6 reasons your next villa holiday should be in Lanzarote

6 reasons your next villa holiday should be in Lanzarote

 

Still not sorted this year’s summer getaway? Why not consider the fourth largest of the Canary Islands? With over 3 million tourists flocking to its shores each year, Lanzarote has something for adventure hunters, relaxation seekers and everyone in between. Here are 6 great reasons you should book a villa holiday to this fantastic Spanish destination right now.

 

  1. Endless sunshine

It really doesn’t matter when you visit Lanzarote. The island has more than 300 days of sunshine every year thanks to its proximity to Africa and few tall mountains. If you book your villa holiday for August, you’ll bask in average daily temperatures of around 30°C (86°F). And there’ll be very little rainfall to dampen your holiday spirits, either.

 

  1. Wonderful beaches

Lanzarote boasts mile upon mile of brilliant beaches. One of the most beautiful and popular is Papagayo Beach on the south coast, which offers glorious white sands and snorkel-friendly turquoise waters. But if you’re the more adventurous sort, wild and windy Famara Beach in the northwest is a surfer’s paradise with 5 kilometres of perfect waves to catch and ride.

 

  1. Amazing landscapes

Known as the “Island of Volcanoes”, no trip to Lanzarote would be complete without exploring the spectacular Timanfaya National Park. Created by enormous eruptions in the 18th century, this otherworldly interior region is full of awe-inspiring geological phenomena like craters, tunnels and geysers. You can even take a camel ride through the lunar-like landscape or enjoy a restaurant meal cooked by geothermal heat!

 

  1. Delicious cuisine

The Canary Islands have plenty of local delicacies to tickle your taste buds, and Lanzarote is no exception. One of its most famous dishes is Papas Arrugadas, or “wrinkled potatoes”. These small potatoes are boiled skin-on in salty water, before being served with green (garlicky) or red (spicy) Mojo sauce. Other popular and mouth-watering offerings are Lapas (limpets), Pulpo a la Plancha (grilled octopus) and Estofado (meat stew).

 

  1. Fabulous festivals

With a year-round calendar of exciting fiestas and festivals, there’s always a reason to celebrate on Lanzarote. If you visit in August, you’ll get to experience Fiesta de San Ginés – the annual major festival in honour of the island’s patron saint. You’ll find all sorts of fun in the capital of Arrecife, such as parades, processions and traditional island sports like Canarian sailing and wrestling. Not to mention an amazing firework display on the beach for the grand finale!

 

  1. Great holiday villas

There’s no shortage of fantastic places to stay on Lanzarote. And with more than 160 holiday villas across six resorts, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our super selection here at Villas Plus. From cosy retreats for couples, to impressive properties big enough for the extended family, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for. Even better, we still have some villas available for summer 2019.

 

So what are you waiting for? Browse our holiday villas in Lanzarote and book your summer escape now.

 

Puerto del Carmen or Playa Blanca?

Being a returning visitor to Lanzarote I should admit I had some expectations. I’m happy to confirm that I was not disappointed.

Playa Blanca with its picturesque coastal walks, sea front location and variety of coffee shop, restaurants and bars make it ideal for those looking for a quiet getaway. We didn’t spend too much time here as my previous visit was spent relaxing and walking along the seafront all the way to the lighthouse.

Puerto Del Carmen being the main resort and is 15 minutes’ drive from the airport makes it ideal for those not looking to drive or hire a car. Not only do you have everything you need within walking distance, you also have great access to the transport system ,which gives you great access to the rest of Lanzarote.

Whether you’re travelling as a couple ,with friends or family your grandparents or children this resort can offer something for everyone. Please refer to our handy resort guide for things to do.

For a day away from the main strip you can visit Puerto Calero – an upmarket area and harbour with a selection of bars, cafes and restaurants with a selection of high end shops to distract you from the calming harbour views.

If I had a sporty bone in my body I could see myself running along the beach or cycling, but let’s be honest that’s not me. I like to relax and enjoy the sun while watching those more dedicated work up a sweat.

Snorkeling, Playa Chica Beach, Puerto del Carmen.

At night Puerto del Carmen comes to life, the bars compete and the touts are out ,but not to bother you, of course they are there to tempt you into the bars and restaurants, but once they know you’re not interested or that you have already eaten most will just say hello and check your enjoying your time in resort.

Despite the liveliness at night the noise isn’t too loud and it’s unlikely you will hear any wherever you’re staying, as I was one street behind the main strip and couldn’t hear a peep.

