Waterfront setting is serene
Villa Eikon is a spacious waterfront villa with four bedrooms, that sleeps eight guests. And with the use of the villa's studio bedroom this house can sleep 10 guests (studio use is an extra charge).
Elegant and artistic living room
Located just around the corner from Agios Loannis chapel, this villa has a stunning private infinity swimming pool, garden setting, shaded pergola with outdoor barbeque, outdoor dining area, private front entrance with parking, and is just a few minutes away from the secluded sandy beach of Kapari. The villa also has two floors of living space that offer privacy, elegance, and above all, comfort. Villa Eikon, together with Villa Sparkle, can be a great solution for large parties of friends or family members because the two villas are located next to each other.
According to the Travel Association of America (TAA), one in three vacations taken by American families includes at least one grandparent. There are several reasons for this. First of all, pooling resources makes a dream vacation more economical for each family. Secondly, because today many extended families live far apart, taking a vacation together is a lovely way to spend time together. Thirdly, some family members may be retired and have more time to travel, which makes it possible during school vacations and other breaks to accompany children to vacation destinations more readily than busy, working parents. And fourthly, because vacations are taken away from home, these family reunions avoid the usual family tensions and conflicts of normal holidays and reunions because they take place on "neutral territory', so to speak.
If a multigenerational trip sounds like it fits you and your family, the first thing to do is seriously consider each individual to be invited. Get out a tablet and pencil. List ages, interests, health restrictions, specific needs, what each loves to do, how much time they can take away from home and work, and the total number that will need accommodations. Then determine how much everyone can spend on this get-away. With this information and the help of a travel agent or a company such as RentaVilla.com, select a few destinations to choose from. In doing this step, consider what each place has to offer that fits the majority of needs and desires of each family. Then send or hand out this list to everyone, and ask them to vote on the destination of their choice. However, be sure to emphasize at this time that everyone needs to be flexible.
The idea of renting a villa by the week is perfect for multi-generational vacations. Having a home base that will be the same for at least one full week gives plenty of opportunity to find just what you're looking for to please every age group. Once you've agreed on the destination, you can begin planning how each day might be spent while there. Remember to account for different schedules. Grandparents may want to sleep in. Young children may need an early afternoon nap. Try to consider the interests and passions of the individuals. And remember that you don't have to spend every moment together. Some families take off in the morning and meet up all together for dinner in the evening. That way some can choose to stay home or go to different sites and activities during the day, and yet have plenty of time to share with the rest of the gang.
Having your own fully equipped kitchen is ideal for a group such as this. You not only save money by putting together some of your own meals, but gathering around the table in your own private villa brings the family closer together. And the flexibility of schedule it affords is wonderful. Many of RentaVilla.com's clients choose to have us hire them a cook to prepare dinner in their rented villa the evening of their arrival, 1 or 2 nights during the week, and for a final supper before departure, where the adventures of the stay can be celebrated. This can be a fun opportunity to get a cooking lesson or two also. Perhaps your family already enjoys cooking. If so, it's a real treat in Europe to shop the farmer's markets for the best wines and fresh ingredients, bring them home, and put together a tasty meal. Some families say these evenings around the table are the highlight of their entire trip.
So, consider joining forces, so to speak, and perhaps you'll find it your most delightful travel venue yet!
Emmanuel & son Yohan
If you have not yet booked your villa for this summer, now is the time for the best choice of dates. For your added convenience, we have started publishing availability calendars for a great number of properties. This allows you to check availability and book your property online 24/7!
We also encourage our clients seeking a vacation rental in Mexico or the Carribean over Christmas, to start booking now. People make their choices 6-12 months in advance for these prime properties!
Our dedicated property entry staff is working hard to catch up on more wonderful properties we've found for you. This month you'll be pleased to find more than 40 new properties at www.rentavilla.com. They are located in Mykonos, Lake Como, Tuscany, Apulia and Provence.
The increasing demand for large properties urges me to refer you to our specialized sections. The first is 'Chateau - Castle Rentals'. The other is 'Wedding Villas'.
Emmanuel de Ricard, President
Farrari factory sculpture
Emilia Romagna is one of 20 regions of Italy, situated just north of Tuscany. It's a new region in the RentaVilla.com repertoire, and we're very excited about offering its unique qualities for our clients' discovery. Its capital is Bologna, and its population totals just over 4 million. The abundant resources here make it the second richest region of Italy, and its cuisine is one of the most characteristic.
