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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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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 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.


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.


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.


 




 

RVA Releases a New and Improved Free Mobile App for Guests Visiting the Gulf Coast of Florida
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Monday, November 4, 2013
Longboat Key, FL(November 1, 2013) RVA, one of the nations leading vacation rental companies on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is pleased to announce the release of a new and improved mobile app. The vacation app is designed for vacation rental guests looking to make the most out of their vacation. The app, available for iPhone and Android, makes vacation planning at your fingertips.

We are excited to launch the new and improved mobile app to our guests and homeowners. The RVA app was so successful in its original launch that we wanted to improve the technology and added service to our users. We look forward to the opportunity to converse with our vacationing guests, said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA.

The app will allow RVA to communicate on a real-time basis with our guests; advising them of promotional offers, special events and even weather updates, all while vacationing in Southwest Florida.

Vacation rental guests are invited to download the app prior to arrival. This tool allows our guests to access and interact with pre-arrival information, points of interest, restaurants and special events; becoming a useful tool when exploring the area.

One does not have to be a guest of RVA to enjoy the app. We welcome all visitors to our area to download the free app and research the area and what Southwest Florida has to offer.

The new and improved RVA app is available for download in the Apple Store or Google Play  and can be used by scanning the convenient QR code.




For more information about the RVAmobile app, visit www.RVAFL.com or call 800-237-9505.

About RVA
RVA, ResortVacations, 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.

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.

The Kids are Out of School, Now What am I Supposed to do?
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Were all faced with dreaded questions or statement: What are we doing today? Can we go somewhere new? Or the all too familiar, Im bored! Summer is an enjoyable time for kids, but can be somewhat stressful for parents. This summer, escape to Southwest Floridaand allow us to guide you through some of our favorite kid-friendly activities along the Gulf coast.

Its safe to assume you know about our gorgeous beaches that dot the coast, but do you know about our family-friendly (and not to mention free) splash parks? Sarasotas Bayfront Parkis located at One Marina Plazaand offers fountains to splash in and a huge playground zone. Pack and lunch and laze away the afternoons, all while watching boats come into port.  Bradentonboasts the newly revamped 1.5 mile Riverwalk, located at 452 3rd Avenue West, along the Manatee River. The large park area features a huge playground area, Splash Park, plenty of benches and lush green grass. For those with a sense of adventure, ride on down to the skatepark and watch your child perfect his/her ollie.   

Rainy days generate a whole new predicament when trying to entertain your kids. We recommend heading over to Mote Marine Aquarium, located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Here kids can explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable working labs and interactive exhibits. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Engage your child in the world of science at G. Wiz Science Museum located at 1001 Blvd. of the Arts in Sarasota. G. Wiz makes science relevant, technology understandable and learning an interactive experience for your child.

All children have heaps of vigor. In order to tire out those energy-filled kiddos we recommend the following activities: kayaking adventures, Stand Up Paddleboarding, fishing or tennis.


To learn more about the fun activities that dot the Gulf coast of Floridavisit our activities page. We hope you have a summer filled with creating awesome memories that last a lifetime.

Siesta Key's Not-So-Traditional Hotel
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Saturday, March 23, 2013


The Beach Club at Siesta Key sits just steps from the white-sand quartz beaches that were named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2011. Adorned in eye-pleasing neutral tones, each unit has a splash of green 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.

This not-so-traditional hotel property takes the guesswork out of vacationing with your entire family. Traditional hotel rooms provide three things a bed, bathroom and a TV. The Beach Club at Siesta Key provides the three items listed above, but also includes full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dining area, spacious and comfortable living areas, private washer and dryer, large flat-screen LCD TVs, Wi-Fi Internet access and iPod docking stations.
The Beach Club at Siesta Key offers the amenities of a hotel property, but with the added benefits of comfortable living areas, spacious kitchens and numerous floor plans that accommodate up to six people. Gone are the days of budgeting half of your vacation funds to eat out every meal. At the Beach Club at Siesta Key our kitchens are fully stocked, we only ask that you provide the groceries.  Do you ever come home from your beach vacation with sandy luggage from hauling half of the beach in your bathing suit?  Our hotel features washers and dryers in most units, eliminating the need to vacuum your suitcase when you return home. Relax by our heated swimming pool or hot tub and then retire to your not-so-traditional room that provides a home away from home while on vacation.

For luxurious hotel accommodations in a not-so-traditional way on Siesta Key, the only choice is The Beach Club. Visit us online today for rates and online booking capabilities at www.beachclubatsiestakey.com.




Cedars Tennis Resort Employees Participate in CPR & AED Training
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Longboat Key, FL (September 25, 2012) - On Monday, September 24, 2012, eight employees at Cedars Tennis Resort were educated and certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  Volunteer President with the Longboat Key Fire Rescue, Jeorge Alvarez, taught the class of eight. To help educate our members and guests, signs are positioned around Cedars Tennis Resort to alert them where the AED is located for future reference and ease of use.

