Why you should book a vacation rental in Orlando this Christmas

Classic carols, fantastic feasts and cozy evenings in: the festive season is a great time of year to celebrate with the whole family.

And what better place to enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas than in sunny Orlando, with your own luxury vacation rental? Here are five reasons why a Top Villas vacation home should be high on your holiday wish list.

1. You can take festive feasts to a whole new level

Why you should rent a villa at Christmas

With lengthy tables, gleaming kitchens and big BBQs, our Orlando vacation rentals have everything you need to create a magical festive feast. Whether you’re hosting a family reunion for Thanksgiving or vacationing with your usual home unit at Christmas, there’s no way that you’ll go hungry. Don’t fancy doing the cooking? Chef Angelo has you covered. With his gourmet turkey feasts and delicious desserts, you can truly let the restaurant come to you.

2. You can start the big day with a dip

Start Christmas Day with a dip in the pool at your luxury vacation rental

Do you prefer warm sunshine to snowy winter chills? Orlando’s warm climate lets you swap your scarf for sunglasses and embrace that winter sun. With extras like water slides and hot tubs, the private pools at our Reunion Resort villas provide the perfect place for a Christmas Day dip. Swim ’til your heart’s content and experience the total freedom that a private pool offers.

3. You can leave the board games behind

Spending Christmas at a vacation home in Orlando

Forget playing another boring board game this holiday season. Family vacations are meant for quality time with one another, and a villa full of amazing amenities provides you with the perfect place to get started. Play air hockey, foosball or darts in your vacation rental’s very own game room, or simply cozy down and watch a variety of festive films in your own home cinema. At this plush villa in Reunion Resort you even get a private bowling alley. Strike!

4. You can create new festive traditions

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Change the snowy weather to sunshine, swap roast dinners for BBQs, and trade the TV specials for gallons of pool-based fun. Booking one of our Orlando homes gives you the chance to create new festive traditions. Make this holiday season a time to remember, swapping the old traditions for new, exciting moments. Embrace the warmer weather and celebrate in style, the Top Villas way.

5. You can still make it nice and cozy

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Orlando is more about palms than pines, but having a nicely decorated tree at home still adds to the Christmas magic. Our Concierge team can arrange for a Christmas tree to be delivered directly to your villa. Hang your stockings by the fire, decorate the tree with your favourite baubles and dance around to the best Christmas tunes, all in a Top Villas home.

See our Christmas deals

 

Check our Christmas availability page for the latest discounts, or call today on 1-866-341-8086 (US)/ 0800 43 34567 (UK). If you’re interested in a private chef, renting a BBQ, hiring a Christmas tree or any other extra on your Top Villas stay, our Concierge team will be there every step of the way to guide you through.

Making the most of your Concierge

Whether you require car hire, a personal chef, attraction tickets, airport transfers or even a chauffeur service on your Top Villas vacation, our Concierge team are always on hand. Priding ourselves on the esteemed personal service, we offer every extra you could possibly need to make your stay, a luxurious and unforgettable one.

Attraction tickets

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Planning a trip to one of the most exciting places on earth can be daunting, however with our team eager to guide you through the way –  booking attraction tickets for Orlando’s top spots couldn’t be easier! From the magical Walt Disney World, thrilling Universal, Discovery Cove and many more, we can help you find the best deals.

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Rent a car

Whether you’re sunning it up in Orlando, absorbing the exotic lifestyle of Miami or dreaming in Barbados, if you need to hire a car, we can provide it. Ranging in smaller vehicles to large SUVs, whichever you require, our Concierge team arrange, finding you the best quote. Renting a car will undoubtedly give you the flexibility and convenience you need for such a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

Private chef

Chef Angelo

Vacations are a time to fully indulge and with the option of a private chef on hand, we promise that guarantee. Here at Top Villas, we offer villas all over the world, each available with a private chef and that special seal of luxury. Cooking up the finest of dishes, catering to your taste, a private chef makes every dining experience truly unique. On an Orlando stay in one of our villas, Chef Angelo brings the restaurant to you. He strives on providing high quality dishes for various group sizes, prepared with the guest’s vision and budget in mind.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers

