Top Family Destinations from Villas of Distinction

Casablanca luxury villa in Barbados

Villas of Distinction, a 2019 Travvy Award winner for Best Villa Rental Company, offers travelers one-of-a-kind luxury escapes in the most coveted destinations around the globe.

There’s a unique villa experience to suit every type of traveler and event, whether it’s a family reunion in the Caribbean, corporate retreat in Mexico, girlfriend getaway in Europe or a ski trip to Colorado. You get the idea.

Villas of Distinction has got you covered with unmatched knowledge and experience, the finest properties meeting the strictest standards and exceptional attention to detail to ensure you and your travel companions come away with the perfect experience.

Families eyeing a luxury villa getaway in 2019 should consider one of these destinations.

Florida

The Theme Park Capital of the World certainly can’t be beaten when it comes to entertaining families. The list of must-visit attractions includes Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando but definitely doesn’t end there with nearby Gatorland and LEGOLAND Florida also making for worthwhile day trips.

Fortunately, most of Villas of Distinction’s Orlando area villas are located within Reunion Resort and just a few miles from Disney and Central Florida’s other world-class family-friendly attractions.

Jamaica

Families traveling with lots of babies and or toddlers will want to consider a vacation in Jamaica as most properties here feature the conveniences of a full staff, including chef, butler, housekeeper and laundress.

Villa rentals are available throughout the island. Choose from popular tourist destinations such as Montego Bay or Ocho Rios or something in between like Falmouth, Discovery Bay or Runaway Bay.

Turks and Caicos

Beach in Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is one of the more family-friendly destinations in the Caribbean as it’s just a short flight from Miami. Better yet, travelers to these islands will have nearly 100 luxury villas to choose from.

Guests will have easy access to some of the best beaches, including Grace Bay, as well as opportunities to get up close with nature and wildlife whether snorkeling or whale watching.

Barbados

Villas of Distinction offers more than 180 villas in nearly three dozen locations throughout Barbados so families of all sizes and ages are sure to find the perfect fit.

Rental options here range from one-bedroom cottages to sprawling, 10-bedroom estates. Plus, similarly to Jamaica, most luxury villas come with the services of a full staff at no extra charge.

Italy

Tuscany, winery, vineyards, wine

Large multigenerational groups, in particular, will fall in love with Tuscany, where highlights of many villas include private pools, game rooms, tennis courts and other beloved amenities.

Villas of Distinction’s Borgo Finocchieto Estate can accommodate up to 44 guests while most others offer private space for at least two dozen travelers and are within close proximity to major cities allowing for convenient day trips.

For more information on Villas of Distinctions and their family-friendly villa rentals, contact your travel agent or visit their website here.

10 Instagram-Worthy Destinations for 2019 Travels

Cars driving on the Bixby Creek Bridge on California's Big Sur coast

Wondering where to plan your first trip in 2019? The travel experts at Jucy, in conjunction with a few top travel influencers, have curated a list of some of the most photogenic destinations in the U.S. for travelers to add to their list of locales for 2019. An added bonus: Jucy RVs makes it easy to check these destinations off.

“This list captures some of nature’s most beautiful spots, along with a few manmade showstoppers,” said Hiron Menon, Jucy’s general manager. “Jucy vans make it easy to truly immerse yourself in the culture of a destination while checking off those bucket list trips.”

Topping the list is Big Sur’s Bixby Bridge. This is one of California’s most iconic sights and can be found on one of the state’s most scenic drives.

Oregon’s Rowena Crest is number two on the list.

“Rowena Crest is the kind of location that Instagram dreams are made of, especially when you visit this gem at golden hour,” said Nicola Easterby of Polkadot Passport.

“Once you’ve got a photo in front of the very-Instagrammable bend road at the Rowena Crest Viewpoint, cross over the road, and you’ll find the most beautiful meadows with amazing views over the Columbia River Gorge. In springtime, the meadows are brimming with wildflowers. It is the kind of place where it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo.”

In the number three spot is Antelope Canyon in Arizona. The backdrop of surreal colors and shapes makes this landscape seem otherworldly.

The Venice Beach Boardwalk is a California classic where travelers can photograph beautiful wall murals, street art and spectacular seaside panoramas.

Utah’s Monument Valley rounds out the top five.

“Driving through Monument Valley makes you feel as though you’ve just traveled back in time. It combines old country western feel with road trip vibes, and offers some of the most perfectly framed photo ops that are totally ‘Instaworthy.’ It was one of the top spots to visit on my JUCY road trip and did not disappoint!” Said Katie Purling of My Colourful World.

Below is the full list of 10 destinations:

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, California

Rowena Crest, Oregon

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice, California

Monument Valley, Utah

Yosemite National Park, California

Angel’s Landing, Zion, Utah

Sequoia National Park, California

Salvation Mountain, Calipatria, California

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2018’s Top Business Travel Destinations

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After a global study, Egencia flight data confirmed that New York is the most popular business travel destination globally. The Big Apple is followed by London and Paris.

London hasn’t held the top spot since 2014 and Paris, is solidifying its spot as a business travel hub with air travel to the City of Light up by more than 20 percent from January 1, 2018, to December 1, 2018.

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Forecasts show that New York will continue to dominate the business travel market. Egencia flight data shows that business trip flight bookings to New York were nearly 10 percent higher than bookings to London in 2018.

Fourth on the list is Asian business hub Shanghai. China’s pre-eminent commerce center and, while Europe holds two spots in the top three and the U.S. takes the top spot, Asian destinations dominate the top 20. Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo rank sixth, eighth and ninth respectively, and Beijing came in at number 15, Mumbai was 17 on the list and Seoul was in the 20th spot.

The Middle East, South America and North Africa all have taken spots in the top 20 as well. Dubai came in at 11, according to Egencia data. Sao Paulo was 18 and Casablanca was number 19.

Overall, business travel is on the rise. Between January 1, 2014, and December 1, 2018, total business travel flight bookings increased globally by nearly 110 percent.

“While U.S. and European cities retain the top three spots, the most interesting takeaway is how global business travel has truly become with five of seven continents represented in the top 20 destinations,” said Andrew Dyer, Vice President of Global Supply at Egencia brand. “As business travel continues to grow, it’s never been more important for companies to have a traveler-friendly program that also provides unified global tools for travel managers to assist their travelers.”

Here are the official Egencia top business travel destinations:

—New York

—London

—Paris

—Shanghai

—Toronto

—Singapore

—San Francisco

—Hong Kong

—Tokyo

—Chicago

—Dubai

—Mexico City

—Boston

—Montreal

—Beijing

—Los Angeles

—Mumbai

—Sao Paulo

—Casablanca

—Seoul