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Being in the villa rental business for the past 9 years teaches us one thing: Families have very different travel needs than any other types of travellers. Whenever we expand to another destination or add a new villa into our portfolio, we always have a checklist for its kid-friendly properties. When our mom clients ask us about Niseko, we can happily say that the destination is a great choice. In this Niseko family guide, we have asked our Japan experts to share their best tips on how to travel to Niseko with kids. We will be providing some options and inspirations for you to plan your trip. Is Niseko family-friendly? The short answer: absolutely yes. We have seen enough kids in Niseko to confidently say that the destination is very family-friendly. Skiing aside, there are plenty of other things for families to do, although most of our clients come to…

Fresh seafood, dairy products, Japanese beers and the Genghis Khan – a grilled meat dish – are some of the highlights of Hokkaido cuisine. There are plenty of dining venues to savour these items in Niseko – from food carts, to eateries and Michelin-starred fine diners. The town’s wide-ranging dining scene also features fusion restaurants, French or Italian gourmet diners, cafes and après-ski bars. So if you don’t know where or what to start with, just have a look at our Niseko dining guide below! Where to eat in Niseko Town Located southwards of the Niseko United resorts, Niseko Town isn’t at the heart of the action at Niseko Village, but a town where many long term residents call home. You’ll find affordable accommodation and dining options here, but it’s best to rent a car as it’s harder to get out to the main ski areas.  Sushi Hanayoshi – Come…

Hello everyone, I hope 2021 has been kind to you. It’s been a while since we last updated you, and I would like to share some exciting updates regarding what we’ve been up to and our plans for 2021. Villa Finder Goes to Europe Since borders closure, admittedly, we are not able to have you in our beautiful villas. However, Villa Finder was not idle in 2020. We focused our efforts on finding amazing villas in more destinations, with the hope that when borders reopen, we can bring the Villa Finder Concierge Experience to you at your destination of choice. I’m happy to share that we now have 3000+ villas in over 14 countries. Some of our latest additions are Tuscany (Italy), Ibiza, Mallorca (Spain), Provence and the French Alps (France). If you can travel domestically, lucky you, as the holiday rentals in these destinations are simply stunning. Take a…

Hakuba is spread out; the ski resorts and facilities aren’t located or easily accessible by walking, and there isn’t a main gondola where you can base yourself at. Getting around the village requires some planning, if you don’t want to spend ages waiting for the shuttle bus or a ride during the winter months. Here’s where our Hakuba transport guide comes into the picture. We’ll provide an overview of the different transport options for getting around Hakuba, along with links to the shuttle service timetables and route details. Taxi We recommend making bookings in advance, particularly if you’re travelling during the peak season. Tip: opt for restaurants that run their own shuttles so that access won’t be an issue. Taxi companies in Hakuba: Alps Taxi – p. +81 261-72-2221.Hakuba Kanko Taxi – p. +81 261-72-2144.Omachi Meitetsu Taxi – p. +81 261-72-2236 Car rental If you’re travelling with family or a…

“Oh, you are in Phuket today.” That’s how we would like to start our weekly team meeting at Villa Finder. We can’t physically be there, unfortunately. So we change our Zoom backgrounds from time to time (more like, once a week). As we have an amazing portfolio of stunning villas, and therefore, access to gorgeous images that we can use to ease our urge to travel. We are sharing some of our favourites below. If you want, feel free to download the photos and use them for your meetings! Relaxing beach views Grand Villa Noi, PhuketWhile Natai Beach is not as popular as Patong, it is equally impressive. You can easily find restaurants and bars in the area, and the sunset show is exactly what you always imagine. Grand Cliff Nusa Dua, BaliHot of the press: Bali is amongst the top post-pandemic destinations. Well, with natural blessings like this, we…

Family vacations can go very, very wrong. With little ones in tow, you have a lot more to plan for, and a lot more to consider. And with all that planning, things may go astray as well, as you may read later in this article. We’ve reached out to the best people to share about family travel tips – moms who travel frequently with their children. Join us for a little bit of giggle, some “awww” moments and a lot of good vibes when they share about the best tips for travelling with kids and memorable experiences! Top family travel tips from moms who travel 1. Don’t be put off by travelling – Karen from Missing Sleep Image from Missing Sleep Website “I would say my top family travel tip is not to be put off travelling. When our kids are little it’s tempting to delay travelling because you worry how…

Since 2012, our contribution in helping the global reforestation efforts started with a simple idea; for every villa booking made, we plant a tree. Villa Finder’s growing Mangrove forest Our founders envisioned a process where Villa Finder guests would contribute to a tree planting project that didn’t involve any extra costs (to guests) and without lifting a finger. Enter ReforestAction and NGO Project Yagasu, Villa Finder’s partners in the Mangrove Reforestation Project. 8 years and counting, we have worked with our partners to plant mangrove trees in Sumatra, Indonesia. To date, 6,800 trees have been planted and are slowly but surely taking root and reaching deep into the forest soil to help to restore healthy ecosystems. Over the years, our small forest has made an impact in: Providing clean waterReplanting mangrove trees helps prevent saline water intrusion and keeps underground water sources remain clean and free of seawater. This is…

One of the main reasons many travelers flock to Jimbaran is to munch on delicious seafood at the famous Jimbaran Bay. The freshly caught fare from the ocean is available every day and served at lively, lovely restaurants at the beach, giving you the best view of Bali’s magical sunset. The seafood restaurants are located right on the beach with tables set out on the sand. With the sea breeze, the sunset and the mouthwatering food, Jimbaran Bay has everything you could possibly want for a romantic evening out with your loved one. It’s also perfect for a memorable dining feast with the family! The starry night sky above combined with the city lights reflecting on the ocean makes the atmosphere truly magical! Out of all the seafood restaurants sitting next to each other on the beach, which one should you choose? Here’s our pick of the best seafood restaurants…

If you’re thinking of visiting Bali, you’ll soon discover that it’s a destination that doesn’t require a hefty budget to explore. In fact, some of the very best, unvarnished Balinese experiences are free of charge. Awash with geological wonders, terraced rice fields, and spectacular volcanoes, Bali is often referred to as the ‘Land of the Gods’- and for good reason. This island enchants with flowery ceremonies and ancient stone temples with a backdrop of lush greenery. Best of all, you will find plenty in terms of inexpensive accommodations, without having to compromise on comfort or quality. Here are our suggestions for 16 of the best budget-friendly villas in Bali that don’t break the bank. Seminyak While Seminyak is often hailed as a popular party destination for young travelers, this region is also home to an abundance of cultural and gastronomical spots, ideal for a family-friendly holiday in Bali. Villa Hiburan…

“What’s for lunch?”, “Where should we go for dinner?” “Is it family-friendly?” Sound familiar? These questions don’t just haunt you when your stomach starts to rumble or when it’s your turn to pick a spot for a family lunch, they are relentless and creep into your holiday even when it’s clear there are about 10 restaurants on the street to choose from. If you ask us, it’s especially harder when restaurants in destinations like Bali have been extensively reviewed and photographed through everyone’s favourite FOMO app, Instagram. There’s a secret to selecting the best restaurant or spa experience in Bali that doesn’t need too much googling or jumping on trip advisor to research and read reviews- just ask a local, and that’s what we did! We asked our local friends in Bali and most importantly, we asked ourselves. The Villa Finder team live and breathe the Bali life so are…