Friday, December 30, 2011

38 New Vacation Rental Arrivals

This just in ... 38 fantastic new vacation rentals at PerfectPlaces.com, forGetaways.com, LakeRentals.com and CoastRentals.com. A few are highlighted below. You can check out all the rest on our Facebook page. Be sure to "Like" our Perfect Places Facebook page while you're there. We're planning contests and sweepstakes for 2012.



Villa Sophia, a guest house styled after classic Mediterranean estate villas, offers 750 square feet of luxury living space high atop Los Feliz hilltop. This beautiful vacation home sits securely above 15-foot walls, and it's south-facing exposure overlooks the Los Angeles skyline, city lights, mountains and Pacific ocean. It's completely private and features a large emerald tile pool, as well as a spa-like pool house that has a huge stone fireplace. 




Escape to crystal clear blue waters, miles of beach, coastlines and forests--every beauty nature has to offer. You'll also be close to Porto Rotondo, Golfo di Marinella and the tourist marina, featuring shops and other convenient facilities. Elegantly furnished, you'll have all the amenities you need to fully enjoy your stay in paradise.






This elegant 2-bedroom apartment offers two terraces and is located on the elegant rue de l'Universite in the 7th arrondissement. It's close to the Rue Cler food markets, Musee d'Orsay and the Champs de Mars Tour Eiffel area. It's elegantly furnished, has hardwood floors, and includes modern amenities such as a huge plasma TV with English cable channels. 


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

First Look at Our January Deals


Mystic Ridge, St. John's USVI
Our January Deals of the Month email goes out next week, but here's a look at some of the vacation rental offers you'll see:

St. John's USVI

There are also two luxury vacation rentals in St. John's, US Virgin Islands offering January specials. The Rendezview is a beachfront villa perfect for newlyweds, families, and groups.

Mystic Ridge is perched high on a mountain ridge and surrounded by a National Park, yet it's just a short five minutes from the beach.

Key West

There are several Key West vacation rentals featured in January.

Rent the Victoria House, a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath classic Conch Republic beauty. It features a private pool, Jacuzzi and is located near Old Town Key West. You'll save 15% when you reserve by January 21, 2012, for 7 nights. Click here for more details.

The Surf Side is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo with an incredible ocean view. It's located on the beach next to the Atlantic Ocean. Each bedroom has balcony access and an ocean view. Even the kitchen window looks out over the beautiful blue sea.  The Surf Side's been fully renovated and features all the amenities you need for a fun and comfortable stay. Rent it for just $375 a night with a 3 night minimum stay.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Parents: Track Santa No Matter Where You're at this Christmas


Maybe Santa will need a nice
ski vacation rental after the Holidays?
Image courtesy of VintageHolidayCrafts.com

If you're staying at a vacation rental over the weekend, your kids might be a little worried whether or not Santa can find them. But you can reassure the little ones with NORAD's Santa Tracker

Parents will also find answers to difficult questions such as:
  • How can Santa travel the world within 24 hours? (Santa does not experience time the way we do--24 hours to us is like a month to Santa); 
  • How old is Santa? (At least 16 centuries old);
  • What route does Santa Travel? (He starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west).
NORAD knows a thing or two about things that fly. It safeguards the skies of North America and is a joint US-Canadian operation. And, as we know, Canada is pretty close to the North Pole!

Here's a video of Santa's progress from last Christmas:



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Travel Trends for 2012


Stay at this private water's edge home for just $150/night

It looks like 2012 will hold opportunity for vacation rentals. However, like any other year in the travel business, there'll be plenty of competition for vacationers.

Trip Advisor released a 2012 survey that said 79% of respondents plan on spending at least $3,000 on vacations in 2012, while 21% plan on spending $10,000 or more. Cultural trips will likely increase, as will international travel to Paris, London and Rome. Stateside, the most popular cities are expected to be Las Vegas, New York City and San Francisco, but beach vacations such as Island escapes will continue to be popular. Cultural trips are expected to increase, so if your vacation rental is near a cultural attraction, you may want to update your listing with new or enhanced details. Of course, including more photos of attractions in your area will help you compete with hotels and resorts.

Vacation rentals themselves are increasing in popularity as consumers continue to look for value. According to TravelandLeisure.com, hotels will be getting more facelifts in 2012, which will increase the pressure on vacation rentals to stay updated in both decor and amenities. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

'Tis the Season for Holiday Lights


Nothing brightens dark December nights like Holiday lights. National Geographic's top 10 places to see Holiday lights includes great cities with plenty of vacation rentals--Vienna, Brussels, Madrid, St. Augustine and more. This time of year, nearly every community has some kind of lights display, so be sure to put it on your to-do list if your traveling over the Holidays.

Here's a really cool display from the Holdman's in Pleasant Grove, Utah, for your viewing pleasure.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Amazing video of nature's beauty

This was posted on the Perfect Places Facebook page. It's so beautiful we wanted to post it to the blog too. It's simply amazing and will take your breath away.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Great New Year's Eve Destinations


Relax by a warm Key West Pool on New Year's Eve
Still looking for a place to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Try a vacation rental. If you’re looking to save money, there are lots of options in resort communities that are in their off season. Or, if you’re looking for something more elaborate, try romantic and exciting locations such as Paris, London or Key West.

