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.
There have been a number of significant advances in the Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde product range in the last two months driven by a desire to offer interesting new areas and strong demand from VWW/VDM clients all over Europe.
The summer of 2018 looks as though it is going to be our busiest for some time with both Portugal and Spain proving to be extremely popular as is our longstanding French range.
France has been the biggest growth area with significant additions to the range in Provence especially in the Ardeche close to Vallon Pont d'Arc...
Monday, March 05, 2018
This year we have been particularly busy refreshing and increasing the range of ski chalets and as with the summer properties, we have noticed more than ever the move towards contemporary interiors.
In many cases, all that remains of the original chalet is the exterior as the whole of the inside has been rebuilt from new with the latest building materials and insulation and the rooms arranged with plenty of space, fitted furnishings and ultra-modern sanitary and kitchenware.
Bedrooms too benefit from the latest comfortable bedding, big beds, yes the...
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Once again Villas Worldwide has steadily grown the range of holiday villas for the coming summer. All year round houses are gradually added but in the fall we stepped up our efforts and visits were organised to Menorca and Greece to visit tens of properties to make sure they measure up to our high standards.
The all new range of thirteen villas with pools in Menorca is one we are very pleased to announce as it increases further the superb choice of Spanish holiday properties for our clients to choose from. With a highly rated permanent office in Javea...
Monday, October 30, 2017
We are always on the lookout for properties with the latest thing or "tendances" as the French say and today we added a fabulous chalet in Val d'Isère which has a couple of very trendy features to our range of around 200 ski chalets and apartments in France.
The first is a glass bubble sauna which allows you to enjoy fabulous views of the mountains whilst you are sweating in the dry heat after a day skiing on some of the finest slopes in the French Alps. That in itself was pretty smart we thought.
The second is a Nordic bath which is meant to...
Friday, October 06, 2017
The children are back to school and the daily routine has returned to normal, the leaves on the trees are starting to turn and our thoughts naturally turn towards winter. In northern Europe, it can be long and miserable yet there are bright moments, Christmas, New Year and if you are lucky a holiday skiing.
France is the number one European ski destination and it is easy to understand why. Not only is the access very good by sea, tunnel and air it also has two mountain ranges with very good skiing, the smaller and cheaper Pyrenees and the vast high...
Friday, September 08, 2017
It is possible to reserve your Villas Worldwide / Villas du Monde holiday for next year now and indeed many have already done so, nearly ten times more than at the same time last year.
With just 10% deposit you can book for 2018 online now and ensure that you get the pick of the best villas for you and your family so you can relax and begin to start planning the things you want to do on holiday next year.
Here are three easy steps to follow:
1 Check availability. Well worth doing as progressively over the next two months the bookings and available...
Monday, August 28, 2017
There are some who are simply not able to make a decision on a holiday until well into the summer holiday period and we appreciate that it can be a tricky business getting something suitable to book.
Those faced with making arrangements are often those who are working extra hard on their own businesses, waiting for the last moment to see if they can make time available away from work for a well-earned break.
It is a fact that often the best choice properties and dates have already been taken but part of the advantage of being a company which is...
Friday, July 28, 2017
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