We think this training is invaluable to our employees, members and guests, said Trevor Hind, Chief Operating Officer of RVA.  Should any member or guest ever need medical assistance in the future, I am confident our staff at Cedars Tennis Resort will be able to assist until emergency medical help arrives.

We are committed to providing service levels that not only meets expectations in terms of quality, but assure our members and guests that their safety and well-being is equally important, said Larry Starr, Chief Executive Officer of RVA.  This is one more step in our ongoing efforts to provide a high quality Club experience.

Cedars Tennis Resort features 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, a Pro shop and tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom options.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas.  Other Cedars Tennis Resort amenities include Cedars Caf & Tiki-Bar managed by Hal Christensen of Harrys Continental Kitchens, a junior Olympic swimming pool, fitness center, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle and kayak availability. 

To inquire about Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 800-237-9505 or visit www.cedarstennisresort.com.  

RVA Longboat Key offers numerous homes, condominiums and resort-style properties on or near Longboat Key beaches.  Other RVA vacation rental locations include: Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key, AnnaMaria Islandand Bradenton.  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 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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RVA Releases a Free Mobile App for Guests
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The free mobile app puts vacation planning at your fingertips. The app is available for Android, iPhone and iPad.

Longboat Key, Florida (PRWEB) September 20, 2012 - 
RVAResort Vacations, one of the nations leading vacation rentals companies in Southwest Florida, is pleased to announce the release of a free mobile app. The vacation app is designed for vacation rental guests looking to make the most out of their vacation. This new app, available for the iPhone, iPad and Android, makes vacation planning an uncomplicated and straightforward process.
RVA is excited about the this latest feature of our guest portfolio; and what it will bring in terms of technology and added service to our existing marketing pursuits, said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA. We look forward to the increased opportunity to converse with our vacationing guests.
The new mobile app contains information on all RVA properties. This includes photos, property details, location of the property, availability, and the option to reserve your vacation rental with a touch of a button. In addition to these great features the app will allow us to communicate on a real time basis with our guests advising them of promotional offers, special events; even weather updates while they are here.
I am very excited to share the latest technology with our guests and homeowners, we truly believe this will enhance service and add value to the vacation experience, said Trevor Hind, COO of RVA.
Vacation rental guests will be invited to download the app prior to arrival. This allows our guests to access and interact with pre-arrival information, directions to the property, points of interest, restaurants, and event and activity recommendations. The app also becomes a useful tool when exploring the area. It uses the phones GPS to help navigate the area and shows proximity from your vacation rental to area attractions.
One does not have to be a guest of RVA to enjoy this app. We welcome all visitors to our area to download the free app and research the area and what Southwest Florida has to offer.
The RVA app is available for download in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and can be downloaded by searching for RVA. Information about RVA vacation rentals can be found on the RVA website http://www.RVAFL.com or by calling 800-237-9505.
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 Floridainventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Siesta Key.

Fall Festivals on Southwest Florida's Coast
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Friday, September 14, 2012
As we say goodbye to summer on Florida's West Coast, we welcome beautiful days, perfect for participating in fun, fall festivals.


Here is a list of some of our favorite fall activities in the months of October and November:

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14, 20-21 & 27-28
Hunsader Farms
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The festival includes: 100 craft booths, live music and shows, pumpkins, games, hayrides, pony rides, corn maze, hourly pumpkin cannon, petting zoo, rock climbing wall, face painting, rides and much more.

4th Annual Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, October 26 - 28, 2012
Sarasota Fairgrounds
12 - 10 p.m.
This festival includes: hay rides, a pumpkin patch and maze, pie eating contests, shows & entertainment, the World Renowned "Flying Pages" trapeze shows, food and crafts and amusement rides.

Safe Treats for Kids, October 31, 2012
Siesta Key Village
3 - 6 p.m.
Bring your little ones to trick-or-treat in Siesta Village along Ocean Boulevard and the surrounding streets.  Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows.

Fright Night on St. Armands Circle, October 31, 2012
St. Armands Circle
6 - 10 p.m.
Fright Night transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun.  Decorated store fronts set the stage for wandering spirits or St. Armands past; frightening characters appear around every corner amidst statues dressed in Halloween spirit.  Children are welcome to trick-or-treat throughout the Circle.

24th Annual St. Armands Art Festival & Fall Sidewalk Sale, November 10 - 12, 2012
St. Armands Circle
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Over 175 artists and craftsman display their original artwork, pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture.

Homes, Condos & Resorts...Oh My!
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Thursday, March 29, 2012
Not only does RVA, Resort Vacations offer the largest selection of vacation rental homes and condominiums along the Gulf Coast of Florida, but we also offer the best selection in resort products. Our resort product is classified as nightly rentals resembling hotel-style facilities - in some cases offering daily or weekly maid service, on-site offices, free parking and more - combined with the luxurious vacation experience you've come to expect from an RVA rental. View our current list of resorts and their locations at www.rvafl.com/resorts.

