Traveling to Costa Rica During “Green Season”

dominical costa ricaTourists from across the globe have been woefully ill-informed for decades about Costa Rica’s “green” or “rainy” season, lasting annually from May to mid-December. People have hung onto the misconception that this stunningly beautiful country is a wet, muddy washout during the green season (Costa Rica’s winter). Yes, it does rain significantly more in comparison to the “dry” summer season, but the green season is exponentially more affordable, uncrowded, and colorful. Thanks to intricate, documented weather patterns, rainstorm arrival times are easily predicted in Dominical Costa Rica. Tourists take full advantage of significant discounts every green season at some of Central America’s most luxurious retreats – that’s where we come in! Elite Destination Homes proudly presents Casa Big Sur, a 9,000 square foot paradise overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean and the breathtaking southern coast of Costa Rica, including the natural Whale Tail at Marino Ballena National Park.

The Green Season

As mentioned above, the green season lasts from May to mid-December. Rain totals in Dominical Costa Rica are significantly lower than other tropical regions with rain totals barely reaching into the teens (inches) during May, June, July, and November. The green season weather patterns are easily foreseeable: each sunny morning will likely be followed by an hour or two of rain and a calm evening. Most seasoned tourists take these free hours to cook an elaborate lunch in their chef’s kitchen or make full use of the many onsite luxuries at Casa Big Sur, like our fully-equipped gym, Jacuzzi tubs, and covered balconies.

Reasons to Visit During Green Season

There are dozens of reasons to visit the stunning shores of Dominical Costa Rica during the offseason. Firstly, most lodging options, Elite Destination Homes included, offer incredible savings during the green season. Casa Big Sur is heavily discounted from May to mid-November! Save big by visiting during this beautiful “off-season.” Secondly, because tourists believe that Costa Rica is a sloppy wetland during the green season, the country is significantly uncrowded. You’ll be able to visit whatever you want and go wherever you want without being bogged down by long lines, congested roads, and crowded beaches. Lastly, the surrounding rainforest and mountainous countryside comes to life with genuinely stunning flora and fauna.

Luxury Vacation Home Rental

Casa Big Sur is genuinely a one-of-a-kind vacation experience on the scenic southwestern coast of Costa Rica. This tropical paradise sleeps ten and sits on nine secluded acres of lush forestry. The lavish outdoor infinity pool overlooks the awe-inspiring Pacific Ocean and 60 miles of coastline. Nearly every window inside this palace opens out to the vast jungle or sky blue ocean. Spend your mornings with a cup of award-winning Costa Rican coffee on one of the valley-view ensuite terraces before sunbathing on a nearby beach. You won’t see another soul at Casa Big Sur because it’s perfectly situated on a secluded cliffside. After you’re finished admiring the world-class craftsmanship of the home, explore the surrounding region with days filled with hiking, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Take advantage of our green season discounts in beautiful Dominical Costa Rica by dialing 1-651-389-3843 or visiting our meticulously detailed website.

A Rejuvenating Escape to Taos, New Mexico

Escape to tranquil Taos, New Mexico this autumn for a once-in-a-lifetime luxury vacation far from your tiresome daily routine. High above the uniquely historic creative arts community of Taos rests the Zen House, a 4,600 square foot adobe-style sanctuary. Autumn is the best time of the year to visit New Mexico’s high desert because this longtime artist community comes to life with music and art festivals. Elite Destination Homes provides guests at the Adobe Zen House with complimentary concierge services to ensure that your stay is as relaxing and pleasant as possible.

The Zen House: Unmatched Beauty and Serenity

The well set Adobe Zen House rests in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain valley, overlooking the city of Taos. The scenic drive to town takes 10 minutes, yet it seems within arms reach from the estate. The property is encircled by emerald mountains and breathtaking unharmed desert wilderness. The interior of this massive adobe palace features hand-carved tables, cabinetry, and furniture with giant horizontal wooden beams on the tall ceilings.

The Zen House was featured on Sweet Retreats, a television program centered on the best vacation homes in the United States. The highlight of the home is the giant atrium complete with a zen garden. Buried deep inside the enclosure is a large crystal which creates a positive resonance. The atrium features a massive retractable glass ceiling, ideal for late-night stargazing. The private outdoor deck is equipped with a year-round eight-person hot tub and a Swedish sauna. Most people who stay here do not want to leave. To learn more about the Zen House, visit our detailed website.

