Here at Oliver’s Travels, we’ve all got one thing in common – we were bitten by the travel bug very early on. The holidays we had as kids opened our eyes to new places, new foods, new experiences and different languages, and we’re still chasing all those things now!
If you’re looking for a perfect family villa holiday, we know what it takes to make a great trip for kids and adults alike. We’ve handpicked properties specifically because they are great for families of all ages – whether you’re taking teens or tots along with you. Some are family villas by the beach, others have fantastic pools – and all of them have that Oliver’s Travels trademark of being out of the ordinary.
It’s not easy picking family-friendly villas – so we’ve made things a bit easier for you by picking our 10 faves.
Treybo Farmhouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Family Friendly Feature: This comfortable and stylish farmhouse is set in in acres of corn and sunflower fields. The pool has wide steps, perfect for little ones learning to swim, and has a cover with an alarm to keep everyone safe when it’s not in use. The huge gardens are great for playing, with a wendy house on stilts, bikes and fun ride on toys. Indoors is fully kid-equipped with books, toys, DVDs and a PlayStation.
Price from: £35pppn (approx. 45USD)
Villa Athina, Ionian Islands, Corfu
Family Friendly Feature: You’ll be greeted with an ideal location that’ll make the collective family jaw fall to the floor! Amble down to the local village for a traditional lunch or walk the kids to the beach and take part in some watersports. Don’t feel like going out? The kids can play in the child-safe pool while you enjoy a glass of wine and bask in the beautiful sea view.
Price from: £29pppn (approx. 37USD)
Villa Tugare, Dalmation Coast, Croatia
Family Friendly Feature: A cot will ensure the youngest members of the family will get a good night’s sleep, while the private tennis court, volleyball court and Playstation will keep older kids happy. In the meantime, adults can sneak off and indulge themselves in the poolside jacuzzi!
Price from: £25pppn (approx. 32USD)
Maison du Doubs, Burgundy, France
Family Friendly Feature: A baby bedroom will ensure the youngest members of the family will get a good night’s sleep, while games consoles, free wifi and bicycles will keep older kids happy. In the meantime, adults can sneak off and indulge themselves in the sauna or steam room!
Price from: £39pppn (approx. 50USD)
Villa Le Fauci, Tuscany, Italy
Family Friendly Feature: This traditional and historic 19th-century Tuscan farmhouse is in a quiet and secluded area of Tuscany, ideal if you want to escape the crowds. You will be surrounded by flora and fauna perfect for exploring with the kids, and you may even see some of the wildlife that is common in the area, such as wild boar, foxes and deer. It has plenty of outside space, a full-size pool and a thoughtful mini pool for little ones.
Price from: £35pppn (approx. 45USD)
Family Friendly Feature: With a huge games room in the house (including ping pong and a pool table), and a sailing and canoeing school just steps away – the kids will be well entertained at this lovely waterfront property. You’ll feel as though you have the entire lake of Bewl Water to yourselves in the huge grounds of this property, so the whole family can run around to their hearts’ content.
Price from: £53pppn (approx. 68USD)
Villa Carla, Algarve, Portugal
Family Friendly Feature: Kids will be absolutely spoiled for choice at this traditional villa in the Algarve. They can splash around to their heart’s content in their own separate kid’s pool ( it can even be heated!), then spend some quality family time together enjoying the built-in barbeque. Inside, there’s two en-suite double bedrooms perfect for teenagers, a twin room for the little ones and loads of DVD’s and toys to keep them entertained.
Price from: £33pppn (approx. 42USD)
Villa Kaktus, Kalkan, Turkey
Family Friendly Feature: The question is, what doesn’t Villa Kaktus have?! Offering a climbing wall, treehouse, swing and slide, indoor and outdoor pool with a cave and slides, the kids will never get bored. Only a short drive to the beach, families can take part in the local watersports, such as jet skiing and scuba diving, or head to the river Xanthos for a spot of canoeing. And if that’s not enough, you can give horseriding a go on Patara beach before heading back to the villa for a family movie night in the games and cinema room.
Price from: £46pppn (approx. 59USD)
Villa Westmoreland, Barbados, Caribbean
Family Friendly Feature: This luxurious villa sits on the Barbados coastline and offers spectacular views overlooking the horizon. Kids can get stuck into a variety of activities at the Royal Westmoreland kid’s club while making some new friends to play with. Get the whole family involved at The Boatyard in Bridgetown where you can jump off the diving platforms, whizz down the water slide and enjoy some delicious Caribbean cuisine at the lively beach restaurants.
Price from: £74pppn (approx. 95USD)
Villa Gulseren, Lycian Coast, Turkey
Family Friendly Feature: Sat along forest track, this villa is entirely private and exudes a traditional, farmhouse feel. There are extensive gardens to play around in, while also taking afternoon walks to allow little ones to let off some energy. There’s a freshwater pool to cool off, but a TV with DVD player awaits inside for those entertainment evenings in.
Price from: £25pppn (approx. 31USD)
*Prices correct at time of publishing
Take a look at all our family holiday villas for more great choices, or contact our concierge team to take the hassle out of looking for a place – just tell them what you’re looking for and they’ll do the rest! Make sure to have a look at our top destinations for 2020!