For one week…and one week only…

Summer holidays

Summer holidays

Summer holidays are well and truly upon us, the schools have broken up, the kids are probably starting to get bored at home….time to plan that summer break!

For one week only we are taking £30 off stays of 3 nights or more in ANY of our Nice apartments…so if your thoughts are turning towards holidays, check out your dates on our live calendar and use promo code ETE30 to get your discounted stay today!

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Promenade

Nice a week on | Stay YNA

When the news broke of the dreadful attack on Nice last Thursday night, like the rest of the world, we watched in shock and horror. Following every news bulletin to try to understand what had happened. As the reports flooded in, our first concern of course was our local team and guests and our first priority making contact with them. The relief as our managers checked in throughout the night and following morning and confirmed that all guests were accounted for and safe was palpable. It was also a great comfort to receive messages from past and future guests, expressing their sorrow and reaffirming their love for Nice and determination to return.

One family who were on the Promenade watching the fireworks, decided to leave early, they missed the attack but were caught up in the panic on the streets and told us how they were affected, their feelings of relief to be safe and how they spent the following day laying tributes, lighting candles and talking though the unbelievable events

We mourn with Nice and all those affected, this wonderfully beautiful, welcoming city. Even during the days after the attack was it was friendly and beautiful albeit with the feeling of grief and despair. We will be happy to come back to Nice

Mrs SC- guest in Nice on 14th July

It is still impossible to comprehend such a tragedy and we have been talking to locals and visitors to find out how people are feeling one week on and what this means for one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. The Nice Convention and Tourism Bureau* posted the following statement shortly after the event, their website and social media pages have been flooded with comments from well-wishers and visitors confirming that this atrocity will not stop them from travelling to the city:

Since this tragedy, we have received thousands of messages of affection and support from all over the world, some anonymous, others from professionals telling us the special place Nice holds for them in their hearts….

In spite of the pain, anger and sorrow, we are determined, more than ever, to show that Nice remains one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau

As a destination, Nice is second only to Paris in popularity with around 5 million visitors every year. Tourism is crucial to the local economy and of course local businesses are concerned about the long term impact this event will have. Vangelis Panayiotis, Managing Director of MKG Tourism Consulting told Reuters* that he estimated a decline in visitor numbers this year. Others are more optimistic feeling that unlike some package holiday destinations, there is no identical substitute for Nice, it is a unique city. There is also a feeling among professionals and tourists that this kind of attack could happen anywhere and there is the sense of determination not to let the terrorists “win” by changing plans and altering our lifestyles. Key tourism stakeholders in the UK and Germany have stated that cancellations have been minimal and mostly from guests due to travel out in the first days after the attack.

We won’t allow ourselves to be frightened by these senseless acts of violence. Like the French we will keep on living our lives!

Mr K.H- due to travel to Nice this summer

In the days immediately following the attack a number of large events such as concerts and the jazz festival were cancelled. Whilst there is currently no official advice against travel to France, people are warned to be extra vigilant in public places. The extension by President Hollande of the State of Emergency for another 3 months has also reassured some visitors; meaning a much more visible security presence on the streets.

As in the UK where the terrorism threat is severe, travellers should remain alert and vigilant, especially in places where there is a high concentration of people

ABTA

The attack was followed by three days of official mourning with many businesses choosing to remain closed both as a mark of respect for the victims but also as a time to reflect and come to terms with all that had happened. Guests that were in Nice during these first days found the city much quieter than usual but many of them took the time to pay their own respects and commented on the continuing kindness of the local people.

We have had a lovely time in Nice. Sad due to the atrocity last week but also an experience to see and feel the atmosphere. Moving to walk along the promenade and see the tributes…

Mr. PK- travelled to Nice on 15th July

A week on, Nice is slowly readjusting to “normal” life, the Promenade des Anglais was reopened to traffic on Monday and people are going to the beach. Some local people do feel uncomfortable with signs of enjoyment so close to the scene of tragedy, it is very early days after all but others feel that this is how it has to be, life must continue.
A lot of people are coming every day to the scene of the tragedy to show their respect, to try to understand what happened and to try to “claim back” the Promenade des Anglais…Solidarity, reconstruction and mourning are the three words that come to mind at this time
Mrs IM- local resident

This horrific attack will leave a permanent scar on our beautiful city, people will never forget the events of 14th July 2016. But amidst the sadness, the grief and the anger, there are so many stories of kindness, friendship and bravery from that night and of course so many memories of happier times before and the hope for better times ahead.

