Villa rentals are a great way to enjoy your European vacation on your time and in an environment that feels like home. Keep reading for five great tips on how to find the perfect European villa rental. 1. Remember that a villa is just a vacation home. Yes, the word villa may seem grand or over-the-top, but it's really just another word for a vacation home. Think of it as a cottage and you may not feel so overwhelmed by the decisions. 2. Pick a size. European villa rentals tend to fit into one of two types: large, luxury homes designed for multiple families or big groups; and more modest styles that are great for single families. Larger homes can still be economical if shared between families and both styles offer that convenience of kitchen facilities and the privacy that out-of-hotel accommodations provide. 3. Owner Rentals vs Agency Rentals. You may get a better deal by renting property directly from the owner, but agencies often provide services like credit card payments (rather than expensive international wire-transfers), English-speaking agents, and a higher level of transaction security. 4. Know what you want and ask, ask, ask. If you have kids or pets, make sure they're allowed. If you want to spend your time in Southern Italy enjoying home-cooked meals on the veranda, then make sure the kitchen is adequate. If you want to be close to a hospital or urban center, double check that you will be. 5. Trust word-of-mouth. Try review sites, your own friends, or even asking the rental agent for the contact information of past renters. This is a great way to find out the real pros and cons of a property. Finding the perfect European villa rental for your next vacation is easy, as long as you know what you want. With some research and work, you can find a great villa for your vacation.
August is vacation month for many Europeans. Shops close, traffic congests at all hours of the day, and a vacant hotel room is almost impossible to find. So, where do you go if you already live in a country where international tourists flock to? Many go to the peacefully blissful shores of Lake Constance. Image visiting three different countries in only one day! Its possible on "Lake Constance" . Called The Bodensee in German, the lake laps at the shores of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Visitors have several options when exploring this area by scenic car ride, on a relaxing cruise via ferry boat, or to really experience the areas personality ride the bicycle trail, stopping at each and every charming village on the route. Whatever mode of transportation is preferred, the visitor will be enchanted by the history, the atmosphere, and the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Alps. A visit to the Bodensee begs the question, how much can I possibly see while Im here? because there are so many options. On the German side of the lake, Meersburg is charming, boasts an old and a new castle, has a bustling pedestrian zone, and enough half-timbered houses to send the tourist back in time to an era less rushed. In contract, Birnau Abbey, a Baroque pilgrimage church, seems like a humble loner from the outside standoffish and silent above the reflecting waters. A step inside her sanctuary shows shes anything but shy. The exquisite frescoes, towering walls, and an influx of light so brilliant that it momentarily halts her guests, as if reminding them of the greater scheme of things. The town of Langenargen boasts an unusual Moorish castle its unexpected style feels out of place among the traditional German buildings. Yet as the sun sets over the serene lake, the castle begins to glow with a sense of belonging. Even the waters seem to agree as they reflect a mirror image of Moorish radiance. On the Austrian side, the town of Bregenz offers tall gothic towers, onion-shaped cupolas, and castle ruins at the very top of a mountain. One wonders if the residents of this town look out of their windows and stare in awe at the sheer magnificence they live and work in each and every day. Or does the landscape become a mere backdrop no longer overwhelming them with a deep love of the natural beauty? On the Swiss side of the lake, Romanshorn mixes the traditional with the contemporary. It, too has adorable half-timbered houses but it also contrasts these with its modern port and many modern tourist attractions. Minigolf, swimming pools, and playgrounds give the visitor a relaxing break from the areas historyyet still remains grounded in a time past. There are many more little towns and larger cities along the banks of this tranquil lake, however its the small island of Mainau that should not be missed. No one lives on this little seven kilometer long piece of land surrounded by the waters except a count and his family, yet it feels like a secret garden of sorts. Nicknamed the garden island, Mainau bursts with almost every type of plant life imaginable. From common flowers to tropical trees, each species thrives in the unusually warm climate the island experiences. The little island is an easy ferry ride from any of the ports along the lake a ride effortlessly enjoyed with a warm cup of cappuccino or hot chocolate. Lake Constance can be considered the vacation spot of the German people. Each city feels like a seaside retreat with relaxing comforts and captivating sites. While a melting pot of three beautiful countries, the Bodensee is the perfect place to unwind whether that involves doing absolutely nothing on a waterfront bench while eating ice cream or taking in centuries of history while shopping, playing golf, or exploring museums. The Bodensee translates to holiday in any language.
Little Good Harbour in Barbados would be one of the ideal vacation places in Barbados for anyone who is looking for a quaint secluded get-away from it all vacation.Little Good Harbour is a newly and tastefully converted coral stone warehouse with stunning views both up and down a deserted lovely beach. This is an absolute gemIt could easily be described as one of the best Barbados boutique hotels, and you could well find it on the best of Barbados 2006 list of hotels.On approaching the hotel the colourfully painted Bajan styled cottages are on the right hand side, but you really dont notice them because they are well camouflaged by the tropical vegetation that surrounds them.If you look to the left you will see the hotels waterside bar and restaurant called the Fish Pot. It would be fair to say it looks as it is, a classy restaurant, which boasts great service and food, accompanied by the sound of the sea crashing onto the beach below.Before I wax too lyrical, I have to admit, that the Little Good Harbour is my idea of paradise, it is in an idyllic location, and in many ways is a throw back to Barbados the way it used to be 20 years ago.My advice if you want to stay at Little Good Harbour, so eloquently described as a cluster of cottages around a swimming pool , is to try to get one of the elegant and comfortable rooms on the beach side of the road.From the balcony of your suite, you can watch the fishermen below - a reminder of a bygone era to match the colonial decor of your room. You choose whether to frolic on the beach or by the pool, but the real social scene happens at the Fish Pot, where everyone comes to sample the fabulous dishes.If you want to see photographs of Little Good Harbour go to http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/articles/5/1/Little-Good-Harbour-one-of-the-most-enchanting-hotels-in-Barbados/Page1.htmlI loved everything about Little Good Harbour especially the cottage with its large sitting area & kitchen, and the spacious room & bathroom.The pathways through the green foliage, and the sound of the birds will live with me for a long time.This is a great and well kept secret, and whilst the owners may wish otherwise, please dont tell anyone about it, just keep quiet!!
