Bali Luxury Villas Have Many Benefits Beyond Hotels

Perhaps because hotels are so heavily marketed, holidaymakers seeking a vacation on the island of the gods – Bali, Indonesia – too often overlook the many benefits of renting a luxury villa for their overseas holiday.

The hotel marketers have done such a good job that official statistics show that more than 70% of visitors to Bali choose to stay in plush hotels and only 16.4% decide to experience the unique benefits of a luxury villa vacation.

Hotels are generally owned by multi-national companies that have developed a formula for running their businesses. While there are some notable exceptions, they too often build hotels based on construction templates that have proved popular elsewhere. Their aim is to cram as many guests into their establishments as is practically possible and space is at a premium. Some even build smaller furniture to fit better and give the illusion of larger space.

Villas, on the other hand, are mostly owned by private individuals who have designed their building from their hearts, like their home. Many spend time living there when the villa is not rented out, so their work hard to ensure the decor, furnishings, atmosphere and facilities are first rate.

Hotels offer single rooms for their standard rate and anyone wanting more will pay a hefty extra fee for a suite. Most of their business is couples or single travellers. They have strict rules and regulations relating to meal times, facility use and specialise in adding extra costs for whatever service you use, such as room service, laundry, telephone and internet.

The hotel business model is built on booking a single room (usually a double bed or two singles) and amplifying your booking fee as much as possible with added extras. The per head cost will usually be much more than what you would pay to book a luxury Bali villa for your vacation.

Many luxury Bali villas have four or more bedrooms and can cater for up to eight people. This makes them ideal for a group booking, whether it be by a family having a special gathering (anniversary, birthday, wedding), a club (book club, walking club, dining club, wellness club or SCUBA club), or perhaps a company running an annual corporate planning break.

The group booking factor is where the costs of renting a villa can really show great value, compared to the higher costs of hotels. For example, if the villa charged US$340 a night it would be, at first glance, up there with some of the more expensive hotels. However, when you calculate the actual per head rate is where the villa value shines. For a villa sleeping eight people and charging US$340 a night, the per head cost would be just US$42.50 a head per night, like way cheaper than a hotel fee.

The villa value does not stop there. Many of Bali’s estimated 10,000 private villas will offer further discounted rates for longer term stays of a week or more.

As to service, villas also shine ahead of the hotel experience. Many Bali villas employ local Balinese as on-site helpers to cook meals, do laundry, clean rooms and serve drinks to guests. Villa meals can be prepared to a guest’s precise requirements and they can even accompany helpers as they go to local markets to purchase groceries – a great introduction to the local Balinese culture.

Often villas will employ three or four helpers and these can even outnumber the guests, ensuring great service as it is required. The helpers are generally coordinated by a villa manager who is on call 24/7 to promptly handle any issues that arise for guests. You can be sure that you will develop a special friendship with villa managers and helpers, way beyond what would be possible if you stayed in a hotel.

Unlike hotels, which are often constructed in busy city centres near the noisey action of nightclubs, big restaurants and late night shopping, villas are more likely to be in rural areas of Bali, specifically to escape the city chaos. From your hotel window in Denpasar you are more likely to have a view of half-built hotels, construction cranes and traffic jams. You can expect to share your hotel swimming pool, if it has one, with crowds of fellow holidaymakers and to have to put up with possible late night parties, splashing and screaming, because Denpasar has become hugely popular to the younger generation seeking party time.

Unfortunately, the south of Bali too often has lost its spirituality, peace and quiet. It has sometimes become a victim of its own popularity.

From your Bali villa patio – and patios with panoramic views are a common villa feature – you can expect, instead, to see the wide ocean, with an illusion of a curved horizon, or a mountain valley and coastal plain, with sparkling night lights below.

Villas are sometimes built in the midst of villages, giving guests the opportunity to talk to local people and learn of the community culture that is very special to Bali. Villas have private swimming pools for your use only, and generally have lush gardens where you can enjoy peace and privacy.

Would you rather holiday in a luxury house, or a cramped hotel room? Would you prefer beautiful natural scenery rather than construction cranes? You choice for your next holiday should put booking a luxury Bali villa at the top of your list if you want to discover the ‘real’ Bali.

Private Rental Villas Vs Average Hotels

A vacation means a lot of expenses. You spend money booking for tickets, accommodation, travel, local shopping etc. It is natural that you would look for ways to saving money and budget your expenses. In such cases you may end up booking for a cheap, second grade hotel which may spell a disaster. Villas might be a luxury and people think they have to pay a huge amount for booking villas. However, this is not so. You can book a luxury villa at the same price as that of a cheap hotel. This is done when you book directly with the house owner. Are you planning for a vacation in Crete? Then you can reduce the vacation cost and have a beautiful vacation by booking for a villa with the homeowners directly.

Holiday homes are a great idea when it comes to enjoying vacation with your family, friends, wedding parties, party travel, get together and honeymoons. The idea here is you do not pay on per head basis. In hotels you pay on per head basis for the number of rooms booked and occupied. In villas however, you pay as a whole- the number of people does not matter. Holiday villas can be rented in various locations and destinations when you go for vacation villa rentals. The villas can be rented taking into consideration the locations, pictures and other details.

