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Choosing Self Catering Villas
Often featuring swimming pools, Jacuzzis, ensuite bedrooms and even tennis courts, villas can be the perfect way to take a holiday for the discerning traveller. Holiday companies have realised that not everyone wants the restrictions inevitably imposed by hotels. Now it is possible to rent a villa almost anywhere in the world and this type of holiday is growing in popularity. It is easy to see why; hiring a villa means that you avoid hotel check-ins where you find yourself queuing with other guests when all you want to do is spend the day in the sunshine. Renting a villa also means you can enjoy your holiday in peace with privacy, style and comfort. Car hire, chartered yachts and daily excursions can all be arranged by a travel agent or tour company if you wish. Alternatively you may like to design the holiday yourself.

Many people long to escape the damp, cold British winter. Villa holidays offer you the chance to get away from the rain to a part of the world with golden sands and sunshine. Alternatively you may wish just to escape from a busy life in the city and are looking for peace and quiet - or perhaps culture may be top of your list. Maybe you just love the freedom that villas can offer. You may simply want to sit quietly and read a book or you may want a fast-paced holiday with jet skiing or white-water rafting. There is a villa somewhere to suit all tastes and requirements.

Perhaps you may find the lure of Italy irresistible. In Tuscany, for example, the countryside with its softly formed hills is dotted with villas, many with low wooden beamed ceilings, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Many are built in stone and here you can tuck yourself away, enjoying the balmy Italian nights, knowing that you are never far from Italy's fabulous cities of culture.

Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea, is one of Europe's most visited islands. Here are villas to suit all budgets but never compromising on quality. Cyprus and the other Mediterranean islands are the perfect destination for lovers of water sports.

In the hills of Spain lie many outstanding villas available for hire. Villas here can be extremely ornate in the Moorish style, many offering their own pools. The climate in the south means that you will be able to swim outside for most of the year.

For those wishing to travel further a field, why not try New Zealand, Florida, Bali or even in Latin America. Once upon a time these destinations would have been out of reach, both physically and financially, for most people. But nowadays, with fast jet travel, the world appears to have shrunk and offers its most stunning places to everyone.

New Zealand, roughly the size of Great Britain, has North and South Islands. Travel between the two islands is easy, either by ferry or by a short plane ride. The North Island is tropical as it is nearer to the Equator and here you will see the beautiful tree ferns for which the country is famous. The South Island is cooler and is outstandingly beautiful with mountain ranges and glaciers. The roads in the South Island are almost free of traffic even in summer. If it is solitude that you seek, here you can rent a villa in the certain knowledge that you can spend days without so much as a glimpse of another human being.

Things to Consider

Freedom: Private villa rental allows you freedom to come and go as you please. You will no longer miss your breakfast because you partied the night before and wanted to lie in.

Privacy: If you want to relax around a pool without noisy neighbours, then a villa holiday is ideal because your pool is for you and your guests only. You will enjoy space and privacy without other people spoiling your pleasure.

Variety of Choice: There is a fantastic selection of private holiday villa rentals worldwide. Many villas are suitable for disabled people, having facilities for wheelchairs. Some villas are designed with golfing or skiing in mind.

What's Included: These days you will find that most villas are totally equipped with everything that you need. But it can be best to check what will be included in the inventory. For example, do you have to provide your own linen? It is unlikely but you do not want to have to go shopping the minute you arrive!

Booking: Booking a villa holiday over the internet could not be easier. You will be able to browse by country, region, property type and town. You will be able to find the villa that is just right for you.

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