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.
“Puerto Vallarta Villas” is a division of “Holland Travel LLC” established in 1947 near St Louis MO, also former “Elite Destinations” of San Fransico, CA
We are proud to be affiliated to the followings:
Michael Holland and Ray Careme form a part of the Puerto Vallarta Villas real estate team. Both share a passion for travel and knowing the world, something that they have done for many, many years. In addition to the real estate side of the business, they have extensive experience in the tourism industry, the business management side of both companies, and together, they operate the rental division of “Puerto Vallarta Villas.”
Kirk Graff joined PVV in May of 2020 as a real estate agent. Kirk is bi-lingual, was born in Puerto Vallarta and attended High School and University in the USA. Kirk has worked in real estate since 2015, coming to us from Zillow in Seattle, Washington.
Francine Britton joined us in July of 2019 and works as the Operations Manager for the real estate side of Puerto Vallarta Villas and is part of the Holland Travel team as well. Francine also escorts Virtuoso Voyages cruises around the world and works as an independent contractor for Montrose Travel and Virtuoso Voyages through Holland Travel.
For more detail, please read our Bio’s below!
Nous parlons Francais
We speak English
Francine Britton is a retired educator (since Jan. 2019) who worked internationally in 26 countries during a 30+ year career.
Francine loved living and working all over the world and her work in Autism and Learning Differences and the UN Rights of the Child spanned 5 continents.
Francine has written several books, contributed to, and acted as the content editor on works published by Hodder/Stoughton and Jessica Kingsley Publishers (both based in London, England.)
Francine’s focus in her post education retirement years, is using her love of travel and vast experiences living and working world-wide to help others experience the world in a helpful, meaningful, friendly, and exciting way. Working as an independent travel agent for Holland Travel, LLC allows her to achieve these goals. Francine also escorts cruises around the world from time to time for Virtuoso Voyages and enjoys discovering some of the places in the world she has not lived or worked in!
Francine also works as the operations manager for Puerto Vallarta Villas, a sister company to Holland Travel, LLC, helping clients find just the right condo, villa, or vacation rental. Working in real estate in Puerto Vallarta and being able to market properties in an area she absolutely loves, is a great use of Francine’s time and energy.
Francine has also written about her personal travel experiences while living in Mexico for the past 10 years and has authored a series of travelogues entitled “Oh The Places I’ll Go In Mexico,” and a series of restaurant reviews entitled “Oh The Places I’ll Eat In Mexico,” for the Lake Chapala Reporter. She writes as a single woman exploring Mexico by car, public transportation, walking, hiking, on horseback and the even back of a motorcycle!
Francine can be reached at:
Tel: 322-221-5495 ext. 6
Puerto Vallarta Villas welcomed Kirk Graf to our sales staff in May, 2020. Kirk joins us as an agent and is available to help you with all your real estate selling, buying, and rental needs in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and beyond.
Fully bilingual, Kirk was born and raised in Puerto Vallarta. His dad is from Ohio and his mom was born and raised in Mexico. His parents are well established and well known (for many, many years) in the catering field and resort sales business in PV. Kirk’s mom Mavi is a highly respected Chef/Caterer who has built up a stellar reputation during her many years in the area.
Kirk attended school in Puerto Vallarta and finished high school in Ashland, Ohio. Kirk graduated from Baldwin College University in Berea (which is a suburb of Cleveland) Ohio, where he majored in International Business and Chemistry.
After university (in 2013) Kirk settled in Victoria, Canada for a year and in 2014 – joined Zillow in Seattle, Washington as a Senior Business Analyst. At Zillow he helped sales agents across the United States develop their business plans, solicit clients, and create strategies to increase their individual sales.
In 2017 Kirk traveled throughout the world for a year and returned to Puerto Vallarta in 2018. He has been working in resort sales and real estate sales in the area since 2019. During this time, he also helped his sister with her VIP concierge business in Mexico City.
An avid soccer player (playing in several city leagues) Kirk loves to surf in Banderas Bay whenever he can and enjoys hiking the mountains.