After reading this back, I guess I am still undecided and to be honest I’m rather torn as both have a great feel to them and I would return to both.

For those of you who have read this in the hope of having the ultimate question answered I’m sorry to disappoint ,but let’s put it out there … which is better Playa Blanca or Puerto del Carmen?

 

5 things to do when in Lanzarote

 

1. Relax – there’s no excuse…. you’ve worked hard for this time away and you deserve to be able to do nothing but relax.

2. Coastal walks- If you’re like me and exercise is a chore, a slow walk taking in the views is something even your Nana will enjoy.

3. Beaches: Playa Grande Beach which is 1km long a sandy beach with the Avenida de Las Playas promenade can take you past some more quieter coves. Playa Flamingo is pretty with a protective rock barrier making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Tip: Don’t be fooled by the weather if cloudy. Always protect yourself and cream up I learnt the hard way.

4. Timanfaya national park aka ‘Fire Mountains’ with its ‘Martian’ landscape which when at the top of Timanfaya. Only then do you get the full sense of how much of the island was affected by the last eruption. Ideal for a day out and fun for all the family. The coach tour around the craters is only €10.00 pp and gives you a chance to see the best views on the island of the impact area.

5. Day trip to Fuerteventura- Hop on a ferry from Playa Blanca port for a 25-minute ferry crossing which usually depart every 2 hours for about €14.00 each way. Explore the island of Fuerteventura and experience what this isle has to offer and get away for the day to maybe do some shopping.

Tip: For those who suffer from sea sickness the larger ferries are impacted less by natures forces but this is dependent on the weather.

 

Top Tip: When excited about your villa and Facetime is in use, ALWAYS look where you are walking and not into the phone screen. This avoids unnecessary accidents as I discovered for myself.

 

Written by Jamie from our Travel Team.

We LOVE ISLAND Life in Majorca

Are you glued to your TV watching the Love Island celebs get up to their cheeky antics in the Majorcan sun? If the show’s got you dreaming of a villa holiday to this amazing Balearic island, here are four ways to enjoy life out there.

 

  1. Stay in the charming yet stylish resort of Cala d’Or

Once a traditional Spanish fishing village, this family-friendly resort on the island’s south east coast fuses relaxed charm with upmarket style. As well as picturesque cobbled streets, golden sandy beaches and fun activities for the kids, you’ll find endless chic bars, eateries and shops in the stunning yacht-filled marina.

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If you’re looking for the perfect villa holiday in Cala d’Or, check out Villa Marino with its private pool, serene gardens and beautiful countryside views. Or take a look at the spacious Villa Ses Arcades which boasts a great central location and wonderful sun terrace for dining al fresco.

 

  1. Discover a slice of Caribbean paradise at Es Trenc

A short drive away from Cala d’Or is Es Trenc, the most famous beach in Majorca. This trendy part of the south east coastline is often likened to the Caribbean thanks to its two kilometres of powdery white sand and bright turquoise water.

Es Trenc is quite remote and not part of a resort, which gives it an unspoilt and natural ambience. It’s a little more peaceful than the more commercial beaches thanks to fewer noisy watersports and restaurants. And it’s popular with nudists, so head to the marked sections if you fancy shedding your swimwear!

 

  1. Visit the laidback ancient town of Pollensa

For relaxing holiday in northern Majorca, Pollensa is a great choice. This historical rural town is full of narrow streets, old buildings, interesting museums and quaint shops. It’s also home to one of Majorca’s best markets, where you can buy everything from beautiful local crafts to delicious fresh produce every Sunday.

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If you want to stay near Pollensa, Villa Bennassar is a top pick with its spectacular mountain backdrop, private pool and traditional style. Or Villa Bon Reco is well worth a look if you’re after lovely hilly views and a secluded lawn for a spot of sunbathing.

 

  1. Tickle your taste buds at Ponderosa Beach

The popular Ponderosa Beach is considered one of the top chiringuitos (beach clubs) in Spain. Situated on Playa de Muro on the north coast, this fashionable restaurant has a cool vibe with colourful shutters and white furniture.

Sink your feet into the sand as you savour mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes like seafood paella or linguine pasta. And then wash it all down with a tasty cocktail while admiring the ocean vista.

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Want to follow in the footsteps of the Love Islanders for your next villa holiday? Check out our fantastic range of villas to rent in Majorca.

Meet the team. Majorca: Jo Ryan.

What’s your name and where do you come from?