When planning your trip, you need to bare in mind how you’ll be travelling from the airport to your vacation rental. Our Concierge can easily help with this – whichever Orlando airport you’re flying from, we can arrange private transfers to take you directly to the villa. Ranging from jeeps, SUVs and more, depending on the group size, we’ll find a transfer perfectly suited for you. Car on the Drive can be organised as part of the transfer; this entails a car picking you up from the airport and driving you straight to your vacation rental (up to 8 people only). Upon arrival to the villa, your rented car (if booked) will be waiting for you. Our team can book a one way transfer or both, it all depends on how you’d like to plan your trip, every detail required, the Concierge are guaranteed to assist.

Grocery shopping

Grocery shopping

If you’d prefer to prepare your own dinners in the villa’s fully equipped kitchen, our team can aid you in supplying groceries straight to your front door. Simply follow this link, which takes you through to an online grocery store. Create your grocery pack, proceed to checkout and update the following information: the villa address and door code for your specific reservation. This will be found in your villa information pack, provided 2 weeks or sooner, prior to your stay with us.

Event planning

Top Villas wedding

With our villa portfolio growing constantly, there’s a vast choice of luxury properties to accommodate events such as weddings, birthdays, family gatherings and corporate functions. At Top Villas, our Orlando event planner shares numerous creative vendors and ideas to make your special occasion truly memorable. As part of this service, we can arrange caterers, bar tenders and any other extra you could possibly require.

Equipment hire

BBQ Equipment hire

When travelling with young children, hiring equipment including cribs, baby strollers or highchairs is essential and here at Top Villas we provide that service. From all the necessary childcare equipment to BBQs, foldaway beds, mobility scooters and more, our Concierge service can arrange to hire anything you request, guaranteed to be delivered to your door prior to your stay.

Golf

Encore club Orlando

Renowned for it’s signature golf, Orlando showcases many incredible courses designed by high class professionals in the top resorts we offer. Including Reunion Resort, Championsgate, The Encore Club and many more in the surrounding areas, there’s a vast choice to pick from. Our Concierge team are eager to provide you with all their specialty golf advice, arranging tee times, offering the best discounted rates and whatever else you may require.

For more information about these services or if you have any other questions about your stay with us, contact our Concierge team on 08081636374 (UK) or +18442854836 (US) and they’ll be happy to assist you. 

Private Chef Hire – Let the Restaurant Come to You

Treat yourself to delicious eats on vacation when you hire a private chef for a one-off meal or for the duration of your trip.

Chef Angelo Bersini

Chef Angelo Bersini

In our exclusive interview with private chef Angelo Bersani, we get the lowdown on his 5-star personal chef service and how you can enjoy gourmet cuisine in your vacation home – without having to lift a finger!

Hi Angelo! Tell us a little bit about your background and why you became a personal chef?

Hi! I’m a licensed personal chef and butler serving the Orlando and Central Florida areas. I have around twenty five years experience in entertainment and event management with a Culinary Arts degree from the Florida Culinary Institute in Palm Beach and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Rowan University. I’ve always loved cooking and I like the freedom it allows me in my professional and personal life.

What exactly does a personal chef do?

I provide personal chef services to private clients in their vacation homes including families, couples and large groups whether it’s an intimate meal for two, a family feast, dinner party, special occasion or corporate trip. Every dinner is planned to meet the vision and budget of the client and we only use the highest quality ingredients with meticulous attention to detail.

Is this affordable? Or is it just a luxury service? 

Yes it is affordable, costs are based on client’s needs and budget. Hiring someone to cook dinner in your home might seem decadent, but it’s not as expensive as you think, especially when you include the money saved on a babysitter. There are no overheads except your own, and you can drink your own wine, avoiding the hefty markup of a restaurant!

What kind of food do you serve?

