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The Police warn of the summer scam in Spain and Marbella: scams in vacation rentals The summer scam has skyrocketed this year and already exceeds the figures for 2019. Faced with such a trend, the National Police, together with companies for the sale and rental of villas, luxury homes in Fotocasa, Airbnb, Confianza Online, have launched the alert for users to be more careful about possible scams in vacation rentals. Remember that only during this 2022, more than 6,000 Spaniards will fall into the trap of scammers like those who have starred in the program. So before you put up a down payment for what looks like a bargain, make sure the apartment exists. Faced with this situation, the General Directorate of the Police has launched this Thursday a series of recommendations to avoid being a victim of fraud. In this way, they warn that citizens not used to reserving an apartment or house online or those who do not know how platforms such as Airbnb work can be an easy target for organizations dedicated to this type of fraud. In order for users to book with peace of mind and find a trustworthy host this summer, the National Police, Airbnb and Confianza Online have worked together so that guests can be alert to detect and avoid fraud. Some of the signs and tips to avoid scams when booking summer vacations are: Beware of messages with suspicious links. Don't click on links in emails you don't trust. They may contain links to fake web pages that mimic Airbnb's design in an attempt to steal personal information or infect devices. In this situation, return to the home page typing https://www.airbnb.es in your browser and continue browsing from there. Find out here how to detect if an email or website really belongs to Airbnb. Be wary of offers that are too good to be true. Beware of offers that combine excessively low prices with very attractive images or accommodations. If an owner wants to make too many changes during the booking process (offers you to pay differently, sends you contact addresses that don't match the listing, offers you a different listing that wasn't on the page, etc.) there could be something behind a criminal who wants to avoid his location. To avoid this, look for ads that have a lot of positive reviews and read them carefully. This will allow you to detect if there are any negative aspects that several guests point out and that could tarnish your vacation. You can also check that the host's identity and other account details have been verified or confirmed. Communication and payment, always on the platform. If they ask you to make a deposit or a bank transfer, if they give you a PDF or paper invoice or offer you a discount for paying outside the platform, be wary. Pay special attention if that person proposes to use for payment companies that are normally dedicated to sending money, bank checks, money orders. If they suggest payment methods outside the platform, it is most likely that they intend to carry out some type of fraud. Therefore, you must always make payments and communicate through the Airbnb website or app. As long as you communicate, book and pay through Airbnb you will have the security guaranteed by the multiple protection system. If the host never asks you to speak through other means or sends you emails, that's a good sign. You can also help other travelers by reporting suspicious messages. You are suspicious of an urgent tone or inconsistencies on the part of the host. Scammers often try to rush or pressure guests to book, show inconsistencies in the language in which they express themselves and in their nationalities, areas of residence or telephone prefixes, as well as in the text of the accommodation advertisement. Do not feel pressured, before deciding on an accommodation, carefully read the profile of the host, the comments of previous guests and, for example, use the image comparator available in the main search engines on the Internet, and check if the images correspond to different rentals located in different geographical areas.
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La Policía alerta de la estafa del verano en España y Marbella: estafas en alquileres vacacionales

La Policía alerta de la estafa del verano en España y Marbella: estafas en alquileres vacacionales

La estafa veraniega se ha disparado este año y ya supera las cifras de 2019. Ante tal tendencia, la Policía Nacional, junto a empresas de venta y alquiler de villas, viviendas de lujo en Fotocasa, Airbnb, Confianza Online, han lanzado la alerta para que los usuarios tengan más cuidado con posibles estafas en los alquileres vacacionales.

Recuerda que solo durante este 2022, más de 6.000 españoles caerán en la trampa de estafadores como los que han protagonizado el programa. Entonces, antes de hacer un pago inicial por lo que parece una ganga, asegúrese de que el apartamento exista.

Ante esta situación, la Dirección General de la Policía ha lanzado este jueves una serie de recomendaciones para evitar ser víctima de fraude. De esta forma, advierten que los ciudadanos que no están acostumbrados a reservar un apartamento o casa online o que no saben cómo funcionan plataformas como Airbnb pueden ser un blanco fácil para las organizaciones dedicadas a este tipo de fraudes.

Para que los usuarios puedan reservar con tranquilidad y encontrar un anfitrión de confianza este verano, Policía Nacional, Airbnb y Confianza Online han trabajado de forma conjunta para que los huéspedes puedan estar alerta para detectar y evitar fraudes.

