CROATIA GEMS LIMITED – BOOKING CONDITIONS FOR PROPERTY RENTAL
The Booking is made subject to these Conditions. If the person making the Booking is doing so on behalf of a party then that person must have the authority to accept these Conditions on behalf of the entire party (including those substituted or added at a later date) and is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is kept fully informed of all the details of the Booking and fully complies with these Conditions during the Rental Period. Each member of the party should read these Conditions carefully and contact the Company if they have any queries.
1.1 In these Terms and Conditions (“the Conditions”):
“Additional Services” means any additional services provided by the Company to You pursuant to clause 9 and which are not included in the Rental Fee;
“Booking” means the booking made between You and Company in for the rental of a Property accordance with the terms of clause 2;
“Booking Fee” means a non-refundable Booking fee of £40 per booking payable in accordance with clause 2;
“Company” means Croatia Gems Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 5262834 whose registered office is at Unit 1C, Crucible Close, Mushet Industrial Park, Coleford, Glos GL16 8RE;
“Confirmation Invoice” means the invoice received by You which confirms the details of the Booking;
“Contact Person” means the Company ‘s local representative specified in the Directions Guide;
“Contract” means the contract for the rental of a Property made between the Company and You;
“Deposit” means a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the Rental Fee payable in accordance with clause 2;
“Directions Guide” means the photographic and/or written detailed directions guide to the Property provided to You before the Start Date;
“Intellectual Property Rights” means any patents, design rights, trade marks, service marks (in each case whether registered or not), applications or rights to apply for any of the foregoing, database rights, know-how, trade or business name, rights in confidential information, goodwill and other similar rights existing in any part of the world;
“Material Change” means any change to the Confirmation Invoice which in the Company’s opinion is expected to have a major effect on the Booking including but not limited to the cancellation of the Booking by the Owner, alteration of the Start Date or the Return Date, unexpected damage to the Property, alteration to the identity of the Property;
“Minor Change” means any change made to the Confirmation Invoice other than a Material Change;
“Property” means the specific property rented by You in accordance with these Conditions and specified in the Confirmation Invoice;
“Rental Fee” means the Rental Fee payable for the Booking as set out in the Confirmation Invoice including the Booking Fee;
“Rental Period” means the period stated in the Confirmation Invoice for which You rent the Property;
“Return Date” means the final day of the Rental Period;
“Security Deposit” means the deposit of 25% of the Rental Fee (or other specified amount) payable as a security deposit in accordance with clause 2 and 5;
“Services” means the services provided by the Company under these Conditions;
“Start Date” means the start date for the Rental Period as specified in the Confirmation Invoice;
“Owner” the owner of the Property;
“Website” means the Company’s website www.croatiagems.com;
“Website Villa Page” means the brochure page for the Property listed on the Company Website www.croatiagems.com containing the Property specifications on which your Booking is based;
“You/ Your” means the persons, firm or organisation for whom the Company has agreed to rent the Property in accordance with these Conditions and specified on the Confirmation Invoice;
1.2 Subject to any variation under clause 1.3 the Contract shall be formed on these Conditions to the exclusion of all other terms and conditions (including any terms and conditions which You purport to apply under any Booking, Confirmation Invoice or other document endorsed upon, delivered upon, delivered with or contained with the Booking, Confirmation Invoice or within these Conditions or simply as a result of such document being referred to in the Contract).
1.3 No variation of these Conditions shall apply unless confirmed in writing by or on behalf of the Company. The Company reserves the right to amend and update these Conditions at any time without notice.
1.4 By signing these Conditions You shall be deemed to have accepted and agreed that the rental of the Property shall be in accordance with these Conditions.
1.5 These Conditions together with the Company’s Confirmation Invoice constitute the whole agreement between the parties and supersede any prior promises, representations, undertakings or implications whether written or oral.
1.6 Subject to clause 7 the Property will be provided by the Company in accordance with the details specified on the Confirmation Invoice. It is Your responsibility to check that the details are accurate before signing these Conditions. Any additional requests not included on the Confirmation Invoice do not form part of the Contract.
2 How to Book
2.1 Once You have seen a property that You wish to rent You should telephone the Company to confirm availability and the Rental Fee and any other information important to your Booking.
2.2 Subject to availability, and on Your request, a provisional reservation will be made.
2.3 In order to secure the Booking the following must be sent to the Company by You within 3 days of making Your provisional reservation:
2.3.1 Booking Form and Security Deposit Form completed in full and signed by the same member of Your party who is over 18, accepting these Conditions on behalf of Yourself and Your group members;
2.3.2 Payment of the Deposit and Booking Fee;
2.4 The Company may in reasonable circumstances refuse a booking.
2.5 On receipt of the documents in clause 2.3, the Booking Fee and the Deposit, the Company will confirm Your Booking by issuing a Confirmation Invoice. You should check the Confirmation Invoice carefully as soon as You receive it and contact the Company immediately if any information is incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes at a later date. Balance payment is required as set out in the Confirmation Invoice by the stated due date. A reminder invoice will not be sent. If final balance is not received on time we may impose an administration fee of £20.
