By Lara Scott
Even if you love the convenience of staying in a hotel, it’s not always the best option for family holidays. Finding the right sized room can be a challenge, and with three or more people to pay for, prices soon start to skyrocket.
Holiday rentals are a fantastic alternative if you want to stick within your budget without skimping on comfort. Imagine lounging on the terrace of a villa in Menorca while the kids splash in the pool, or waking up to a beach view from your balcony in Fuerteventura. All the best family holiday destinations have a fantastic range of self-catering accommodation to choose from.
Interested? Here are some more advantages of holiday lettings for family breaks:
You’ll have more flexibility
Holiday rentals are like home away from home, and that means flexibility and freedom. You can come and go as you please, and choose you own mealtimes. You can put together your own itinerary without worrying about when breakfast is or what time reception closes at. Added flexibility makes family holidays more relaxing no matter how old the kids are.
There will be plenty of space
Dreading the thought of having your family of four crowded into a cramped hotel room? In a holiday letting, you’ll have separate bedrooms and a kitchen/living space all to yourselves. This is ideal if you’re travelling with young kids whose toys will soon be scattered all over the floor, or with older kids who want a bit more privacy.
Extra storage space also means that you won’t have to live out of a suitcase for your entire trip. You can unpack and make everyone more comfortable.
You can choose facilities tailored to your needs
When it comes to picking holiday rentals, you’ll find a wider range of options than in a typical hotel package. From a luxury family villa in the Algarve to a seafront apartment in the Costa del Sol, there are all kinds of rentals to suit many budgets.
There are plenty of features you can pick and choose from – stick to the basics with comfy beds and free Wi-Fi, treat your family to a hot tub, or pick a fun kids’ room with bunk beds. With rental accommodation, you can enjoy a holiday tailored perfectly to your family.
Longer stays for lower prices
If you like the sound of a long escape to a sun-soaked paradise, holiday lettings are definitely the way to go. Longer trips leave plenty of time for family adventures, sightseeing, and relaxation, so you’ll all return home feeling refreshing and energised.
Self-catering accommodation is an excellent way to save money on a longer break - no hidden charges for services, no expensive meal plans. Often, the longer the stay, the lower the price per night.
You can cook your own meals
For many families, having cooking facilities of your own is what seals the deal on holiday rentals. In self-catering accommodation, you don’t need to fret about whether your kids will like the food on a hotel menu. Cook up family favourites to make everyone feel like they’re back at home, or, for the more adventurous eaters in the family, try making a local dish. Your nearest supermarket will have all the essentials and ingredients you need. So, what are you waiting for?
A former executive at a major hotel chain, Lara Scott is a freelance travel writer and journalists. She says her previous career gives her valuable insight into both sides of the tourism industry.