Why villa holidays are the best option for cash-strapped travellers
By AdFeatures | Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:07
When it comes to making choices over our holidays, the first thing which normally springs to mind is where to go. Yet, in some ways, this is the least of our concerns and what we should really be asking is what accommodation will we stay in?
For families, groups and single travellers, there are a wealth of available options. From the standard hotel room to more intimate bed and breakfasts, finding the perfect place to stay will ensure that your holiday is enjoyable – regardless of what country you’re visiting.
Over recent years, villa accommodation has grown in popularity – offering plenty of benefits. Whilst many people mistakenly view this option as more expensive, villas can actually prove highly lucrative for those feeling the financial pinch – but how?
Compared to hotel accommodation, a holiday villa is more like a home. It gives more privacy, and is cheaper; plus it lets you cook your own meals and run on your schedule.
You can save money by shopping at local stores instead of eating all your meals in restaurants – saving a few pounds on your stomach as well as in your wallet! Rental holiday homes often have gardens and private pools so you can relax and get a tan without all the hassle of going to the beach or competing with other guests for a prime spot by the pool.
Staying in a holiday villa also gives you the chance to sample the local culture, as most are located outside the tourist areas and in neighbourhoods where the locals live. Most holiday villas and short term rental apartments are owned and operated by locals but they may be managed with reputable companies such as James Villas. This means you get all the benefits of local knowledge and expertise with the security of renting your villa through a recognised name which you can trust.
Keeping costs low
For those still concerned about the price, it is important to remember villa rentals are quoted as a single price for the property – not per traveller. This means the overall price is distributed across those staying in the villa, making it a cheaper option all round.
Villas don’t just come in one shape or size either and, like hotel rooms and other accommodation, their price will vary depending on the features which they offer. Private villas will typically be more expensive, offering maximum privacy and seclusion. Villas which are operated as part of a resort are likely to be slightly cheaper but will usually feature a few communal spaces shared with guests in neighbouring villas.
The location of your villa will also affect the price – with villas in Majorca and other popular destinations offering plenty of villa options for travellers. Whether you choose to stay inside the main area or venture a little further afield, the price you pay will be affected.
Ultimately, you need to strike a balance between affordability and suitability. Those with young children may find central locations a little too disruptive come night time; making villas located in more secluded areas a better option. Meanwhile, those looking to sample the Spanish nightlife may prefer to stay right in the centre of the action – potentially paying a marginally higher rate for the privilege.
Of course, those with heavily restricted budgets should always compare prices and look for current deals. These can be found on everything from villas in Spain to holidays to Florida and Greek accommodation, so wherever you intend to go there will be a way to save money with villa holidays.