2.6 A binding contract between You and the Company comes into existence when we despatch our Confirmation Invoice to You.
3 Special Requests and Medical Problems
3.1 You must advise the Company of any special requests or issues which may affect Your Booking, particular requirements or any Additional Services (e.g. cot hire, extra cleaning, extra linen) required for Your holiday or by any member of Your party, at the time of the Booking (before Your Confirmation Invoice is sent to You). The Company will use its reasonable endeavours to meet any reasonable request but cannot guarantee that any request will be met. Any special requests or Additional Services may be charged for, in addition to the Rental Fee and in accordance with clause 9. Where You do not inform the Company of Special Requests until after Your Booking has been confirmed, the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and Cancellation Charges will apply in accordance with clause 7.
3.2 If any member of the party has a medical problem, health issue or special requirement that may affect the Booking You are required to give full details at the time of Booking including but not limited to mobility issues (problems with hills/steps). If the Company cannot accommodate the particular needs of the party/person concerned, the Company reserves the right to decline the Booking and where You do not inform the Company of medical problems until after Your Booking has been confirmed, the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and Cancellation Charges will apply in accordance with clause 7.
4.1 The Rental Fee and the Security Deposit amount shall be set out in the Confirmation Invoice and covering letter attached.
4.2 The Rental Fee and the Security Deposit amount shall be payable in pounds sterling as follows:
4.2.1 where the Booking is made more than 60 days in advance of the Start Date the Deposit and Booking Fee shall be payable in full pursuant to clause 2.3. and the balance of the Rental Fee shall be payable in full, and the Security Deposit Mandate shall be due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the Rental Period;
4.2.2 where the Booking is made less than 60 days in advance of the Start Date the Rental Fee amount including Booking Fee, shall be payable in full, and the Security Deposit Mandate shall due pursuant to clause 2.3.
4.2.3 The Company reserves the right to adjust its published prices should this become necessary due to adverse exchange rate variations or newly introduced government taxes. In this case, where a holiday has been confirmed, the increase would be passed to and payable to The Company by You. The Company would absorb the first 2% of any increase (excluding any amendment fees or credit/debit card payment fees).
4.3 In the event that You fail to pay the Rental Fee, and provide the Security Deposit Mandate in accordance with clause 4.2 then the Company reserves the right forthwith to cancel the Contract and the provisions in clause 7 shall apply in full.
4.4 Time for payment shall be of the essence. No payment shall be deemed to have been received by the Company until the Company has received cleared funds. Payments may be made by bank transfer or credit card.
4.5 The Rental Fee is quoted weekly, per Property and includes the following:
4.5.1 rental of the Property (fully furnished and equipped) for the Rental Period;
4.5.2 linen consisting of one complete set of sheets, pillow cases, bath towels and hand towels for each member of the party per week of the Rental Period. Linen is changed on a weekly basis. Extra linen may be charged for – details and prices will be provided on request;
4.5.3 cleaning of the Property, before and after the Rental Period. Extra cleaning may be charged for – details and prices will be provided on request.
4.6 The Rental Fee does not include:
4.6.1 Additional Services (see clause 9).
4.7 Details of fees and other information relating to the Additional Services will be provided on request. Details of facilities included at each Property will be listed in the brochure.
5 Inventory and Security Deposit
5.1 The Security Deposit which is administered by the Company is required to cover the cost of any damage or breakages to or at the Property, the cost of any lost or missing items, extra administration and/or phone calls the Company is required to carry out resulting from a breach by You of the Booking Conditions and any Additional Services required or used by You.
An additional Property Specific Damage Deposit may also be required to be paid in cash, directly to the Property Owner on arrival. Where this is the case, it will be noted, along with the amount, on the brochure/ Website Villa Page. Please have the amount ready on arrival or this could cause delay in entering the property. The amount is usually returned to you on departure, subject to an inspection of the property, and provided there are no damages. Return of the Damage Deposit is at the discretion of the villa owner and the company is not liable for the non-return of it. Please ensure you report any existing damages to the villa owner on arrival and any new damages during your rental period.
5.2 You may, in some instance, be required to sign an inventory or a photographic record of the Property on both the Start Date and Return Date and where this is the case, You are responsible for ensuring that the inventory is accurate and correctly reflects all items contained in the Property. You will be responsible for meeting the costs of all damaged or missing items at the Property during your Rental Period.
5.3 The Security Deposit must be in the form of a signed security deposit credit card mandate form, authorising the Company to hold card details and charge the Security Deposit amount in the event of damages up until after Your Return Date in accordance with clause 5.4. Where payment is required, You may pay the amount by bank transfer instead. Where payment is required, an Administration fee of £100 will be charged.
5.4 Your credit card details held securely and will normally be voided within 2 weeks of Your Return Date. However, you agree that the Company may take up to 60 days following the Return Date to do this. Delays can be caused whilst waiting for bills or proof of damage. The Company will not make any telephone calls to the Owner to speed up the receipt of bills until 4 weeks after the Return Date.
