Looking for a quick summer getaway either with the family, friends, or just for two and don’t mind the heat? Head to St. Tropez  with Wimco Villas and discover its subtle charms. This fishing village has many ways to stay cool in the summer sun while still having a plethora of activities and treats to make the whole family or crew happy. For the early risers, beat the crowds and head into the town of Sainte- Maxime for the markets. Located on La Rue Fernand Bessy, and only a short twenty three minute drive from St. Tropez, the Ste-Maxime markets are held every morning

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and reopen in the late afternoon. There, you will find a range of fresh foods, fish, and flowers. If you want to remain closer to home base, then head to the Place des Lices found right in the heart of town.

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The 100-year old plane trees divide this area into seven long arcades and create an overlapping canopy of dappled sunlight; giving merchants and shoppers a break from the summer sun. Held every Tuesday and and Saturday, from 8:00 am to 1:00 in the afternoon, the Places des Lices transforms from a quiet park for boule into a fluttering arena of vendors, umbrellas, trailers, and stands. You will find local farmers scattered throughout the park with prepared goods such as olives, breads, tapenade, and jams. The Place des Lices is the place to go to sample the best of what the surrounding communities and farms near St. Tropez have to offer. If the fresh produce won’t stop you in your tracks, then the prevailing scent of lavender will!

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As the day wears on and the temperature climbs, the beach is the ideal spot to escape town, and its bustle. For the family, the recommended beaches are Plage de la Bouillabaisse, Plage des Graniers, and Plage des Jumeaux which also offer beach side playgrounds. One of the more secluded beaches is Plage de Briande. The only way to access the beach is by foot and it does take a bit of time (around ninety minutes). The walk will have its payoff though. Here, you will get the privacy and tranquility that won’t be found at any other beach in St. Tropez, with an abundance of clean sand and spectacular scenery.

cen lesWhen considering a place to rest your head, a great family size villa that overlooks a child friendly beach is  Wimco’s Villa CEN LES. Spend the day by the pool or walk a few feet and take in the views of Plage de l’Escalet. This Villa offers privacy with high laurel hedges and an automatic gate, but is still situated close enough to towns including the medieval hilltop village of Ramatuelle (ten minute drive), and St. Tropez itself (fifteen minute drive). Even in the high temperatures, Villa CEN LES has the luxury of direct ocean breezes.

A second villa with additional perks is Villa CEN TAH. In the months of July and August during select weeks you will save an average of 25%. If this deal isn’t enough to lure you in than the stunning views of the Mediterranean and the villa’s equidistant location between Tahiti Beach and the center of town might sure have to. Outside, a vineyard along with a surrounding garden give the property seclusion. The garden has ample amounts of shrubs, flowers, and olive trees; opening up to a small lawn that leads to an overflowing swimming pool. Inside, the décor is simple with large rooms and terracotta floors.

A third villa idea is Villa AZIZ 317 and is also a Wimco staff favorite. This villa is tucked away on the hillside of the Sinopolis area of St. Tropez, with views of the town of St. Maxime and its harbor. The villa has glass doors on all sides which open to a terrace great for morning coffee and breakfast. The other glass doors give access to a swimming pool and lush gardens. Offering five beds and five full baths, Villa AZIZ 317 can accommodate a family or a group of friends looking to enjoy the advantage of its hillside viewpoint and also its proximity to Pampelonne Beach and the heart of St. Tropez.

What more would you want from a place like St. Tropez? From the beaches to the promenades, this city by the sea is a great choice for those who want excitement as well as serenity. If you want either or both, Wimco has a villa that provides for any type of vacationer. Learn more about the St. Tropez area and villa accommodations on WIMCO’s website and start seeing these spots before summers over!

What makes a vacation villa feel like your home away from home? Does it reflect you and your everyday life, or is it a divergence from reality into your fantasy way of living? One of the benefits of vacationing in a villa is that you can pick and choose your ideal style and location combination. Best of all? It is all yours for a week or two… or as long as you want to stay.

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Looking for a home away from home near St Tropez, France? Consider Wimco’s Villa CEN CTH, (The Cork House)  a 4 bed, 4 bath Bastide style home perched outside the village of Grimaud. This is a perfect villa rental for a family or couples interested in being near St Tropez, but outside of the busy village center of  St. Tropez itself.  The Cork House provides an ideal, tucked away location with easy access to St. Tropez and Grimaud.

