Apartments to Let in Spain in Tenerife – The Benefits of Booking Direct!

If you book private apartments to let in Spain in Tenerife you can make considerable savings compared to the cost of hotel accommodation. You deal directly with the holiday property owner so there is no middleman adding his commission on to the price. You may find that you have enough money for a luxury Spanish villa in Tenerife especially if you are traveling with a large group who can share the costs. Private owners of holiday rentals Spain are also usually willing to offer special rates for longer stays and whatever you save means more spending money for you!

Another benefit when choosing private apartments to let in Spain for a self-catering holiday is that you have a wider variety of choice in the style of accommodation available. You may want a small basic apartment in the centre of town or a large, secluded, luxury Spanish villa in Tenerife with a swimming pool and we usually find that most people find something to suit them. Your choice will, of course, depend on the size of your family or group and budget, but within each price range there are usually plenty of options available.

A self-catering vacation staying in private apartments to let in Spain can afford you the freedom to discover the beautiful island of Tenerife at your leisure. Whether you choose a beach holiday in a busy resort like Playa de las Americas, or a more rural getaway in a countryside location like La Matanza, you can holiday at your own pace and do as you please. For people who are not afraid to strike out on their own self-catering holiday rentals in Spain are ideal.

The facilities in private apartments to let in Spain ensure that everything you need to enjoy your holiday in Tenerife is provided, at no extra cost. As well as kitchen facilities, many properties have a washing and drying machine, so you can travel light, and unlike hotels, there is no extra charge for the use of these amenities. If you rent a luxury Spanish villa in Tenerife you may well get many more home comforts provided such as cable or satellite TV, games console, telephone, Internet Connection and many more.

One of the best things about self-catering apartments to let in Spain is that it gives you the flexibility to spend your holiday as you wish. Even if hotels are child-friendly you are still tied down by restaurant opening times and if you are staying in self-catering holiday rentals Spain the kids can eat when they like and stick to their normal mealtime routines. This also applies to bedtimes – if the kids stay up late they can have a lie-in the next day without worrying about missing breakfast.

When you book apartments to let in Spain direct from the property owners there may be benefits that you have not considered. The owners of your luxury villa rental Spain will often use their holidayhome for several weeks of the year so it will be equipped more like a ‘real’ home rather than a rental home. The little extras provided like high chairs for babies, beach towels, deck chairs, sports equipment etc. can make you feel at home as soon as you arrive!

Advice Before Booking Holiday Rentals Online

Booking self catering apartments or villa rentals is often a cheaper and more flexible way of enjoying a holiday in comparison to hotels. Unfortunately, there are some potential issues and scams that you should be aware of when booking holiday rentals online.

No matter how hard travel companies and authorities try to prevent scams, there will always be fraudsters who will try and make money illegally. Unfortunately, this often results in innocent people having their holiday dreams shattered.

How To Avoid Holiday Rental Scams

1. Finding the right holiday rental company
Finding the right holiday rentals website for booking apartments, villas and other forms of holiday accommodation online is extremely difficult. Your first piece of advice is to find a trustworthy website. To trust a company or website, you could check the age of the website using a domain age checker tool such as ‘seologs’. This is a neat little tool that allows you to input the website’s name and you will immediately be given the date that the website was first registered. Online holiday businesses come and go, and if the website name appears to have been registered within the last year or two, then it is probably best avoiding. Another way to check the credibility of a company is to visit your favourite search engine and search using the full holiday website domain name followed by ‘scam’. This search should return all results that relate to the rental company and scams, if any exist. Do a quick check on the first two pages of results to see if your chosen company appears in the results and whether any negative stories about them exist.

2. Advertising and Links
Holiday Rental websites that display lots of adverts, banners or links to other sites are also best avoided. Website owners who place advertising on their site do this purely to generate revenue through third party companies (against Google’s guidelines) or use a system in place where the owner makes money each time their advert or link is clicked by visitors. You need to ask yourself the question, if you visit a site which you believe is a holiday rentals site, will you really benefit in any way from seeing or clicking on lots of adverts or links that lead to third party sites? Many of these links can be quite discrete and may fool, and if you click on what you believe is a genuine link or use a link to search for accommodation in a particular destination, you could be taken to an alternative website. The only purpose of this is to generate some revenue for the website owner, which means they do not care where you click on the site and will certainly not be bothered about you booking a genuine holiday. Another method of advertising is the use of pop-up adverts, these can be rather annoying and deceptive by placing information in front of you when you have not requested it. Do yourself a favour; don’t waste your time and avoid these types of sites.

3. Contact Details
When you have found a Holiday rental website that advertises a choice of properties, before you make any enquiries to property owners, have a quick check to see if the holiday rentals website displays their contact details. If the site does not display a phone number, address or email address then it means this website does not want to be contactable. If you ever have a problem or a query, how can you contact the site? Do yourself a favour and avoid sites that offer no support or a means to contact them.

