Casona Plams in Mahahual Mexico

Casona Palms

We had the luxury of staying at Casona Palms when we visited Mahahual, Mexico last month. All I can say is WOW! What a gorgeous vacation villa!

It was perfect in every single way! I don’t even know where to start. The home is gorgeous, cool and comfortable even with no ac. The breeze flows thru the house so it is always comfortable. It is well stocked with everything you need. I could sit for hours just looking at the sea. We went for a snorkel almost every day. There are several small coral reefs right in front of the home. Each time I saw something different; octopus, lobster, barracuda, snapper, blue tang, conch, star fish, sea anemones…. the list goes on and on! The care takers were very nice. Angelina keep the house clean and tidy and kept the beds made every day. They were always there if we needed them, but never really in the way. Most times we didn’t even know they were home. We ventured to see ruins, and the lake, and swam in cenotes, ate tamales from the street vendors. We had a BLAST! I highly recommend this home if you are looking for paradise. It is heavenly!

We found this property on VRBO, here is a link:  Casona Palms

Here is another view of the beach!  Love it here….


Top 5 Places to Go in Marbella Spain

The Costa del Sol is a vacation hot spot for lucky luxury travelers year round. The wide array of excursions, beaches and night clubs can leave even the most seasoned traveler wondering what he or she should do first. Here’s a list of the top five things you should do first next time you’re in Marbella or Puerto Banus, Spain.

1)      Old Town Marbella. At the eastern end of town, just north of the main road you’ll find Old Town Marbella. Old Town is home to beautiful cobbled streets, local bars, pavement cafes and the best authentic Spanish restaurants. Orange Square is lined with orange trees and is a great place to people watch away from the hustle and bustle of everything else going on.

2)      Dali Statues in Marbella. If you’re a luxury traveler who enjoys the finer things in life, you’ll likely be impressed with the Salvador Dali sculptures in Marbella. They’re located in central Marbella down the Avenida del Mar. Both sides of the street are linked with fountains and statues in the center.

3)      Find a home away from home.  Although it may not be considered a tourist attraction, the beautiful vacation villas of Marbella and Puerto Banus are worth mentioning. The true luxury traveler doesn’t stay at a hotel, but instead rents a home away from home. Marbella Rentals  is one of the premier vacation rental companies of the region and has villas ranging from 3500 euros per week all the way up to 70,000 euros per week. Some of the villas are beach front, while others overlook the golf course. You can even find villas that include nannies, chefs, chauffeurs and butlers. Talk about rest and relaxation.

4)      Puerto Banus. If mingling with the rich and the famous is up your alley, then you’ll love Puerto Banus. It’s a favorite for jetsetters, A-listers and fun seekers alike. If yachts and marinas are your thing, you’ll be right at home.  Here you can find the hottest night clubs, fine dining restaurants, pubs and music bars to fit any taste.

5)      Beaches. What trip to southern Spain would be complete without soaking up some sun? For about 5 euros per day, you can rent a sun bed and parasol on one of Marbella’s beaches. If you’re an adventurous type, you can try out water sports such as water skiing and paragliding. If you prefer to just kick back, there are plenty of places to eat and drink along the shoreline.

Home Trades – The New, Better Way To Travel

Most people have heard of Airbnb and VRBO.  These are arguably the two most popular vacation rental websites.  They connect homeowners with travelers, using an easy-to-use interface, and allowing each party to have some benefits over traditional hotels.  For the homeowners, it’s a simple way to make some extra money when you aren’t using your home.  For the travelers, you get the use of a fully furnished home, often with better amenities than a hotel, for a cheaper price.

Well…the new trend in vacationing is known as a “home trade” or “home exchange” or “home swap”.  This is a system where people can exchange holiday homes with one another, without needing to exchange any money.

