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Why A Villa Holiday Is The Best Holiday


We love hearing from our delighted guests when they return from their holiday, and it’s particularly special when we’ve managed to turn previous villa doubters into villa devotees. There are plenty of villa myths and misconceptions out there – most created by those would have never stepped in the door (or private pool!) of one. But if you’ve never been, how do you know? Let’s break it down and crack these one by one.

Villas are in the middle of nowhere

Some people desire seclusion on holiday and that’s fine with us. We have many villas that provide that blissful feeling of true holiday escapism. That said, some people like to be closer to the action, and we have plenty of villas to tick that box as well.

Whether you want to be a stone’s throw from the beach, or in the heart of a vibrant resort, we’ve got properties to suit. To help you decide, seek out Car Optional, Car Advised or Car Essential villas and you can choose whether you’re in the heart of action, away from it all, or somewhere in between.

Villas are expensive

Villa Alexis, Lanzarote

Villa Alexis, Lanzarote

Like with hotels, villas come with different specifications and standards, so some will be pricier than others, but as James Villas visit and handpick all of our properties, we only put our names to those that we’re proud of across a range of price points. What we look for is value for money. After all, look at what you’re getting as standard – a private pool, spacious indoor living areas and glorious al fresco surroundings that are all yours. That’s on top of the many villas that have a barbecue, games rooms and other entertainment facilities. There’s no hidden extras or charges with James, and with an impressive villa collection, you’ll find a property perfectly-sized for your party.

Villas are not for couples

Some holidaymakers believe that villa holidays are not suitable for couples, and a whole villa is just too large for two. We feel however that this couldn’t be further from the truth, and that’s why we have a lovely collection of smaller one and two bedroom properties that provide both space and intimacy. Picture an exclusive swimming pool for the two of you and private dining with al fresco meals on the terrace, then perhaps you’ll see – like us – that villas can provide the perfect base for couples on a romantic getaway.

There’s not enough to do

Rhodes town centre

Rhodes town centre

At a villa you have your own private pool – what more could you ask for?

A lot actually, that’s why most of our villas have flatscreen TVs, DVD players and free Wi-Fi, not to mention many others with games rooms or added entertainment facilities. You’ve also got the perfect base to explore the best beaches, sights and attractions of your destination at your leisure. If that’s still not enough, why not choose a villa on one of more than 50 Holiday Resorts, with a great choice of leisure facilities on your doorstop. These purpose-built communities offer a wealth of amenities on-site, such as bars and restaurants, kids’ clubs, spas and sport facilities – world class golf courses, tennis facilities and even football schools to name a few, so there’s something for everyone.

Villa holidays are untrustworthy

With the recent increase in popularity of holiday rental villas, there is still a level of uncertainty in the minds of many customers, with fears of being scammed by holiday-fraudsters. The risk is genuine, however you can avoid it by booking with a reputable company. We’re the UK’s leading villa holiday specialist with over 30 years’ experience, and with our ABTA and ATOL protective licenses, you know your all-important holiday is in safe hands. What’s more, if you need our help while you’re away, our in-resort team of Villa Managers are on hand to help in many destinations.

Self-catering is a chore

self catering bbq

Barbecue on holiday

Typically an all-inclusive includes your meals and drinks – fine if you are happy to dine at a hotel for 7+ nights and aren’t concerned about leaving the gates. But what happens if the meal times don’t suit your schedule, or the buffet food (that looks suspiciously like leftovers from lunch) has no appeal? For comparable money we believe you can eat better and live better at a villa, with the flexibility that one offers. Dine al fresco, move breakfast to the balcony in your pyjamas, strike up the barbecue at lunch, head down to the local marina to dine out, or enjoy a glass of wine from your terrace once the kids are in bed. With all the facilities and utensils to prepare good, honest food with the local produce you find in the marketplace, cooking local delicacies for yourself is a pleasure and not a chore. Use our online recipes for quick, delicious and easy meals to prepare at home or abroad.

Villas are ‘Too exclusive’ for me

Demand more from your holiday – the space, freedom, privacy and that wonderful private pool are for everyone, and we’re proud of our wealth of properties to suit any pocket. Yes, some villas are chic, suave and elite, but others are rustic, traditional and charming. Each villa is unique with its own personality, so we’re sure to have something that will suit yours.

Don’t just take our word for it

We recently surveyed over 300 guests who were either complete villa newbies or new to James Villas to find out why they chose a villa holiday last year…

The Top 5 responses were

  • Private Space – 63%
  • Their own pool – 57%
  • Self-catering – 35%
  • Suited their group size – 28%
  • The location – 28%

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Amanda is a Marketing Assistant at James Villa Holidays.

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