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50 Years of Wedded Bliss at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort
Posted by Kelly Gillece | Thursday, May 31, 2018

Longboat Key, FL - On May 18, 2018 Larry and Kathy Goodman returned to unit #236 at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort and celebrated their golden anniversary, just as they did 50 year ago. Their story is one we only read about in fairytales - meeting at the University of South Florida in journalism class. Soon after marrying, and then honeymooning on Longboat Key, Larry was stationed in Okinawa; serving in the United States Air Force and living abroad for over six years.

After observing the couples love of seafood, the Operations Manager sent the Goodman’s to a partner restaurant for a special dinner, compliments of RVA, to toast their golden anniversary.
 

In 1968, Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort, then known at Silver Sands Apartments, was a small, eight-unit building located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Over the years Silver Sands grew in size; however unit #236 always remained the Goodman’s ‘special apartment and sacred honeymoon site.’ Living just a short drive away in Temple Terrace, the Goodman’s returned to Silver Sands about a dozen times over the past 50 years,  celebrating milestone anniversaries.
 

Their love for the island, nearby eateries and beaches are apparent from the stories they share. Feeling a bit nostalgic, Larry remembers unpacking their portable record player on the first day of their honeymoon in 1968, listening to their favorite ‘beach music’. Including Bossa nova, Henry Mancini and Johnny Mathis. As they unload their car from their many trips to the island, the couple listens to the famous Ed Ames song and are reminded, “In only a moment, we both will be old we won’t even notice the world turning cold. And so, in these moments with sunlight above. My cup runneth over with love.”
 

Larry and Kathy share stories of a mostly uninhabited Longboat Key, with wide beaches and beautiful flora and fauna. Visiting the island for 50 years, the Goodman’s have seen lots of development, endured storms, (which they didn’t mind - they were on their honeymoon!) and beach replenishments. A couple of things have remained the same over the years: their love for each other and their memories of Silver Sands Apartments and the beautiful Longboat Key beaches.

**Picture compliments of The Longboat Key Observer


RVA EARNS PRESTIGIOUS SUPERHOST STATUS FROM AIRBNB
Posted by Jana Troyer | Sunday, October 15, 2017

LONGBOATKEY, Florida – October 15, 2017 – RVA, Resort Vacations announced that it has received the prestigious SUPERHOST status thru boutique vacation rental site AirBNB.com in the short four months of partnership. SUPERHOST recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The AirBNB model requires a high level of expectation in order to meet this qualification, including continual high rankings by guests, high review rates, a more than average number of bookings within a time period and that the host does not cancel any confirmed bookings.

RVA, with close to 300 vacation rental homes, condominiums and resorts in popular areas of Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key, is primarily run through it’s administrative office at 4030 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key. Providing memorable vacations since 1989, RVA offers comfortable yet luxurious accommodations in a private setting that molds well with the AirBNB model.

”RVA and its affiliated properties are very proud of this accomplishment” said Larry Starr, owner and President of RVA. “Recognition by our vacationing guests and premier rental sites is the highest compliment we can receive; something we work very hard to achieve. This honor validates our efforts and helps establish us as, yet again, one of the premier vacation options.”

To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit www.rvafl.com.


About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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Siesta Key Beach Named #1 Beach in US Again
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, May 25, 2017

Siesta Key Beaches Named the Best Beach in the United States Again

RVA offers vacation rentals on or near the Siesta Key beaches

 

Siesta Key, FL (May 25, 2017) – Siesta Key beach earns the number one spot in the  Annual Top 10 Beaches in the United States by Dr. Beach, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, for the second time in 7 years.  No stranger to prestigious beach awards, Siesta Key also toped the list in 2011 and has been a constant on the Top 10 Beaches in the United States for many years, last year taking the 2nd. This continual increase in recognition for the beach is largely attributed to its powdery, white sand made up of crystal quartz which keeps the sand cool even on the sunniest Florida day.  Unlike most beaches, when the Siesta Key sand is packed near the water’s edge, you can easily jog, ride your bike or push a stroller. Siesta Key has been a staple for locals and vacationing guests alike for its pristine conditions, easy access and complimentary amenities. Along with these qualities, Dr. Beach noted Siesta Key’s continued presence on his rankings due also to its first-rate beach safety for visitors, recent parking and entrance additions (including a large playground area) and the clean restrooms. Siesta beach, he mentioned in a public announcement by Visit Sarasota County Thursday morning, is an outstanding place to watch the sun dip below the Gulf of Mexico horizon.


