An outdoor swimming pool is a must-have for any Mediterranean holiday home. While back in the UK, a private pool in your garden would be considered a luxury feature, in the med it’s a staple of everyday life and an amenity that everyone can enjoy for most of the year.
A pool makes complete sense in the mild Mediterranean climate. Imagine yourself on the sun lounger on the patio, cocktail in hand, occasionally cooling off with a dip in the pool – it’s the stuff holidays are made of.
If your holiday home doesn’t have an outdoor pool but you have enough space to put one in, this is one feature that’s definitely worth installing – both for you and your guests to enjoy and to increase the value of your property. Are you ready to take the plunge? Here are 6 great pool designs you might want to consider for your overseas holiday villa.
1. Above Ground Pool
A popular choice for holiday homes, an above ground pool is straightforward to install and with no need for heavy duty groundworks and excavation. Especially on rocky hillsides, this can be a cost-effective option. What’s more, should you ever change your mind and move the pool somewhere else or get rid of it completely, the construction makes this easy too.
Above ground pools have come a long way in terms of their design. Taking a holistic approach to integrate the landscaping of your garden with the architecture of your home means that the pool can be made to look and feel like an integral part of the whole.
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2. In Ground Pool
As an alternative to installing an above ground pool in your garden is to choose a design that is built into the ground. You can create truly stunning results with this permanent garden feature – and the more generous the space you can dedicate to the pool itself and the area around it (terrace, poolside bar), the more spectacular your outdoor space will be.
In ground pools have the advantage of seamlessly blending into your garden setting since they’re installed to be part of the terrain, almost as if they belong there. For added opulence, why not add Roman steps or a water feature, pool slides or a diving board, all surrounded by a spacious sun deck, for a truly luxurious space that you can relax and have fun in.
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3. Infinity Pool
Infinity pools have established themselves as the ultimate in pool design. Offering out-of-this-world extravagance, these bespoke contemporary swimming pools have one overriding goal: to provide the illusion of an endless body of water, by visually blurring the constraints of an artificially constructed pool.
Constructed in such a way so that the edge of the pool meets with the ocean or sky beyond has a spectacular effect, as the image below shows. Infinity pool installations are not a budget option, and in order to take full advantage of the dramatic effect, you really need a hillside property with panoramic views to do your home investment justice.
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4. Lap Pool
An exercise pool or ‘lap pool’ cleverly reconciles the issue of having limited outdoor space with the desire to have a swimming pool. If your first focus is fitness and your garden is not big enough for a full-size pool, this is a great solution.
All you need is an outdoor area with a flat, stable surface that is suitable for a lap pool – an economical but just as beautiful garden feature that effortlessly combines function and style, providing a modest space to swim in the privacy of your home.
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5. Plunge Pool
Are you looking for a pool to cool off from the Mediterranean heat but don’t have the space or right terrain for a large size pool? Plunge pools are small and deep – big enough for a refreshing dip on the sun terrace but not big enough for swimming.
These space saving installations are cheaper to fill and easy to look after, and a budget friendly option overall. Upgrade with fountains or jets, or add built-in steps like in the picture below to take full advantage of your water feature.
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6. Hot Tub
If you would rather have an indulgent soak than an ice cold plunge, don’t choose a plunge pool, go for a hot tub or jacuzzi instead. Again, you don’t need much space as this type of small pool is not designed for swimming, but the lack of physical space is more than made up by mental relaxation!
Look around and you will find an array of hot tub designs and styles for all types of homes and gardens – you can even put one on your patio.
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The earthquake struck near major tourist destinations around the Aegean sea in the early hours of Friday. The quake has hit south of the Turkish city of Bodrum and east of the Greek island of Kos where more than 120 people were injured and seventy more were injured in Turkey.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said it was a very shallow quake – only 10km below the seabed off the southwestern coastal city of Marmaris in the Mugla province. The epicentre of the earthquake was just 10km south of the Turkish resort of Bodrum and 16km east-northeast of Kos.
The Turkish towns of Bodrum and Datca, and Kos in the Dodecanese Islands archipelago are all major tourist destinations in these two countries. As it is the best time to visit, there were more than 8000 British holidaymakers in Kos when the earthquake struck.
George Kyritsis, the mayor of Kos told that at least two people were killed on the Greek island and several were injured by the quake. He later added that the two dead were foreigners.
A hospital official said that the 2 foreigners were killed when the ceiling of a building collapsed. The emergency services said the affected area was a bar in the centre of Kos tow.
