Choosing a family villa holiday
I've talked about villa holidays before, with both
the Amalfi coast
a mention. Well, now is the time for us to think about getting away for a few days - so, no surprises here,
we've decided on jetting off to a villa somewhere in the sun. The main question at this point is where do we want to go? The plan is
to get away around the school Easter holidays - because after a few months of a good English winter we're all quite keen to
shed the thermals and find a little sun.
This is what we want to be doing on our next holiday...
Choosing to get away at Easter really cuts down your choices for those wanting to find enough sun to spend time in an outdoor pool. At Easter last year
we went to Tunisia
for a few days, and, while the
temperature was a steady 23°C, the pool and the Mediterranean hadn't had enough sun on them to warm up.
We didn't want to go too far, which means that our choice for a little guaranteed sun (as much as anything can be guaranteed) involved looking at a villa
in the Canary Islands.
Our last holiday to the Canary Islands - hopefully the next will be just as good...
The last time we went to the Canary Islands at Easter the sun shone, the pools were warm - and so was the sea. As far as holidays are concerned,
The Canary Islands are made up of four main islands: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. And the reason this is the place to head for a little winter sun is that
they are located a good deal further south than the rest of the popular European holiday destinations; located off the African coast, about 60 miles west
of the Sahara.
Previously we'd been to Gran Canaria, and stayed at the Hotel Orquidea on Gran Canaria
, so for the sake of going somewhere a little
different, Gran Canaria was ruled out. To be honest, we aren't really that worried about which island we took our holiday on! As long as the
holiday accommodation met out criteria, which is:
1) Weather - OK, so I've already mentioned this, but this is one of our top priorities: warm and sunny.
2) Privacy - We've never been on a villa holiday before, but fancy the idea of having our own pool to splash around in.
3) Freedom - We want to come and go as we please, without being tied into to the meal times of an all-inclusive holiday. All-inclusive
holidays are very good, don't get me wrong. Only this time round we wanted a change.
4) Self-catering - Ahhh you may cry. I'm not going on holiday to cook for myself. Fair one; we don't plan to spend too much time
cooking tea. However, having your own kitchen does give you the opportunity to have an abundance of cold drinks at your beck and call, and
items for breakfast too. And there's snacks for the children, who always seem to be hungry.
5) Something for the children - Here's where we thought the problem may lie. It's all well and good having a villa in the middle of the countryside;
us two adults would love that, but the children would soon get bored. So we needed something to keep the younger family members
(9 years-old and 14 years-old) entertained too.
Hyde Park Lane Villas, Lanzarote - the decision has been made
Where to for our family holiday in the sun? Somewhere with a little privacy; somewhere with our own pool; somewhere to keep the children happy.
We decided the place which suited all our needs is
Hyde Park Lane Villas on Lanzarote
There are a small collection of villas at Hyde Park Lane Villas. Each villa has its own private pool (check). Room to stretch out on a
sun lounger (check). A walk away from the beach and restaurants (check). And all this on a resort with communal pools, games rooms - so the
children won't get bored at the villa (check).
What more could we want from a holiday. It certainly looks like this is the holiday destination for us. For all those who want first hand feedback of
what Hyde Park Lane Villas is like, come back here after the Easter holidays, and there will be an abundance of photos and videos - as well as
what we thought of our time there.
Or should you too be looking for a family holiday in the sun this Easter, you can always nip across to James Villas to find out
Hyde Park Lane Villas on Lanzarote
One more thing before I go - flights. For those with school age children, it probably won't come as a surprise that flights can be quite expensive
during the school holidays. What shocked me is just how expensive they can be, and it's a cost not to be underestimated. For the four of us to fly
out to the Canary Islands in the Easter holiday would cost £2,000. Whereas flying outside of the school holiday period would cost about £800 - I wasn't
expecting the cost to vary so much.
With all that being said, it's well worth shopping around for your flights. James Villas can provide flights with your villa, and they offer
flights from a whole host of providers - so you can get a good price. After looking at the various airlines around, we decided to let James Villas
sort out our flight too - it was much less hassle for us than trying to sort out the flight separately, and, crucially, we got a good deal!
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