About half of Emilia Romagna is made up of the alluvian Padan Plain, an extremely fertile area crossed by the river Po. Here exquisite wines are produced and quality olives grown, as well as many cereals and a variety of fruits. Most of the remaining portion is covered by the Appenine Mountains, which are lovely trekking locals, and make a spectacular backdrop to the landscape. Emelia Romagna was one of the areas through which the Romans chose to connect Rome to the northern part of Italy, leaving behind much to see in the way of history, art, and architecture. Along the Via Emilia, you will find most of the towns and historical sites. And on the east, the region borders the Adriatic Sea.
Agriculture being its most important economic activity, this lovely region offers the pastoral beauty of Tuscany without the population density. It's a lovely area that is somewhat undiscovered, yet becoming a favorite as people travel there.
Benefiting from a long history of prosperity, Emilia-Romagna is imbued with the spirit of fine living and boasts many exceptional Renaissance palaces and a particularly rich culinary heritage (lasagna, tortellini, Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar are just a few of many regional innovations). A number of enjoyable excursions are easily undertaken.
Mosaic from Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna
The town of Faenza is famous for its International Museum of Ceramics. Here you will also find an abundance of elegant shops for clothing, jewelry and ceramic goods. Ravenna is known as the capital of the world's finest Byzantine mosaics outside of Istanbul, Turkey. The Farrari factory is in the small town of Maranello. Bologna is the capital and dubbed 'the city of arcades'. It offers over 37 kilometers of covered arcades (ideal if you have a rainy day during your visit). Bologna also is home of the oldest University in Europe. The leaning tower Torre degli Asinelli offers a breathtaking view of the city. For those who love to drive, we suggest the old Via Faentina which connects Brisighella to Florence through the Tosco-Romagnolo Apennine, 85 kilometers of winding and panoramic roads that take you through the beautiful scenery of the Appenines.
Open floor plan is inviting
Villa Bienvenido is a luxurious Mexican style villa located in the exclusive Conchas Chinas district of Puerto Vallarta. Enter the antique wooden doors and be transported into a magical setting.The magnificent view of the Bay of Banderas catches your attention immediately. The open architecture of the living room brings the wonderful view right into the house. You notice the tasteful furniture and beautiful handicrafts, imported from throughout Mexico. Fresh ocean breezes invigorate and cool you. High ceilings impart a feeling of freedom and spaciousness.
Magnificent view dining
Villa Bienvenido offers 10,000 square feet of living area, one of the largest villas in Puerto Vallarta. It was designed and constructed in 1997, and features wrought ironworks, stained glass windows, and hand-painted tiles. The family room is equipped with a 35" television, a VCR and house library of 30 videos, and a CD/tape/radio player. Villa Bienvenido offers eight spacious bedrooms, and can accommodate 16 adults in luxury. All bedrooms have fantastic ocean views and balconies.
Seven of the bedrooms have private attached bathrooms, fully equipped with hair dryers. There are seven king sized beds and one queen sized bed. Each room also has an individual air conditioner, ample closet space, a ceiling fan, and a lockable safe. Enjoy a game of pool in the Game Room or choose from many other options of board games.
"Much to our delight, everything was found to be as represented and in many cases better than we expected. The condition of the Villa was impeccable, the Staff was first rate, and the location was all that we could have asked for."
- KV, Danville, CA.
(The secret to this sauce's rich taste is the butter added before serving.)
1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 pounds fresh organic diced tomatoes
15 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 pound spaghetti
1 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil, so that you can start cooking the pasta when the sauce is almost done.
In a saucepan heat the olive oil for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook until soft, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook the pasta according to the directions until al dente, and drain.
Add the butter to the hot sauce. Stir immediately into the pasta, and serve with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese.
Serves 6 people.
For a little laugh
The story goes that a local car dealer who was known to take advantage, wanted to purchase a cow from a farmer. So the farmer priced the cow so the car dealer could understand:
- BASIC COW: $499.95
- Shipping and handling: $35.75
- Extra stomach: $79.25
- Two tone exterior: $142.50
- Deluxe dual horns: $59.25
- Automatic fly swatter: $74.55
- 4 spigot high output drain system: $149.20
- Automatic fertilizer system: $339.40
- TOTAL LIST PRICE: $1,679.85
Newsletter Editor: Kathy Hayes