January 2018

Club Traveler

New Elite Partner Presents Vacation Villas in All Types of Paradise

Situated on five pristine beachfront acres in Turks and Caicos, let your eyes wander from the screened terrace of your own private villa. You won’t struggle to find an ocean view in this Caribbean estate. Nearly every corner you turn in this multi building home will serve up views of the renowned Grace Bay. Take a moment and let your eyes wander. Clear water. White sand. No rocks. Enjoy it all. You’re on vacation. Just outside the terrace, you spy your kids hopping into the oversized pool and lap pool. Your eyes pause and notice the enticing hot tub, nearby fire pit and extensive stone terrace as your personal waiter approaches with a glass of pinot noir—your favorite. Wondering what your personal chef is making that smells so insanely delicious, you sit back, take a sip, smile and say softly to yourself, “This is perfect.”

Now, Hilton Grand Vacations Club Members with Elite status can discover their own perfect villa and place thanks to a new partnership with Villas of Distinction. Choose from thousands of luxurious villas—ranging from one-bedroom penthouses to 42-bedroom estates—in more than 50 destinations around the world.

Why book a villa?

Not only is every Villas of Distinction property distinguished, but so is each guest. The trademark Villa Concierge team will assist you in planning a one-of-a-kind getaway. From arranging for in-villa spa services and tee times to more involved requests such as organizing a 20-person family photo shoot or a hot air balloon ride, the Villa Concierge team can turn your dream vacation into a reality. In addition to this dream team, many villas come with a dedicated staff of chefs, butlers, housekeepers and gardeners.

Aside from phenomenal destinations and staff, villas offer more space and privacy, which can accommodate a variety of group sizes and occasions—from a romantic and intimate getaway with your significant other, to family reunions and weddings with dozens of attendees.

Where can you go with Villas of Distinction?

With locations in the Caribbean, United States, Europe, Mexico, Belize, Thailand and beyond, Members with Elite status have a lot to look forward to when planning vacation stays in unique cottages, apartments, castles, private islands and more. Here’s a preview of the incredible places and types of villas you can choose as your next home away from home.

Villa Estrella Vacation Rental, Ocotal, Costa Rica

In addition to its infinity pool and unbelievable views of the ocean, rainforest and volcanic mountains, this newly constructed villa boasts seven bedrooms (sleeps 20), seven and a half bathrooms and is in the exclusive beach community of Ocotal. Guests of Villa Estrella enjoy a full kitchen and private staff including a chef (with the price of food included), bartender, waiter, housekeeper, driver and concierge.

Casa Fabbri Vacation Rental, Tuscany, Italy

Peacefully standing in a quiet olive grove on the edge of the hills west of Siena and next to the Thebaide (Holy Woods), this Tuscan cottage delivers a quintessential Italian experience. With three bedrooms, a swimming pool and an outdoor dining terrace, this affordable villa option also offers a private entrance to the woods, where Cardinal Flavio Chigi once spent a lot of his time in meditation. Take cooking lessons, which your concierge can arrange, and whip up a full Italian feast for dinner. Pair with wine from a local vineyard and say, “Salute!”

Prefer a cliffside Italian villa? That’s an option too at Villa of Distinction’s luxury, 4,600 square foot Giulia Vacation Rental.

Midtown Jewel 103 Vacation Rental, New York, New York

Perched 60-stories high, this large one-bedroom midtown apartment is full of floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the big city. See all the action lighting up beneath you in Times Square, boats floating down the Hudson River and people making their way to and from the subway. Not only is this jewel ripe with people-watching opportunities, but it’s also conveniently located near many of the city’s top sights, like the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and more. After a day on your feet in the Big Apple, head to your private leisure lounge and rooftop areawith a drink and enjoy the view.

Hawksbill Vacation Rental, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The experience narrated at the top of this article was inspired by Hawksbill Vacation Rental. In addition to its private beachfront, this multi acre property features 10 bedrooms, including a private master suite boasting a double shower with (one of the property’s many ocean) views. Perfect for a large family getaway, this contemporary Caribbean escape also includes a game room — equipped with a full size shuffle board -- a large terrace, fire pit and more. After a day spent snorkeling, whale watching or horseback riding on the beach, roast s’mores and swap stories in your own private piece of paradise.

More Information

Members with Elite status can search availability and options at Villas of Distinction properties by visiting hgvc.villasofdistinction.com. Reservations using Points start around 2,500 Points per night, and any combination of Points and cash may be used. Nightly Point costs vary depending on the property.