User’s Guide to Renting Villas

User’s Guide to Renting Villas

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A comprehensive global guide to luxurious villas and the agents who represent them. Plus: Great values at a glance, how to decode listings, and celebrity villas anyone can rent.

Seven Steps to Villa Rental Success

Worst-Case Scenarios

World's Best Villa Agencies

Celebrity Villa Rentals

Villa Values

Decoding Rental Terminology


Sanctuary Villas (
Pinpoints the exact location of each property with Google Maps.

HomesAway (
Rates villas on a scale of three (comfortable) to five (exceptional) and has detailed floor plans.

Dream & Charme (
Individualized experiences and villas with stylish amenities, such as contemporary art.

Tuscany Now (
Sorts by 17 handy categories, from no need for car to stunning view.

United States and Canada

Bella Palazzo (
While it focuses primarily on Arizona rentals, this agency also has a selection of international properties.

Villas of Distinction (
Personalized Hawaii trips can include a private tour guide, nanny service, and the opportunity to participate in local festivals.

One Key World (
Unlike a rental agency, One Key offers a travel card that allows users up to 45 nights at villas around the world.

Five Star Destinations (
Offering 150 properties in Aspen, its agents will also make hard-to-get dinner reservations.


Wimco (
A major player with 1,000-plus villas. Staff can arrange car rentals, restaurant reservations, and babysitters.

LaCure (
Personal touches include fresh flowers in every room, pianists brought to the villa, and on-site fireworks.

McLaughlin Anderson (
This company has the largest variety on St. Thomas, and can book chefs and helicopter tours.

Mexico and Central and South America

Luxury Lifestyle Management (
The company has its own fleet of luxury cars and yachts; private island rentals are also available.

Villas of the World (
Search any of the 3,000-plus properties by amenity, including beach access and yacht rental.

Private Luxury Group (
In addition to renting, it will also coordinate private-jet travel to your villa of choice.

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