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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Essential Security on Villa Rental

Personal security;

Be aware upon your arrival to the airport, since this is where an opportunist thief will seek to identify his or her target, which is when most money will be within the party.

Thieves may identify potential targets for many reasons. Some include seeing expensive luggage or a video cam, or they may see a pre-occupied family in a flustered state. Clearly keep possessions close to you, but do keep an eye out for anyone watching you in particular.

Most importantly, check that you are not being followed in the car: if you think you might be then slow down and let them pass. If you remain suspicious then take a note of their registration number and report it to the police. Thieves tend to work as pairs and of mixed gender. They can also work as two individual teams and communicate with each other.

Be aware and look around at ATMs: be prepared with your card and pin number before you go to the machine and don’t count your cash in front of the ATM for onlookers to see. It is advisable that two persons attend the ATM when withdrawing cash, particularly at night. Try to hold less cash by making greater use of your credit cards.

It has been known that certain tricks are played in Barcelona. An old trick is whereby a passerby brushes your shirt and tells you that some bird has made some droppings when it was the same person that actually put it on you in the first instance. By the time you overcome the confusion the passerby runs off with your wallet. In fact, any such trickster could try to distract you in so many different ways, so do be alert, particularly in Barcelona and other major cities.

At the villa;

Do be suspicious of persons that knock on your holiday villa door pretending to wish to speak to the owner or give an obscure name, or appear to sell a product like honey. If suspicious do take their car registration number and report it to the police, as such persons can be just simply assessing the situation.

A common ruse is the gas man arriving to seek an inspection of the gas rubber hoses at the holiday villa. The only gas people in Spain are the heating engineers that are registered, so they would never arrive to a villa without an appointment. These people could show an ID card that could look like the real thing, but such persons are just tricksters and seeking to cheat or steal in some way.

If the entrance door to the holiday villa is some way from the pool, ensure you lock the door.

Lock windows, particularly those without bars and doors. Opportunistic thieves have been known to go into villas to steal when the occupants have been on the patio, or in the pool. Such thieves work very quietly and speedily.

If you have two cars then try to leave one car in the driveway when you go out at night, as well as leave a light on in the villa.

In the car;

A helpful fellow motorist may flag you down indicating that you have a flat tyre on your car, or indicate some other problem with it. When you get out of the car to see what is wrong, or to change the tyre, one of the thieves takes off with a bag and your car keys. The thief having already spiked the tyre at some stage in your journey or at the airport.

Phuket Villa Rentals

In the recent years, the market demand for villas is booming. A lot of vacationers love to enjoy their long holidays in the luxurious villas because the rental offered is very reasonable. For people who are always on their business trips, they usually find that the hotel accommodations in most of the countries are more or less the same in term of facilities and features. However, when you spend your holiday in Phuket, you will be experiencing a totally different environment when you stay in the villas. The amenities available are very unique and impressive.

Why are the villas so great?

First thing first, you need to ask yourself whether villas are really suitable for you. To be frank, villas are specially catered for vacationers who travel in groups or for those who intend to stay longer in the particular place, say 2 weeks to one month or even more. For your information, the villa rentals will be higher during peak period due to high demand. However, if you travel in groups, staying in villas will be much cheaper because the cost is shared among a group of people. You can even enjoy better rates if you lease the place for longer duration.

If you want to know more about the Thai culture and its natives in Phuket, staying in villas will be your wise choice. Most of the villas in this island are adopting traditional and genuine Thai designs. You are able to experience a totally different culture in this small island. For people who are very concern about their privacy, they can enjoy their vacation without being disturbed by anyone when they stay in villas. They can even choose to stay in villas which are facing the sea.

On the other hand, for those travelers with limited budget, Phuket Island is also a great destination for them because there is a wide selection of inexpensive hotels in this island. During non-peak period, you can even get a 4-star hotel for less than $50 a night. In order to enjoy such great deals, you are suggested to spend your time surfing the internet. There are many great offers waiting for you when you go online. You can compare the prices among different hotels before you make your booking.

Romantic Wedding in Italy

Before focusing on the romance of the day – this is the first question to answer, and the answer is Yes.

A wedding in Italy is perfectly legal, provided you follow some straightforward guidelines. Unless you speak Italian, it is very important that you find a good, bilingual, wedding planner. She will take care of everything for you – from the simple legal requirements to liaising with the caterer, florist, local town hall, photographer, musicians… whatever you need to make your day complete.

For British citizens, all the bride and groom need to do in advance is to make an appointment with their local UK Superintendent Registrar to get a Certificate of No Impediment. This, and your birth certificates and photocopies of your passports, will then be sent to your wedding planner, who will liaise with the British Consultate in either Florence or Rome, and the local ‘comune’ (council) in Italy to arrange your permission to marry. She’ll talk you through the whole thing, step by step. If you come from other parts of the world, including the US, the process is similar and not at all complicated.

There is a legal requirement in most parts of Italy for the marriage to take place in the local town hall. In many cases, this will be a beautiful room – perfect for a larger wedding. The town halls are often set in stunning piazzas, and they make an amazing backdrop for photographs.

