Like so many other things in life, your holiday needs change with you. As we become busier, finding time to spend with friends and loved ones is not always an easy task. So taking a week or two off work for a holiday together seems like the perfect plan, but how do you choose the holiday that is right for you?
If you’re not sure where to start then worry not, as our travel experts are here to help guide you to the perfect choice of villa and destination. So whether you’re travelling as a couple, with a group of friends, with your children, or taking different generations of your family away with you, they’ll help you choose the perfect place.
To get started, here is our quick guide to see you through the challenge of where to go and who with.
Young & Single
Grabbing a group of friends and heading out to a top party destination is what you do when you don’t have to think about anyone else. Miss this opportunity at your peril! Palma offers the perfect place for city sightseeing, shopping, long leisurely lunches in sleek cafes and plenty of sunbathing on the sand.
For evening entertainment head to the north west of Mallorca where you’ll find Puerto Alcudia, for a great selection of bars and restaurants and one of the islands biggest clubs. Further afield in Mallorca you’ll find plenty of great little towns and villages to explore including Puerto Pollensa with a little harbour, great restaurants and lively entertainment, as well as a fabulous evening market during the summer months.
We Recommend: Ca'n Marina
Sleeps up to 12
With stunning sea views from the house and spacious terraces, this is a stylish and ultra-relaxing villa, a few steps from the beach and close to local restaurants of Alcanada. Perfect for a group of friends who want to relax in style but be close to all the action Mallorca has to offer.
And Baby Makes Three
From Baroque beauty in Lecce to the mysterious architecture at Castel del Monte and relaxation at Masseira, Puglia has a huge amount to offer a new family. With pretty towns, wonderful beaches and historical places to visit, it’s the perfect destination to explore with a babe in arms.
You’re rarely very far from the sea in this part of Italy. Either Carpignano or Martano make a good base so you can combine a wander around Lecce with a visit to the pretty seaside town of Otranto. In the fishing port of Trani, the 12th century Duomo has all the sturdy elegance you expect from a cathedral built in the Romanesque style, plus one very untypical feature: a perch right beside the sea.
For a day spent soaking up the sun, Puglia’s beaches are idyllic in the far south of the Salentine Peninsula, close to Ugento and Salve where you can dip your toes in the calming sea but are never far from any amenities should you need them.
We Recommend: Villa Egnazia
Sleeps up to 4
A small, smart and contemporary house with a big pool and gardens, this family villa is a rare find. With a restaurant an easy walk away it is perfect for a stroll out and it is only a couple of kilometres from the sea. Or for ultimate relaxation the generous outdoor space and private pool make for an equally enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
Toddlers in tow
Portugal has to be one of Europe’s best destinations for a family holiday, particularly for those travelling with young children. Offering a very pleasant climate, lovely sandy beaches as well as a great selection of child-friendly resorts, the Algarve ticks all the boxes. Plus, you can fly from London to Faro in less than 3 hours which is just about as stress-free as family flights can be.
If you’re travelling with toddlers then you won’t be limited by the school holidays and the shoulder seasons are particularly appealing as they offer cheaper flights and accommodation. There’s also no need to worry about the weather travelling outside of peak season, as Portugal is officially one of the sunniest countries in the world with temperatures suitable for spending time on the beach through May to early October.
We recommend: Casa Carvalho
Sleeps up to 6
This charming house makes a great choice for families with toddlers as surrounding the lovely pool are flat lawned gardens; perfect for early steps, running and playing. Guests can also walk to beach and there’s a nice restaurant just across the street for convenience.
Teenagers Take Flight
Home for many years to sibling writers Lawrence and Gerald Durrell, Corfu is Greece’s longest-standing tourist destination. Restaurants, shops and attractions are plentiful, yet most of the island remains unspoilt. It is big enough to ensure that variety is one reliable feature of a holiday here, and yet small enough to give access in a day to every corner.
Teenagers are likely to lack any interest in the historic virtues of the island so you might as well save yourself the moaning and head to Aqualand. A top-class water park accessible from anywhere on the island, it offers a great day out. Hire your own boat and discover many of the beautiful coves only accessible by sea for a family picnic to remember.
No doubt your older teenagers will want to visit the turbo-charged clubbing scene in the resort of Kavos. So you can leave them to it and enjoy your entertainment elsewhere on the island, which is more likely to involve traditional Corfiot music laid on by a family run taverna. Corfu also boasts an outdoor cinema and a beautiful summer evening is the perfect time to watch a film in the Cine Finikas.
We Recommend: Nero Beach House
Sleeps up to 12
Nero Beach House is a fantastic new property just a short walk away from the beach in Kalamaki. The 12m infinity pool is one of many highlights at this house, while the media room with 75” TV, PlayStation and pool table is guaranteed to be a hit with teens. 2 tavernas and a beach bar are also within easy walking distance.
Lying to the south of Cuba, Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean. Music is an integral part of the country’s culture and you will hear reggae playing in almost every bar, restaurant, and shop, and gospel harmonies ring out from whitewashed churches.
Life as you would expect is laid-back and easy-going – except when you get on a bus or visit the markets, where stallholders insist upon good-natured haggling! The loud, busy, traffic-clogged streets of the capital, Kingston, are worth negotiating to see the main attractions.
Simple but spicy is how Jamaicans like their food. So join the locals and sample Curry goat, a rich stew of meat on the bone, and jerked pork or chicken, coated in a fiery marinade then barbecued over pimento wood.
We Recommend: Almond Hill
Sleeps up to 8
Informal, impressive and innately welcoming; this popular family villa is superbly designed for indoor/outdoor living, from its sea-view veranda to its palm-grove swimming pool. It combines the peace and privacy rather wonderfully with complimentary membership of the exclusive resort and its beach club, just a two minute drive away. There you will find golf, tennis and a host of activities including a kids club. The famous Montego Bay is just twenty minutes’ drive for sand, sun and reggae beats.