Chances are if you’re a homeowner, you’re already paying a mortgage on your home, so when you go on vacation, you’d be paying your mortgage PLUS whatever lodging fees you incurred at your destination.  But with a home trade, you get free accommodations while travelling.  The savings can be enormous.  There’s also the added bonus of not having to collect taxes while renting out your home (like Airbnb and VRBO users typically have to), so you don’t need to worry about government intervention.

Also, when doing a home exchange, you don’t have to do the exchange simultaneously.  This means that Homeowner A may stay at Homeowner B’s house for a week in May, but Homeowner B may want to stay at Homeowner A’s house for a week in December.  No problem!  You just need to coordinate your schedule with the other homeowner to work this out.

A friend of mine recently traded his NYC condo for a 9000 sq ft villa in Thailand that came with its own staff…and even a waterslide!  How could this be a fair trade?  Well…New York City is one of those super desirable locations, so he was able to trade his condo that would rent on Airbnb for hundreds of dollars a night, for a villa that’s worth thousands of dollars a night. And it cost him absolutely nothing. There’s no other way to pull something this awesome off, other than a house exchange.

What if I rent?

Not a problem.  As long as it’s ok with your landlord you can still participate in home trades.

This newly launched site allows people from all over the world to swap their homes.   There’s other sites that offer a similar service, but’s main differentiator is that they make it easy to search for homes based on your lifestyle, rather than just cities you want to go to.  So, for example, if you’re into kiteboarding, you can find homes in areas that offer that.


Safety is always a primary concern when doing a home swap.  One way to reduce any chance of risk is to check out the reviews on the home trade website for the other homeowner.  You should also talk to them on the phone and some research on them using social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.  It’s very, very rare for people to have issues using the home trade model. This is likely because many people treat other homes even better than their own.

How do I learn more?

Head over to and sign up for free.

The Amenities at the Marvelous Vacation Rental Homes in Canmore Alberta

Canmore in Alberta is a popular Canadian tourist spot. Every year, many tourists from far and wide visit these mountains to get away from the hustles of the city life and to involve in various activities like skiing, biking, swimming, and mountaineering. Visitors to Canmore can enjoy their stay at the beautiful vacation rentals. The rentals will be available for a time period of your choice. The cost of these rentals will vary according to the duration of your stay. The vacation rental homes in Canmore Alberta offer many amenities which can be compared to that of a luxurious hotel.

 Breath taking views

The vacation rental homes in Canmore offer its visitors a breathtaking view. Most of these rental homes are situated close to the mountains. Visitors can be assured of waking up in the lap of nature, which can be a totally rejuvenating experience.

 Fully furnished kitchens

Canmore vacation rentals come with a kitchen that is fully furnished. The kitchens will be stocked with all the necessary cookware and dishes. This gives you the luxury of preparing the dishes of your own choice.

 Entertainment options

Visitors to vacation rental homes in Canmore can be assured that they won’t run short of entertainment options. The rental homes come with LCD TVs and sometimes with a home theatre system. Internet facilities are available and most of the rental homes offer free Wi-Fi facility too. The rental homes also offer gym facilities. Apart form this, you can also relax comfortably at the heated pools in these rental homes.

 Easy to get around

Most vacation rental homes in Canmore are at places where you will find it easy to move around. These homes will be strategically located near sightseeing attractions and places where you can involve in your favorite sports activities. This saves the visitor the trouble of traveling and of spending more money to move around the place.

A Beach House in Freeport Texas

Looking to rent a small comfortable beach house for rent in Freeport Texas?  Check out Calliste’s Corner from Freeport Texas Rentals.  This 2 bedroom 1 bath home is comfortable and has million dollars views!

Calliste's Corner in Freeport Texas

Calliste’s Corner in Freeport Texas

The beach house sleeps 6 – 8 and comes complete with all the linens, utensils, coffee pot, and beach towels.  Everything you need to make your stay at the beach complete!

While you are in the Freeport Area be sure to visit Pirates Alley Restaurant and Bar.