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6 Brilliant Family Activities in Marbella

April 11th, 2017 by .

The flashiest jewel in the Costa del Sol can be a wonderful playground for children –not just for mega-yacht revellers. A welcoming community of resident and visiting families, combined with a relentlessly sunny forecast make it easy for kids to thrive in this vibrant paradise. Whether you’re relaxing or actively exploring, Marbella offers exciting trips for families of all ages.

Wildlife Tours

Take the family on a guided ATV or walking safari where you’ll spot elephants, giraffes, lions, and bears, as well as rare birds and reptiles. Or, visit 1500 species of butterfly at The Mariposario Butterfly Park in Benalmadena.

Whales frequent the Costa del Sol on their natural migration course. Spot pilot whales as well as pods of bottlenose, striped, and common dolphins at the Natural Park of the Strait of Gibraltar. A memorable experience of nature for the whole family.

Old Town Marbella and Mijas Pueblo

An electric tuk tuk is a great, eco-friendly way for families to see Mijas. You’ll discover lesser-known areas and facts about the village from a tour guide while skipping the strenuous climb. There are also Segway tours for older kids and horse-drawn carriage rides through Marbella.

At the heart of Marbella’s old quarter is the gorgeous Plaza de Los Naranjos, or “orange tree square”. This relaxing sanctuary is one of the oldest gardens in the world. Enjoy a leisurely car-free walk to nearby shops.

Family-Friendly Classes

Brush up on your salsa and make new friends while your kids take a ballet or Latin dance class at the Nicolas Valiente Dance Academy. This centre offers everything from belly dancing to ballroom. A great way for the whole family to stay fit while you dance flamenco.

Encourage your teenagers’ creativity with the Mijas Art Centre’s art classes. This is an invaluable form of self-discovery for young adults, and you may just want to join them to free your inner artist at the workshops as well.

Indoor Games Centres

Put away the iPads and go for some classic entertainment. Funny Beach offers kids endless activity choices. They’ll love racing Go-Karts, bikes, and electric cars, classic video games, and pool tables. Or check out Costa Jump, a massive indoor trampoline park with wall-to-wall jumping surfaces for energetic kids.

Outdoor Adventures

The Aventura Amazonia park is a great workout for adrenaline junkies of all ages. After a safety orientation and harness training, you’ll head for the treetops and explore an adventure circuit suited to your ability. Fun for older teenagers as well, there are five paths of varying difficulty.

Horse-lovers from ages eight-to-80 will love the stunning countryside setting of the many local horse ranches. Join them on a sea-view ride through mountains and rivers.

A Day at the Beach

The simplest pleasures are often the best, and the beach may just be the perfect form of family entertainment. Who could ask for a better playground than the Puerto Cabopino beach, a short drive from Marbella. Stroll along the sandy shore, stopping at beach bars for drinks and tapas along the way, or stop in for evening entertainment at one of many beach restaurants.

10 Amazing Experiences – That Aren’t Clubbing – in Ibiza

March 14th, 2017 by .

10 amazing experiences - that aren't clubbing - in Ibiza

Ibiza has become synonymous with its nightlife and club scene – but that’s not all there is to it. The island has an amazing destination in the Mediterranean, even if you don’t want to go clubbing. There are quiet beaches, romantic restaurants, and stunning boat trips for anyone wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet that Ibiza also offers.

If you aren’t interested in the nightlife and partying, here are the top 10 things to do in Ibiza for an amazing experience.

10 Amazing Experiences in Ibiza

Take a boat cruise

Boat cruises always feature in a list of the top ‘must do’ things in Ibiza. Many boat cruises feature glass-bottomed boats and will take you along the western coast. This is a great way to find out about the island’s history and see it from a different perspective.

Visit Dalt Vila

There’s plenty to do in Dalt Vila, the old part of Ibiza City. By day you can visit Roman ruins, stroll around Ibiza castle, and take in amazing views of Ibiza from the top of the castle. By night, there are plenty of quiet romantic restaurants that are far away from all the clubs.

Watch a show at Lio Ibiza

If you are looking for some nightlife entertainment but want to avoid the clubs, visit Lio Ibiza. At Lio Ibiza you can enjoy an amazing dining experience and live entertainment. The entertainment features dancers, singers, comedians for a fun-filled evening.

