In these days of online shopping for anything and everything, keep in mind that if you're looking for a villa or apartment to rent, many owners now offer their properties to cyber surfing potential bookers via the Internet. It’s cheaper for those renting and owners usually pass on this saving to the bookers, making it a win-win option.
There are a number of websites which show owners' advertisements according to country and type of property. We’ve chosen www.villarenters.com, voted website of the week by the Daily Mail.
Villarenters.com currently has around 13,000 holiday homes in 85 countries on its site, with 3,000 in holiday hotspot, Spain, and properties in other popular European destinations and the USA.
You’ll find detailed descriptions and plenty of photos of the properties on offer, along with star ratings and reviews by previous guests. You can search for properties geographically, click on beach options and fine tune your search to include facilities such as a private pool, barbecue, or suitability for the disabled.
One advantage is that the site has its own online booking and payment system, which means you don’t have to deal with owners and it makes bookings more secure. There's a money-back guarantee in the case of serious problems.
So if you're thinking of next year's sun holiday, consider renting a villa directly from the owner and saving your hard-earned cash!