5.5 The Company will make any necessary deductions up to the Security Deposit amount from your credit card and You will be supplied with a breakdown of the costs incurred. You will be informed prior to any charge made. If the Security Deposit paid by You is not sufficient to cover the cost of the Additional Services or any other charges incurred under clause 5.1, the Company reserves the right to invoice You for the remainder.
5.6 The Company reserves the right to hold the Security Deposit for longer than 60 days following the Return Date if there is a dispute over the charges incurred, or it is awaiting bills/proof of damage. The Company will notify You in the event of this occurring.
5.7 Payment of invoices must be made within 30 days of the date of invoice. If You fail to pay any sum due under these Conditions on the due date, the Company shall be entitled, without limiting any other rights it may have to charge interest on the outstanding amount at the rate of 2% above the base lending rate from time to time of Barclays Bank Plc accruing on a daily basis until payment is made whether before or after judgment. The Company reserves the right to claim interest under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.
6 Cancellation by You
6.1 You may cancel the Booking in writing at any time and within 7 days of the date of the Confirmation Invoice without liability in which case the Deposit will be returned to You. Subject to this if You cancel the Booking after receipt of the Confirmation Invoice or fail to pay the Rental Fee in accordance with clause 2 which , then the Company reserves the right to charge cancellation fees as follows:
No. days before Rental Period Cancellation Charge
+60 days Deposit & Booking Fee
60 days or less 100% of Rental Fee (including Deposit & Booking Fee)
6.2 The date of cancellation shall be deemed to be the date on which the Company receives written notice of cancellation.
6.3 For the avoidance of doubt if you have failed to pay the Rental Fee in accordance with clause 2 and the Start Date has passed, the provisions of clause 6.1 shall apply and You agree that the Company may charge the Cancellation Charge to your credit card.
6.4 The Company shall use reasonable endeavours to find a replacement customer for the Rental Period. If a replacement is found then the Company will refund the Rental Fee to You, less the Deposit and any difference between the Rental Fee and the fee paid by the replacement customer. This shall not apply under clause 6.3.
6.5 If you wish to make changes to your Booking or Additional Services/Activities you have booked, we will try to help you but cannot guarantee that we will be able to make the requested change. Once Your Booking / Additional Services/Activities Booking is confirmed, we will charge an administration fee of £30 for each amendment made to it by You and You will be required to pay any additional costs which are caused by the change
7 Cancellation or Termination by the Company
7.1 The Company may cancel or terminate the Booking forthwith and without refund:
7.1.1 if You do not pay the Rental Fee in accordance with clause 2;
7.1.2 if You breach or fail to comply with the obligations contained in clauses 2, 3 or 8.
7.2 Due to the role of the Company as an agent, there is a small risk that alterations beyond the Company’s control may take place at short notice. The Company reserves the right to make Minor Changes to the Booking both before and after You have receipt of the Confirmation Invoice. In such cases the Company will endeavour to contact You. You agree and accept that minor differences between the photographs/ texts/ illustrations on the Website and the actual Property may arise.
7.3 In the event that the Company makes Material Changes to the Booking or cancels the Booking then the Company will inform You at the earliest opportunity and where possible offer You one of the following options: a) to accept the Material Change b) book an alternative Property at the current advertised price upon which the Company shall make a refund in respect of any price difference or c) cancel the Booking and receive a full refund of the Rental Fee including Booking Fee..
8 Your Responsibilities
8.1 During the Rental Period You agree to observe and comply with the following conditions:
8.1.1 Cleanliness and Repair
To keep the Property and all furniture, fittings, facilities, equipment and grounds in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and general order as at the Start Date. You will be responsible for the payment for any breakages, loss or damage to the Property caused by You the cost of which will be deducted from the Security Deposit or charged as an Additional Service.
The parking of caravans/pitching of tents at the Property is strictly forbidden. Where parking is not listed as exclusive to the Property, You are responsible for any parking fees charged by a third party at or near the Property. The Company will use its reasonable endeavours to inform you of any parking fees but since these are changeable and may be subject to variation, the Company cannot guarantee the accuracy of any parking information it provides of this nature.
8.1.3 Number of People using the Property
Only the maximum number of persons stated on the brochure/ Website Villa Page for the Property booked by You may use the Property at any time unless otherwise agreed with the Company. If upon arrival or during the Rental Period, there are more guests than the property allows, and the Company has not expressly given permission for the extra guests, the Company reserves the right to terminate the Booking with immediate effect and request Your immediate removal from the Property without refund or compensation.
The Villa Owner or their representative shall be allowed reasonable access to inspect the Property during the Rental Period and prior to the Return Date and may access the Property at reasonable times during the Rental Period in order to carry out urgent maintenance.
All members of a party must behave appropriately at all times, keep noise to a minimum and observe the obligations under this clause 8. If the Company deems the behaviour of Your party to be inappropriate, dangerous or offensive or to otherwise fall outside the obligations set out in this clause 8 then the Company reserves the right to terminate the Booking with immediate effect and request Your immediate removal from the Property without refund or compensation.
