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Early Booking for Cannes Lions 2016
Cannes Lions is one of the busiest times of the year for our Cannes villa rentals, possibly even more so than the Cannes Film Festival. For a week in June Cannes is home to the global creative community, all competing for a sought after Cannes Lions award for their advertisment, campaign or commercial.
Many of our Cannes villas are already booked, however there are still ahandful with availability for this years event taking place from the 18th - 25th June at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Call the team now for your Cannes Lions villa 2016.
Seasons Greetings from the South of France & Provence
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at Cote d'Azur Villas.
Spring is the perfect time to play golf in the South of France
Here in the South of France and Provence we are lucky enough to be surrounded by a host of excellent golf courses and spring is the perfect time for golfers to visit. The weather is glorious but not too hot, the courses are looking their best and, of course, travel and accommodation are less expensive than in the high summer months.
Some of the key courses such as The Royal Mougins, The Grande Bastide and Terre Blanche are within a few minutes drive of our rental villas here in the South of France and in the spring months you can enjoy some great rates.
Choose Provence for a Peaceful Summer
We have just updated our Provence Portfolio which icludes some beautiful properties, a million miles away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Provence is a special corner of France, punctuated with vineyards, olive groves and hidden villages brimming with delicious food and Provencal markets. Here the pace of life is slow, very slow especially in the summer momths when the heat shimmers over the fields and a dip in the pool at your Provence villa is the only way to spend the afternoon.
We have over 60 villas in Provence for rental, please contact our team today for your perfect Summer in Provence.
Christmas Markets on the Cote d'Azur
As soon as the October school holidays are over France begins to prepare for Christmas and this of course means some wonderful Christmas markets on the Cote d'Azur and in Provence. Each village will have a 'Marche de Noel' usually with Father Christmas arriving and with the while family enjoying some seasonal treats of Vin Chaud and Pain d'Epices. In the major cities and towns then there is usually a more permanent Christmas market to be found, some of our more local ones are to be found on the port in Cannes, in Monaco and across to Aix en Provence. Here you will find soe wonderful hand made gifts and decorations, seasonal food an drink and activities for the children.
This is a wonderful time to visit the region and to enjoy some wonderful Christmas shopping.
Charity Christmas Collection Opens 9th November
Our annual Christmas Charity Collection opens on 9th November 2015. This year we are collecting:
Winter clothes for Adults and Children
Blankets & Bed Covers
Childrens toys, games & books
All items should be in good condition and can be delivered to our offices in Sophia Antipolis, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
Please Give Generously!
Autumn in Provence
Autumn is the most wonderful season in Provence, truly a time of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness' as the vineyards turn the most wonderful shades of red and orange. It is also the time that the olive trees are bearing fruit and will be ready for harvesting in only a few weeks.
Visiting Provence at this time of the year is perfect, the days are still warm enough for lunch outside, the villages and towns are quieter and of course there are the wonderful Provencal markets that are full of mushrooms and truffles.
Why not book a last minute trip for some Christmas shopping and stay at one of our Villas in Provence?
The Festive Season on the Cote d'Azur
Blue skies, festive drinks on the terrace and a walk along the beach after a celebratory lunch? Why not come and celebrate the Festive Season in the South of France And Provence.
Wander through the Christmas markets in Cannes, Monaco and Aix en Provence. Enjoy a glass of festive 'vin chaud' with a slice of 'pain d'epices' and enter into the uniquely French celebration.
Whether you choose to celebrate the traditional French meal on the 24th December in the evening or on the 25th you should add th French delicacies of a platter of fresh seafood, foie gras and of course the traditional 13 desserts with coffee.
Many of our villas are available for the festive season so contact the team at Cote d'Azur Villas and book your perfect December break in the SOuth of France.
Storms on the Cote d'Azur
This weekend saw devasting storms on the French Riviera. The major areas of damage were centred around Cannes, Antibes, Vallauris and Biot. There is widespread damage to property and many roads. Very sadly 20 people lost their lives and 2 are still missing. A big thank you to all our friends, families and colleagues who have called asking if the team at Cote d'Azur Villas are all well. Thankfully we are all fine but our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes and their businesses.
