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Imagine an Exquisite, Sun-drenched Mediterranean-style villa in the South of France or Tuscany

Imagine an exquisite, sun-drenched Mediterranean-style villa in the South of France or Tuscany. Now take that villa and drop it onto a 1.4-acre hilltop site with a stunning panoramic view of the Monterey Bay and beyond.

Salinas, CA, September 19, 2017 – This custom villa with separate guest house boasts four bedrooms and 4.5 baths filling almost 6,400 square feet, complete with an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, fire pit, fountain and generous patio space, featuring exquisite architectural details with high-quality construction and finishes.

And it’s no accident that this villa seems like it was plucked out of the lavender fields in the south of France. Owners Chantal and Philippe Tourtin are originally from France and own the Paris-based Cinq Mondes Spa Carmel, the only Cinq Mondes spa located in the United States.

The villa is perfect for the automobile enthusiast, with two garages able to accommodate seven cars, four in the main villa, three in the guest house.

The main villa features a spacious master bedroom, two bedroom suites, separate dining and living room, gourmet chef’s kitchen with eat-in dining area, office, pre-wired media room, multi-purpose room, laundry room, a mechanical room and a safe room/panic room that has its own built-in safe.

It also features an 800-bottle wine cellar with cork flooring, hand-painted mural, eucalyptus cabinets with three-bottle deep horizontal wine rack.

The two-story guest house features two bedrooms, one bath, three patios, one with a panoramic view of Monterey Bay, and a separate gated entrance.

And better still, there are expansive bay views from virtually every living space in the villa and guest house.

This gorgeous custom Mediterranean-style villa, located in the Hidden Hills area overlooking Monterey just off Highway 68, is perfect for a family compound, an investment opportunity or for the car enthusiast.

To take a virtual tour of this magnificent home, view a gallery of interior and exterior photos, see all the amenities it has to offer and to examine its floor plan, go to www.HiddenMesaVilla.com.


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Travelers from the UK to Vietnam increasing by 16%, beaten only by France

Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator has pinned high hope on expanding its British clientele following its successful show at the recent World Travel Market London 2014.

Hanoi, Vietnam, November 29, 2014 – Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator has pinned high hope on expanding its British clientele following its successful show at the recent World Travel Market London 2014.

During the first nine months of this year 2014, European arrivals increased sharply over the same period in 2013; visitors from the UK have increased by 16%, Germany by 75%, Spain by 24%, and Italy by 15%.

The country’s tourist board revealed at WTM that a total of 158,000 Brits have visited the country in the first nine months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 16%.

The figures mean the UK is the second most important European source market for the destination, beaten only by France’s 165,000 visitors over the same period.

It was also revealed that Europe is Vietnam’s third largest source market with a total 14% market share of international visitors.

Pham Ha, CEO and founder of Luxury Travel held high level meetings with representatives of a large number of companies and the leaders of the luxury tourism industry. Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator has pinned high hope on expanding its British clientele following its successful show at the recent World Travel Market London 2014.

“There are many tour operators and travel agents who are interested in our award winning luxury tour operations and who are looking for new luxury travel products in Vietnam thanks to new direct flights and huge demand from British travelers. Vietnam is getting more and more popular in the UK and Ireland markets and we have many new contracts and accounts,” said Ha.

The growth of the experiential travel market is well reported. Luxury travellers aren’t merely buying a destination anymore, they are seeking engagement. Terms such as “authentic”, “transformational experiences”, “meaningful connections” and so on, are populating the brochures and websites of travel companies.

Pham Ha reveals that more specialist golf tour operators want to develop golf and wellness spas tours in their brochure in 2015, an experiential travel trend he believes will continue in the future. Britain’s tourists, according to Ha, picked Vietnam for their vacations for safety, affordable prices, authenticity, warm weather, and convenient direct flights.

Britons traveling to Vietnam are looking for a more authentic experience and seek to have a deeper understanding of the country’s culture, food, history and everyday life. While Thailand is geared more toward mass market tourism, Vietnam is a destination that is attractive to a more selective class of travelers.

Luxury Travel’s booking record indicates that British travelers prefer cultural experiences and beach extensions, while many also combine Vietnam and Cambodia or Myanmar into one trip.

He confirmed that his representative office in London and sales and marketing team will expand its stand and come back to WTM 2015.

Deputy director general Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Quoc Hung said as the destination seeks to grow these numbers, so more would be done to engage the UK press and travel industry. Vietnam is planning to hold a series of fam and press trips to further drive growth in UK tourist numbers.

With significant numbers of visitors from Australia, America, France, England and Germany, Vietnam expects to receive over 8 million tourists in 2014.

About Luxury Travel
Luxury Travel Ltd. (www.luxurytravels.asia) is a long-established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately-guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand since 2004. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: the leading specialist tour operator providing great services to sophisticated travelers.

Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

AAA welcomes New Wine Fund from France

AAA has welcomed news from France that asset management firm Uzes Gestion has launched a wine investment fund for those with an appetite for alternative asset classes.

Boston, MA, June 15, 2012 – Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has welcomed news from France that asset management firm Uzes Gestion has launched a wine investment fund for those with an appetite for alternative asset classes.

The fund, named the Uzes Grands Crus wine fund, has been launched in order to meet demand from those who believe that investing in fine wines is a good safe-haven option at a time when the stock markets are very volatile. “The fact that the Eurozone is still extremely unstable is putting European investors off of putting their money into the equity markets,” explained AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.

Another firm that helps investors buy fine wines whose values are likely to increase in the future is Cavissima, which is run by Thierry Goddet. He explained more about the attraction of wine investments to the Financial Times readers: “With the debt crisis crippling financial markets, we’ve seen new investors flocking in, as they look for defensive investments.”

The new fund, launched by Uzes Gestion buys up cases of fine wines made by lesser known vineyards and for a reasonable price. It then hopes to store the wines and sell on at later date for more money – thus delivering solid returns to investors. The fine wine trade is growing at the moment, not least due to the increasing demand in China, where the newly wealthy population is developing a taste for the tipple.

Mr Johnson explained, “The fine wine investment market is driven by the fact that investors want something tangible in exchange for their cash. They are increasingly keen to obtain something with an intrinsic value, such as timber, art, wine and precious metals, instead of risking everything on the stock market, which has proven unstable in recent years.”

AAA backs ethical investments and many kinds of alternative asset classes, such as timberland investments through firms like Greenwood Management that operate in Brazil and Canada.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320