Best prices for the best vacation rentals with Holidu: castles, treehouses, fishing boats
Vacation Rental Search Engines
With demand for private vacation rentals still high, it’s no surprise that search engines like TripAdvisor, booking.com, and Vrbo are very popular resources. These apps all allow you to find a vacation rental, but there are other options that provide a more complete search. German brothers Johannes and Michael Siebers launched the Holidu website in 2014, followed by the app in 2016. The idea for Holidu came to the founders after a surf trip to Portugal, when they couldn’t find a website to compare vacation prices. accommodation other than hotels. They believed that booking a vacation rental should be as easy as booking a flight or a hotel, which is why the concept of Holidu was born.
Travelers clearly loved the concept as Holidu is now one of the fastest growing travel technology companies in the world. Holidu compares over 15 million vacation properties on over 1,500 booking portals. By comparison, VRBO has a database of two million properties while Trip Advisor has 630,000, according to MoneySaving Expert. Users can search the Holidu website or app on their computer or mobile phone. Holidu includes listings from all of the well-known vacation search engines, but most importantly, also works with small regional providers. This is how you can find something special or more unusual and at the best price. Local suppliers often offer extras as well.
A typical rustic Mallorca finca, an architecturally unusual holiday home, a tree house, Agriturismo accommodation in Italy or a fishing boat in the Scottish Highlands are just a few of these possible gems in Holidu.
While the idea of having one of the big vacation search engines on the phone may seem laughable, at Holidu customer service seems to be more accessible. Over 300 travel and technology experts at Holidu provide email, phone and WhatsApp access and over 30 million visitors come to their website every month.
Unique image recognition technology
A quick search for a property in Venice next April proved to be extremely successful, with 826 options available. For each ad, the search engine checked different portals and showed the cheapest price. There weren’t the usual and frustrating multiple listings for the same property. Holidu says this is made possible by their unique, self-developed image recognition technology and numerous price comparison websites, including many local vendors. For each listing, image recognition technology finds identical vacation homes on different booking portals with price savings of up to 55%. A staggering 400 million images are scanned in less than 0.2 seconds.
And, unlike Airbnb, Holidu focuses on professionally rented vacation apartments and vacation homes, not private accommodation or shared apartments. Although it is not possible to search by neighborhood, you can search by distance to the city center. In addition to the classic filter options (WiFI, air conditioning, price, etc.), there is also a new filter option “Free cancellation”. If this option is activated, only holiday homes and apartments appear in the search results for which a free cancellation is possible after booking.
Sustainable rental options
Also appealing to those looking for sustainable options, Holidu labels sustainable vacation rentals with the “Eco” label so travelers can quickly and easily choose eco-friendly accommodation. Each holiday accommodation labeled sustainable must meet at least eight of the sustainability criteria defined by Holidu, including green electricity systems, waste sorting and water saving. For Venice, a nice “green property” on the Lido is a good option.
Whether you are looking for a city break or a quiet countryside getaway, Holidu currently has an unmatched number of listings in 35,324 cities and 201 countries.