Now’s the time to book your 2013 summer holiday villa

by Jules on November 16, 2012

Autumn is sinking into winter and the chill is starting to bite. If you’re feeling those end-of-year blues, one of the best ways to banish them is to book next summer’s holiday. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about those long, sun-filled days by the pool.

Not only will you cheer yourself up and have something to look forward to in 2013, you’ll also guarantee the best possible selection of holidays at the best possible prices. There are plenty of earlybird offers around right now, but they won’t last for ever.

Equally, you’ll have the best chance of bagging your first choice of dates, which could be important if you have school-aged children and can only book for outside term-time. Or, if you are travelling with friends and trying to co-ordinate dates, finding availability to suit everyone can be tricky if you leave it too late.

If you’ve set your heart on a particular country, or a specific area or resort, the only way of guaranteeing a holiday in your preferred location is to book up early.

There are plenty of choices of accommodation, from five-star hotels and catered luxury to simple apartments. But, especially if you’re travelling in a larger group, there are many reasons why Spain villa rentals are worth considering seriously.

Villas4You has hundreds of villas in 20 destinations, allowing you to book your dream break, with full ABTA and ATOL protection.

Few (if any) other types of holiday accommodation can offer the same privacy, freedom and space at the same price as a villa break. You’ll be able to make the place your own while you’re there, and enjoy all the comforts you have at home, from a fully equipped kitchen to a range of entertainment options from DVDs to computer games for the kids. And a villa holiday is ideal for young children, who will have plenty of room to run around safely.

Many villas also have their own pools, so you can relax in privacy and style instead of feeling obliged to go out all day as you might in a hotel.

The choice of locations is enormous, whether you want a beach, rural, mountain or village setting, or to have easy access to all the cultural attractions of a major European city like Lisbon.

At a time when most of us are holidaying on tight budgets, villas in Portugal and elsewhere across the Med still offer genuinely great value. Not only is the accommodation itself often more affordable than the alternatives, especially for larger groups, but you’ll save in other ways, too.

For a start, you can spend more time at your home away from home, without having to go on costly days out. And with good kitchen facilities, including a good-sized fridge, you can buy all your own food and drinks, rather than having to dip into your euros every time someone fancies a fizzy drink.

Shop locally, take some of your own stuff, eat in, eat out, pack up a picnic grab a takeaway – the choice is yours!

Finally, with many villas in the heart of villages and other communities, you’re far likelier to feel part of local life than you would in other types of accommodation.

Wintry British skies and temperatures are much easier to tolerate if you know you’ll be swapping them for the Mediterranean sunshine before long, so don’t hang around. In Spain villas get snapped up incredibly quickly, as they do in many other holiday hotspots.

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