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If you’re looking for a fun, flexible option for your next holiday, why not consider going self-catered this time? As well as saving money, you’ll also get all the convenience that comes with having your own kitchen.
Self-catered accommodation such as a private villa or apartment can have a lovely home-from-home feel and it’s ideal for individuals, couples, families, or groups of friends. You also have a variety of options in terms of luxury and price so you can find something to suit your unique budget and requirements. Here are some of the surprising benefits of self-catered accommodation.
Convenience and flexibility
Staying in self-catered accommodation gives you the opportunity to plan your own itinerary. You won’t be restricted by opening times or availability in restaurants. You can eat what you want, when you want. If you’re planning an early morning hike, you can cook your own breakfast before you go. It’s a great option for families with small children and babies too. You’ll have all the space you need for regular feeding times, or storing all the necessary items.
Save time and money
Self-catered accommodation saves you time and money. You’ll have the option to eat at home so you won’t need to go out three times a day to restaurants. You can mix and match. This will save you a lot of money. You also won’t have to worry about waiting around to get served in bars and restaurants. If you just need a quick breakfast before a long day of sightseeing, then this is much more convenient than going out or to a hotel buffet.
Reduce your bar costs
Another important thing to point out is the amount you could save on booze. Even if you’re not a big drinker, ordering drinks at the bar, alcoholic or not, can really add up. If you want to save money on holiday, book self-catered accommodation with facilities such as a fridge and a kettle. You can then stock up on tea, coffee, and juice, for the price of one in a bar. You can also put a few drinks in the fridge to have while you’re getting ready for a night out, for example. If you’ve gone full luxury you could even make yourself cocktails to have by the pool.
Variety of food options
Self-catering gives you more food options. If you want to show off your culinary skills, you could try your hand at cooking the local cuisine. Check out the local markets for fresh ingredients you wouldn’t normally find at home. You might be able to get local fish, for instance, if you’re staying near the coast. This will be much cheaper than paying for it in a restaurant and cooking it yourself is way more fun. If you have space to dine at home then you’ll also have the option of takeaways, ready meals, and more.
Peace and privacy
One of the main reasons people opt for self-catered accommodation such as an apartment or villa is privacy. You won’t have to worry about sharing the space with anyone else. Instead you can relax and clear your head space. It can take a lot of stress out of going on holiday. Check out these Mykonos Villas, for instance. They each have their own pool, full-equipped kitchen, and plenty of other amenities you’ll get all to yourself.
Space for groups
Another one of the advantages of staying in a private villa is that they’re ideal for groups. You’ll have plenty of space to socialise together and won’t have to worry about getting a bigger table in restaurants or bars. Often going in on a large villa, cottage, or apartment is a much cheaper option for group holidays as well. In a group, you’ll be able to afford more luxury if you book the property per night as opposed to per person.
Fewer issues with dietary requirements
If you or anyone you’re travelling with has strict dietary requirements, this can be an issue for restaurants and catered facilities. You may be restricted as to where you can eat and what. If you stay in self-catered accommodation, however, it will be much easier to control the ingredients you eat. You can even eat separate recipes if need be, but still be all together. This can take the headache out of explaining dietary requirements to restaurant staff every time. Staying in self-catered accommodation can be a more flexible, enjoyable, and stress-free option, and it will save you time and money as well.