Villa Rentals offer Luxury for Less

October 16, 2008

These are difficult times that we are going through. The stock market is down, our dollar is shrinking, gas prices are up, and inflation is worrying everyone,   Are we entering a period of austerity, or simply an economic hiccup?  The travel industry is generally one of the first to suffer the consequences of poor economic conditions; so let’s just root for the best. 

The good news is that villa rentals offer the consumer the most value for money. Even luxury villa rentals can be affordable when compared to luxury resorts and hotels.  Whether the economic situation is good or bad, whether it affects you or not, whether you are looking for a modest one-bedroom cottage or a palatial mansion, why not get the most value you has an extraordinary collection of luxury villa rentals where value is as important as luxury.

Here are some examples of Luxury with value:

Lismacue House is a 5 bedroom country house in Tipperary, Ireland. This stately manner house which dates back 300 years is set on two hundred acres of private parkland yet is only a 5 minute walk to the village of Bansha, and only 5 miles from Tipperary itself. Other nearby attractions are Limerick and Cork. Dublin is an easy 2 hour train ride, all making Lismacue House quite centrally located. The truly remarkable part is how economical old world luxury can be. Lismacue House rents for €1,250 Euro per night which translates to less than $350 US per night per bedroom.  This is truly an example of luxury with a conscience.  

Fortlands Point in Discovery Bay, Jamaica is a 7 bedroom villa set on a stunning promontory, once the site of an old stone fort. From its breathtaking location on the tip of the peninsula, the commanding view encompasses the turquoise water of Discovery Bay on one side and the deep blue Caribbean Sea on the other. The villa has a fulltime staff including a cook, laundress, butlers, maids, and gardener. Fortlands Point has an amazing list of amenities including an infinity pool, 3 separate beaches, Kayaks, fitness equipment, even a squash court. The rate for all this luxury is less than $430 per night per bedroom during high season.

For more information on how to rent these and other value consious luxury villas, visit

E-mail any questions to and I’ll answer them personally. All the best,
Robert Eastman
Managing Director

Roberts Villa List Launch

May 28, 2008


Telephone: (516) 594-4100
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Listings on are by Invitation-Only


ARMONK, NY (May 28, 2008) – Robert Eastman, world renowned vacation villa expert and property management consultant, has launched his exclusive Robert’s Villa List at  The website contains the world’s definitive list of the best villas, condos, townhouses and luxury resorts available for vacationers in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Hawaii, South Pacific, Europe and the United States.  All villas featured on Robert’s Villa list are handpicked by Eastman and listings are by invitation only.  

Seven Bedroom Cerulean Villa in Anguilla
Seven Bedroom ultra deluxe Cerulean Villa Anguilla 

Consumers can browse the website and search for a villa on their own, or they can fill out a Virtual Villa Advisor form that details their specific needs and an experienced Villa Specialist will help make a match between vacationer and villa.  The Virtual Villa Advisor service is available free of charge and practically guarantees a perfect fit.  The website does not take bookings.  All consumers will be referred directly to the villa owners, managers or sales representatives. 

“Villa rentals are growing in popularity but fear of the unknown is still a huge stumbling block for this segment of the travel industry,” said Robert Eastman, managing director, Robert’s Villa List.  “Travelers can’t rely on the comfort of a brand name or a large corporation to guarantee quality so there is a real need for providing guidance in finding the right rental,” he added.

 “Creating a list that includes every villa available in a particular market is worthless to the vacationer looking for guidance,” Eastman said, adding: “My list fills a void in the market.  It’s the first list to be selective and by invitation only.”

 Eastman has visited and inspected thousands of villas over the last 20 years and Robert’s Villa List will only include up to 500 listings on this site.  All of the listings will be personally selected by Eastman and the site will include villas in a variety of sizes, price ranges and locations.

 “This is not just a list of the most expensive villas in the world because price does not always equate to quality,” Eastman said.

 Robert Eastman has been involved in dual careers in property management and travel services for over 30 years.   

In 1988, he founded Villas of Distinction, which has become a leader in the field of Vacation Villa Rentals in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico and Europe.  During his nearly 20 years in the villa business, Eastman has visited and inspected thousands of rental villas.  He is intimately acquainted with the finest and most luxurious villas in the world.  

 Eastman also is personally acquainted with managers and owners of villas and estates all over the globe.  He has made hundreds of visits to the Caribbean and spends his time there or inspecting the great villas of Europe, Provence, the French Riviera, Tuscany, the Greek islands, Hawaii, Tahiti, and Bali.

 As travelers demand more value, exclusivity and authenticity in their travels, villa vacations have increased in popularity.  No longer just an option for the rich and famous, villa rentals offer opportunities for families, groups, honeymooners and culture-minded travelers to enjoy unique advantages as compared to staying at a hotel.

 “Villas offer the sheer benefit of space and privacy thanks to multiple bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, living areas and outdoor space ranging from a simple patio and gardens to private pools and beachfront paradises,” Eastman said, adding:  “They provide a choice between self-service home away from home conveniences or the luxury of full-time staff members who cook, do housekeeping and provide villa maintenance.  Rental villas also reflect the local culture and color that is often sanitized by a hotel.  Villa renters truly experience the everyday life of a destination.”

 Robert’s Villa List,, is an online collection of worldwide villa rental properties handpicked by villa consultant, and expert, Robert Eastman.  Vacationers can choose a villa on their own or receive free guidance from the site’s team of experts through the Virtual Villa Advisor.  The service is totally free to consumers.  Eastman will sell advertising on the website for all associated service businesses such as restaurants, car rental, tourist offices, airlines and ground service companies.

