10 benefits of villa holidays for families

We have just returned from reviewing a gorgeous villa in the Algarve from Villas 4 You. We had such an amazing trip and the villa was wonderful. You can read over at Family Budgeting about our experience of staying in Villa Henriques in Gale

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This was the second year in a row that we have stayed in a villa and we have concluded that, for a family holiday, villas really are pretty perfect.

Here are the main benefits from our point of view:

1. Space

Compared to an apartment, tent or even luxury hotel room one of the main benefits of staying in a villa is the space you have. Not just space to spend sometime away from each other (which let’s be honest we all need!) but also space to store your belongings, really relax and not feel hemmed in. Our villa was so spacious and we had balconies, the pool area and several communal areas, meaning everyone got a chance to be by themselves if they wished to do their own thing.

2. Cost

Many villas can accommodate two families or more and this can work out to be really cost effective. Our villa in Portugal had a BBQ, free wifi, beautiful pool, TV and DVD as well as a lovely terrace to sit on. This meant most evenings we actually stayed in and saved ourselves a lot of money doing so. You can’t do that in a hotel or apartment to the same degree and you will spend much more gong out.

3.  Self cater

We are a family of vegetarians and my kids, like many, can be fussy eaters. Eating out abroad can be tricky. Fish is often the main dish and pizza and omelettes can get a bit old! Being able to self cater is just brilliant and means we can all eat well during the week and save lot of money on eating out in the process.

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4. Relax

Its nice to be able to really relax on holiday, letting the kids wander in and out the villa getting drinks themselves, letting them watch a movie whilst you have drink on the terrace and watch the sun go down. A villa is a home from home, your safe and private space. There is no schedule to stick to for meals or activities just your schedule, your pace. You can relax about life.

5. No one else is around

You don’t have to hope to get a sun bed, queue to get your lunch, deal with annoying stag parties in the room next door. It’s just you and yours no one else around.

6. Children can have more freedom

Not worrying about strangers or that you can’t see your kids for 5 minutes is a real blessing. A villa lets them have more freedom than they would in a hotel or apartment and children really relish this.

7. Laundry

Mod cons like dishwashers and washing machines make life much more pleasant and avoid the need to take endless outfits with you or take home piles of dirty ones.

8. Privacy

It is very nice to wander outside and drink a morning coffee in your PJ’s or relax in your swimsuit by the pool without feeling at all self concious. I  loved this aspect of villa life.

9. Security

The villa felt like our home for a week and it felt safe. People weren’t coming in and out, there weren’t lots of people bustling around. It felt secure.

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10. Luxury

We all dream of owning homes in beautiful locations and having a villa for a short  in a fabulous location with your own pool, really does feel like a dream come true.

 

We stayed in the beautiful Villa Henriques in Gale, Portugal  provided by villas 4 you They have over 1200  outstanding villas across 33 countries, perfect for families. As well as sorting your accomodation they can book flights, transfers and all the extras you may want.

All pictures are of Villa Henriques in Gale

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12 Comments

  1. June 25, 2015 / 9:22 am

    wow , that villa looks stunning. I love villa holidays, and the first one we went on as a family of 5, Jack was a baby, and it was perfect as he could go for a nap every afternoon in his bed & we could carry on as normal….instead of having to do that dreaded getting them to sleep in the buggy walk around the pool!
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  2. June 25, 2015 / 10:57 am

    We have booked a private villa with it’s own pool for exactly all of these reasons. You’re absolutely right on every count Becky and I can’t wait to go to ours. It looked like you had an amazing time x
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  3. June 25, 2015 / 10:59 am

    That is such a good point about the kids having more freedom away from strangers and I like the thought of self catering. Cooking is always more of an adventure when you’re not at home. We have never hired a Villa but may look into this next summer. Yours looks gorgeous!
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  4. June 25, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    I really quite like the idea of renting a villa whilst on holiday, either just for my little family or taking the extended family with us. I love the idea of a home away from home feeling rather than living, sleeping etc in a one or two room apartment
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  5. June 25, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    I love the idea of a villa. As a family of five or six, hotel holidays are always more expensive as we need two rooms. More than that though, I love the idea that in a villa you can make your own itinerary and do whatever you want to do and actually have a relaxing holiday rather than rushing around. Glad you had a good time, it looks beautiful
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  6. June 25, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    I am definitely more of a villa person than a hotel/apartment person. It’s just so nice having your own space, and not having to listen to/speak to anyone else unless you want to! That Villa looks beautiful! 🙂
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  7. June 25, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    That looks like an amazing place to stay. I am going to admit that we have NEVER stayed in a villa!
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  8. June 27, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    The villa looks wonderful and I really like the sound of it. I had always assumed that a luxury villa meant a hefty price tag, but it’s amazing to find out that it can actually cost you less an all inclusive trip while offering you the freedom to do whatever you like x
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