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Chalkidiki: Best value for money

The villa is located in Nikiti/Sithonia at ca. 30 m from the beach. Very close to it you can find lots of taverns, fast foods and small boutiques.

A roundtrip by car of Sithonia is highly recommended as you will have a sea view most of the time which makes it easier for you to stop at the most beautiful beaches.

Price: from 275,- Eur for 7 nights in 1 studio at Villa***

Distances: Bucharest 785 km, Thessaloniki 95 km

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Cyprus: Hotel Louis King Jason****
The King Jason luxury apartments Paphos are situated in a quiet residential area of Paphos on the island of Cyprus. This Mediterranean holiday complex is surrounded by green gardens and it is built in a Greek island style, with red-tiled roofs. The Louis King Jason is the ideal place for family holidays and it combines self-catering accommodation with
relaxation, comfort and style. These category A luxury apartments in Paphos are repeatedly awarded by major Tour Operators for the facilities and services offered to their guests and especially to families. These multi awarded Paphos luxury apartments were fully renovated in winter 2011/2012.

Recently refurbished and upgraded, Louis King Jason luxury apartments in Pafos now offers to its valued guests: fully refurbished rooms with brand new bathroom and appliances as well as brand new beds and orthopedic mattresses.
The rooms offer the following facilities: Private balcony, Private bathroom (fully renovated) , Air-conditioning/central heating, Direct dial telephone, Safety deposit box (extra charge), Radio, Hair dryer, Fully equipped kitchen with new ovens and microwaves, Satellite TV / Flat screen, DVD player
A new a la carte restaurant with international cuisine which offers local and international cuisine, ready to satisfy the tastes of the most demanding customers. An extended lobby and restaurant with new furniture. A new lounge bar and a new hydro massage / hydro jet pool
Distances: beach 950 m; airport Paphos 7 km, Larnaca ca. 120 km; tourist center shopping area 400 m
Price: from 330 Eur/week/2 persons
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Nice: apartment in center and close to sea

Charming studios for 2 to 4 persons, looking onto a flowered courtyard

Accommodation: The themes of this apartment are the nature and the relaxation with its sweet colors and its materials, pebbles, floated wood. Its main points: its volumes, its light and its Jacuzzi. The apartment is very quiet and luminous. The sun penetrates inside by 2 windows, and 1 roof window. The equipped American kitchen opens on the lounge with its sofa bed and 2 comfortable cane armchairs in front of the windows will made your mealtimes very pleasant. When you’ll go up on the first floor you will find a large bedroom. The bathroom with its ground in pebbles and its bathtub (jacuzzi) in angle will seduce you. You could a complete massage during 20 minutes and forget all your stress.

Parking fees: 50 Eur/3 days, 83 Eur/week

Distance: airport Nice 4 km, beach 200 m

Price: from 550 Eur/week

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Spain: Villa in the mountains

Villa with private garden and shared pool

Accommodation: The house has 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and it can be reached through the original farmyard doors leading onto the courtyard. There is a lounge, with large comfortable Moorish style divan sofas and a log burner for cool winter evenings. There is a seating place in the courtyard for eating and a barbeque. Las Rosas is very close to the largest lake in Anadalucia which provides spectacular views for drivers, walkers and cyclists. The property is a 1.25 hour drive from both Malaga and Granada. It is also located on the crossroads between all the major cities in Andalucia, allowing day trips to Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Malaga as well as the towns and beaches of the Costa del Sol.

Price: Villa for up to 4 persons from 550 Eur/week

Six Senses: Hideaway Ninh Van Bay

About the Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Resort:

One thing to be said upfront: I personally find that this hotel is the finest resort in the world!
The facility is located on a peninsula that is accessible only by boat. Transfer: about 15 minutes by speedboat. The resort offers several accommodation types and all of them have without exception, a private pool:
35 Beach Villas
8 Hilltop Villas
5 Water Villas
5 Spa Villas
4 Rock Villas
1 Presidential Suite
No matter where you are located, in which restaurant you are sitting on, or where else you are – the views are simply breathtaking!
Since the hotel area is quite large, bikes are assigned to each villa with which can help you explore the area. If you are too lazy for walking or cycling, the butler with the electric buggy is always available to drive the guests around (even daily pick-up from/to the restaurant is possible).
The entire facility is very clean and most environmentally friendly. Almost everything is made of wood, palm leaves or similar natural material. You cannot see any plastic, because even if present, is it “hidden”: The telephone cord is wrapped in a rope, the remote control and the lighter is packaged in cardboard, the few plastic bottles are in small fabric wrapped sachets etc.
You can choose between breakfast, half board or full board. We have booked half board and found that it was really worth the money.
The majority of the guests are couples, of course J – Children may be placed only in the Beach Villas.