Hi, My Name is Jo Ryan, and I am originally from a little place in the North West of England called St Helens, but I have been living overseas now for 30 years, most of those years on this beautiful island of Majorca.

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How long have you been at Villa Plus?

I started and set up Villa Plus here on Majorca, at a time that we only had two other resorts, Portugal and Costa Del Sol and we received our first clients in March 2005. My Villa Plus journey began with 38 villas and today we have 220 in different areas of the island!

Fun fact about you/ Mallorca

I was fascinated by the Spanish language from a very early age and remember always trying to chat to Spanish natives as a child on holiday in different parts of Spain. I always wanted to live in Spain when in was older.  I was lucky enough to take my O’ level Spanish a year early and perfected my Spanish in the North of Spain during my teenage years. When I came to work on the island I was shocked to be greeted by people speaking a new language….. Mallorcan/Catalan, a totally different language to what I had learnt!!   I was, at this time fluent in Spanish!  I spent the next 10 years here on a mission to learn this language!

Today I am fluent, like a local, in Catalan and Spanish and have a 15-year-old son born on the island who speaks both languages like a local but also English with his Mum’s great northern accent! 😊

What is your favorite villa and why?

That’s a really hard question to answer with just one villa name. We have such a variety of villas ranging from villas that are walking distance to beaches and resort centres to Mallorcan fincas located down meandering country lanes, modern villas and classical Spanish villas. I’m going to be cheeky and give my two best choices:

I love Villa Marino which is a beautiful country villa nestled in mature gardens with a fabulous pool area to enjoy sunny days in the sun, with comfy seating on the splendid terraces and a wonderful BBQ area for those evenings relaxing by the pool. It’s a country villa but also not far from the resort of Cala Dor so for me offers the best of both worlds.

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Another favorite of mine is a new villa on our programme this year, Villa Quiros 2.

I fell in love with this villa for its perfect location by the beach and a few of my favorite restaurants are nearby too, not to mention La Roca Beach Bar which just a stone’s throw away and a great place for those early evening cocktails. The villa itself is so majestic and impressive and I can imagine myself and my family on holiday here in the hot sunny months.

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What is a typical day like for you?

I can’t say that any day is the same for me in my job as Area Manager, which I love! It’s such a diverse role that keeps me busy and on my toes! I work with a wonderful team of 17 people who are what make Mallorca so successful. I feel very lucky to have the team that I have. I am responsible for the whole delivery of the holiday experience to our clients, through the hard work of my team, as well as contracting the villas for our programme on the island. My days start early in the morning and I can often be found at my desk before 8am. My role takes me out of the office quite a lot too and I travel around the island meeting owners and agents and visiting their villas to see if they could be part of our programme. I work closely with my team on the ground to ensure the smooth running of the resort and to make sure that we deliver a great holiday experience to every single one of our customers.  Once my working day is over, I can be found cycling along the pine walk on my new vintage bicycle and having a well-deserved G&T with friends, or walking my dog Luna with my son Samy, who is 15. In the hot summer months, we often go to the beach at about 8pm to have a refreshing evening swim followed by a BBQ in the garden. It’s great to relax and be able enjoy this wonderful island as well as working hard!

What made you want to be a holiday rep/manager?

I wanted to work in Spain ever since I can remember. As a family we holidayed most years in Spain or France and I decided in my teens that I wanted to be a holiday rep in Spain.

I worked as an Overseas Holiday Rep for the first few years of my time overseas, and with my years of experience and time became involved with the contracting of the villas and Area Manager. I love my job as Area Manager and the diversity contracting also gives to my role.

Which other Villa Plus destinations do you most want to visit & why?

I would love to visit our Greek resorts as Greece is one of the places that I have never visited. Perhaps this summer I may escape my lovely island and pop to see my colleagues over in Corfu or one of the new islands that we have on offer like Zante.

What is one thing our guests CANNOT miss during their holiday in Mallorca, in your opinion?

You simply cannot miss sitting on one of our beautiful beaches at the end of a fabulous day and experiencing the amazing sunset over the Mediterranean Sea and majestic mountains whilst enjoying a fresh cool drink with your loved ones!

 

 

On the Gourmet Trail. Spain: Paella

This delicious dish is from Spain and is the ideal meal for a night in with your friends and family.

