When it comes to booking a holiday, many of us fall into the tried and testing routine of choosing a hotel and booking it for the duration of the break. Hotels offer the luxury we require, the facilities we need and are usually in good locations. But they do have their downsides and these issues are why many independent travellers are now looking for alternative accommodation options – top of the list are apartments and villas.
Choosing one of the many luxury apartments or villas available around the world can offer the perfect balance of features for a traveller. Whether you plan to go away as a couple or as a group, there are properties that can allow you all to stay together in a way that a hotel can never manage. Or if you are travelling on your own or as a two, then the ability to have your own space can be perfect. These properties never lack for facilities and are often in great locations that allow you to make use of all a place has to offer, just as you do in a hotel.
Around the World
When you talk about beach holidays, the Seychelles is always near the top of the list and Villa 11 is on the North Island, offering the perfect two person getaway. With all the modern conveniences such as a home entertainment system and two person bath, it also enjoys magical views across Mahe and Praslin islands. There are even mini buggies provided to explore the rest of the island.
Mediterrano Odyssey offers a villa with a difference (www.cro-exclusive.co.uk/luxury-croatian-villa-packages) – it is literally built into the cliffs and overlooks the Mljet National Park in Croatia. The spot offers the best of everything with beautiful beaches and blue seas, woodland area to explore and even natural salt lakes along the bike paths nearby. It also offers all the facilities of Mljet, the largest of the Adriatic Islands in Dalmatia as well as ferry connections to the city of Dubrovnik.
Bali is a popular spot for group holidays and The Beach House in Seminyak is suitable for up to eight people. It is on the south-west coast of the island and is within walking distance of the top quality Ku De Ta restaurant as well as the Petitenget temple for some sightseeing. Enjoy the outdoor gazebo and pool while catering is handed by the two in-house cooks.
The Bahamas Beach House on Windermere Island, Eleuthera can sleep up to seven people and has a 40ft living area as well as three bedrooms. It also has one of the best beaches in the Bahamas at the bottom of the garden with three miles’ worth of pink sand and its own coral reef. There is also shopping at the Governor’s Harbour and plenty of snorkelling and sports activities to enjoy.
Villas aren’t always about the beach, as seen with the Ti Garili I’lle d’Arz in Brittany. This 17th century fisherman’s cottage sleeps eight and has its own quiet beach. Ideal for a holiday with the kids, the rustic cottage has big fireplaces and terracotta tiled floors while Vannes is just three miles away.