Strangely enough, kids seldom feature in this particular fantasy. Because everyone knows, the minute you add one or more children into a holiday, it won’t be the grown-ups enjoying hot and cold running attention.
Between keeping noise levels down at bedtime, wrangling over-excited five year olds by the hotel pool, sand, sea and surveillance, family holidays can be hard work, for grown ups.
1. More space to spread out and relax
One of the major advantages family villas have is space: there’s just more of it and it’s all yours.
Kids don’t travel light either. Factor in the can’t-live-without toys, a wardrobe of just-in-case clothes and all the bits and pieces they accumulate like fluff on Velcro, the majority of them could justify a villa for their personal luggage alone.
2. Sharing a holiday with friends
Sharing a villa with another family has all sorts of benefits, especially with older kids in tow. Get the age groups right, add friends into the mix and you can almost leave teenagers to do their own thing.
Pulling this one off and keeping everyone content hinges on choosing the right villa. Let go of the reins a little in the decision making and give kids some input. You’ll still have the last word, but factoring in a few child-size deal breakers nearly always makes for a happier holiday.
3. There’s no such thing as an average family
Villas are designed for real families not statistics. You’ve the choice of as much room as you need and you decide how to fill it. Gardens give you even more to play with. And you always have the option of some quiet space – try getting your hands on that in a ‘junior suite’.
4. A private pool to play in any time you like
Rent a villa with its own pool and not only is it kid-friendly for your kids and yours alone, it’s there whenever you want it too. So, you might not be up for 20 brisk laps before breakfast, but if you fancy a midnight dip after everyone’s tucked up for the night, there’s absolutely nothing and nobody stopping you.
5. Villa holidays fit individuals perfectly
Renting a villa lets you build your own holiday. It’s a completely unpackaged option so choosing where, when and what is down to your own, individual preferences.
Budget might be priority, so custom design round that. You might have a mind’s eye dream house you’ve always wanted to live in for a little. Or the hinge could be as simple as the perfect, shady terrace with a view.
6. Big family holidays without tears
A holiday with extended family can be fantastic fun and not just for kids. But pulling off a dream break that doesn’t end with stony silence on the flight home is a bit of an art. Renting a large villa with some escape room makes the chances of success infinitely higher.
7. Families can live like locals for a little
The best family holidays are ones where you really experience a place, make your own memories and come home with a million and one stories that begin with, ‘remember when….’.