May 312016

Weddings in SpainFamily Wedding at Villa Florencia

Every year (and sometimes more than once) we are delighted that Sabrina visits us from Germany.  Sabrina comes and spends her time helping at our local animal rescue centre – SPAMA – which is a local charity that rescues and re-homes lost and abandoned dogs and cats.  Not only does Sabrina help at the centre here in Gandia during her visits, she also is instrumental in helping to find new homes in Germany for many of the dogs from SPAMA.  To date, more than one thousand dogs have been moved from Gandia and adopted in Germany and much of this is due to Sabrina’s efforts.  When over here, Sabrina stays in our self-catering apartment along with various members of her family that might be accompanying her, as well as her boyfriend Monius.

This year, we received the usual reservation from her, although this time for a visit in May, rather than her more usual time of September or October and also she said she wanted to bring more members of her family as well.  It then emerged that this was no ordinary visit, but that she and Monius intended to get married here in Spain during their time here as they have always felt so happy and at ease during all their previous visits.

And so it was that they arrived with Sabrina’s parents, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews and settled in for a stay of just over a week, with their wedding obviously as the highlight and focal point of the trip.  True to form, however, Sabrina and Monius still spent a lot of their time helping at the rescue centre as always and even enlisted the assistance of many of their family members as well!  They arrived on a Thursday and all of them soon settled in to life here at Villa Florencia and getting used to their surroundings.  The wedding was to take place on the Tuesday, and their plan was to have the ceremony at a beachfront location in Denia, followed by a family dinner here at Villa Florencia in the late afternoon.

We were genuinely delighted that Sabrina and Monius had asked us to prepare a meal for them on such a special day and we liaised with them beforehand about how they would like everything to be.  The weather played along perfectly and the big day was beautifully warm and sunny, without being too hot.  It was just a perfect setting to have their dinner outside by the pool in the late afternoon and then for them to spend time with their family in the garden until around midnight.  The music played from the lower terrace (ably organised by two of Sabrina’s nephews!) and everything came together to make it a great day for them to remember – and for us to be able to make it special for them as well.

We are already looking forward to Sabrina and Monius’ next visit to us in September but in the meantime we hope that their big day here at Villa Florencia will give them many happy memories for years to come and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them every happiness in their life together.

May 192016

pet -friendly2016 – A very “Pet Friendly Year” so far!

At Villa Florencia we always pride ourselves on welcoming not only our human guests, but also any canine guests that happen to bring their humans along with them!!  It is often very difficult to find a pet friendly hotel and guest house accommodation where the family pet is welcome and so we have had several guests already this year who have visited with their pets.  Some have been new guests who have not visited us before, whilst others have been very welcome “returners”!  And we are expecting the arrival of yet more canine guests in the near future – particularly a lovely Golden Retriever and his Spanish owners who won a photo competition of their pet relaxing on an air-bed in the swimming pool last summer!

Brian and Marilyn returned with their two lovely Golden Retrievers named Carlos and Paco earlier in the month.  They live in the south of Spain but like coming to this part of the country for a pet friendly break with their dogs and visited us last October and again now in May.  Not only that – they have booked for a third visit in October this year as well!  They stayed with us for a week in the self-catering apartment and found that the space and amenities there suited their needs perfectly.  They were able to enjoy a feeling of independence but still mix with our other guests – as well as with their dogs too!

David and Pauline also stayed with us for a couple of nights, of pet friendly accommodation, on their way to a holiday in the south, and in fact have also booked to stay here on their return trip in June.  They have a black Labrador named Charlie who, like all our doggie guests, got on very well with our own four.

Angelo has also visited us this year – his third visit altogether!  He lives with his British owners in France, but they all like to come here for some relaxation in the Spanish sunshine, as well as making it an ideal opportunity to meet up with a great friend of theirs who lives in Scotland but who rendezvous with them here at Villa Florencia for a “catch-up” type pet frienly holiday.  They have also booked to return to us later in the year again – much to the joy of our own Lola, for whom a visit from Angelo is always particularly welcome!

Our guests always find that they can relax and enjoy their visit here in the knowledge that their pet is welcome and also happy to be in the company of our own dogs.  In addition, Gandia has a dedicated stretch of beautiful pet friendly beach where dog owners are made especially welcome and many of our guests take the opportunity to take their dogs for a trip to the seaside during their stay!  It is always a pleasure to welcome our pet owning guests back, and of course to make the acquaintance of other, first-time visitors.  2016 looks like being quite a pet friendly year!