The villa itself, while traditional in design, is equipped with modern features for your comfort. You are welcomed by the white stucco, blue-gray shuttered façade, and inside there is nothing but clean white walls, natural light and sleek tiled floors. Natural LightThe main living area features an extensive library, French doors that flood the space with natural light, and an enormous hearth that brings warmth to the space. Upstairs, the bedrooms and bathrooms sparkle with details inspired by the French countryside. Natural stone countertops and vintage mirror frames dazzle the immaculate space.

Outside, the grounds of this villa are immaculately manicured, giving way to views of the rolling hills of the French countryside. The outdoor patio is ideal for enjoying an alfresco meal, or simply relaxing. The private pool is a real treat on warm days when you want to enjoy a swim and an afternoon lounging in the recliners.

Villa CEN CTH is conveniently located– just a short five minute drive to the hillside town of Grimaud and a fifteen minute drive to St. Tropez. Grimaud is best described as a medieval village, perched in the hills. Grimaud truly embodies everything traditionally associated with a small French village. Walking is easy but can be uphill at times, and there are many shops, restaurants and historical sights to take in.chateau de g Something that shouldn’t be missed is the Chateau de Grimaud, where during the summer months, the ramparts act as an outdoor theater with the castle as a backdrop and the terraces used as seating.

Driving from Grimaud towards the sea will bring you to  St. Tropez and the famous Pampelonne beach. By choosing to rent a vacation home for a week such as The Cork Tree House, you are afforded freedom to decide how much or how little of the St. Tropez action you want to experience while staying at your home away from home. Consider Wimco Villas when making your selection.

While the weather was a little fickle, the 2013 St Barth Bucket Regatta was a huge success. This regatta bring together the largest collection of 100′+ long classic yachts in the world, and this year’s regatta was marked by blustery weather, some near misses (yikes) and lots of excitement and good humor from the crews. Of course as is the norm, the capatains, crews and yacht owners all enjoyed the charms of St Barts after each day’s races.

St Barth Bucket 2013

St Barth Bucket 2013

Adela, competing in the Mademoiselles class, took home the coveted St Barth’s Bucket trophy as the regatta’s overall winner. The “Wrong Way Around” race was a blast for the 36 super yachts participating as well as for the spectators on land who had the chance to view these powerful yachts slipping through the gorgeous waters around St Barts.

We are already looking forward to next years race and the dates will be March 27-30, 2014. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or just appreciate the beauty of these yachts, Bucket week is an incredible time to visit the island of St Barts. The island’s celebrated beaches ring pristine turquoise bays, and the idyllic waterfront villages of St Jean and Gustavia offer a wide range of intimate restaurants and cafes to relax and refresh in. Some of the sailors favorites in and around Gustavia harbor are Maya’s, Nikki Beach, L’Isola, The Wall House, Bagatelle, Le Repair and Sante Fe.

For anyone planning on taking in the St Barth Bucket in 2014, contact WIMCO Villas and book a villa with a  sweeping ocean view,  or one close to Gustavia to in the thick of the action. Take a look at these Bucket favorites: Villa WV ACA in Colombier, Villa WV AVN in Gouverneur, or Villa WV GUS in Gustavia.

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Looking for a vacation where meals are made upon your request, chauffeurs are available for island travels, and butlers are also included? Check out these four fully staffed villas (luxurious vacation rentals) which offer all of this and more. These villas offer amazing services from warm, welcoming staff. The cost of the staff is included in the weekly rental price, because why should you have to worry about dinner or laundry? It is, after all, your vacation! Wimco represents these and many other distinctive villas, ideal for a family vacation.

VA BLA

Turks and Caicos

Villa VA BLA in Turks and Caicos offers its guests an unforgettable vacation experience. Located on a private beach on Grace Bay, VA BLA offers the treatments of a luxurious resort in the comfort of your own private villa so you won’t have to lift a finger!

Your very own private chef will make you and your guests gourmet meals, served in the formal dining room or outside by the pool. A private butler will cater to all your needs, shuttle the group to town, get the boat ready or arrange kids activities. For the ultimate relaxation, indulge in spa and pedicure services right at the villa. Don’t feel like doing the laundry? Let the staff take care of that.

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This luxury villa offers a cigar/wine room where you can sit and play a game of cards. Then retire to the private media room with a huge movie selection, popcorn machine and big comfy couches. There is plenty of intimate seating areas indoors and out for family and friends to gather. The ocean is just a few steps away where plenty of water sports are hosted. Villa VA BLA has something for everyone!