Like ski resorts in Lake Tahoe, Breckenridge ski resort attracted many gold prospectors in the Wild Wild West days of the past. However, unlike in Lake Tahoe, real gold was found in the Breckenridge, Summit County. Today, instead of gold prospectors, these "ski resorts" are attracting skiers on vacation holidays from all over North America and even some Europe and Asia too.Breckenridge ski resort made skiing history as the first resort in Colorado to permit snowboarders and was the first ski resort in the world to install a high-speed detachable quad chair lift.Breckenridge ski resort is located in the north central of the Colorado range in the heart of the Rocky Mountains some 80 miles west of Denver on Colorado State Highway 9. It is less than 20 miles from Summit County's other ski resorts such as the Beaver Creek, Keystone and the Arapahoe Basin and is about 35 miles from Vail to the west. All the 'Vail Ski Resorts' are linked by an interchangeable lift ticket which can make your skiing holidays there so much more convenient.There are ample lodgings and accommodations in Breckenridge ski resort. Skiers can choose from bed and breakfast lodgings to hotels, condos, service apartments, private homes and even chalet homes. Nearly one third of the accommodations there are ski-in, ski-out type. The best way to enquire or book an accommodation is with the Breckenridge Resort Chambers or the BRC. The BRC system holds more than 90 percent of the lodging beds there. Do your bookings early especially during peak skiing season to assure you of a lodging.For the upscale high end accommodations, try The Village at Breckenridge with its health club facilities, indoor/outdoor pools, hot tubs, steam/sauna and exercise gyms. The village surrounds the Peak 9 base area and is located next to the Quicksilver Super-Six chair.Another excellent top end accommodation is the Great Divide Lodge. The Great Divide Lodge's owners, Vail Resorts sunk in $4million into remodeling guests rooms, lobby and pool area. The best part of staying here is that it is only 50 yards from the skiing slopes. So much for convenience isn't it?For the budget conscious skiers, the Breckenridge Mountain Lodge offers a log cabin exterior with warm hospitality for under $100 a night. The Breckenridge Mountain Lodge is located at the south end of Main Street and it is just a couple of minutes from the ski lifts and rentals. There are also other budget accommodations such as Ski Village Lodging can squeeze six people into a two room condo thus expenses can be shared with your skiing buddies.We will discuss the ski trails and skiing terrain in Breckenridge ski resort in the next article.
Have you recently decided that an Oahu vacation is in your future? If you just recently made that decision, there is a good chance that you have yet to start planning your vacation, such making reservations. Perhaps, the first step in planning your Oahu vacation is deciding where you would like to stay, in the form of overnight accommodations. If you are like many other Oahu tourists, you may be looking to rent an Oahu vacation home, which is also commonly referred to as an Oahu vacation rental. Once you have decided where you would like to stay, such as at an Oahu vacation rental, you will need to think about booking your reservations. Do you know how you can go about doing so?When it comes to making Oahu vacation rental reservations, you will find that you have a number of different options. One of the most popular options is through a travel agent. A fairly large number of individuals rely on travel agents to plan and book their vacation reservations, including their Oahu vacation reservations. If you are interested in using the assistance of a travel agent, you will first need to find one. Online, you will find a number of travel agents who are often referred to as online travel agents. Online travel agents often communicate with their clients over the phone or by email. If you were looking for a more personal relationship, you may want to consider using the services of a local travel agent.When using the services of a travel agent, you will need to tell them exactly where you would like to vacation. For instance, if you are planning on vacationing in Oahu, you need to let your travel agent know. In fact, if you know which particular area of Oahu you would like to visit, you will also want to let your travel agent know. This information will come in handy when they are searching for possible Oahu vacation rentals. As nice as travel agents are, they are not mind readers; therefore, you also need to let your travel agent know of any wants or needs that you may have. For instance, if you were looking for a beachside vacation rental or a vacation rental that came equipped with a swimming pool, your travel agent will need to know this vital information.Although it is nice to let someone else, especially a professional travel agent, plan your Oahu vacation for you, you may not feel comfortable doing so. If this is the case, you may want to book your own Oahu vacation reservations. In addition to making your own airline reservations, you will also need to make your Oahu vacation rental reservations. Perhaps, the best way to do this is by using the internet. Online, often with a standard internet search, you can easily find a number of online travel websites. In fact, it is also possible to find online travel websites that deal specifically with Oahu vacations and Oahu vacation rentals.What is nice about using an online travel website, to book your next Oahu vacation or Oahu vacation rental, is that they are not only safe, but they are also convenient. In Oahu, there are hundreds of vacation rentals that are available to tourists. This means that if you are looking to rent an Oahu vacation home, you may have a lot of work ahead of you. It can be quite time consuming to examine all of the Oahu vacation rentals that are available; however, the internet makes it easy to do. With the click of a mouse, you could easily browse through hundreds of Oahu vacation rental listings, all in as little as an hour. In addition to browsing through available Oahu vacation rental listings, you can also book your reservations right online, instantly.Regardless of whether you choose to book your Oahu vacation rental reservations through a travel agent or book them yourself, a little bit of research is involved. Although that research may be the last thing that you want to do, it is vital to the success of your next Oahu vacation.