Crete Island has affordable villas and accommodations. The accommodations are self-catering. The basic amenities are excellent. The ease and comfort provided are much more than what you get in a hotel. You will have a more relaxing and comfortable experience in villas than in hotels no matter how luxurious they are. Booking directly with homeowners in Crete has another advantage. The owners can give you information about the exact location of the house, the geographical conditions, the facilities near the house and the local cuisine there. This is not possible when you book for villas through an agency. Also the owners can give you additional information on the major tourist attractions, the local dialect and cuisines.

The best way to reach your area in Crete is by hiring a car. It would be wise if you book a car in advance. Hire-car services can give you really good deals considering the competition in the market. On booking a hire-car service before leaving you will get car services at a cheaper rate. This is not likely when to try to hire a car after arriving in Crete. So avoid disappointment by booking for one in advance.

Private vacation rental villas are very versatile. They have all the basic infrastructure and facilities that an average hotel can offer. Unlike hotels, the rental villas in Crete also have complete kitchen amenities thus enabling you to cook whatever you wish and also prepare their local cuisine on your own.

A private vacation villa in Crete is the perfect get away from the crowded and hectic cities. You can unwind peacefully and relax in the calm surroundings. Most of the rental villas have private pools, landscaped gardens, patios, balconies and terraces with breathtaking view of the sea. All this and much more at the cost of an average hotel room- so the choice is obvious.

How to Make Your Villa in Murcia Attractive to the Rental Market

It may seem obvious, but many villa owners new to the holiday rentals market in Murcia forget the simplest rules and therefore run into problems later down the line. Getting the basics right, before you open your doors to the holiday lettings market, means once you have taken the bookings, the day to day running of your rental villa should be a lot easier.

To begin with your villa in Murcia needs to be safe, fully self-contained; preferably decorated to a high standard; have enough beds, chairs, sofas and sun loungers to seat your maximum number of villa rental guests; have a fully equipped kitchen; and, of course, the all essential pool. To help you along the way to having a successful rental villa in Murcia, please refer to our detailed list below:

1. Villa Photography: get it right

Remember first impressions are very important. Taking great photos of your villa in Murcia that correctly represent it and show it in it’s best light is the most important thing you can due with regards to your marketing.

If you don’t hire a professional photographer, try to ensure you use a camera with a wide angel lens while taking pictures. Ensure there is plenty of light by putting lamps and lights on, as well as set up the shots so they look as appealing as possible. For example: make up the internal and external dining tables with glasses, crockery, flowers and a bottle of wine, place folded towels on neatly made beds and rolled towels on sunloungers and generally make the villa look as inviting, airy and light as possible. Remember, it is worth putting a lot of effort into your villa photo shoot and description, which should last for years unless you make radical changes to your property, as it will encourage potential clients looking for holiday rentals in Murcia to click on your property link.

Also, always ensure that the sun in on the pool area and the pool pump turned off while taking photos, so that it looks calm and relaxing and very inviting for rental clients. A clean pool and sunshine always sells!

2. Get your villa paperwork & insurance in order

Public liability insurance is essential when renting your villa in Murcia, make sure you check and double check your building and contents insurance so that you are covered to rent your property. Villa owners also need to be able to provide rental clients with easy access to the property in the form of a local key holder who can meet and greet them and be on hand as an emergency contact or secure key lock box (it is recommended to change the code regularly).

Of course, it is inevitable that you will run into some operation difficulties, so having a reliable key holder and network of trusted and registered handymen in Murcia for boiler, electrical or air conditioning repairs is absolutely essential in order to get any problems, should they arise, fixed and dealt with as swiftly as possible. Ultimately this will avoid rental guests complaining, so always act fast to resolve any issues; it is your reputation after all.

Last but not least s a standard rental contract is necessary for every booking and owners should seek legal advice.

3. Plan a comfortable villa living areas

As a minimum; a rental villa in Murcia will normally need 2 sofas (as a rule, the property should have enough seating for 6 people if it sleeps 6 etc). Dark sofa colours are preferred, as they do not show marks and bean bags can also be used for extra seating A television (plasma desirable) with access to cable or satellite channels is highly sort after, as is a DVD/CD player and/or radio. Most Polaris World Resorts in Murcia offer a resort cable TV system with international channels Internet access and items such as PlayStations and iPod docking stations are also popular but not essential.

An open fire or wood burner is very attractive for winter/Christmas bookings. If rugs are used make sure they are hardwearing or dark in colour as stains show up very easily and can make a room look dirty. Simple canvasses, voiles and tasteful fake orchids/flowers are a good and affordable way to dress a room without having to worry about plants having to be watered.

4. Plan your villa dining area

1 dining table is required along with the correct number of seats for the guests staying, i.e. a 2 bedroom villa with pool sleeping 4 people must have at least 4 dining table chairs. An indoor dining area is attractive for winter/Christmas lettings. Table coasters and runners are an affordable and easy way to protect villa surfaces from hot drink marks. Most villas in Murcia on the new golf developments, like Polaris World, have two villa dining areas.

