Monthly Archives: June 2013

Organising Your Perfect Villa Holiday

Whether it’s a short break in Spain, a spot of relaxation in the South of France or two weeks of sun, sea and sand in the Caribbean, a villa holiday is the ideal solution.

Make the most of spending time with friends and family in your own private hideaway. Relax beside the pool in your beautifully maintained garden whilst your chef prepares a delicious lunch for you to enjoy on the terrace. Your holiday should revolve completely around you, so avoid the constraints of set meal times and noisy guests in hotels and book a luxury getaway.

Step 1: Choosing Your Destination

With so many amazing destinations to choose from this is often easier said than done. If you’re just looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun then every location we offer is suitable. Browse our villas to find a rental which best suits your party.

  • The Algarve has something to suit everyone from designer stores and excellent golf courses to water parks and white sandy beaches.
  • The South of France is perfect for those looking for a spot of luxury with its chic resorts, spectacular scenery and rich culture.
  • With just a two – three hour flight time from UK airports and plenty for everyone to see and do, the Costa del Sol is a great destination for all ages. Marbella has a real cosmopolitan feel with excellent nightclubs, bars, restaurants and boutique stores.
  • The Caribbean should certainly not be crossed off your holiday wish list and is great for those looking to travel earlier on in the year (January – April). Head to St Lucia to enjoy a tropical paradise or visit Ocho Rios to experience the natural beauty of Jamaica.

If you’re still unsure which destination is right for your party, get in touch with us today. We are happy to offer our advice and expertise to ensure you enjoy the villa holiday of a lifetime.

Step 2: Decide Who is Going

Perhaps you just want a week in the sun with your children or maybe you’d like to celebrate a special occasion with 10 of your closet family and friends? Start planning your villa holiday by making a list of everyone you wish to invite. To ensure you have a wide choice of holiday homes, it’s best to book as soon as possible, so give attendees around a week to respond.

Step 3: Choosing Your Villa

We have villas to suit all parties. Enjoy a home from home with modern or traditional interiors, your own private pool, air conditioning and spectacular countryside or sea views.

Great for golfing holidays, with three of the best courses in Europe, the resort of Quinta Do Lago, Algarve is great for avid golfers, whilst still having superb beaches, shopping centres and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Head to this beautiful region and spend a week with your family and friends in our Abril villa, which sleeps 12. With its unique design, marble floors, heated outdoor pool and brilliant views of the championship golf course, Abril offers everything for a perfect villa holiday in the Algarve.

Looking for something spectacular to celebrate a special occasion? How about a week or two in your own French chateau? Sleeping 46, Chateau de St-Loup, located in Loire Valley, has 125 acres of private gardens and parkland and heaps of entertaining space. With luxury 17th century interiors, this chateau is ideal for weddings and other big events.

Fancy your own private villa right on the beach? Sleeping  7, the elegant La Pereza villa in Marbella is great for a chilled out break with family and friends. Cool off in your own private pool which overlooks the white sandy beach.

Step 4: Book Your Villa Holiday

Shortlist a few of our incredible villas and simply give us a call to check availability and book. As ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) members, you can be sure you’re booking your perfect holiday. Our exclusive villas are all handpicked, each with their own unique style, so we can offer something for everyone.

Support the Penn Super Seven Fun Run

20120624-IMG_9092Penn Common is usally pretty rather than exciting.  From our office overlooking the Common we usually see things like ducks walking past and a few hikers; but for one day every June things get livelier with the annual Penn Super Seven and Fun Run, this year on June 23rd.  It is a proper 7-mile road race (in the morning) and a 5km fun run (in the afternoon). Other festivities on the day include mini-marathons, a balloon race (not big ones, little ones) and a tug-of-war at 4pm.

If you live in South Bucks, please do get training and attend – here is how to enter.  Each year a different charity is supported: this is the thirtieth year and the charities are: the Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Charity (http://www.thomasball.org.uk/) and The Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (recently renamed Rennie Grove  http://www.renniegrove.org ), both enormously worthwhile local charities which do excellent and useful work in the South Bucks area.

We are delighted to announce that once again, in the spirit of sportsmanship and healthy living, we will be sponsoring the beer tent, where a selection of drinks will be on offer to refrsh you after your exertions.  We have thought about the contrast between running and beer and concluded that the two are a yin and a yang, both useful and valuable in their own way, but nothing without the other.

Here is an interesting article on the value of beer as a way of recovering and replenishing carbohydrate after phytical exercise: but note that drinking beer the night before the race doesn’t count as carbo-loading.