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In our first Asia Pacific Villa Rental Market Research 2017, we focused on how the villa rental market was picking up fast and growing with an annual rate of 18.3%. The market at the time accounted for $390 million of the global $120 billion vacation rental market. Two years on, we aim to re-evaluate the market and chart the growth of new destinations for villa rentals, as well as deep dive into the markets struggling to stay competitive. This study will also touch on how travellers are affected overall, as well as what villa owners and investors must double down on to successfully capture demand in the Asia Pacific. Market trends The overall Asia Pacific market grew by 12% in the past 2 years, reaching US$440m. There’s an increase in villa supply across various destinations. Bali is still the biggest market with over 4,000 villas. It is interesting to note…

White sandy bays, the tranquillity of an island, sea turtles and sunshine, it’s easy to see why “The Gilis” are perfect for family holidays. With three islands to choose from though, we know it’s better to be armed with enough information (and photos!) to decide which one of 3 little Gili Islands is the best for an island getaway with the kids? The word “gili” translates to “island’ and there are countless islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. However, when referring to ‘The Gili Islands’, we mean 3 specific islands located just off-shore from Lombok and just a short boat ride from Bali: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These pristine little tropical islands are tiny paradises without motorbikes, cars and any other forms of motorizes traffic. It is truly idyllic. The Best Gili Island for families Well, to be honest, all 3 are great family destinations but to determine…

Most probably, you’ve already heard about the pristine Gili Islands when planning your trip to Indonesia. They are just as famous as Bali, and for good reason! Close your eyes and imagine idyllic white-sand beaches, turquoise and blue waters, encounters with sea turtles, amazing diving sites, gorgeous villas – it’s paradise-like here on the gorgeous Gili Islands. But, what makes these islands all even more unique, idyllic and peaceful is that all 3 of them are free from motorized traffic. The only means of transport you’ll find are bicycles and… horse carts! On top of that, you can easily circle the islands on foot, catching the sunrise and the sunset all on the same day on a different part of the island. Perfect. Nicknamed as ‘the Maldives of Southeast Asia’ the Gili Islands are 3 islands and each of them has their own charm, attraction points, and unique appeal. Whether…

Serving up Hollywood in Bali Meet Adrian, our Concierge Consultant  Every once in a while, we receive a concierge request that changes up the rhythm of our day and that’s when we know it’s time to hit the ground running, and we love it. Adrian recounts the time he was involved in helping a guest plan their very own hollywood-esque holiday. The Concierge Request  As early as 6 am Bali time, Adrian receives a text message asking if he could help with a marriage proposal. We love requests like these. After a few messages, Adrian realises the proposal isn’t what we’re used to coordinating. This one is going to require a lot more bling. Villa Finder: How did you make the concierge request come to life? Adrian: I was really geared up to work on this request! It had so many interesting elements to be sorted out before and during…

Where to Eat in Siem Reap Authentic and local Cambodian food is unlike anything in SouthEast Asia and if you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, you’ll have more than a few choices to fall in love with! Siam Reap is packed with many great restaurants and quaint cafes in every corner that it’s close to impossible to fit everything into your itinerary. To help you prioritise which ones to try out first, check out our list of 10 delicious restaurants to try in Siem Reap. Malis Restaurant With the aim of showcasing Cambodian cuisine in its glory days, Chef Luu Meng opened Malis Restaurant. The first branch in Phnom Penh is already a huge success, with the one in Siem Reap growing in popularity. Start here to kick off your Southeast Asian adventure with a taste of authentic Khmer cuisine! Malis has an extensive menu and is renowned…

A Hakuba Food Guide For Your Japan Travels Hakuba has no lack of dining venues and watering holes; during our trip, we discovered great ramen bars, hole-in-the-wall izakayas, cosy cafes and elegant French restaurants, to name a few.  There are various villages spread out across Hakuba, so we’ve provided a short introduction to 7 villages (or districts), along with our top dining picks in our guide below: 1. Hakuba Station The area surrounding the Hakuba Station is bustling; you’ll find local amenities like banks, supermarkets and the post office, souvenir shops and plenty of dining options.  Maeda – Maeda is a favourite among both locals and vacationers alike. Come here for the chewy soba or udon noodles and savoury broths. The tonkatsu is nicely crispy and tender, and makes a satisfying dish. Prices are affordable, and service is quick. 5054 Hokujo, Hakuba, p. +81 261-72-2295. Open 11am – 2pm daily. …

Consistently superb skiing conditions, a variety of ski resorts to choose from, plenty of kid-friendly amenities—Hakuba definitely checks off the boxes as a prime ski destination for families. It’s home to 10 major ski resorts, with each offering unique features, so getting to ski across different venues is one of the highlights here. Away from the slopes, Hakuba offers a great family experience. There are excellent restaurants and après-ski bars to check out, cultural activities to try out and onsens to unwind and take in stunning panoramas of the Japanese Alps.  Below, we’ve put together a comprehensive Hakuba skiing guide for Hakuba first-timers. We’ve covered the essentials, including where to ski, renting ski equipment and getting ski lessons.  Skiing in Hakuba There are 10 major ski resorts in Hakuba Valley (Iimori is considered part of Goryu), with a few being connected resorts with shared lift passes: Goryu and Iimori connect…

The First of its Kind; Villa Finder to Host a “Villa Investment in Asia” Event in Singapore Singapore, 11th September 2019- In the 1st edition of Villa Finder’s event series, a “Villa Investment in Asia” talk will be held on the 8th of October 2019 in Singapore. Scheduled for Tuesday morning at 8:30 am – 10:00 am, this event will bring together two of Bali’s best industry experts in Villa Investment.  Location: Villa Finder Singapore Office, 35B Pagoda Street, 059194 Closest MRT: Chinatown, Exit A Closest carpark: Chinatown Carpark Park Cres, behind People’s Park Complex Taxi drop-off point: Sri Mariamman Temple On the back of interests from property investors and business owners, “Villa Investment in Asia” will be the start of Villa Finder’s knowledge sharing sessions for topics like Villa Investment, Villa Rental Market and beyond. With 7 years of experience in the industry, Villa Finder’s events will be dedicated to…

Chiang Mai makes for the perfect holiday destination for families with kids. This beautiful walled city in the north of Thailand has endless family activities and is filled with friendly locals who are always happy to help with directions or recommendations. The city is clean and safe, with plenty of things to see and do. You may want to consider ticking some (or all!) of the following family things to do in Chiang Mai for an amazing family getaway in Thailand. 1. Temple hopping Under the gold, glittering sun, the giant Buddha statues, serpent stairs and high rooftops of colourful buildings appear as if out of a fairy tale or an ancient saga; the kids and you will marvel at the attractions because let’s be honest, it’s not every day you see unique temples.  There’s only so much walking you can do in a day though, so choose your temples…

Best Cuts Meet Biondi, our Concierge Consultant  It’s not always the big requests we fulfill that make us proud. As concierge consultants, we take care of the small details too and even we’re surprised at where some requests take us. For Biondi, it was a Father’s day Sunday roast that took him to a little local meat shop in Ubud. The Concierge Request  Villa Finder: How did you make the concierge request come to life? Biondi: I thought about what our client was trying to achieve. They had come from Singapore and were planning on having a Father’s day Sunday roast. The thing is, the villa they were staying in was all the way in Ubud and there aren’t too many butchers in the area. But, lucky for me I used to live in Ubud! I remembered a local butcher I regularly bought from and he had the best cuts in…