Depending on which accommodation you have booked, your villa lies directly on the beach, or you have to walk up to a couple of minutes to the beach and / or pool – but we mainly stayed in our villa, and mostly in our own private pool. The nearest town is Nha Trang. The hotel offers around 2 times a day free transfer to the “mainland” (depending on when they drive guests from/to the airport). In order to reach Nha Trang you need about 15 minutes by speedboat and another 15 minutes by taxi. The closest airport is Cam Ranh – about 35 minutes away from Nha Trang. The distance is not long, but the roads are pretty bad.
If you don´t want to leave the (half)island Ninh Van Bay where the Hotel is located, you have no other choice but using the resort facilities: There is a gift shop and a spa shop where you can buy souvenirs. But they are much more expensive than outside the hotel. However, if when you consider that according to a travel brochure in all of Vietnam there is no better hotel than the “Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay” it´s no surprise that the prices are accordingly high…
The hotel offers many more options: Travel to Dalat (the village is located at ca. 1,500 m), Nha Trang (mainland), island hopping, deep sea fishing, excursions to the peninsula where you can hike to a waterfall and – among other things – can observe monkeys; lunch or dinner on a deserted island, in a cave on the “Jetty”, on the beach, etc. – prices are also not very low, but the service is impeccable. Due to the fact that we booked 10-days stay at the Hideaway, we received a complimentary (=free of charge) “Sunset Cruise” that we can really recommend to anyone: you drive about 1 hour by boat and get champagne and canapés served. The boat drives only one family, so you can enjoy some privacy.


There is only one thing to say about the service: perfect!
All employees are super friendly and helpful, not all of them speak English very well or you have to get used to their accent, but there were no communication problems – maybe because eI also don´t speak English very wellJ. We have always received what we were asking for. In addition a butler who speaks very good English and is responsible to fulfill all wishes is being assigned to each couple upon arrival. This is actually the best thing about “Six Senses”: they don´t seem to use the word “no” in their vocabulary, they try to make everything humanly possible for their guest. The management is mixing among the guests (at dinner) and making a short conversation with them, asking if everything is ok, etc. The butler is also coming by at least of once per day in order to make sure that every wish is fulfilled and is asking for eg. if you would like fruits in your room, etc.
On arrival the butler asks what time is suitable for you to clean up the Villa (morning and evening) so that the room service does not come in your way.
On arrival and on departure, we were welcomed by several hotel employees and the hotel manager himself. We found it very funny that he always introduced himself saying: “I am Godfrey – the hotel manager” J.
The hotel has, of course you a doctor, a small playground – don´t forget that this is really a resort for (love)couples, laundry service, the famous Six Senses Spa, free internet (also in the villa), a small library where one can borrow books, magazines and DVDs, etc.
Complaints? – Who can complain over the paradise on earth should really stay home!
At the end of the stay you have the chance to evaluate the resort and its individual services. It is also asked what could be done better – even if it is just a small thing – but I thought of nothing really.



The resort has 3 restaurants:
“Dining by the Bay” – the main restaurant is spread over 2 floors, where the morning buffet breakfast is served in the evening you can also use the buffet, or “a la carte” dining.
“Dining by the Pool” also spread over 2 floors, some tables are virtually “in the pool”
“Offers Dining by the Rocks” – the gastronomic highlight of the resort because of the location, the hill and the amazing view of the bay; only dinner is served here and you need to make a reservation as this restaurant is open only 1 night/week. A very tasty 6-course meal is being served! Weddings and other events are also organized here.
As we had booked half board, we have been allowed to dine here free of charge. However, if you want to book dinner with wine (6 different types of wine are served) you have to pay 50,- USD per person.
The resort has also a bar and wine cellar where you can eat and drink: “Drinks by the Bay”.
You can only be delighted about the quality and variety of food and drinks that are beautifully arranged and presented. The Food & Beverage Manager who by the way speaks English perfect and without accent makes a really great job and walks around daily among the guests in order to receive their feedback! Both typical as well as international dishes are being served.

