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    F1S SELECTS

    Villas Are Great for

    Family Travel—Here’s Why

     

    F1RST Selects

    Villas Are Great for Family Travel—Here’s Why

    Plus: Four villas around the world that we love 

     

    We love a great hotel stay—but there’s something special about a villa vacation as well, especially when you’re traveling with kids, grandparents, and other extended family members. “Villas offer a great option for our post-Covid world,” explains F1S advisor George Alexandrou, who is based in Toronto. “With multi-gen family travel, a villa offers privacy, fantastic amenities, and, often, are a great value for your money.”

    But that’s not all. Here are a few more reasons why staying at a villa is a great choice:

     

    “A lot of destinations like Jamaica or Barbados offer villas that come fully staffed.”
    George Alexandrou

    They offer many personalized perks

    “A lot of destinations like Jamaica or Barbados offer villas that come fully staffed,” says Alexandrou. “So no hotel service is missed. In fact, it is enhanced with a personal touch. Who does not love waking up with the smell of coffee already set in the morning, with the freshest of fruit cut and ready to eat?”

     

    You don’t have to skip your favorite hotel amenities

    Love room service or having multiple on-site restaurants to choose from? “There are villas either within the resort setting or even some that have membership privileges at top resorts,” says Alexandrou, which can be ideal for families who have varying interests and want to try different activities. “In that way, you get the best of both worlds.”

     

    Perfect-fit properties can be found

    “An advisor is there to cut out the online noise and deals with only reputable sources,” says Alexandrou, who regularly books villas for his clients. “Having trusted partners around the globe ensures quality and value for your money in the long run.” Also important? With such a variety of villas out there, your advisor gets to know you personally, and can recommend a home that best matches your needs, he says.

     

    Advisors can give you the inside scoop

    When booking a villa, your advisor can provide exclusive insight and expert knowledge of the industry—and that only enhances your experience. Here’s a preview: “Trading a beachfront location with one that is hillside can offer considerable savings,” says Alexandrou. “Hillside villas also offer some of the most beautiful views from your private pool.”

     

    And what can those villas look like? Here are four options we love:

     

    ÀNI Dominican Republic

     

     

    If you’ve got a big family, you can’t go wrong with the ÀNI Dominican Republic in Rio San Juan, on the country’s central north coast. It sleeps a whopping 28 people across 14 suites and includes everything from meals prepped by a private chef to spa treatments and tennis lessons, not to mention water views. But it’s the family-friendly options, which include an “on-site children’s activity coordinator” and babysitting, that might make you never want to leave. ÀNI also has exclusive multiple-suite resorts in Antigua, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, with similar offerings as well.

     

     

     

     

     

    Firefly Villa, Saint Barths

    Want lots of options? You’ll find it on St. Barths, with over 300 different breathtaking villas, with anywhere from 1 to 8 bedrooms, gorgeous pools, and concierge services. Plus, you’ll find lots of water activities, like snorkeling and diving while you’re on the island. From standalone villas to villas with resort services, such as Eden Rock and the Christopher St Barth, options like butler service and personalized beach set-ups can easily be arranged. 

     

    Four Seasons Private Retreats, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

     

     

    Experience the great outdoors and the Grand Tetons in a whole new way, with a number of private residences at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Wyoming resort. Ranging from two to five bedrooms, families can spread out while still enjoying all the amenities available, including an outdoor heated pool, Kids Club, and more. Four Seasons Private Retreats include some 750 properties to choose from on nearly every continent, with options like private chefs and kid-friendly fun. (Bounce house in a private Mauritius garden, anyone?).  

     

     

     

     

     

    Royal Island, Bahamas

    Cuvée’s 18-guest villa on the completely private, 430-acre Royal Island in the Bahamas is truly breathtaking. Recently highlighted on Netflix’s “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals”, the property features beach bungalows and suites, and includes a chef, spa treatment room, and more. Cuvée offers exceptionally lux villa accommodations in spots around the world, including Italy, South Africa, and the U.S. In Hawaii, for instance, they offer two villas at the Four Seasons Hualalai, where you’ll love the jaw-dropping infinity pool views and the kids will love the curated nature experiences.

     

     

     

     

     

     Ready to book your next villa vacation? Booking through F1S not only means we do all the heavy lifting for you, but you’ll also have access to a number of perks, from VIP welcome amenities to concierge credit and more. Reach out to us today, and we’ll find the perfect property for your entire family!

     

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