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Considerations On Renting A Villa

What do you need to consider to ensure that you book your perfect villa holiday? If you’re daunted by the idea or even if you have enjoyed villa holidays many times, please read through the following tips to make sure that you have assessed all the main considerations.

One differentiation used on this website is that of ‘villas’ and ‘resort villas’

A ‘villa’ is usually a free-standing private home, the majority of which on this site have maid/s, often a cook, and sometimes a full staff. There may well be local restaurants and facilities, but your villa is a private home.

A ‘resort villa’ is a villa within a resort thereby offering the services of the resort, restaurants, facilities, sports etc. with some being more secluded and private than others.

This icon denotes the Villa is a "Resort Villa".

How much do you want to spend?
Villas vary in price and range from budget to luxury accommodation. 

How much do you want to spend? Villas are usually charged by the week for the property rather than per person. 

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Try to book a villa that sleeps a similar number of people to your party size to minimise the cost.

Additional basic costs would be;

  • flights/transport to the country/town
  • transfers from the airport to and from the villa
  • with many villas, you may need to hire a car for some or all of the time. 

Where do you want to go?

Your destination?
If you’re looking for sunshine, remember that some Mediterranean warm countries in summertime are usually hotter inland than on the coast and vice-versa in the winter. When going to a hot country, make sure that the rental villa is equipped with air conditioning.

Once you have decided on your destination, consider the location - are you looking for somewhere near the beach, the countryside or near a city? 

An isolated retreat may seem ideal when you're booking it, but think about the practicalities too - especially if you're with children or a large group.

Is there a shop/s or restaurant/s within walking distance?

Would you be happy getting a taxi if you just wanted to go out for an evening drink?

Is it a place where there may be a language barrier?

When would you like to go?

Many of the best villas book up a year in advance by repeat holiday makers. The school holidays obviously book up the quickest so be prepared to book in advance to get the accommodation you want. Alternatively, be prepared to be flexible and move your dates.  Most villas need to be vacated in the morning and are not available for new arrivals until late afternoon, so ensure that your flights are suitable or that you have a plan to use the ‘waiting’ time wisely.

How long would you like to stay?

Some villas have specific days of the week for check-in and check-out so ensure that this fits in with your plans. In the peak seasons of your destination, it may be difficult to get a duration outside of a one/two/three week stay but you should still ask and see what options are available.
What do you want to do on your holiday?

Do you like to hang around a pool during the day and go to a restaurant or look for entertainment in the evening? Do you want to go sight-seeing? Do you want a beach nearby? Watersports? Diving? Do you want a short walk to shops for groceries or for browsing? Do you need a central location so there is plenty to do that isn’t too far away?

Consider what you like doing, considering all in the party, then list the conveniences you’d like, ticking the ones that you must have and perhaps leaving some flexibility on the remainder.

What do you want of the property?

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Enough beds for singles? Are sofa beds okay for anyone? Could anyone sleep in the lounge? If you have an infant, is there a cot?

If you’re pool people, that pool is very important. In many European villas, there is an extra charge to heat the pool, so do check. If children are with you, is it kiddie-safe? A shallow end? Steps for toddlers? Is the pool shared with any other properties? Is it overlooked or secluded? And worth checking if there are enough sunbeds for everyone.

Villa holidays are mainly self-catering. Some homes are supplied with large, well equipped kitchens while others will have a kitchenette. If you're planning on a lot of cooking, ask about the facilities.
Many villas in the Caribbean, e.g. in Barbados, have a cook and a maid/laundress, and the cook will cook three meals a day for your party if you so wish. For a small charge, they will also do your grocery shopping.

Check the children's facilities.  Does the villa have a television? If so, does it have UK satellite channels? A DVD player? – bring some favourite films?  If you’re travelling with a baby, make sure there is a cot and high chair available.

That’s about it! If you get these things right, you are set to have a wonderful holiday! If you are having any doubts or need help simply ask us here at Luxury Villas Worldwide for professional and practical advice 0845 6434 606.

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