Take day trip to Es Vedra

No trip to Ibiza would be complete without a boat trip to Es Vedra. This 400-metre high rock juts out of the Mediterranean and sits just under two miles from the coast. This is quite literally a magnet for tourists – Es Vedra is said to be the third most magnetic place on earth after the North and South poles. Your guide will fill you in on all the myths surrounding this magical corner of Ibiza.

Hire a boat for the day

If you want to enjoy the freedom of exploring the surrounding islands, then you can hire a yacht with your own skipper for the day. This gives you the chance to explore coves, drink champagne on deck, or take in the sunset before heading back to dock.

Enjoy fine dining

Apart from being famous for clubbing, Ibiza is also getting a reputation for a destination to enjoy fine dining. There are plenty of top class restaurants providing the best seafood that Ibiza has to offer. If you’re lucky enough, you might just get a table at the Sublimotion, a two Michelin starred restaurant which is one of the most expensive in the world.

Pamper yourself at a spa

If you want to pamper yourself and enjoy a bit of indulgence and wellness, there are plenty of luxury spas to choose from. The top spas on Ibiza offer everything from half-hour facial treatments to a whole day of pampering by some of the best professionals in the world.

Go to the Hippy Market

Spend the day at the Hippy Market in Es Cana to pick some local crafts and souvenirs. Here you can enjoy browsing through different leather goods, handbags, shoes, belts, jewellery and lots of other local handmade artefacts.

Day trip to Formentera

Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands in the Med. You take a boat trip here to spend the day on the quiet beaches and amaze at the crystal-clear waters. There is also enough to keep you busy if you want to take in some beach activities or enjoy dining in some of the fine restaurants on the tiny island.

Enjoy the sunset

There are many different locations to enjoy watching the sun going down in Ibiza. However, many people head over to the Café Del Mar at San Antonio Bay to enjoy a cool cocktail, chill out with the music and was the sunset.

Buying To Let? Your Renters Will Love These 9 Property Features

March 7th, 2017 by .

A ski chalet buy-to-let

If you’re planning to invest in a luxury buy-to-let property overseas, it’s important to know that certain features of the property can lead to an increase on your return on investment. You, of course, want to get the best out of your property when you, your family and friends stay there. However, making sure that your investment has features that short-term renters are looking for will ensure that your second home can provide a sizeable income when you’re not using it.

The Most Popular Features for Short-Term Renters

Here is a list of the most popular facilities that holidaymakers are looking for when they book a villa or apartment for their holiday.

Pool

One of the most popular features of a luxury property that short-term renters are looking for is a pool. Nothing beats a villa holiday with its own private swimming pool. Even if your property is close to a beach, holidaymakers will be instantly attracted if you have a private pool on the property.

Close to facilities

Being close to popular facilities is also essential. Of course, much depends on what your guests are looking for from their holiday.

For example, ski-in ski-out properties in the French Alps attract skiers because there are no buses to catch and they don’t have to lug around equipment. For properties on the French Riviera, Spain, or Ibiza, being a short walking distance to the beach is an advantage.

However, if you want to attract short-term renters who want to explore the countryside, visit vineyards, or play golf, then choose a property that caters to their needs.

Balcony or terrace

Having an outside dining area on a terrace or balcony is a must for some holidaymakers. Holidaymakers love to picture themselves dining al fresco in the garden or watching the sunset while enjoying a glass of the local wine.

Excellent air conditioning

Air conditioning for both warm air and cool air is a must for any holiday rental property. When temperatures reach the high 90s you guests will appreciate being able to cool down and get a good night’s sleep.

In many properties in Spain, Portugal, and France warm air conditioning will also attract short-term renters in the cooler months and can help you open up your property all year long.

Fast Wi-Fi

Fast Wi-Fi has now become a standard for most rental properties and it can be a deciding factor on where holidaymakers choose to stay. Many short-term renters need to check local maps, find out what’s going on in the surrounding area and contact friends and family back home.

En-suite bedrooms

If you can, make sure that your property has at least one or two en-suite bedrooms. Guests staying in a large villa like to have the privacy of using their own bathroom.

Hot tub

Whether your property is in a ski resort in the French Alps or a romantic hideaway in the Spanish mountains, a hot tub will add a bit of luxury to your property. Your potential guest will love to picture themselves relaxing in the hot tub while there is snow around or the temperature has dropped at night. Remember to specify the type of hot tub that you offer.

Fantastic views

When buying a property to let, it’s always a good idea to check out the views from the property. Many holiday rental properties that have stunning sea, mountain, or lake views will attract more bookings and you can also charge more. It is also wise to be aware of any building plans for the foreseeable future to make sure that your view won’t be spoiled.