I specialise in Mediterranean, North African, American, and Latin cuisines. There are around 26 different options on the Hors D’oeuvres menu including Lamb Skewers, Caviar Drops, Florida Blue Crab Cakes and Indonesian Satays. The dinner menu is a delicious selection of appetisers, mains, sides, salads and desserts. Some of the most popular mains are Filet Mignon, Chicken Satay, Marco Polo Duck, Coq au Vin, Salmon Wellington and Venetian Scampi. Chef Angelo Brownie Bombs and Custard Cocktails are just a few of the delicious desserts.

WPM Image 5Who needs a private chef? What are the benefits?

If you are on vacation and you have rented a vacation home from Top Villas, you need a chef. You deserve to be a guest in your own villa! Private dining is as good as eating out at a fine restaurant, but without the worry over babysitting or who is going to drive. All our dinners are full service. We deliver, set up, produce and execute the event; then clean up and restore the space.

What is the most memorable event you have catered for?

I love doing special family events such as family reunions and anniversaries. It’s always an honor and a joy to be a part of a family’s special celebration.

What is your most popular package?

Our most popular is dinner service for large families who are busy enjoying Orlando’s attractions. We make all the arrangements leaving people free to enjoy themselves without having to worry about anything else!

Do you offer any other services?

I can also arrange for butler services, cooking classes and concierge services, but my main focus is on private dining.

Chef Angelo is a member of The American Personal and Private Chef Association and The International Guild of Professional Butlers. For more information or to hire Chef Angelo during your Top Villas trip contact our concierge team. Sample menus are available upon request.

How to Spend A Million Dollars in Aspen…

Home to four incredible skiing mountains, a full line up of annual festivals and the regular occurrence of casual celeb spotting, Aspen is known as America’s richest winter destination, the location to be all year round.

From the snowy bliss in skiing season to the countless activities in the warmer months, Aspen is deemed as a luxurious destination to any visitor. Flooded with top-notch celebrities, the renowned winter paradise is popular amongst the rich, famous and virtually anyone who owns a private jet. With the A-list status tracing back to the early sixties, the lasting prestigious appeal continues. Boasting countless exquisite features, an Aspen getaway is designed for the more extravagant traveler, where the vacation is assured to be a higher end lifestyle experience.

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When to go?

In terms of crowds and prices, ski season, December- March and summer during the festival peak are the most popular periods. Summer time promises the bliss mountain experience with temperatures as high as 70s, whereas September is quieter, filled with bursts of natural colour and the thinning out of crowds. June is popularised for rafting in the best snowmelt-fuelled rapids and autumn for the falling of leaves, holding a gorgeous image.

Aspen as you can tell showcases some of the best homes, landscapes and activities all perfect for each extravagant guest. You may wonder then, how could you possibly spend a million here in a week? Very easily for those who love a good splurge!

Firstly, staying in the most elaborate, lavish homes. With Aspen famous for it’s 5 star accommodation, vacation rentals and top celeb homes, you’re spoilt for choice on a vacation home. Ranked the 11th most expensive zip code region in America, whether you’re looking to rent or buy a home on your trip, the investment is worthwhile for a top-notch time away.

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Extra services galore! Staying in a vacation rental means an endless supply of extra amenities available for you to indulge in. Enjoy bottles of the finest wines, champagnes, chef service, a personal trainer, armed or unarmed security, a butler, waiter, high end bath products and much, much more for a truly lavish vacation (all of which we can offer in our properties).

Designer stores – For those heading to Aspen with a true love of shopping, you’re in for a fabulous treat. A handful of the most famous names have recently made their debut to Aspen including Dolce & Gabbana, Helmut Lang, Rag & Bone and Burberry, the perfect antidote for any shopaholic. Whilst shopping, why not buy a designer ski jacket at Monclear, an esteemed clothing brand to look super trendy when hitting the slopes.

Take a trip down to the spa – The notable St Regis Remede Spa is the most luxurious spa in all of Aspen. Prided as a sanctuary for A listers, you’ll receive nothing more than the top treatments and utmost relaxation. Their most famous package is 6 hours long which includes a 60 minute massage, 60 minute facial, 60 minute scrub, light lunch, mani/pedi and access to all the amenities  such as the oxygen lounge, hot tubs or steam caves.

