June 02, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
(Palm Beach, FL) June 2, 2006 - Stellar Villas, Inc. (SVI), a premiere luxury property rental company today announced the expansion of its Sports Services division to over 25 countries worldwide.

Stellar Villas’ sports enthusiasts can choose accommodations ranging from luxury villas and haciendas, to private islands, castles and safari retreats, in exotic locations throughout the world including the Caribbean, the South Pacific, England, Europe, South Africa, and Dubai. Guests have the opportunity to select from a top-level international team of sports instructors in fields including tennis, golf, aquatic, equestrian and extreme sports.

SVI’s Vice President of Sports Services Craig Petra (USPTA) oversees all sports and sports fantasies camps offered. Petra brings over 30 years of substantial experience in the world of professional athletics to SVI’s guests. His elite clientele includes Bernard Arnault- the CEO Louis Vuitton, Moet and Hennessy, singers Whitney Houston and Carlos Santana, Miami Dolphins NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino, Denver Broncos NFL Hall of Famer John Elway and Hall Of Famer and Basketball Legend Oscar Robertson.

“We offer both an unprecedented range of personalized sports instruction and a worldwide selection of exclusive accommodations to Stellar Villas’ travelers. What our guests truly cherish is the privacy they experience at their five-star residences combined with the personal attention they receive from concierge services providers and top professional athletes,” says Petra.

Mr. Larry Nissman, the Director of Aquatic Recreation within the SVI Sports Services division, is a master scuba instructor with over 20 years of experience. For the last decade, Nissman has instructed students from all around the world in all levels of scuba training, snorkeling and marine biology along the world's second largest barrier reef in Belize, Central America. Nissman holds both a U.S. Coast Guard Captain's 50 Ton Masters license and a Masters degree in Environmental Science. In addition to SCUBA, Snorkeling and Marine Biology SVI Sports Services also offers kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing, waverunners, spear fishing, sailing and kiteboarding.

“Our guests' safety is our number one priority, says Nissman. We work with only the most seasoned dive instructors, captains and aquatic professionals throughout the globe to ensure that our guests learn water sports properly."

And as just reward for their sporting efforts, the SVI World Concierge™ network of professional service providers is also on hand to bring guests all the perks of an exclusive resort, such as private in-house massage and other spa treatments, and child care services.

Rod Hills-Johnes, a 30-year veteran specializing in hosting VIPs, high profile government officials and celebrities, manages Stellar Villas’ Southern Pacific region, which is based in Auckland, New Zealand. After spending the day black water rafting, mountain climbing, bungie-jumping, or death sliding on a zip wire, his guests return to their beautiful home away from home, where they are warmly received by their villa staff, gourmet meals prepared by their cook and a heavenly setting all their own.

“In our region we believe in creating a balance between the extremes, says Hills-Johnes. “So if guests want to experience the intense rush that comes with extreme sports they can also be treated to intense pampering and luxury later that day through SVI World Concierge.”

SVI’s Sports Services is available to all villa rental companies and is also available as a stand alone product designed for the luxury resort market. The service also offers a resort sports management program specializing in a diverse range of holiday sports activities.

“We call it “passion play in paradise”. If you’re passionate about both sports and opulent travel, than this is the VIP experience for you,” says Robert Mechlin, SVI president. “We are very proud to stand apart from what is currently offered within the luxury market segment. Whether it’s an executives’ retreat, a family reunion, or a couples’ holiday, just tell us the name of the game and we’ll design a first class, customized program.”

SVI Sports Services is currently recruiting a select group of sports professionals for personal sports instruction. Contact us at (954 )563-0046 or 02070 784 243.

SVI World Concierge is also expanding its worldwide network of in-house concierge services provider. Interested parties should call (561) 208- 3937 or 02070 784 243.

About Stellar Villas, Inc.
Stellar Villas Inc. represents luxury property rentals in over 25 countries worldwide. SVI is headquartered in Palm Beach, FL with offices in Orange County, CA, the United Kingdom and Auckland, New Zealand. Its divisions including SVI Sports Services, SVI Corporate, and SVI World Concierge offer an array of exclusive travel experiences to discerning clientele throughout the world. For more information go to:, or call 561.208.3937.