I have always been tempted to book a villa holiday so I could have all the perks of the glorious sunshine and not have to deal with the masses! Not struggling to be up at the crack of dawn to reserve a sun bed by the pool is a huge plus point for me. I also like the luxury of not having to share. I sound very territorial don’t I, but I like my space. Having a pool just for our family means I do not have to worry if the boys are splashing or bumping into people on their inflatables, we can really relax together.
What we pack now is different from when we used to travel minus kids (not that we had much chance of that because we moved so fast in our relationship!). We have to think about their entertainment needs; otherwise they get “bored” incredibly fast. In a villa you might be further away from the resort attractions so in the evenings when you arrive home from a day sight seeing it might be worth having some board games and books available for your children. Also perhaps packing inflatable toys for the pool which can be deflated easily and take hardly any room in the luggage.
The main thing about villa holidays is thinking about how your needs might differ with you going self-catering; it might be worth taking some bin bags or washing tablets (no liquids) so you have the basics when you arrive. Some places already provide these things so it’s worth double-checking if a starter pack is included as standard. It might be worthwhile booking a welcome pack so you have some provisions on your arrival – hungry complaining children are no fun! Feed them a snack before they turn into gremlins.
Make sure you check the situation with towels; if some are provided they might have to stay in the villa itself so do pack some for any planned trips to the beach or water parks.
With a villa holiday you often have a washing machine so you can pack lighter and not worry about spares if clothes get dirty! A quick wash and you have everything clean and ready to go again. Very handy with children especially as I often find myself packing far too much clothes - just in case! If your baggage allowance is quite low making use of the washing machine there might save you paying extra for your luggage!
But I do find packing stressful, Top Villas a luxury villa rental brand certainly make your life easier in that respect. When it comes to entertaining the kids, alongside the expected pool they also have well kitted out games rooms and home cinema's, so there is plenty to keep them amused and happy on holiday. With video games and pool tables you know they have lots to keep them occupied without having to pack so much!
If you really want to be pampered you can go one further than booking a welcome pack and have your own private chef! After all we all should indulge ourselves now and then and with villa's this impressive it makes sense to book a few extra's to make your stay even more comfortable.