Barbados

B MUL

For a villa with unique characteristics and plenty of Barbados history, stay at villa BS MUL. Built around a 17thcentury sugar mill, the villa is constructed of three buildings that are joined by stairways. This villa accommodates up to 12 people with 6 air-conditioned bedrooms. There’s plenty of space to entertain and spectacular ocean views. The infinity pool is picturesque and includes incredible views of the coastline. Enjoy dinner under the outdoor gazebo right by the ocean’s edge. For the ultimate beach experience, the owners have a private beach cabana located on Gibbs beach. Let the staff set you up at the cabana with a beach picnic.

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The friendly staff is there to cater to the needs of the guests, providing the most relaxing vacation. Guests will also get full use of the villa owner’s speedboat for water skiing and inflatable towing rides.

Mustique

MV ILA

This colonial-style villa is located on the southern end of the island and comes fully staffed. Villa MV ILAis open and very spacious, perfect for gorgeous views of the island and capturing those island breezes. The pool is beautifully laid out with a waterfall cascading by a small gazebo.

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Recent guests have praised the staff at this villa, complimenting on how warm and welcoming they are. Expect to be wowed by the delicious meals your chef will delight you with each day. You will want to return year after year to this special Mustique villa.

Anguilla

Villa SHE MYSis on of the largest villas on Anguilla with 4 grand villa suites, 9 bathrooms, 3 pools, and a state-of-the-art gym. The bathrooms offer luxurious European-style jet showers and infinity bathtubs to make everyday feel like a spa day.

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Villa guests will certainly be spoiled with the services that include wine selection on arrival, round trip airport transfers, concierge privé, butler services, private golf cart for beaching, housekeeping, signing privileges at the 3 restaurants and boutique at Cap Juluca hotel, beach chairs and umbrellas at Maundays Bay beach, and use of all villa facilities including office with private fax and telephone lines, wireless internet, gym and media-entertainment room. What more could you ask for?

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If your party includes private staff, there is also a Loft Junior Suite, perfect for nannies or bodyguards. Villa SHE MYS offers guests a complete escape with full services to make your vacation quite the experience.

For rates, availability, and additional photos, visit www. wimco.com

Imagine viewing the night sky light up with a colorful display of fireworks right from the back patio of your villa. Your closest friends join you on the patio with cocktails in hand admiring the beautiful display as if it was your own private show. This holiday fantasy can become your reality this year by renting one of these wonderful villas Wimco has to offer in the Caribbean! So sit back, enjoy the warm night sky, and countdown the minutes until 2013 in your own private villa!

Villa WV ING

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Villa WV ING is not only beautifully decorated and spacious; the large terrace provides a bird’s eye view of Gustavia, the ocean, and the countryside. Enjoy a delectable New Year’s Eve meal in the outside dining area. As the sky gets darker, you can anticipate a wonderful fireworks display that you and your friends will have a front row seat to! Spend New Year’s Day with friends tanning on the comfortable lounge chairs surrounding the pool. Villa WV ING is sure to fulfill all the needs of your friends and family this holiday season.

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Villa MAT STB

This 5 bedroom villa has all the amenities you and your friends could ask for! Villa MAT STB offers unlimited views of the Virgin Islands and is tucked away in the privacy of the hilltops.  Enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner cooked by your own personal chef. Create unforgettable memories with friends around the large dining table that seats 10. You’re sure to not miss the fireworks staying in this villa. Lounge with a glass of champagne on the terrace located on the south side of the main pavilion with your significant other, then walk down to the heated infinity pool to have a party with the rest of your friends or family.

Villa AA OCE

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Start your New Year’s resolutions early at villa AA OCE with exclusive club access to the fitness center, tennis courts, and other clubhouse amenities. Have dinner in the incredible dining room surrounded by luscious indoor gardens. Enjoy after dinner drinks in the covered terrace while gazing out into the ocean for the anticipated fireworks display. Villa AA OCE offers multiple areas to enjoy the spectacular views.

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Villa C CLI

For a more private New Year’s for two, enjoy a stay at Villa C CLI. Nid d’Amour, French for “Love Nest,” offers the perfect holiday getaway for you and your loved one. The beautiful heated infinity pool offers breathtaking views of the island and has a subtle waterfall cascading down from the white columns. Go for a midnight swim while watching the fireworks on New Years to make it an unforgettable romantic getaway.

Whether you’re looking to ring the New Year in with the biggest party of the season or you’re going for a quiet romantic holiday, Wimco has a villa that is perfect for you! Book now and before you know it, you will be ringing in 2013 in the Caribbean!

Check out the hotel and villa accommodations on WIMCO’s website  to start making travel plans today!

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