5. Everyone likes modern villa furnishings

A villa that looks modern and uncluttered is extremely sort after in Murcia’s holiday rental market. Contemporary or rural rustic styles are very popular with holidaymakers. We would advise you to clear away all personal items such as photos, CDs, jewellery, clothes and toys, storing them in a lockable cupboard. A rental property should be completely de-personalised. Again Most of the villas on site like Murcia’s La Torre Golf Resort have a cupboard suitable for locking.

6 Planning your villa bedrooms

Make sure your villa in Murcia has as least 1 comfortable double/king size bed or 2 twin beds per room, with at least 1 bedside table and lamp for reading, a mirror, bin, chest of drawers, wardrobe with at least 5 hangers per person and curtains/blinds. A fan or air-conditioning unit (with dual controls for cool and hot air) is also very desirable for the villa rentals market. Murcia also gets incredibly hot in the summer, so holidaymakers like to be able to cool down.

7. Organizing your villa linen

Each bed in your villa will require as a minimum 2 sets of bedding, i.e. a single bed will need 4 pillow cases (2 pillows per guest), 2 under sheets, 2 bed sheets and 2 top blankets/throws, so one can always be used while the other is in laundry. This also aids fast villa changeover days in peak season! White linen is recommended, as it does not fade when put on a boil wash and is more hygienic. A duvet with 2 sets of duvet covers for each bed is desirable for winter months, unless of course the property has heavier winter blankets. Mattress covers are also recommended for hygiene. Try to decorate each bed with colour-coordinated cushions/throws as this will help sell your villa in the photography and stand out from the crowd.

8. Towels for your villa guests

As a minimum, we would recommend 2 sets of towels for each guest i.e. 1 bath towel and 1 hand/hair towel, per guest, per visit, so one can be used while the other is in laundry. White towels are again recommended, as they do not fade when put on a boil wash and are more hygienic. Extra hand towels are desirable for each bathroom. Bath mats on the floor are also a good way to ensure people don’t slip when getting out of the bath/shower. We recommend guests bring their own pool/beach towels, but of course you can provide these if necessary. A few tea towels are also needed for the kitchen. The comfort of your Murcia villa guests is paramount.

9. Your villa bathrooms

Each bathroom should be equipped with a bath or bath/shower unit, complete with a non-slip mat and plain white shower curtain (washable) or splash guard, wc, toilet roll holder, sink, mirror, shaver socket (not essential), lockable door and a plastic/metal bin with cover. A hairdryer is also usually expected, but not essential. Most decent hairdryers can be purchased form local stores in Murcia such as Los Alcazares, San Javier or Cartegena.

10. Make the most of your villa Kitchen

A rental kitchen requires a kettle, toaster, hob (electric or gas) oven, fridge/freezer and sufficient crockery (bowls and plates), cups, glasses and cutlery. Also needed are plastic tumblers/glasses for outside/pool use as well as some plastic plates and cups for children, adequate pots, pans, ovenware, sieve/colander, chopping board/knives, wooden spoons, a bottle opener, tin opener, jug, ice tray, trays and a salad bowl. A dishwasher, microwave, extractor fan, tea pot, cafetiere, washing machine, dryer, wine rack and clothes horse are also highly desirable. Again, most villas in Murcia have separate utility areas ideal for storing irons and washing machines.

11. A lockable cupboard/area for the villa owner

Is also handy for storing linen and towels so that they don’t get used. Remember, if you leave it in the property, guests will use it! Some guests may request to use toys for children if they are available, make sure your key holder has access to this storage area (they should have at least 2 full sets of keys) as some items can be great selling points.

12. Outdoor furniture for alfresco living

Where possible, a quality outdoor table with chairs for the correct number of people allowed to stay at the villa is required. The same applies for the number of sunbeds. A barbecue in a well lit area with utensils and parasol/shaded area are also very important for holiday rentals in Murcia. Remember, people are renting your villa to relax, barbecue, sunbathe and chill out. If the property has a balcony or terrace all railings must be checked regularly and be very secure.

13. Villa with pools in Murcia

Villa with pools in Murcia are highly sort after. If your villa has a private pool, either a child guardrail or fenced garden is essential. Always ensure the pool box with cleaning chemicals is kept locked at all times. It is handy to leave a pool net out so guests can clean away leaves themselves. A professional pool cleaner must attend to the pool on a weekly basis in winter months and twice weekly in the summer, to ensure hygiene and chemical levels are kept up to standard. Villas with a heated pools or hot tubs in Murcia, although expensive, really stand out from the crowd during the late autumn, winter and early spring seasons, when traditionally it is too cold to swim. Make sure you keep an eye on ongoing maintenance cost for heated pools.

14. Child friendly gardens and villas in Murcia

A garden should be landscaped, attractive and useable, people do not want a garden filled with junk or rubble, especially when they will probably spend most of their holiday time outdoors. Remember parents on holiday need to be able to relax safe in the knowledge their little ones are in a save environment.

