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With pristine beaches, majestic mountains and waterfalls, it’s not strange that Mauritius charms travellers around the globe. The pandemic puts a damper on our holiday plan, but rejoice, the island is now open to tourism! Mauritius travel requirements differ for vaccinated and un-vaccinated guests. Check them out below! Mauritius travel requirements for fully-vaccinated travellers You are free to stay in villas, hotels or other types of accommodation.You will need to provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.On Day 0 (when you arrive in Mauritius), do an antigen test at the airport or at the hotel (if you stay in a hotel). If the result is negative, you can explore the island.You will need to do another test on Day 5.Covid-19 insurance is required, unless you are a Mauritian citizen or a resident/occupational permit holder.Fill in the All in One travel form and submit it to immigration…

We are always charmed by Sri Lanka’s rolling green hills, the ancient UNESCO sites and its rich history and culture. With the pandemic situation, we find ourselves missing the Pearl of the Indian Ocean quite a bit. But guess what? The country is now open again for tourism. Check out Sri Lanka Covid-19 Travel Requirements below! For all travellers regardless of your vaccination status: You don’t need to seek approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Civil Aviation Authority to enter Sri Lanka.There is no minimum stay requirement. What is Sri Lanka’s Bio-Bubble? Not-vaccinated and not-fully-vaccinated travellers are required to stay and travel within Sri Lanka’s Bio-Bubble for a designated amount of time depending on your vaccination status. The Bio-Bubble is a program which allows those who are not fully vaccinated to explore the country safely. Within the program are several hotels and tourist attractions for you to choose…

If you are concerned about being quarantined on holiday, rejoice. Koh Samui is one of the destinations where you can travel without quarantine, thanks to the new rules for 63 listed Low-Risk countries and the Samui Plus SandBox program for other countries than listed under those 63. Read on to find out what you need to know about Samui SandBox. As of November 1st, fully vaccinated travelers from the 63 listed Low-Risk Countries (see here) are allowed to enter Thailand without quarantine. Here are the requirements: Fully vaccinated for more than 14 days before travelingResiding in the country of departure for at least 21 daysMust book a SHA+ Hotel for at least one night while waiting for the result of the RT PCR COVID test taken upon arrivalMust get a Covid-19 insurance. Fully vaccinated travelers from countries not included in the 63 Low-Risk countries are allowed to travel to Thailand…

With palm-fringed beaches, colourful sacred temples and friendly people, Phuket is a dream holiday destination for many travellers. And, this paradise island is open again. In this article, we will update any information regarding requirements to enter Phuket. As of November 1st, fully vaccinated travelers from the 63 listed Low-Risk Countries (see here) are allowed to enter Thailand without quarantine. Here are the requirements: Fully vaccinated for more than 14 days before travelingResiding in the country of departure for at least 21 daysMust book a SHA+ Hotel for at least one night while waiting for the result of the RT PCR COVID test taken upon arrivalMust get a Covid-19 insurance. Fully vaccinated travelers from countries not included in the 63 Low-Risk countries are allowed to travel to Thailand without quarantine under the Phuket Sandbox and the Samui Plus Sandbox programs. What is the Phuket SandBox program? The Phuket SandBox program allows travellers who are…

We love the French Alps for several reasons. In warmer months, the area is an excellent spot for hiking and camping. The endless green hills, the crisp mountain air, the way our voices got carried by the wind – everything is just so perfect and peaceful. As snow starts to fall, the area transforms into a white winter wonderland. It’s one of the best holiday destinations for skiers and snowboarding enthusiasts. There are plenty of gorgeous ski chalets to boot! Choices are aplenty, but we have selected some of the best ski chalets in France below. Check them out! 1. Chalet Moulin III Chalet Moulin III is a true luxury retreat nestled in the French Alps. In summer, you will have a breathtaking view of mountain greens and lustrous meadows as your backdrop. This 4-bedroom ski chalet boasts a stylish combination of a traditional wooden hut and modern design. You…

As the pandemic is still going on, and there is new information everyday. Here, we would like to update the Covid-19 travel requirements of the Asian countries/destinations our villas are in. Note: as the rules are complicated depending on your type of travel, in this article, we will only focus on restrictions on non-essential travel, ie. travel for tourism purposes. For quick access, simply click on the country you want to travel to. Indonesia Covid-19 Non-Essential Travel Requirements Current situation: Indonesia has opened its border for travelers from 19 countries from October 14th: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway. Travellers must be fully vaccinated and will have to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival. (More information here) At the moment the port of entrance is Jakarta and the quarantine has to…

An exclusive research by Villa Finder, the leader in villa rentals in Asia-Pacific, on the impact of the travel restrictions on the US$440m villa market in Asia, together with an outlook of the upcoming re-start of the vacation rentals sector in the region The Covid-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the travel industry, and the villa market in the Asia Pacific region is no exception. Border closure, social distancing, new hygiene standards and the overall uncertainty about whether it is safe to travel are some of the changes the market over the past year. In this article, we are going to share more about how the pandemic has affected the APAC villa rental market, how villa owners have coped with this and also what the future will look like for villa rental. The APAC villa rental market in 2021 Due to the total travel shutdown, the overall Asia Pacific market reduced…

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…