If you are looking for something more personal and romantic from your wedding in Italy, as long as you go through the legal formalities at the town hall, you can hold your wedding in the location of your dreams.

Perhaps you favour the splendour of Florence, or a terrace in Sorrento, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. For some, a wedding in Italy might be about getting away from the tourist centres of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, and heading to one of the beautiful but less well known locations. Areas such as Le Marche and Abruzzo both border the Adriatic Sea, and have some of the finest beaches in Italy – but without the tourists. Further inland you will find quiet hill top towns and villages, surrounded by ancient walls. Cobbled streets and antique arches inspire beautiful photographs, and you will be assured of a warm welcome by the local people.

Many people choose a beautiful Italian villa – full of atmosphere and charm. And some of these villas even have their own small chapels – perfect for creating a dream wedding. They are usually deconsecrated, so they create a perfect backdrop for a stunning and original wedding day.

Italians love weddings. And their weddings are usually huge affairs of three hundred or more guests. Couples manage to afford this by following the custom of guests actually presenting the bride and groom with an envelope of money, rather than a present (or sometimes both) to cover the cost of the lavish meal that follows the ceremony. This love of weddings means that the Italian services that you need to complete your perfect day are readily available, whether your wedding is large or small.

If you choose to get married in a villa setting, you will inevitably have the location set aside just for your party. You will be free to use the house and grounds for your photographs, and guests can enjoy the relaxed ambiance. There is no sense of urgency – time not being a critical factor if the whole place is yours for the day – thus removing one significant area of stress from some weddings in more traditional venues.

Italians are by their very nature romantic. Everything involved with a wedding in Italy is about romance – and they take particular care of the bride and groom throughout their day. The florist will be the first person to arrive on the ‘big day’ – and she will have already spent several hours with you, or with your wedding planner on your behalf, talking about the types of flowers you like, the colours, the theme. There is no such thing as a ‘wedding package’ in which you get to choose from a predetermined list of possible flower arrangements. She will come up with something that is unique to you – whether that be based on a simple cream and green theme, or on a flamboyant multi coloured medley of vibrant blooms.

Hairdressers and makeup artists are next to arrive – should you need them – and they will typically spend two or three hours getting the bride and other members of the party ready. They always do a trial run in advance of the day – just to be sure you are clear about the style you want – and your planner will be on hand to make sure there are no difficulties in translation.

Photographers now like to blend the more formal shots with a reportage style of photography, and the Italian wedding albums are a work of art in themselves. Designed purely to convey the romance of the day, the albums are a photo journal of the wedding, with montages depicting everything from the preparation to the last dance. The bride and groom can determine the style they are looking for, and the photographer will not only prepare the wonderful albums, but will normally give the couple a DVD containing the images – so there is no hefty charge for any member of the family who subsequently wants some pictures for their own wall or shelf.

When all is prepared, it is time for the bride to make her entrance. Music is a key part of any romantic wedding ceremony – and the couple will be able to choose not only the music pieces, but the style in which they are played. Perhaps they will opt for a string quartet, an Italian soprano, a harpist, or even the mellow notes of a saxophone.

The words of the Italian marriage ceremony are very moving, with huge emphasis placed on family and on the joint responsibility of the couple to take care of each other and any children they may have. Although the mayor will undoubtedly conduct the ceremony in Italian, an interpreter will repeat his words and this alone creates a sense of occasion.

Whatever venue is chosen, the weather in Italy certainly helps. Most weddings do take place in the summer months – any time from mid May to the end of September – and the wedding reception is often held outdoors, under an open sided gazebo – to protect from the sun as much as protect against the unlikely event of rain. As your wedding will be the only wedding in the location, timing is not so strict and you will be able to enjoy the first moments after the ceremony, greeting your guests and enjoying a glass or two of Prosecco whilst photographs are being taken. Guests can mingle, choosing from the numerous trays of delicious canapes that will be offered – stuffed olives, marinated salmon, crispy fried cheese, tiny vegetable tarts – the list goes on.

Everybody knows that Italians love their food, and once again when it comes to choosing your menu for the day, you will be able to select from a vast range of options, or have a meal designed precisely to your own requirements. Remember that the Slow Food Movement was created by an Italian to counteract the growth of fast food, and outside of the tourist areas, fast food just cannot be found – with the notable exception, of course, of pizza! But this obsession with food ensures that each dish served will be a delight to the senses – from how it looks, to how it smells, and most of all – how it tastes. And not only that, they like to serve each part of the meal in a different location within the venue. This creates a sense of movement and anticipation, wondering what new delights are going to be on offer.

After the canapes, the guests may be invited to stroll round to the next location – the antipasti buffet – which may perhaps be served close to the pool with an informal arrangement of chairs and tables protected from the sun by large umbrellas, or placed in the shade of a tree. The antipasti tables heave with plates of meat, fish, cheese and vegetables – perhaps an individual glass of Italian gazpacho with a skewer of roasted vegetables, or smoked turkey with a pepper and melon salad, or battered courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese. Depending on the number of guests, there can be ten or more different selections on the antipasti table This is an opportunity for the bride and groom to meet their friends and family, and perhaps move from table to table before the more formal part of the evening.

