You’re about to head off on your annual family holiday to sunny Spain but you’re faced with that age old quandary, villa or hotel? Both of them have their benefits, as well as their downfalls. Either way you’re on your holidays, so it’s not all doom and gloom, and we’ve summed up the good, the bad and the ugly of both so you can decide what’s best for your ideal family holiday.
The hotel holiday in Spain is what younger generations will remember as their first holiday but is it for you and your family?
Hotel holidays provide you and your family with the perfect opportunity to kick back and relax. They have staff and the staff are there to look after you (up until a certain extent), they will clean your room daily, replenish your towels, make your bed, and serve you food and drinks, all the stuff you don’t want to have to do on your holiday. Depending on whether your hotel is ‘in season’ and how big it is, they are usually bustling with life, whether its entertainment or making friends with the family next door, there’s never a dull moment.
You could make friends with the family next door, or they could be the family from hell, this is the risk you have to take with hotel holidays. It’s the luck of the draw, and if you aren’t lucky you could end up stuck in a loud, overcrowded, understaffed hotel from hell. Hotel holidays tend to be slightly more expensive than villa holidays as well, as you are paying for staffing costs.
Make sure you look the hotel up online before you book, you don’t want to end up in dirty, unfriendly, half-finished hell hole.
Villa holidays are only very recently becoming popular; no longer do you have to be a millionaire to go on a villa holiday, thanks to savvy investors and their clever time sharing.
If you’re new to the villa game you may be pleasantly surprised, you can get a relatively large villa for relatively little money, depending on the destination. Villas are spacious and private, most of them owning their own pool. When renting out a villa you are able to keep the cost of the whole holiday down by cooking for yourself and making your own entertainment in the evenings. As the villa is rented out privately you won’t have to worry about having any annoying neighbours.
If you’re not looking for a quiet holiday you may struggle to find things to pass the time towards the end of the week, as villas are often in more remote parts. Villas are usually ‘self-service’ so you will be required to wash your own towels, sheets and provide your own food.
Make sure you search the area your villa is situated before you book, most of them are in remote areas, which is o.k. but you don’t want to be driving 30 minutes just to get some milk.
Whatever you decide, make sure you are fully prepared for you holiday by arranging your travel money via travel money experts such as Axia FX.