If you are planning an extra special getaway you and the family won’t forget, you might want to consider hiring a villa for the duration of your stay instead of an apartment or hotel.
Whether it’s a sun drenched beach holiday in the Maldives, a romantic long weekend in Italy, a family holiday in the Canaries or a ski break in Val d’Isère, a villa is there to suit all of your requirements, particularly if it’s a little luxury you are after.
The best thing about renting your own home away from home is that you get more privacy than you would enjoy in a hotel or apartment complex. Villas often come equipped with everything you need, meaning you can spend a week or two enjoying quality time with the family. Many companies such as Villa Plus offer properties with your very own private pool. All you have to do is wake up, throw on your swimsuit and you can enjoy breakfast outside by the pool before taking a dip. If you are travelling out of season, you might want to look out for heated pools, and if you are lucky, you might even find one with a jacuzzi.
Choosing a villa means more space and this is a must especially if you are travelling with kids. You can have as many rooms as you like, whether it’s a cosy studio or a 4-bedroom facility you need- ideal if you are holidaying in a group, as it’s particularly cost effective. One of the main benefits of renting a villa, especially when visiting somewhere hot, is your very own outdoor space. It’s lovely to have space where you can have BBQs in the evening and watch the sun go down with a glass of wine on your very own private patio.
A helping hand
To take a relaxing break to the next level, many villas come complete with your very own live-in chef for the ultimate gourmet experience right where you need it. You can hire by the day for a special occasion or to accompany you throughout your stay if you’d prefer. Most chefs cater to all tastes and cuisines, buy all the ingredients and even clean up afterwards. Some have worked in the finest Michelin-starred restaurants, speak a variety of languages and cater for kids too. Some properties offer the option of butler services, so you have an extra pair of hands to help you- so all you have to do is relax and unwind.
Many villas are situated in beautiful surroundings, which are too rural for hotels, as they don’t cater to most tourists. Regions like Tenerife and Greece in particular, are home to lots of smaller, off the beaten track hot spots, ideal for those who have a hire car and a longing to get to know somewhere new.
Before you book your dream getaway, be sure to check out all of your required facilities in advance, to ensure you have everything you need for an unforgettable stay. Most villas offer a range of services, and are willing to be flexible.