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holiday villas - a perfect choice for summer 2014

I thought you might like me to share my insights into our first villa holiday with my family. I have 2 boys now aged 8 and 9 plus as you may or may not know I am disabled so my husband & kids spend a lot of time looking after me. Every year, we go for our main summer holiday for 2 weeks in July & we have pretty strict criteria:
  • we don't want to travel too far
  • we want somewhere warm
  • I want easy access to both accommodation & a pool
  • the kids want some activities or entertainment
  • my husband wants to be able to go for a run & have a gym
  • the kids want some activities or entertainment
  • the kids want some activities or entertainment
  • the kids want some activities or entertainment
  • the kids want some activities or entertainment

Perhaps these requirements sound familiar to you? Fortunately running a holiday company, it is much easier for me to find somewhere to suit us all than for most people. So, last year we packed our bags and headed off for a leisure resort in Spain – the Mar Menor – it's a bit like its more famous neighbour, La Manga but smaller, quieter, cheaper but then it doesn't have its own beach! As it was our first leisure resort we chose it as it offered excellent value for money – we could get a lovely ground floor villa with its own little pool but onsite there were loads of communal pools, golf course, paddle tennis courts, playgrounds, bar, restaurants that offered takeaway on all of its dishes – superb!
We arrived & it was everything we had hoped for & more – it suited us as a family just perfectly. The villa was gorgeous & really well equipped and the kids headed straight outside to admire the pool – not huge but plenty big enough for them to play & for us to relax. Of course, next they headed out to explore the resort & its facilities which were again excellent. The only drawback we found later was the beach – it was a good 15 minutes drive away so wouldn't suit everybody but for us it was fine – you could hire sun loungers & the shallow warm waters of the Mar Menor (a huge sea water lake) were safe, clean & fun for the kids.
I had always thought that villas holidays with its own private swimming pools would be out of our price range, but this one wasn't. Previously I had almost ruled out this type of holiday for us but in fact it was so good that I am just booking to go back again this year.
Fortunately for me (and perhaps you!), James Villas offers this type of holiday in its own section called "Holiday Resorts". Described as a "fantastic range of resorts perfect for families and friends, combining the space & freedom of your own private self-catering property with a collection of on-site family entertainment, leisure facilities, dining and shopping in modern, village-style settings, with a welcome community feeling". I love them! They cover, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Mainland Spain, the Balaeric Islands, France, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Morocco & Florida so surely you must be able to find one of the best holidays you have ever had from that list?
Holiday villas often offer the perfect get away for many families – independent living with your own swimming pool just adds that touch of luxury to your precious relaxation time designed to switch you off from the hectic life we all run at home. All I can say is I highly recommend them & there are now so many companies offering this type of holiday which can suit all budgets – below are a few that I have teamed up with. Please remember that if possible, could I ask you to book online? I ask as I receive a small commission which allows me to keep RecommendedFamilyHolidays.com working to help as many people as possible to enjoy their holidays as we do.

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Article By Lucilla Paull

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