Cyprus – Aphrodite’s island offers a range of quality properties, many of which come with wonderful sea views and offer easy access to the excellent food and drink on offer in the various coastal taverns in Pomos, Argaka and Latchi area. Cyprus holiday villas are considered to be the most popular accommodation option for people spending their family holidays in Cyprus. Holiday villas are a great choice if you’re looking for peace and quiet, or the freedom to come and go as you please with no set itineraries or meal times to keep to.
Taking a Villa Holiday it’s More Affordable Than You May Think
Cyprus Holiday villas offer a home away from home, whether you’re looking for a property with its own pool, a luxury villa or a stunning sea view. Once the preserve of the rich, a holiday villa is now very affordable and should not be dismissed due to concerns about your holiday budget. Villas vary hugely in price and can be very reasonable. Out of the peak season you can easily find one at the cheaper end of the scale that will cost you less than €100 per person per week.
However, as you generally pay by the week for the whole property, you will need to find one that fits your party size. Booking a villa that sleeps eight for a group of only four is always going to work out more expensive. So think about the numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms you need and try to fill all the rooms to keep the per-person cost down. Many of the villa holiday companies can include car rental as part of their villa quotes. Remember also when booking that you will generally need to pay for flights or ferry crossings on top of the accommodation costs.
Extra Things to Consider
Here’s our checklist of things to think about when planning your villa rental and organizing your break.
1. Villa location
You may have decided upon your destination, but what about the location of the villa itself. Are you looking for somewhere near the beach, the countryside or close to a city? An isolated retreat may seem ideal when you’re booking it, but think carefully about the practicalities – especially if you’re with children or a large group. Is there a shop or restaurant within walking distance, for example?
2. Choose the right sized property
Think about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll need and check whether any of the beds are sofa beds. Will it be a problem for a member of your party to sleep in the lounge?
Villa holidays are generally self-catering. Some homes are supplied with large, well-equipped kitchens while others will just have a kitchen corner or kitchenette. You should always have enough pots, pans etc. for the maximum amount of people that can occupy the villa, but if you’re planning on a lot of cooking it’s best to inquire about the nature of the facilities.
4. Swimming pool
The quality of the pool can make or break your villa holiday. So before booking, check the size of the pool, whether it is heated and if so, whether you have to pay to switch the heating on? If you’re holidaying with children, check too that the pool has a shallow end and a shelved entrance or steps for toddlers. Other factors to consider include whether the pool is exclusive to your villa or shared with other properties, and whether there enough sun beds for everyone travelling.
Some villas have specific days of the week for check-in and checkout, (usually a Saturday) so ensure this fits in with your plans. If you’re looking for a 10-day break, for example, you might want to book a week at a villa plus three nights at a hotel. The same goes for weekend breaks– during peak holiday periods these may not be permitted unless there’s a last minute booking or a cancellation.
Check the facilities for children. If the villa has a television, does it also have satellite channels or a DVD player (in which case, you might want to pack some favourite films)? If travelling with a baby, meanwhile, make sure there is a cot and high chair.
Look out for villas with free wifi and air conditioning, as well as any other items you need such as a cot or an entertainment system. It’s also worth checking whether bedding and towels are included – just in case. You will often have to leave a deposit on arrival. This will be refunded at the end of the holiday unless you cause any damage.
When it comes to choosing the date of your villa holiday, remember that weeks in the school holidays get booked up very early – some of the best villas are booked 12 months in advance. So be prepared to book early to get the accommodation you want, or to be flexible and change your dates. Also, check your flight times. Most villas need to be vacated in the morning and are not available for new arrivals until late afternoon. So try to time your flights or ferries accordingly to prevent having to hang.