From THESTREET.COM: A European summer holiday may seem financially irresponsible given the greenback's record lows against the euro and British pound. Globetrotting families looking to book that villa on the French Riviera or Mallorca will be paying on average 20% more than last year's currency rates. But before you start selling your spouse on a week in Maine or Provincetown, we've discovered some high-end bargains that may save your luxury pilgrimage to Europe from becoming ancient history.
Hot Villa Rentals With An Affordable Twist
Sanctuary Villas is a spin-off of Abercrombie Kent specializing in hosted and tailor-made villa rentals in France, Spain, Italy and Croatia. For those new to the villa market, rental properties usually offer full-service and limited-service options. Hosted 'full-service' properties offer daily maid service and a refrigerator stocked with food staples and essential provisions like chilled bottles of Bollinger.
Limited-service, 'tailor-made' villas may be a more affordable option, which includes the villa rental. Add-on requests are paid in addition to the rate.Sanctuary Villas & Apartments vary in design from charming Parisian apartments to lavish villas suitable for Wall Street and Hollywood royalty.
After a quick check of the Web site we realized that Sanctuary actually offers several of our favorite St. Tropez summer rentals. Properties like the Villa Jasmine near St. Tropez, formerly represented by AK Villas, feature a glamorous 5-bedroom beach villa with formal garden, opulent dining room and heated infinity pool that could easily compete with the best hotels in town.
Priced from under $10,000 a week in off-season to $18,425 in peak-season, the rates are quoted in U.S. dollar, meaning that paid reservations are safe from currency fluctuation.
Given that nearby hotel rates at the Byblos and Hotel La Bastide average between €625 and €1,400 per night for a single room, the 5-bedroom villa feels like a relative steal.