8.1.6 Swimming Pools/Jacuzzis
(i) Swimming pools are not normally open all year round. Please check with the Company prior to the Booking that the pool is open, filled and ready for use. The Company is not responsible for low water temperatures at any period.
(ii) If pool or jacuzzi heating is required, this may be charged as an Additional Service. Please check with the Company prior to the Booking if heating will be charged as extra.
(iii) You agree and acknowledge that swimming pools/Jacuzzis carry their own inherent risks. Upon arrival at the Property You must take time to familiarise yourselves with the location, layout, and depths of any swimming pool(s) at the Property. It is Your responsibility to note and comply with any pool warning signs, depth markings and other instructions for use, which may be displayed. Young children must not be allowed to wander unaccompanied in the grounds of any Property where there is a swimming pool or Jacuzzi. You are fully responsible for ensuring that the alarm/fence or cover is in place at all times when the pool/Jacuzzi is not in use and in accordance with any instructions provided. The Company does not accept any liability arising from Your use of the pool/Jacuzzi and You do so at Your own risk.
(iv) You must inform the Contact Person immediately of any problem with the swimming pool/Jacuzzi, who will liaise with the Company to try to solve the problem. You must not attempt to fix the problem Yourself unless under the instruction or supervision of the Owner, Company or Contact Person.
The Company cannot be held liable for any use by You of a gym (where applicable) at the Property and You do so at Your own risk. You are responsible for using the gym in accordance with all safety notices and instructions. Children under 16 are forbidden to enter and use a gym.
8.1.8 Entertaining/Social Events/Functions
(i) Entertaining of visitors, Social events, and Functions (e.g. gathering above the normal noise level, party, BBQ, wedding, cocktail party) are not permitted at the Property at any time.
(ii) The maximum number of guests permitted on the property at any time (day or night) is stated on the brochure sheet. Additional guests and visitors are not permitted at the Property unless specifically agreed to in writing prior to the scheduled arrival date. If upon arrival or during the Rental Period, there are more guests than the property allows, and the Company has not expressly given permission for the extra guests, the Company reserves the right to terminate the Booking with immediate effect and request Your immediate removal from the Property without refund or compensation.
8.1.9 Security and Valuables
Any valuables left at the Property are left at your own risk. Neither the Company nor the Owner are responsible for any loss, damage or theft to your valuables. You should follow all security procedures provided at the Property and where provided, burglar alarms must be activated, safes used and proper care be taken against theft and burglary. It is essential and Your responsibility to ensure all doors, shutters, windows are closed and locked when leaving the Property, or when by the poolside/in the grounds.
8.1.10 Arrival and Departure
You may arrive at the Property after 16:00pm local Croatian time (Normally GMT + 1 hour). If Your arrival is delayed You must inform the Contact Person. If You arrive after 20.00pm (without making arrangements to arrive late) the Company shall not be responsible if You are not able to gain access to the Property until the following day.
You must vacate the Property by 10:00am on the Return Date. If these times cause You difficulty, You must advise the Company before signing these Conditions.
8.1.11 Transport Suppliers
You are responsible for arranging Your transport to and from the Property. The Company can assist in notifying You of travel/flight information, companies who can organise private transfers, car hire and ferry crossings. The Company can also facilitate a booking for You acting as an Agent for car hire and transfers on Your behalf via a local third party supplier (please see Additional Services – clause 9).
The Company does not accept any responsibility for any problems or liability arising out of Your use of any transport services booked by You or by the Company on Your behalf. The Company acts as an agent only for third party suppliers. Any contract or arrangement you enter into for transport services is with the supplier of the services concerned and You do so at Your own risk.
8.1.12 Passports, Visas, Documentation, Health Requirements
You are responsible for checking requirements for and obtaining all members of Your party’s travel and health documentation (passports, driving licences, boat licenses, vehicle registration documents, green card, motor insurance etc). You should be aware that Croatia requires anyone hiring a boat (of whatever size) to be in possession of an adequate boat license and to produce it on request where a boat is hired in Croatia. The Company shall not be held responsible if any of Your members are refused entry or rental of onto any transport (including but not limited to cars and boats) or into any country due to failure on Your part to carry correct documentation. If You or any member of Your party is not a British citizen, You must check passport and visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of Croatia or any country you intend to travel through.
You must take out insurance against medical and personal accident risks (including the cost of emergency repatriation), damage to third party property or person, unforeseen holiday cancellation and have adequate baggage cover. This is Your sole responsibility. The Company reserves the right to request proof of Your insurance cover.
Pets are not allowed unless a special request is made in accordance with clause 3 and an additional charge may be made under Additional Services. The number of pets must be agreed prior to acceptance of the Booking. If You do not inform the Company of the existence of any pets, the Company reserves the absolute right to request either the pet is placed in kennels in Croatia for the duration of the Rental Period, or Your immediate removal from the Property without refund or compensation.
It is Your responsibility to use the Property safely. You must adhere to all safety notice and signs situated at the Property and the Company does not accept any liability arising from any improper or reckless use of the Property by You whether You are in breach of these Conditions or otherwise.