Silver Sands Guest Reviews
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Our Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort website recently received a new feature. Located on the homepage, right under our Quick Search Box, is a rotation of reviews submitted by our guests for your viewing and dreaming pleasures. Visit www.silversandsgulfbeachresort.com today for your own personal piece of paradise!

Visit Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort...Virtually
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Visit www.silversandsgulfbeachresort.com for more information on our island paradise!

RVA Acquires Cedars Tennis Resort and Barrier Island Realty Inc. on Longboat Key
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Longboat Key, FL(March 6, 2012) On February 29, 2012, RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations (formerly ResortQuest Southwest Florida) closed on an asset purchase of Cedars Tennis Resort operations on Longboat Key, formally owned and managed by Barrier Island Realty, Inc.  This purchase includes: Rental Management, Real Estate sales, tennis and health club facilities and the Cedars Bar and Grill operations.

Cedars Resort features tri-level rental townhouses with one-, two- or three-bedroom units.  Each townhouse in this village-like resort is complete with a fully equipped kitchen that includes a full breakfast bar and spacious living and dining areas. Cedars Resort Tennis Club offers 10 Har-Tru tennis courts and Pro shop, fitness center, a junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki bar, restaurant, fishing pier that overlooks Sarasota Bay, along with bicycle and kayak rentals. 

RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations is excited about the acquisition and the prospects of what it will bring in terms of variety and added amenities to our existing portfolio of vacation rentals and services. We look forward to continuing the high levels of service that guests, owners and members have come to expect from Cedars Resort and RVA, said Larry Starr, CEO and owner of RVA. We look forward to preserving the successful history and presence that this resort, tennis club and community has had on Longboat Key.

Cedars Bar & Grill offers a casual dining and tropical fun-filled experience. Whether enjoying a beverage at the Tiki bar, or the culinary delights of the restaurant, members, owners and guests will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Cedars Bar & Grill offers a full menu 7-days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

We are delighted to welcome the Cedars Bar & Grill to our portfolio and recognize the importance of adding these amenities to our existing operations. We look forward to expanding the current services and amenities that our guests, owners and club members currently enjoy. said Trevor Hind, Vice President and COO of RVA.

In conjunction with the Cedars Tennis Resort acquisition, RVA announced the purchase of Barrier Island Realty Inc. located at 7000 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This full service real estate and rental operation boasts one of Longboat Keys most knowledgeable team of professionals. Barrier Island Realty holds one of the most prominent commercial locations on Longboat Key.

The addition of this operation will provide the opportunity for us to offer a complete array of residential and commercial real estate services from our Longboat Key locations, said Tony Veldkamp, Broker and Managing Director of Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group, who will oversee the Barrier Island Realty operations.

We believe the power of this coalition exemplifies the wide range of experience and services that we can provide. We have truly become the one-stop-shop for the vacationing guest and real estate consumer in our marketplace, added Trevor Hind, Vice President and COO of RVA.

When referring to the recent transaction, former owner of Barrier Island Realty Inc., Randy Langley said, We are confident that we identified the right company to serve as successor and we are equally excited at the prospects of what RVA and Sperry Van Ness will bring in terms of business development. I believe that the expertise and quality of service that RVA and Sperry Van Ness offer will not only further enhance the reputation and previous success of the Barrier Island Realty operation, but also will take the business to the next level in terms of service, expertise and market prominence.

This acquisition expands the current services and amenities offered by RVA and its affiliate companies, Property One Annual Rentals (P1A), Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group (SVN) and Realty One Florida (R1F), adding a new layer of residential real estate through Barrier Island Realty.

To inquire or make reservations for Cedars Resort & Tennis Club, 645 Cedars Court, Longboat Key, FL, call 941-383-4621 or 800-237-9505 or visit www.cedarstennisresort.comor www.rvafl.com and for Real Estate services contact www.barrierislandrealty.com, www.suncoastsvn.com or www.svn.com.

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About RVA
RVA, Resort Vacation Accommodations, 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 500 units.  The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations such as: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Casey Key.   

About Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group (SVN)
SVN is one of the largest and fastest-growing commercial real estate brokerage franchisors in the industry, with more than 1,000 advisors and staff serving more than 150 markets. SVN affiliates deliver results for clients through a proven business model that immediately markets every one of its clients properties to the entire brokerage community as well as its own investor data base. The organization provides brokerage, tenant representation, consultation, asset management, property management, and leasing, accelerated marketing and auction services. For more information visit our website www.suncoastsvn.comor www.svn.com.

2012 RVA Catalog of Properties
Posted by RVA, Resort Vacations | Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Searching for the perfect vacation rental can be overwhelming when you don't know which island will meet your vacation needs. Take the guess work out of planning your next vacation in the popular destinations of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Venice by visiting our 2012 Catalog of Properties. This catalog simplifies the decision process by separating units first by location, since no two islands are the same, and second with important features of amenities, pictures, bedding configuration, etc. Top all those ingredients off with a direct link for 24/7 online booking and you've got the ingredients for an easy, relaxing vacation planning experience.

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