Things to consider before booking

Location

You may already have a region for your holiday in mind but you will also need to consider whether you want a villa that is close to a beach, near a town, and, importantly for a self-catering holiday, the distance to the nearest convenience store or supermarket.

You can easily view the location of villas and the surrounding amenities using the map feature for each search result.

Additionally, if you have specific attractions that you want to visit, you will need to ensure that the villa you book is not too far away.

Getting there

Booking a package villa holiday with flights included is the easiest way to ensure that your flights and rental period are coordinated. However, if you prefer to book flights separate from your villa rental you will need to consider that most holiday rentals have a late afternoon check-in time and early morning check-out time and plan around this accordingly.

Getting around

The easiest way to get around in our opinion when on your villa holiday is car hire, within our search results we tell you when car hire is included in the cost of the holiday - this will be part of a package booking and not when booked on a villa only basis. Booking a package with car hire included is an easy way to simplify planning your holiday.

With car hire you will simply pick up the car at the airport when you arrive and drop it off at the same place when you are leaving.

If however, you do not want a car hire, then you will need to ensure that travel between your villa and airport is affordable and that there is sufficient public transport options for the attractions you wish to see in the vicinity of your villa.

Things to do

Whatever you enjoy doing on your holidays, you will usually find more than one option. Whether you want to relax in privacy at you villa, shop, sun bathe, clubbing, dine out or go sight-seeing a villa holiday with car hire is a fantastic way to enjoy a all that a region has to offer.

Villa facilities

Villas have a wide range of facilities that you will need for your holiday, but some are better than others. For instance on a self-catering holiday you will need a kitchen, is the kitchen large enough for your needs? Does the accommodation supply enough pots and pans, plates and cutlery? If there are a few people travelling with you does the villa have a sufficient number of bathrooms? The villa ad says the maximum occupancy is 4, but there is only one bedroom, this likely means that accomodation includes sofa or camp beds, is this OK or do you need a separate bedroom?

Do you need to have internet access? Do you need a private pool? Is the pool large enough? Does the pool have a shallow end for use by children?

Once you have found some holiday accommodation that interests you on our site, you should take time to review the details on the providers website to ensure that the villa includes all the facilities that you will need before booking.

Child friendliness

Not all self-catering accommodation will accept child guests. You will need to check with the accommodation provider that the villa owner will accept child guests.

Finally

Villa holidays are a fabulous way to enjoy a holiday destination with the privacy and flexibility afforded by self-catering accommodation. Villas are often cheaper that hotels for the same period of stay. However, you do need to be sure that your accommodation meets your needs. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to research a villa you are interested in before booking.

The first thing you need to decide is which villa holiday destination is right for you.

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