When you’re planning on booking a villa for your summer holidays, it can be overwhelming searching through all the different options and actually picking one, or more importantly picking the right one. It’s such an important decision it’s normal to want to get it right, and choosing can be really enjoyable if you follow these important tips:
Get A Good Scope Of Research Materials
Try to look online, in brochures and talk to friends who have stayed in great villas. The more you know, the more you have to choose from. This can be a little overwhelming at first but choice is never a bad thing. Like anything, some of the best recommendations are from friends and family, so it is well worth asking around to see what they recommend and where they have previously been on holiday, as you normally get the truth from the people you know!
Think About What You Really Want From Your Holiday
Think about what type of holiday you want and what you really want from it. You might want a beachside villa that enables you to simple enjoy what’s closest to you, or you might want a completely secluded villa that has its own private pool. The more you know about the type of holiday you want, the more you will be able to refine your list of favourites.
Where Do You Want To Go?
This should really be one of the first things you decide. If you have a specific country in mind, take a look at the different areas within that country that suit the type of holiday you want. Some areas might be more tourist orientated, others might be prime for lovers of history. Try to put into a sentence the type of holiday you want and then put that into the search engine along with the country. For example; ‘top destinations in Turkey for active family holidays’, or ‘top destinations in Spain for romantic couples’. Pigeon hole yourself and the information will come to you, as you can always expand your horizons if the choice parameters are too small and you need to think slightly differently about your requirements.
Think About The Practicalities
How many bedrooms do you need? Do you need a parking space? Do you want to be a certain distance from a local shop or restaurant? Think about the practicalities and then prioritise them if the brochure or website doesn’t give that information. The villa rentals company should have that information ready and available to you. Don’t just guess if it’s something really important like disabled access or child friendly pools – its information you need to know before you book.
Don’t just trust floral descriptions of villas in brochures or on website, they are trying to sell the place to you so the descriptions will always be grandiose and inviting. Use review sites and read what real people like you had to say about the villa. You might read in a brochure that a villa is quaint and modern inside, but reviews say it needs touching up and has no personality. Of course it’s not wise to trust one bad review from a holidaymaker, but when there are nearly all bad reviews about one place, it’s worth listening to other people.
Look At Villas Within Your Budget
Make sure you are only looking at villas that fall within your budget range, including all the additional extras like cleaning costs, heating costs and rental company fees. It is important to stay focused and not always be tempted by the higher budget villas when you really need to stick to what you can afford. Sticking to a certain price range will also help you refine your list of options as you do not want to come back from holiday with the fear, worry and dread of how you are going to pay for it if you have overspent on accommodation.
These are just a few of the things to consider when you’re trying to choose your perfect luxury villa this summer. Remember to stay open minded, savvy and focused. With a little research you’re sure to find the perfect villa for you and your family.