 

Ingredients 

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red pepper, chopped

125g (4¼ oz) fresh chorizo sausage, casing removed and diced

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets, diced

350g (12 oz) uncooked Arborio rice

1.25 litres (2 pints) chicken stock

100ml (4 fl oz) white wine

1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only

1 pinch saffron

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 squid, cleaned and diced

2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

75g (3 oz) frozen garden peas

12 large prawns, peeled and deveined

500g (1 1/4 lb) mussels, cleaned and debearded

Generous handful chopped parsley

8 wedges lemon to garnish

 

Method

1. Heat olive oil in paella pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and pepper; cook and stir for a few minutes. Add chorizo, chicken and rice; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 of the stock, wine, thyme leaves and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes; stir occasionally.

2. Taste the rice and check to see if it is cooked. If the rice is uncooked, stir in 1/3 of the remaining stock. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally. Stir in additional stock as necessary. Cook until rice is done.

3. Stir in squid, tomatoes and peas. Cook for 2 minutes. Arrange prawns and mussels on top. Cover with aluminium foil and leave for 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Remove the foil and sprinkle parsley over the top. Serve in paella pan garnished with lemon wedges.

Cala Galdana: Menorca

I have called Menorca my home for over 15 years, and Cala Galdana is without a doubt one of my favourite spots. A combination of many factors makes it, in my opinion, a little piece of paradise. Think golden sand and the crystal-clear turquoise waters, towering pine trees and dramatic limestone cliffs. This beautiful resort really does have something for everyone.

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Cala Galdana is the perfect family resort and is always one of my first stops with visiting family and friends. It has a horseshoe shaped bay of gentle waters ideal for even the youngest members of the family to enjoy a paddle. There is plenty to keep the little ones busy, including the Tobogan restaurant on the main strip, which is a firm favourite with my kids. It has two water slides, allowing the kids to tire themselves out whilst you enjoy a cool drink and a few snacks. There is also a crazy golf course and a play park if the kids ever manage to grow weary of the slides!

Family and friends playing on Cala Galdana beach

I often head to Cala Galdana to enjoy an afternoon picnic with friends, whilst the children paddle until the sun goes down. There are large picnic benches on the beach, nestling under the shade of the pine trees. However, if you prefer to treat yourselves, there is a popular restaurant perched on the edge of a rocky outcrop, where you can enjoy unbeatable views of the bay whilst sampling freshly caught sea food with cool, crisp white wine or try some local tapas accompanied by fruity, refreshing sangria.

After a day relaxing on the beach, if you fancy doing something different, the twice weekly equestrian show at Son Martorellet is situated less than 5km from Cala Galdana. I have taken my family numerous times, and it never fails to be both spectacular and enchanting. It is not just for horse lovers, and it is described as “A complete experience that touches the hearts and souls of all audiences”. The show is called “Somni” meaning “dream” in the local Menorca language. Magnificent stallions and their talented riders act out the story of a girl´s dreams and her longing to own a horse which soon becomes her best friend, embarking on many adventures. For true equestrian enthusiasts like myself, Son Martorellet also offers exclusive behind the scenes visits.

Lidia and Poppy at end of Cala Galdana to Cala Macarella walk

 

 

 

 

 

For the more adventurous holiday maker, Cami de Cavalls is the natural bridle path which skirts the whole island. From Cala Galdana, you can head in two directions, East to Cala Mitjana or West to Cala Macarella. Both walks saunter through a contrast of shady wooded areas as well as dramatic costal stretches. They are suitable for even the younger members of the family, with my younger son, aged 6, easily managing the longer route to Cala Macarella which is approximately 3km. The route to Cala Macarella should definitely be done in the early morning or late afternoon, when the heat of the Mediterranean sun is not so intense. The route to Cala Mitjana is shorter, and the majority of the route is along a well paved and shaded path, which winds down to the beach. Don’t forget that the way back is uphill though! The beach itself is spectacular, with the limestone cliffs overhanging the turquoise waters. Both Cala Macarella and Cala Mitjana are unspoilt “virgin” beaches, which is the reason for their appeal, however remember that this also means there are very limited facilities, with one beach bar at Cala Macarella and nothing at all at Cala Mitjana, so take plenty of food and water on your walk.

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If you prefer the open waters to dry land, there is a wide selection of water activities for all the family. I love hiring a kayak to explore a multitude of hidden caves and outlets around the bay. Or if you wish to head further afield, a round trip from Cala Galdana to Cala Mitjana and back should take approximately 2 hours. If its family fun you are looking for, my kids adore hiring out one of the floating pedalos, complete with its own slide!