4. Be Realistic
If a website is displaying holiday accommodation with exceptionally low prices or huge discounts, be wary. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

5. Remain Vigilant
If you find a property advert but it displays minimal information, this suggests that the owner has not been willing to make much effort to promote their own personal property. Holiday homes are an investment, and most genuine owners want a return on their investment and will therefore market their property accordingly, which involves spending some time and effort to create an attractive looking property advert online. The owners advert may well be genuine, but adverts like this often lack information for a reason. Be wary, and if you are in any doubt you should request further details from the owner such as more photos, to help you visualize the property.

6. Research the Property
Before you part with any money for deposits you should obtain the owners full contact details including their home address, the holiday home address, phone numbers and email address. Once you have received the address for the holiday home, it is worth checking that the property address actually exists, using Google maps. It is also worth doing some searches using the owners name and email address, in case this returns some negative PR or bad experiences from previous guests. Request to see some references from previous guests, and contacting them directly should give you some added comfort.

7. Keep Records
Keep a copy of all email and telephone correspondence with the owner before your booking, including statements for any payment made to the owner. You should also request a receipt from the owner for any payment made to them, and keep copies for your records.

8. Travel Insurance
Most travel insurance companies do not cover fraud, so if you have been caught out by a bogus scam then it is likely that you will be left on your own to retrieve the money. To safe-guard yourself, check with your current insurance provider what your policy covers. There are some travel insurance companies that do cover fraud, especially in situations where visitors have booked a property that is wrongly described or does not actually exist. It is well worth taking time to find an insurance company that covers this before you book your holiday.

9. Payment
It is advisable to pay your transaction by credit card, as many card companies do provide some form of protection. Check what your card provider actually covers.

10. Refundable Deposits
Many owners request a deposit to cover damage or breakages should they occur during the holiday. The deposit should be a refundable deposit and returned to the visitor upon satisfactory inspection and exit of property. When booking the property, make sure you are comfortable with the amount of deposit being requested, and have an agreement on how soon the money will be returned. It is also a good idea to take some photos before you exit the property, and request that the owners agent checks and agrees with you in writing that the property has been left in a good condition with no breakages.

Most people have been booking holiday rentals for many years and experience no problems whatsoever. Just be a little cautious and don’t leave your brains on the plane.

Marlborough Sounds Apartment Accommodation for Your New Zealand Getaway

Flying over the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand you will be in awe of the forest covered islands, blue waters, golden beaches and many coves and inlets you will see. Many kiwis holiday in the Marlborough Sounds year round, with summer being a popular season to visit this region. If you are travelling to New Zealand from abroad, a stay in the Marlborough Sounds is a must and booking your accommodation sooner rather than later is another must too!

The Marlborough Sounds region has many small towns to visit and stay in, with Picton being the main one. Picton is also the main port town in the area, with the Interislander and Bluebridge Ferries sailing between Picton in the south island and Wellington in the north island.

Basing yourself at a Picton accommodation provides a great central option, particularly if you are going to explore the region. Choosing an apartment style accommodation option will allow you to enjoy a modern, self contained holiday whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or as a family/group. There are apartments near the Picton Marina too, which provide plenty of photo opportunities of this peaceful, scenic and sun drenched area of New Zealand.

Staying in apartment accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds is like staying in a home away from home – there’s no set times for meals, you get your own room (i.e. as a group you aren’t all sleeping in one area), you don’t have to share laundry facilities with all the other guests, you have much more living space than you do in many hotels or motels and you will likely get your own private balcony where you can sit and enjoy the sights and sounds while you have breakfast, lunch or dinner or in fact at any time!

If you are considering booking apartment accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds but aren’t sure of the things that you can see and do during your time there, here are some ideas:

– Take a leisurely stroll through Picton’s town centre where there are many arts and crafts on offer in the boutique stores and galleries, or visit a cafe or bar along your way for a drink and a bite to eat.
– Book a winery tour around some of the 65 wineries on offer in the region to sample the region’s Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
– If history is your thing, visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Centre to learn about and see for yourself the 9th oldest ship in the world.
– Book a mussel farm tour or fishing excursion, where you will sail the crystal waters of the sounds to learn about growing mussels or to catch some fresh fish for dinner.
– If your with the kids, take them to Seahorse World Aquarium to learn about New Zealand marine life and interact with some varieties in the Touch Pool.
– Cycle one of the Queen Charlotte tracks (dependent on the time of year you visit) and enjoy nature at its best in this region.

Of course there are so many more things to do from swimming with dolphins to picnics on the beach, the Marlborough Sounds has it all and more. Book your apartment accommodation in Picton today and start planning your trip.