Taking a villa holiday is something that many of you will have done at some point. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, here are some very good reasons to book one.
Hotel breaks are great, and there is nothing like being waited on hand and foot and not having to worry about anything. But we’ve all had those moments at a resort or a hotel, perhaps by the pool, where there’s just too many people about. On recent holidays, I’ve stayed at quite busy hotels with stag do’s, children and it’s not really a holiday if you can’t get a minute’s peace. Staying in a villa means that you have everything on your own terms and that saught after peace and quiet. You can choose when to eat, when to go out and you won’t be up at the crack of dawn fighting for a sunbed.
Villa holidays are excellent if you are staying with friends and family. Seclusion and sunshine mean that you will have opportunity to relax in your villa with your loved ones. The self catering aspect provides another opportunity for coming together as you will all pitch in with the cooking and entertaining. It’s basically just a home away from home in the ideal location of your choice and with (hopefully) a bit of sunshine.
You can book a beautiful villa almost anywhere these days but let’s concentrate on Europe, where the industry is booming. Old favourites include places on the Costa del Sol and the Algarve. Take a look at Villa Plus for some amazing villas in these areas. Greece is another popular destination for those who like a combination of sunshine, history and cuisine. Up and coming destinations include Croatia and Bulgaria, where you can find all that lovely sun at a fraction of the price. Villas in Europe should be the first thing you search for if you are interested in a quick and carefree holiday.
Villa holidays are exceptionally good value for money, especially if you go in a large group and split the cost of your flights and accommodation. Last-minute deals can also save you money on if you’re lucky. The cost of eating and utilities can be incredibly cheap depending on where you travel to and things like wine will be cheap, especially if you are in a wine-producing region. Whether your holidays will be cheaper overall than, say, an all-inclusive hotel break will ultimately depend on your own personal spending habits.
Whether you’re going with close family or a big group of friends, booking a villa holiday is pretty simple. Simply go to a recognised provider (make sure they are ATOL and ABTA protected) and put down a deposit. You could be off to your place in the sun within a matter of weeks.