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Villas of Distinction reveals top 5 villa destinations for 2016

Villas of Distinction have revealed the most sought after villa vacation destinations for 2016. Colorado, Utah, Riviera Maya, Punta Mita and the Dominican Republic have made the top five on the list, with snowy destinations proving to be just as popular as hot and sunny beach hotspots for travellers.

Villas of Distinction reveals top 5 villa destinations for 2016

Villas of Distinction has announced the top five sought after villa destinations for 2016, based on industry insights.

This year, the top five destinations for luxury villa breaks include Colorado, Utah, Riviera Maya, Punta Mita and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.

Steve Lassman, the Vice President of Villa Product and Agency Relations for Villas of Distinction, explained:

"Although the Caribbean is always a hot destination for our villa brands, we are experiencing a lot of interest in colder weather ski/snow destinations as well. Riviera Maya and Punta Mita made the list this year due to an increase in travel to Mexico, as evident by a 40 per cent booking increase in Riviera Maya."

A total of 25.9 million U.S visitors travelled to Mexico in 2014, and the Riviera Maya was the top international destination for American travellers that year.

With 80 miles of coastline and strict developments limits on the height of buildings, the Riviera Maya is a popular uncrowded destination that attracts American and Canadian visitors in the winter and European tourists in the summer.

The tropical area is home to more than 12 five-star hotels and resorts including the Mayakoba development, Fairmont, Banyan Tree, and Rosewood. There are also more than a dozen branded spas and seven championship golf courses.

Riviera Maya is located approximately 40 miles south of Cancun and boasts some of the world's most beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife species.

Another Mexican soon-to-be favourite is Punta Mita, which is located close to Puerto Vallarta and relatively undiscovered. Tourists can stay in impressive high-end villas in Punta Mita that feature private white sand beaches and verdant oceanfront golf courses.

Puerto Vallarta is a popular coastal destination that boasts several pristine secluded beaches, colourful Mexican villages, and Banderas Bay, which is home to turquoise crystal clear waters and two marine reserves that are thriving with diverse sea creatures.

Villas of Distinction recorded a significant increase in villa bookings in the Dominican Republic in 2015, and the Caribbean destination continues to be a favourite for holidaymakers, particularly those from the United States.

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country that occupies the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, whose western third belongs to the nation of Haiti.

The country's tropical landscapes are made up of sugar-white sandy beaches fringed with azure ocean waters, rolling emerald green hills, and majestic mountains.

The luxury villa provider Villas of Distinction is part of World Travel Holdings, and has been operating for nearly 25 years.

The company's portfolio includes thousands of privately-owned villas in destinations all over the world, such as Costa Rica, Belize, Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Thailand, Croatia, Hawaii, the Caribbean and the U.S, with most of its properties featuring private swimming pools, butlers, maids and chefs.

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