April 2018 - Vacation Marbella

Tourists are going mental for rental

Luxury villas and rental homes, as opposed to hotel stays, are becoming an increasingly popular choice with global travellers, and that is definitely something we are witnessing here in Marbella.

Building a business is never easy, certainly not in such a crowded tourism industry, and especially not in a competitive area like the Costa Del Sol – one of the most popular destinations for sun-seekers in Europe.

The choice for visitors is therefore plentiful with a plethora of hotels, aparthotels, villas and apartments – and the quandary of half-board, full-board, all-inclusive or self-catering breaks.

However, the beauty of private self-rental, and in particular here at Vacation Marbella, is we offer so  much choice and freedom for the customer to choose the perfect base and environment for their holiday – and, usually, at a better value price.

Naturally, one of the first considerations for the majority of travellers is how much will the holiday cost. That is true for everyone, regardless of budget, and one major factor is if their break represents value for money.

You work hard during the year and a holiday, whether it is a few days or a few weeks, is naturally one of the most important occasions of the year – a time to get away from the routine and simply relax.

Despite a reputation for providing high-end apartments, Vacation Marbella has something for every budget, and our properties are incredibly cost-effective and offer great-value compared to hotels of a similar high-class standard. Rental accommodation prices are often better, and that is before other additional costs are taken into consideration.  Having a nice kitchen and dining area to enjoy the odd meal in provides good savings, while still allowing the freedom to eat out.

Vacation Marbella prides itself on offering the highest quality apartments and many of our 60 properties are in secure, picturesque settings with 24-hour security. This means they provide more privacy than a hotel and offer quieter surroundings with fewer people in one area.

We own an assortment of accommodation options to suit groups of all ages and sizes, but there are very few hotel rooms or even suites that will offer more space than our properties.

One of the beauties of villas is they deliver separate living, sleeping, cooking and bathing areas as opposed to being restricted to living in just one or two rooms. With multiple rooms it is much better for groups or families as they can enjoy each other’s company, dine together, while also safe in the knowledge they can have some privacy whenever needed.

During family holidays, children can also bring their own issues. Kids getting bored can lead to problems, especially in the evening when tiredness kicks in and sleep may not be an option due to the noise that comes with staying in a restrictive hotel environment. But with our villas you can entertain your group safe in the knowledge the little ones are tucked up safely in bed.

Private rental villas also offer more freedom in every aspect of your holiday. Hotel deals can be very restrictive in terms of schedule, check-in times, when you eat and even take an excursion, but when you book a holiday with Vacation Marbella you get that flexibility back.

Visitors can tailor a holiday to suit their own needs, whether that is visiting a restaurant, booking one of our exciting and wide-ranging excursions, or simply relaxing. And this comes with no fears of living by a schedule created by a hotel with no real understanding of how you as a tourist want to spend your time.

For animal lovers we know how hard it can be to leave the family pet at home, not to mention the added third-party costs such as kennels, but we have villas that are dog friendly, meaning your adopted family member can also join the fun during your stay.

Like you, we love our creature comforts and luxurious extras – whether it is the latest gadget, washing machine, hot tub, or any other amenity or labour-saving device and Vacation Marbella has everything covered in that department. All our apartments are fully-equipped with the latest and highest quality appliance.

Vacation Marbella has always had a very strong focus on guest services and we recently strengthened that commitment with the addition of a state-of-the-art app to ensure customers can enjoy a hassle-free holiday.

The forward-thinking company is in the process of installing the highly-acclaimed Virtual Concierge, an easy-to-use touch-screen tablet that gives visitors access to detailed information on the services that are available, the local area, as well as instructions on how to use any appliance in its apartments.

Vacation Marbella has years of experience in devising and delivering a host of guest services, such as arranging discounted green fees at some of the many golf courses in the region, including Los Naranjos and Rio Real, fully-qualified baby-sitting, car rental, transfers and exciting excursions such as fishing charters and private tours, while we can also even arrange for a chef to come to your apartment and cook for you.