15. Air conditioning for rental clients

One main air-conditioning unit is necessary (especially in the summer months as Murcia gets so hot!) for your villa guests as are fans or air-conditioning units in each room. Central heating is needed for winter months. Air conditioning units should be serviced on an annual basis, make sure you get personal recommendation for local tradesmen in Murcia.

16. Safety and security for paying guests

A security alarm, internal safe and key lock box for securely storing house keys is very desirable. Villa owners in Murcia should be prepared to put up safety/hazard notices around their property, i.e. no smoking, mind the step, slippery surface, no diving and visible stickers on glass patio doors etc. A basic villa first aid kit, working fire alarm and fire extinguisher or fire blanket are also necessary and must be placed in a visible area, normally the kitchen. Gas safety checks must be carried out by a qualified technician on an annual basis on the property’s boiler. Annual electrical safety tests are also recommended. Pool guards from children can be expensive, but are also highly sort after. Check the rules and regulations with your community presidents on Polaris World resorts like Mar Menor Golf Resort, for up to date rules on pool safety.

17. Villa directions and local attractions in Murcia

Guests staying at your villa in Murcia on a Polaris World Resort need clear and precise directions on how to get there, which you need to send out at least 1-2 weeks prior to their holiday along with key instructions too. It is recommended that you plan this route yourself from local airports such as Murcia San Javier or Alicante. Having a drawer or booklet full of local tourist attractions in Murcia, such as bars, restaurants, golf courses, shopping malls, local beaches and theme parks is also a great way to help your villa guests have a great time, and hopefully encourage them to return year after year to Murcia.

18. Sufficient parking space at your villa

Parking for 1 or two cars is desirable and the area should be very accessible to the property as many villas on golf resorts in Murcia like El Valle Golf Resort are approx. 20-25 minutes drive from Murcia San Javier Airport and the local beach at Los Alcazares.

19. Website marketing for your villa in Murcia

Finally, It is essential you research the best websites for advertising your villa in Murcia, one that will generate the most hits from holidaymakers searching for villas in Murcia. We recommend a mixture of international holiday lettings sites as well as targeted websites that deal only with holiday rentals in Murcia, so that you cover as many advertising angles as possible. Villa rentals in Murcia is an extremely competitive search term, so remember, you cannot be found if you do not advertise and by keeping your booking calendars and pricing up to date will help your villa move up the search tables on various sites. Contacting rental guests as soon as they enquire is also extremely effective in securing early bookings.

Bali Luxury Villas – A Treat For Your Loved Ones

You can sail the Spice Islands just a short distance away from the best Bali vacation villas to indulge your sense of adventure, drama, and history, and acquaint yourself with the local culture but still return to a home away from home, when booking a private beach villa.

Or, you can pick up bright and colorful souvenirs of fierce Komodo dragons, T-shirts with native greetings, ancient tribal collectibles and taste authentic island cuisine when visiting near-by tourist destinations, like the Lesser Sunda Islands, dance courts, beach-front arcades and village properties on the fringes of your personal paradise. All without the hassles of planning where to go, what to do, how to arrange for your commute etc. as most of the top-end Bali luxury villas have qualified and responsive resort guides to sort out these details for you besides making your travel arrangements for you.

Based on the preferences you note down when making your booking, your resort may offer you the services of a tour guide, local escort or even bring home the services that can be offered as special in-house entertainment features. These can range from calling in for a bit of Islander dancing, a local band to serenade your loved one or a personal massage and meditation routine extended by a trained professional – only available at the best Bali vacation villas, so choose wisely.

The lavish comforts of spacious bedrooms, full kitchen and dining areas, designed in a traditional style bespeak opulence and class like your regular hotel room cannot even dream of. Plus, when these features come along with all conceivable modern conveniences, like attentive room service, private garden compound, gymnasium and spa besides boutique shops to cater to possible needs of its guests, you are sure to get added value for your Bali luxury villas booking!

Outdoor terraces often open up to the beachfront and tie the beautiful tropical landscape inwards through large, picture windows most Bali vacation villas incorporate in their design so as to offer guests a permanent link with their natural surroundings when on the isle of dreams. Besides, most of the top properties offering villa rentals are never very cut-off from the main cityscape to make guests feel isolated. So, you can maintain your privacy while experiencing the warm hospitality of impeccably trained house-staff who are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful about meeting your every need.

After all, local flavors are best experienced when you find a home away from home that prioritizes your needs just like you do your loved ones – and what’s a luxury villa vacation on a tropical island if not Bali’s best? Consequently, whether planning a special event, like a teen’s birthday or a romantic proposal, or organizing a shopping expedition for a spouse followed by a great game of golf, you can rest assured, a boutique hotel may fall short where your smart choice of a good Bali luxury villas booking may not!

Book a Bali Villa Vacation For a Romantic Getaway

Compared to any other tropical island vacation, Bali has always fascinated the global traveler looking for much more than the typical beach holiday, comprising local cuisine tours, gaudy souvenirs and crowded tourist hot spots. Despite the spurt in economic conditions in one of the most popular Indonesian islands, Bali continues to charm lovers from all parts of the world because of its latest changes in tourism offerings: rentals for private Bali Villas.