 

*Sources: Nice Convention and Tourism Bureau, Reuters, Association of British Travel Agents


Nice Jazz Festival

Jazz it up

jazz musician

Nice offers a great range of cultural and sporting events throughout the year but arguably one of the best gigs in town is the annual jazz festival, this year taking place 16th to 20th July.

The first ever jazz event in Nice was way back in 1948 when no-less personage than the legendary Louis Armstrong headed the bill in the Opera. It would be another 23 years before the next event with a huge reunion in 1971 featuring big names such as Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. The festival has evolved over the years from the Grande Parade du Jazz into the world-renowned Nice Jazz Festival, and many illustrious musicians have taken part from Fats Domino to Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana to Lauryn Hill. Last year’s event attracted over 60,000 fans and we’re sure that this year is going to be even better.

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice Jazz Festival

Taking place in the open-air on the Promenade du Paillon, the 2016 edition will offer music from a wide range of genres, performers will include Robert Plant, Youssou N’Dour and Massive Attack so plenty to enjoy even if you are not a jazz purist. The festival will host events on 6 stages over 5 days with 31 acts! Tickets cost Euro 39 for adults, Euro 17 for children aged 10-16 and the under-tens go free, serious music lovers can also purchase a 5 days pass for Euro 130. Tickets are on sale now daily at Place Massena and can also be booked online at http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr/en/

 

We have limited availability remaining for the Jazz Festival period. Plan your stay now

 


Relax and enjoy the view

Tradition meets contemporary chic | Stay YNA

Outdoor dining in the beautiful garden

Outdoor dining in the beautiful garden

The picturesque village of Lefkara in the Larnaca district has been a popular destination for visitors since Venetian times and it’s not hard to see why. Winding cobbled streets, honey-coloured stone, great views of the surrounding valleys and plenty to see and do. In the past many of the traditional houses had sadly fallen into disrepair but recent years have seen an increase in people restoring their family homes to their former glory.

 

 

Master bedroom with original furniture

Master bedroom with original furniture

One such project was undertaken by the Loizides family who have restored their grandmother’s former home in the village retaining its original charm and making it a comfortable space for holidays.  Parts of the building actually date back as far as the 12th century with later 18th century additions. In its time it as been a residence, a stables, olive press, cellar and bank! The property can be rented as a whole comprising 3 bedrooms and ample living space set around a lush courtyard garden or as two separate residences sharing areas of the garden.

 

Open plan kitchen Monadiko

Open plan kitchen Monadiko

Inside the house is full of treasures from the past; a framed copy of the grandparent’s wedding invitation has pride of place in the living room. Upstairs in the master bedroom, the carved and embellished walnut wood wardrobe contained the grandmother’s dowry and was given to her on her marriage. There are other original items too reflecting the history of the house and the family that have lived there for generations, telling a tale of Cyprus village life. These fascinating items have been enhanced with the modern conveniences you would expect from a holiday rental; all the bedrooms now have air-conditioning and there are two fully fitted kitchens and two modern bathrooms.

Eat and enjoy, Cyprus style

Eat and enjoy, Cyprus style

Outside, the secluded courtyard garden is a real haven of tranquility, the perfect space to relax and escape the pressures of fast-paced modern life. There are facilities for outdoor dining and comfortable armchairs on the first floor veranda, the perfect spot for an evening aperitif while the sun goes down!

