Revealing its predictions of the 10 best holiday rental destinations in 2014, AlphaHolidayLettings.com believes that owners and agents letting holiday properties in Europe are in for a prosperous year with no fewer than seven European destinations dominating the top ten. However, based upon 2013’s visitor enquiry and booking trends, Dubai, a city renowned for its year-round sunshine, luxurious lifestyle and fabulous beaches, takes the number one spot on the list. Undeterred by the global economic downturn, both rental property owners and holidaymakers have benefited from the wealth of Dubai apartments and villas available in desirable and prestigious locations including The Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. The full list of the company’s predicted top ten holiday rental hotspots for 2014 is as follows: 1. Dubai 2. Cyprus 3. Costa del Sol 4. Paris 5. Algarve 6. Tenerife 7. Cornwall 8. Florida 9. Sydney 10. Majorca Appealing to the budget-conscious holidaymaker, low-cost flights with short journey times are available to many European destinations. This ease of travel, coupled with an abundance of affordable holiday rental apartments and villas in popular beach resorts such as Paphos, Coral Bay and Larnaca, secures Cyprus second billing on the list. It’s a similar story for the Costa del Sol which, with a flight-time of only two to three hours from the UK, a choice of Spanish villas and apartments to suit every taste and budget and around 160 kilometres of golden, sun-kissed beaches, has earned Spain‘s ever-popular south-eastern coast a place in the list’s top three holiday rental hotspots for 2014. According to official statistics produced by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, an estimated 29 million visitors sought accommodation in Paris during 2012. Earning fourth-place honours on the list, the French capital city’s popularity shows no sign of diminishing thanks to its abundance of iconic and historic landmarks, rich cultural attractions and reputation as one of the world’s most romantic destinations. The respected Lonely Planet travel guide has already named Paris as the number-one city to visit in 2014 in its annual ‘Best in Travel’ list. Capitalising upon its status as one of the world’s most visited cities, the rates charged by Parisian hotels and guest houses tend to be on the expensive side, but Paris apartments can offer cost-effective alternative accommodation for families and groups wishing to stay in this unique and beautiful city. Taking the fifth and sixth places on the list respectively, the Algarve region of Portugal’s south coast and the Canary Island of Tenerife are perennially popular with holidaymakers thanks to their outstanding beaches, guaranteed sunshine, plentiful activities and entertainments and holiday rental properties ranging from beachfront apartments to luxury villas with private swimming pools. The county of Cornwall, the UK’s only entry on the list and in seventh place, has long been a favourite holiday destination but in recent years has received a boast in popularity as a result of television programmes such as “Cornwall with Caroline Quentin”, “Doc Martin” and “Ade in Britain”. One of Britain’s foremost surfing destinations, Cornwall also offers many charming and traditional fishing villages, historic attractions such as its UNESCO-listed tin mining landscape and areas of outstanding natural beauty. As such, demand for holiday cottages in Cornwall and other rental properties around the Cornish coast is always high. Two of the best-loved long-haul holiday destinations take the eighth and ninth places on the list. Sydney, Australia provides the ultimate winter escape. Steeped in culture, this exciting and vibrant city offers iconic landmarks including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, world-renowned beaches, entertainments and attractions to please everyone and holiday accommodation to suit every budget. On the USA‘s eastern coast, Florida, meanwhile, is a dream destination where holiday villas and apartments close to the state’s many famous theme parks, film studios and beaches provide perfect family accommodation and earn the ‘sunshine state’ a deserved place in the top ten. Finally, the beautiful Balearic island of Majorca grabs the tenth place. Steadily increasing in popularity with holidaymakers since the 1950s, this jewel of the Mediterranean situated off the east coast of Spain is favoured by over ten million visitors each year for its warm climate, excellent beaches and abundant recreational activities. As with the other European destinations on the list, the availability and affordability of a wide variety of holiday rental properties, coupled with the ease of getting to and from the island are likely to ensure that Majorca is one of 2014’s hottest holiday rental hotspots.
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