There's nothing like a home away from home when you're on holiday. While it's nice to enjoy the luxuries of a hotel, with treats like room service, room cleaning and a turn down service, it's lovely to feel more at home, which is why villa holidays have become so popular as an alternative type of holiday.
From budget villas with just one bedroom, to three or four bedrooms with private swimming pools, terraces, barbeques and much more, a villa holiday offers added extras you just wouldn't get when staying at a hotel or apartment.
What To Expect On A Villa Holiday
When booking a villa, always check to see where it is located and how accessible it is to shops, bars and restaurants. You may find you need a car to be able to access the local supermarket, and as you'll be self catering, this is important.
Some villa holiday companies may offer package deals, which include your flights, villa and car hire. This can sometimes save you a bundle of cash so check for the latest deals.
The key thing to expect, however, is the freedom you have to do what you like, when you like. Fancy breakfast on the terrace one day? No problem. Need to do a load of washing? Easy. Want to get out and explore the local area? Sure thing.
Top Villa Destinations
The popular holiday destinations cater well for villa holidays, with the likes of the Balearic Islands, mainland Spain and the Greek Islands all offering a range of villas depending on your budget and requirements.
Try Majorca, just a couple of hours from the UK with numerous villas to choose from. Majorca is ideal for exploring by car as well, with quieter beaches and inland walks. Hiring a car is a great idea if you're staying at a villa as it allows you the freedom to go shopping and explore the destination.
For those looking to keep to a budget, Turkey offers a great range of properties at a fraction of the price of some other popular locations. Dalaman, Dalyan and Bitez are very popular, low-cost options. Close to Bodrum, Bitez offers a lovely stretch of sandy beach with a range of restaurants, ideal if you fancy a day by the beach instead of the pool, or you want to head out for dinner during your stay instead of cooking each night.
What Is Included In A Villa Holiday?
A villa holiday can include a range of things so it's important to check what is and isn't included before you book. Kitchens will have all the usual allowing you to serve up great meal each evening. Many will include air conditioning as standard, however some villa properties may charge an extra fee for this. Similarly with WiFi, many villas will have this as standard but check before booking.
If your property has a pool, be sure to check whether it's a private pool or shared amongst several other villas. And some villas may even provide pool towels to use free of charge as part of your package. You may also find that some providers offer a welcome package with various food and drink bits and pieces to help you get started so that you don't need to rush out to the supermarket as soon as you arrive.