The port was among structures that sustained the damage and a ferry en route there was not docking, the coast guard said. The fire service of Greece said it had rescued three injured persons from a damaged building.
The Chairman of Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD), Mehmet Halis Bilden, warned the citizens of these two countries about incoming aftershocks. The citizens need to know about the disaster and they need to know about the repeated aftershocks.
Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey said it had observed at least 20 aftershocks in Turkey and Greece following the main shock at 1.31am local time on Friday (22.31 GMT on Thursday). At least five of the aftershocks registered over 4.0 magnitude, with the largest so far at 4.6. A magnitude 6.7 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing considerable damage, but the effects of this one would have been lessened by striking in the sea. The European quake agency EMSC said a small tsunami could be caused by the quake, but Turkish broadcasters cited officials saying large waves were more likely.
Buy2Greece.com – The battle between Airbnb and hotels is getting dirty — and FIU is caught in the middle
In April, leaked documents from an American Hotel and Lodging Association board meetingrevealed a detailed national campaign to curb the growth of the short-term rental industry. Miami, one of the top cities in the country for Airbnb, was listed as a critical market.
Also mentioned in the five-page document was Florida International University, one of four universities in the country working on research the association planned to use in its anti-Airbnb campaign. According to the memo, FIU’s research on safety and security in the hospitality industry would “support our fundamental argument about the harms that short-term rental companies pose to consumers and communities, and provide data to buttress testimonial campaign.”
Meanwhile, Airbnb was working on a campaign of its own, funding a watchdog blog, the Checks and Balances Project, beginning in October 2016 to investigate the hotel industry’s campaign against home sharing (Airbnb would not say how much it gives the blog in funding). “New documents raise question of what role hotel lobby’s chair played in Penn State pay-to-play scheme,” a recent blog entry headline reads, referring to a pair of Pennsylvania State University studies funded by the hotel association about the growth of full-time short-term rental operators.
THIS RESEARCH WILL SUPPORT OUR FUNDAMENTAL ARGUMENT ABOUT THE HARMS THAT SHORT-TERM RENTAL COMPANIES POSE TO CONSUMERS AND COMMUNITIES, AND PROVIDE DATA TO BUTTRESS TESTIMONIAL CAMPAIGN.
Leaked American Hotel and Lodging Association memo
Most recently, the Checks and Balances Project turned its focus to the other schools on the hotel association’s list — Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina and FIU — requesting information on their proposed studies.
At FIU, the result was a public document containing the executive summary for assistant director Eric Beckman’s upcoming short-term rental research, funded via a grant from the American Hotel & Lodging Education Foundation for $68,209.50.
How could the university’s research be unbiased when it was paid for by the hotel industry, the blog questioned when it approached the Herald about its own findings. What the watchdog group didn’t say: its own research was paid for by the home sharing industry.
SINCE OCTOBER 2016, AIRBNB HAS BEEN FUNDING A WATCHDOG BLOG, THE CHECKS AND BALANCES PROJECT, TO INVESTIGATE THE HOTEL INDUSTRY’S CAMPAIGN AGAINST HOME SHARING.
It’s yet another illustration of the tension between the two competing industries. Although publicly each often says the greater hospitality business has room for both, behind the scenes they often go to great lengths to discredit their opponent.
In Miami-Dade County, the battle around the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms has been playing out for more than year, since Miami Beach imposed $20,000 fines on illegal short-term rental hosts. Miami then banned renting on platforms like Airbnb in suburban areas.
But the FIU study, as the Penn State studies before it, will likely thrust home sharing into the national spotlight again — bringing a new kind of Airbnb battle to South Florida. \
The FIU study
FIU professor Beckman said the short-term rental report was the university’s idea.
His executive summary calls for a study that determines “if there are any gaps in the perceived and real-life safety-security of short-term rentals and hotels through a content analysis and a survey of the general public.” (The full proposal is confidential, FIU said. Its original proposal was denied by the hotel association because it didn’t have a “well-defined scope;” it was then amended, according to AHLA.)
Beckman, who teaches at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, said he expects to finish the research by September or October. The study will survey residents in a handful of cities, including Miami and Nashville, about their perceptions of safety and security at hotels and short-term rentals.
$68,209.50Cost of a grant to FIU from the American Hotel and Lodging Associaion for a study on safety and security in the hospitality industry
According to the hotel association’s abstract of the project, residents will be surveyed in face-to-face interviews or email questionnaires. They also will be asked what security and safety features are most important to them. The study will provide recommendations on guest safety, but neither the executive summary nor the abstract call for measurement of actual safety records.
