HomesAway Expands into Croatia

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HomesAway adds two new villas on the Dalmatian Coast and the Istrian Peninsula. Insiders tout Croatia as the Mediterranean's next hot spot and for good reason -- old world history and culture at every turn, spectacular beaches, and a palpable energy of change and new possibilities.

HomesAway, pioneers of villa travel, have added two incredible Croatian estates to their cache of European properties. Travel insiders tout Croatia as the Mediterranean's next hot spot and for good reason -- old world history and culture at every turn, spectacular beaches, largely uncommercialized and infused with a palpable energy of change and new possibilities. After touring more than 50 properties, HomesAway president Dan Legault selected two new villas -- one on the Dalmatian Coast, referred to as the new Côte d'Azur, and one on the Istrian Peninsula, compared to Tuscany for its beautiful scenery and timeless atmosphere.

HomesAway's signature Local Host program provides the perfect complement to a Croatian retreat. The Local Host offers the security of having an insider's knowledge and assistance in exploring the best of local customs and cultural intricacies. From hiring a speed boat to explore islands off the Dalmatian Coast to identifying the best vineyard to visit in Istria, the Local Host handles all the details to ensure a memorable vacation.

For more details on the regions and activities, visit http://www.homesaway.com/region_istria.cfm.

Villa Mare -- on the Dalmatian Coast

Exceptional, stunning and unique are among the many superlatives used to describe this seven-bedroom, seaside estate. Nestled in a sheltered bay amidst fragrant pine trees, Villa Mare overlooks the rocky shore and crystal water of the Adriatic Sea. Expansive balconies open to spectacular views of the Dalmatian Islands, and the waterside terrace is the perfect place to catch some rays. Villa Mare is located on the island of Brac, just off the southern coast of Croatia, opposite of the ancient city of Split. Nearby, is the picturesque fishing harbor of Sumartin, one of several places on the island that offer excellent food and a taste of local life. Sleeps 14 guests in 7 bedrooms and starts at USD $8,590 per week.

Villa Terra -- on the Istrian Peninsula

A gem of "Croatia's Tuscany," Villa Terra is located near the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula and offers guests extreme luxury in an old-world setting. The immaculately restored estate looks out onto lush, green landscapes and has two beautiful swimming pools to relax beside. All meals are created by a skilled chef, familiar with using the abundant fresh local foods from land and sea, the wines and olive oils produced on the property, and the many herbs and vegetables from the on-site garden. Sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms and starts at USD $12,500 per week.

HomesAway has been described as one of the top villa rental companies by Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Virtuoso Life and Traditional Home Magazine, among others. HomesAway Vice President Maija Palkeinen was named one of Condé Nast Traveler's Best Villa Rental Agent. For information or reservations, visit homesaway.com or call 1 800 374 6637.

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