Dr. Beach bases his selection each year on a 50 criteria process, including water and sand quality, as well as facilities and environmental management, as part of the National Healthy Beaches Campaign (NHBC).  The NHBC is dedicated to creating a balance between the recreational use of our nation’s beaches and maintaining the environmental quality and safety of this prized resource.


RVA offers numerous homes and condominiums on or near Siesta Key beaches for weekly, nightly or monthly rental.  Other RVA vacation rentals include:  Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Anna Maria Island.  Choose to stay in a five-bedroom estate on the beach, a bayfront condominium, or a resort-style property.  Each vacation rental is fully furnished and vacation ready.  For more information log onto www.RVAFL.com or call 800-237-9505.


About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


Top 15 FREE {YES FREE} Sarasota Area Activities by RVAFL
Posted by Jana Troyer | Friday, February 10, 2017

Southwest Florida has a long list of fun attractions, but many can be expensive. We know that when you go on vacation, every little bit counts so our team has compiled a list of our Top 15 Free {YES, FREE} Sarasota Area Activities allowing you to explore our beautiful sites and sounds without the added cost.

 



1.     Spend the morning, afternoon or evening at one of our world-renowned beaches! Our beaches have some of the most spectacular turquoise-blue waters and sugar-fine sand; and they rival and beach you would have to float or fly thousands of miles for. The calm waters are perfect for an afternoon of paddleboarding or cruising around in a kayak. For those looking for relaxation, bring your favorite floatation device and laze in the crystal waters while catching a glimpse of dolphins frolicking in the distance. The sunsets on Florida’s Gulf Coast are not to be missed. We like to pack our dinner (and favorite beverage) and experience all that Mother Nature has in store for us - the orange, pink and purple hues of our sunsets are photo-worthy #sunset #paradise #rvafl

2.      Drum Circles regularly form on Siesta Key beach on Sundays, and Nokomis Beach on Wednesday and Saturday and are a sight to behold. Here you can move to the rhythms of the drums while soaking up our magnificent sunsets - bring your dancing shoes!

3.      Every Monday, the John & Mable Ringling Museum is free to the public. Here you’ll glance at the circus magnet's expansive personal art collections, as well as peruse the special visiting galleries that are on display. Not in town on a Monday; the outdoor grounds area are free to the public any day of the week and include bay views, children's playgrounds, Mable Ringling's prize-worthy rose garden, exotic fountains and more!

4.      See the quaint Island of Anna Maria via the free trolley.  The trolley travels from the Anna Maria City Pier to Coquina Beach daily (exluding major holidays). The trolley makes plenty of stops along the 7-mile stretch - from local eateries (may we suggest a grouper sandwich) to delightful ice cream shops, there is something for every palate.

5.      Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota offers something for everyone. Children love to splash around at the splash fountain or burn off energy at the playground, and adults can take refuge in the beautiful scenery before them. Watch the majestic sailboats come into harbor, or catch a glimpse of a manatee floating by. Just a short walk away is the world-famous ‘Kissing Statue’.  The 26’ tall statue, officially titled “Unconditional Surrender” is the perfect place to take a #selfie.

6.      Spend an afternoon at Paw Park with your furry friend. Venice’s South Brohard beach is the only beach in the county where canines are allowed and is beloved for it. Tire your pooch out in the surf, while basking in the sun.

7.      Did you know that Venice, Florida is often referred to as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World?” Walk along the coast at Caspersen Beach and collect prehistoric sharks’ teeth. These little gems make for great souvenirs - especially for kids. Rumor has it the largest shark's tooth found along these waters was over 5 inches wide...challenge accepted.

8.      A short drive inland, the bustling local community of Lakewood Ranch has a free concert the first Friday of each month along Main Street. Listen to live music, participate in activities that dot the street or eat at one of the delicious restaurants. Either way they'll have you swaying in the streets.

