Last year we visited a wonderful area of Tuscany with James Villa Holidays. Our Tuscan villa was down a dirt track in the middle of no where. Just like many in that region are. It was beautifully quiet, with lovely scenery and its own pool. We had a fantastic time and made so many memories. Looking back on the photos I think its going to be tough to beat it. We purposefully chose a part of Italy that we knew loved and used the fully equipped villa as a base to explore. However I do think that in part the holiday’s success rested on the fact that we had a villa. The flexibility it gives a family is second to none. With a then 5 year old and 1 year old we had to have something that allowed us to stick to Kippers routine. Yet was flexible enough to allow us to capitalise on the fun times with Monkey.
With this in mind I wanted to share with you some reasons why we and others opt for Villa holidays wherever possible. Just incase you are thinking of booking your own and need a little gentle persuasion.
Why Villa Holidays are Great for Families
We all know kids moods can change almost instantly. What they fancied doing in the morning when they woke could be very different by the afternoon. There is no set routine so if we wake late then we don’t have to rush for breakfast, instead we can potter around and get use to a slower pace.
Exploring can leave hungry bellies which don’t want to wait until the onsite restaurant opens. The self catering element is a god send. Not to mention the fact that both mine have allergies so we can cook food which we know is suitable for them. Plus we can vary whats on the menu day to day without fighting for the buffet…
Its a home from home
The villas we have stayed in have everything you need to make the most of your stay. Which could be books and toys saving on luggage allowance. Or a fully functioning washing machine and airier so you can make the most of what you do have. Its also really nice for the boys to have their own bedroom each. Which is also a big draw for Lisa where there is ten years between her two children.
I have lost track of the number of times Hubby and I have sat on the balcony with the lights off waiting for the kids to fall asleep in the hotel room. Before being able to play that game of cards or read the book we’ve been wanting to do all day… In a villa there is none of this, which is also what attracts Nikki to villa holidays. The same can be said with nap times, especially for really little ones. Emily takes the baby monitor with them so they work just like they do at home. Only instead of getting on with the chores theres a chance to catch some rays or sit and relax on a veranda.
Sophie just likes the fact that she can get up in the middle of the night and make a cup of tea if she wants to. Without waking the rest of the family as she hunts for that tea tray!
Alice’s son has learning disabilities and autism and often needs a place to retreat to when everything is overwhelming him. A villa suits them much better than being cooped up in a hotel room. As he can find a safe space whenever he wants to. While her two daughters can still go about having fun. Which means everyone gets what they need.
You won’t be disturbed
Lauren chooses villa holidays so that she doesn’t need to worry about others making a lot of noise at bedtime. Little ones tend to go to sleep at the same time as others are just getting ready to go out. With a villa they can keep to their routines and hopefully sleep soundly without being disturbed. Meaning as adults we get some me time too.
For some such as Katie, privacy ranks very high on the holiday must have list. For those who want to enjoy their holiday but may not want to have their body on show to the general public. After having the boys I have become a lot more self conscious of what I do and don’t look like in swimwear. There is a definite attraction of knowing its only your nearest and dearest that will see you without judgement.
Also from a privacy point of view if work life is pretty full and very people involved then solitary that a villa provides can also be a huge attraction. This is definitely the case for Sarah’s family who like to holiday on their own.
There are a lot off benefits of going away with grandparents. Not only do the children get to make those special memories and build the unique relationship between grandparent and grandchild. But as parents theres the opportunity for the odd date night and sharing the load of looking after little ones. Yet its important to make sure the accommodation can ensure everyone gets their own space when they need it. Which is the main reason why Eilidh will opt for a villa, since it stops everyone living on top of each other.
Your own pool
In Italy the owner would come and clean the pool each day at the crack of dawn. There was no need to wait for opening times, or have to worry about older children being boisterous in and around the waters edge. Both kids could used their inflatables with no problems. For families such as Erica’s whose little ones are learning to swim this is invaluable.
Carrie likes the fact that everything is close by. How many times have you gone down to the pool only to discover the suntan lotion is not in the beach bag? Or if your little ones are potty training.
We loved our villa holiday so much that we are planning another this year with James Villa Holidays. But this time to Portugal. Which we will sharing both here on the blog and over on social media too. So if you want to see how our holiday evolves then make sure you are following us.
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This post has been written in collaboration with James Villa Holidays as we are a Brand Ambassador for them in 2018.