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Walking on the wilder side – If you’re more of an adventurer, grab the chance of participating in the many outdoor activities available. From horseback riding, cycling or hiking through the mountainous trails, there’s more than enough to do on your trip. Best experienced in the summer months, grab the chance of absorbing the heart warming atmosphere as you go. The ‘Grottoes’, caves on the Independence Pass , along the Roaring Fork River are known to be a fantastic spot to explore on your hike.

Festivals – No trip is complete without heading to one of their fantastic festivals including Aspen’s Music Festival in the summer and Aspen’s Idea Festival.

Lastly, book a private gourmet dinner party – With the esteemed Tim Goodwell, a Food & Wine ‘Best New Chef’ having recently opened Ricard Brasserie & Liqor Bar in Snowmass, book yourself a private dinner with him. Cooking up a fancy French feast, indulge yourself in 9 perfectly crafted, sumptuous courses in your own room, where Goodman himself prepares the plates. Including an array of the finest wines to pair with the dishes, the overall experience immerses you into utmost luxury.

The Best Christmas Cocktail Recipes For The Holidays

Say cheers to the holiday season with these creative Christmas cocktail recipes from tropical travel experts @rumtherapy.

From Cranberry Rum Punch to Eggnog Shooters, raise a toast to these seasonal rum sensations sure to warm up your parties and get-togethers this holiday.

Candy Cane Cocktail

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Candy Cane Cocktail courtesy of Rum Therapy

“Peppermint, chocolate and rum…, what’s not to like about that combination?

“This decadent treat is more a desert than a cocktail, but who’s counting calories at this time of the year? Infuse your own peppermint flavoured rum for this one!”

Read on for Rum Therapy’s Candy Cane Cocktail recipe:

Cranberry Mojito

Cranberry Mojito courtesy of Rum Therapy

Cranberry Mojito courtesy of Rum Therapy

“A holiday variation of a classic rum drink, the mojito.

“This version successfully mingles a tart cranberry taste and mint with the sweetness of brown sugar. Use a basic white or light rum such as Bacardi Superior. Delicious!”

Read on for Cranberry Mojito recipe:

Creamy Candy Cane Rum Drink

Creamy Candy Cane Rum Drink courtesy of Rum Therapy

Creamy Candy Cane Rum Drink courtesy of Rum Therapy

“A creamy rum delight sure to impress your holiday guests with its festive look and delightful taste.

“Use a vanilla rum such as Cruzan Vanilla for this tasty treat.”

Read the full recipe here: 

Cranberry Rum Punch

Cranberry Rum Punch courtesy of Rum Therapy

Cranberry Rum Punch courtesy of Rum Therapy

“Need a delicious rum drink for a larger crowd? This recipe makes enough for about 20 of your holiday revellers!
“There are two types of rum used in this one – a gold rum and a light rum. Rum suggestions: Mount Gay Eclipse for the gold and Appleton White Rum for the light rum.”

Make your own Cranberry Rum Punch

Rum N Eggnog Shooter

Eggnog Rum Shooter courtesy of Rum Therapy

Eggnog Rum Shooter courtesy of Rum Therapy

” A big taste in a small glass (shooter)! This one is almost too pretty to drink, but you’ll be glad you did.

Use a nice aged rum for this one such as Zaya Gran Reserva.”

Rum N Eggnog Shooter recipe:

Apple Cider with Spiced Rum

Apple Cider with Spiced Rum

Apple Cider with Spiced Rum

“An absolute delight on frosty days, this spiked cider with chunks of delicious apple is topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel…this is definitely one of the best Christmas cocktail recipes!

Rum suggestion: Cockspur Spiced Rum.

Read on for full recipe:

Why not sip a Christmas cocktail in style from the luxury of your very own Top Villas vacation home? Top Villas offers a fantastic choice of luxury rentals in the world’s most desirable vacation destinations. There are plenty of Christmas villa deals available, for more information call the Top Villas concierge team today.

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