8.1.15 Tourist Tax
You are responsible for the payment of the local Tourist Tax which must be paid on arrival at your destination for the duration of your stay.
Where the Website Villa Page for the Property stipulates that smoking is not allowed, smoking is not permitted inside or outside of the Property at any time.
9 Additional Services at the Property
9.1 Acting as an agent, the Company can facilitate the booking of a list of Additional Services on Your behalf with a third party supplier on Your request. Any contract You enter into for these services is with the third party supplier of the services provided. You are responsible for providing the correct information to the Company or third party supplier for Your booking and for checking the details of the booking before it takes place. The Company shall not be liable to You for any costs, damages, loss, expenses, demands and liabilities or whatsoever nature arising out of the provision of or Your use of the Additional Services booked by You or by the Company on Your behalf. Any contract or arrangement you enter into for Additional Services is with the supplier of the services concerned and not Croatia Gems, and You do so at Your own risk.
9.2 The Rental Fee is for Accommodation Only and does not include any Additional Services which may include but may not limited to the following (It is Your responsibility to check with the Company what is included at the time of Booking. Additional Services are subject to availability):
9.2.1 use of the telephone;
9.2.2 electricity, gas and water – normally these are included in the Rental Fee but where they are not, this is stated on the brochure/ Website Villa Page and on the Confirmation Invoice;
9.2.3 air conditioning and fans – where these are included in the Rental Fee and at the Property, this is stated on the brochure/ Website Villa Page;
9.2.4 additional linen provision not included in clause 4.5.2;
9.2.5 additional cleaning not included in clause 4.5.3;
9.2.6 hire of beach and pool towels;
9.2.7 heating of pool/Jacuzzi – normally this is included in the Rental Fee but where it is not, this is stated on the brochure/ Website Villa Page and on the Confirmation Invoice;
9.2.8 keeping pets at the Property;
9.2.9 hire of cots and cot linen;
9.2.10 Food baskets on arrival;
9.2.11 organisation of transfers to and from the Property from the airport or ferry port;
9.2.12 organisation of car hire and boat hire;
9.2.13 organisation of local activities and excursions;
9.2.14 chef hire
9.3 The costs of any Additional Services will be charged to You (at the rates notified to You at Your request) if You have used any of these services irrespective of whether You requested the services in advance.
10 Payment for Additional Services
10.1 The Company may charge a reservation fee for arranging Additional Services. Please request details of prices and reservation fees from the Company.
10.2 Additional Services may be invoiced by the Company or by the third party supplier and full or balance payment may be required by You either in the UK to the Company or in Croatia to the third party supplier. In all cases, the Company acts as an Agent and any contract You enter into for these Additional Services is with the supplier of the services provided and not with the Company. You are liable to pay the Company for any Additional Services which remain unpaid on Your return which were booked by You or which relate to Your booking so that the funds may be passed to the third party supplier, and are required to give the Company credit card details and authorise the Company to charge the card for any sum relating to Additional Services booked by the Company with a third party supplier on your behalf, in this event.
10.3 If you require an Additional Service (e.g. transfer, car hire) You should telephone or email the Company to confirm availability, price and reservation fee and any other information important to your Additional Service booking. Subject to availability, and on Your request, a provisional reservation will be made. In order to secure the Additional Services booking the following must be sent to the Company by You within 3 days of making Your provisional reservation:
10.3.1 Booking Form completed in full and signed by a member of Your party who is over 18;
10.3.2 payment of the reservation fee (where invoiced by the Company);
10.4 The Company may in its discretion refuse an Additional Services booking.
10.5 On receipt of the documents in clause 10.5 and the reservation fee (where applicable), the Company will confirm Your Additional Services booking by issuing a confirmation sheet. You should check the confirmation sheet carefully as soon as You receive it and contact the Company immediately if any information is incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes at a later date. The confirmation sheet forms part of your arrival documentation and should be presented on arrival to the supplier.
10.6 You may cancel the Additional Service in writing at any time. If You cancel Additional Services after receipt of the confirmation sheet or fail to pay fees in accordance with this clause 10 then the Company or third party supplier reserves the right to charge cancellation fees as follows:
No. days before Rental Period Cancellation Charge
+2 days Reservation fee or up to 25% of the Additional Service price
2 days or less 100% of Additional Service Price (including Reservation Fee)
10.7 If you wish to make changes to your Additional Services/Activities Booking, we will try to help you but cannot guarantee that we will be able to make the requested change. Once Your Additional Services/Activities Booking is confirmed, we will charge an administration fee of £30 for each amendment made to it by You and You will be required to pay any additional costs which are caused by the change
In the unlikely event that You have a complaint or suffer a problem (this includes maintenance issues or problems which may result in damage to the Property) then You must report the complaint in writing immediately to the Contact Person and also to the Company using the telephone contact details provided in your arrival documentation. The Contact Person and the Company will liaise with the Owner to try to solve the problem. You must also contact the Company during your holiday to inform them of any complaint or problem if the Contact Person and/or Owner has not solved the problem to your satisfaction, so that the Company can try to resolve the problem. If appropriate You must take all reasonable steps to minimise the consequences of the problem, however You must not attempt to fix or replace any part of the interior or exterior of the Property or its contents. If the problem was not resolved to your reasonable satisfaction during your holiday you should put your complaint in writing with supporting evidence to the Company within 30 days of the Return Date. We will forward your written complaint to the Owner and will within reason liaise with the Owner to assist in reaching a satisfactory settlement for all justifiable complaints regarding the property you may have. Failure by You to give the Company the opportunity to resolve the problem during the Rental Period or to follow the procedure set out in this clause will be deemed a waiver of Your rights to a refund or compensation.