 In addition to the directory itself, the website will offer an array of marketing services to villa owners and management companies such as:

  • Newsletter creation and content management
  • Blog creation and distribution
  • Villa and real estate sales and acquisitions
  • Mailing list management
  • Web design
  • Web marketing
  • Website hosting
  • E-mail hosting
  • Public relations

 For more information about Robert’s Villa List, visit the website at or call 1-800-201-8144.

Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2008

I love Cinco de Mayo. It gives me an excuse to have a Margarita in the middle of the work week. It seems like such a fun non-holiday. But does anybody really know what the Cinco de mayo is all about?

According to Wikipedia Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “5th of May”) is primarily a regional and not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico.The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day; Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish), which is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Have a Margarita and some Guacamole on me. 

Vacation Home Expo – Atlanta

April 15, 2008

I have just arrived back in NY after spending the weekend at the Vacation Home Expo in Atlanta. It was literally the first public exposition/trade show specifically designed for the Vacation Rental segment of the travel industry. I was invited to be the moderator of a seminar on “How to book a Luxury Villa Vacation”. Imagine me, a villa expert moderating a panel of other villa experts. Look who thinks he’s nothing! It all went very well. 

There were three very experienced and knowledgeable ‘villa experts’ that I had picked to be on my panel. They answered every question that was thrown their way. I have to thank Tim Warburton, Founder of WIMCO , Bobby Gibson, CEO of Villas Caribe , and Suzanne Pidduck President of for their participation, and valuable contributions.

It was great to see some of my old friends in the Vila Rental  industry like Nancy Anderson of McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Caribbean Villas, and Ron Davidson of INTERHOME. I even got to make some new friends like Jill Dean from Happy Vacations, and Mike Thiel of Hideaways International.   It was also a perfect opportunity to educate everyone about , my new web portal which will be officially launched on May 1. 

My original company, the one that I founded in 1988, Villas of Distinction was conspicuous by their absence… I still like them anyway.

One thing that I have learned over the years is the value of relationships. I strive to make new ones, and cherish my existing ones.

First Vacation Home Expo!!

February 13, 2008

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Garet Hayes
(404) 604-2602

Top Villa Industry Experts Share Their “Insider Travel Tips”

GREENWICH, CT – (February 12, 2008) The Vacation Home Expo, the travel industry’s only consumer travel show focused on the condominium, villa, and vacation home rental experience, today announced a special panel seminar on the growing trend of luxury villa vacations. The Show, which is being presented by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will be open to consumers, the media, and travel trade on Saturday and Sunday April 12-13, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

The seminar sharing insider travel tips, “How to Plan a Luxury Villa Vacation” will be moderated by villa pioneer Robert Eastman, Managing Director of Robert’s Villa List and founder of Villas of Distinction. The three expert panelists joining Robert Eastman are Bobby Gibson, CEO, Villas Caribe; Suzanne Pidduck, President,; and Tim Warburton, President and Founder, WIMCO.

According to Eastman, “The Vacation Home Expo offers us the rare opportunity to share our passion and knowledge directly with the traveling public about one of the fastest growing and most popular accommodation lifestyles. My co-presenters and I bring over 75 years of experience in the villa vacation sector. We’re excited that we can provide consumers with villa planning tips and recommendations as well as touch on some of the new, hot villa destinations.”

For too many years the common perception has been that luxury villa vacations attract only the “rich and famous” and simply represent a dream vacation fantasy for most people. Rick Fisher, President of Vacation Home Expo, is committed to helping dispel this long time myth and misconception. Fisher said, “In reality, a villa, even with multiple bedrooms, is often comparable in price or even less expensive than a traditional hotel room. When you factor in the additional amenities of separate living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, expansive private balconies, and so much more, it’s not surprising that villas are becoming more and more the accommodation of choice for many vacationers.”

About The Vacation Home Expo
The Vacation Home Expo, managed by leading events marketing agency MSE Management, will attract over 8,000 attendees from the Greater Atlanta and Southeast region who will have the unique opportunity to meet with the key representatives of over 200 vacation rental resorts and companies from around the world. These exhibitors will provide first-hand travel information, and provide “Show only” deals and discount offers. The Expo will also feature free educational seminars by leading industry experts on popular vacation rental destinations and emerging consumer travel trends including reunion planning, girlfriend getaways, and the Slow Travel vacation lifestyle movement. For more information about the Vacation Home Expo go to, email, or call (203) 622-1710 or (877) 604-2867.

Robert’s Villa List Directory

December 2, 2007

Robert’s Villa List is the creation of Robert Eastman . Projected to launch in April of 2008, will be a comprehensive directory of rental villas in the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific and Europe. All inquiries will be directed back to the villa owner or manager, allowing visitors to deal directly with the source.  

Robert’s Villa List Weblog Welcomes You

December 1, 2007

Robert EastmanWelcome to Robert’s Villa List Blog. This is the place to find interesting and useful information about the facinating world of Villa Rentals. Renting a vacation villa in one of the world’s most desired locations might be the best possible way to really enjoy a destination as the locals do….not just as a tourist. Whether it is a cliffside villa in St. Barts with panoramic views of the Caribbean, or a 400 year old farmhouse located on a vinyard in Tuscany, this is the most rewarding way to vacation.

Robert’s Villa List Directory, projected to launch in April 2008 will be the quintessential reference of where and how to rent a villa, and it will make finding the right villa as easy as “point and click”.