Luxury Villas for Family Holidays – Relaxation and Privacy
A family holiday needs to be a relaxed affair, spending time with your family away from the pressures of daily life, you want to find a comfortable and informal place to stay where you can do what you...
Luxury villas can offer all the comfort of a luxury hotel but allow you a more relaxed pace and offer plenty of private space for family activities. In a city like Cape Town most luxury villas have their own private garden and swimming pool, so after a day exploring you can return to cool off in your own tranquil space. Satellite TV and DVD players are usually provided and if you have teenagers you might want to choose a villa that has more than one lounge area, so that their choice of music or viewing doesn’t have to be inflicted on the whole family!
Younger children feel much more at ease in a rented villa which can become a home from home for a week or more, giving them a stable base from which to enjoy all the holiday activities. You don’t need to be tied to your hotel room while they have their afternoon nap, but can float in the pool conveniently located outside on the terrace, within earshot. Toys can be strewn around and noisy games played without disturbing other guests, so parents can relax themselves.
Most luxury villas have a housekeeping service included in the rental price and many of them provide baby-sitting services, catering and after hours housekeeping as optional extras, so you can decide how much looking after you’d like.
Well equipped kitchens mean that you can enjoy cooking relaxed meals en famille, with all the mod cons that you enjoy at home, but you can always turn your back on the stove and head out to a gourmet restaurant or barbeque by the pool instead.
When you have decided where you want to spend your holiday look for a local villa company that specializes in the top-end properties and peruse their selection online. You might discover a gem that perfectly suits your family, catering for everybody’s interests. A luxury villa on a golf estate that also has horse riding and hiking nearby could be your idea of a perfect holiday, or maybe you’ve got younger children and would like to be right by a beach with stunning ocean views? Your priority might be having an internet connection in each room, or perhaps a property with a snooker room and a home cinema would be ideal for the tastes of your family.
There is so much choice out there, whether you are looking for the ultimate in sleek modern design, or a restored Victorian mansion with modern luxury tastefully integrated into bygone opulence.
Copyright Kit Heathcock 2008
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Kit is a contributor to Just The Planet, the online luxury travel magazine for independent travellers. Read more about luxury villas and family holidays.