When we had this idea to become expats, we scoured Airbnb and VRBO looking for the perfect set up for our fam. So many options! Separate toilets from bathrooms, sofa beds as the second beds, IKEA sized apartments for days. Their were some pretty places, don’t get me wrong. But, there is something to be said for set up and great photography.
After feeling a bit “spaghetti brained” we googled “vacation rentals Biarritz” and there we found exactly what we were looking for...
Allow me for a moment to gush over this company- Keyweek. After you read this, just hop over to there page (Keyweek.com) and swoon over all of the gorgeous places they have in their arsenal.
I am such a sucker for pretty packaging and these guys don’t disappoint. The language is colorful and friendly. The pictures and videos make you want to be there.
You have to! Your mind will go wild with the possibility of their one very small and simple suggestions. “Rest in style. Travel like a local!”
Now, in our family, that’s always a goal. To blend in and not look like a total tourist. To find restaurants on the quite streets. To know how to order a chocolate croissant- ( it’s a chocolatine, and yes- it’s important)
To find what it means to be a local. It’s even more important to know such things when you are giving expat life a go.
But beautifully styled apartments and villas are not the whole picture. They are a team of incredibly clever individuals. From the friendly faces you meet in the office to the secret behind the scenes crew. They are young, dynamic, easygoing and oh so helpful! All of this bragging is usually reserved for my darling boys, but in this case, it’s so well deserved.
Each artfully designed place has its own name and ours was called Pop Art for all of the cool, pop art and modern aesthetic. It’s important to note that this beautiful place isn’t in their collection any longer. The family who owns it is ready to spend more time in Biarritz. We really can’t blame them. This place was awesome! Besides the dramatic exterior ( the view of the sea from the plateau was insane!) the terrace was probably one of our most favorite features. During the warmer months we would open the doors and let all of the sounds and smells of Biarritz flood the apartment. A bottle of wine and some delicacies from Les Halles ( just a short walk) we would have the most wonderful evening with the boys. Listening to the music and chatter from below. Smelling all of the gorgeous food coming from nearby cafes. In the distance a little peek of the Atlantic.
On our way back to the states, I couldn’t stop thinking about not going back to this apartment. It’s felt so much like our home. This wasn’t a vacation. It was an experience. We had a real life day to day experience. Cooking, cleaning, making beds , doing laundry, hustling kids out of the door to school. The experience we had could have been so different if we had not been so comfortable. If we had not felt so welcomed to be local. It’s certainly a testament to the welcoming and friendly nature of Keyweek and what they are selling you. They’re aren’t just selling you a lifestyle you want , but maybe even what you need. It’s legit.
You can have a nice wonderful vacation experience with this crew. They offer so many lovely services, like cleaning and laundry. They will even make reservations for you and set up french lessons or Basque cooking lessons. If you really want the best of the best, they will deliver breakfast or set up a personal chef to cook dinner for you and your fellow travelers. Above and beyond. It’s their way. And with a smile!
When we boarded the plane for the states and got the boys settled in their seats, I had to take a second to look at the pictures on my phone, just to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. That the people I met were really still there. I had to see proof. The apartment was real, the friends were real, the life was real. What a relief. Can’t wait to do it all again in a couple of months.