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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Choosing the Best Villa in Bali

Find a location.

Mainland Bali is divided into separate areas all known for their distinct characteristics. Seminyak, for example, caters to the high-end markets with a taste for luxury. The villas here are naturally more expensive than anywhere else in the entire island, but everything is more posh and upper-class than anywhere else too. Ubud in central Bali is the cultural heart of the province and is home to a rich profusion of Balinese architecture, history and native traditions, giving you access to temples, museums and authentic Balinese restaurants. Kuta is Bali for backpackers but still has its nice string of villas situated particularly near the white-sand beaches that adorn its seashore. Decide where you want to stay in Bali and zero in on a villa in that location.

Talk to a villa rental agency.

That is how much demand villas in Bali are getting. Villa rental agencies can help you find the right villa for you by providing information such as rates, amenities, locations and views. They can also contact the villa you have chosen and book reservations for you. The upside is that you minimize the risks of renting a place that turns out to be lower than your expectations because villa rental agencies are supposed to know everything about Bali villas. The downside, however, is that you will have to pay more to cover the cost of hiring a middleman.

Research the villa and read real reviews about it.

The villa’s own website will not give you the real score. Look to real user reviews instead. The Internet is the best place to do this, with websites such as TripAdvisor and VirtualTourist made specifically to provide reviews written by real people who have actually been to the place. You can also visit travel blogs and personal websites of people who have been to Bali and read up on what they have to say about the places where they stayed.

Interview the manager.

Once you’ve found a Bali villa that suits your preferences, have a short chat with the villa’s manager first before closing the deal. A good manager should be friendly and knowledgeable. He should be able to make you feel comfortable and provide you with information on how to get to the villa’s location, places to visit in the area and activities you can do.

Hip Hotels

Highlighting the finest of Omani hospitality is the Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay Hotel where your rooms aren’t just rooms, they are villas! Every single one of them comes with its swimming pool, a sensational wine-cellar and sweeping views of the Musandam Peninsula! Book and you’ll know what it is like to truly “live on the edge”!!

Next up is The Commune in the capital city of Beijing! Smack dab in the middle of a two-thousand acre (yes, you read that right) property, this hip hotel showcases the best of Asian talent in each of its 236 rooms, fearlessly designed yet tastefully built! Combining exotic materials such as feathers and bark, this “Rockstar” of hotels takes architecture and your senses to the heavens below! Unbelievable!

Desire something that is both upscale and downright monumental (literally!)? Head out to the Emerald Isle – Sri Lanka and book some quality time for you and your loved ones at Vil Uyana which features hip and spacious dwellings built right within the culturally extravagant environs of Sigirya! This eco-friendly and design-conscious hotel features all the contemporary luxuries to get yourself pampered from head to toe plus all amenities to dissolve yourself in the cultural ethos of Dambulla!

Fancy a glass of the finest Red?? Or maybe a rejuvenating session at a mineral spa? Why choose? Have a bit of both in surroundings so lush, so sublime, so mind-blowing, so atmospheric you’d call it profane! The Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley is built in cedar and framed by fragrant pine and rarefied air!

The Racha in glorious Phuket features here for it is not just fantastic; it is out of this world!! Think Mykonos or Crete. Now add a splash of the Caribbean. Shake well with the unmistakable Thai hospitality – There you have it. Almost. For this gem of the Andamans has every possible luxury you can conjure up with your imagination unbound!

Pay your dutiful homage to the pioneer of HIP at L’Hotel in Paris and maybe you’ll be touched by the essence of individualism and intellect, a legacy left behind by the innumerable artists, filmmakers and writers. For us sheer mortals, the grande rooms, the spa at the Catacombs and the Michelin-star restaurant will suffice. c’est formidable!!

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Attractions of Essque Zalu Zanzibar

Nestled between a lush coastal forest and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, Essque Zalu pampers guests with an array of luxurious facilities. Your experience of a holiday in the suites or the villas overlooking the garden or the beach will linger in your memory for years. Here you can access upscale contemporary amenities. The one bedroom suites feature comfortable king size beds. The en suite bathroom is equipped with toilet, bidet, bath and a large shower. The standard suites offer a stunning view of the resort garden. To get a partial view of the ocean, book one of the Partial Ocean View Suites of the resort. However, to enjoy an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean, reserve one of the Seafront Suites or Ocean View Suites, located at the front of the resort. While the one-bedroom suites are suitable for couples, for a family vacation, choose one of the villas of the resort. Depending on the location of the villas, the large three to four-bedroom villas offer outstanding view of the coastal garden and/or the ocean. The villas come with private plunge pools and self-catering facilities. Guests can cook their own meals or seek the assistance of a local chef. The villas also boast of a private massage room where guests are pampered with refreshing spa treatments by experienced therapists.

Facilities in Essque Zalu

Zanzibar Island is a popular water-sporting venue in East Africa. Guests staying at Essque Zalu Zanzibar can easily access diverse water sporting facilities available near the resort. They can enjoy parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and jet skiing. The boutique hotel has a stunning art gallery that displays paintings and artworks of African artists. Traditional beauty treatments and hydrotherapy are available at the resort’s spa. To beat the tropical heat, guests can head to the large swimming pool. Children can keep themselves engaged in a bevy of activities in the children’s club. Essque Zalu also has a reading area that combines a library with a lounge and cafĂ©. The three restaurants and the bar promise to satisfy epicureans with their wide range of foods and drinks.

Arranging Rental Self Catering Holiday

Unlike a hotel, you don’t need to worry about the other guests hogging all of the sun beds. All those annoying things about staying in a hotel, like paying well over the odds for food and drink, or needing to tip the staff every five minutes, just don’t apply. Whether you fancy quiet time with a small family group, or want to party with a bunch of friends, splitting the cost of a villa between you will often work out cheaper than individually paying for hotels.

The only time there might be a problem is when it comes to getting people to leave the villa to go explore. The chances are everyone will be chilling by the pool and not want to leave. But hey, they are on holiday!

There are tips to finding the perfect holiday rental

Firstly you need to decide where you want to go. There are many websites which offer Villas and apartments to rent. Most of these just act as introducers to the actual owners of the property. Find a website which has Villas in the area you wish to rent. This should have information you need about the Villas, such as: is it suitable for children, or the elderly, does it have wheelchair access and if it is suitable for pets. If there is anything you need to know which isn’t on the site you should Email the website owners. Finding out these things early on, can save you a lot of hassle later on.

Secondly, you should check the testimonials, on the website, for the Villas you are interested in. These will tell you the experiences of previous guests and can be vital in helping you choose the right villa. If the website doesn’t have testimonials it is probably a good idea to switch to a site which does.

Be prepared to pay a deposit to secure your villa. Anything between 10% and 50% is normal. Make sure you find out how the deposit is returned and about any potential extra charges for cleaning or damage and fees for using the telephone. You will also need to pay for the villa before you arrive.

Make sure you have adequate travel insurance which covers you and your family while you stay in the villa. There are special policies available which cover villa rentals.

Before you leave make sure you have the following information: The address of the villa, the owner or managers contact details, the keys to the villa – or an arranged place to collect them and directions from the airport, or a pick-up booked.

Finally, when your holiday is finished, don’t forget to go back to the website where you found your villa and leave a testimonial about your experience. This will help future guests find the perfect villa for their holiday.