Hundreds of tourists left with nowhere to stay in Marbella after Rainbow Villas’ sudden collapse

MORE than a 100 Marbella-bound tourists have been left in the lurch after holiday company Rainbow Villas suddenly ‘ceased trading’. 

One group of 20, from Manchester, had booked Villa Blue through website Owners Direct for friend Victoria Edwards’ hen do.

They paid €4,400 and are due to fly out to Spain on Friday morning, but received a shocking email from Rainbow Villas on Sunday to say it has ceased trading – and that the villa is not available.

They are now desperately searching for rainbowvillasemailalternative accommodation, and have not yet received a refund.

While it appears several other groups were also booked into Rainbow Villas’ properties and, in more than one instance, over the same June weekends.

A Facebook group for victims of Rainbow Villas collapse now has almost 250 members.

One member, Gemma Axell, was five minutes from Gatwick airport last week when she saw an email telling her the villa had been cancelled and not to travel to Marbella.

“Devastated was an understatement, I took the costume off and sobbed as the reality sunk in that we had nowhere to stay and had lost £4350 (€6,000) on a villa,” she posted in the group.

Rainbow Villas, owned by Mark and Michelle Stafford, sent the same email to their clients, instructing them to contact their travel insurance to claim for the lost money.

If you have any information on Rainbow Villas, please contact newsdesk@theolivepress.es or call 0034 951 273 575

2 thoughts on “Hundreds of tourists left with nowhere to stay in Marbella after Rainbow Villas’ sudden collapse

  1. Chris 10 Jun, 2015 @ 21:34 at 21:34
    Big thread on Trip Advisor about this, its such a shame.
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    wendy 10 Jun, 2015 @ 23:16 at 23:16
    We were due to fly out on the 26th after paying out more than £5000 for a friends hen weekend .gutted still got flights booked but no accomodation for 25 of us
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    Katy 11 Jun, 2015 @ 01:02 at 01:02
    I’m a victim after booking to stay in villa Mexico which was apparently owned by them. Myself and 15 friends were booked to stay in the Bulls for 4 nights after seeing it advertised on owners direct. Mark and Michelle Stafford are people who have ruined lots of people’s celebrations as well as taking hard earned money from people. Do not book on owners direct as they are claiming no liability. Beware as there are many people like this in Marbella!

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    • It is so bad the property market, estate agents, rental companies,private and public, costa del crime describes these property dealers in marbella perfectly.Most are making a fast buck off the backs of others misery,

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