9.      Bradenton Riverwalk is the perfect spot to burn off some energy and soak in some beautiful sights. Located on the Manatee River, the area boasts a skate park, splash pad and playground area as well as running paths with stopping areas to soak in the views.

10.    Take a walk out onto Anna Maria City Pier. Often you’ll find dolphins playing in the water and many different bird species at this quiet Northern section of the island. And if the day is clear, and you look hard, you can even see Tampa's Sunshine Skyway off in the distance.

11. Bike along the Legacy Bike Trail of Sarasota. The 10-mile trail offers picturesque views of waterways, as well as lush flora and fauna. Shaded benches and drinking fountains are at nearly every mile and multiple trailheads and free parking make the trail easily accessible.

12.  Have a picnic at the Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach. Located on the north side of South Lido Beach, and a local favorite, this area offers a nature trail, a canoe/kayak launch site, public restrooms and picnic areas.

13.  Just outside the mall at University Town Center is a 600-acre community park known locally as Benderson Park. The park offers a 3.5 mile loop for running, picnic areas and a well-appointed playground for the children. On the weekends you can catch a glimpse of rowing events (recently boasting the Olympic Trials) and once a month the park has a free family movie night. Bring your blanket and watch a movie under the stars.

14.  Window shopping along St. Armand’s Circle - here you’ll find the latest fashion trends, local artists showcasing artwork and souvenirs for your loved ones back home. In order to make this truly free we recommend leaving the wallet at the hotel - tempations and unique treasures abound that even a seasoned shopper won't be able to resist.

15.  For a small fee, experience the natural beauty of the Myakka State Park. One of the oldest and largest state parks, hikers can explore trails that cross large expanses or take scenic lake tours on airboats.  As with all state parks, active or non-active military receive free access on certain holidays so check the website for specific dates.

 

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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Activities
Posted by Jana Troyer | Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Is your summer getting off to a slow start? Are the kids already crying of boredom? Check out our top 10 kid-friendly activities we think they’ll love.

TreeUmph Adventure Course
Swing like a monkey through the treetops at TreeUmph. Located in east Bradenton, this 14-acre nature adventure course provides a challenge to the most athletic adventurers and is suitable to children 7 and older. The course takes between 2 – 4 hours to complete and the guides at TreeUmph encourage you to book your adventure early in the day to beat the heat and afternoon thunderstorms.

Myakka State Park
One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, and then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway.  Two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Grill out on the Beach
The Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach is a terrific barbeque and picnic spot. Not only does the park come complete with grills, but it also includes picnic tables and playground equipment.

Go Fishing
Grab your fishing rod and spend the afternoon casting your line. We recommend the Ken Thompson fishing pier, the Ringling Causeway Park fishing pier or the Venice fishing pier. If you have your eye on bigger fish, hit the bay or the Gulf on a charter fishing tour.

YMCA Water Park
In Florida’s heat, we are all looking for a cool spot. There is no better way to cool off than with a trip to the water park. The aquatic center at the YMCA in Sarasota, located next to the Westfield Mall in south Sarasota includes a 50-meter Olympic size pool, or the water park that includes twisting water slides or water jets.

Children’s Garden
Located in the downtown Gillespie Park neighborhood, the whimsical 2-acre garden playground includes a fairy garden, a pirate ship, a climbable dragon, maze, butterfly garden, a theatre stage with dress-up station and much more!

Mote Marine Aquarium
Spend an afternoon exploring the research institute and rehabilitation center. The marine wildlife center includes: sharks, sea turtles, manatees and dolphins. Touch pools give children a chance to get up close and personal with marine life and learn the value of marine eco-system.

Children’s Rainforest Garden at Selby Gardens
Explore and play through the nooks and crannies of the 100 year-old banyan tree around which the Rainforest Garden was based. The Garden boasts a 12’ waterfall, a forest pool filled with aquatic rainforest plants, a 27 foot-high canopy with a rope bridge and a variety of research and education stations. 

Children’s Fountain
With a beautiful view of Sarasota Bay, the Children’s Fountain allows you to cool off without getting sand in between your toes on saltwater in your mouth.

