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Villa Fraud: 4 Ways to Beat it

Beat Villa Fraud

Read an interesting article in yesterday's Sunday Times by Mark Frary, writing on the subject of villa fraudsters. One unfortunate lady lost £4000 as a result of fraudulent activity on the Owners Direct website. It's around this time every year when we receive a few calls from people who've made a booking direct with a 'villa owner' but

Summer availability in the Pyrenees

La Joliette Pyrenees

We are in The Sunday Times again!  We have a 'killer villa' with availability this summer, 1-15 August - just 90 minutes drive from Biarritz airport.  Built for a bishop and enjoying beautiful views, La Joliette is the perfect spot for outdoorsy families and those seeking r&r in an idyllic setting with a large, heated pool.

Did you know in Gascony...?

Gascony ducks

Well, I knew Gascony in south west France is a very under-populated region, but I didn't know that in the Gers department there are 28 ducks for every 1 inhabitant! Thank you to Jane Knight for bringing that to my attention (writing in The Times 21/03/15 - Slow down and recharge in glorious Gascony.

Hossegor's Ultimate Beach Cabin...

Cabane de la Plage Hossegor

Imagine being genuinely on the beach, nothing but soft sand & the glittering ocean for background, dipping in & out of fabulous waves at will. This is Cabane de la Plage - kitchen, living room, three bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, verandah, outdoor shower. Bars & restaurants just 100m away. Heaven for surfers and beach lovers!

Holiday villa with pool in Moliets - new for 2015

Villa Barail Moliets

Introducing Villa la Barail, a brand new rental for 2015 in ever-popular Moliets, SW France. It's sure to be in demand - available from now until the end of July.

Top 50 locations to live on the planet

Cap Ferret

No. 16 in the Sunday Times' top 50 locations to live on the planet (22/3/15)? Gorgeous Cap Ferret on the Aquitaine coast. "...The exclusive lick of land south west of Bordeaux closes Arcachon Bay from the Atlantic, so there are roller-pounded beaches on one side, calmer sands and oyster beds the other, with forest in between.

Europe's 30 Hottest Villas

Alternative Aquitaine in the Sunday Times

No.1 in the list? Villa Souraide in French Basque Country! Thank you to the Sunday Times (22/3/15) for spotting it! The villa has a few weeks still available this summer. "...infinity pool, steam room, private cinema, big terraces, spectacular views and the kind of supercool, let's-be-film-stars interiors you'd expect in a property

New Aquitaine holiday brochure - free download!

Aquitaine Getaways

GetAways, Escape to Aquitaine - 2015. The Aquitaine tourism board has released its new magazine with 40 pages of ideas explaining why you'll enjoy a holiday in Aquitaine, south west France. As well as covering the main tourist attractions, the magazine also reveals a few secrets, like the best sunny terraces and suggestions for

The new Michelin star chefs in Aquitaine

Kaiku St Jean de Luz

The Michelin Guide 2015 winners were unveiled last month by the grandly-titled Ministry of Foreign Affairs (what's it got to do with them?!). Anyway, Nicolas Borombo has won his first star at Kaiku in Saint Jean de Luz, a restaurant we've always enjoyed (special occasions only!) over the years.

Biscarrosse villa coming soon

New Biscarrosse villa

This week we're visiting a fabulous-looking villa in Biscarrosse-Plage, 4 bedrooms, heated pool, beach 1 km - looks right up our street! Should be on the site the by the end of the month, stay tuned...

AA in the Sunday Times

Alternative Aquitaine in Sunday Times

More good news! At the weekend we made it into the Top 20 Hottest Villas and Hotels in France, thanks to stunning Villa des Chevreuils, near Hossegor. The article has generated a couple of bookings and plenty of interest and it still has a couple of fortnights available this summer. The villa sleeps 8 and boasts a private, heated

AA receives Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant Award

AA receives Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant Award image

What an accolade - reviews site Feefo has just awarded Alternative Aquitaine its prestigious Gold Trusted Merchant Award! Feefo run this award to highlight merchants with consistently great customer service. A service rating of between 95% and 100% is required; at 99% we cleared the bar! Thanks to all our clients for the fantastic

AA in the Sunday Times

AA in the Sunday Times image

More good news! At the weekend we made it into the Top 20 Hottest Villas and Hotels in France, thanks to stunning Villa des Chevreuils, near Hossegor. The article has generated a couple of bookings and plenty of interest and it still has a couple of fortnights available this summer. The villa sleeps 8 and boasts a private, heated

New Biarritz flights with Flybe

New Biarritz flights with Flybe image

Thank you Flybe for adding Biarritz to your 2015 schedule with UK flights from Bournemouth, Birmingham and Belfast. Any chance you could add Exeter to the timetable please...?

Feefo Award Winners!

Feefo Award Winners! image

We switched to using Feefo to run our customer surveys in 2014 and we're delighted to announce the following winners: Best independent holiday rental > Domaine d'Orx near Biarritz Best family holiday park > Cottages du Lac, Parentis Best destination > Hossegor Check out the full list of Best Rated Aquitaine

Lacanau - the Blue Flag Beach Capital of France?

Lacanau - the Blue Flag Beach Capital of France? image

On a recent visit to Lacanau's beaches (yes, work can be tough) I was struck by how clear (and warm!) the water is. So I did a little investigation to discover that Lacanau, thanks to its combination of ocean and lake, boasts no fewer than 6 Blue Flag beaches! Can any other resort in France beat that?! Famous for its ocean surfing

The Most Beautiful Villages in France

The Most Beautiful Villages in France image

Congratulations to Navarrenx in the Bearn for becoming the latest addition to The Most Beautiful Villages of France. This charming walled town can easily be visited from the equally beautiful La Joliette, a wonderful maison de maitre in nearby Oloron-Ste-Marie, or from Maison Oloron, a traditional stone Bearnaise maison in

Driving in France - Justin's Top Tip!

Driving in France - Justin's Top Tip! image

Regrettably I am back in the office after a week of hot sunshine working (ok, yes, socialising too!) in Aquitaine. Whilst driving the back roads of the region I was flashed many times by oncoming drivers. I thought I would share with blog readers what this actually means...it's your 30 second warning that you're about to drive past a

Guethary - a Basque coast beauty

Guethary - a Basque coast beauty image

I was reminded what a lovely seaside village Guethary is when I stopped there last week to watch the kamikaze surfers (a big swell was forecast). It was as breathtaking as the 5 metre waves! Nestled between rocky outcrops and built around a small harbour, the winding streets, little cafés & restaurants here and there in distinctive

AA at the Travel Directors' Summit

AA at the Travel Directors' Summit image

Justin and Alex are rarely seen at corporate events but we were delighted to be invited to Elman Wall's Travel Directors' Summit held yesterday at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. We met and listened to some inspiring people such as John Peters and Libby Purves, as well as some influential travel industry folk too. Following Libby's moving

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