This beautiful island’s natural landscape, its special attractions, like a variety of water-sports, exotic local cuisine cooked by gourmet chefs at the villas and authentic islander hospitality extended towards honeymooners and couples alike, makes for a sense of intimacy and comfort like no other holiday offers. This is one of the main reasons why many couples in present times are opting for a destination wedding at a Bali Villa. For, its distinct ambiance, the availability of all modern communication facilities for efficient event planning and of course, the whole enchantment of a fairytale beach ceremony!

Moreover, the pleasant, balmy sea breezes wafting in with the fragrance of fresh and colorful tropical blossoms abundantly found across the best villa accommodations in Bali makes an ideal backdrop for whispering sweet nothings on a moonlit walk or even the intimacy of a candle-light dinner on a private beach. After all, where else can you experience the romance, passion, beauty and excitement of being in love and making the world go away, if not on your very own beach-facing Bali Villa holiday?

Remember, you still have the advantages of discreet but near-at-hand in-house staff at the best luxury villas so your privacy and comfort are never compromised. Additionally, you also have the mundane vacation tasks, like laundry and preparing meals, taking care of in the cost of the villa rental!

For the ultimate romantic getaway, booking a Bali Villa can be one of the best gifts you can get for your loved one. It’s not only because when you make a good choice in your private villa booking with a reputed property owner, you present your partner with a sense of space with breath-taking beauty and luxury. You also make them feel special and exotic – just like the destination!! And, finally – it’s also because, like all the best gifts, it’s something that will touch their hearts and help you create memories, like no other package tour to any commercialized holiday spot can assuredly grant you.

Besides, when you conduct a little bit of research into the top Bali Villa rental properties and find out what special features they can offer that appeal to your loved one, you can take the added stress out of planning activities and possibly win yourself a discount on seasonal or early-bird bookings! Since the best beach-front properties will typically offer special spa-packages for couples, personalized room service for fine dining and easy living experiences, in addition to helping execute any plans for adventure sports, night-life and theme party planning, Bali Villa holidays are a great way to connect with your inner selves.

Management Tips for Luxury Vacation Home and Villa Rental Owners

Building your successful villa rental or holiday home enterprise begins with your organization, professionalism, and of course, a gorgeous vacation rental. If you are the owner of a luxury vacation home, read our tips for ensuring that guests are happy and return again and again…and recommend your prestige property to all their friends.

Vacation Rental Advertising and Booking

– Be Clear. Offer detailed, honest descriptions and then over-deliver on the client’s expectations of service, amenities, and the quality of the property, the staff, and their stay.

– Be Communicative. Return potential guest inquiries immediately. Don’t leave your potential client with a chance to change their mind or find another property because you didn’t get back to them in a timely manner. Use the latest technology to never miss or delay a return to a phone call, voice message, or email.

– Be Detailed. Provide all important information and transactional documents in writing. Don’t make verbal agreements or assumptions. Both renters and hosts should communicate their needs clearly, and sign off on additions or deletions to details in contracts and policies.

– Be Organized. Keep careful records of financial transactions with clients, and keep copies of receipts/contracts, etc. if they may need them later on.

Be the Perfect Holiday Home Owner and Host

– Check in. Speak personally with guests on the afternoon or evening of their arrival to make sure they are well pleased with the home or there is anything you can do to make it better.

– Be Impeccable. Take great care to maintain the home after each arrival and departure. Each guest should feel that the home is uniquely their own for their stay, without reminders of previous guest’s escapades. In general, be proactive about maintaining the home’s exterior grounds and interior amenities to the standard to which it has previously been advertised. Tip: This may involve keeping a checklist that your manager or staff checks off before guest’s arrive, to make sure everything is functioning, in place, clean, and ready for their use.

– Go the Extra Mile to Maintain the Home’s Cleanliness. Make sure that even the most fastidious guests will find the home meets with their approval. It not only keeps guests happy but frequent maintenance will help reserve the value of your second home investment and decor.

This may include doing the following “extras” after each guest’s departure:

– Change the filters in the air conditioning system.

– Apart from usual laundering of household items, thoroughly air out, shake out or pat clean pillows, linens and throw rugs.

– In the case of self catering properties, make sure your home’s cleaning service inspects and washes kitchen equipment, plates, pots, pans, utensils and so on.

– Consider investing in and running a heavy-duty portable ozone air purifier in the pied a terre, yacht charter, or villa let after each guest’s departure, particularly if smokers were allowed in the home or even if not allowed (in case someone broke your rule).

– Villa Book. Write a thoroughly detailed Villa Book or Self-Catering Instruction Book that guests can use as a reference at any time during their stay. The book details any quirks with the home or its equipment, instructions, how-to’s, directions, details on local attractions, take-out menus, and the like.

– Emergencies. Have a system in place for any eventuality or emergency that may arise (where will you send your clients to stay if the roof starts leaking?) and have the contacts/people in place to service your guests at a moment’s notice.

– Extra Keys. Have multiple copies of extra keys made in case guests lose them, and consider placing a coded lockbox on the premises in the event your assistant can’t make it to the property to let your guests in.

