Vakast Introduces Personalized Concierge Service for Online Vacation Home Rentals

Villa Cristina is a charming 2 bedroom house in Sorrento, Italy, which can be rented for $206 per night

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.— Vakast, an online travel agency with the largest inventory of vacation rentals, has introduced a Concierge program offering 24/7/365 live customer support and assistance for its guests and VIP members worldwide.

Billed as a “virtual concierge with a human touch,” Vakast aims to bridge the gap between a traditional hotel concierge and a virtual assistant by recommending and booking amenities and activities anywhere its guests travel.

“Our clients are requesting expert guidance in creating personalized, authentic experiences, which has been lacking in the vacation rental industry to date,” said Monique Berry, COO, Vakast. “Our goal is to take care of our guests by providing services to meet all of their travel needs. Whether our members need concert tickets or want to try shark diving, Vakast’s Concierge team can tap into trusted resources across the globe, eliminating the time consuming process of booking from multiple sites or agencies.”

Working with its integrated, proprietary database, the Vakast Concierge team can assist with arranging a range of services, from the expected to the exotic, in the categories of Food & Drink, Home Services, Spa/Beauty, Entertainment, Entertainers, Activities, Classes, Mail Service, and Professional Referrals. Whether members are planning a special event or traveling for business or pleasure, Vakast’s Concierge team is trained to find top and highly rated service providers worldwide.

Vakast works with dozens of industry partners to pull vacation rentals all over the spectrum, from condos to castles. Partners include HomeAway, HouseTrip, Wimdu, Villas of Distinction and many other smaller firms, giving Vakast a wide breadth and range of offerings. Vakast has access to 1.5 million properties in 196 countries They are the only vacation rental aggregator to have a full staff of travel specialists working 24/7 to help guests not only book their vacation rental, but any other travel needs they might have.

The Vakast Luxury line pulls only the most exclusive villas and estates – but you can find plenty of budget-friendly apartments, condos, and homes on the site as well with pricing starting at $100 per night.

Examples of properties include the incredible Black Rock Estate in Lahaina, Maui: http://www.vakast.com/myproperty/160000037/

Villa Cristina, a charming 2 bedroom house in Sorrento, Italy, which can be rented for $206 per night: http://www.vakast.com/myproperty/32005911/

This beautifully decorated 2 bedroom lot in Venice, CA is perfect for a trendsetter’s getaway: http://www.vakast.com/myproperty/50017992/

Vakast’s Concierge service is available free of charge for one week prior and through the duration of a trip booked via Vakast.com. For ongoing assistance, Vakast offers a range of membership packages to provide clients with day and night year round access to their team of trained specialists, whether the member is home or on the road.

Vakast Concierge Membership plans include:

Vakast Premier (VP) Concierge

Length of Coverage:  One Year

Membership Required:  Yes

Cost:  $300 ($25 every month)

Services:  All

Perfect For:  Frequent travelers, corporations, families, groups and gifts.

Terms:  Transferrable up to five pre-appointed travelers.

Cancellation allowed prior to six-month renewal period.

 

7 Carat Concierge

Length of Coverage:  One Year

Membership Required:  Yes

Cost:  $150 ($75 every six-months.)

Services:  All

Perfect For:  Families, groups, business and overseas travelers.

Terms:  Non-transferrable. Cancellation allowed prior to six-month renewal period.

 

30/30 Concierge

Length of Coverage:  30 days

Membership Required:  No

Cost:  $30 (one time fee)

Services:  All (excluding Airline bookings)

Perfect For:  Families, groups, business and overseas travelers.

Vakast Concierge is available now by calling (855) 397-0180 or visiting http://www.vakast.com/.

 

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Villas of Distinction Highlights Advantages of Villa Vacation Rental through Experts

A la Mer,on Great Cruz Bay, St. John, has 9 bedrooms, sleeps 22 and has 9 1/2 bathrooms, one of thousands of privately-owned villas in more than 50 luxurious destinations that can be booked through Villas of Distinction.

The travel planning experts at Villas of Distinction®, one of the world’s premier villa rental companies, share five travel advantages of booking a villa vacation through a travel expert:

  1. Don’t waste time endlessly searching. Many people just don’t have time these days to muddle through thousands of web pages searching for a vacation that fits one’s vacation desires. Villa Specialists are trained vacation experts that can match a client’s vacation requirements to the perfect destination and accommodations. Villa Specialists at Villas of Distinction have an average of 14 years’ of knowledge and experience, and work closely with Concierges who can take care of every detail of a villa rental from a client’s front door to the destination and back.
  2. Don’t wait in long lines at the airport and car rental counter. Another perk of having a Concierge team readily available during the planning process is that in select locations, the Concierge can arrange for a rental car to be delivered to the villa. Take the pre-arranged airport transfer and find a rental car in the driveway ready to explore the destination. Or take advantage of airport fast track (where available), which enables vacationers to depart the plane and meet a greeter who takes them to a special line in customs, makes sure the customs card is properly completed, sit in a well-appointed lounge with snacks and Internet access, and wait for their driver in the lounge.
  3. Don’t waste time trying to find things to do on vacation. Talk about adding value to the vacation planning process … a Villas of Distinction Concierge can plan a vacation from start to finish before the vacation even starts. From home to airport transfers; pre-stocked groceries; and villa yoga and massages to booking tours and excursions; golf tee times; chef services and restaurant reservations, customers won’t need to lift a finger or waste precious time planning the vacation.
  4. Don’t deal with crowds. How many times have family and friends complained about not being able to find a lounge chair at the pool or about the drunken neighbors fighting in the room next door? A vacation rental takes the stress of crowds and unruly company away from what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Villas not only provide the privacy of accommodations, but also the privacy of a pool and sometimes even a beach.
  5. Don’t miss out on quality time with family and friends. Sometimes people forget that a vacation is not only about getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but forming a deeper connection with family and friends through quality time. The layouts of vacation rentals allow space and privacy, but everyone is together in one location. It is especially convenient for large groups such as reunions or multigenerational travel, a popular growing trend. Imagine preparing a meal together and sharing it at one table overlooking a breathtaking view of the ocean or mountains. Or, watching a sunset together on the terrace.

The villa experts at Villas of Distinction wish everyone a mistake-free vacation this summer. For more information or to book a luxurious villa rental, call a Villa Specialist at 1-800-289-0900 or visit VillasofDistinction.com.

Villas of Distinction®, as part of World Travel Holdings, is a premier luxury villa provider with an extensive portfolio of thousands of privately-owned villas in more than 50 luxurious destinations including the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize, Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Thailand, Croatia, the Continental United States and many private Islands. For nearly 25 years, Villas of Distinction and its team of expert concierges have been helping travelers find their perfect vacation home without a membership fee. The company offers customized vacations to meet every imaginable need, with most villas featuring private pools, butlers, maids and chefs. www.VillasofDistinction.com.

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