How To Choose a Villa for a Family Holiday

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A family vacation is living a memory – it’s a chance to get the kids together, enjoy time off with the whole family around and discover new places and exotic destinations. Whether you’re a family of four or getting the whole gang together for a fun family reunion, renting a luxury villa is a smart choice for making the most of your vacation budget; you get more space, more privacy, more amenities and even more freedom than you would have at a luxury hotel.

How to choose the best villa rental for a family holiday? The wide selection of holiday homes may be daunting; however it’s easy to make an informed decision once you have outlined a few major factors. Check out these tips for selecting the best villa for a family vacation:

Luxury Villas in Child-Friendly Spots – If you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway for just the two of you or an all-out party fest with the guys, you’ll probably be evaluating different criteria when it comes to selecting your villa rental location. It’s no different with families. Although a hidden jungle hideaway may seem perfect for a romantic vacation, it may not be convenient when traveling with smaller children. Keep a look out for holiday villas in luxury vacation spots fit for kids of all ages. Also ask ahead about the terraces and balconies to make sure that they are safe for children. It’s as easy as mentioning to the villa concierge or manager that you will be traveling with small children, and they will arrange appropriate accommodations for you.

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Villa Vianci
From $1200/night

Chianti Villa VianciVilla Vianci in Chianti - The Tuscany luxury villa Vianci is a fantastic home to rent in the family-friendly area of Chianti. Located conveniently close to Siena, Florence and dozens of charming hilltop villages. It can accommodate 12 guests comfortably in 6 bedroom suites, including 4 double suites and 2 bedrooms with double twin beds.

Family Friendly Services – While you’re checking out the location, also take a look at the amenities and services offered with the rental. Does the villa rental include access to toys, children’s beds, cribs, special dining chairs? You don’t want to have to lug all the extra accessories along with your luggage, so it’s best to plan ahead and make sure that the boogie boards and high chairs come with the vacation home, or are available upon request. Also check out the bedroom accommodations – does the vacation rental have bunk beds or twin bedroom suites? King size suites are fantastic for the master bedroom, but definitely not optimal for families traveling with kids!

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Villa Jewel
From $600/night

Jimbaran Pool Villa JewelJewel Villa in Jimbaran - This ultra-luxury beach villa in Bali has 4 sumptuous bedroom suites each named after the sparkling jewel that inspired its decoration. Each bedroom includes its own private bathroom. The villa also has a home theater media room, a huge infinity pool, maid services, a chauffeured car to take you around the island and two mobile phones outfitted with local prepaid cards. Better yet, babysitters, tour guides and other staff are available upon request.

Nanny services – Just because you’re traveling with small children doesn’t mean that you don’t get to have a moment to yourself. It’s your vacation, too! Many luxury villas and vacation rentals offer childcare services or private quarters for nannies. Checking out the villas with nanny services is an easy and effective way to ensure that you have a great location, without having to worry about the kids at every moment.

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Villa Sogno di Luce
From $6840/night

Ramatuelle Pool Villa Sogno di Luce Ramatuelle Villa Sogno di Luce - Located in the illustrious South of France, the luxury villa Sogno di Luce is a fully-staffed villaHotel overlooking the Bay of St. Tropez. The villa is great for large families who are looking to enjoy a huge vacation home in the popular Cote d’Azur area, close to the glittery Riviera but also has its own services and amenities to cater to a lovely night at home. You can entertain guests on the chic outdoor patio and pool deck, or have a movie night in the home theater. Nanny services are also available upon request.

Families with Teenagers – Sometimes traveling with older kids isn’t always easy, however you can accommodate your teenagers by providing extra privacy. Many villa rentals offer separate pavilions or guest houses with additional bedroom suites that are perfect for older teens seeking a bit of independence.

Accommodating Family Reunions – Sometimes it’s just not just teenagers who require extra room. Family reunions and large groups should keep an eye on the luxury villa’s indoor/outdoor living spaces to make sure that there’s enough room for everyone to enjoy their time and also get along fine. Many holiday villas feature open plan living arrangements which are great for entertaining large groups. Some homes also have huge terraces and BBQ areas great for dining with the whole family.

Avignon Family Villa MassoniaAvignon Family Villa Massonia – This gorgeous family villa in Avignon has a tennis court, pool, a romantic library, spacious outdoor terrace for BBQs, a bar with a wine cellar for entertaining and open, lovely living spaces throughout. The professional Boffi kitchen is great for preparing gourmet dishes to serve in the adjoining dining room suitable for 18 people. The villa has 6 queen bedroom suites and an additional master suite with a spa. It’s great for families with older children who are looking to have a fun family vacation in the South of France.

Self-Catering or Fully-Staffed – The final factor to consider when selecting the best luxury villa is the option to have full control over your holiday, or to enjoy the luxurious services of an in-villa staff. Fully-staffed villas often include maid services, childcare, a private chef preparing your meals (a great addition to a large group vacation!) or a concierge arranging the daily activities and reservations. Fully-staffed villas are a fantastic option for a large group gathering or family reunion, because you don’t have to deal with any of the muss or fuss – everyone can enjoy their holiday from start to finish!



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