Villa versus hotel

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Packing for a holiday in a villa is quite different to packing for a holiday in a hotel. First and foremost, do check with the villa owner what they provide. The vast majority of good owners will provide all the essentials such as, towels, bed linen and kitchen equipment, utensils and tableware.

However some of the better ones will provide, pool towels which you can use when you go to the water theme parks, bath robes, which are great if they have a hot tub and the evening is a bit chilly. It will save an awful lot of room in your suitcase if you do not need to take pool towels. They will often provide a computer or laptop or even just a free wi fi connection. Not having to take your own laptop will save a lot of carrying at the airport. Most will have a selection of paper back books left by previous guests and some have games for the children. There are some which will provide wash cloths (flannels) and the better ones may provide laundry detergent and dish washer detergent.

All of them will have a washing machine and most have a dryer too so you will not need to take so many clothes as you would if you were in a hotel with no washing facilities. If you are taking very small children, you may be provided with a travel cot but they will not provide the bed linen so you will have to take that. If the villa has a fully equipped games room, you will not need to pack too many toys for the young ones.

If you have a baby travelling with you, in a hotel you would have to sit very quietly in the hotel room in the evenings when the baby is sleeping whereas in a villa, it is just like being at home and you can put baby to bed in their own room while you entertain yourselves in the living room or by the pool, enjoying a relaxing drink. There is so much more freedom in a villa. However, a villa is fully self catering, so you will have to buy your own soaps, shower gels and shampoo. You will probably have a small hotel size soap on your arrival and toilet tissue in each bathroom, but when they are used you will have to replace your own.

The cost of a villa is per villa and not per person whereas in a hotel you pay per room which only sleeps only 2 or at a push 2 and 2 small children. A villa will hold between 6 to 12 people dependant upon size and bedrooms, so the cost is much less.

So with a villa you will get:
1. A cheaper rate for large groups
2. More freedom to come and go
3. More suitable for families with babies who need to sleep early
4. Less packing of clothes as you can wash them at the villa

So, all in all a much better deal.

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Page added on: 15 December 2011
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