I had done a couple of home swaps before but this was my first with LoveHomeSwap a site I’ve been with for a couple of years and had lots of requests from, but never actually swapped through them.
Their system is easy and I like the fact it is from the outset contact, via the website, with the owner of the potential swap. In this case a lovely Spanish lady with an apartment in Marbella. It was short notice and looked like we were going to be seven for part of the stay, so the number the potential swap could accomodate and number of bedrooms and bathrooms was a major consideration.
From the first positive reply we were on our way to Marbella or to be precise Nueva Andalucia just inland from Puerto Banus. Communication is easy and only when a swap has been agreed are contact details available to see. In this case we did a points swap, meaning we booked using accumulated points rather than a simultaneous swap which are in my opinion much easier to agree on.
We had a couple from Taiwan stay in our holiday home which gave us a nice lot of points to spend on what and where we wanted to go. Our criteria comfortably large enough for us all, hubby, 3 sons and two girlfriends and nearish a beach preferably with pool or access to a pool.
Booked and paid was quick and easy then contact details and address and suddenly we were on our way excited to discover our new roof. It was absolutely great, better than the practically non-existant website blurb with one of the biggest and most fabulous pools I’ve ever seen.
The apartment was perfect, terrace overlooking the gardens with pool view, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 15 minutes walk from Puerto Banus. A great time was had by all, nobody was ready to leave and now it’s time to peruse our next escape with the points we still have in hand. Where to next?