Savannah/Tybee Island

Savannah has an old-world charm and elegance that's impossible to beat. You'll find stately mansions and plenty to do. Nearby, Tybee Island offers spacious vacation rentals with stunning ocean views. Either way, you'll escape the snow and the crowds.

Florida Keys

With an average high of 77 degrees, the Florida Keys make a sunny and warm place to welcome the New Year. Spend the day out on the water and enjoy New Years Eve fireworks on the beach.

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg offers lots of fun in the winter. It has Tennessee’s only ski resort, OberGatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Resort on Mt. Harrison. You’ll enjoy skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and more.  Be sure to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks.

Lake Tahoe

Try Skiing in Squaw Valley. (Photo: Squaw Valley)
If you live out west, try the Lake Tahoe region for New Year’s Eve. You’ll find an abundance of world-class ski resorts such as Squaw Valley, and lots to do in South Lake Tahoe. Plus, the excitement in Reno, Nevada, is just a short drive away.

Paris

If you’re looking for a truly romantic New Year’s Eve, you’re sure to find it in Paris. Paris The Champs-Elysees is the place to be starting at around 9 pm on New Year's Eve. Don't be shy about bringing champagne and plastic flutes to toast the New Year. At midnight, the Eiffel Tower lights up in a dazzling display you'll never forget.


London
Or, if French isn't your thing, try London on New Year's Eve. Midnightfireworks on the Thames attract a crowd of about 250,000 and you can hear the famous bongs from Big Ben, officially welcoming in the New Year.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Time to Dream: High End Vacation Rentals


Just for fun, let's look at a few of the high-end vacation rentals you'll find on PerfectPlaces.com. After all, we can all dream a little, right? And if you're fortunate enough to be able to afford staying in one of these opulent vacation rentals, congratulations and be sure to let us know about your stay. (Click on the headlines above the photos to see more of these mansions. They're truly amazing!)

Villa Castellamonte features 8 spacious bedrooms and overlooks azure blue ocean waters in Cabrera, Dominican Republic. It has over 15,000 square feet of living space, a huge outdoor pool, a semi-private 600-foot long beach, tropical gardens, and perfectly manicured grounds. It can accommodate up to 20 people. Villa Castellamonte sits atop a soaring sea cliff and has magnificent views from every bedroom, yet has easy beach access via a romantic stone stairway to the beach. It's in the private, gated community of Orchid Bay Estates and is fully staffed, including an executive chef. Your every need will be looked after and catered to during your stay.


Castlewood greets you with heavy oak doors, and from there you walk into a unique world of rustic mountain opulence. This 8-bedroom, 10-bath vacation rental accommodates 35 guests in a western style all it's own. The great room has tall vaulted ceilings, a log burning fireplace, and magnificent views of the San Sophia mountain range in Telluride. This ski-in/ski-out rustic mansion is located on the Double Cabins ski run and features turn-of-the-century antiques and the most modern conveniences. It's as if a classic western mansion has been expanded and updated with everything you need from the 21st century, including an incredible home theater, complete with suede and leather seating and over 25,000 movies to choose from.


Villa Vista Bellena is one of the finest homes in Los Cabos and combines traditional handcrafted details of haciendas with the latest amenities. You'll enjoy luxurious living from the moment you enter this incredible vacation rental. It sits at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and overlooks the inspiring 17th green of the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol. A beautiful and inviting white sand beach and azure coral-lined coves await you, just steps beyond the ocean-facing gate. And when you're done snorkeling and sun bathing, your private chef will create a magnificent meal, made to order.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

20 New Properties Added to Virginia Beach Vacation Rentals


Perfect Places is excited to announce the addition of 20 new Sandbridge Blue Realty Services properties in Virginia Beach. The listings will appear on PerfectPlaces.com, forGetaways.com and CoastRentals.com

These properties feature lots of amenities, and many are on the beach or have an ocean view. You'll find pools right near the beach, homes with stunning views, and easy access to shopping, restaurants and activities. There's a rate for every budget and they're perfect for family reunions, extended vacations, and getaways with your spouse or significant other. The properties have lots of space and are beautifully furnished. 

Virginia Beach is a great spot for any type of vacation. You can enjoy scuba diving, parasailing, horseback riding, camping, hiking and biking. Really, just about any interest or hobby can be accommodated.

December Deals of the Month Update


Just a follow up to our earlier sneak preview post about the December Deals of the Month. Here's a link to all the deals on vacation rentals that went out in the email. 


You'll find a variety of destination options--everything from skiing and snowboarding to sandy beaches to the Smoky Mountains. Check all the deals out now!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Google Flight Search Makes Getting to Your Vacation Rental Easier and Perhaps More Affordable


Online search results for flights continue to get easier, which means getting to your vacation rental is easier. The latest development is Google flight search, which provides real-time flight prices based on your location right within regular search results.

Previously, you had to click into flight search from the Google search page. Now, you can just type in "flights to Orlando" into the normal search page, and you'll get a variety of flight results. 

Of course, the flights may or may not be the best prices you can get. Kayak and some of the other sites dedicated to airline bookings might still offer the best deals. Also, many airlines reserve their lowest prices for bookings made within the airline's website. But at the very least, Google flight search can give you an idea what your tickets will cost. It can be a great planning and budgeting tool when planning a trip to vacation rentals, whether it's for a ski trip or fun in the sun.

Be aware that Google often rolls out new tools and features slowly. If Google flight search isn't showing up for you yet, give it time.