Over the years I’ve stayed in a hotels, apartments and private villas. All have their advantages. But thinking about our first holiday as a family of four (whenever that may be), I’ve been swaying towards a villa holiday.
We love going away with my in-laws. The boys love spending time with their grandparents and we enjoy the adult company. Not to mention the possibility of a date night for me and Joe!
Going away with grandparents means we need a bigger space so a villa would be the ideal choice. They prefer a more private setting, and having 2 crazy boys means they can run wild without annoying anyone (apart from us ha!)
Booking a private villa would give us the opportunity to tailor our holiday. Flights that suit us, location perhaps a little quieter than where a hotel is placed, adding a rental car to allow us to explore. We could really create a holiday unique and special to suit our family.
Don’t get me wrong, I love an all inclusive hotel stay and the facilities would be great for the kids. (I recently wrote about planning a trip to Barcelona with the kids.) But with the boys being so young we need to be able to put them to bed in their own room, and have a space for us to relax and enjoy some adult time. For this reason I know a villa would really work for us.
When we decide to take the boys a little further than Europe, we would most likely use a company like Villa Finder to help us decide on the perfect place to stay. They have villas in Bali, Phuket, Samui, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. We have always said we’d love to go back to Phuket. When I tell people we want to take the boys to Thailand they alway question whether it’s suitable for families. We think it is!
Villa Finder has a unique way to book with them, which I think a lot of people would find useful. Firstly, when you want to book a villa with them you initially put in a request. This is then followed up by a phone call from one of their travel consultants. This way they get a full understanding of what the clients needs are. This is particularly useful for families. The consultant will be able to ensure the villa is suitable for the ages of the children staying there. For example, do they need a car seat during their stay, or even a pool fence?
With my little Bear cub being so ‘spirited’ we would ideally need somewhere we could relax without worrying he could put himself in too much danger. A secure pool area, stair gates, minimal things he can pick up and break.
As well as a travel consultant, once the booking is made you then have a Concierge Service to help you further with your booking. You can contact them for help with a variety of things. Including help with booking excursions, airport pick up, even arranging a special meal. All payments are made direct and the Concierge doesn’t charge for their service.
Taking young children on a long haul holiday is quite daunting, well it is to me anyway! I love the idea of having someone on the end of the phone to help us wit our trip and give us the confidcene we’ve booked the perfect location.
So whether you need to find a villa in Ubud for your family trip, organise a group trip to Phuket, or maybe something extra special for your honeymoon, booking with Villa Finder could be your answer.
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