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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Pelican Reef Villas Resort

1. Location: Aside from the obvious reasons to travel to Belize, and specifically San Pedro, the Pelican Reef Villas is a great place to stay because its location is sublime. The minute you arrive and see the gorgeous pier that juts out into the beautiful blue sea you’ll understand why this place is so great. It is a small villa with only 24 units, so it is intimate and cozy and very well decorated. It is within walking distance of many things as well as a quick taxi or golf cart ride away from town. For the many activities, which are mentioned below, you can simply walk out to the end of pier for pickup.

2. Activities: There are many things to do on in San Pedro, including Scuba diving in some very amazing places, including The Blue Hole. You can also go snorkeling, zip lining and visit some Mayan ruins. There is also the Belize Zoo and when on various excursions for scuba diving and snorkeling you get to visit Half Moon Caye, home to a sanctuary for exotic birds. You are well taken care of by guides for each excursion and everything is planned and ready for you so all you have to do is show up and have a good time. These kind of adventures can also be very family friendly and you can be sure there will be something for everyone on one of these trips.

3. Friendly Staff: One of the many endearing qualities of the Pelican Reef Villas Resort is the amazing staff that works there. From the minute you arrive they trip over themselves to make sure you are taken care of. They will plan excursions for you and take care of all the details, they will inform you of everything that there is to do, help you find places to eat or have food brought to you and even find you a sweater if you are cold. It is a unique thing to find such service from a hotel, you’ll leave this place wanting to move and live there permanently or at the very least come back often.

About Villa Names Can Be Misleading

I found such a villa by that name in Moraira that I came across, and discovered it was, in fact, a privately advertised villa, although the sound of water happens to be from the municipal open sewage treatment works immediately next to the villa. This is all perfectly fine if this is explained in the villa description, but do consider it a tad misleading when no reference is made to it in the advertised villa description.

Agents have a duty to ensure that when they list a villa that they actually visit the villa and prepare a full villa description, taking note of anything that is considered to be dangerous that could pose a risk to occupiers, particularly in the areas that could affect children and anything that could be deemed irregular and unsafe, as well as observe anything that could, in their knowledge be regarded as illegal. An agent would be responsible to disclose anything untoward, particularly an open sewage treatment plant that happens to be next door.

There is no obligation legally for an owner to name their pride and joy anything they want to, regardless that it could be perceived as misleading or, in fact, the villa name suggesting something that is very different.

If an owner calls their villa, say for example, villa Tranquil, meaning quiet in Spanish, and then a Jackhammer operates outside the villa for a week during your holiday, you would not easily obtain compensation even if you took legal action against the owner, but on the other hand if the villa description says the villa is located in a very quiet area then you can more readily successfully take a legal case against the owner or agent on the basis that the villa was not quiet during your holiday stay.

In the event that such a noise occurs, a villa agent would do their utmost to re-accommodate you, or if aware prior to your arrival inform you of the problem and offer you some alternative accommodation options, which is something a private owner may well be limited in doing.

Info of Puglia

Torre Guaceto Beach

While staying in a Puglia villa with pool amenities means you’ll be able to go for a dip at any time, the region’s beaches are not to be missed. There are many great crowd-beating seaside spots, but one of the best is Torre Guaceto in Brindisi. A protected nature reserve, it is beautifully unspoilt and great for nature-lovers and beach fans alike – just be sure to take a picnic, as there aren’t any restaurants in the immediate area.

The Trulli of Alberobello

It will be immediately apparent to anyone staying in a Puglia villa with pool provision that this is a region of beautiful architecture, and with a little exploration you’ll discover all kinds of buildings of many styles and eras. Perhaps the most intriguing of all are the trulli, dry stone huts with conical slate roofs, all of which can be easily and quickly dismantled. These came to prominence in medieval Puglia as a clever means of avoiding taxation: tax was charged to homeowners, and trulli owners could take their houses apart and then reassemble them once the tax collector was gone. Visit Alberobello to see beautiful, slightly otherworldly-looking rows of trulli.

Abbazia Santa Maria di Pulsano

Those looking to steep themselves in local history will find plenty to fascinate at the Abbey of Santa Maria of Pulsano. Located on the Gargano Promontory, it will most likely be a bit of a drive from your Puglia villa. With pool, garden, and home comforts it might be tempting not to leave your accommodation, but the Abbey is well worth the journey. Any doubts as to whether it is off the tourist track will be settled when you arrive at the deserted gate, which visitors are expected to open and close behind themselves. A short walk brings the Abbey into view, with its striking combination of recently-restored main buildings and ruined arches from previous incarnations. It was first built in the sixth century, and rebuilt and destroyed several times up until the latest restoration of 1991. With peaceful environs to explore, hands-on workshops, and a high-tech library holding more than 20,000 texts, this is certainly a singular and illuminating attraction.

Melodies of Sardinia

Polyphonic Chant

One absolutely beautiful (and quite unique) form of music from Sardinia is a rural chant known as ‘cantu a tenore’, which requires four singers of different types to produce its haunting melodies. The four singers are ‘bassu’, or bass, ‘mesa boghe’, or middle, ‘contra’, or counter, and finally ‘boghe’, the leader and also soloist when a solo section of the chant is called for. It is definitely a musical experience that will echo in your mind long after you have retired for the evening to your villa in Sardinia. This wonderful style of singing has also been critically acclaimed even beyond simple appreciation – the vocal stylings of cantu a tenore were deemed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, by UNESCO.

Launeddas

The launeddas is an ancient instrument, played using the little-utilised technique of circular breathing, and often heard at religious ceremonies and dances. The construction of the instrument is quite distinctive, being traditionally made of three reed-canes, two of them glued together with beeswax. The complex style of music that can be produced on a laneddas has been recognised internationally, with many similarities required of the musician as when playing other similar wind instruments – such as the Australian digeridoo or the Egyptian arghul. If you’re impressed with the launeddas music while relaxing at your villa in Sardinia, you’re not alone – professional musicians such as Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel have included them in their modern works.

Opera

If you’re interested in experiencing music in a more formal setting outside your villa in Sardinia, then why not pay a visit to the Teatro Communale of Cagliari? You’ll be able to see a performance by the permanent Choir and Orchestra of the Opera and Concert Association of Caligari, and if you’re preference is for open-air venues, then the Roman apmpitheatre is often open to visitors in the summer.