Riverwalk
Located in downtown Bradenton, on the Manatee River, Riverwalk provides play for the entire family. Little ones will enjoy the ‘splash’ zone and playground, while teenagers can cruise through the skate park.


Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA Earns Top TripAdvisor Award
Posted by Jana Troyer | Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BEACH CLUB AT SIESTA KEY BY RVA EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

Siesta Key, Florida – June 15, 2016 – The Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row. Now in its sixth year, this achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the calendar year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. 

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The Beach Club at Siesta Key, located at 6732 Sarasea Circle in the Crescent Beach area of the world-famous destination, is maintained by local property management company RVA. One of the newer constructed resorts on the island, The Beach Club offers comfortable yet luxurious accommodations in a private setting.

”RVA and its affiliated properties are very proud of this accomplishment” said Larry Starr, owner and President of RVA. “Recognition by our vacationing guests is the highest compliment we can receive; something we work very hard to achieve. This honor validates our efforts and helps establish us as, yet again, one of the premier vacation options on the island of Siesta Key.”

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key call 800-237-9505 or visit www.beachclubatsiestakey.com.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site**, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:

www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl, www.besttables.com and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, and www.virtualtourist.com.

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016

***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

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July 4th in Paradise
Posted by Jana Troyer | Tuesday, June 14, 2016

July 4th in Paradise
 
There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than on Florida’s west coast. Here are some of our recommendations that take place all weekend long:
 
 
July 2, 2016 | Sarasota
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival kicks off the festivities in the area.
 
 
July 2nd & 3rd, 2016 | Bradenton
Marauder’s Baseball Game and Fireworks:  It doesn’t get more ‘American’ than baseball and fireworks. The Marauder’s take the field at 6:30 with the post-game fireworks show immediately following. Tickets rage from $6 – $10.
 
 
July 3, 2016 | Anna Maria Island, dusk
Fireworks will be on display at The Beach House: 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Longboat Key
Annual Freedom Fest Parade at 9 AM: Commissioners, police and fire rescue personnel are in the parade along with children who wish to dress up and walk their pets. Parade line up begins at 8:30 a.m. on Bay Isles Road. Activities, food and drinks and children’s game will take place in Bicentennial Park, next to the Town Hall.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Anna Maria Island
Privateers Annual 4th of July Parade, 10 AM to Noon: The parade route will take place from Coquinia Beach (south entrance) to City Pier at Anna Maria.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Venice
3rd Annual Myakka Kayaka 4th of July Jam Blast, 11 AM to 4 PM: Featuring live music and craft beers. Free admission. Kayak launch starts at 8 AM.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Siesta Key
26th annual 4th of July Fireworks Display, 9 PM: Fireworks over Siesta Key are blasted off just north of the volleyball courts, making viewing good from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach (south of Siesta Public Beach), out on the Gulf or from the Intracoastal waterway.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Sarasota
All American Barbeque and Independence Day Celebration on the ground of Selby Gardens, 6 – 10 PM: Four premier barbecue pit master vendors, live music from the Lauren Mitchell Band and family activities are all part of the celebration, plus enjoy the fireworks over Sarasota Bay. $30 for members, $35 non-members, 11 and under are free.
 
 
July 4, 2016 | Fireworks Spectacular over Sarasota Bay, 9 PM
Part of the Suncoast Offshore Festival, viewing is free from anywhere downtown, including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat anchored on Sarasota Bay.

Cedars Tennis Resort & Club by RVA Names Ken Howard to Resort & Club Manager
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, February 18, 2016

Longboat Key, FL (February 18, 2016) – Ken Howard is named Resort & Club Manager at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club, a RVA property. In his role at Cedars, Howard will be the key liaison between guests and members; he will be responsible for ensuring all standards within the Cedars community, manage and oversee of all the daily clubhouse services and activities. Howard’s engaging personality and wealth of knowledge in the hospitality industry make him the ideal candidate for the position.

“Ken is the ideal individual to help drive strong company goals; aimed at member and guest satisfaction,” said Jesse Cook, Chief Operating Officer of RVA. “I look forward to the energy and commitment to excellence Ken will bring to our growing company and the Cedars community.”

