Villa holidays are as popular as ever with Brits looking to build their own holiday packages so that they can include exactly what they want. However whilst building a custom holiday can often start out cheap the costs soon mount up if you’re not careful. Therefore it’s a good idea to stick to some basic rules to save money when booking your villa holiday.
These tips are tailored for holidaymakers looking to rent in the Costa del Sol region of Spain, one of the most popular holiday resorts in Europe. However they can be applied to any villa holiday.
Book direct with the owner
By booking a rental villa directly from the owner holidaymakers can take advantage of great savings. Villas booked through brokers and travel agencies are often more expensive as additional costs incurred by the owner for such services are usually passed on to the customer. However villa owners that advertise directly to the holidaymaker are often able to offer a lower price.
Go off peak
Heading on holiday during peak times in the summer and during school holidays is more expensive as demand for villas is much higher. Therefore those that are able to holiday at none peak times can enjoy good savings on holiday villas. As the Costa del Sol has a very pleasant year round climate there’s no need to worry about bad weather. For the best balance of weather and rental rates visit the Costa del Sol in May or September.
Search for last minute deals
Villa owners with last minute availability often advertise late deals up to 4 weeks before the rental date starts. The disadvantage for holidaymakers is that you may have to make a last minute decision to head away but with savings often of 50% or more it’s a great way to enjoy a relaxing villa holiday at a fraction of the normal price.
Look at different areas
There is such a wide range of holiday resorts in the Costa del Sol region of Spain so it’s a good idea to shop around and not just visit the places you’ve been to before or have heard about. There are plenty of beautiful quaint holiday villages in the Costa del Sol with traditional Spanish villas that are available to rent directly from the owner. It’s also worth looking at holiday villas that are located on the outskirts of the main holiday resorts. If you’re renting a car you won’t have to worry about getting around and you can save a fair amount on weekly rental fees.
Shopping around is always one of the best way to save money but it can be quite time consuming. However the internet is making that process a lot quicker and you can now shop around and enquire about several villas on one website. Enquiring about several different holiday villas will give you the chance to asses the best options and prices for your holiday.
Whether you’re planning a villa holiday in the Costa del Sol or somewhere else remember to use some or all of these tips to take advantage of the great savings that are out there.