Most people who go on holiday, especially breaks by the beach in places like Spain, Portugal and France often end up staying in hotels and whilst I have nothing against them, there are plenty of other alternatives. If you are planning a holiday with a group of friends or with your family, renting a villa can be an excellent idea.
You rent most villas on a weekly basis and when you first look at the price, it can often seem to be a little expensive. What you must remember is that you will be renting what effectively is a whole house and not just a room. So if you are going on holiday as a family or with a group of friends it can actually work out to be really good value for money.
The most obvious advantage of a villa over a hotel is space, they are usually pretty big houses, this can be a real advantage especially if you have children, giving everyone space to relax and when needed, space to get away and enjoy some time alone and space to entertain.
I am also yet to stay at a villa that wasn’t located in a really scenic spot usually far away from the maddening crowds. In the warmer holiday locations they also usually come with a pool. Again this is great for kids and if you are traveling with friends, how does a pool side BBQ and party sound!
This all sounds great, but where do I find villas that are available to rent? As it is becomes more and more popular, there are quite a few companies on the Internet that offer villa rentals and there are now many travel agents specializing in holiday villas. The Beach holiday guide has a section on Cheap villa rental in Spain and other countries in Europe like Portugal, Greece and France.
There are also some fantastic villas in exotic locations like Zanzibar and the Bahamas. If a beach holiday is not what you are after and your after an adventure why not try a self catering villa on a private game reserve in South Africa where you will be assigned your very own safari guide for the duration of your holiday!
Villas are also available in cold climates, rent a “lodge” and go skiing for your next vacation, the possibilities are endless, I only hope that I have given you some ideas to try something new the next time you go on holiday.
Find more information on cheap villa rental on the The Beach Holiday Guide, a resource to your Beach Holiday including package beach holidays, villas to rent, flights and beach holiday destination guides.