A native of Maryland, Howard brings over 40 years experience in the hospitality industry in various capacities; namely with the Manor Country Club in Rockville, Maryland and with Woodmont Country Club in the Washington, DC area. In his spare time, Howard enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.

Cedars Tennis Resort & Club is a luxury tennis community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. Cedars units vary in their availability from permanent tenants to weekly vacation rentals. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 800-237-9505 or visit www.CedarsTennisResort.com.


About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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Cedars Tennis Resort Receives Updates
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Monday, October 5, 2015

Longboat Key, FL (October, 2015) – Cedars Tennis Resort & Club reopens various aspects of the Club after undergoing renovations. The fitness center received new flooring, new cardio equipment and upgraded security systems completed in May of 2015. The onsite restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, reopened on October 1st with a strong support of our member base to view the new tile floors, upgraded décor, new computer systems and revised menu selections. The community is also finalizing the extensive upgrades made to the junior Olympic-sized pool which included new tile, upgraded lighting, resurfacing of the entire pool, and repainting the pool deck.

“Our goal has always been to provide the best possible tennis and fitness Club on the island of Longboat Key,” said Larry Starr, CEO of RVA – the management company for Cedars. “Many of these upgrades were a natural part of maintaining that high level of standard our members have come to appreciate.”

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxurious tennis community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. We offer a variety of membership options to fit all sporting or community needs. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 877-670-1778 or visit the website at www.CedarsTennisResort.com.

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


Cedars Tennis Resort Receives USTA Membership
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Longboat Key, FL (July 2, 2015) – Cedars Tennis Resort & Club attains membership to the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The membership will allow the resort-style property on Longboat Key to apply to host USTA tennis events; introducing our club to tennis players and their families from around the United States. Hosting USTA events allows Cedars Tennis Resort & Club members an opportunity to be involved in mentoring young and up-and-coming players. The benefits don’t stop there, being involved with the USTA offers our tennis professionals access to USTA programming, as well as access to grants and scholarships.

"The USTA membership at Cedars Tennis Resort & Club will draw awareness to the beautiful island of Longboat Key,” said Larry Starr, CEO of RVA. “We look forward to hosting events at our resort, as well as mentoring the future stars of tennis.”

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open.

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxury vacation rental community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy while staying at this resort. To inquire about Cedars Tennis Resort call 877-670-1778 or visit the website at www.CedarsTennisResort.com.

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


The Beach Club at Siesta Key by RVA Awarded the 2014 Award of Excellence by Booking.com™
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, April 2, 2015

Siesta Key, FL (March 31, 2015) – The Beach Club at Siesta Key was honored by Booking.com™ with the 2014 Award of Excellence for the 2nd year in a row. The Award of Excellence is given out by Booking.com™ to properties annually, in honor of their achievements over the past year as measured by their overall guest review score. The criteria of the award are based on five points of review and include: Hotel Staff, Service/Facilities, Cleanliness of your Room, Location and Value for Money. The Beach Club at Siesta Key was one of only two properties of the 83 represented property count in the entire Sarasota destination on the Booking.com™ site to receive this honor.

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest,” said Larry Starr, Owner and President of RVA. “We strive to always offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is translating into positive customer experiences.”

White-sand quartz beaches combined with a beautifully decorated, modern resort creates a chic beach destination on Siesta Key.  Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of greens and turquoise – perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.  Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen LCD TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key, 6732 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, call 866-355-2170.  Visit our website at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


Tammy Halsted, Business Development Manager for RVA, Receives the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Prestigious 2014 Norm Mallard Ambassador of the Year Award
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Longboat Key, FL (February 9, 2015) – Tammy Halsted, Business Development Manager for RVA receives the prestigious Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Norm Mallard Ambassador of the Year Award for 2014.

The Norm Mallard Ambassador of the Year Award goes to the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Ambassador that best encourages a quality membership of active, involved and enthusiastic business leaders. This also includes educating the Chamber’s members of its goals and objectives throughout the calendar year.

