A guide to the possibilities of holiday accommodation

Maybe you are just planning a short vacation – in which case you will probably weigh the pros and cons of staying in a hotel room versus renting a private accommodation. The decision you make here depends on a number of factors, namely how long you will be absent.

If your stay is only two or three nights, it may be worth considering a hotel room – especially if you will be out during the day. Hotels can provide a great solution for individuals or couples as long as you are ready to prepare your meals at restaurants or order room service.

If you are traveling in a larger group or family, hotel rooms can be very limited in terms of space. The same applies if you plan to be away for more than a few days, as staying in a hotel can feel very restrictive.

One of the main sides of staying at a hotel is access to a variety of services – such as cleaning, laundry and preparing meals by a professional chef. Taking care of these things can make the holiday feel like a luxury holiday and relieve you of enjoying a quality time.

What many people don't know is that there are many private rental options that offer the same services. For example, you and your family could stay in a fully-managed apartment with maids, bars, a chef and even a butler at hand.

Choosing a managed rental home will eliminate the stress of your vacation, while enjoying more space and privacy. These home-based services can be available in a range of rental homes – apartments, villas and homes, for example – so it's worth paying attention to if you don't want to stay at a hotel.

Villas are often the ultimate accommodation for luxury vacations. This is often because they are huge and spacious, as we find them in secluded locations. Many will have gardens or gardens as well as an outdoor pool.

Villas are available from 1 or 2 bedrooms to 8 or 10, so they can provide the ideal solution for any number of guests. How big your villa is and its unique features will obviously depend on what you need for your vacation. It is good to discuss this with an experienced travel advisor.

Apartments are often smaller but may be ideal if you are traveling individually or with a partner. Many people would rather not stay in hotel rooms when traveling alone, preferring the peace, quiet and solitude of a private rental house.

Vacation apartments can be great if you are looking for a place to cook your meal as well as to sleep and use the bathroom. Those who want to rent for a longer period, but still stick to a limited budget, can benefit from an apartment more than an apartment or villa.

Condos offer a happy medium between a hotel and a rental home, often offering all the amenities and services of a luxury hotel, but at a lower cost per bedroom. This is ideal if you are traveling as a large group with your family as there will be a lot more space available.

For more information on the various options for a rental home, spend some time researching travel agents who specialize in the particular area you are traveling to. These agents will be able to provide a full range of services – making your vacation unforgettable.