 

 

 

Relax and enjoy the view

Relax and enjoy the view

Polytimo, meaning “precious” is the larger property and has a double and twin room on the first floor with a kitchen, dining room and living room with fireplace on the ground floor. Monadiko, meaning “unique” has an open plan living space downstairs with a loft room at the top of the sweeping modern staircase which is ideal for families travelling with young children. Both houses open directly onto the garden and if booked separately have defined areas to ensure privacy for all guests.

 


Summer secret discount code

Summer savings

Offer of the week

In addition to our super secret summer code, this week we are featuring some special properties ideal  for larger parties.

Villa Estelle

Villa Estelle

Villa Estelle in the historic village of Cagnes-sur-Mer is a gorgeous period property, perfect for groups of friends and family. With 8 double suites each with their own bathroom, a spacious sitting room, stylish kitchen and gorgeous central courtyard. The villa can accommodate up to 16 adults and 2 children and there is also a separate 1 bedroom apartment for extra guests.

The villa is located at the heart of the picturesque medieval village with views down to the sea. A shuttle bus service runs from the village down to the beach every 15 minutes.

Fill the gaps in June and July and stay for a week for just £4,000

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Wild Atlantic View

Wild Atlantic View

Wild Atlantic View sits at the most westerly point of the Dingle Peninsula with stunning views of the rugged coast and the Blasket Islands. This spacious home boasts 4 double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, a mezzanine room and family bathroom for additional guests, spacious open-plan living area and a private hot tub with views to die for. For larger groups, the house can be rented along with neighbouring Wild Atlantic Rest which accommodates 6 people

Due to a cancellation we have availability between 17/07-26/07/2016! A 7 night stay in peak season costs £1925

Book your stay today

Villa Avgoustis

Villa Avgoustis

Villa Avgoustis is a traditional stone-built house located in the picturesque wine-producing village of Pachna between Limassol and Paphos. This spacious property has been carefully restored combining period features with contemporary comfort. Built around a secluded courtyard with private pool this is the ultimate choice for a family holiday. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house with an additional double room with en-suite bathroom in the annexe to accommodate up to 8 people.

This is a new property so we currently have availability in July. A 7 night stay between 16/06 and 12/07/2016 costs just £999

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Nice prepares for Euro 2016

Football, football, football!

OFFER OF THE WEEK…

Book 3 nights or more in one of our select Nice apartments for available dates in June 2016 and save up to £75!

Book your Eurotastic experience today!

Let’s face it there is very little point in talking about anything else this week, when half the continent is revving up for the football fest of the year!

Nice Fan Zone

Nice Fan Zone

All eyes are on France with the hosts kicking off tomorrow against Romania and two of our home nations playing their first matches on Saturday. Northern Ireland and Poland will do battle on 12th July in the first match held in Nice’s Allianz stadium. The city has been preparing for the event for months with the finishing touches being made to the Fan Village complete with huge screens in Place Massena, it’s sure to be the party of the year with thousands of visitors expected to enjoy the atmosphere Riviera style!

There are matches in Nice on 12th, 17th and 19th June with the runners up in Groups B & F playing in their round of 16 match on 27th June. Shuttles are being organised to transport fans to the Allianz stadium.

If you want to join the fun, its not too late! We’ve got some limited availability for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with great savings on select dates

Book your Eurotastic experience today!


Don’t wait for summer…

June deals

Don’t wait for summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFER OF THE WEEK!

Up to £75 off 3 nights in Nice    Up to £75 off 2 nights in Dingle    Pay 6 Stay 7 in Cyprus

Did you know that 1st June is, meteorologically speaking the first day of summer? (at least for those of us in the Northern hemisphere), which of course means that meteorologically speaking the weather has taken a complete nose-dive…storms all across central Europe and here in the UK we are basking in a seasonal 11C with grey skies and general sogginess. All in all not very inspiring.

In Dingle meanwhile, they are enjoying a heatwave and people are out and about enjoying the countryside and the sea. Temperatures in Nice are in the 20’s and as for Cyprus, well the mercury has passed 30C today, not that I am at all jealous of course…

On the bright side, the school holidays have not yet started which means there are bargains to be had on flights to warmer climes. If you are looking for a last minute getaway, then we have some great deals on select dates and properties with savings of up to £75 on a two day break!