– Security. If the luxury home is not already equipped with a sophisticated security system, consider installing a computerized keypad entry system that enable you, as host, to change the front door or gate code for each different set of guests. Should you ever have the misfortune of inappropriate renters, this will ensure the safety of the following renters and peace of mind that previous guests cannot access the property during their stay. Speak with a master locksmith or security consultant in your area regarding an ideal system.

Provide Smooth Exits

– Day of Departure: Call your clients the day before their departure to make sure their stay went smoothly and if they had any questions, complaints, or comments you should be made aware of. In addition, leave them a pre-addressed stamped envelope with a comment form if they are from your home country (or e-mail it to them and bypass your manager if they are international). They can either leave behind the comment form or put in the mail when they get home. Their answers may help you further refine the quality of the home and services offered.

– Official Check Out: If at all possible, make sure your guests have contact with you, a housekeeper, or your representative upon their departure, to make sure the home is left in a condition to your liking, and your equipment and supplies are all there. Check to make sure no important items are missing (like DVD libraries, tennis racquets, golf clubs, etc.). Have staff thoroughly check for any items left behind by your clients, and have both parties sign off on the condition of the home. Verify the correct address where their damage deposit should be sent in case they’re traveling on to a new destination and want it sent there.

– Return of Deposits. Return damage deposits right away and with a nice note inviting the guests to return. If not done electronically, send the deposit back in a trackable way via return receipt requested, UPS or US Mail with Tracking (if in USA) or other service which offers the ability to follow up on the location of a “lost check.”

Pleasant Memories and Repeat Business

– Feedback. There may be issues that came up which guests were too shy to discuss with you and/or which they don’t want your property manager to see because the problem was related to the manager. Always find a way to give your guests the discreet opportunity to reach you directly, in case your property manager may not be managing well. It’s easy enough for property managers to circumvent your knowledge of reported problems if you are an absentee owner. Before potential damage to your property’s reputation, and particularly before guests begin posting negative reviews of the home on the internet, consider ways of maintaining quality control with a little effort.

– Finding Your Property Again: If there would be no conflict of interest with your property manager/agent, consider leaving a business card or brochure with your contact information for your guests to keep for future stays. You never know when you may decide to discontinue your advertising, but still wish to rent to people you know were good clients. Knowing that your previous clients can still reach you will be a good thing.

– Always Say Thank You. Your guests are your vacation home’s source of livelihood and deserve to be personally thanked for their business. Make time to write handwritten Thank You notes on fine stationery with your property’s business card tucked inside. It may be smart to offer them a discount on another stay or a special bonus for referral of their friends (Use a special code so you know inquirers came from them). It is rare these days to receive personal thank you notes, so this will make your holiday luxury rental really stand out.

If you follow the advice above in the business management of your beautiful Tuscan farmhouse, that charming beach bungalow or perhaps a to-die-for Provencal villa, your home can become much more than just another transient vacation house: the home becomes a very pleasant memory for its many visitors and a successful and profitable renting enterprise for you.

Villa Rentals in Spain in Ronda Costa Del Sol Region, You Can Make Savings by Booking Direct

Ronda is a town many people would recommend if you are looking for villa rentals in spain accommodation. If Ronda is your ideal destination for Spanish apartments to rent, you can definitely get a great price that beats the tour operator’s prices by booking with the owners direct. As long as you avoid dealing with middlemen, you can make savings. Your best chance of doing this is to locate a property owner who is willing to deal with you directly thereby saving cash. There are tons of online sources that can help you in locating such an owner, as long as you type in relevant search terms that pertain to your areas of interest such as ‘holiday villa select’ or ‘villa in Spain to rent direct’ or even ‘villa rentals in spain’. While you’re engaged in this process, and contacting lots of owners directly, don’t forget to book a flight first before you commit to an apartment in Ronda.

Though villa rentals in spain in Ronda is not just confined to the outer limits of this amazing town, it’s fair to say that it’s much easier to book Spanish apartments to rent in Ronda, than some of the other inland towns. Ronda’s tourism has gained from the big infrastructure developments in railways, roads, and airports, over the last ten years, making it easy to get to Ronda. This, along with the growth of the internet, where information on this great city is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has made a villa in Spain for rent in Ronda a big hit with visitors.

Many people who want villa rentals in spain accommodation in Ronda will travel by coach or by car. It takes less than an hour from the Costa del Sol, via San Pedro de Alcantara, on the A376/C-3. The path through the Sierra Bermeja Mountains is very dramatic and sometimes daunting if it’s your first time on mountain roads, but the town is accessible all year long. If you fly to Spain via Malaga, you can get to your villa in Spain to rent in Ronda by a more sedate route on the A357, bypassing towns such as Carratraca, Ardales, and Cuevas de Becerra. There’s also a more dramatic path from San Luis de Sabanillas, which is west of Estepona, taking the A377 via Gaucin and Casares and onto Ronda, but you do need to take your time and be patient with the goats crossing the road and locals taking their time to move out of your way! There are also daily train connections from Granada, Malaga, Algeciras, and Seville, and then you can get a taxi directly to your villa rentals in Spain.