And then… dinner! Up to now, the food has simply been an introduction of what is to come. Imagine an open sided gazebo, myriad candles, and beautiful vases of flowers forming the centrepiece for each table. Each course is presented almost as a gift in itself, with elegantly designed plates of food, and copious quantities of excellent Italian wine. At least one pasta course will be offered – perhaps a pasta parcel stuffed with delicately flavoured sea bass in a lemon sauce – and then maybe a risotto course as well. There may be a choice of main course – or ‘secondi’ – perhaps guinea fowl, or fillet steak in a herb crust, or monkfish in a lime scented jus – and with the gazebo set on a terrace, guests can be free to wander between courses and soak up the atmosphere – perhaps with lanterns casting a soft glow around the gardens. Then it’s back for the speeches – and the desserts! In Italy, the desserts are usually served as a buffet, with so many mouth watering choices – semifreddos, ice cream cake, mousses, tiramisu, fruit. Italian ice cream – or ‘gelato’ is the best in the world and the more adventurous chefs are constantly developing new flavours – and new ways of eating ice cream and sorbets – such as deep frying in kataifi pastry, or mixing it at the table with liquid nitrogen ‘smoke’.

The relaxed and leisurely pace of the food provides an incredible atmosphere. It’s something special. And finally the bride and groom can invite their guests to join them to dance the night away under the stars.

So what do you need to do to create your perfect day?

  • Decide on the region of Italy that you want to get married in – whether that be in a city such as Florence or Rome, a famous town like San Gimignano, on the beach at Positano, or in a villa in the glorious Le Marche region.
  • Choose the type of venue – a villa, town hall, castle or beach.
  • Search specifically for these terms on the web – using both the region and the venue in the search terms
  • Find either the venue that you would like (which will almost always have a wedding planning service) or find a wedding planner that can perhaps suggest a range of venues to you.
  • Check the credentials of the wedding planner – you need evidence of other successful weddings, and preferably the contact name of somebody whose wedding they organised.
  • Make sure that in your package you have an option to go and visit the venue before the big day.
  • You should also be able to have a tasting with the caterers, and meet the florist.
  • Ask as many questions as you like, and make sure you speak to the planner in person – not just via email. This is your big day, and you need to be sure that everything will be perfect.
  • Do all of this at least six months in advance.
  • Relax, and enjoy it – knowing that your wedding is in safe hands

About Rome Hotels

Rome offers a variety of accommodations and lodgings ranging from hotels, boarding hostels, guesthouses, campgrounds, self-catering accommodations to the more traditional lodges and inns. But hotels are still the most popular choice by many tourists not only because of the luxury they offer but also because of their accessibility.

In choosing your hotel, the primary consideration is your budget. What would be affordable given your resources?

One-star hotels such as Cressy, Kristi, Sandra, Mari 2, II Castelletto, II Papavero, Gabriele, Viennese, Antica Locanda Palmieri, Cristina’s, Euro Quiris, Sallustio, Malta, Mari, Azzurra, Beauty, Andreina, Aristotele, Moscatello and Les Chambres d – or will cost you from 45.00 to 70.00 euro. Prices of two-star hotels like Urbis, Felice, Ferrarese, City Guesthouse, Cassia, Domus Mea, Hollywood Roma, Cortorillo, Mirage, Ducale, Halifax, Piave, Rubino, Planet, Stella, Paradise, Virginia, Sweet Home, Scott House, Baltic, Cavour, Georgina, Magic, New York, Amico, Ascot, Dell-Urbe, Marco Polo, Teti, Tempio de Pallade, Marcus, Robinson, Italia, Giubelio, Dei Mille, Ercoli, Gabriella, Luciani, Lussemburgo, Luzzatti and vary from 50.00 to 70.00 euro. You can stay in three-star hotels such as Cascina Palace, Flaminius, Arcadia, Waldorf, Zone, Giada, XX Settembre, Villa Maria Regina, Giotto, Palacavicchi to name a few from 42.00 to 60.00 euro. Four-star hotels like Pisana Palace, Petra, Domina Inn Roma Cassia, Pineta Palace, Hermitage, Sunrise, Saint Paul, Roma Park, Aureliano, Regent and 120 others cost about 50.00 to 90.00 euro. While five-star hotels like Bernini Bristol, Hotel Aldrovandi Palace, Lord Byron, Grand Hotel Plaza, Splendide Royal, Exedra, A Boscolo Luxury Hotel, Ambasciatori Palace, Regina Baglioni, Majestic, Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi, Grand Hotel de le Minerve and Hassler Villa Medici charge from 210.00 to 514.55 euro.

Another consideration in choosing hotels is its proximity to the center of the city. Although if you prefer accommodations from outside the center, you just have to make sure that your hotel is located near a train terminal so that it will be easy for you to access the city proper. Hotels offer varieties of services and you have to check them out before making reservations so that your accommodations will suit your requirements.