After all the exertion, let the rest of the family head back to the villa for an afternoon swim, and book yourself into the Audax hotel’s Blue Spa for a bit of pampering. It boasts a full thermal spa circuit, as well as an array of treatments. The perfect way to unwind!

But it’s not all about the kids, as there is plenty to keep the grown-ups busy too! Cala Galdana has a good choice of restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as bars that are open until late, such as the popular Mississippi bar. Or head to the trendy chill-out lounge, Francesca, for an early evening cocktail.

Cala Galdana is home to 18 spectacular Villa Plus villas, including 7 which are new to the Villa Plus 2019 programme. Myself and my colleagues are delighted that they have been named after some of our children: Alexia, Erik, Ethan, Lidia, Nicolas, Olivia and Poppy.

Have a browse on our website to find the perfect villa to suit your needs, but I can guarantee that the resort of Cala Galdana will be an all-round winner!

So, in a nutshell, I just can’t wait for family and friends to visit us again in Menorca this year so that I can proudly show off this perfect piece of paradise on the island that I am proud to call home.

 

Post written by Caroline, part of our Villa Representative team in Menorca.

41 Hours in Andalucía

On a recent work trip I was lucky enough to find myself in Andalucia…for just 41 hours! Having spent the last few days exploring the bustling resorts of Fuengirola, Marbella and Benalmadena, I was looking forward to a more relaxed pace as I headed east along the coast – luckily, I was not disappointed! Trading the glitz and glamour of Puerto Banus for the laid-back charm of Torrox Costa and Nerja, here are my favourite experiences:

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Tapas in Torrox Costa

Home to a wide promenade lining the beautiful beach, Torrox Costa certainly has a relaxed vibe. Having found a wonderful little tapas bar, Entre Vientos, I enjoyed a delicious feast whilst admiring the stunning views.

Getting lost in Nerja

Although a popular tourist destination and therefore busier than its neighbour, Torrox Costa, I was surprised by how Nerja has managed to keep much of its authentic Spanish charm. The old town is a network of narrow streets and characterful buildings with a mix of shops selling perfumes, wines and clothing as well as souvenirs.

So much seafood!

With both Nerja and Torrox Costa having such superb costal locations, it’s no wonder I had so much seafood to choose from. From mussels to lobster, and everything in between, the world (or menu) is literally your oyster! Having settled on a delicious crab ravioli, I sat back with a glass of wine overlooking the sea.

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Balcon de Europa

A tree-lined promenade leading to a spectacular viewing point, the Balcon de Europa is certainly a popular spot for the novice photographer – or selfie taker! Grabbing a coffee from the nearby café, I settled in for an hour or so of people watching.

The stunning views

With the seaside location of both resorts, I was (of course) expecting some spectacular sea views, and true to form I was not disappointed! Driving along the coastal road between Nerja & Torrox Costa, I was surprised by how beautiful the scenery was. Heading up in the hills I was quick to choose my favourite villa, Cecilia Sol – a charming, traditional Spanish villa with superb views.

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All too quickly my 41 hours in Andalucia came to an end and it was time to head back to the airport, one thing I am sure of is it won’t be long till I head back – hopefully for a longer stay next time!

Post written by Sammy, one of our Product Performance Analysts.

The 3 most Instagrammable destinations in Europe

Are you an Instagram lover deciding where to book your next villa holiday? Look no further than our top three most photogenic destinations in Europe. Rent a holiday villa at one of these Insta-worthy locations and you’ll get incredible #nofilter shots that’ll make your followers wish they were there.

 1. Cala St Vicente, Majorca

 

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Want to fill your feed with picturesque charm? You can’t go wrong with a villa holiday in Cala St Vicente. Nestled in a hillside on Majorca’s northwestern coast, this quiet traditional fishing village is the perfect choice for a peaceful and scenic getaway.

Head to Cala Barques, the largest of the four unspoilt cove beaches, for photographic paradise. With golden sand contrasting against the azure Mediterranean water, you’re guaranteed to get some dazzling shots. There are fascinating rock pools to discover too.

After you’ve uploaded your last snap, why not continue soaking up the view from one of the local seafood restaurants? Or if you’re feeling more energetic, explore the surrounding area by taking a walking or cycling trail through the spectacular Tramuntana Mountains.

 

 2. Carvoeiro, Algarve

 

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For picture-perfect coastal character in the Algarve, a relaxing villa holiday in Carvoeiro is just the ticket. An ideal family destination, this traditional Portuguese resort town is bursting with cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, great shops and fantastic eateries.