Offer 5-Star Luxury

When it comes to fitting out your property, make sure and install the latest technology and provide the most luxurious linens for your guests. Holidaymakers like to spoil themselves on holiday. So, make sure that the interior and fittings in the holiday home match the luxurious property and its location.

Top 5 Ibiza Properties with A Pool and Under £5m

March 3rd, 2017 by .

Seven Bedroom Villa | Sant Josep, Ibiza, The Balearics

Ibiza is fast becoming a popular destination for people looking to purchase or invest in a luxury villa. Of course, having a pool is pretty essential to many people, especially in a hot country like Ibiza. Those summer afternoons are the ideal setting for a pool party.

We’ve put together for you a list of our top 5 Ibiza properties with a pool. All of these stunning residences cost between £3m and £5m and are located in some of the most beautiful locations on this small island in the Balearics.

9-bedroom villa in Eivissa, Ibiza

This stunning contemporary villa in Eivissa has amazing views of the Mediterranean and is completely private and fenced. Holidaymakers will be attracted to the villa because it is only a 5-minute drive from the historic Ibiza town and Marina Ibiza.

You can enjoy spending time in the spacious open plan living areas with a superbly fitted modern kitchen. All bedrooms in the main property feature en suite bathrooms.

One great feature about the property is a separate studio with its own bathroom, bedroom and terrace. There is also a guest house featuring living areas with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It’s the perfect property to have family and friends stay in their own space while you’re still living there.

The swimming pool measures 10m x 5m and is illuminated at night. After a swim in the pool, you can relax in the large fenced garden under one of the many palm trees.

6-bedroom villa in Sant Josep, Ibiza

Situated on the south coast of the island is a spacious villa 6-bedroom villa in Sant Josep. The villa itself is in a secure gated community in one of the most exclusive parts of Ibiza. This gives both you and your guest peace of mind in beautiful, secure surroundings.

Apart from the large swimming pool, one of the most attractive features of the contemporary villa is the stunning view to the island of Formentera. Guests can sit in the large living areas with amazing views to the sea through the panoramic windows.

Open planned living spaces are at the heart of this villa with double height ceilings, a well-equipped kitchen, and six en suite bedrooms. When the weather is warm, your guests or holidaymakers can enjoy cooking in the outdoor kitchen.

5 bedroom villa in santa gertrudis

5-bedroom villa in Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza

If you enjoy panoramic rural views, then this 5-bedroom villa in Santa Gertrudis is an outstanding property. The modern design of the building with its large panoramic window that makes up the front of the building gives this villa the ‘wow’ factor.

You or your guests can spend time socializing in the open plan living room area featuring double height ceiling and adjoining dining area. The master bedroom is a massive 100 sqm and has its own bathroom, office, dressing room, and terrace.

The villa also features staff quarters and a separate guest house so that others can stay here independently of whomever is residing in the main property. Beside the large swimming pool is a shaded wooden terrace to relax and enjoy the warm Mediterranean sun.

Some of the other features of this outstanding villa are:

  • Gym
  • Parking for up to 10 cars
  • Cinema feature to watch movies
  • Various fruit trees, olives, and palm trees in the garden

5 bedroom villa in sant joan

5-bedroom villa in Sant Joan, Ibiza

This classically-designed 5-bedroom modern country villa is set in peaceful rural surroundings with stunning views over the sea and surrounding countryside. Your guest will love the fact that they are only a short drive away from many amenities and restaurants in the historic San Joan village.

Inside the Mediterranean villa is a large open-plan living area with integrated dining area. The main building has two large en suite bedrooms and the possibility of creating a third bedroom. If you plan to invite family or friends, there is an annex for their use with two more bedrooms.

The villa features a typical Mediterranean garden with covered terraces, dining area, and outdoor kitchen. You and your guest can relax in a pool that has stunning views of the sea.

4 bed villa in santa gertrudis

4-bedroom villa in Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza

This contemporary villa is based on a Spanish estate that incorporates a modern design with traditional elements of the classic finca. The 4-bedroom villa is located in Santa Gertrudis in the beautiful Ibiza countryside.

The villa features high ceilings, an open fireplace, and a spacious living room connected to the kitchen area. If you plan on inviting guests while you are staying there, they can enjoy living in the converted stables with a private bathroom and kitchen.

You can relax under one of the many trees or covered terraces after taking a dip in the lap pool to cool off from the hot Mediterranean sun.