Algunas de las señales y consejos para evitar estafas a la hora de reservar vacaciones de verano son:

  1. Cuidado con los mensajes con enlaces sospechosos. No hagas clic en enlaces de correos electrónicos en los que no confíes. Pueden contener enlaces a páginas web falsas que imitan el diseño de Airbnb en un intento de robar información personal o infectar dispositivos. En esta situación, vuelve a la página de inicio
  2. escribiendo en su navegador y continúe navegando desde allí. Descubre aquí cómo detectar si un correo electrónico o sitio web realmente pertenece a Airbnb.
    Tenga cuidado con las ofertas que son demasiado buenas para ser verdad. Cuidado con las ofertas que combinan precios excesivamente bajos con imágenes o alojamientos muy atractivos. Si un propietario quiere hacer demasiados cambios durante el proceso de reserva (le ofrece pagar de manera diferente, le envía direcciones de contacto que no coinciden con la lista, le ofrece una lista diferente que no estaba en la página, etc.) podría ser algo detrás de un criminal que quiere evitar su ubicación. Para evitar esto, busque anuncios que tengan muchas críticas positivas y léalos con atención. Esto te permitirá detectar si hay algún aspecto negativo que varios huéspedes señalen y que pueda empañar tus vacaciones. También puede verificar que la identidad del anfitrión y otros detalles de la cuenta hayan sido verificados o confirmados.
  3. Comunicación y pago, siempre en la plataforma. Si te piden que hagas un depósito o una transferencia bancaria, si te dan una factura en PDF o en papel o te ofrecen un descuento por pagar fuera de la plataforma, desconfía. Presta especial atención si esa persona te propone utilizar para el pago empresas que normalmente se dedican al envío de dinero, cheques bancarios, giros postales. Si sugieren métodos de pago fuera de la plataforma, lo más probable es que pretendan realizar algún tipo de fraude. Por lo tanto, siempre debe realizar los pagos y comunicarse a través del sitio web o la aplicación de Airbnb. Siempre que te comuniques, reserves y pagues a través de Airbnb tendrás la seguridad que te garantiza el sistema de protección múltiple. Si el anfitrión nunca te pide que hables por otros medios o te envía correos electrónicos, es una buena señal.
  4. Sospechas de un tono de urgencia o de incoherencias por parte del anfitrión. Los estafadores suelen tratar de apurar o presionar a los huéspedes para que reserven, mostrar incoherencias en el idioma en el que se expresan y en sus nacionalidades, zonas de residencia o prefijos telefónicos, así como en el texto del anuncio del alojamiento. No te sientas presionado, antes de decidirte por un alojamiento, lee atentamente el perfil del anfitrión, los comentarios de anteriores huéspedes y, por ejemplo, utiliza el comparador de imágenes disponible en los principales buscadores de Internet, y comprueba si las imágenes corresponden a diferentes alquileres ubicados en diferentes áreas geográficas.
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Minotti 2022 Hospitality Vision – Waterrock Boutique Hotel and Villas Video

Minotti 2022 Hospitality Vision – Waterrock Boutique Hotel and Villas Video

Minotti’s hospitality vision is increasingly evolving in terms of its design and stylistic language, giving shape, as every year, to a new and exclusive virtual project. 2022 sees the arrival of “Waterrock Boutique Hotel and Villas”, a concept that interprets the current trends of contemporary living in the residential and high-end hospitality sectors.

The new project is ideally located in a natural Mediterranean setting, lying on a coastal hilly area and offering panoramic sea views; a fascinating location designed to act as a new backdrop and maximise the dialogue between indoor and outdoor spaces and between furnishing pieces and architecture, values at the heart of the 2022 Collection.

The architectural style and materials used are closely linked to the spirit of the new collection, in absolute harmony with the mood proposed last year, in the sophisticated contrast between exposed concrete and satin-finish steel, scratched wood, lacquers and mirrored surfaces.

The spaces on offer combine the elements of the history of architecture ranging from Rationalism to Mid-Century American taste through to Brutalism, to give shape to picturesque atmospheres, the same ones that distinguish the style and identity of the brand in different contexts.

The main building in the complex is the Waterrock Boutique Hotel, home to three different areas dedicated to conviviality: the Ishi Bar, the Mizu spa and the Oleander Grill restaurant, spaces whose names refer to the Orient and its elegant and minimal atmospheres.

The lounge of the boutique hotel is animated by two different seating systems, both designed by Rodolfo Dordoni: Twiggy, which stands out thanks to its rigorous geometric shapes and the sophisticated sartorial flavour of tone-on-tone stitching, and Goodman which, available in various configurations, has compact, comfortable volumes capable of adapting to the space and needs of the individual living there.

