel with the comfort, splendor and privacy of a magnificent home to create a truly unique and memorable vacation experience," BeautifulPlaces CEO Smith explains. “We now offer villas and concierge services in the finest regions of France, Italy and Mexico.” Added Graves, “It’s like having a good friend – with good connections – in the wine country.”

About BeautifulPlaces
BEAUTIFULPLACES (www.beautiful-places.com) has created a new dimension in luxury travel fulfilling the dreams of food and wine enthusiasts inviting them to experience the wine country like a native with villa rentals and personalized itineraries in the wine and resort regions of Northern California, France, Italy and Mexico. BeautifulPlaces takes experiential travel to a new level with by arranging custom epicurean, sports, and cultural activities immersing the guests into the quintessential lifestyle of the destination. All services are tailored to meet the individual traveler’s requests and budgets.

For information/reservations:
BeautifulPlaces Inc.
539 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476
800-495-9961 or 707 996 0266