Monday, 1 November 2010

Quick tips on choosing a holiday villa

While hotels and resorts used to be the preferred form of accommodation for tourists, a lot of people are now opting to stay in villas or guesthouses when visiting other countries. This explains the increase of the number of villas across all tourist destinations. Since these villas have already established themselves as a quite popular accommodation type especially in small destinations such as the Seychelles or Malta, it is no surprise that tourists are always looking for more information on such villas. The following is the list of tips that must be taken into consideration when choosing a villa.

1) Price
Obviously, the price of the villa should be one of your first considerations. The villa you choose should be cheaper than a hotel as it will not have all the amenities and facilities proposed by a hotel or resort. Moreover, it should be noted that while both hotels and villas can be graded in stars, a 5-star villa will not actually equal a 5-star luxury hotel.

2) Room types
Villas typically provide two categories of room types. The first type is the family room which usually caters for a family of two parents and two children. The second type is usually for honeymooners where a room has been designed and decorated for a couple. Depending on what kind of holiday you want, you thus need to know what kind of rooms your villa will provide.

3) Location
The location of the villa is extremely important. Most villas are located within walking distance of the beach and some will even be right next to the beach and provide spectacular sea views (although these rooms are always booked and one can consider oneself lucky to book such a room). However, there are certain exceptions where a villa may be quite far from the beach. This is especially the case for newer villas in popular tourist destinations.

4) Terms and conditions
When you choose a villa, you must be careful of the terms and conditions of your booking, which are usually included in the fine print of the agreement. It is also important to note that there are different classifications for villas. As an example, a villa can be completely self catering while another guesthouse's tariffs may include breakfast and lunch. Not paying enough attention to these details can cause you to far exceed your travel budget, and it is thus important to know what kind of villa you are choosing.


La Villa Seychelles is an affordable bed and breakfast Seychelles accommodation.