Villa news, events and resort information
The articles in our news blog below contain items of interest connected to the countries in which we offer our villa holidays. Our aim is to offer a resource for our clients and website users which can be used when planning a holiday or to gain insightful knowledge about a particular country, region or town and information on things to do or how to get there. Many of the villa news articles draw on our own first hand experience which we hope will help you get the best out of your holiday.
In addition we also feature occasional items which relate to celebrities who for whatever reason are on holiday or doing something of interest connected to an area where we offer our holidays. Many of us are interested in celebrity activity and these particular articles give some insight into why these people visit such areas.
We have listed our news blog articles in date order according to the country or region. If you come across useful travel information or celebrity activity which you feel we should feature in our news blog section then please let us know and we will do our best to include it.
As the peak summer months of 2017 rapidly approach here we take a look at which destinations have proved most popular with Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde clients this year.
For those of you familiar with the company you will know that it is a French agency which has been trading for over 20 years with French, Spanish and English personnel to assist with reservations and owners requirements.
The clients are international too, though the majority are French with the bulk of the rest being from the UK. There are quite a few Scandinavian customers...
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Following the recent addition of the villa MON2001 Grand villa avec piscine intérieure et exterieure which is near Montélimar to the Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde range in Provence the number of extra big properties in the whole portfolio rose to 170.
The majority are in France (though Spain, Portugal and Italy have some too) as it is a country with a unique heritage which includes many chateaus which due to the cost of maintaining them have often been converted for holiday use. There are also many big country properties which...
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Having added a number of exceptional recent build villas in the Cote d'Azur region to the range of villas in France recently it has been interesting to see that they have attracted clients who are prepared to pay good money for the quality of holiday living they offer and that has encouraged Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde to expand the category further.
I have been visiting and inspecting villas since the 80's and I must admit back then it was hard to get enthusiastic about the modern style villas at the time. Perhaps it was because the prevailing...
Monday, April 24, 2017
It is a strange phenomenon regarding food and wine, that they don't seem to taste the same at home as they do when you are on holiday. Try it. Drink a nice glass of wine in France for example then try one from a bottle of the same wine when you get back to your house. Even if you leave it for a year or so to settle, it still, for some bizarre reason, doesn't taste the same.
So with that in mind and the fact that the same bottle would cost you a whole lot more to buy back in the UK there is a lot to be said for a holiday for instance in one the best...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
This year we changed the Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde reservations system to accommodate the wishes of both villa and chalet owners to offer varied dates in the low season months outside July and August and simultaneously to satisfy our clients wishes to begin or end their holidays on days other than weekends.
From an owners' point of view, the aim is to rent the property better outside school holiday periods when the demand is lower and value for money is more important. Often there are flights available at very good prices for weekday...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
At Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde we do our best to ensure that our properties are made available at the best possible price from the outset. Cheap discounting is not what we are about nor are our owners.
However, there are some of our property owners who like to reward early booking clients as it allows them to be sure of a certain revenue by a particular time of year and that allows them to plan accordingly.
In Greece we have a small number of villas which are available at a reduced early booking rate, it expires at the end of February. These...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The principal new addition to the Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde range for this coming summer is a new destination, Cyprus. There we have sourced a superb range of high-quality properties at very good prices, ideal for family holidays in the sun. They are nice and modern with very well designed interiors as well as private swimming pools and patio areas all very well equipped and comfortable so you can really relax. The locations are very good too, most have sea views and often you can walk to the beach or nearby bars and restaurants. We look...
Friday, December 16, 2016
Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde has, even more, private ski chalets, individual ski apartments and apartment complex with swimming pools for winter 2017. Handpicked for quality, great prices and ease of skiing in the top resorts in the French Alps and Pyrenees.
The best early snow ever has led to a number of ski resorts in the French Alps opening three weeks early so it is no surprise that reservations for this year's ski season are well under way.
Ideal cold conditions and plenty of heavy snow over the last few weeks has enabled most of the major...
Monday, November 21, 2016
Earlier this week Villas du Monde received a call from a client wanting to reserve the SOLA24 Villa Proche Cabris which is in the pretty village of Saint Cezaire sur Siagne in the hills 30 km behind Cannes on the French Riviera.
On their last holiday they didn't go through a reputable company like Villas du Monde and they found that the distance between the base line and the net of the tennis court at their holiday property was insufficient, the result was two broken racquets, smashed against the back fence by their big swinging teenagers.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
After a particularly hot summer in the Mediterranean many families are considering turning towards holidays in mountain resorts where temperatures are more bearable, the air is clean and pure and there are lots of healthy outdoor activities.
Skiing holidays are also proving increasingly popular in the last few years as many skiers are equally conscious of how good the winter snow conditions have been in the French Alps and Pyrenees recently.
At Villas du Monde we have increased our range of self catering chalets in France to reflect the increase in...
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
This has been another year of steady growth for Villas du Monde and to match the increased demand we have continued to seek out the best properties in Europe's top resorts to add to our collection of hand picked holiday rental properties.
In France we have increased our range by 23 properties, mostly in Brittany but also in the south of France, the French Alps and Corsica. One we are particularly please about is the CHA13, a chateau in the Poitou Charente which sleeps 13 and has a private pool and tennis court, price per week 3660€.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Barcelona is the number one visitor destination in Spain ahead of Madrid, Seville, Granada, Corralejo and Malaga.
Since the regeneration of the city for the Olympics in 1992 its reputation as a friendly, vibrant and interesting city has flourished.
The top five visitor attractions in Barcelona
Basilica of the Sagrada FamiliaOnly recently completed after years of toil, Gaudi's masterpiece is one of the main visitor attractions in the world, let alone Barcelona. The strange, freeform architecture of the towers have dominated the skyline for some time...
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
As we approach the summer proper and temperatures across southern Europe rise to the point where swimming pools and the sea become usable this is also the time when a number of owners choose to offer the remaining dates on special offer.
Most of the deals on offer this year are for Spain, in particular in the Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa Dorada and the Costa del Sol.
The biggest weekly saving in Spain is to be found at the villa Jerry NOV802 which has a private pool which is fenced so really good for small children. The weeks of 30th May and 6th...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Lisbon is the number one attraction for visitors to Portugal, ahead of Funchal, Porto, Albufiera, Portimao and Lagos.
The city has grown in popularity in recent years as recognition has grown of its reputation as a gourmet centre and trendy place to be.
The top five attractions in Lisbon
The GulbenkianMuseum is generally rated as the best museum in Lisbon. This relatively small museum houses a unique collection gathered by the oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian in the 1930/40's when it was rated as one of the best in Europe....
Wednesday, January 21, 2015