Ronda is famous for a great many things; it’s the birthplace of modern bullfighting, and tourists may visit the interior of one of the oldest bull rings in all of Spain to see places where matadors and toreadors were based, along with pens and stables for bulls. There’s also the Plaza de Toros, which is now a museum, where visitors may stroll through the remarkable history of what was Spain’s most popular sport until football took its place. You may learn about the legendary Rondeno bullfighter named Pedro Romero; he broke away from the Jerez school of horseback bullfighting in the 1700s to establish the method of bullfighting where matadors had to stand their ground by the bull, on foot. The bull ring and museum are open most days. The Tourist Offices are next to the bull ring at Plaza de Blas Infante, Ronda, so maybe prior to booking your Spanish apartments to rent you may want to contact them for more information.

When it comes to arranging villa rentals in Spain, we always recommend you book directly with the proprietor. We also recommend you shop around for a flight. On the other hand, it is important to use the services of a reliable travel insurance agent both for useful guidance and to get the best price for your policy.

How to Choose Your North Cyprus Villa Holiday

Choosing your ideal North Cyprus Villa Holiday is easy when you know how! Here are 7 quick and easy tips to finding your perfect holiday villa in the North Cyprus sunshine.

1. Don’t Book Direct with the Villa Owner!
In the past, you could only find a rental villa in North Cyprus was to book direct with the owner. This involved long hours researching on the web, endless faxes or emails, costly money transfers, and that nagging doubt that your villa may not be quite up to standard… There are Companies you can find online that do all the hard work for you, so you can search for North Cyprus rental villas by location, price, availability, or facilities such as swimming pools.

2. Rent By The Day for Flexibility
North Cyprus holiday villas are available to rent by the day, so you can fly to North Cyprus on a day and at a time time that suits you and your family. What’s more, you don’t have to return seven days later along with everyone else on a busy and crowded transfer day! Most villas are bookable for a minimum of three days, so you can even create your own North Cyprus two centre holiday if you wish. Of course, North Cyprus villa rental by the day means you can take advantage of flying on cheaper days too.

3. Think South for Best Buy Flights to Cyprus
All North Cyprus villas for rent are accessible both from Ercan International Airport in Northern Cyprus and Larnaca airport in south Cyprus. Fly into Ercan airport, and your flight will involve a brief stopover in Turkey, but from Ercan airport you can collect a hire car and be by your Kyrenia holiday villa pool in under an hour! It’s a shorter flight time into Larnaca airport in south Cyprus, where you can collect a hire car or take a taxi transfer over the border into North Cyprus. The total journey times are about the same, but flights to south Cyprus can be a lot cheaper, even when you include the cost of a taxi transfer.

4. Choose the Best Resort Area
In North Cyprus, you can choose from a holiday villa with fabulous views high in the mountains, or a designer beachside villa where you can hear the waves break on the beach! Kyrenia is the main town on the north coast, and makes a great base for a North Cyprus villa holiday.

To the east of Kyrenia, traditional village resorts such as Catalkoy and Ozankoy have easy access to wonderful sandy beaches. Golf fans will love Esentepe, with its new golf course set amongst ancient olive trees. If you prefer breathtaking views, the village of Bellapais offers a truly relaxing villa holiday in North Cyprus that’s hard to beat.

West of Kyrenia, you can feel part of the community at Zeytinlik, yet still be just 5 minutes’ drive from the beach. Family-friendly Karaoglanoglu is a great place to take the kids, as is the hillside village of Alsancak, with all the facilities you’ll need for a fabulous villa holiday in North Cyprus. If you want peace and relaxation, head for the fragrant olive groves and natural springs at Lapta, or chill out in peaceful Karsiyaka.

5. Get The North Cyprus Villa Space You Want
The great news about North Cyprus villas for rent is that they are usually big! In Northern Cyprus, holiday villas with three or four bedrooms are the norm, so you and the family can have plenty of space to relax. The kids can have their own rooms, and you can take the master suite, which usually is ensuite! Most North Cyprus holiday rental villas have swimming pools, so you can relax on the terrace while the kids splash about in the sunshine. Most North Cyprus holiday villas also have a fully fitted kitchen, so you can choose to eat at home or dine out at a local restaurant – the choice is yours!

6. Holiday Freedom: North Cyprus Holiday Villas v. Hotels
North Cyprus villa holidays offer so much more than a hotel. You can get up and eat breakfast on a sunny terrace whenever you like, rustle up a lunchtime snack from your own fridge, or cook local food bought in the market in your North Cyprus holiday villa kitchen. You can stock the villa’s fridge with the childrens’ favourite foods or local beers and not worry about what’s on the hotel menu, or the bar bill! Or, you can eat out at tasty and good value local restaurants, trying local dishes such as pides, a Turkish pizza!

7. Book Online for the Best Prices
Booking online is fast, easy and convenient too! You can also book your car hire and airport taxi transfers in advance, saving you expensive currency conversion costs. By paying with a credit card, you can spread the cost and have your purchase protected too!
And…

8. Have Fun!
We know you’ll enjoy a villa holiday in North Cyprus, so come and see us soon – we look forward to welcoming you!

