Zonder, the first vacation home rental site to offer real-time bookings for private homes, condos, cabins and villas, is launching an all-new Zonder.com. Featuring rich, accurate content about each property, Zonder.com includes a photo slideshow, a detailed description of the property and amenities, and a new proprietary search technology introducing customers to a faster, easier way to find and book the perfect accommodation.
Zonder vacationers can now view exact property locations on maps through Microsoft Virtual Earth and Google Earth. Advanced search and booking features enhance a strong, simple-to-use toolset that finally brings vacation rentals to travelers everywhere.
To kick off the launch of the new site, Zonder is offering 10% off (up to $250) to anyone who books a vacation home rental before Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2008 (use promo code “BeyondHotels” during checkout process).
Zonder.com offers a wide collection of trusted properties in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The powerful new search tools allow travelers to filter search results using criteria such as price, distance, group size and thousands of amenity combinations. For example, Zonder customers can rent a four bedroom beachfront house in Costa Rica that includes a private hot tub, full-size kitchen, and even a blender for their cocktails for less than $200 a night. Additionally, users can now save properties to their “Favorites” list which can be shared with family and friends.
“Until now, the vacation rental market has been seriously underserved, placing undue burden on the customer. Leveraging our team’s strong search-technology background, we were able to develop a powerful and simple solution that brings the latest in search technology to the vacation home rental space. Not only can users now efficiently navigate through thousands of vacation homes, they can also book their vacation rental instantly online through a trusted source,” said Bob Barnes, founder and CEO of Zonder.
Zonder acts as the intermediary between the property manager and the traveler, providing customers with built-in guidance, trust and 24-hour customer support throughout the entire booking process (via Live Chat on the Web and a toll-free number). Zonder eliminates the tedious process of contacting multiple property owners directly to check on availability, pricing, amenities, and location. Since Zonder handles the rental payment directly, travelers no longer have to take great personal risk in sending a payment and personal information directly to an unknown party.
Vacation home rentals are the perfect alternative to traditional accommodations and provide many additional benefits to consumers. Generally, private home rentals include more amenities than a traditional hotel, have more space and privacy, and are a great value for budget-conscious groups and families as well as those seeking the ultimate in private luxury accommodations.
Barnes continued, “I founded Zonder because of my own personal frustration in attempting to book a vacation rental online. I’m a tough customer and when a Zonder customer arrives at one of our rentals, they can be assured that the property meets their expectations.”
Zonder provides travel companies and travel professionals with immediate access to live inventory of professionally-managed vacation home rentals (homes, villas, condos and cabins vs. time-shares and condo-hotels). Featuring rich, accurate content about each property, developed by Zonder’s own editorial team, the website also includes a photo slideshow and a detailed description of the property and amenities. User reviews and additional community features are coming soon.