Four Hundred By Design Adds New Luxury Villa Inventory in 2022
as Vacation Villa Rental Demands Rise
New York, NY (July 20, 2022) Four Hundred by Design (FHxD) grew out of the desire to satisfy traveler demand for the most exclusive, high-end hotels, resorts, villas, and private residences. Since the launch of its advisor portal in late October 2021, approximately 600 IC’s and agency owners, mostly unaffiliated with any consortia, have signed up.
The new platform is designed to support luxury travel advisors as they respond to the resurgence of travel demands, which today prioritize privacy and multi-gen groups. This boutique collection of highly curated properties caters to the aspirations of sophisticated and discerning luxury traveler advisors. As vacation villa and long-term rental demand has risen in the past several years in part due to Covid 19, FHxD has added 47 new villas to their luxury inventory in 2022. According to Insider reports published by FHxD, Europe this summer has been particularly busy and is one of the top destinations for villa inventory. Italy and France have seen the greatest number of bookings, with villas in country settings like Tuscany or Provence being the most popular. The Caribbean and Mexico are showing strong interest and bookings for the summer as well as for fall and next winter.
FHxD operates as an interagent, booking accommodations on behalf of advisors at higher earnings with faster payouts. Insiders who use the platform remain the advisor on record, keeping all communication with their client while receiving travel planning support from the dedicated FHxD reservations team.
Robert Eastman, Executive Director, Luxury Villas and Private Residences at FHxD shares, “In the 30 years that I have been in the vacation rental business, this might be the single most active season that private villas and residences have seen. In a Post-Covid environment advisors and their clients realize that the private residence is not only the perfect way for families or friends to vacation but also the safest.”
Robert is responsible for curating an extraordinary collection of luxury villas and private residences for FHxD which today includes 155 total. Building upon 30 years of experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial roles, Robert’s network is unparalleled in today’s ultra-luxury world. Prior to FHxD, Robert served as Founder and CEO, of Villas of Distinction and Managing Director, of The Villa Experience by American Express Vacations.
Below are seven new luxury villas and residences to the FHxD collection, which the team is excited to share with advisors who have clients looking for exclusive use accommodations in the most stunning destinations around the world.
Greensleeves is one of Barbados’s most prestigious vacation rentals sitting on 200 meters of water frontage located in The Garden, St. James. This fully renovated villa with 10 exquisite bedrooms, and impeccable service comes with unobstructed panoramic sea views and direct access to two Barbados platinum West Coast beaches. For more relaxation, guests can unwind in the breezy lanai lounge area or take a dip in the swimming pool, surrounded by plush sun loungers and umbrellas. A team of housekeepers, butlers, an executive chef with culinary staff, and 24-hour security are prepared to extend the finest five-star luxury experience.
HAVEN HOUSE, TURKS & CAICOS
Turks & Caicos is a destination for idyllic private homes, and Haven House is no exception. Located on Long Bay, the southeast coast of Providenciales, this exquisite six bedrooms villa sits on a pristine beachfront. The luxury accommodations come with ocean-facing bedrooms and plenty of indoor and outdoor entertainment areas perfect for families or friends looking to reconnect. The villa’s dedicated lifestyle concierge is on hand to cater to every detail or request to ensure your time spent in Turks & Caicos is a memorable experience.
VILLA ACAMAR, ST. BARTS
Soak in the best of Caribbean indoor and outdoor living at Villa Acamar in St. Barts. This three-bedroom villa located in Toiny not only overlooks the most pristine ocean but is within minutes of the beach. Hidden on a hill, the villa offers the utmost privacy, tranquility, and panoramic ocean views that can be enjoyed from your open-air living room which extends to your private deck and heated pool. The kitchen come fully equipped with all the appliances needed to prepare and enjoy delicious meals. In the evenings convene in your very own home theater, or partake in a variety of board games, foosball, and Ping-Pong table. A private terrace leads into a garden with a Jacuzzi.
CHATEAU DE SAQUI, PROVENCE
The Château de Saqui is the perfect combination of 17th-century architecture and 21st-century comfort. Masterfully renovated, with seven air-conditioned bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and three swimming pools, two of which are heated, guests will enjoy the best of French countryside living. Set on 136 acres, the French Garden, the estate vineyards, orchards, meadows, romantic ponds, a lake and the charming 18th-century windmill surely provide the most authentic sense of place. The château can be rented alone, accommodating a party of 14, or as the full estate, which includes a beautiful independent guesthouse and an authentic, magnificent farmhouse. The estate, with its combined 15 bedrooms and three swimming pools, can easily accommodate 30 guests, such as a large family or guests with their own staff. Unique private experiences directly at the château or nearby can be added to make the most of one’s stay, including cooking classes, truffle chase, wine-making tour, beekeeping experience, and much more.
Less than a 15-minute drive from Castellina, Amarika, a newly restored and restyled beautiful, seven bedroom property is ready to welcome you while you and your loved ones experience a true Tuscan escape. Villa Amarika is a great choice for large groups who want to get a glimpse of true Tuscan life. The ideal location of the villa, just 50 minutes from Florence and 25 minutes from Siena, the iconic views of the endless prestigious vine rows, the bucolic and intimate atmosphere, and the villa’s organic farming methods used to produce their excellent extra virgin olive oil and Chianti wine are fabulous pros to consider.
