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Living The Good Life While Traveling

This is where you now have the option of choosing not just between hotels, but also choosing to stay in a vacation villa to get more out of your holiday.

So how is renting vacation villas or luxury villas better than booking a hotel room?

Serene Backdrop: Most if these rental villas are located away from crowded areas. This allows you to enjoy the company of loved ones in a tranquil atmosphere. Even when you are travelling solo, it gives you the opportunity to rest, read or listen to the music of your choice without being disturbed by blaring traffic or noise from other holidaymakers.

Dining options: Villas usually come with a fully equipped kitchen and that allows you to decide if you want to eat out all the time or cook some meals at the villa itself. This is especially helpful when you are travelling with kids or elderly parents. Moreover, luxury villas often provide the services of a full time chef who can cook a variety of cuisines, giving you the benefit of dining in specialty restaurants without having to step out.

Spa services: Many of the luxury villas combine spa services as part of their package. You can enjoy special spa treatments and exotic herbal massages. They not only pamper your overworked body but also have health benefits like a reduction in stress, improved blood circulation and sleep quality, etc.

Other benefits: Vacationing in villas often has other advantages that hotels do not have, such as being able to plan an outdoor party on your lawn, and having an outdoor barbecue station, as well as the choice of playing music that you enjoy listening to.

Apart from all this, many luxury villas also have other facilities that one usually expects in a hotel: a Jacuzzi, an infinity pool, housekeeping services and transportation. To sum up, opting for a villa rental during your vacation gives you all the benefits of staying in a hotel room and more and helps you in having a good time with those who matter the most.

One of the ways to rejuvenate yourself and have a better work life balance is to take a relaxing holiday every few months or, at the very least, once a year, and spend quality time with your loved ones. Planning a holiday well is the key to having a successful trip. Depending on what you are prepared to spend on your holiday, and the time of the year, you can choose from a variety of locations like the countryside, beaches or tropical islands, among others. Once your location is decided, you must make the necessary bookings for your stay.

The Mas D’Alphonse

Probably influenced by a well-known French TV program, I wanted to test the formula “Bed and Breakfast” also offering a host table, since it is more convenient for us to take the evening meal on spot, while our youngest son is sleeping.

I immediately started looking for a charming place, unusual, aesthetic, luxurious, and preferably at a reasonable price. After hours of surfing on internet, when I was about to throw in the towel and choose the first room I would meet, my wanderings led me to the “Mas d’Alphonse”, in the Duchy of Uzes, between Nimes, Uzes and Anduze. A beautiful and very complete website, great pictures and an unusual mixture of Provence and Thailand which arouses curiosity: good points that caught my attention. A quick glance on Booking.com convinced me: the note and the reviews were excellent.

We arrived at the “Mas d’Alphonse” at about 7 p.m. and it was love at first sight. The place, still bathed in the mild sun of the spring late afternoon brought together everything I love. A 19th century winemaker house with azure shutters, with its beautiful stone walls topped by a roof of old tiles, stood proudly in front of its property: at its feet, eight hectares of vineyards and crops, as far as one can see. Under some old trees and a shade sail, a large table announced peaceful breakfasts accompanied by the refreshing song from a nearby fountain. On the table next to the pool or hardly hidden between two flowering shrubs, the soothing and unexpected presence of Buddha…

Inside the house we were equally delighted: Provençal stones, tiles and beams and Thai furniture and refinement. We had booked the suite for us and our little boy, the Malisa room for our elder children. Therefore we occupied all the space for the guests and were enjoying complete privacy. The master suite was superb, spacious and decorated with exquisite taste: ceiling vaults, terracotta floors, old stone walls, antique Thai furniture, huge fireplace for cooler evenings and a large French door opening onto a private terrace and the beautiful countryside views. The en-suite bathroom offered luxury and character: bathtub in exotic wood, black stone tiles, soaps, fluffy bathrobes and towels.

While Suwannee was preparing for us a Thai meal and our teens were surfing on the internet, my husband and I went for a walk in this wonderful garden and we discovered… the Thai house. The owners have built on a small promontory overlooking the fields a Thai bamboo house on stilts with a wooden gazebo, which is a haven of peace: not a sound, not a house on the horizon, only vines, flowers an immense sky… Two comfortable sofas, some cushions, a table with books about Thai massage and some candles: a place where you would like to stay forever.

