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VillaMates – the way forward for affordable lux accommodation?

We’re always on the lookout for new innovative ways to travel and now the new travel company VillaMates have come up with a genius idea! They offer a brand-new way to save money on luxury accommodation, with the added bonus of making new friends along the way. Hailed as “the social network for holiday-makers” VillaMates allows solo travellers as well as groups of friends to either search available rooms in villas already booked by others, save money by offering a spare room in a Villa already booked or plan a whole new trip with other members.

With the huge number of holidaymakers beginning to trust in accommodation sharing sites such as AirBnB and realise that there are safety aspects in doing so, VillaMates are offering a unique alternative. With AirBnB and other short-term rental sites being banned in some cities across the world (including popular holiday destinations Ibiza and Majorca) in the build-up to the summer, people are seeking a new way to save money on their accommodation, without having to lower their expectations!

How it works…

VillaMates luxury accommodation

You can use the site in two ways; if you haven’t got anything planned or have booked flights but not somewhere to stay, you can browse trips others have posted in search of a holiday you would be interested in joining. When you find a trip that takes your fancy, you can start up a conversation with the trip host to get more information on the and who will be going, while letting the host know about yourself. If you hit it off, the host can accept you onto their trip. If you have already planned your holiday and have a spare room to offer, you can post your trip to the site and see who gets in touch. Again, using the online chat to get to know who you will potentially be staying with.

Having fun in a beautiful villa

The accommodation advertised ranges from single rooms to space for groups of friends and covers a vast range of destinations. Travellers can narrow their search by filtering the kind of holiday they’re after so that, whether they’re looking to party on Ibiza or to take it easy on a golfing break in Portugal, they can see what’s available with just a couple of clicks of a mouse.

The VillaMates site is there to act as a safe community for travelers and holidaymakers and is constantly monitored for any unusual or suspicious activity, members are also actively encouraged to report anything that doesn’t look right to ensure that safety is paramount and members comforted by the security of the buddy system.

Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Michael has always been a sucker for an adventure. As a kid he was lucky enough to live for many years in a handful of exotic far flung locations including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania and since then he’s developed a taste for seeking out new cultures. So much in fact he now travels the world as a trading digital nomad, exploring sizzling street markets in Bangkok to random back alleys in Sri Lanka and everything in between! He also has a special fondness for Cohibas, street food, playing carrom, and fine wine and knows his clarets from his chiantis. He counts Cuba, Amsterdam, Laos, Cambodia and Italy as his favourite destinations.

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