We all absolutely adore Christmas, but the funniest thing is that while we were all sitting around the fire, Christmas Radio Times on hand to pick the best Christmas movies, sipping on a Baileys, talk actually turned to planning for the summer holidays. I was telling them that the fab villa holiday company, Villa Plus had asked me to talk about our holiday plans for next year, and, as a family with older children, it’s sometimes difficult to pick a holiday that suits everyone. As we were chatting, it was interesting to hear what the boys want from a family holiday. Whereas Jim and I really both want somewhere comfy to lounge and read a book and some sunshine, the boys have different ideas:
‘Somewhere where there’s stuff to do: table tennis and pool’
‘Near to the beach so we don’t have to carry everything miles.’
‘Nice restaurants’ (he’s a boy after my own heart)
This year, we’re definitely planning a villa holiday. Think about it: you can choose a villa where everyone has their own bedroom, so you’re not jammed into a small hotel room together (or worse, letting them have a hotel room on their own so you don’t know what on earth they’re up to!). You can find villas with table tennis, a pool table, private pools and direct access to the beach too.
On a recent cruise, I was lucky enough to visit a couple of the Greek islands, and now I’m absolutely desperate to go back and explore properly. I’ve kind of got my heart set on a villa by the sea in Kefalonia (the one above is the heavenly Villa Thymari in Kefalonia). I love the idea of lazy sunny days together: playing football and Frisbee on the beach, swimming and lazing by the pool, then wandering to a nearby restaurant every evening (and not being tied to just one hotel restaurant every day), or staying at the villa and having lovely barbecues al fresco while sipping local wine and listening to music. How gorgeous does that sound?
Oh, and I have a top tip for saving arguments when deciding on any family holiday: we used to argue non stop about what was most important, and what everyone wanted, so now we all write on pieces of paper what’s most important to us (ie to be on the beach/near a town/have a bedroom each) and put them all in the middle, then the ones that come up the most are used as our booking priorities, with the others being classed as non-essential, but good guidelines.
Plus, of course, the other bonus of booking a villa holiday is that you can book a larger place and share with friends and family. This is something we’ve always wanted to do but never done, and I think the boys would be really keen on this idea – maybe inviting their cousins and having people around the same age. Loads of food for thought, and it’s still only December!
Villa Plus are all about are all about making sure you’ll love your holiday more. To find out more and discover your own perfect villa holidays, visit www.villaplus.com. What about you? Would you consider a villa holiday, or have you experienced one already? Let me know!