Annual Artistic Fall Festivals

Plan a visit to the Adobe Zen House in autumn and partake in some of New Mexico’s best fall festivals. Witness one of the grandest spectacles on Earth: a hot air balloon rally. Watch dozens of colorful hot air balloons pierce the sky during the annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally in late October. Immerse yourself in local artwork at the annual Taos Fall Arts Fest in late September to examine some of the Southwest’s best sculptures, paintings, photography, and prints. You also don’t want to miss the Taos Wool Festival, Taos Jazz Festival, or the Annual Feast Day at Taos Pueblo.

Historical Sites and Lush New Mexico Wilderness

Taos and the northern New Mexico high desert is steeped in cultural history dating back thousands of years. Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the U.S. and is believed to have been constructed over 1,000 years ago. Approximately 150 people still live inside of these ancient adobe homes. The Taos Art Museum showcases unique regional Pueblo Native American art as well contemporary work from local artists. The San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos is America’s most photographed and painted church. Outdoor enthusiasts spend multiple days in our vast natural wilderness as the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Williams Lake, and Rio Grande Gorge provide a seemingly endless playground for hikers, kayakers, and whitewater rafters.

Hidden Gems of Turks and Caicos

Escape to the world’s top island getaway with a week-long stay in one of our luxury Caribbean villas. Elite Destination Homes has nine breathtaking oceanfront villas in stunning Provo, each more beautiful than the last. Seek out these hidden gems when you’re not soaking in an oceanview pool, relaxing in an outdoor chaise lounge with a cocktail in hand, or taking a dip in the Tiffany Blue waters of the Atlantic. Avoid any possibility of running into large tourist crowds with lunch at da Conch Shack, an outdoor adventure with Froggie’s Ultimate Adventures, a kayak ride on Chalk Sound, and cocktails at Las Brisas Restaurant.

Da Conch Shack & Rum Bar

It’s nearly impossible to upstage da Conch Shack’s dramatic Atlantic Ocean vistas, fresh-caught seafood, and Caribbean charm. Eat lunch in the white sand under a tall palm tree overlooking the turquoise ocean on their outdoor patio. Order a cocktail mixed with Bambarra 8-Year-Old Rum, blended in Turks and Caicos, with your cracked conch or fish tacos. Patrons can pick, polish, and take home a beautiful conch shell for no extra charge.

Froggie’s Ultimate Adventures

After lunch at da Conch, head west to Froggie’s Ultimate Adventures for a once-in-a-lifetime ATVing trip through Provo’s premier hidden trails and undeveloped areas. Your group will cruise through the Blue Hills up Ocean View Drive to Northwest Point and Malcolm Beach with a stop at Pelican Point. Remember to wear your swimsuit and to bring plenty of water.

Kayak on Chalk Sound

After a fresh home-cooked meal in your lavish villa, take a short stroll to Las Brisas for a kayak rental on Chalk Sound. Easily Turks and Caicos’ top hidden gem, Chalk Sound is a mystifyingly picturesque body of water far away from crowded beaches and tourist traps. Rent a kayak from Las Brisas at an inexpensive hourly rate and paddle your way around breathtaking islands and cays. After an hour on the water, head back up to Las Brisas for wine and tapas at dusk.

Luxury Caribbean Villas

Elite Destination Homes has nine luxury Caribbean villas that are as comfortable as they are impressive and include five-star concierge service. Tip of the Tail, an expansive and modern oceanfront villa, is a secluded slice of paradise with a private beach, lavish pool, on-site staff, and prime ocean access. Villa Calypso is a marvelous recently-renovated island-style property with ideal ocean access, private pool, and an oversized screened porch that’s perfect for a morning coffee and a glass of champagne at dusk. Villa Osprey, La Percha, Valentina, and Turquesa have quintessential Caribbean pool areas with stunning ocean sunrise and sunset vistas. Villa Roi Soleil offers indescribably beautiful views from its vantage point on the Turtle Tail and a covetous private beach filled with watercraft and delightful lounging options. Choose Elite Destination Homes as your next Turks and Caicos getaway headquarters!

Hunting Down 3 Local Cafés You Must Try in Paris!

A vacation to Paris, France, may end up being the most memorable trip of your lifetime, and with dozens, if not hundreds, of sights to see you’ll want to make every stop, sip, and bite count. Luckily, Elite Destination Homes has spectacular vacation apartment rentals doused in luxury and charm, right in the heart of the greatest city on Earth. To make your vacation with us even more memorable, here are three unmissable local cafés worth every penny.

LE PELOTON CAFE

A hidden gem if there ever was one, Le Peloton Café lies on a quiet, historic street only 500 feet from the Seine River. This unpretentious, hip café aims at making the best espresso in Paris, and perhaps the tastiest waffles you’ll ever consume. What Le Peloton lacks in posh and capacity, is made up in fresh, quality ingredients, and fast and friendly service. Their flat white coffee will still be on your mind long after you’ve returned home.

