If you enjoy the privacy of your own relaxation area, the spaciousness of secluded pool and patio areas and a touch of luxury, a villa holiday will make an excellent holiday choice.
There’s not much to dislike, as villa holidays make perfect accommodation choices if you’re wanting a little bit of peace and quiet along with the freedom to do as you please. There will be no set meal times or hotel itineraries to follow, just the independence of your own plans, creating your own ideal holiday.
After you have decided that a villa holiday is for you, the next step is to choose your destination. Greece is always one that I personally feel works for all types of holiday makers and travellers, therefore I’ve focused the below on Greece and the lovely islands.
So let’s explore some of the best options out there in Greece.
Villa holidays for young children
Ideally, travel time needs to be fairly low, so the best option here is to look at Corfu or Zante, which are just that little bit closer. Both of these islands are family friendly, and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to villa resorts bathed in beauty.
Look for destinations like Tsilivi, Alykanas and Laganas in Zante, or Agios Georgios or Sidari in Corfu.
Crete is another child-friendly holiday destination in Greece, filled with stunning villas set in small friendly resorts. It’s a much bigger island and has a slightly longer flight time from the UK. It’s known for it’s beautiful mix of history, culture and Greek tradition alongside long stretches of beaches and a culinary scene to die for.
Villa holidays for families and couples
The Greek islands of Kefalonia, Mykonos and Rhodes make for peaceful locations for couples who want a well-deserved break. Crete is also a fantastic island for couples, as resorts like Elounda are set in the prettiest of mountain backdrops, yet with great transport links and roads which can make for excellent road trips to larger cities for the days when you wish to sight-see.
When looking into Crete, you’ll also notice a tourist destination called Chania, which is surrounded by lots of lovely little resorts, such as Rethymnon. This is a brilliant city to visit for those who want to explore a real slice of Greek tradition, along with little harbour ports, meandering streets, authentic Greek food and market shopping.
Crete is a rather large island, therefore I’ve put together some tips below on how to travel around the place.
How to travel around Crete
Crete as an island is very well organised for travellers, as there are excellent coach, taxi and ferry services. It’s worth noting that the island has a good quality road system too, making hiring a car a great idea if you want to explore what Crete has to offer.
For example, if you look to stay in a villa near Elounda, you may want a change from the idyllic mountain views after a few days. You could plan a trip to Chania, crossing the island and stopping off at other resorts en route. Or, you could visit the more livelier resorts of Stalis and Malia, especially if you have teenager with you.
Renting a car to travel around Crete is a faster, more convenient way to travel, so do look at Rental Center Crete if this is how you would prefer to travel around.
You can have a real Cretan experience when renting a car and travelling around. Just remember to plan your route, and decide if you want to spend more time exploring the West or the East, as it’s a long island, so you may not have time to do it all! However, try not to skip some of the rural areas. Although the roads are a little smaller in the rural areas, and signage is almost non-existent, you’ll feel like you are having a real adventure.
You can of course look at trains, buses and taxis, and bear in mind there are two airports in Crete. You can fly into Heraklion or Chania, so these can help you out for any inland flights too.
Overall, research your perfect villa, explore destinations to suit your party size, plan some activities or day trips, and enjoy that holiday of a lifetime!