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Details of Diagon Alley in Florida revealed
Jan 27th, 2014 by elisa

Harry Potter fans will be excited to know that Universal Orlando has unveiled details of Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Set to open this summer, a new ride – ‘Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts’ promises to be a “multidimensional, multisensory” experience in which visitors will ride through Gringotts bank vaults in vehicles that drop, spin and turn. The ride will also be more suitable for younger riders than the current award-winning Forbidden Journey.

Diagon Alley will also have lots of new shops, including Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, selling novelty items and magical jokes, Ollivander’s wand shop, and visitors can dress up for Hogwarts school at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions.

View from front

View from front

Just 15 minutes from Disney World, enjoy the 5 star treatment at this stunning 4 bed, 4 bath luxury home in the popular gated community of The Shire at West Haven. St. Andrews is situated on a very private plot in this prestigious area, overlooking a natural lake with an abundance of wildlife to watch from the great views from the pool and upstairs balcony.

Fully air-conditioned, the house briefly comprises of spacious living room, family room, formal dining area, fitted kitchen and breakfast nook, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, games room, pool deck and balcony.

There is wireless broadband internet and all bedrooms have ceiling fans, flat screen TVs and radio units with iPod docking stations. The pool deck has a heatable swimming pool with raised spa area, sun loungers and table and chairs for some outside relaxation. Guests also have access to the main clubhouse, which offers a large swimming pool, two tennis courts, beach volleyball and a small gym.

It’s perfectly placed for visiting the popular Orlando family attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. It’s also brilliant for keen golfers with a number of championship courses nearby, including two at the Greg Norman-designed Champions Gate (home to David Leadbetter’s academy), the renowned course at Reunion and Highlands Reserve.

Sun deck and swimming pool

Sun deck and swimming pool

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views

Luxurious bedrooms

Luxurious bedrooms

 

 

 

Beautiful holiday villa on the Croatian island of Hvar
Nov 7th, 2013 by elisa

Hvar Island

Hvar Island

With vast fields of lavender, olive trees and vineyards, surrounded by stunning beaches and crystal blue waters, the Croatian island of Hvar has to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world.

Now is a particularly good time to book as the school holidays are over and many low cost airlines are offering great winter deals on flights.

With special offers when booking as a family or group, or for those staying longer than a week, this recently renovated island house might be just the accommodation for you!

It has stunning views of the Adriatic sea, town and hills. There are five double plus one single bedroom and the property has recently been renovated to an excellent standard. With all the amenities one would expect with such a substantial holiday villa, guests also benefit from two large patios, a garden, sunbeds, outdoor tables and chairs. Laundry will be done each week and you can expect to be greeted by an English/Croatian couple who will give advice on what to do and where to go on Hvar island and other nearby islands and mainland in Croatia.

One of the immaculate double bedrooms

One of the immaculate double bedrooms

Balcony view

Balcony view

The property sits five minutes away from the beach, and cafes, restaurants, piazza, market and boat hire is only a 10 minute walk away. It’s great for a relaxing holiday, but also ideal for those in search of more activity as within half a mile of the house there is sailing, water skiing, sea kayaking, paragliding, windsurfing, diving and tennis.

You can find this Hvar island house in the Croatia section of VillaSeek. For more information on the property and what to do there, go directly to the listing for the villa, where you can contact the owners directly.

Beautiful beaches

Beautiful beaches

 

Special Offer in the Caribbean!
Apr 7th, 2013 by elisa

We have a special offer on this beautiful 6 bedroom beach villa in the Caribbean. There is a 20% discount on all stays between March 31st 2013 – December 22nd 2013 OR Rent 7 nights and stay 2 extra nights free!! OR rent 5 bedrooms and get the 6 bedroom free!!!

This lovely villa enjoys spectacular and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and breathtaking sunsets. Enjoy a constant cool sea breeze while having that tropical cool drink.

The spacious and luxurious house has 6 en-suite bedrooms.

The master ‘Awafia’ suite has a king-size bed, walk-in closet, plasma television, his and hers vanity and private balcony. The Plantation suite has a four poster queen-size bed, while the other 4 suites have unique Caribbean themes and 2 double beds each, which can be converted to a king size bed if desired. The living area with French doors opening onto its patio creates a spacious open living area – popular for sunset cocktails.

Air conditioned with ceiling fans. Electronic gate,plasma televisions, radio, cassette player, CD player, fax, wireless internet, library, treadmill machine.

Private outdoor pool with open and covered decks.

Rental rates per week include complimentary transport to and from airport,a car and daily villa staff ( chef, maid, laundress and pool attendant ).

The villa can be rented as 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 bedrooms – rental pro-rated.

To find out more, go to the villa’s page.

Mauritius tries the villa route
Dec 28th, 2010 by jason

Many long-haul destinations offer mainly hotel-based holidays, which can mean they fail to attract families who prefer the freedom and flexibility of villa-based holidays (the huge growth in Florida villa holidays shows just how many such families there are). But things could be starting to change. For instance, in September the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius saw the launch of a new luxury villa resort, Villas Valriche, at Domaine de Bel Ombre on the island’s less developed, southwest coast.


Mauritius has long been known for its luxury hotels and is especially popular with honeymooners, but the villa concept is relatively new. However, mindful of the well-heeled nature of its target clientele, the resort offers five star hotel services for villa renters who don’t want to self-cater. The location is away from the tourist hotspots, with the Valriche Nature Reserve and over a kilometre of white sand beaches on its doorstep.


The resort’s three and four bedroom villas are equipped with high-tech gadgets (iPod docking systems, Nintendo Wii game consoles and plasma screen TVs) as well as free internet access and international satellite channels. They’ve been designed with families in mind, featuring large landscaped gardens, infinity pools with child safety features, spacious patios with verandas, BBQs and even a sheltered heated outdoor shower.


In addition to in-villa services including a 24 hour concierge, private chef, butler and babysitting, guests can enjoy full access to the facilities and restaurants at neighbouring five star Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resorts. Latest addition to the resort is the Bel Ombre Beach Club, which includes a large swimming pool, chill-out area for teens, beach sports, parties and two restaurants.


Does this approach represent the best of both worlds, and the way forward for exotic destinations? While most villa renters in mainstream destinations probably won’t wish to pay for luxury cosseting, the approach probably makes sense in an expensive-to-reach location that only the affluent can afford.

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