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How local amenities can help your property let faster on the Costa Del Sol

June 23rd, 2017 by .

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The Costa del Sol, in the southern Spanish province of Andalusia, has long been popular with luxury property investors. A large part of this is due to its year-round good weather: with hot dry summers and warm winters, the area attracts visitors throughout the year. This makes it a great spot for investment properties.

When it comes to renting your property out, it’s good advice to take note of the local amenities and think about how they might align with the kind of visitors you are hoping to attract. Visitors look for properties that fit their needs and, while these needs may differ from client to client, there are certain amenities that can help to maximize your rental income by securing contracts faster.

For many people, ease of access is important. Some clients might fly in for a long weekend and want to get to the property as quickly as possible. For example, if your property is close to Malaga airport, it’s worth emphasizing in your sales brochure to attract those that are pressed for time.

In the same vein, you might want to mention any significant nearby towns and villages when you are marketing your property. Those looking for a property in the Costa Del Sol might be attracted to the nightlife of nearby Marbella; Sotogrande attracts luxury travellers looking for golf, polo and sailing; and Estepona lures visitors with its relaxed old town atmosphere.

It is important to recognize that the people you target can change with the seasons. Short-term rents in high season offer high yields, but some owners struggle to rent in low season and therefore fall back on lower yielding long-term rents. Finding a way to attract short-term renters throughout the year will allow you to let your property faster and increase yields.

One way to operate on more profitable short-term rents throughout the year is to emphasize the proximity of your property to golf courses, which drive demand in low season. Another amenity that may attract short-term renters are fishing ports such as those at Marbella, with fishing trips another driver of demand throughout the year.

It is also worth looking into local events and festivals that may entice visitors in otherwise quiet periods, such as the Holy Week celebrations in the province of Malaga. The traditional parades take place around Easter and bring thousands of tourists to the region.

Think about the characteristics of your property and the people that it is most likely to attract, and then consider what amenities they will value most. The Costa del Sol is packed full of beautiful beaches, renowned restaurants and sports facilities like golf courses, fishing ports and even polo fields. The challenge is to match these local amenities to your clients, inspiring multiple groups to make short-term rentals and thereby maximize your yields.

10 reasons why a villa beats a hotel

June 16th, 2017 by .

5 Bedroom Villa Santa Magdalena Mallorca The Balearics

Planning a holiday is an exciting time for anyone, but choosing the right accommodation is crucial. Instead of checking into a hotel on your holiday this year, why not try out a private villa rental? Here are ten reasons to give it a go.

More space

One important consideration is that villas offer more space than hotels. Many holiday rentals offer huge amounts of living space, where you and your guests can relax.

Private facilities

Another point is that luxury villas often offer the same, if not more, amenities as hotels. The difference is that in a villa you don’t have to share the pool, sauna or gym with anyone but your group.

Peace and quiet

This feeds into another advantage for villas, namely peace and quiet. With no other guests around, you are free to enjoy your holiday in the way that you see fit.


Privacy is also a priority for many people. Staying in a villa means that no one will be snooping around, and you will be kept safe and secure.

Better for groups

Of course, you can invite whoever you like to your holiday villa. In fact, villas are better for entertaining than hotels, and they are increasingly popular for groups celebrating birthdays or anniversaries.

More control

Hosting an event at your holiday villa means that you will have more control over your environment, from the choice of music to the food that is served. Hiring outside staff is easy, and allows you the freedom to make your holiday a truly personalized experience.

Imprint your personality

While personalization is important for events, it is also a consideration for any kind of holiday. Hotels can be bland and uninspiring places to stay, but with villas you can choose the one that best matches your requirements and your personality.


For those with young families, these requirements might mean child-friendly accommodation. Another plus point for villas is that there is no need to worry about mess or noise, your children are free to explore the property without inconveniencing other people and you’ll be more relaxed.