“Locally, we could not be any prouder for Tammy to receive the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce Norm Mallard Award,” said Jesse Cook, COO of RVA. “Tammy’s hardwork and dedication to our local community is steadfast. Tammy is the consummate professional and her leadership skills are not only apparent at RVA, but also in our community.”

RVA offers hundreds of private homes, condominiums and resort-style properties in the popular destinations of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Lido Key.  To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit our website at www.RVAFL.com.

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


You Booked a Vacation Rental, Now What?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, December 26, 2014

You just booked your entire family for a beach vacation on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, and at some point during your quest to pack up, you’ll probably ask yourself, “what should I bring with me? Is our vacation home fully stocked?” The answer is ‘YES’! Your RVA vacation rental will come fully-equipped. In most cases, the unit will have a fully stocked kitchen and if not a full kitchen, a kitchenette. All units are fully-furnished and come with linens and towels for your entire party.

Do you enjoy cooking on vacation? We recommend getting two large pill boxes (usually available for purchase at your local Dollar Store) and filling each box with your favorite spice and spice blends. Label the back of the containers using a Sharpie with the name of each spice. Now, all you have to do is plan your menu, and shop at our local supermarkets for fresh veggies, fruits and meats.

All of our rentals either have a washer and dryer in the unit or are easily accessible. So feel free to pack lighter on your clothing, since you’ll be able to do laundry during your vacation.

Here are some things we suggest you pack:

·         Sunscreen

·         Bathing suits (and flip flops!)

·         Reading material

·         Binoculars – you’ll want to use these to watch the dolphins frolic in the surf

·         Camera – you won’t want to miss our beautiful sunsets (trust us)

Should you need any assistance before your visit, or during your stay, contact our Vacation Planners at 800-237-9505. Or you can download the FREE RVA mobile APP for vacation information, local coupons and more!


Dave Sherwood Named Tennis Professional at Cedars
Posted by Jana Troyer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cedars Tennis Resort, an RVA Property, Welcomes Tennis Professional Dave Sherwood

Sherwood brings 25 years experience to the resort

 

Longboat Key, FL (September 17, 2014) – Cedars Tennis Resort is pleased to welcome Tennis Pro Dave Sherwood. With 25 years experience, Dave brings knowledge in directing programs, teaching and coaching.

A certified tennis professional for the past 25 years, Dave holds a degree in Recreational Leadership with a major in Tennis Management from Tyler, Texas. Dave has trained and coached several National and Sectional ranked adult USTA teams, as well as designed and implemented several Junior Tennis Academies. His accomplishments include: managing and training over 20 Tennis Professionals, attending over 100 tennis lectures and seminars, being a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff and graduating from Welch’s Har-Tru Court Maintenance School. Previous positions in various capacities in the tennis industry include: Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida, Fincastle Country Club in the state of Virginia and Columbia at Antioquia Tennis Club in the city of Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.

We are proud to have someone with Dave’s experience, aptitude and passion for the game of tennis on our team,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “He will be a valuable addition to Cedars Tennis Resort and we are excited to have him on board.”

Dave will offer a range of instructional services including, private and semi-private lessons and skill clinics. As an integral part of the Operations Team at Cedars Tennis Resort, he will work closely with the Tennis Committee to coordinate and participate in a variety of round robin and social events throughout the upcoming season at the club.

Cedars Tennis Resort is a luxury vacation rental community on Longboat Key, where world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets are daily occurrences. This village-like townhome community features spacious living and dining areas and full-size kitchens. Choose from various unit styles including one- and two-bedroom units. There is something to suit every mood at Cedars Tennis Resort – a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki Bar, on-site restaurant, Cedars Café & Tiki Bar, fitness center, fishing pier and world-class tennis facilities are just some of the amenities you can enjoy while staying at this resort.

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

 

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The Beach Club at Siesta Key Awarded the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, June 6, 2014

Siesta Key, FL (May 27, 2014) – The Beach Club at Siesta Key is honored to receive the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award for the 2nd year. The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor®. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award. To qualify for this award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher (out of a possible five), as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor®. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“We are elated to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest and rewards our continued dedication to excellence at The Beach Club at Siesta Key,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “Our goal is to always strive to offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is paying off.” 

