When deciding where to go on vacation, there’s always the question of self-catering versus staying in a hotel. Thanks to the growing success of Airbnb and other holiday rental websites, villa vacations are becoming more and more popular. To enjoy a villa break, however, you’ll need to do a bit of planning to make sure you get the most out of it. Take a look at these tips on how to enjoy the perfect villa escape.
If you’ve decided to book a villa for your getaway, then you may as well go luxury. There are many benefits to staying in a villa, and a luxury villa shared between family and friends can work out much cheaper than a luxury hotel, and you’ll still get the same beautiful features and surroundings, without the added expense a hotel can bring. Choose a location with spacious bedrooms, a swimming pool, large living and dining areas and those other features that make the difference between somewhere ordinary and extraordinary. You can save money on your luxury villa break if you plan in advance and choose your location wisely.
Hire a car
A mistake that many people make when booking a villa is not paying close enough attention to the location. Often, villas are off the beaten track and will not only need transport to get to in the first place but to explore the local area too. Hire a small car so that you can make trips to the local town, supermarket and in case you want to visit any of the local sights too. If your intention is just to sit around the pool for a week and chill, that’s completely fine (and much needed!), but having a car around just in case you decide to venture elsewhere will be worth it.
Villas are great, but unlike hotels, there are no restaurants or room service should you need anything – it’s all on you. A trip to the store when you arrive will make sure that you have all of the basic things you need, such as food, drink, toilet roll and anything else you’ll need to make sure you have a good time.
Make some plans
Villas offer complete privacy, which is great. You don’t have to worry about sharing a pool or waking up the room next door (unless your villa has close neighbors) – so the world is your oyster for activities and fun with your fellow guests. Organize games nights, dance parties, karaoke – whatever you want. There are some days and nights where you’re sure to have cabin fever too, so be sure to take in some of the local flavor by heading out to eat at nearby restaurants, go to the beach and really make the most of the location you’re staying in.
Looking for the perfect place to enjoy your villa stay? Take a look at this list of dream destinations for inspiration. A vacation in a villa is a great way to get away from it all and relax and offers the chance to explore some beautiful locations you might not get to see on other types of break.