Gay Villa in Spain Means Privacy

There are definitely many vacation options available today that cater to a wide variety of lifestyles. If you happen to be a member of the gay community, a gay villa in Spain could be a superb place to spend a holiday.

If you want to spend time in Spain, then you might care to look into renting one of the many holiday villas in Spain. There are numerous choices when it comes to a gay villa in Spain, so it is best to look on line for information regarding the different holiday properties and their location that will suit you in Spain. There are many websites that can provide you with the basic information that you will need before you start your holiday.

If you are looking to spend a lot of time in Spain, there are various choices of property available. An apartment for rental in Cadiz Spain is probably one of the better locations. You can find information on Cadiz by logging on to our website and reading our article on Cadiz, and then looking at the properties we have available. For long term stays, you can also look at our article on long term rental in Spain. Holiday Villa Select can offer you a good range of apartments and villas. You will find most owners are receptive to long term tenancies. Or you can rent a gay villa in Spain via Holiday Villa Select and book with the owners direct as they too will have knowledge of the area as well as more personal details of the property you may be renting long term.

The gay community will be happy to know that there are many special places where they can reside in Spain. A gay villa in Spain in the Cadiz area will provide one of the best vacations that you have ever had. You will be pleased to know that in this area people are very relaxed as to one’s life style. All people are welcome there with open arms.

After you have carried out your research on the various properties that are available in this area on our website, you can move on to the next step in the process, which is to reserve or book your chosen property. For this, you will need to contact the owner of the villa or apartment. Some owners advertise their holiday villas in Spain via a website such as Holiday Villa Select. By using this website you can contact the owners direct and book your villa or apartment on line. You will be required to pay a deposit to secure the property but that is part of the rental fee. Be prepared to pay an extra fee for breakage deposit, which is refundable at the end of your holiday.

Once you are all set with the booking for your gay villa in Spain, remember to book your flight. This can be done online. Then you can relax and await the day of your vacation, knowing that you apartment rental in Cadiz Spain is all set up and ready to go just for you. Last thing to do is to pack some suntan lotion and then you are off. The decision to book your holiday villas in Spain will never be regretted.

Villa Rentals in Spain – Try Almunecar on the Costa Tropical Where You Can Book Direct From Owners

Villa rentals in Spain can be booked direct from numerous private owners in Almunecar Spain. This type of booking is now well established with the holiday making public; in fact bookings direct with the owners now represents the majority of self-catering holidays in Spain. The rationale behind this phenomenal growth is that the holidaymaker benefits from booking direct with the owners. Firstly, by booking Spanish apartments to rent directly you are cutting out the middleman, achieving a much lower price than dealing with the tour operator. Secondly, and it could be argued the most important reason, is that the choice of areas and type of Spanish apartments to rent is much superior than you would find in a travel agent. Don’t forget you are not limited to areas dictated by what deals the tour operators have negotiated that particular year, the choice is vast and genuinely covers all budgets. Finally, by booking your holiday in Spain villa directly with the owners, you get to deal and talk directly with the owner and this means that they can pass on first hand knowledge of their villa rentals in Spain and specific knowledge on the area and this is not knowledge that tour operators can usually provide.

Over the last five years foreign visitors, not least the British are increasingly visiting the luxury town of Almunecar. It is located on the beautiful Costa Tropical in the province of Granada but because most holidaymakers fly into Malaga Airport they mistakenly think that Almunecar is located in Malaga Province.

Almunecar attracts a lot of holidaymakers who want Spanish apartments to rent.
Almunecar is an attractive coastal town which enjoys great popularity in the summertime among those who want a holiday in Spain villa or apartment for a break in the sun and it is also in demand with those who love to ski. They reserve their villa rentals in Spain in Almunecar so they can spend time on the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the early part of the day and then return to Almunecar and relax in the sun later on in the day.

The attractive seafront promenade of Almunecar is divided into many sections by the small coves and headlands that are characteristic of this part of the Costa Tropical. Almunecar is an undeniably Spanish town and a popular destination for those looking to book villa rentals in Spain. The town maintains a Moorish atmosphere in its old quarter, with a wide-ranging network of narrow roadways with many stores, cafes, bodegas, and restaurants. The closeness and accessibility of these shopping areas makes it an enjoyable area to spend time in. Among the numerous attractions of Almunecar is the Parque de Majuelo, or botanical garden, which is popular with both locals and holidaymakers for its spectacular collection of hundreds of species of tropical and subtropical plants. If you are more adventurous and can pull yourself away from your villa rentals in Spain accommodation and the swimming pool, then do visit the Loro Sexi bird park, where all ages find the hundred or so species, to be seen there, a delightful sight. Those with more of a desire for historical diversions will appreciate the Almunecar Pottery, as well as guided tours of the history of some of the local sites. One of these sites is the San Miguel Castle, which is open daily and is a great local site to visit before returning to relax in your holiday in Spain villa.

Lastly, although we might suggest that you book your villa rentals in Spain directly with one of the many owners, we would recommend that you do get in touch with a good travel insurance broker who can offer you suitable travel insurance at the best prices.