The indoor environments of the Ishi Bar, on the other hand, see the alternation of areas dedicated to conviviality with the Twiggy seating system with informal dining areas with the Sendai lounge little armchairs, combined with the Oliver lounge tables, recreating a harmonious, enveloping atmosphere that extends to open spaces, set up with the elegant simplicity of the Yoko Cord Outdoor designed by Inoda+Sveje seats and the Patio Teak modular seating system by GamFratesi.

Suspended between inside and outside, the relaxation area at the Mizu spa is furnished with pieces that reaffirm the flexibility and transversal nature of Minotti furnishings, such as the Horizonte indoor seating system by Marcio Kogan / studio mk27 and the Patio system accompanied by the Belt Cord Outdoor seats, perfect for creating an atmosphere of welcoming intimacy in the poolside area. In the adjacent one, dedicated to relaxation, the Florida seating system not only furnishes but also defines the paths of the open-air space.

Large panoramic windows and perforated concrete partitions allow a glimpse of the landscape and its light, while the alternation of steel and lacquered surfaces in bright colours bring to mind a reinterpretation of contemporary, helping to create dynamic contrasts that become architecture.

In the Oleander Grill, the atmosphere is consistent with the Minotti language, capable of enhancing the projects and the different stylistic and cultural identities of the designers behind the collection. In this environment, the dining areas, both indoor and outdoor, are punctuated by relaxation islands in a continuous back and forth, with no interruptions, between inside and outside, between areas for conversation, work and hospitality.

Inside, the Lars and Sendai sofas alternate with the Linha Fina tables and the Yoko dining little armchairs, while the outside with the Bellagio tables and the Belt Cord Outdoor armchairs is instead characterised by the bright colours of the outdoor fabrics, inspired by nature and perfectly in harmony with the open-air space that hosts them.

The Waterrock Boutique Hotel is flanked by three different types of villas immersed in the landscape – Lotus Tree, Maple Tree and Cherry Tree – buildings differing in size, but united by the ability to accommodate the pieces from the 2022 Collection to best express the mood and eclecticism of the furnishings in different contexts.

 

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Dubai Lifestyle Projects: Majid Al Futtaim’s Elysian Development

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At Tilal Al Ghaf, the exclusive resort-style community in Dubai, a new luxury neighbourhood featuring 92 villas is born for buyers who wish to experience the best of the Dubai Lifestyle, combining the amenities of the urban setting with the laid-back nature of resort life. With the Elysian development, Majid Al Futtaim brings the best in Dubai Architecture, using their masterfulness to create the most impressive and awe-inspiring villa projects in this wonderful city.

Let’s See Incredible Projects!

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At Tilal Al Ghaf, a luxury district in the heart of Dubai with a 28,000sq/m park, a lagoon, and a private beach, a bold new Dubai Architecture project is grabbing the attention of wealthy buyers, architects, and Interior Designers: Elysian, by Majid Al Futtaim.

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With a clear focus on a customizable Luxury Experience and the contact and integration with nature, Elysian seeks to respond to a growing demand for exclusive ultra-luxury villas in Dubai, setting “a new gold standard for luxurious and customizable living in the region” – says Hawazen Esber, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Communities.

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Besides Elysian, Tilal Al Ghaf also features the Harmony, Alaya, and Alaya Beach neighbourhoods, all offering Exclusive Homes inspired by nature, creating the perfect blend of urban life and the tranquillity of nature – truly achieving new heights of tasteful, idyllic luxury Dubai architecture. What better way to live the Dubai Lifestyle?

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The six-bedroom villas feature various entertaining areas, a spa and wellness spaces, a Sky Suite complete with roof terrace, an internal lift, and an underground car gallery large enough for six to eight vehicles. In the very heart of the home, a landscaped interior courtyard connects it all. This fluid Interior Design is an example of the Dubai lifestyle.

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Source: Architectural Digest Middle East

For each of Elysian’s 92 five and six-bedroom Luxury Villas, buyers have the opportunity of choosing high-quality facades and finishes, and of making alterations to the Interior Design project layouts to suit their Dubai Lifestyle needs. The possibilities are endless, from adding a guest suite to configuring the basement as a man cave or workout space.

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Majid Al Futtaim’s Elysian Development sets a new standard in Luxury Living, creating innovative Luxury Villas in an exclusive and idyllic community in Dubai. Do you feel inspired by this Amazing Project?

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