Clean and service are great. When the employees of the restaurant realized that I had a cold, they brought me tissues and recommend me a tea for the cough.
The atmosphere is great everywhere in the complex because of the many comfortable relaxing seats that you can find anywhere.
The prices are – as already stated above – very high but you can have a look at them on the website of the hotel, where you can download the menu and wine list.
Since we have known this in advance, we bought during our round trip through South Vietnam 15 cans of coke that we were not able to consume during our stay, but funny thing is that we have paid for the 15 Coca-Cola cans less than 1 single soda can cost at the hotel.
As we booked half board, we had to pay only for the drinks at dinner; therefore our final bill has not been high at all. Occasionally meetings with the resort team are being organized (free drinks and canapés are being offered on this occasion) and there are also happy hours when you order a drink and the 2nd one is free etc.
At breakfast, all drinks (there are about 6 coffee tipes and 10 kinds of tea, cocoa, milk, natural fruit juices, smoothies and even sparkling wine) are included. As the hotel has its own fruit and vegetable garden, there were mainly fresh and natural foods with no preservatives, etc.
Very nice was also the fact that water in the minibar, as well as throughout the facility (restaurant, library, gym, spa, reception, etc.) was available free of charge.
What we particularly liked is that you do not have to be stressed because of tips during your stay: A 5% “service charge” is being added automatically. The hotel advises specifically on not offering tips during the stay. If desired, you can add to your bill AT THE END OF VISIT an additional sum as tip: for certain people, or for the entire staff.

Sports, entertainment and pool:

At the LIFE Center you can chose among:
• Tennis
• Volleyball
• Badminton
• Board Games
• Hiking
• Boat Rental
• Snorkeling
• PADI Dive School
• Windsurfing
• Hobiecat sailing
• Kayaking
• Water Skiing
• fishing trips
• Etc..
In the SPA center:
• Six Senses Spa
• Steam and sauna facilities
• Fitness center
• Tai-Chi
• Yoga
• Etc..
Internet access is available free of charge at the reception desk in the library and on request in your own villa (wireless).
Beach and pool are great; there are always sun beds and umbrellas, showers, etc.



The resort has only villas / bungalows with living room, bedroom, dressing bath, outdoor shower, terrace and pool. Included facilities: mini-bar, wine bar, coffee maker, kettle, telephone, TV, CD player, safe, lighter, amenity bag (includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, cotton pads, cotton buds, nail file, shower cap, sewing kit …), bathrobes, makeup mirror, incense, hat, mosquito net, mosquito protection, body lotion, (after sun) shampoo, conditioner, beach bag, sun beds, umbrellas, umbrellas, rain jackets, water jug with trowel outside the villa to the washing of sand, etc. If desired, you get slippers and many other things. There is even a “pillow menu” from which one can choose a special pillow for sleeping.

Tipps & tricks:

Although Vietnam is indeed a very cheap country, the hotels all have very peppery prices. When I compare the prices with those in the hotels where we were accommodated during the 8-day round trip,the Six Senses Hideaway seems no longer so expensive considering also that the quality here is even a thousand times better!
However, during our round trip we were paying for a dinner of 2 persons ca. 15,- USD (but outside the hotels and in restaurants where mainly locals were eating). For this money you can get in the Six Senses Hideaway ca. 3 cans of coke. So it´s recommended to book half board!
Although the Hilltop Villas guarantee privacy, you should consider that in order to reach them, you need to climb ca. 100 stairs. Honestly – it sounds much worse than it really is because in between there are short stretches where you can walk straight and have time to catch your breath. If you still don´t feel comfortable to do that effort, then you should rather book a beach villa – which is located right on the beach so you don´t have to climb any stairs.
In order to move more quickly within the resort there I already mentioned the possibility to use the bikes, or simply ask the Butler to pick you up with the electric buggy.
For a longer stay (more than 1 week) various benefits such as a 30-minute hand or foot treatment, 30-minute body scrub, a dinner (without drinks), a Sunset Cruise, etc. are often offered complimentary (free of charge) by the resort.
By the way: you should absolutely look at the toilets that are located next to the reception – the best I have ever seen – they are actually open air toilets :-)
Otherwise, you need to do only this: relax, sit back and enjoy the view! The “Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay” will let all your (vacation) dreams come true!

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Portugal: Luxury villa

Luxurious villa with 3 bedrooms, kitchen and private swimming pool. Ideal for golfers and families, 5 minutes drive from Oitavos and Quinta da Marinha Golf Courses. It was recently very tastefully furbished and equipped with high end quality materials by an interior designer.

The villa can accommodate 7 persons.

Unlimited WiFi Internet and cable TV (sport channels) complimentary. Two parking spaces in the driveway. The apartment comes with its own private balcony, presenting its own unique view of Santa Maria Estate, an area known for its luxurious and stunning Villas.