Some of the coastal roads are still closed and there is a ban on swimming in the sea in case of contamination from the flood water.
Villa Rental Scammers Beware!
This season we have seen so many guests arriving in our villas who have been the victims of villa rental scams here in the South of France and Provence. They find, what they think, is a perfectly respectable website, they e-mail and in many cases speak with the 'owner' of the property. They confirm the rental, pay the full rental amount up front and then.....nothing. The website disappears, the e-mails bounce and the telephone numbers are no longer in service.
So how can you protect yourself against individuals and in some cases groups of people who are set to ruin your family holiday? Cote d'Azur Villas has been in existence on the French Riviera and in Provence for more than 11 years, the majority of our bookings are transacted via our seure website but the difference is that our offices are here in the South of France, our teams are based here and we will be here with you from helping you to choose your villa righ up until you say goodbye at the end of a wonderful holiday.
Our years of experience in the South of France villa rental market means that we are better placed that almost all other agents to offer our help and advice on how to avoid an upsetting and expensive issue when booking your holiday.
1. Use a Verified Rental Website - The 'big boy's of the rental market are Home Away and Holiday Lettings, they in turn have smaller, national sites such as Abritel in France.
2. Length of Time of Advert - Even on these larger sites verify how long the property has been advertised, they will all tell you and will give you a clear indication of a istory of successful retals.
3. Price - If it seems to good to be true then it usually is. If you are looking at a wonderful 6 bedroom St Tropez Villa in the middle of July and it's a 10th of the price of anything else you've seen then think very carefully why....
4. Domaine Names - If you are not using one of the major rental websites then check out who is the owner of the domaine name - that's the website name, so for us it's www.CotedazurVillaRentals.com. Use one of the key registration sites such as Who Is and you will be able to see who owns the domaine and how long they have owned it. If they've been in business for only a few weeks then you should be concerned.
5. Tesimonials - All websites, including ours have testimonals from previous clients, all satisfied customers and all of whom will be very happy to talk to you about their experience. Any agency will be happy to put you in contact with previous clients and a word of mouth recommendation is worth a million web-site listings.
So our advice is to take care, use the key rental websites and talk to your agency very carefully....individuals who pop up with beautiful villas to rent a silly prices are really to good to be true.
We look forward to welcoming you to the South of France.....
Cantorion Gogledd Cymru North Wales Male Chorus
Coming to Valbonne in October are our friends from North Wales bringing their own very special brand of music and humour to the church in Valbonne. This promises to be an evening of sparkling wit and wonderful music.
Wedding Villas in the South of France
We offer a selection of villas that are perfect for your wedding in the South of France. From a traditional chateau with majestic towers to a chic, contemporary property with stunning sea views.
Our selection of wedding & event villas is available on our website and our team will be delighted to work with you to create your perfect wedding here in the South of France. We can also put you in touch with our handpicked list of wedding & event professionals who will help you to organise every aspect of your wedding.
Rugby World Cup 2015
Welcome to the Rugby World Cup 2015 and in the Cote d'Azur Villas office we are a littel torn as we have English and of course French colleagues. Then there's the matter of a visiting Welsh Choir that we are working on during the tournament. Whoever you are supporting it promises to be an amazing event and we wish all of the teams the best of luck.
Villa Eclat - Cannes Events & Weddings
Exclusively available the stunning Villa Eclat is perfect for cocktail parties, dinners and of course weddings. Overlooking the Bay of Cannes the wrap around terraces are built to take full advantage of the views and offer a unique event space. The open plan living spaces draw your eye towards the sparkling azur waters of the Mediterranean and the tinkling lights for later events.
Ideal for Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Lions, MIPIM & MIPCOM.
Ski Season Opens Soon
On the Cote d'Azur we are still enoying long summer days and time on the beach but it's never too early to book your winter holiday with us. We offer a range of Chalets in some of the most beautiful ski resorts including Meribel, Courchevel and Megeve. Most coming fully staffed and catered then take a look at the options as many are already booked up for the key Christmas and New Year weeks.