11.1 If you have any complaints regarding any services the Company provides (as opposed to any provided by the Owner), you must inform us immediately in writing and in any event within 7 days of the end of any arrangements booked through us. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not so notified. Our maximum liability to you if we are found to be at fault in relation to any service we provide (as opposed to any service provided by any third party such as an Owner for whom we are not responsible) is limited to the commission we have earned or are due to earn in relation to the booking in question.
12.1 The Company warrants that the Services shall be provided to You using reasonable skill and care within the meaning of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 and accepts responsibility for any failure in the proper performance of the terms of the Contract except where:
12.1.1 the failure is attributable to You including but not limited to a breach by You of the Conditions;
12.1.2 the failure is attributable to a third party supplier or a third party unconnected with the Services, and is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
12.1.3 such failures are due to (i) unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the Company the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or (ii) an event which the Company, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.
12.2 Nothing in these Conditions excludes the liability of the Company for death or personal injury caused by the negligence and/or omissions of the Company or its employees acting within the scope of or in the course of their employment.
12.3 The Company shall not be liable for nor be in breach of these Conditions for any delay in the performance or any non-performance of the Company’s obligations under the Contract if the delay or non-performance is due to a circumstance(s) beyond the reasonable control of the Company, including but not limited to acts of God, war or threat of war, terrorist activity, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions.
12.4 Notwithstanding anything else contained in these Conditions the Company shall not be liable to You by reason of any representation ( unless fraudulent) or any implied warranty, condition or other term, or any duty at common law, or under the express terms of these Conditions for any loss of profit or any indirect, special or consequential loss, damage, costs, expenses or other claims (whether caused by the negligence of the Company, its employees or agents or otherwise) which arises out of or in connection with the Services and in any event the entire liability of the Company under or in connection with the Contract shall not exceed the amount of £2,000,000.
12.5 Croatian electricity supply can be unreliable and power cuts can sometimes occur. The Company shall not be liable for nor be in breach of these Conditions for any delay in the performance or any non-performance of the electricity supply to the Property.
12.6 Please note that local standards may not be the same as those in the UK and it is not always within our control to impose our own standards.
12.7 Accuracy of Information
12.7.1 The information contained within our brochure about our properties is correct at the time of print but may vary and should be checked by You at the time of Booking.
12.7.2 Prices may also vary and should be checked by You at the time of Booking.
12.7.3 Photographs are intended to give an overall impression and not to supply a factual description.
12.7.4 The ‘Mobility Ratings’ and ‘Car Recommended’ information is intended as a guide only and is based on our opinion. Please check details at the time of Booking and ask us if you require specific information.
12.7.5 If you require specific facilities or amenities at or near Your property, or are concerned about any aspect of it in particular (such as child safety and suitability) please contact and request specific information.
12.7.6 During low season, certain amenities (such as restaurants, swimming pools, shops, museums) may not be open or available due to reasons outside of our control. Please check with us at the time of Booking and we will give You the most up to date information available to us.
12.7.7 Any further brochure updates updates or Website updates will supersede Conditions and information printed in our brochure.
12.8 All of our Contact Persons are Croatian locals who are familiar with the local area and are available to answer your queries. All information provided by them is provided in good faith and is based on their own opinion and knowledge about the local area and is not verified by Croatia Gems. If you have any concerns about the accuracy of any information provided by your Contact Person you should contact Croatia Gems in accordance with our complaints procedure.
12.9 Map Location Markers are intended as a guide to the location only and as such may be approximate and not be completely accurate.
13 Data Protection
13.1 It is the Company’s policy to respect the privacy of its clients. Subject to clause 13.2 the Company will not disclose the details and information provided by You to any third party unless it is specifically required to do so by law, or in response to a valid, legal request by a law enforcement or governmental authority or as may otherwise be authorised from time to time by You.
13.2 By accepting these Conditions, You acknowledge and consent that the Company may store and process Your personal details and information (for example Your name, address, telephone number and details of the Property that You book) in accordance with any data protection legislation in the UK. You acknowledge and consent that the Company may send Your personal details to the Owner and the provider of any Additional Services You use during the Rental Period. With the exception of this, the Company has a responsibility to keep Your information secure and confidential and, unless notified otherwise by You will only use it for internal purposes and to send You information about the products and services provided by the Company.
13.3 If Your personal details change or You do not wish the Company to use Your personal data for the above purposes then You can notify the Company at any time in writing at the address on these Conditions.
