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5* Amilla Fushi Island Maldives

Whitewashed villas sit over turquoise waters at our Baa Atoll Maldives resort. The minimalist lines of sun-kissed beach houses contrast against the curves of swaying palms. The Maldives is unlike any other place on Earth. From the undisturbed natural ecosystem beneath the sea to the luxurious amenities to enchanting foods, welcome to paradise. Continue reading

Barclays warns Consumers of villa fraud

Barclays has issued a warning to holidaymakers not to be taken in by scams when buying villa holidays.

It says 37% of villa scams, reported by its customers, result in losses of between £1,000 and £5,000.

Its research, which also questioned more than 2,000 consumers, found that in 59% of reported cases the victims were women.

It also found 36% of victims were aged 30 to 44 years old.

More than half (55%) said they would not be put off booking a holiday even if it seemed ‘too good to be true’.

More worryingly, 14% said they would still book holiday accommodation despite knowing there was a risk of being scammed and 26% would be prepared to put themselves at risk in the hope of getting a good deal.

The research also found 43% would not hear alarm bells if they were asked to pay for a holiday via bank transfer.

Head of digital safety, Ross Martin, said: “Trying to escape those January blues may seem like an appealing prospect, but fraudsters are preparing to take advantage of sun seekers at this time of year.

Ever Dreamed of Sailing the South Pacific?

Board the luxurious  MS Paul Gauguin for a picture-perfect journey around this paradise of volcanic mountains and turquoise seas

MS Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to sail the shallow waters of Tahiti, Fiji, and the South Pacific, MS Paul Gauguin visits small ports that larger vessels can’t reach. On-board, guests can look forwards to an informal, relaxing environment, reflective of the islands visited, without ever having to compromise on service. Continue reading