Pet owners can also benefit from booking a holiday villa. Pet-friendly hotels are still quite rare in many destinations, but villas tend to be more relaxed when it comes to animals. Instead of leaving Fido at home, you can keep the family together and take him away with you.


The final point is that villas lend themselves to a more relaxed holiday experience. With no restrictions on what you can do at what time, you can enjoy the break on your own terms. Villas become a home from home in a way that hotels simply cannot do.

If you are planning a getaway this summer, take a look at the selection of luxury villas available. The advantages over staying in a hotel are significant for many different groups, from birthday parties to family breaks.

10 Incredible Restaurants in the French Riviera

May 23rd, 2017 by .

A memorable evening on the Côte d’Azur demands more than just a great view. Savouring the beauty of this Michelin-star-studded coast must engage your palate as well, and restaurants here take the task seriously. There’s a surplus of top chefs in the region serving fresh local flavours at historic palaces, hot new fusion restaurants, and exclusive beach clubs. Indulge your senses here:

Le Bistrot de Mougins, Mougins

Mougins is the capital of food in the French Riviera, and this delightful bistro is one of our favourite restaurants of all time! Set in chic and intimate 18th century surroundings, Michelin recommends this “charming restaurant” headed by “a creative and passionate chef”. We love it so much our Managing Director, Serge Cowan, goes to Le Bistro de Mougins every year. He would recommend the gratinée de morue aux épinards frais.

Le Mirazur, Menton

Fresh off the red carpet of the gastro-world, this place recently joined the ranks of the Grandes Tables du Monde association’s 50 Best Restaurants of the World. Chef Mauro Colagreco makes magic with his creative use of the restaurant’s own gardens of produce, fragrant herbs, and flowers for an unparalleled taste experience.

Flaveur, Nice

This Michelin-starred spot is buzzing with the energy of a hip young crowd. Playful wooden sculptures adorn the walls of the intimate dining room. Brothers Gaël and Mickaël Tourteaux command new flavours in the tiny yet passionate kitchen, melding elements from Asia to Provence.

La Chèvre d’Or, Èze

You’ll find a fairy tale in the hilltop village of Èze at the double-Michelin-starred restaurant of the Chateau de la Chevre D’Or. Great for lunch, it’s best enjoyed on a sunny afternoon with a glass of rosé. Chef Arnaud Faye delivers a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience from this idyllic sea-view estate.

Le Bacon, Antibes

A must for seafood lovers, Le Bacon serves up seasonal catches as fresh as they are expertly prepared. Internationally renowned as one of France’s best seafood restaurants, Le Bacon shows their 60 years of practice with elegant results. The terrace’s sweeping view of Italy has been shared by countless celebrities.

Hysteria, Saint-Tropez

The aptly named Hysteria has been a hotspot for Italian cuisine since 1989. Catering to a local late-night crowd, it’s an unpretentious find in a string of posh new restaurants along the port. Grab some authentic pizza or grilled octopus and enjoy the dimly lit retro décor.

La Vague d’Or, Saint-Tropez

Chef Arnaud Donckele, the youngest ever to receive three Michelin stars, turns his passion for local ingredients into revelatory new dishes at this renowned Saint-Tropez restaurant. Enjoy sea views under ancient pines on this culinary journey through the Mediterranean landscape.

Club 55, Saint-Tropez

If sipping champagne on a sandy beach is more your scene, you’ll fit in at trendy Club 55 in Saint-Tropez. Relaxed and chic, the restaurant suits all budgets. It hasn’t lost a bit of it’s cool-factor since it opened as the area’s first exclusive beach club in 1955.

Le Tube, Cannes

A short walk from the beach sits the stylish Le Tube brasserie, a former garage space reclaimed in all its industrial glory. Exposed metal tubes, brick, and mid-century art make a perfect backdrop for the classic menu of French comfort food and cocktails.

Bobo Bistro, Cannes

For a more laid-back vibe, Bobo Bistro is a must when in Cannes. Relax with a coffee on the patio or check out the excellent wine list and retro ‘60s décor by candlelight. This self-described “bohemian bourgeois” affair puts you right in the middle of the Carré d’Or.

