Thursday, 28 August 2014

Les Voiles de St Tropez

The end of September is a magical time in the small town of St Tropez. The majority of the tourists have left, the weather is perfect and the port welcomes some of the most amazing sailing boats for the 'Les Voiles de St Tropez'. This annual sailing competition takes place from the 27th September for one week and is the ideal time to enjoy St Tropez at its best.

The ideal choice for your St Tropez visit is to rent a luxury villa within walking distance of the heart of the action in the port. Here are some ideas of villas that still have availability for the 2014 event next month. 

Come and visit St Tropez at this very special time of the year. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

A Day of St Tropez Villa Rentals

The Summer season is always madness for the team at Cote d'Azur Villas and never more so than when we have a fill day of departures and guest arrivals at our Luxury St Tropez Villa Rentals.

This Saturday we said goodbye to 2 families who had spent their holiday in St Tropez and then welcomed guests into three more of our luxury St Tropez villas before heading home and getting caught in the legendary St Tropez traffic on the way home.

Here's our day in pictures...

A few clouds on arrival and lots of yachts moored in the port

Guests leaving Villa Romy with promises to be back next year

Then on to a check in at Villa Laurence, just sitting and admiring the view waiting for the clients to arrive

On to Villa Charme to say goodbye and hello - a quick turn around here! 

And lovely clients who stay with us every year arriving at La Mediterranee with this amazing view from the terrace

And then on to the final arrival of the day at Plein Soleil, just the most amazing contemporary villa full of art and sculpture

And then home as the sun sets over the port....

For all your luxury villa rentals in St Tropez contact the team at Cote d'Azur Villas

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Summer in the South of France Cannes Fireworks

One of the most spectacular of the annual summer events here in the South of France is the Festival of Pyrotechnic Art of Cannes - otherwise known as the Cannes Firework Festival.

This annual event brings together teams from around the world who compete to put on the biggest and most impressive display of fireworks, all set to music. The fireworks are set off from special pontoons moored offshore and the site of the amazing displays over the water is one of the must see events if you are spending your summer here.

The event runs on various evenings throughout July and August and the best way to watch the fireworks is from one of the beachfront restaurants. Enjoy a delicious dinner and then site back with perhaps a little 'digestif' and prepare to be amazed.

Renting a Cannes villa is a great way to enjoy not only the Firework festival but also the many other summer events held each year in the South of France.

Villa du Festival - Cannes Villa to Rent 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Home Away Holiday Rentals Beware!

We are all well used to scam e-mails, however when they appear to come from a trusted source such as Home Away Holiday Rentals then you may well be duped into handing over critical personal information.

Just received in our South of France villa rental offices is the following message which seems plausible...but stop! It's a nasty scam, designed to trick you into sending the most sensitive of personal information.

Our advice is if you are in anyway unsure of the e-mail you receive, contact the company they are supposed to have been sent from and verify everything. No company should ever ask for this kind of information to be shared with them in a general mass e-mail.

We love the internet but be aware and keep safe!

Dear HomeAway User,

Thank you for choosing HomeAway!

As part of our standard quality control procedures, your account has been selected for further review. Due to security reasons, we cannot keep your listing live until we receive additional information.We need to receive the following documentation from you within 10 working days

If you are the owner of the property, we ask that you please provide us with the following information:

1. A copy of your photo ID (both sides of your driver's license or passport)
2. A copy of a deed of sale and title deed
3. An original gas, telephone or other utility bill for the rental property dated within the last 3 months

If you manage or represent this property on behalf of the owner, we ask that you please provide us with the following information:

   * A copy of the lease agreement you have signed with the owner or written letter from the property owner authorizing you to rent the property
   * A copy of the property owner’s valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport)

Please make sure that all information is clear and legible. Proof of ownership and or authorization to rent, along with photo ID
Included as an attachment to a reply or directly to this email:

Why is HomeAway  reviewing my account?
This additional step is essential to ensure a quality experience for our holidaymakers, thus benefiting you and all of our other members. We collect the proof of id & ownership in order to verify the legitimacy of the advert.

How long will this review take?
Upon receipt of the requested documents, if they are in compliance with our request, it will take up to 7 working days. You will receive an email confirmation once your review is completed 

If I don’t provide these documents?
We understand you may have privacy concerns about sharing this information. However, it is important for you to know that HomeAway collects the proof of ID and ownership as part of our security process. Our responsibility is to provide holidaymakers with a safe and secure environment in which to search for holiday accommodation. The steps that we take are designed to enhance our holidaymakers’ experiences, which in turn benefits all of our members.

How do you protect my personal information once you have it?
Please rest assured that this request is purely for administrative and security purposes and the information is not passed onto any third parties. The documents are used to verify owner legitimacy prior to publishing an advert, and are then removed from our system and stored on our highly secure servers. Our company takes data protection very seriously and we can certify that all the necessary measures are taken to preserve your privacy.

If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to reply to this email; we're happy to help!

Kind regards,

Steve Johnstone
Trust and Security Specialist
Legal Information HomeAway SARL:

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