LA MARINE, ST. TROPEZ
Villa Marine is an exceptional seven-bedroom luxury villa in an exclusive area of just four large properties, located on the heights of the Route de Tahiti, offering views of the bays of Pampelonne and Canoubiers and the sea at Les Salins. It is less than a five-minute drive to the center of St. Tropez. Pampelonne Beach is less than a 10 minutes’ drive, and Nice Airport is an hour and a half away. The villa is surrounded by a beautifully maintained Mediterranean garden of over two acres that includes an infinity-edge swimming pool and a pool house with a fully equipped bar and comfortable lounge area. There are outdoor parking spaces for 12 cars, while the garage can accommodate three cars plus scooters. On the terraces close to the villa there is a summer lounge area, as well as two dining areas for up to 28 guests.
ULTIMA CORFU, GREECE
Overlooking the Ionian Sea, Ultima Corfu is a six-bedroom seafront villa located on the emerald island of Corfu, Greece. With spectacular 180-degree views of the Greek and Albanian coasts, Ultima Corfu is the perfect luxury retreat in utter seclusion with a truly authentic Greek feel. The villa is designed for optimal comfort and wellness, from its two infinity pools to its home gym, spa, hammam, and Jacuzzi with a view. In addition, the villa boasts a home cinema, including the possibility for an outdoor movie experience, and a private dock for access to the islands via a private yacht or for refreshing swims in the sea.
In addition to villas taking priority for many luxury travelers since Covid 19, hotels have recognized and responded to this new appetite for exclusive use and private accommodations. The industry has seen a rise in hotels and resorts offering private residences. In these accommodations, guests get the added value of the resort’s amenities and services. Below are three private residences that have joined the FHxD collection, and are available through the FHxD platform.
Villas with Access to Hotel Facilities
VILLA AZZURINE AT VILA VITA PARC RESORT AND SPA, ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
OCTAGON HOUSE AT CHATHAM BARS INN, CAPE COD, MA
This 5,100 square foot three-level octagonally-shaped luxury residence wows guests with its beachfront location and spectacular views in every direction. The home features 4 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and 2 powder rooms. At the top is a third floor Main Suite, accessible via stairway or elevator, with a king bed, his and her bathrooms, and a study with a wet bar and pocket doors for privacy. The second Main Suite has a beautiful balcony off the bedroom, a large bathroom, and a private office with pocket doors. The third bedroom’s two twin beds can be transformed into a king bed and has an ensuite bath with a separate powder room and dressing area. The fourth bedroom has a queen bed and full bathroom. The home features a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and french doors leading to the outdoor terrace with a gas grill and outdoor dining area. To top it all off, the home is perfectly located amidst the many offerings of Chatham Bars Inn.
THE MAIN HOUSE AT THE ROUNDTREE, AMAGANSETT
The Roundtree’s historic 2 bedroom Main House features a 2-story home perfectly situated on Amagansett’s tree-lined Main Street. Dating back more than a century but renovated with the stylish luxury traveler of today in mind, this home features a contemporary and soothing aesthetic with neutral color tones, light hardwood floors, and art and decorative pieces sourced from around the world. The home spans more than 2200 square feet over two levels. It has two bedrooms, two spacious en-suite baths with walk-in showers, a powder room, a fully equipped kitchen outfitted with Miele appliances, a dining room, and a spacious living room with a gas fireplace. The bucolic furnished front porch invites lingering on warmer days, making this truly the home away from home. Amenities include an exclusive dedicated concierge from the time of booking throughout your stay and a special welcome amenity.
FHxD Insiders get inspirational and valuable industry insights including Seasonal Look Books and Insider Tips on properties and experiences by location, FHxD’s Insider Newsletters, and Industry Webinars. Advisors can sign up to gain access at www.fourhundredbydesign.com and begin exploring the world of Four Hundred by Design.
FHxD Insider Benefits
FHxD provides increased earnings on every booking
FHxD pays earnings 7-10 days after client checkout
FHxD provides enhanced client experiences with every booking
SEAMLESS BOOKING EXPERIENCE
The FHxD booking team is trained to deliver an unrivaled level of service. FHxD communicates the name of the advisor and agency to the property on every booking
The newly available, Villa Azzurine is a place to be inspired. The centerpiece of this stunning 18,000 square foot, 6-bedroom ultra-luxe villa, is a 22-seat dining table crafted from a single mango tree. The eclectic character of each bedroom expresses a different aspect of the Atlantic Ocean which sits right outside. Handcrafted Bisazza mosaics are found throughout and took a team of eight Italian craftsmen two months to complete. The house also has pieces of art from Belgian artist, Arne Quinze and many of the furnishings and fixtures have been customized. The spa, indoor and outdoor pool, a fully equipped gym, sauna, and steam room create a tranquil oasis. Discover the culinary delights of Michelin-starred chefs, complemented by a spectacular private collection of rare vintages. Fully staffed and with access to all the 5-star resort’s facilities, the villa comes with two chauffeured limited-edition Porsches and access to a private yacht.
About Four Hundred by Design:
Four Hundred by Design (FHxD) is a platform developed to be an extension to travel agencies, and designed to support luxury travel advisors as they respond to the resurgence of travel, which today demands unparalleled access and advisor solutions. The FHxD platform connects travel advisors and independent contractors from agencies serving high-net-worth clients, with over 300 of the world’s most exclusive accommodations and iconic properties including hotels, resorts, villas, and private residences. Insider advisors gain access to a suite of FHxD benefits developed by luxury travel industry veterans Tony Abrams, Tony Shepherd, Karen Goldberg, and Robert Eastman, With valuable industry insights, a global network of trusted supplier contacts in over 48 countries, along with higher and more timely revenue structures, Insider advisors are equipped to meet the volume and complexity of their client’s needs.