Under law, hotels have to abide by a laundry list of safety regulations, including fire codes and ADA guidelines, but short-term rentals don’t. A proposed ordinance for unincorporated Miami-Dade may impose some regulation on rentals, including screening potential guests for sexual predators, regulations Airbnb said it agrees to.
Beckman said he has not been in communication with the hotel association and has not yet been paid for the study, although FIU said it expects to be funded, according to public documents. The grant for the report was issued in March.
Asked how he will remain independent when the hotel association expects a certain outcome from his research, Beckman said, “that’s a challenge, but it’s one that we are willing to meet and we are willing to address.”
WE GO OUT OF OUR WAY AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL TO BE UNBIASED AND WE LOOK THROUGH THE LENS OF HOW CAN WE HELP CONSUMERS.
Eric Beckman, FIU associate professor
“We go out of our way at the university level to be unbiased and we look through the lens of how can we help consumers,” Beckman added.
The hotel association said an independent committee reviews grant proposals, and that researchers are not required to share information on the study prior to its publication. Still, according to the leaked memo, AHLA expects the short-term rental studies it funds to “drive earned media” and build on the Penn State reports.
Scott Peterson, executive director of Checks and Balances Project, questioned how independent the school will be able to remain.
“We know that industry-funded research can often lead to biased conclusions,” Peterson said in a statement. “Will AHLA get what they seem to expect for their $70,000? FIU should condemn the hotel lobby’s attempt to manipulate a respected academic institution.”
YOU WILL SEE THE STUDY WHEN WE SEE THE STUDY.
Rosanna Maietta, AHLA spokeswoman
The association agreed to fund FIU’s study because it strongly believes the research will show short-term rentals are not safe — but not because it’s manipulating the data, said AHLA spokeswoman Rosanna Maietta.
“When we put [the five-page board memo] together, it was to let our board know what research is out there,” Maietta said. “It’s simply to say that we know this is an issue and there is a study going to be conducted to quantify what is actually happening.”
“You will see the study when we see the study,” she said.
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TripAdvisor® the world’s largest travel site* from reviews to bookings, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice®awards for Landmarks. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. The awards honor 706 landmarks in 82 countries.
Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks – India
1. TajMahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
2. AmberFort – Jaipur, Rajasthan
3. SwaminarayanAkshardham – New Delhi, National Capital Territory of India
4. BandraWorli Sea Link– Mumbai, Maharashtra
5. QutabMinar– New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
6. AgraFort – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
7. HarmandirSahib(Golden Temple) – Amritsar, Punjab
8. Humayun’s Tomb – New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
9. Gateway of India – Mumbai
10. MehrangarhFort – Jodhpur, Rajasthan
“India has many incredible landmarks and payinga visit to them is a fantastic way to get acquainted with the country’s rich history. With summer being the peak travel season owing to the summer vacations, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Landmarks list will help Indian travellers narrow down the attractions to visit during their trip whether in India or abroad” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.
Top 10 Landmarks in India:
1. TajMahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Popular as the epitome of love, Taj Mahal is undisputedly one of the most iconic wonders in the world. Year after year it attracts an increasing number of tourists from all across the globe. A TripAdvisor traveller commented “Words can’t really explain how amazing this place is”.
2. AmberFort – Jaipur, Rajasthan
A blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, Amber fort is one of the top tourist attractions in Jaipur. The Sheesh Mahal a state room in the fort also known as the mirror palace is world famous for thousands of mirror tiles which are said to be lit using a single candle. “This is one of the best forts of the world according to its design Vastu and safety and security features as well as internal and external beauty” is how a TripAdvisor traveller described this landmark.
3.SwaminarayanAkshardham – New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
Spread across a 100 acres in Delhi, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a visual delightand fills one with spirituality and culture. Built on the banks of River Yamuna, the temple showcases architectural styles from all over India. A TripAdvisor traveller commented “This is an absolute highlight in Delhi. Its architecture is impressive, both inside and out”.
4. BandraWorli Sea Link– Mumbai
The BandraWorli Sea Link connects Bandra, located in the western suburbs of Mumbai to Worli in South Mumbai. This 5.6km structure across the Arabian Sea is an architectural marvel and considered to be one of the biggest cable-stayed bridges in the world. “Great view and driving experience. Is a pleasure for driving enthusiasts” is how a TripAdvisor traveller describes his experience.
5. QutabMinar– New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
Considered an epitome of victory, Qutab Minar is an architectural delight and a must visit monument in Delhi. Its 5 storied 73 meter tall tower is built with red marble. “An amazing piece of Indian history” commented a TripAdvisor traveller.