Nearly two years ago I was holiday shopping on www.holidaylettings.co.uk. I was specifically looking for a villa with a private pool in Cyprus. I contacted half a dozen owners but one stood out for me, Jo Lamonby. She was super efficient, helpful and bent over backwards to help us with all the information that we needed. This made all the difference to our booking and our holiday.
During our holiday, which was fantastic, it came to light that Joe was in the process of starting her own villa lettings company. We stayed in touch and have just run a competition together for a free week in her luxury villa in Pernera, Cyprus with added extras.
I have wanted to interview Jo now for a while about her business. I feel that her villas would be great for honeymoons or even for guests who are out in Cyprus attending weddings. She has so much variety to offer and could arrange rentals for large parties of guests keeping them all within walking distance of one another.
Anyway I should stop raving about our holiday now and hand over to Jo. This is what she told me.
Tell us about Cyprus Villa Lettings and how/when you got started?
I started letting out my own villa 5 years ago. By last year, I had 9 families wishing to return on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I had to turn bookings away. Other owners on our complex were not getting their villas booked up and were asking me how I did it… So, with this in mind I thought, why not offer to advertise on their behalf? I took on 2 other villas in May and set up my own business and website: www.cyprusvillalettings.com Since then, I have emailed owners having matched booking enquiries to their properties and have now got a portfolio of 26 places, consisting of villas, townhouses and apartments in Pernera, Protaras, Kapparis, Ayia Triada and Deryneia.
What service do you offer?
I offer the complete holiday package, from booking suitable accommodation for guests to suit all budgets, flight searches, airport transfers, car hire, taxi service, friendly representatives who are on hand throughout guests stay in case of any problems, as well as information on local attractions, beaches etc
How early do clients need to book with you?
I started taking bookings in March this year for the 2014 season. I have a good selection of holiday properties but the sooner you book the best chance you will get for your first choice.
What makes you different from your competitors?
I care about people having the best holiday possible. I will go out of my way to ensure I can help with requirements. I have an excellent team of representatives in Cyprus who are on hand in case of any problems and we all work very closely together.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love travelling and holidays, and finding and booking other peoples holidays is a real buzz for me. It’s great having people book and visit the island for the first time then tell me how they have fallen in love with Cyprus and they are going to come back.
What have been your main achievements so far?
I think building up a portfolio of 26 properties (including mine) since May 2013 is my main achievement so far. Also, having 13 guest reviews on my villa through Tripadvisor which are all excellent is a real achievement.
What inspires you?
Getting thanked and receiving compliments on the way I have booked and organised peoples holidays.
Where is the one place you would recommend your clients to visit while on the Island of Cyprus?
Fig Tree Bay in Protaras. For those staying outside Protaras, walking along the beautiful decked coastal path from Pernera to Protaras and beyond is a great way to visit this gorgeous beach.
If you could recommend one activity to do in Cyprus what would it be?
Snorkelling or if you’re a bit more adventurous, do a ‘try dive’ with our recommended scuba diving specialists.
Cyprus is often said to be the Island of Love. Why would you recommend Cyprus and your villa’s to honeymoon couples?
With all of the beautiful coastal walks, numerous beaches with crystal clear waters and the sun shines nearly all year round it’s a perfect place for your honeymoon. The sunrises and sunsets are stunning in Cyprus, really romantic settings.. I have a selection of villas on my books that I would recommend for honeymoon couples, with open views to enjoy the sunsets, sea views. The villas are all finished to a high spec with luxury fixtures and fittings and all have private pools.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue to add to my portfolio of villas, townhouses and apartments. I am even considering moving to Cyprus if my business continues to do well. Although I am there for up to 12 weeks a year, I am very much a person who likes to be ‘hands on’.
How can our readers get in touch with you?
I am never far away from my iPhone or iPad! I am available on my mobile number: 07972687539 or my home tel: 01568 620147. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage contact: www.cyprusvillalettings.com Facebook: Cyprus Villa Lettings
Thanks Jo for talking to me, and to finish off with, just a few snapshots of our lovely holiday in Jo’s Villa and of the surrounding area.
Monestary of the Holy Cross, Omodos