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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…

India with kids? Really? Yes, really!!! India is a magical and beautiful country bursting with colours, diversity, people, wildlife and breathtaking nature. Kerala is located in the south of India and it is an amazing family destination! How so? Pristine beaches, lush backwater canals with the famous traditional houseboats, lush green tea plantations as far as the eye can see, Kerala is the greenest area in all of India and it is easily accessible via several airports including the Goa Airport, Bangalore and Cochin Airport. It is true, India is not the easiest choice for a family holiday compared to popular Bali or Phuket but it is very rewarding! Kerala is the area that is more relaxed and the most family-friendly in all of India and it is still as exotic and enchanting. With the right preparation and planning, you are in for a fantastic, unforgettable holiday with the family…

Byron Bay’s balanced climate make it the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities all year round. The temperatures are generally warmer than the other popular Australian tourist destinations of Sydney and Melbourne. But not as hot or humid as the more northern and central regions of Queensland and Alice Springs. Below is a rundown of the yearly climatic and weather conditions in Byron Bay, so you know how to prepare and what to expect during your next visit. SUMMER in Byron Bay: December to February As with many other holiday destinations around Australia, the hottest months in Byron Bay are during the summer months between December and February (28 – 38°C). Humidity can be quite high during this period however, the coastal winds around Byron Bay provide a nice blanket of fresh air to cool you down at the end of each day. Summer days in Byron Bay can become…

Byron Bay is a world-class family travel destination, with lots of fun things happening all year round. So whether you are travelling with toddlers, teens, or young adults, there is always plenty of family-friendly activities and events happening in Byron bay for you to choose from. Below are the best family-friendly activities in Byron Bay the whole family is sure to enjoy! Macadamia Castle With a paddock full of cute farmyard animals to feed and hold, a mini-golf course and a restaurant serving delicious pancakes sprinkled with macadamia nuts, The Macadamia Castle has been a family holiday favourite in the Byron Bay area for more than 40 years. Macadamia Castle is located a short 30 minute drive from the center of town, towards the glorious mountain ranges of the nearby Byron Bay Hinterlands. The Animal Fun Park at Macadamia Castle features a daily program of interactive activities the whole family…

Are you looking for the best things to do while visiting Sydney? From iconic Australian landmarks, to hidden alleyways serving up some of the best food Sydney has to offer, we have put together a list of ‘must-do things’ while in Sydney. Below are the 10 most amazing experiences you definitely should not miss during your next trip to Australia! 1. Bondi Beach Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most popular beaches — mixing surfing and swimming with Sydney’s big-city buzz. Nestled between two headlands and only 7kms from the city center, this magnificent stretch of sand is much more than just a beautiful Sydney beach. It is a place where both locals and tourists go each day to watch the sunrise, exercise along the beachfront, go shopping in boutique fashion stores, swim in the Pacific Ocean and chill-out on the perfectly manicured lawns next to the street…

When it comes to transportation in Sydney and moving around the city, there are lots of options to get you where you need to go. From public ferries to private taxi hire, below we have outlined the most convenient modes of transport to help you navigate your way around Sydney. Sydney Public Transport The public transport system in Sydney is one of the best in the world, consisting of a network of trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Sydney’s public transport system will take you anywhere you need to go in the city, and also links to a wider network which can used to travel anywhere in Australia. Sydney’s public transport network operates with a pre-paid system called Opal. The Opal system covers all transportation in and around Sydney, and must be used if you plan travelling by train, bus, Sydney ferry Service or on the light rail service. You…

Are you looking for the best family activities in Sydney that people of all ages will enjoy? Sydney is one of the world’s top tourist destinations for family holidays. So whether you are travelling with toddlers, teens, or young adults, there are plenty of family-friendly activities and events in Sydney for you to choose from. Below is our top 10 list of the best family-friendly activities in Sydney. 1. Taronga Zoo  Situated right on Sydney Harbour and nestled deep among dense Australian bushland, you will find Taronga Zoo — one of the best family-friendly attractions in all of Sydney. The zoo itself is set in a beautiful location overlooking some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Taronga Zoo also provides the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s unique wildlife. Ever wanted to…

Are you looking for the best things to do while visiting Byron Bay? The beautiful northern NSW suburb of Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, is a popular travel destination with plenty of things to do in the area. So whether you plan on relaxing at the beach, shopping at local artisan markets or participating in some fun outdoor activities, below are amazing experiences you should not miss during your next trip! Check out our recommendations for best things to do in Byron Bay: 1. Sunrise at Byron Bay Lighthouse The Bryon Bay Lighthouse is perched high on top of a headland, towards the southern end of Byron’s main beach. The lighthouse is located on Australia’s most easterly point, which makes the views for sunrise absolutely amazing! To get to Byron Bay Lighthouse, simply head to the main beach and walk south towards the popular surfing break The Pass, and…

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…

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…