Michael Holland and Ray Careme officially launched “Puerto Vallarta Villas” in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1994 as a property sales and rental company. 25 years later, in 2019 – Michael Holland was named to the MLS – Vallarta/Nayarit and A.M.P.I top producing/sellers list for the year. A wonderful acknowledgement of how hard the Puerto Vallarta Villas team (of 4) works to serve its customers worldwide.
In 2020, our sales and villa rentals continue to include some of the finer homes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (all can be viewed on this website.) In our early Puerto Vallarta years, our focus was to rent our own townhouse villa in Puerto Vallarta. This side of our business developed when local homeowners asked promote their properties by offering their fully staffed homes for rent, upon request, to select and vetted clients. Today, our villa and condo rentals include the complimentary services of a “concierge” and in many cases, the villas we rent employ a houseman, chef, and full service staff to ensure that our guests have an outstanding vacation in our amazing properties.
Holland Travel – currently affiliated with MTravel and Virtuoso Travel and Voyages – is a Holland family owned and operated business established in 1947. Because so many family members were pilots or in the aviation business, our travel company initially offered air charters, sales, and flight training. Holland Travel located in Flora, Illinois was created in conjunction with Holland Truck Station and Restaurant, servicing travelers arriving from U.S. Highways 45 & 50. Gaining attention as one of the “state of the art” truck stops in the publication of “Pure Oil” magazine, this side of the businesses later became affiliated with “Union 76.” Over the years, the Holland Family continued to expand their restaurant business. Bill & Martha Holland – founders of the Holland family business legacy, left on their long journey to heaven in June & November 2009.
Four of the Holland siblings continued in the aviation tradition set by dad, Bill. The boys chose commercial aviation, under the watchful eye an F.A.A. Safety Inspector, who just happens to be their sister! The Holland aviators are now into their fourth generation. Shortly after the debut of the “Love Boat” another Holland sibling (Michael – one of PVV’s founders) decided “our skies” had enough “Holland” pilots! Michael Holland embarked on career at sea with a major cruise line. He enjoyed sailing all over the world, becoming one of the cruise lines youngest pursers, ever.
Holland Travel opened the branch office of “Holland Travel Cruise Staff” to develop tours for groups traveling for business and to offer specialized travel to anyone wishing to travel with a group of like-minded people. Later on, the travel division “Elite Destinations,” now “Virtuoso Voyages” (and our affiliate) was launched to offer luxury travel to discerning clientele. This “niche” travel division offers luxury cruises (often escorted by a Virtuoso host), villas, yacht charters, European waterway barge charters, international concierge services, food and wine tours, complimented by Holland Travel’s ability of customize your trip. For instance: You can join Michael Holland and Ray Careme on their next “hosted” cruise to Antarctica, in December of 2020!
On July 1, 2005 “Holland Cruise Staff” became “Holland Travel, LLC” with new Owners, Michael Holland & Ray Careme. Let us show you our world by embarking on your dream vacation!
We are looking forward to continuing serving you through Puerto Vallarta Villas and Holland Travel for many years to come.