All Inclusive Hotel vs. Self-Catering Villa – What Type of Holiday Accommodation do you prefer?

When it comes to booking your annual holiday abroad, do you prefer to stay in a hotel with a range of amenities and an all-inclusive program, or do you prefer to rent a private villa with self-catering facilities and the creature comforts of home?

The Villa Rental market has grown at an incredible rate over the past 10 years, and with more availability, more locations, and more space for a growing family, a villa can be the perfect solution for those travelling in larger groups with family and friends, and it could work out a lot cheaper than an all-inclusive break.

Renting a Holiday Villa

The beauty of renting a holiday villa is that you are in charge of the menu, there are no timetable restrictions tying up your day, and you are more likely to venture off to local restaurants and meet local people than those who paid for the their meals in advance, but does it work out more expensive than an all-inclusive break?

Well, I suppose that is all down to budgeting.  Most holiday villas feature a complete kitchen, BBQ facilities and swimming pool, and if you stock up at the local supermarket on arrival, you will not have to venture far from your sun lounger to get a refreshing drink or a snack.

Holiday Villas can have anything from two to ten bedrooms, so if you are travelling in a larger group, it will most likely work out cheaper than paying for five or six hotel rooms.

Then we come to the All-Inclusive Holiday!

Another popular travel trend, especially with families with younger children, all-inclusive holidays include everything from your flights and accommodation to all meals, drinks and entertainment, so you know exactly how much your holiday is going to cost before you even pack your suitcase.

A good choice for travellers who have a tight holiday budget, the children can have as many ice-creams as they want, mum and dad can have that extra cocktail without thinking about it, and you can eat as and when you are hungry – but it’s not for everyone.

All-inclusive holidays are great for people that want to spend all day, every day in resort, but if you intend to go out, try new restaurants, and take full-day excursions, you are going to have to pay again for meals you have essentially paid for.

What type of holiday accommodation do you prefer?  Please drop us a line and let us know!







4 Comments Add yours

  1. All depends on the type of holiday, if it’s a relax on a beach resort for a week in a sauna of a country then AI but if it’s an adventure holiday then B+B type/rental as it’s more flexible.

    1. Equatours says:

      I agree Cottontails – both can work well depending on the type of holiday..! Thanks for stopping by 😉

  2. About to leave for a villa rental vacation – pretty excited! Although there are a few fringe benefits other than the beach arranged…like a cook! 🙂

    1. Equatours says:

      Sounds great Reversecommuter! Have a fantastic time 🙂

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