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Is A Family Villa Rental The Right Choice For Your Family Vacation?

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 15, 2013 12:33:00 PM / by Sally Black

Sally Black

 family villa vacation rentalFamily villas are available all over the world...Caribbean, U.S., Europe, Central America, South Pacific. Whether it's on the beach, in the city or high atop a ski slope, if you're considering a vacation spot that you'd like to visit with your kids, chances are there will be a villa there waiting for you.

Most folks don't realize that a "villa" rental vacation can actually mean several different styles of accommodations...

  • A family vacation villa can mean a stand alone vacation home rental. Your home away from home can a small, studio size bungalow for two or a multi bedroom castle that can be the perfect location for a destination wedding.
  • A villa can also be a multi bedroom unit found within the grounds of a resort. Here guests find the best of both worlds; plenty of space in their vacation villa along with full use of convenient resort ammenities.
  • A villa can be a cottage, room or a collection of rooms located within a private residential estate.
  • The word villa can also be used to describe a flat or self service apartment rental in the heart of many world famous cities.

A villa rental vacation can be a great option for so many families but it's not for everybody.  Just like anything else, there are pros and cons...

Pros-

- Family villa vacations are best suited for adventerous or experienced travelers that relish the idea of exploring new locations and meeting the locals. Depending on your choice of villa, it can mean a more private getaway, far removed from touristy crowds in the heart of some of the most desirable locations. Many travelers enjoy the idea of being independent and on their own.

-S P A C E !!! If you are a family of 5, 6, 7 or more and are looking for space and a place where everyone in the family can all stay together, then a family vacation villa is a way to go. You won't have to worry about whether or not you'll get adjoining rooms. A villa is also a fabulous choice for multi-generational vacations or mini-reunions to bring family members together all in the same space.  A villa vacation is also a great choice for young families with babies and toddlers. The little ones can have their own quiet bedroom for an early bedtime while parents have their own space too.

-A family villa rental often works out cheaper for families that need multi bedrooms compared to comfirming multiple hotel rooms.

-Family villas usually offer a kitchen or cooking facilities.  This can be a more affordable vacation option compared to taking a large family out to eat for every meal during your vacation.  Have a kitchen can also be a life saver for families with kids that have food allergies. By preparing your own meals you have full control over what your family eats.

- Villa Rental Prices can range from approximately $150 per night to the rental of an entire estate costing tens of thousands per night. Family viillas can range from rooms with basic necessities to architectural gems professionally decorated with ecclectic decors.

CONS-

-If you're a novice traveler or you have a worrisome travel personality, a family villa vacation might not be the best choice for you. Normally you will have a local contact person should you have a problem or in case something breaks. It's just not the same as picking up the phone and having a hotel concierge 24/7. If you have a lot of questions and need a lot of hand holding, a villa vacation might not be the best fit for your family.

-Many family villas have strict booking rules. Often guests must check in only on certain days of the week and there are usually minimum stay requirements.  You may not be able to rent a family villa if you're looking for a weekend or quick getaway. Chances are you will need to stay for a week or more.

-If you choose to stay in a stand alone vacation home, will be up to you to keep your kids occupied and entertained.You won't have access to a kids club or their babysitting staff.

-Vacation villas are not standardized in the same way as hotel rooms. If you are familiar with a certain hotel chain rooms, then chances are, those standards will remain constant regardless of your location. Family villa properties are family unique. It's important to read all the fine print to fully understand all the features and ammenities.

-Speaking of fine print, read it carefully. Often there can be additional money due for things like electricity, pool cleaning, sales taxes and house keeping fees that are not included in the general price of the villa.  These extra fees may need to be paid upon arrival in local currency.

-Having kitchen facilities is not a bonus for those parents who do not enjoy cooking. Some villas will offer grocery shopping services, a private chef or even an all inclusive upgrade. If these features are available, just know it will cost more to have them.

-Making villa reservations isn't as seamless as booking a hotel room. Most of the best family vacation villas are not found in typical online reservation systems. The owners or property manager must be contacted to check availability. Normally a 50% non refundable credit card deposit is due to confirm your reservation with final payment due 90 days prior to your arrival.

Topics: family vacations, Family Destination Weddings, Affordable Family Vacations, Family of 5 Vacations

Sally Black

Written by Sally Black

Sally is the Founder of Vacationkids.com Travel Agency and author of the book "Fearless Family Vacations". She is also the Director of Travel Agent Initiatives and Training at The Family Travel Association.

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