The benefits of going on a villa holiday

Sit down and ask my kids what they want out of their next summer holiday and the answer will be: somewhere with a swimming pool. We went on a self-catering villa break last summer and the kids had a great time in the pool that came with the property.

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I could spend a week or two admiring that view.

It was the first time we’d been away for a summer break in years. We desperately needed some summer sun and we loved it, we all did. Even now, almost six months later, the kids regularly talk about that holiday.

I’ve recorded a short video with my daughter Helen, talking about what we want out of our holiday and offering five tips to anyone thinking of going on a villa break with their family.

Of course the swimming pool didn’t just benefit the kids. Mrs Adams and I got to use the pool and we had great fun playing together as a family in the water.

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What an amazing sun set.

Villa specialist Villa Plus has set me the challenge of outlining why villa breaks are ideal for the family. Here’s why villa breaks appeal to us and why we would happily go on one again:

  • Eating out at restaurants can be a bind if you have young children who get fidgety and don’t want to sit still. If you go self-catering, you can eat out from time to time and it remains a treat.
  • If you go self-catering, you have to shop and explore the local area. You have to find your way around and engage with the people and area around you. This is something you miss if you stay on a resort. We went to the effort of teaching our kids some of the local language and they enjoyed learning it.
  • If you have your own pool, as we did, you and the family can swim when you like and it won’t get crowded. This can be especially useful if you have youngsters still learning to swim.
  • If it’s just you, your family and a villa, you spend quality time with each other. You get to take time out with those you love and simply relax.
  • You can be as sociable as you like. If you want to get away from it all, you can stay by your villa and read a book. If you want company, you can go into town. On a resort you will always be surrounded by other people.

Villa Plus is all about making sure you’ll love your holiday more. Our experience of a villa break left us with many happy memories and we would happily repeat the experience.

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Another of Villa Plus’s properties. My kind of place.

Our holiday was not one dimensional. We went to the beach, we stayed at home. We swam in the pool, we explored local towns and markets. This is the beauty of booking with a company like Villa Plus; you have independence, the ability to explore wonderful, locations and often the properties are in unique locations.

Tell me, have you been on a villa break before? Would you consider going on one? Maybe you’ve already booked somewhere? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts and ideas for your ideal break.

 

Disclosure: this post was produced in partnership with Villa Plus.

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10 Comments

  1. December 28, 2016 / 9:37 am

    I really need a holiday – can’t see that happening in a hurry though, unfortunately. Moving house this year (hopefully) so that’s where the money’s going. We would definitely go for something like this though – self catering is the only way to go with three kids!

    • John Adams
      Author
      December 28, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Very best of luck with the move Tom. As and when the money becomes available, I hope you’ll be able to look into having a villa break with your family.

  2. December 29, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    I really need to book a holiday, I’ve been thinking of a villa holiday as we’ve never gone down that route before.

    • John Adams
      Author
      December 30, 2016 / 6:10 am

      Glad to hear you have been thinking of a villa break. they are ideal if you have a family. You know where to look if you are tempted!

  3. January 7, 2017 / 8:04 am

    This looks like a fantastic option for families! And you are right about having the possibility of being relax on your own or socializing 🙂 it’s like having your own house abroad! x

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 8, 2017 / 7:26 am

      Vila breaks are a great option for families. I recommend it.

  4. January 7, 2017 / 10:34 am

    We have done both Villa and Hotel holidays and I am torn between the two, I like the privacy of the Villa, but then the room service of a hotel!

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 8, 2017 / 7:25 am

      I hear what you are saying Stephen. I’m going to wager you don’t holiday with kids? I think villas are the way to go if you are taking a break with little ones.

  5. January 9, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Just found your blog John and I almost regret it 🙂 Buried under a foot of snow and trying to convince myself that cabin fever isn’t so bad.

    • John Adams
      Author
      January 12, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      Ah, yeah, I see your dilemma. Sorry to fill you full of regret. Perhaps a villa break next year?