Villa Rental in Croatia

Istria is located on the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea and is a city split between three countries, with the largest portion being in Croatia. A beautiful landscape that boasts everything from mountains, to sea, to flowing rivers, it is a great destination for vacationers looking to enjoy a bit of nature, while also being able to stay in a private villa that offers all the comforts that they would find in a luxury home.

This villa for rent in Croatia is more than one hundred years old. Originally built in 1903 entirely out of stone, the structure still remains today. However, this stone home was entirely renovated three years ago, in 2013. During the construction, only natural materials were used to reconstruct the home. All of the materials that were used were indigenous to the area. It boasts a beautiful display of Kanfanar stone and more than 300 square meters of garden.

This beautiful Croatian villa for rent offers a modern style of décor as the home comes fully furnished with all of the comforts of home available throughout the entire stay.

With many of the same amenities, and some that vacationers wouldn’t expect, this home offers far more than one would anticipate to find at a five-star hotel or even a resort. It is a great mix of luxury as well as quite practical in its location and amenities.

Conveniently located close to everything, it is also far enough away to offer the kind or privacy that one would expect to receive while on vacation.

This villa for rent is located in a village with just a few small houses and has over 7000 square meters of greenery and nature surrounding it to offer additional privacy as well as the opportunity for vacationers to enjoy nature and adventure out, while still having their own privacy.

There are two parts to the home in Croatia. The first floor consists of a three-bedroom apartment home that comes complete with a kitchen that is fully stocked. It has its own bathroom as well as a balcony terrace that is also fully furnished with garden furniture surrounded by nature to offer a peaceful and relaxing setting.

The bottom floor boasts a studio apartment, that is also furnished with a modern edge. The studio part of the villa available in Croatia is also made of stone and boasts its own fireplace.

It too, has its own garden terrace with furniture outside as well. Both are right next to a beautiful pool that is shared between the guests of the top and bottom floors by which there is patio furniture available for use as well.

A villa for rent in Croatia is an excellent opportunity to offer vacationers all of the luxury and amenities that one would expect to receive staying in a five-star hotel or resort, while also offering all of the privacy and convenience of having a private home.

More and more people are moving away from traditional vacation stays and trying out renting a vacation home either from a company or from a private owner to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Affordable Luxury Vacations

This day in age, the term ‘Luxury’ is related to significance. It is not all about the money anymore because there are so many luxury travel options that are affordable. Luxury vacations presents the feel and excitement of world class villas, hotels and resorts. For example, the Luxury hot spots through the Caribbean have so much to offer that can award you with all the luxury amenities and amazing villas right at your fingertips. When you hear about all these exotic places the “Stars” go to like St. Barts, St Martin and Turks and Caicos, you automatically feel it is “out of your league. I will put it to you plain and simple; you work hard all year and save up for your big vacation. Don’t sell yourself short by trimming the fat and not treating yourself to some self-indulgences such as luxury spa vacations, romantic beach vacations or customized adventure tours.

Luxury Vacation Rentals is on the top of the list when it comes to seeking out affordable luxury vacations and spending some time to relax and indulge. Whether it is a villa, condo resort or romantic Inn, they all have the main necessities for the high end luxury amenities. Some examples include Gourmet kitchen, luxury linens, private infinity pool, Jacuzzi hot tubs, private chef services, car service, maid service, home theatres, game rooms for the children and so much more. And that is just the first taste of a luxury vacation.

The choices for an affordable luxury vacation are endless. Many luxury vacation villas and homes offer amazing discounts and deals. The longer you stay, the better deals you get. Discover the beauty of the world and what it has to offer and treat yourself to some deserved pampering. Luxury Vacations can be affordable! The best place to find these type of vacations is to just Google “Luxury Vacations” and begin your search. You will be amazed at the spectacular locations and what is available to you and your budget.

Though we all love to be pampered, the concept is just not realistic to some people, especially families who would rather spend their vacation utilizing their time and money on special activities that involves the entire family. This way they can spread out their vacation budget to a wider spectrum. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a private chef when you can just order tons of pizza and still enjoy? Everyone’s taste is different.