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NEWPORT, RI, March 30, 2010 - Wimco Villas announces that for the first time in its 25-year history it will offer a selection of luxury villa rentals in North America.

The first destination privileged to receive Wimco Villas’ highly discerning stamp of approval is Nantucket Island – the St. Barts of New England – where a collection of 30 villas are available as summer rentals effective March 30, 2010.

Arriving with the new Wimco Villas’ Nantucket roster is an extensive array of full concierge travel services that will be a welcomed addition to the island’s vacation home rentals market.

“No longer do you have to ‘do it yourself’ in Nantucket,” said Stiles Bennet, Wimco’s vice president, marketing. “Up to now arranging services has been a bit tricky on the island and not easily or readily available with most vacation rentals,” he said. “The Wimco travel services model is all about making your vacation as seamless and easy as possible starting from the moment you contact Wimco to inquire about a vacation rental.”

As a special inaugural season incentive, all guests who reserve a seven-night Nantucket booking through Wimco will be entered into a drawing for a free week in a two-bedroom Wimco villa on St Barts available for travel in the next 12 months.

Additionally, oenophiles, film lovers and epicureans alike will enjoy access to an array of special island events.

Clients whose villa bookings overlap the Nantucket Wine Festival from May 19-23 will find a complimentary mixed case of wines in their villa when they arrive. Wimco is planning several exclusive client events during that weekend when over 100 elite wineries descend on the island for four days of wine tastings, dinners and special events.

During the Nantucket Film Festival, June 17-20, Wimco’s concierge can arrange tickets and entry into select screening and events. Coveted reservations to top Nantucket dining venues can be accessed during Nantucket Restaurant Week June 7-13, and private yachts can be chartered for front-and-center views of the Nantucket Race Week, when a regatta of different classes of vessels colorfully sail around the island and harbor.

Wimco guests will also receive a dining advantage with Wimco’s exclusive “Friend of the Island” restaurant card which provides 10 percent off lunches and dinners at an array of participating Nantucket restaurants including Toppers, Brant Point Grill and Harbor Wok. This successful Wimco client program is also available on St. Barts.

The new Nantucket villas are located in the island’s most desirable spots, from Nantucket Town where guests can walk to shops and restaurants, to the privacy of Sconset, to the bluffs above Dionis Beach. The collection ranges from intimate and romantic one or two-bedroom villas for a couple’s getaway to large five and six+ bedroom vacation rentals for families or couples traveling together. Highlights include the two-bedroom villa NAN JEF in town starting at $3,300 for a seven-night stay; five bedroom NAN BRA in popular Brant Point starting at $15,000 a week, and the seven-bedroom 8.5 bathroom villa NAN SQU, a stunning oceanfront property in Wauwinet, at $55,000 a week.

Wimco’s concierge services team can arrange almost anything including private chef dinners catered parties in the villa, coveted reservations at the island’s top restaurants, in-villa spa treatments, provisioning villas with food and beverages prior to the guest’s arrival, booking private surfing lessons, renting bicycles for guests and delivering them to the villa, arranging private horseback riding excursions, tuna and bluefish fishing excursions, and more.

About Wimco Villas

Wimco Villas is an award-winning luxury villa company, providing access to some of the world's most beautiful and exceptional private villas. In the Caribbean Wimco Villas represents over 270 villas on St Barts and offers an expansive selection of privately owned villas throughout the region including The US and British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Anguilla, Barbados, Mustique, Nevis, St Martin, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. In Europe, Wimco represents villas in Italy, the South of France, and Mykonos. In the Americas, there are villas on Nantucket, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii and Punta Mita and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Voted 'Best Presented Villas' by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller, Wimco strives to make the best match between our clients and villas. Wimco's reservations agents take annual familiarization trips to our destinations to tour the villas, re-educating themselves on the amenities of each villa and ensuring they meet Wimco standards. As well as providing accommodation and destination information, Wimco Villas can tailor make the villa holidays to suit each client's needs, whether it be arranging for private chefs, yoga instructors, yacht charters or simply a restaurant reservation.

For additional information on Wimco Villas please visit www.wimco.com or call 800-449-1553.


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