Baoli Beach Restaurant, Cannes

Cap off your evening with the best restaurant for happening nightlife in Cannes. This gorgeous beach club is designed for sunbathing during the day. After dark, stay for a fantastic live DJ set over sushi and cocktails until the wee hours.

Our 8 Best Party Villas

May 11th, 2017 by .

Celebrate life in grand style with your dream villa. These exclusive party properties are designed to bring loved ones together for some much-deserved music and laughter. From relaxed beach-style charm to DJ decks under the stars, it’s a joy to come home to your version of paradise in one of these stellar properties.

10 Bedroom Villa in Sardinia, Italy

Host a rejuvenating retreat for friends and family at this waterfront escape. This property offers total privacy in the highly sought after Southeast coast locale. Treat your guests to massages, meditation, or yoga on the secluded oceanfront terrace. The clear turquoise waters of the sea are just steps from the pool. Five self-contained apartments offer guests their own living space.

9 Bedroom Villa in Eivissa, Ibiza

Ibiza is the party capital of Europe – and why should the party stop? This beautiful villa is situated in the popular area between Talamanca and Can Pep Simo with fair reaching views of the sea. While it’s only a 5-minute drive from Ibiza Town, it’s removed enough to give you and your guests some privacy, removed enough for you to be as loud as you want! It comes with a stunning pool, 4 en-suite bedrooms and a separate guesthouse with a living room and 4 bedrooms.

4 Bedroom Villa in Vale do Lobo, Central Algarve

This breezy sea-view Portugal abode is packed with modern amenities for pleasure and relaxation. Stunning glass walls and crisp white architectural details create the feeling of being at one with the beautiful surrounding landscape. Enjoy a fireside glass of wine from your cellar, or the elevated hot tub with stellar views.

5 Bedroom Villa in Guadalmina Baja, Marbella

State-of-the-art design details shine in this modern villa on the edge of Marbella. Ideal for dinner parties, it offers two lavish dining rooms. Relax outdoors in shaded lounges or chat over drinks in the sunken pool bar. Boat lovers can take a short drive to the Puerto Banús marina. But there’s no need to leave home for entertainment when you have your own lux games room, cinema, indoor pool, and spa.

10 Bedroom Villa in Theoule Sur Mer, Cannes

Let your imagination run wild within this artist’s dream playground- the Palais Bulles, or “Palace of Bubbles”. This iconic property has played host to the European party scene’s creative elite at late-night film fest soirees and runway fashion shows. Playful pods are set atop a panoramic oceanfront cliff. Stage private concerts against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea at your own 500-seat outdoor amphitheatre.

7 Bedroom Villa in Sol De Mallorca, Mallorca

An island-hop away from Ibiza’s 24-hour party is this sophisticated residential dwelling. Modern details are built into its gleaming marble corridors, including a seamless smart technology system. Host an elegant dinner party, then step out to one of three pools in the landscaped Mediterranean garden. The large poolside terrace offers ample room for a DJ booth and dance floor on starlit summer evenings.

5 Bedroom Villa in La Zagaleta, Benahavis

Every inch of this Marbella-adjacent home is designed to maximize the joy of socializing, both indoors and out. A large outdoor seating area offers al fresco dining with an ocean view. Enjoy exclusive access to golf, tennis, and horseback riding for the more actively inclined in your group. When it’s time to wind down, the five large bedrooms offer privacy for guests, each with their own en-suite bathroom and balcony.

7 Bedroom Villa in Sandy Lane, Barbados

Decorated with Renaissance-era charm, this historic property offers the ideal Caribbean hideaway for lavish soirees. As guests descend the grand curved staircases they are greeted by a sprawling mosaic-tiled swimming pool surrounded by the privacy of lush tropical gardens. An outdoor bar and dining gazebo make it easy to cater a flawless poolside affair.

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