Luxury Villas For Holiday Or Business Travel – Comfort and Privacy | nuivordin.ga

There is an increasing trend in major destinations worldwide for those staying for extended periods on vacation or business to choose a luxury villa rather than stay in luxury hotels. Groups of friends vacationing together, large families and even those traveling for work reasons have discovered that a luxury villa can be every bit as comfortable as a hotel but provides a more relaxed atmosphere, a home from home that is both informal and private.

Top of the range villas are now catering for discerning travellers who expect 5 star comfort, offering en-suite bathrooms for every bedroom, some provide internet connections and plasma screens in every room too. In a sunshine city like Cape Town you can expect a private swimming pool on the terrace or in a secluded garden, usually with stunning mountain or ocean views.

Luxury villas generally have housekeeping services included, so the cleaning and dishes will be taken care of for you and you can opt for extra services should you need baby-sitting or catering provided. Some villa companies even act as concierge services too, going to huge lengths to satisfy your every requirement and making sure that your stay is absolutely perfect.

One of the joys of having your own private villa though, is that you aren’t obliged to eat out every day and night. If you feel like rustling up a light supper as a respite from too many gourmet dinners or an over-indulgence of wine-tasting during the day, you can do so in the well-equipped kitchens. If however dining out in style every night is your preference then the kitchen is just there when you need it again for breakfast.

Business groups and film crews have long ago discovered the advantages of renting a private villa: complete privacy is assured so that confidential business discussions stay that way. You can keep whatever hours you choose without inconveniencing anyone. Many luxury villas have all the internet access needed and living areas large enough to double as a conference room so they can be an ideal choice when an informal but comfortable base is needed for a series of important meetings, a short-term contract or an intensive training seminar.

For golf enthusiasts there are luxury villas available to rent overlooking some of the best golf courses in the world. Here you can combine comfort, privacy and easy access to the first green. Many of these estates also provide plenty of other facilities for the non-golfers in the family, with kids-clubs, horse-riding, hiking available and the villas themselves are equipped with plenty of entertainment too, with private swimming pools, Jacuzzis and home entertainment systems in some.

When looking for a luxury villa, seek out a company based in your chosen destination that specializes in the top end of the market and has rigorous standards for selecting their villas. You will then be able to choose the villa that suits your tastes from the crème de la crème and be assured of excellent quality and world class service.

Copyright 2008 Kit Heathcock

How to Make Your Business Travel Easier | nuivordin.ga

“Wow, that sounds really cool. Have a great time!” That’s the kind of thing people who don’t travel for business say to those who do.

If you’ve ever traveled for business, you know that it’s a lot of work. Fun? Not so much. You’re often ‘on’ for many hours in a day, at meetings, and at meals with clients and colleagues. The travel itself, especially by air, can be exhausting. Plus, you don’t have the comforting presence of home and loved ones when you finally stop at the end of the day.

Still, it’s a great way to expand your business and take advantage of opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have if you just stayed home.

So how can you make travel for business work for you as much as you do for it? Here are some strategies I’ve used over the years that make the process easier:

1. Pack smart. It really does pay to keep it light. Leave your bunny slippers and sequined ‘I Love Paris’ sweatshirt at home. Pack as little as possible: plan ahead exactly what you will wear and take only that. Minimize bulky items, including extra shoes. Pack it all in a bag small enough to be carry-on. It not only saves you time, money, and blood pressure-raising conversations with airline staff if it’s lost, because you’re not checking a bag. It’s also less for you to keep track of. That frees up mental space that comes in handy especially when you’re tired or preoccupied with your upcoming meeting. One final note on packing: roll your clothes rather than folding them. It really cuts down on wrinkles, which means less work at your destination. Unless you find ironing relaxing, in which case wadding your clothes into tight balls works really well.

2. You can take it with you. Having something familiar and meaningful with you can be very grounding. It provides an instant visual that takes you to your happy place. Besides the usual photos of that embarrassing moment at the last family reunion, or your dog looking cute and guilty with a gnawed chair leg in his mouth, you can also carry a (small) piece of uniqueness with you to help ground you. I’ve carried small artwork with me that I then put on my hotel desk or night table. For a while, I carried a red metal moose with me (he’s the dude in the photo) when I was away a lot. He reminded me of home.

3. Shhhhhhhh. Carry noise-cancelling headphones on flights. While it’s soothing to know that the airplane’s engines are still operating, listening to the constant roar for hours can be surprisingly tiring. Reducing that noise, plus giving you the control of choosing what you listen to via your smart phone or tablet, cuts down on ongoing stress.

4. Track your numbers. Email yourself photos of any important documents that might be stolen or left behind. You can access them from anywhere in the world that lets you access your email, and speeds up the replacement process.

5. Feed your body and soul. Eat well. Move. Listen to uplifting stuff. That pretty much sums up my nourishment strategies on the road. Eating healthy food and not to excess can be a challenge, especially when meals are pre-chosen for you, e.g., at a meeting, or your client’s product is chili cheese dogs with all the trimmings (eat up!). Plan ahead for this by asking about healthy choices. (Organic chili anyone?) Next: move! Get up during your flight and walk up and down the aisle a few times. You do get some concerned looks if you do this hastily or linger near the cockpit door, but it’s invigorating and keeps your energy level up. Getting up early to walk or swim or work out is also so worth it. Finally, listening to music or a great talk or book that feeds you will support your Entrepreneur Energy.

6. Be your own VIP! Any small ways you can treat yourself really well on a business trip will help you not only feel better, but will build the confidence you need to perform well. How would you treat a visiting VIP? Apply this to yourself. It doesn’t have to be just the more obvious business class seats (frequent flyer points will get you these too) or airport lounge access (available via some credit cards if not through your frequent flyer miles). VIP treatment also means making thoughtful choices, customized to you. It can mean that you choose with care what and where you eat. You take some down time to watch Road Runner cartoons. You indulge in a great magazine or book that you don’t usually make time for. Look for small ways to delight yourself with thoughtful attention.

Business travel doesn’t have to be such hard work. By supporting yourself in these ways when you travel for business, you make the best use of your opportunities, money, and energy.

And hey, you might even have a great time!