I’ve teamed up with Villa Plus to look at why villa holidays work so well for families with teenagers.
When they’re not on a family holiday, most teenagers probably spend more time with their peers than they do with their families. So when the whole family is together on holiday, it can be tricky, and it really helps if there’s space in your accommodation for your teens (and you) to have some privacy. Holiday villas are ideal for this, as they offer living rooms and outside areas as well as bedrooms and bathrooms. This flexible space offers plenty of opportunities for each family member to hang out with the rest of you, or to find a quiet corner by themselves.
Villas are great because they offer you some privacy and independence, but in a spot which you choose. You can find villas in all types of locations, whether you want a place on the beach or up a mountain, in a resort or in the countryside.
My family (including the teens) love trying new food and going to restaurants when we’re travelling. But we enjoy shopping at local markets and cooking too, and this is where villas work well for us. Sometimes it’s more relaxing to have a barbecue and sit outside by the pool in the evenings than it is to go to a restaurant on holiday. Villas are also good because they have a fridge – vital if you have a teenager of the never-not-hungry variety.
It’s unlikely that your teenage children will want to do everything that you do on holiday. They will want to have some independence. Ours definitely are not interested in visiting all of the museums and UNESCO sites which my husband and I want to explore. But this isn’t a problem. As long as we’re staying somewhere safe and comfortable (like a villa), the kids can stay there and relax while we head off for a couple of hours to see what we want to see.
Besides comfortable and flexible accommodation, a great villa offers something more. The most important element of a happy holiday with teens is wifi. The next most important thing, if you’re somewhere hot, is a pool. I’m pleased to see that Villa Plus offer wifi and private pools as standard in many of their villas, as well as features such as table tennis and pool tables – they say that they offer more free added extras than anyone else.
If you’re thinking about a villa holiday this year, its definitely worth checking out the Villa Plus website to see if they have anything which appeals to you. Villa Plus started with their first holiday villa 30 years ago, they’re ABTA bonded and ATOL protected, and can also arrange your flights, car hire and insurance if you’d like them to. Villa Plus have handpicked villas in locations across Europe, and aim to make sure that you’ll love your holiday. To see what their villas are like, watch this video tour of Athiri House, a Villa Plus property in Corfu. It has five bedrooms, a large heated pool and gorgeous sea views:
More on travelling with teens
You can read some of my other posts about travelling with teenagers here:
Over to you
Have you ever been on a villa holiday? How was it? If not, is it something which you’d like to do in future?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Villa Plus