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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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