The expertise that Kirk brings from his work at Zillow and his sales background will be extremely useful to all of us at Puerto Vallarta Villas. His vision for Puerto Vallarta Villas is to help clients find their dream homes and enjoy living in Puerto Vallarta as much as he does. We welcome Kirk to our team!
Michael was named as one of Puerto Vallarta’s top 30 selling agents by A.M.P.I and MLS/FLEX (Vallarta/Nayarit) in 2019. Michael’s attention to detail, persistence, and genuine love of Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas makes selling real estate an on-going pleasure for him. Buyers are rewarded with personal and individualized service that utilizes Michael’s vast experience in finding and knowing about the best properties to link his clients to. Sellers can be assured that a business plan will be created and put in place to advertise, network, and promote their properties using Michael’s connections developed during his 25 years of doing business here in Mexico.
In addition to running Puerto Vallarta Villas, Michael Holland is the co-owner (along with his partner, Ray Carême) of Holland Travel, LLC. Michael began his travel adventures with his father during their flight chartering years. Since his first flight when he was an infant, then as a student pilot, and now as a vast world traveler (he has visited more than 68 countries), Michael has the experience and know-how to help you plan your next trip, vacation, or adventure. Michael moved from air to sea when he started a career in the cruise industry in 1984 with Royal Caribbean International. Today, Holland Travel is affiliated with Virtuoso Travel and MTravel, offering clients unique, luxury vacations throughout the world. Michael and Ray have hosted small groups on several Virtuoso Voyages in the past decade. Sailing worldwide on various cruise lines, Michael enjoys ensuring that each guest has the “trip of a lifetime.” The next hosted voyage with Michael and Ray is to Antarctica on the Seabourn Line in December of 2020. Consider joining them on this voyage or other voyages planned for 2021 and beyond.
Ray Carême, who specializes in private property rentals, real estate sales at Puerto Vallarta Villas and helping people plan their next travel adventure at Holland Travel, is a native of France. He hails from the champagne capital of the world – Epernay. Ray’s education and experience – in hotel and restaurant management and ownership – is just a small part of his working for more than 26 years world-wide.
Most notable is Ray’s work with Gerard Boyer of “Chateaux les Crayères” in Reims, France. Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, and Zagat Survey magazines awarded Boyer with the “Best Small Hotel and Restaurant in the World” award in 1987.
His time in the restaurant industry included working on a cruise ship (for 7 years) as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, and then Maitre’d with Royal Caribbean International. Ray was also General Manager for “Celebrity Chef” Joachim Splichal of the Patina Pinot Group for 8 years, serving the Hollywood Elite in California. He was also General Manager for John Hurley with Garibaldi’s restaurants in San Francisco and a partner in “G’ Bar in Presidio Heights. Ray then worked in Corsica and England where he volunteered as a French tutor at an English public school for underprivileged children in his free time.
Ray initially joined Holland Travel as a Partner to offer his shipboard experience and expertise combined with his great love of food and wines to customers wishing to book luxury travel experiences with a focus on fine dining. With his extensive travel background – Ray has traveled to 55 countries in the world and 33 states in the United States – he continues to promote travel for Holland Travel (affiliated with Virtuoso Travel and MTravel) and to host cruises for Virtuoso Voyages. His next “hosted” tour with his partner Michael Holland, is to Antarctica, sailing December 16, 2020 from Brazil. For more information about this spectacular (once in a lifetime cruise) and other voyages through Virtuoso, please contact Ray.
Ray was part of a television feature with the NBC Today in 2005 as Puerto Vallarta Villas and Holland Travel embraced using a virtual assistant based in Colorado that they had never met. With today’s world of social media, instant messaging, and Facebook Ray continues to communicate with clients all over the world who initially obtain information from our website.
2020 marks the 25th year of working in real estate and travel for Ray at Puerto Vallarta Villas and Holland Travel. Ray continues to focus on listing and selling real estate world-wide, as well as securing villa and condo rentals for “snow birds” in the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico area. Through Holland Travel – Ray’s expertise will guide you as you plan a vacation, a trip of a lifetime, or your next “bucket list” adventure.