June is also a great month to travel to any of our destinations with loads going on; the Dingle Adventure Race is taking place on 11th June, the annual Shakespeare at Curium festival takes place in Limassol from 17-19th and I think there is something happening in France too….what was it again? Ah yes, FOOTBALL!

So, don’t wait for summer to come to you, get packing and head off to enjoy summer!

Up to £75 off 3 nights in Nice    Up to £75 off 2 nights in Dingle    Pay 6 Stay 7 in Cyprus


Take it easy and Stay YNA

Summer time...

Summer time…

Summer is all about time for you; whether you want nothing more than to lie on a beach somewhere, prefer to explore a new place or long for the bustle of summer in the city…take the strain out of your holiday planning.

Wherever you stay with YNA you know that there is a beautifully furnished property, fresh linen, fluffy towels and some local treats waiting for you when you arrive. So, all you have to think about is where you want to go and, to make that even easier, find your perfect Nice apartment, Dingle cottage or Cyprus villa and ask us for your summer secret code…

Get your Nice secret code   Get your Dingle secret code  Get your Cyprus secret code

 

 


YNA Events Nice Jazz Festival

Summer time…and the living is easy

Hot summer nights, palm trees and toe-tapping tunes, who could ask for more!  I adore Nice Jazz Festival and this year’s offering promises great things. Although I will be shedding one or two tears as 2016 has been dedicated to the memory of David Bowie. Each evening, from Saturday through to Wednesday, has a theme: Changes, Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Black Star, Heroes.  In addition, all 30+ performers are said to have been influenced by or have worked with Bowie.  This illustrates the breadth of musical styles included in this ‘jazz’ festival, which for purists (like my dad!)  may be taking it too far, but for most people opens the door to discover a wide variety of international musical styles based, sometimes loosely, around jazz.

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice Jazz Festival

There are two stages set up in Jardin Albert 1er connected by an area selling refreshments and very reasonably priced large glasses of local rosé. The permanent Théatre de Verdure stage has seating and is for the more ‘hardcore’ jazzers . Last year I saw Charles Lloyd there with my dad, himself a jazz saxophonist, and what a pleasure it was to see this longstanding jazz hero light up his face. This year I’m looking forward to the newer and, for once, female stage presence of Géraldine Laurent not to mention the contemporary big band feel of Brooklyn’s Snarky Puppy, an instrumental fusion fest, and Avishai Cohen, arguably one of the world’s best living trumpeters!

 

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice Jazz Festival

The Masséna stage is standing only and more suited to dancing and wailing. And yes, I’ve done both in past years. This year it’s Massive Attack who will be rocking the Riviera along with Youssou N’Dour bringing the sounds of Africa, and other big international names in funk, hip hop, soul and blues, stretching the jazz label to its limits and sometimes beyond. No excuses for missing the free Sunday morning concert from The London Community Gospel Choir, dancing you through to lunchtime.

 

Last year Jamie Cullum was the ‘godfather’ of the festival bringing his inimitable presence to the proceedings and dancing on his piano, this year Melody Gardot has the honour.  A young American singer-songwriter and all round wonder she has played in session on Jamie’s radio show and her voice is as inspiring as her personal journey through music therapy.

Each year I discover a new musical talent to take away with me, and I think the words of Leyla McCalla, whose musical styles just won’t fit into this blog, sum up these 5 days of musical emotions – “I want them to cry, I want them to laugh, I want them to sing, I want them to dance!” I’m sure we will.

For more information on the event please visit www.nicejazzfestival.fr

Article written by Nice local expert Zenna Marshall


Go on...dive right in!

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Summer has arrived in the Med; the skies are blue, the sun is shining and the crystal-clear sea is just waiting for you to dive right in!

Get packing...it's summer!

Get packing…it’s summer!

We’ve some some hot deals on last minute breaks in May to select, villas and apartments in Nice. So what are you waiting for? Get packing, summer is waiting for you

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