White-sand quartz beaches combined with a beautifully decorated, modern resort creates a chic beach destination on Siesta Key.  Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of greens and turquoise – perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.  Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key, 6732 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, call 866-355-2170.  Visit our website at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.


RVA Names Tammy Halsted Business Development Manager
Posted by Jana Troyer | Thursday, June 5, 2014

Longboat Key, FL (June 5, 2014) – Tammy Halsted is named Business Development Manager of RVA. In her new role at RVA, Halsted will be responsible for welcoming new homeowners into the program, promoting a referral program to local real estate agents and representing RVA at local Chamber and CVB functions and events. Her vibrant personality and wealth of contacts within the area, particularly on the island of Longboat Key, made her an ideal candidate to help take RVA to the next level.   

“Tammy is the ideal candidate to help drive strong company goals; aimed at owner satisfaction as well as community involvement. She is the consummate professional and her leadership skills coupled with broad industry experience will serve RVA well,” said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. “I look forward to the energy and commitment to excellence Tammy will bring to our growing company.”

A native of Texas, Halsted brings over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry in various capacities, namely with the Tampa and New Orleans Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Marriot International, Wedebrock and Re/Max Excellence Real Estate companies. Halsted is also active in the local community, volunteering at the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board of Directors and Chamber Ambassador, as well as the Sarasota Players Theater and American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

RVA offers hundreds of private homes, condominiums and resort-style properties in the popular destinations of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Lido Key.  To inquire about RVA call 800-237-9505 or visit our website at www.RVAFL.com.

About RVA

RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

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The Beach Club at Siesta Key Awarded for Top Guest Reviews
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Siesta Key, FL(February 11, 2014) The Beach Club at Siesta Key was honored for achieving top review scores with the Guest Reviews award from Booking.com. The Beach Club at Siesta Key was one of only three properties in the over 100 represented properties on Booking.com in the Gulf coast area. In fact, according to Booking.com, less than 10% of properties listed from around the world received this award for 2013.  Unlike similar travel review sites, each review submitted to Booking.com goes through a thorough checking process to ensure only guests who have actually stayed at a property are considered. Beach Club at Siesta Key qualified for this award based on consistently achieved outstanding guest reviews, averaging 9.1 out of 10 on the Booking.com site for the entire period of November 2012 - October 2013.

We are delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the voice of the guest and rewards our continued dedication to excellence at The Beach Club at Siesta Key, said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA. We strive to always offer a first-rate experience to our guests, and this honor validates that our hard work is translating into positive customer experiences.

White-sand quartz beaches combined with a beautifully decorated, modern resort creates a chic beach destination on Siesta Key.  Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of greens and turquoise perfectly coordinating with the striking hues of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers studio, one- or two-bedroom units, just steps from the Siesta Key beach.  Each unit features a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen LCD TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.

To inquire about The Beach Club at Siesta Key, 6732 Sarasea Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, call 866-355-2170.  Visit our website at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com

About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacations, is one of the nations leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida.  RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Floridas west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.



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Rainy Day Activities in Southwest Florida
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, January 9, 2014


Rainrain go away. We want to go to the beach today! If you're looking for drier activities on a wet Florida day, we've complied some options below on local activities guaranteed to keep you entertained and out of the rain. Contact your check-in office for directions or information; or call (888) 532-9014 to speak with one of our Vacation Planners.


 




 

Win a 5 Night Stay at The Beach on Longboat Key Compliments of RVA
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, November 1, 2013

What you Win:

5 night; 6 day stay in a studio or one-bedroom unit at resort The Beach on Longboat Key!*

 

How to Enter:

1.             LIKE the RVA Facebook Page (if you havent already) (click here)
2.             LIKE & SHARE this Giveaway post on Facebook (click here)
3.             Contest ends at midnight on 11/11/2013

Only guests who LIKE & SHARE will qualify. The winner will be announced on November 12th. Good luck!




