Thinking about your holiday next year but not sure where to go? Our destination experts came up with a list of trending destinations for villa holidays in 2020 based on previous popularity, industry trends, up-and-comers, and newbies in our collection. Check them out:
Sunshine, sand, sea and sangria - Spain is a firm favourite for a villa holiday, with 99% of British travellers recommending it as a destination to friends and family. The number of Brits visiting has continued to increase every year for the last 6 years… up by almost 5% last year! And it’s not hard to see why… from its vibrant lifestyle to its cultural attractions, tasty cuisine and golden beaches, travellers will never get bored of this captivating country. Our collection of self-catering villas in Spain range from those that are deep in the countryside to beachside retreats.
Trending Spanish regions we’re loving for villa holidays in 2020: Costa Brava and Mallorca.
Why? These places are often top of the list for our customers, and have them coming back time and time again. From beguiling beaches to charming towns and stunning scenery that plays the perfect backdrop to outdoor adventures; picking Costa Brava and Mallorca as our 2020 Spain destinations was a no-brainer.
Cadaques, Costa Brava
A European gem that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, Croatia is rich in history, cuisine and natural beauty. With ancient walled towns, craggy peaks and valleys, stunning waterfalls rolling countryside, and picturesque islands dotted amongst the dazzling blue Med… it’s a whole world of adventure. And our villas in Croatia will have you in the best spots.
Trending Croatia regions we’re loving for villa holidays in 2020: Dalmatia, and in particular - the island of Brač.
Why? Brač is the largest island in Dalmatia, known for its dramatic landscapes, the beguiling Zlatni Rat beach and its chilled-out, non-touristy vibes – the tourist hoards haven’t quite descended on Brač yet - it’s the perfect place for a spot of hiking, wandering authentic towns and villages, and indulging in freshly-caught seafood.
Portugal is all the best things about Europe rolled into one small country – it’s got great weather all year, tasty fresh seafood, homegrown wine, stunning scenic vistas, vibrant cities, beautiful coastline, pretty architecture, and a thriving arts and culture scene. It’s no wonder word is getting out about how perfect it is for a holiday!
Trending Portugal regions we’re loving for villa holidays in 2020: The Lisbon Coast
Why? Portugal is lively, jam-packed with culture and boasts great temperatures almost all year. And if you venture just a little further than Lisbon, you’ll find its coastline; dramatic, Instagram-worthy and full of breathtaking beaches, Lisbon Coast is undeniably a great destination for a holiday year-round. Our self-catering luxury villas on the Lisbon Coast will put you in the heart of the action.
Belem Tower, Lisbon
Weddings, honeymoons, solo adventures, multi-generational family holidays, a getaway with friends… Italy is the destination for every type of holiday, and tourism is booming. The number of Brits travelling to Italy increased by 1.6% to 1.81million in 2018. Travellers’ are lured in by the cuisine (and the promise of great pasta – don’t worry, it’s there) but once they get to Italy, it’s the history, art, architecture, scenery, beaches and outdoor activities that keeps them coming back for more.
Trending Italy regions we’re loving for villa holidays in 2020: Puglia and Sicily.
Why? Italy is rightly known for its food, but it’s got so much more going for it. Sicily in particular is one of the most diverse parts of Italy, with a mix of thrilling outdoor adventures, a great history and art scene, and beautiful scenery. Puglia is gaining popularity every year – it’s a real foodie spot, but aside from that, it offers value for money, it’s easy to drive around and you can stay in authentic trullio houses. Luxury villas in Italy are ideal to escape to on your 2020 holiday.
Thailand is a relatively accessible paradise, in terms of not having to trek across the other side of the world to reach nirvana. Its southern islands offer pearly-white beaches, piercing blue ocean and a real slice of island life. The north offers jungle-clad towns and villages, and breathtaking scenery. And the centre of the mainland offers culture-filled escapades, ancient temples and bustling street markets. In short, it’s hugely diverse and our portfolio of luxury villas in Thailand is steadily growing.
Trending Thailand regions we’re loving for villa holidays in 2020: Koh Samui and Koh Yao.
Why? The islands of Thailand are a dream getaway. What we love about Koh Samui is its diversity, on one side of the island it’s lively and bustling, and on the other you’re offered more seclusion and tranquility. In Koh Yao, between Phuket and Krabi, you’ve got coral-fringed shores, lush mangroves and charming fishing villages.
Silver Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
Bali is well-known for its tranquility, spiritual culture and incredible jungle scenery, and reached a record high in foreign tourist numbers in 2018, which is why we recently added villas in Bali to our portfolio. Villa holidays in Bali are great for those looking to rest and recharge, with easy access to picture-perfect beaches, bustling villages, thrilling watersports and rich cultural activities.
Trending Bali regions for villa holidays in 2020: Canggu and Uluwatu.
Why? With health and wellbeing taking centre-stage over the last couple of years, it’s no surprise Bali is a go-to destination for people who want to take some time out. Canggu and Uluwatu are both beach havens for those looking for a chic getaway or a yoga retreat (and they’re a popular haunt for surf-lovers, too.) Uluwatu is well-known for its clifftop Hindu temple, and Canggu is known for its emerald-green rice paddies. Our experts handpicked the villas in Bali for their perfect locations, so whether you want private villas with pools, or beachfront properties… we’ve got you covered.
Uluwatu Temple, Bali
68% of families with under 10s are having ‘staycations’ instead of travelling abroad, presumably because it’s a lot easier, more accessible and less stressful than hauling kids onto an airplane. We’re all about a family road trip here at Oliver’s Travels! There’s a lot going on right on our doorstep too – beautiful coastline, forests, mountain ranges, lakes, bustling cities…
Plus, you can bring your dog to a lot of our villas in England (and the rest of the UK.)
Trending England regions for villa holidays in 2020: Cornwall and Devon.
Why? On the Southwestern tip of England, Cornwall is adorned with cute seaside towns, golden beaches, and offers up that old-school nostalgia of a good old British holiday from back in the day. With a wild coastline, UNESCO-listed mining sites and a strong creative heart, it’s a great family-friendly destination. Another Southwestern beauty is Devon - historic with a rugged coastline that’s great for surfing, there’s something to suit every taste; wine-tasting, hiking and watersports are high on the agenda here.
St Agnes, Cornwall