This Privacy Notice shall become effective as of 25 May 2018.
At Croatia Gems, we understand that we have a responsibility to protect and respect your privacy and look after your personal data.
This Privacy Notice, inclusive of our Booking Conditions, explains what personal data we collect, how we use your personal data, reasons we may need to disclose your personal data to others and how we store your personal data securely.
For clarity, Croatia Gems may be both data controller and data processor for your personal data under certain circumstances.
We must advise that this policy is subject to change, so please check our website on a regular basis for any further changes.
Data Protection law will change on 25 May 2018.
This Privacy Notice sets out your rights under the new laws.
Who are we?
Croatia Gems is an “accommodation only” supplier of holiday villas in Croatia (tour operator), based in Bristol. Croatia Gems have a registered office at Unit 1C, Crucible Close, Mushet Industrial Park, Coleford, Glos GL16 8RE and company number 5262834.
How the law protects you
Data protection laws state that we are only able to process personal data if we have valid reasons to do so. The reasons we process your personal data include, but are not limited to, your consent, performance of a contract, billing and to contact you.
How do we collect personal data from you?
We receive information about you from you when you use our website, complete forms on our website, if you contact us by phone, email, live-chat or otherwise in respect of any of our products and services or during the purchasing of any such product. Additionally we also collect information from you when you sign up, enter a competition, promotion or survey or when you inform us of any other matter.
If you provide us with personal data about a third party (for example members of your party who will be staying at your villa with you), you warrant that you have obtained the express consent from the third party for the disclosure and use of their personal data.
Your personal data may be automatically collected when you use our services, including but not limited to, your Name, address, landline and/or telephone number, email address.
What type of data do we collect from you?
The personal data that we may collect from you includes your name, address, email address, phone numbers, payment information and IP addresses. We may also keep details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data. We also retain records of your queries and correspondence, in the event you contact us.
How do we use your data?
We use information about you in the following ways:
• To process bookings that you have submitted to us;
• To provide you with products and services;
• To comply with our contractual obligations we have with you;
• To help us identify you and any bookings you have with us;
• To enable us to review, develop and improve the website and services;
• To provide customer care, including responding to your requests if you contact us with a query;
• To administer accounts, process payments and keep track of billing and payments;
• To detect fraud and to make sure what you have told us is correct;
• To carry out marketing and statistical analysis;
• To review job applications;
• To notify you about changes to our website and services;
• To provide you with information about products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes; and
• To inform you of service and price changes.
We will keep your personal data for the duration of the period you are a customer of Croatia Gems. We shall retain your data only for as long as necessary in accordance with applicable laws.
On the completion of your booking/cancellation of your booking, we may keep your data for up to 7 years. We may not be able to delete your data before this time due to our legal and/or accountancy obligations. We may also keep it for research or statistical purposes. We assure you that your personal data shall only be used for these purposes stated herein.
Who has access to your personal data?
Here is a list of all the ways that we may use your personal data and how we share the information with third parties. For clarity, we have grouped them into the specific products and services that we offer:
We process your data for administration, billing, support and the provision of services
o Emails & Website Form Enquiries
– Email address
– Telephone Number
• Booking Contract, Form & Security Deposit Mandate
o Telephone number
o Email address
• Arrival Information shared with and used by Croatia Gems local Representatives and Villa Owners – used to administer the booking (to establish customer requirements for their holiday and arrival).
o Email address (Reps only)
o Contact telephone numbers
• Key Booking Information shared with villa owners
• Additional Services Requests – eg Car hire, Transfers and Excursions. Data is passed onto third party suppliers in Croatia and the UK at the customer’s request if they have asked for something to be arranged on their behalf or have asked to be contacted regarding a quote (guests are informed in advance that any additional service will be arranged on their behalf with a 3rd party supplier and are informed of who the supplier is and that they agree to the 3rd party terms and conditions). Details passed to 3rd party suppliers are:
o Mobile phone number
• Credit Card Information used for holiday payment at the customer’s request and also for Security Deposit Mandate Forms – credit card details are requested over the phone verbally only but if customer accidentally email us the emails are immediately deleted and online files blanked (or paper copies stored in safe) – where credit card details are given by the customer for payment purposes the details are entered into the payment system for the payment to be taken and are not stored. Where credit card details are taken for the Damage Deposit they are kept in the secure company safe and stored for a maximum of 12 months in case of damage claims and disputes.
For the avoidance of doubt, we do not and never shall sell your personal data to third parties for marketing or advertising purposes.
We work closely with a number of third parties (including business parties, service providers and villa owners) in order to provide the products and services you have booked with us or asked us to book on your behalf and we may receive information from them about you. These third parties may collect information about you including, but not limited to, details of service you have booked with them, invoices you may not have not paid, complaints or queries you may have and information about damage claims.
We may pass your personal data to third parties for the provision of services on our behalf (for example processing your payment). However, we will only ever share information about you that is necessary to provide the service and we have specific contracts in place, which ensure your personal data is secure and will not be used for any marketing purposes.
