Capturing our villas personality, style and layout in our photography means you can browse the photo galleries on our website leisurely to decide which is the right fit for you. So we regularly update our photos to give you the tools to help you choose, sending our highly skilled team over to the destinations to photograph our villas at their very best.
The most recent photoshoot was on the beautiful Balearic Island of Mallorca and we sent Danielle, Holly and Tania from our marketing team with a suitcase of tripods, reflectors and cameras plus a list of villas to shoot. One of these villas would also be chosen for the front cover of our latest brochure. No pressure ladies!
From checking which way the villa faces, where the sun is in relation to the villa, and whether there are any walls, trees or obstacles that could get in the way, the preparation was all complete. It was time to get snapping!
We spoke to the team on their return to find out more and gained a sneak peek into their four-day photoshoot adventure…
From the moment the trio touched down in Palma de Mallorca airport on Thursday afternoon, it was all systems go .
“Mallorca is so quick to get to, it’s only a 2 ½ hour flight. On arrival we quickly picked up our luggage and headed to collect the hire car.” – Holly
The first stop was Villa Can Vilar. With a huge garden, picturesque backdrop and inviting pool, this villa was the perfect subject! Everyone had an important role to play to get the interior and exterior shots needed. Tania was in charge of the camera, Holly was artistically directing the shoot and Danielle prepared each scene ready for the next shot.
“Being the non-photographer on the trip, I tried to make myself as useful as possible by plumping pillows and trying out my Spanish when chatting to the villa cleaners and owners.” – Danielle.
Shots captured, the trio jumped back into the car and headed towards Pollensa for the second villa on their itinerary. Villa Es Garrovers was extra special, as this was to be the home of the team for their time in Mallorca.
Leaving their bags in the hall, they explored the villa to choose a room each and cool off with a dip in the pool.
Once settled in, Holly, Tania and Danielle poured themselves a small glass of something cold before ambling into the centre of Pollensa for dinner in the Old Square – a unanimous favourite beauty spot!
“We rewarded our hard work by taking a leisurely stroll from our villa into Pollensa Old Town, stopping at a restaurant that took our fancy to devour a huge pan of paella and a glass of sangria. It’s moments like that when I can’t believe this is my job!” – Danielle.
The variety of restaurants and menus meant that even Tania who is a vegan was well catered for.
“I was simply amazed at the food. Being vegan is a tricky diet to satisfy but Mallorca had no problem, the food was incredible. There are lots of options for vegan food, separate menus and even vegan restaurants. I was in my element!”- Tania.
The team woke after a good night’s sleep knowing that day two was going to be the busiest of the trip. Villa Manager Sarah popped in to say hello to the team and make sure they had everything they needed.
“Sarah’s visit was really helpful to us and would be useful to holiday makers too as she had so much local knowledge, giving us plenty of tips and information about Mallorca.” – Holly
Saying goodbye to Sarah, the ladies headed for the beautiful Villa La Nova. The team made the most of the morning setting up the equipment and taking dummy shots to get the best photo composition. Once all the preparations were ready, the sun popped out as if by magic – the ideal lighting they were waiting for! With not a moment to spare the team got their shots, the best of which now features on the front cover of our 2018 brochure. We think they did a great job, don’t you?
Packing up their bags and jumping into the car, Villa Domingo Petit was next on the list. The drive between villas gave the James team a real taste of the island.
“Mallorca was a wonderful surprise for me. Driving with a view of lush green mountain ranges and stopping in the beautiful town centres full of history and local culture was so enjoyable. I will definitely return one day with my family.” – Tania
The weekend was finally here, and the team had woken to a typical Mallorcan sun drenched day. Breakfast al fresco was the perfect way to start, and the team were in no rush today. Saturday was the day of a big bike race on the island, extremely popular with passionate cyclists from around the world. So with those on two wheels using the roads, this presented the perfect opportunity to shoot their home away from home Villa Es Garrovers .
The photography took the best part of the morning and the roads quickly reopened once the bike race had passed through. With plenty of work still to do, it was back in the car to make their way to Villa Margarita in Cala d’Or.
“Saturday morning gave us the chance to experience villa living like our guests do. A cup of coffee and some breakfast overlooking the pool was bliss after a busy first few days. Our Villa Manager Sarah let us know about the bike race in advance, so we got to plan a little relaxation and time to photograph our villa too.” – Holly
The owners of Villa Margarita had been hard at work over the quiet months; the gardens were looking beautiful and there was a new built-in barbecue too. So aside from the natural beauty of our properties, we asked the team if they had used any props during the photoshoot.
“We only took a tablecloth with us, everything else we used was found in each villa. The idea was to keep the images as true to life as possible, just as our guests find their holiday villa on arrival.” – Tania
“Hop footing from villa to villa was a great way to see the range of beautiful properties we offer in Mallorca – it was hard to pick a favourite. I snapped a few of my own pictures and sent them to friends, who replied with: “when can we go?” What an excuse this was to explore as much of the island as possible, the scenery along the way was some of the most striking I’d ever experienced. Picturesque mountains dominate the landscape making the drive a real treat.” – Danielle
The last day of the trip arrived, but there was plenty to do before heading for the airport. Bags packed, the team said goodbye to their villa and drove over to the Alcudia area for the first photoshoot at Villa Can Jaume d’els Oscals – beautifully renovated just recently by the owners and looking fabulous.
Then it was on to Villa Sort Llarga just outside Pollensa.
“Villa Sort Llager was my favourite villa.” – Holly
After their final shots were taken it was time to leave the sunshine behind and head back to James Villas HQ. But it’s safe to say the team had fallen in love with Mallorca.
“I could see my family having a lot of fun in Mallorca; we would definitely hire a boat, we’d have a pool day and I would enjoy watching the sunsets which are awesome. I love the peace and tranquillity a villa offers my family on holiday, it can’t be beaten.” – Tania
“We returned home from the trip really proud of the brochure front cover image and totally in love with Mallorca.” – Danielle
“I would love to stay here with my husband. He’d want to see the sights like Cap de Formentor and I’d love to walk up the Calvary Steps in Pollensa Old Town with him. Next time I can’t wait to discover the beaches.” – Holly