We secretly envy anyone with the time and job flexibility to manage a winter vacation–or those in retirement and are flush to jet set whenever they want.
For that elite group of snowbirds, we plucked one of these emeralds from our deep chest of Miami vacation rentals.
Perched on a private stretch in North Miami Beach, the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom villa embodies Mediterranean luxury. Impeccable design is a signature–just check out the 8-foot height and Santos Mahogany material on every single interior door, the shiny Brazilian cherry floors and the colorful Italian mosaic tiles in the bathrooms. The kitchen caters to the most discriminating of chefs; a double Wolf convection oven, coordinating Wolf cooktop and Sub-Zero refrigerator are where you’ll lovingly prepare those gourmet meals, or have them catered.
And now for the Miami-flavored amenities …
A pool with a built-in fountain that overlooks the water.
A thatched roof cabana that seats 25 comfortably, and 15-person Jacuzzi for admiring the sunsets.
Fifteen different species of palm trees and tropical flowers on manicured grounds.
A 65-foot private dock for parking the yacht you’ve chartered for the trip.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.