Thu 10th March 2011
We highlighted the benefits of booking with reputable agents in our blog, Agent or owner: Why book your villa with an agent like VillaSpain?
Pick an agent like VillaSpain and you can be confident in:
Not if the following example is anything to go by.
We identified two similar villas: both located in idyllic Moraira, both with heated pools, furnished to a good standard with three bedrooms and several bathrooms (our so-called rivals had two, ours had three).
Booking with VillaSpain would save holidaymakers money each and every week of the year, making a substantial saving of £10,208 over one year's worth of bookings.
Who was the competition in this example? HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the American-owned DIY portal, allows owners to advertise their own villas. They claim customers can save up to 40% on agents' prices.
Yet, our weekly price beat theirs, each and every week, saving customers well over £500 each week at peak times in July and August. When booking for two weeks or more with VillaSpain, the savings even increase with the waiving of the single week surcharge.
|Period||Owner's rates pw||Totals||VillaSpain rates pw||Totals||Difference|
12 weeks x £500
12 weeks x £287
9 weeks x £668
9 weeks x £477
5 weeks x £966
5 weeks x £737
4 weeks x £1,513
2 wks x £887 + 2wks x £987
4 weeks x £1,513
4 weeks x £987
4 weeks x £966
4 weeks x £737
4 weeks x £735
4 weeks x £477
8 wks x £483 + 2 x £651
8 wks x £287+ 2 wks x £477
Single week surcharge 52 wks x£35
Average added linen at 4 x £8pp x52 wks
Villas used in this example were:
HomeAway Holiday-Rentals' villa: three bedrooms/ two bathrooms with heated pool
VillaSpain's villa: three bedrooms/ three bathrooms with heated pool
Discrepancies can occur for a number of reasons:
Whatever the reason, it makes sense to book villas in Spain where location, facilities and furnishings have been assessed impartially to determine the correct market value. Look at our transparent pricing policy.
Plan your Spanish holiday now and check out our stylish, luxury villa collection. They're honestly rated and fairly priced.
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Posted by Bruce Gibson
Tue 04th January 2011
From Cabo de San Antonio to Cala Granadella, Javea has 25 Km of varied coastline typical of the Costa Blanca. Apart from the golden sandy beaches with promenades, bars and restaurants, there are also some virgin coves that are sure to delight visitors.
One such delight is Cala Ambola, a small gravel cove approx 300 meters, located south of Cabo de la Nao, along the coast of Javea, within the province of Alicante. A pleasant unspoilt bay with beautiful crystal clear water and from this charming beach you can see beautiful landscapes such as the small islet of the Discoverer. Cala Ambola is one of the best nudist beaches in the province of Alicante, perfect for those seeking a little peace of mind while enjoying the nature. It is also very good for diving, as it houses some beautiful seabed.
For holidaymakers who don't want to see “that much” scenery, try Cala Granadella a lovely cove with pebbles and rocks with gentle waves which make swimming a pleasure and a Blue Flag status guaranteeing its water quality and services. This cove is ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling.
There are many more beautiful coves of all sizes to be explored, some off the beaten track that make you feel like its your own personal beach.