Booking a villa was not necessarily a well-known accommodation option for families or large groups a decade ago. Once upon a time, sun-seeking group travelers only had the option of spending their hard earned time and money at some gargantuan resort, hoping to enjoy some relaxation and tranquility, only to have to drag themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn to snag a few beachfront chairs; Or putting up with rowdy resort guests, enduring cramped quarters and and undesirable room locales. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of beautiful resorts out there offering premium experiences for large groups, but maybe it’s time to consider booking an alternative. Here are 12 reasons why booking a villa is totally worth it..
REASON #12 Privacy
A common request I hear from my clients over and over again is the desire to avoid large crowds. We don’t always want to feel like we’re on holiday with everyone else. Villas are generally detached private properties that allow you to enjoy the benefits of private space for you and your group.
REASON #11 No Rowdy Neighbours
How many times have you been woken up overly-chatty neighbours, screaming children (who are not your own), or merely the echoes of poorly constructed hallways? No one wants to go on holiday and come back with bags under their eyes – A villa means no unwanted disturbances from other guests.
REASON #10 No Crappy Flight Schedules
One of the worst things about booking an all-inclusive are the inconvenient charter schedules. Who wants to start the first day of their holiday camping out in the lobby of a resort at 4am because their room isn’t ready? Renting a villa means you can either make use of all those points you’ve been saving up, or have a travel agent like myself find you a convenient flight schedule so you arrive as refreshed as possible.
REASON#9 No Shared Transfers
The other inconvenient part of a packaged holiday is feeling like herded cattle the moment you touch down at the airport. Booking a private villa means you have the option of arranging private transport to and from the airport, no more stopping at multiple stops along the way.
REASON #8 Ample Room For Everyone
Most hotel rooms can only accommodate up to a maximum of 5 people, without the guarantee of adjoined rooms, or even being on the same floor. Booking a villa means everyone gets their own room, and their own comfortable bed.
REASON #7 No Bothersome Holiday Reps or Entertainment Directors
There’s nothing worse than settling down poolside only to have the entertainment director or holiday rep cast a shadow over your chair to ask if you want to participate in some water aerobics, or book an excursion to who-knows-where. Villa life means relaxation, and activities at your own pace.
REASON #6 Personally Stocked Kitchens
Resort food has come along way in terms of variety and freshness, but it’s still mass quantities of food, produced on an assembly line of sorts, and left out during meal times. Most villas provide the option to pre-stock the kitchen (for a fee) with locally sourced produce. You can enjoy whipping up locally inspired meals, or have a chef prepare them for you.
REASON #5 Get Up When You Want
There’s nothing more annoying than having to get up early to race for breakfast at the crack of dawn and missing it because you had the cheek to want to sleep in on your own holiday. Booking a villa means all meals, including the most important one of the day, happen on your time, whether that’s just after sunrise, or noontime.
REASON #4 Host Your Own Parties
Have you ever been to a wedding or family reunion at a resort? Being in one resort may seem convenient, but it’s a logistical nightmare when everyone is spread out amongst various buildings. And if you all want to gather somewhere together, your options are limited. Private villas offer plenty of indoor and outdoor entertainment space, along with generous kitchen facilities so you can host your own private gatherings without strangers milling about.
REASON #3 Traveling With Children is Easier
Family-friendly resorts are wonderful, but it still means you have to share amenities with other families, be it the kiddie pool, over-crowded kids clubs or over-used beach toys. Many villas come with plenty of family friendly amenities such as inflatable pool toys, children’s DVDs, children’s games and more. If you need a break, childcare and nanny services are often available.
REASON #2 Extra Security
Resort theft is more common than we’d like to admit, be it having your valuables taken poolside, or worse, having your things taken from the so-called-privacy of your room. The added privacy of villa life means no strange crowds milling about, and personalized security services that are included in the cost of your villa.
REASON #1 Fantastic Value
Villas can be extremely cost effective, especially for large families and groups. Booking a resort package means per person costs can be high and you’re often paying for amenities you may not use. Large groups and families can save mega bucks and luxuriate themselves by booking a villa instead of a resort or hotel.