About Renting Villas in Greece
Villas are in fashion all over the world so of course people e-mail me all the time asking for villas. But what is a villa and is it right for you? Many people think that renting a villa for their family will give them a feeling of home in a far away place. Maybe it will. But it will also isolate you in a far away place, usually far away from the archaeological sites, beaches, shops and restaurants. A family of four with a couple teens or younger children may not be that happyin a villa because they key to happiness
with kids is not a home-away-from-home or mom cooking pancakes in the morning. The key to happiness for children is other children and renting a villa is like moving into a new neighborhood. It takes time to make friends, more time than you probably have. You are better off staying in a beach hotel with a swimming pool where your children can meet others.
The same can be said for older people too. People who rent villas often end up eating their meals at home and watching videos or movies on Greek TV, or talking to their friends on facebook instead of being out and about in Greece where every meal is a social experience and an opportunity to make friends.
For those who want a compromise the best option are hotels that have separate free-standing apartments with kitchens. Any Greek travel agency can find one for you and probably at a reasonable price, maybe more reasonable than a villa. But what do we mean by the word villa? Many people like the word because they can tell their friends they rented a villa on a Greek island and that makes them more interesting. But really you are just renting somebody's house
are not using it and it may be no more of a villa than your own home. Many villas in Greece are rented illegally which is why you don't see a lot of them on a travel agency website. It is sort of the blackmarket of the travel industry. Others are real villas, often represented by villa rental companies, some based in Greece and some nothing more than a website where you can automatically book your dream villa and then figure out how you are going to get to it and where you are going to stay for the nights
you don't have it.
The benefits of booking your "villa" or "villa-like" hotel with a travel agency are obvious. You have someone who will also take care of getting you there, booking hotels for those nights when you are not in the villa, usually the night you arrive and depart from Athens, not to mention ferry tickets, rental cars and tours. For those wo want to put the fate of their holiday in the capable hands of a travel agency Fantasy Travel, Dolphin Hellas, and Aegean Thesaurus Travel all have a few villas, apartments and self-catering hotels and apartments(as the British
call them). For those who prefer to shop on their own, they can go to HotelsofGreece.com and the white section for every island includes houses, villas and self catering apartments.
For the rest of you that I have not talked you out of renting a villa I present a few that I recommend as well as some of the hotels that have free standing apartments or accommodations that will give you the feeling of having your own place on an island. And for those of you who want a villa and know what you want, you can fill out the following form and I will forward it to whatever agency or owner has what I think you are looking for. Click for Villa Form