Known for catering to the LGBT market in a particularly jetset way, it seems only natural that Steele Luxury Travel (www.SteeleTravel.com) has partnered with private sale site Jetsetter (www.Jetsetter.com) to offer discounts on its signature trip, a seven-day villa escape in Mykonos August 21 to 28, 2011.
What exactly is a villa escape? It's you and 20 of your (soon-to-be) closest gay friends in three pimped-out villas all sharing a central pool and BBQ area. There are houseboys for making drinks and serving snacks and helping you with errands. There's daily maid service and a private chef for healthy brunches and one wine-laden group dinner. There are discounts on excursions and as much relaxation or go-go camaraderie as you want. Basically, it's a full-service home base to experience all that Mykonos in full-swing has to offer; a late summer share for the international set.
Then there's Mykonos itself: the raucous Greek island and prime gay getaway for Europe, a picture-a-minute haven of winding cobbled streets, quaint tavernas, windmills, and archaeological sites. Typical days involve breezy scooter rides, prime beach time, ouzo sundowners, and all the tanned and toned Mediterranean splendor you can handle. And, of course, partying: The 10,000-man-strong XLsior Festival (www.XLsior.gr) returns this year, Aug 24 to 28, offering a sweaty scene for the circuit set in addition to the island's already pumping nightlife. Steele travelers get tickets to all the main events.
It's not a trip for everyone, but Dane Steele, owner of the company, personally interviews each candidate to make sure the mix works. Check out the video teaser below. To book, register your e-mail and visit Jetsetter.com/steele this Sunday March 13 at 3pm till midnight on the 20th. Jetsetter is members-only in its offerings and typically discounts 20 to 30 percent. That means about $500 off the rack rates of $2200-$2950 depending on room type. Airfare not included.