The Villa is located in a very quiet and relaxing area of Cascais, 5/10 minutes walking from a 10 Km Ocean Front Cycle way with plenty of Sea Food and Portuguese Style Restaurants. You can find all the services you may need for your stay (Bakery, Supermarket, Banks, Hairdresser, etc.) in walking distance (5-10 min). Cascais’s Marina with its shops, bars, pubs and restaurants can be reached after ca. 20 walking minutes. Two Golf Courses nearby. Guincho Beach famous for surfing and windsurfing in ca. 4km. Lord Byron’s Sintra Town with its palaces and amazing scenery in ca. 25 km. Estoril known for its Casino is just 7 Km away.

Distance: beach in 5 km, Lisbon International Airport in 30 km, restaurant 2,5 km

Price: Accommodation: 1.350 Eur in September, 1.450 Eur May, 1.750 Eur June&July, 2.150 Eur August for 1 week (max. 7 persons)

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Tuscany: Rural villa with pool

Villa with 2 bedrooms

Price: from 700 Eur /week

Accommodation: Beautiful villa (renovated in 2008) with two bedrooms, dining room, fireplace, bathroom with shower, hair-dryer, large panoramic esplanade in front of the garden, kitchen area and a swimming pool.

Distances: beach 6 km, airport Pisa 100 km; Siena, Firenze, Pisa, Roma, Livorno in 50-200 km

Valea Doftanei
Redescoperiti natura pe Valea Doftanei, intr-un mic sat aflat la doar 100 km de Bucuresti.

Cazarea se face in una din cele 8 camere ale pensiunii care sunt dotate cu TV plat, produse cosmetice de baie, halate si papuci.
Exista acces Wifi gratuit in toate spatiile, livingul comun cu semineu ofera o vedere panoramica asupra lacului, exista o terasa acoperita cu loc special amenajat pentru barbacue, parcarea este gratuita.
Facilitati: sauna uscata, sala fitness cu vedere panoramica spre lac, aromaterapie
Distanta: Bucuresti 105 km
Pret: de la 290 RON/noapte/2 persoane cu mic dejun inclus
Austria: farm holidays in Kaernten
Lesachtal – Europe’s most natural vacation valley
Enjoy your vacation in a fantastic location with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and a distant view through the Lesachtal of up to 130 km.

Quiet nights in cozy comfort rooms with shower, toilet, balcony, satellite TV and safe guarantee a relaxing stay.
The products from the breakfast buffet are from the own bio farm or are purchased from neighboring farms: Lesachtaler real bread – baked by Grandma Anne Marie with rye flour that is milled in the Luggauer mills, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, butter, buttermilk, honey etc.
This mountain inn offers you one of the best starting points for hiking, walking and extreme mountain climbing.
Here are some hiking trails starting directly from the farm:
On the Steineckenalm to Anna (45 minutes)
Itinerary of the Steineckenalm to Liesing and back (2 hours)
On the Gamskofel (3 hours)
On the Obergailer Alm (2 hours)
Raudenscharte – Raudenspitze (8 hours)
High white stone house (6 hours)
Thalweg Maria Luggau (3 hours)
On the Mittagskofel (5 hours)
Edigon and climbing rock wall (10 hours)
Distance: Villach 124 km, Klagenfurt 134 km, Salzburg 225 km, Graz 266 km, Muenchen 277 km
Price: ca. 42 Eur/person/night (HB included)
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Orlando: 5 bedroom villa

The villa is located in the ever popular resort of Windwood Bay. There is an abundance of restaurants and stores close by and a Publix grocery store less than a mile away. For any golfers, there are the prestigious ChampionsGate, Omni and Reunion Resorts within a few minutes drive. Disney and all the other attractions are just 15 to 20 minutes drive away. 



Accommodation: This villa is an elegant and beautifully appointed spacious home with 4000 square feet of living space. It has a sumptuous master king suite, 2 queen suites and 2 twin bedrooms. The pool area has a large extended sun drenched deck and also has an amazing Hydra-Jet Spa/Hot Tub.

The open plan living area has a 50 inch HDTV with theater surround sound and the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could need. The upstairs den is a great place for the kids to hang out and has a Playstation.

Distances: Walt Disney World 6 miles, Closest Grocery/Shopping/dining 2 miles, Orlando International Airport 28 miles, Universal Studios & Harry Potter – 20 miles

Price: 325 USD/night (1.820 USD/5 nights including lodging tax)    

            additional cost for pool heat and hot tub heat: 125 USD

There is also a $550 refundable security deposit required, which is refunded shortly after your departure.