*Terms & Conditions: Guest wins a gift certificate for a 5 night; 6 day stay at property The Beach on Longboat Key only. Certificate must be used in its entirety and cannot be separated to multiple stays. Certificate expiration, blackout dates, a 30-day advanced booking requirement, and unit maximum occupancy rules apply. Certificate must be surrendered at time of redemption. In order to qualify, guests must follow ALL entry steps as listed. Giveaway expires at midnight on 11/11/2013. One winner will be randomly selected on 11/12/2013 and contacted at that time. Certificate cannot be redeemed for cash or future stays. RVA and its affiliates are not responsible for lost or stolen certificates.






What Makes RVA Different?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, July 18, 2013
We recognize that as a homeowner, you have an abundance of vacation rental options, both local and global, to choose from when selecting the company to entrust your investment home with. Therefore we've compiled a list of the Top 15 Reasons to Choose RVA.

1. Our RVAFL.com website. A large majority of companies have websites with dated appearance
and functionality when attracting potential guests to your home. The website company we use, Visual
Data Systems, specializes in vacation rental services and is considered the premier in the industry. RVA
averages approximately 300,000 unique visitors each year to our website. We are also one of the few area
management companies that offer online booking capabilities for our entire inventory - even monthly rentals.

2. RVA is the Suncoasts oldest rental and property management company, with over 25 years experience in the local marketplace.

3. RVA employs a state-of-the-art reservation tracking system that enables us to track our offline and online marketing efforts, as well as to capture actionable data about our guests and prospects. This tool enhances our current reservation sales efforts by increasing conversion rate on inquiries and overall revenue potential.

4. Our Tracking: The program we employ for tracking our website, eblasts and all other marketing avenues is the same provider enjoyed by The American Cancer Society, RE/MAX, and Costco.

5. Our experienced vacation planners are available for live reservation calls 24/7 in order to meet our guests needs at their convenience.

6. No other local company offers direct online booking capabilities for our travel agent market through a dedicated log-in service at www.RVAFL.com/travelagent. This service allows agents to book our inventory directly 24/7 using a secure username and password. A TRUE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.

7. RVA has enjoyed long-standing relationships with many International wholesale and tour operator contracts exposing your home to an even larger database of potential guests.

8. Most of the local property management companies dont understand or fully utilize search engine optimization or pay-per-click advertising todays key ingredients for effective online pursuit. RVA consistently appears at the top of Google search rankings for keywords relevant to our operating business both through paid and organic results.

9. Many companies cannot allocate necessary marketing funds to place an advertisement in one of the annual Chamber or Convention & Visitor Bureau guidebooks. RVA is committed to supporting our local community and tourism partners, and therefore places advertisements with all of the area support avenues including: Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Visit Sarasota County, Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and VisitFlorida.

10. Due to limited budgets and lack of expertise, most companies choose to outsource their marketing services. This hinders their ability to change marketing tactics in real-time fashion a trend that is essential given the heavy Internet exposure in todays travel marketplace. This also places important decisions in the hands of someone who may not have local, intimate knowledge of the product or consumer.

11. No other local company has the same relationships, preferred rankings and discounted contracts with online distributors including Expedia, Hotels.com, LeisureLink, Travelocity, Orbitz, and HomeAway.

12. RVA has an extensive Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in case of a severe weather emergency to protect our mutual guests as well as your home during and post natural occurrence. This plan is reviewed and practiced regularly by our management team in the event of a true emergency. Vital steps in all stages of our ER plan includes communication with our owners either via email or telephone, depending on the individual circumstances.

13. Our local Chamber or Convention & Visitor Bureau organizations offer cooperative advertising with big- name players like Travelocity or The Boston Globe on an annual basis that most companies are forced to decline based on limited marketing budgets. We see the value in shared advertising in publications that cater to our target market. The benefit of participating in a cooperative campaign is to penetrate consumer markets that, with stand-alone effort, would be outside our reach. In 2012, RVA participated in five (5) cooperatives based on their effective penetration of our marketplace.

14. For the convenience and satisfaction of our mutual guests, we provide key lock boxes for each home in our program in the event of guest lock-outs. This facilitates a quick resolution and enhances service delivery.

15. Many property management companies function on a limited number of employees to facilitate their normal operations, but in our opinion this causes a dilution of expertise. RVA offers specialized departments, such as marketing, reservations, and housekeeping and maintenance, that provide expertise and daily attention from professionals experienced in the specific area.

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