Even high-end hotels can lack character with endless corridors of symmetrical rooms, but here at Vacation Marbella we pride ourselves on the fact our portfolio of properties vary in style and taste. While all are fully modernised, they all possess their own personality and are tastefully decorated to the highest standard.

Although well established in the Andalucía region, Vacation Marbella has steadily grown over the years, and we have added 12 new accommodation options over the last few months, bringing our portfolio to 60 properties and 320 bedrooms – an increase of 20 per cent on 2017.

And we are now focusing on supplying golf stay-and-play packages this spring. Thanks to our great relationship with some of the clubs in the area, Vacation Marbella can offer its guests discounted green fees at courses like Los Naranjos and Real Rio, which are situated on the doorstep of Marbella.

The Marbella region has long been a favourite for UK visitors and Vacation Marbella hosted more than 10,000 guests a year alone in 2017, and with an average of 320 sunny days a year and more than 30 golf courses in the Costa del Sol region and 15 alone in Marbella, the area is a haven for golfers.


Starlite Marbella’s star-studded line up

One of the trends we’re seeing in 2018 is holidaymakers looking to base their holidays around
activities, experiences and events. It’s a great way to do something different and have an amazing
experience and here on the Costa del Sol there are so many things to do and see.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience for your holiday this year, check out Starlite
Marbella. This is a boutique festival, with a series of concerts which take place in July and August.
There are 16 great concerts in the main auditorium. This is a spectacular location to see a concert, in
an old quarry behind Marbella, which almost has an otherworldly feel.
We’re particularly excited about Sting on the 19 th of July, Il Divo on the 28 th of July, James Blunt on
the 3 rd of August and the exceptional flamenco dancer Sara Baras on the 11 th of August. See the full line up on their website and you can book tickets online too.
In addition to these amazing concerts there are also “sessions” where smaller groups perform
concerts and DJs take centre stage. This is in the cool bar and restaurant area, outside the main
auditorium and has a great atmosphere. There are several bars, places to buy food and an elegant,
refined, festival environment.
Insider’s Tip – With a sessions ticket you don’t get a seat unless you book a VIP table.


Where to stay if you’re going to Starlite?

Starlite is in the Nagueles area of Marbella, just a few minutes’ drive from the centre. The easiest
access is from Marbella’s stunning Golden Mile, so this is a great place to stay. You can get a taxi or
transfer up from the Golden Mile and be there in just a few minutes.

We have a number of wonderful holiday rentals on the Golden Mile that, as well as being close to
Starlite, are also very well positioned to be able to walk into Marbella and Puerto Banus. The Golden
Mile has beautiful villas and apartment complexes with great facilities. You can walk down to a
lovely stretch of beach with beach bars and cafes, yet it is a peaceful area.
You are also close to Puente Romano, with its great bars and restaurants. We love the beach front
Sea Grill and Dani Garcia’s Bibo – a must for foodie travellers! The Puente Romano has a tennis club which recently hosted the Da vis Cup and regularly hosts music events in the summer, so if you’re lucky you might even be able to fit in two concerts during your stay! These tend to be announced later in the year than Starlite, but you can check the promoters Crazy Music Productions who normally arrange the concerts there, for the latest announcements.

Things to do in the summer in Marbella

Other great summer activities include –

A trip to one of the Costa del Sol’s amazing Beach Clubs for a VIP experience and a party atmosphere. Check out our favourite Beach Clubs

Go to a water park. Families love the water parks and although there isn’t one in Marbella, we’d recommend a trip down the coast to Aqua Mijas in Fuengirola or Bahia Park in Algeciras.

Head to Tarifa for kite surfing. Tarifa makes a great day trip destination for water sports fans. The consistent strong winds make it a mecca for windsurfers and kite surfers and its bohemian vibe is very different from Marbella and Banus.

Vacation Marbella can help you make the most of your Marbella summer holidays. As well as offering luxury holiday rentals, we also go the extra mile with a host of guest services and excellent customer service. We’ve thought about everything that we think will make your holiday extra special, from transfers, to golf green-fees, to boat charters and childcare. If there’s anything more you need, please don’t hesitate to contact our helpful team.