Where to find a relaxing villa holiday

Holidays are a time to relax, kick back, forget about the weekly rat race and take life at a more leisurely pace. The accommodation type you choose can make or break the holiday as much as the destination, so it`s important that you get both just right.

For instance, when staying in a hotel, you are often faced with a daily race to secure a sun lounger, are given specific times when you can eat and will often be forced to queue up, school canteen-style, at every meal time. However, if you rent a private villa, you`ll have no such worries.

A private villa is very much a home-from-home where you can enjoy a relaxing holiday with family, friends or simply by yourself. As many villas have their own private pools and terraces for barbecues or evening drinks, you really can take life at your own pace.

But what are the most popular destinations for a relaxing villa holiday in the sun? Let`s take a look…Spain Spain is one of the biggest destinations for private villa rentals as it offers the perfect combination of sun, sea, sand and cuisine. Popular Spanish destinations include the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca, Costa Calida and, of course, the Costa del Sol. But it`s not just coastal resorts that prove popular, as there are mountain retreats for those that really want to get away from it all.Greece

Like Spain, Greece is another popular destination, thanks largely to its climate. Popular Greek resorts include Corfu, where you can enjoy a traditional beach holiday or unwind amongst the picturesque mountain scenery and Crete, which offers everything from the vibrancy of city life to swathes of unspoilt countryside and coastal resorts.

Barbados

If you prefer to go a bit further afield, Barbados could be the perfect destination and it boasts some of the world`s best beaches, historic towns and colourful culture. Life is taken steady all across the Caribbean and renting a private villa in Barbados will guarantee a relaxing holiday.

Florida

Although this may not seem like a relaxing holiday destination, Florida is not all about Disney days out and roller coasters, a trip to the Sunshine State can be anything you want it to be. There are some excellent beaches at St. Petersburg, or Daytona if you want your beach resort a bit livelier, or you can mingle with the stars down in Miami. Due to the huge competition for custom in this part of the world, prices compare well with similar breaks in European destinations.

There are many more destinations that offer even more ways to enjoy your stay, whether you want to kick back by the beach or immerse yourself in the local culture. You`ll come back refreshed because private villa rental allows you do it all at your own pace.

When booking a villa you may need to pay a non-refundable deposit if you should have to cancel your holiday you may not get this money back. Ensure you take out travel insurance so if needs be, you can make a cancellation claim. Terms, conditions and exclusions will apply of course.