The first thing you’ll notice when entering this superb café is the rousing aroma of the fresh-made waffles. Indulging in the cheese and ham waffles might be the best decision of your life. Le Peloton is also walking distance from many landmarks, including the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral. It’s also a short drive from the Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro, and the Arc de Triomphe.

A. LACROIX PATISSIER

Located across the lazy Seine River from one of Paris’ grandest attractions, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, is the best pastry café in France. A. Lacroix Pâtissier features delectable, handcrafted pastries, desserts, and snacks in a down-to-earth café setting with unbeatable views of the cathedral and river.

Absolutely try the locally roasted coffee and sourced tea. Both pair perfectly with their sizable macaroons and croissants. The friendly staff at A. Lacroix Pâtissier will greet you with a smile, and your sweet tooth will be forever satisfied. You’ll thank us later.

LE PROCOPE

No Paris vacation is complete without an afternoon meal at the city’s oldest café: Le Procope. This popular and luxurious café, founded in 1686, is centrally located and within walking distance to both the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and our lavish Rue Saints Peres and Rue Du Four vacation apartment rentals. Dine in maximal elegance in the main room, endowed with crystal chandeliers, 18th-century window drapes, and stunning French paintings.

The fresh seafood at Le Procope is to-die-forenjoy succulent scallops, clams, salmon, cod, or pollock with a glass of Paris’ finest white wine. You’re guaranteed to get swept away by Le Procope’s whimsical atmosphere and indelible cuisine.

VACATION APARTMENT RENTALS

Equally crucial on your Paris vacation is selecting the best accommodation, and Elite Destination Homes can help with that. Le Triomphe, located within walking distance of remarkable shopping and grandiose attractions, is a three-bedroom luxury apartment with a taste of the past. Rue Du Four and Rue Saints Peres are both in the St. Germain neighborhood, a lively, youthful area just meters away from the Luxembourg Gardens. These two apartments combine modern art, old-world charm, and magnificent street views. There’s no better time than now to explore the best city in the world.

A Vacation to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions!

5 of the Top New Year’s Resolutions you can do while on vacation in the Turks and Caicos

1. Lose Weight and Eat More Healthfully

Providenciales is noted for its culinary sophistication and offers a variety of healthy options any menu.

Another fantastic option is utilizing the gourmet kitchens featured in our villas and go to Graceway Gourmet for any healthy grocery needs. Graceway is an upmarket type of store right in the heart of Grace Bay. Graceway Gourmet features a great selection of meats, fish, produce, plus all the other necessities for breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snacks. The store also has a complete wine and spirits selection, and of course, ice cold beer for a relaxing day on the beach on the water. There’s even in an in-store deli, salad bar and coffee shop.

 

2. Exercise More

Enjoy yoga on the beach or Providenciales is home to a world-class gym called Wrightfully Fit.

Grace Bay Beach also provides a great opportunity to start getting into shape.

At over 12 miles of beach, it’s perfect for walking and jogging, as well as some activities can only be experienced in the Turks and Caicos.

A great workout for your core, paddle boarding and kayaking is also a fun way to get out and move your body while exploring the natural environment of this pristine corner of the Caribbean.

 

3. Spend More Time With Your Family

Coming to Providenciales makes it easier to reconnect with your family, and pay attention to the moments that matter.

While on your family vacation, charter a private cruise or go horseback riding. Or just build a massive sand castle with the kids on Grace Bay Beach. There are endless opportunities to reconnect with your family while you’re here.

 

4.  Try Something New

When you’re in the Turks and Caicos you’ll have the time to try something new. The challenge will be deciding what you want to do. Providenciales is one of the best places in the world to try kiteboarding, it is a real workout and provides some spectacular stories to tell your friends and family back home.

 

5.  Work Less Play More

You will be on 12 miles of powdery white sand…kick back and relax.

Tips for Finding the Best Luxury Property Management Co

Luxury Property ManagementYou’ve had your second home for a while now, and you’re starting to think it’s a good time to rent your property, but you’re just not sure about who the best luxury property management company is. Or you might be in the market for finding a new property management partner. There are a few things you’ll want to keep an eye on when searching for a leading luxury-focused management company and we’ve got all the tips and tricks you could need to reevaluate and benefit from your next luxury property management company.

1. Services

To start out, we’re guessing you didn’t buy your stunning second home just for it to sit there or spend weeks if not months managing it yourself. You most likely purchased to invest in it somehow, whether you have been working with a management company for a while or you just want some return on this investment, with our professional management team, you’ll be able to acquire that return and more successfully.