We may share your information if we are acquired by a third party and therefore your data will be deemed an asset of the business. In these circumstances, we may disclose your personal data to the prospective buyer of our business, subject to both parties entering into appropriate confidentiality undertakings. Similarly, we may share your personal data if we are under a duty to disclose data in order to comply with any legal obligation or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Croatia Gems, our customers, or others. This includes but is not limited to exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection, credit risk reduction and dispute policies. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.
In preventing the use or processing of your personal data, it may delay or prevent us from fulfilling our contractual obligations to you. It may also mean that we shall be unable to provide our services or process the cancellation of your service.
You have the right to object to our use of your personal data, or ask us to delete, remove or stop using it if there is no need for us to keep it. This is known as your right to be forgotten. There are legal and accountancy reasons why we will need to keep your data, but please do inform us if you think we are retaining or using your personal data incorrectly.
Our Privacy Notice shall be made clear to you at the point of collection of your personal data.
You can view, edit or delete your personal data by making a request to Croatia Gems. You can also make choices about Croatia Gems’ collection of your data and how we use it.
We will not contact you for marketing purposes unless you have given us your prior consent. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting Croatia Gems.
Accessing and updating your data
You must maintain the accuracy of your information and ensure all your details, including but not limited to, name, address, title, phone number, e-mail address and payment details are kept up to date at all times. You must do this by contacting Croatia Gems.
You have the right to access the information we hold about you. Please email your requests to [email protected] so that we can obtain this information for you.
• the Internet domain and IP address from which you access the web site;
• the type of browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape) and operating system (Windows, UNIX) you use;
• the date and time of your visit;
• the pages you visit; and
• the address of the web site from which you linked to us (if applicable).
This is solely statistical data that enables us to analyse customer trends and does not identify personally identifiable information.
We work closely with third parties who may also supply us with analytical services. These third parties may provide us with analytical cookies for us to review.
For further information about cookies, you may like to visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Links to other sites
Croatia Gems may provide links to third party sites. Since we do not control those websites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of these third party sites. Any information that is supplied on these sites will not be within our control and we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of these.
Where we store your personal data
We follow accepted ISO standards to store and protect the personal data we collect, including the use of encryption if appropriate.
All information you provide to us is stored on our secured servers within the EEA. From time to time, your information may be transferred to and stored in a country outside the EEA in relation to provision of the services. The laws in these countries may not provide you with the same protection as in the EEA; however, any third party referred to above outside of the EEA has agreed to abide by European levels of data protection in respect of the transfer, processing and storage of any personal data. By providing your data to us, you agree to this transfer and storage. However, we will ensure that reasonable steps are taken to protect your data in accordance with this privacy notice.
As the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Any sensitive data (payment details for example) are encrypted and protected.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our website, you are responsible for keeping the password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
We agree to take reasonable measures to protect your data in accordance with applicable laws and in accordance with our Booking Conditions.
In the event of a data breach, we shall ensure that our obligations under applicable data protection laws are complied with where necessary.
Please e-mail any questions or comments you have about privacy to us at [email protected]
Your right to make a complaint
You have the right to make a complaint about how we process your personal data to the Information Commissioner:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113
14.1 The headings to these Conditions are for convenience only and shall not affect their construction.
14.2 Where the context so admits reference in these Conditions to one gender shall include each other gender and words denoting the singular shall include the plural and vice-versa.
14.3 References to any statute or statutory provision shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as a reference to that statute or provision as from time to time amended, consolidated, modified, extended, re-enacted or replaced.
14.4 Failure or delay by the Company in enforcing or partially enforcing any provision of these Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of any of its rights under these Conditions or the Contract. No waiver of any of these Conditions by either party shall be deemed to be a further or continuing waiver of any subsequent breach of that term or condition or any other term or condition.
14.5 You shall not be entitled to assign or sub-licence or part with possession of any of Your rights or liabilities hereunder. The Company shall be free to sub-contract the performance of all or part of its obligations hereunder.
14.6 A person who is not party to the Contract has no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of the Contract or these Conditions.
14.7 Any copyright, trade-marks or other Intellectual Property Rights contained in all particulars, brochures, the Website or other material prepared by the Company shall belong to the Company unless otherwise stated.
14.8 These Conditions and any disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with their subject matter are governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England.
14.9 The parties irrevocably agree that the courts of England have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with these Conditions.
15 Notices And Service
15.1 Any notice required under these Conditions or by statute, law or regulation shall (unless otherwise provided) be in writing and delivered in person, sent by facsimile or registered mail or sent by email or facsimile to the respective party’s address as set out in these Conditions or as each party may from time to time designate by notice hereunder. Any such notice shall be considered to have been given on the first working day of actual delivery or sending by facsimile or email or in any event within 2 working days after it was posted in the manner hereinbefore provided.
PLEASE READ THE ABOVE CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING AND RAISE ANY QUERIES WITH THE COMPANY. YOUR ATTENTION IS PARTICULARLY DRAWN TO CLAUSES 6, 7 AND 12 RELATING TO CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY.