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The birth of Ultravilla

10 Jul 2015 by fullscreen

There have been years of frustration that the villa rental world has been becoming seriously overcrowded with second rate agencies.  Rather than damaging the industry’s reputation and that of the few top companies that really do know their homes and how to properly look after their guests, it is exciting to see the emergence of Ultravilla.  This is the world’s first website featuring the top villa rental companies in the world, as vetted by the 4 founders, all themselves Conde Nast Traveller villa rental specialists for the previous few years.  Membership directors Marina Gratsos of Carpe Diem and Andrew Loyd of Loyd & Townsend Rose are looking for the top 5 % of villa rental companies in the world to join the UV stable of companies.  UV will only feature the best of the best and we have launched with 32 members and hope eventually to have approximately double this number.

Ultravilla - beautiful Italian villa to rent

For too long, valuable clients have struggled to find the right advice and UV intends to resolve this by bringing together the ‘best of the best’ under one umbrella.  With members from all over the world, we hope eventually to be able to service any inquiry and to guide people to the best possible villa expert in their chosen area.  Top clients need a lot of looking after and very careful guidance.  Too often this is not provided and there are so many horror stories where guests rent a villa only to find it is sub-standard or located beside a building site or something even worse …  UV plans to put a stop to this by enabling the world’s top travelers to find the adviser they deserve and who they can trust.  Ultra Lodges will be phase 2, where we invite individual top properties to also join the club and who will help raise the profile of UV even further.  Exciting times for the villa rental world and great credit to UV founder Ileana Von Hirsch of Five Star Greece who came up with the idea in February 2014 at the final Conde Nast Traveller summit in Charleston, SC.

Ultravilla - beautiful French bedroom


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