You’re also going to want to have someone who you can trust will service your home properly and take the stress out of your busy and hectic life. With a top luxury property management company the only focus you’ll need to do on your unique home, is time well spent on a vacation! Everything else, a great vacation management company can handle, view more about our en-suite of fabulous services we offer our owners.

2. Guest Experience

We know that in this luxury industry not only are you expecting more from your second home, but the guests that stay there do as well. When placing your property in the hands of our professionals, we’ll deliver customer service that will create a pleasant travel experience for all involved. From the time of booking your family or guests will come to a fully prepared home with all the necessary household amenities. Guests also receive a fabulous pre-stay concierge service to help them with their vacation planning, as well as coordinating with local staff for additional services upon arrival, finally contacting guests after stay is our top-notch approach for following up with comments and positive reviews.

3. Top Luxury Inventory

When looking for a Luxury Property Management company, you’ll find that our inventory surpasses much of our competition, especially when you want to rank next to some of the best properties. We recommend checking out inventory that is currently managed by a vacation rental company. From this step, you’ll be able to see where the experience of caring for wonderful homes like yours. Do you want to rank next to those vacation homes? If so you should learn more about what a luxury property management company can do for you!

4. Market to Return

It’s important to note that any great vacation rental company is going to have some marketing presence to ensure you get the most value out our your investment. When you have a stronger return on your investment, you’ll have a higher occupancy which equates to more revenue in the long run. More revenue means a higher return on your value. With the proper marketing tactics used to intrigue luxury branded travelers to your destination home is not only better for your property, but we can get you there.

5. Added Perks

With so many options for a genuine luxury property management company, it can often be hard to choose which one is the best. Sometimes it can come down to the added perks of what you get with your services. Most companies are going to focus on technology, your return, and services but not many will offer more than that. At Elite Destination Homes, you’ll find that our home exchange program might come in handy. This fantastic add-on means that you’ll get to travel the world all the while reaping the financial benefits of owning more, for less!

 

Ready to take that leap towards rental management so you can get to spend more time relaxing? Take a glimpse at our services to learn more about how Elite Destination Homes can help you improve customer service, guest expectations, finding the best leading inventory, marketing your property for a higher return value, and our unique perks of partnering with one of the best luxury property management companies.

 

3 Reasons to Rent Casa de la Playa

luxury villa in Los Cabos, Elite Destination Homes, Spring, vacation getawayFinding the perfect vacation rental in Mexico can be difficult. You’re flooded with amazing possibilities from all over the country, but no worries, Elite Destination Homes has you covered!

Our beautiful Casa de la Playa is your destination vacation and home away from home. You’ll find that this luxury villa in Los Cabos will satisfy every need, whether you bring your family, a group of friends, or your special sweetheart. It’s time to embark on a journey to Los Cabos when learning about our top 3 reasons to rent Casa de la Playa.

Beachfront Access

Experience a private beachfront access like never before at Casa de la Playa. Not only does this rental have a pool and hot tub for all your water needs, you’re only steps away from the sea. Head down to the coast during the day to soak up some much-needed rays or at night for a fun bonfire on the beach. Courtesy of this rental property you’ll have access to an amazing fire pit and semi-circle seating right on the beach! Watch spectacular colors dance across the sky morning and night or enjoy a bottle of wine and spend quality time together on the beach.

Near Nature Reserves

Casa de la Playa is close to the National Marine Park at Cabo Pulmo. We recommend taking a day trip to this fantastic park to learn about the animals in our area. You’ll experience tropical fish, sea lions, turtles, and more. Plus, if you’re looking at diving or snorkeling this is the perfect place to do so, as the Baja hosts a living coral reef. Get below the sea level and experience a beautiful ecosystem.

Fit for the Whole Family

If you’re looking at bringing your family on your East Cape getaway, this is your home! With four bedrooms, Casa de la Playa can host up to 12 people. Whether it’s a family with kids, or a group of friends looking for a fun getaway, or a trip for two, we’re sure this vacation home has everything you need. Casa de la Playa is focused on making sure your social life doesn’t diminish when on vacation. Large open spaces, great views, and plenty of dining tables will make your family time priceless in Mexico.

 

Whoever you choose to take on your next Baja vacation of a lifetime, let them experience all that Casa de la Playa has in store. Venture through the local village La Ribera or the charming San Jose del Cabo, or spend your days beachside. Elite Destination Homes will make sure you leave your trip with lasting memories. Relish in your luxury villa and elite vacation this spring season and book your stay at Casa de la Playa with us to today! We hope to see you soon along the shores of the Sea of Cortez.