There are a lot of things you have to sort out when planning a trip abroad, such as the destination, flights, packing, spending money and what you want to do while you are over there. However, one of the most important things you have to figure out that can mean the difference between your holiday being great or terrible is the accommodation. Obviously, you are faced with a plethora of accommodation options wherever you decide to go for your holidays, such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, apartments and villas.
Villas and apartments are perhaps two of the most popular options, particularly if you are holidaying in Spain or somewhere similar. You may be wondering though, which is best? In order to work out which is best, we are going to look at both options in a little more detail. Interestingly, villas and apartments are terms that are often used interchangeably, as most people think they are one and in the same thing; when the truth is there are subtle differences between them, as I found out when looking at Javea properties for my Costa Blanca holidays last summer.
What Are Apartments
Apartments are generally available in small holiday complexes and can consist of anything from a basic studio-style unit to two or three bedrooms suitable for small groups and families. Similarly to hotels, apartment complexes often have a shared pool for all guests to use. The living quarters themselves are generally comprised of a sleeping area, bathroom and kitchenette or kitchen if you are looking to handle your own cooking and most offer a daily cleaning service. You may even find that you can book a cook, though this may not be available in all apartment complexes. So in essence, apartment-style accommodation is much the same as hotel rooms, with the addition of a kitchen area to cook in.
What Are Villas
Villas are different, in that they are normally a free-standing private house or property that is rented out to holidaymakers at certain times of the year. Depending on the location and property itself, villas can vary greatly in terms of their amenities and features. They can consist of anything from 1 to 8 bedrooms, or even more and could come equipped with comfortably sized living and dining rooms, kitchen and cooking areas patios, lawns, recreational rooms and kid’s playrooms.
It really depends on what you are looking for and need from a holiday home as to which is best. If you are looking to escape from the rat race and don’t want to share your holiday rest and relaxation space with several hundred or thousands of others, an apartment may not be the best thing for you.
When you are going on holiday as a large group, a villa is probably a better option too as you may be able to afford a more luxurious and comfortable space to stay in for a reasonable price. As with most things related to holidays, there are no hard and fast rules and it will really depend on the needs of you and those holidaying with you.