But the jewel in Carvoeiro’s crown is Praia do Carvoeiro, one of the most stunning beaches in the region. This gorgeous sandy bay is flanked by imposing sandstone cliffs and dotted with fishing paraphernalia. It’s sure to have you instantly reaching for your camera.

To enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the dramatic coastline, take a clifftop stroll along the wooden walkway from the beach’s eastern end. You’ll end up in Algar Seco, a series of impressive limestone rock formations where you can get even more snap happy.

 

3. French Riviera, France

 

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It’s easy to see why we’ve added the French Riviera to our range of destinations this year. This enchanting part of southeastern France boasts quaint villages, sun-kissed beaches, glamorous cities, delectable cuisine and much more.

But if you’re looking to capture photos that’ll totally wow your Instagram followers, set off for the Valensole Plateau. Famous for its 800km² of lavender fields, you can point your lens at endless violet carpets while delighting in the intoxicating scent that fills the air.

To marvel at the best blooms, you’ll need to make sure your French Riviera villa holiday falls between mid-June and mid-July. Visit Valensole during daylight to get a magical snap of the vibrant purple flowers against the blue sky. Or arrive in the evening to capture a glorious sunset shot that’ll send your likes soaring.

 

Want extra inspiration for your next villa holiday? Check out our Instagram for even more European destinations that you and your camera will love.

Floral Themed Villas

To celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 we decided to dig out some of our floral inspired villas and share a bunch of our favourites with you.

 

Villa Poppy, Polis, Cyprus

Situated in a fantastic central location, just 900 yds from the beach, is Villa Poppy. Ideal for couples and small groups, this 2 bedroom villa is spacious inside and out and is the ideal place for a relaxing week or two in the sun.

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Villa Daisy, Lagos, Algarve

Part of our Very Villa Plus programme is the daintily named Villa Daisy. With 4 bedrooms, sleeping up to 9 people, you’ll have plenty of room for all the family. Enjoy your private, heated swimming pool and impressive garden space during your Villa Plus holiday in Portugal.

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Villa Lavanda, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Just a 20-minute walk from the centre of Playa Blanca is Villa Lavanda. With 3 bedrooms, bright and airy rooms and a private, heated pool you have everything you need for your dream holiday this summer.

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Villa Rosemary Sostis, Agios Sostis, Zante

This centrally located, 2-bedroom property is Villa Rosemary Sostis. Situated just 500 yds from the beach, the villa is also close to the waterside restaurants and mini markets. Enjoy the privacy of your villa, with heated pool, or use it as a base to explore the island. The choice is yours!

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Villa Lotus, Porec, Croatia

Nestled in the countryside is Villa Lotus, an ideal choice for those looking for a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of a busy resort. The property had a landscaped garden, perfect for sunbathing in after a refreshing dip in the pool.

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Villa Jazminez, Marbella, Costa del Sol

This delightful 3-bedroom property is Villa Jazminez. Set amongst a mature, private garden, you’ll have a private pool, al fresco dining area and plenty of privacy.

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Which of these villas would you pick? Let us know in the comments below

 

By Maddy Morgan

 

Ode to Costa Blanca

Here at Villa Plus we’re passionate about everything we do. Rachel, from our Costa Blanca team, is multi-talented and has written us a poem about this stunning destination.

Costa Blanca known as the jewel of Spain ,
A destination too enchanting to really explain.
With beautiful beaches & restaurants galore,
And magical places for you to explore !
Javea is special & very unique
And offers you everything you could possibly seek.
At the foot of Montgo Mountain so stunning to see.
Making the temperatures here the best place to be.
Its historical old town with tradition & charm,
Or the port to relax & admire the palms.
And the Arenal beach for families & friends,
From morning till night your time you can spend !

For a village of beauty Moraira is fine,
With its tiny stone castle & places to dine.
Its exclusive marina & surrounding coast,
It understandably has something special to boast.
With its breath taking coves for you to explore,
Leaving you amazed & wanting much more.

Then Calpe is larger & buzzing with fun,
And a beautiful beach for days in the sun !
Its known for its restaurants & specialist dish,
With a great choice of seafood & delicious fresh fish.
A vast promenade full of bars & places to shop,
This Spanish resort certainly has got the lot.
So do come & visit to relax & unwind,
The beautiful Costa Blanca is a fantastic find !
For a wonderful holiday you won´t want to leave.
Just now choose your villa & truly believe!

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