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A holiday villa? Or a holiday resort? - What a choice

Thinking of taking a few days in the sun, and can't quite decide whether your own private holiday villa could be for you. Or whether you think a resort with plenty of activities could be the order of the day. Well, as we've recently discovered, you can have both in one holiday!

It's a villa. And also a resort... A villa holiday. A resort holiday - combine the two for the best of both worlds

Having your own villa can be the best way of enjoying sometime in the sun. A private pool to cool down in - without the fear of the teenagers from next door dive bombing you. The only problem is with a villa, if you want some of those activities which are readily available with a hotel resort, they might be a little drive away. This is particularly true, if like us, you have children in tow. It's great to enjoy the peace and quiet of a villa out in the sun scorched landscape, with nothing but your own pool and a good stash of books to get through - but when you've got children to keep amused, this seclusion may not by all it's cracked up to be...

It turns out you can have your metaphorical cake, and eat it. Want a villa with your own pool? Want some of the activities and entertainment you get with a resort? Well, how about a holiday villa on a resort. There are some cracking villas to be had, such as the "Villa Almond Tree" on Crete, a splendid looking villa - and on a resort with all those facilities and entertainment too.


What is there on a villa resort

All resorts will differ slightly in the kind of thing they can offer you. But as a rule of thumb, a villa resort will give you:
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Shops
  • Communal pools
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Children's club
And, of course, you have your villa with a private pool. We opted for the Hyde Park Lane Villas on Lanzarote for our next holiday. We have got a couple of children in tow, and want everybody to have a good time - which is why we chose a villa resort. The resort will allow the oldest child to meet new friends, without having the ultimate embarrassment of having his mum and dad around all the time; while we can all go swimming in one of the larger shared pools on the resort. And when it's time to have a break and a bit of a read, we can retreat to the privacy of our villa.

Another benefit we discovered when booking our resort villa is that you get a wider choice of start days. Normally a villa is one of a kind, so you would have, say, a Saturday start day. You then need to find flights to fit in with your villa. With a villa on a resort, the villa is likely to be one of a collection of villas available - with different start days. This may well help you get a "keenly priced" flight - I know we managed to save a few hundred pounds by bringing the start date of our holiday forward a couple of days.

Our top 3 villa resorts

So where are these villa resorts? You'll find a villa resort in many of the popular holiday destinations around the Mediterranean; down to the Canary Islands; across to Egypt - and even a couple in Florida. I've included our top 3 villa resorts here (when I say our top 3, I mean these are the ones our family want to visit!)

Chateau de Camiole Resort & Spa

Chateau de Camiole Resort & Spa in France Some villa resort fun in the south of France - Chateau de Camiole Resort & Spa

A villa in the south of France sounds nice to us - so how about "Chateau de Camiole Resort & Spa". A couple of shared pools, with one of the pools having a child's section. Should you want to leave the family at the villa - or let the children loose on the kids club - you can get away to the Spa and use the steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna, or one of the many Spa treatments on offer.

You've got a choice of several villas and apartments at Chateau de Camiole Resort & Spa, we especially like the look of the "Villa Camiole" - as this villa has its own pool.

St Johns Villas and Spa

St Johns Villas and Spa on Zakynthos A bit like Mamma Mia, only different... St Johns Villas and Spa on Zakynthos

A Greek Island is also one of the places we'd like to visit. Sun, culture and beaches - what's not to like. To this end, the "St Johns Villas and Spa" on Zakynthos is the place to head for. A gym, Jacuzzi and steam room for the adults; children's play area and games room for the younger holiday goers - and villas each with their own private pool for the whole family.

Hyde Park Lane

Hyde Park Lane on Lanzarote Perfect for some winter sun Hyde Park Lane on Lanzarote

I can't complete my list of top 3 villa resorts without including "Hyde Park Lane". This resort on the Canary Island on Lanzarote has a couple of swimming pools - each with a separate section for children. There is also a children's club to keep the young ones entertained. And, for the adults, a spa with a sauna, Jacuzzi and selection of treatments available.

And you've got your villa with its own private pool. A little bit of making the most of the resort; and a little bit of cooling down in your own pool. Sounds the perfect plan.

Want to see more?

The three villa resorts listed above are just a small selection available. You may want to see a much larger selection; if this is the case, it's well worth having a look at the villa resorts from James Villas - that's where we got our holiday from.


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