Tin Box girls in lower meadow at Woodovis Park - campsite near Tavistock, Devon
Cottages, villas & lodges, Family accommodation, Family travel

Why a luxury villa holiday with Simpson Travel is on our 2018 wish list

I don’t know if it’s the winter blues or the fact we’re yet to take our first trip of 2018. But I’m gagging for some sunshine. The promise of a luxury villa holiday somewhere balmy like Corsica or Greece is exactly what I need right now. I’m thinking: astonishing destinations, oodles of time outdoors, jaw-dropping beaches, and lots and lots of family time. So, it’s super timely that Simpson Travel are looking for two 2018 Ambassadors who can help show off their villa holidays.

The bloggers they choose get a bespoke holiday for them and their family worth £5,000 in exchange for sharing their experiences. And after following the amazing Simpson Travel holidays had by my friend Karen at Mini Travellers I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring.

What appeals to us about a luxury villa holiday?

The last time Mr Tin Box and I had a villa holiday was seven years ago and well before we started a family. We booked a villa on a whim in San Carlos, Ibiza, and had such a relaxed break. Mr Tin Box had just returned from a six month deployment with the Royal Navy and it gave us the chance to completely unwind.

Villa holiday in Spain - luxury villa holidays

It struck us at the time that this would be a great vacation with kids. Having a home away from home where we could start each day at our own pace, cook meals using local produce and take a dip in our own private pool seemed like a winning combination. Heck, we could even bring along the grandparents or a group of friends.

However, there’s so much more to a luxury villa holiday with Simpson Travel.

Why are Simpson Travel holidays so special?

Here’s a handful of things that excite us about Simpson Travel and what it has to offer those looking for a family villa holiday:

  • Customer services – the keen customer service team help you with all your travel planning; from airport parking to car hire, taking the stress out of your pre-holiday arrangements. I love the fact they say ‘Just tell us what you need’ and they’ll sort it. Could there be a more relaxing way to start a holiday?!
  • Handpicked destinations – Simpson Travel prides itself on handpicking astonishing destinations where customers can experience ‘the road less travelled’. Whether you opt for a luxury villa in France, Spain, or Corsica, a resort in Greece, or a hotel in Mallorca, Italy or Turkey you know it’s going to be in a prime location but feel a world away from overcrowded tourist traps.
  • Friendly local reps – I’ve mentioned recently that the girls and I are potentially taking trips without Mr Tin Box this year. So something that gives me extraordinary peace of mind about Simpson Travel holidays is their local reps. Knowing that there’s someone waiting to help at the airport and available throughout your holiday is a massive bonus when travelling solo with kids.
  • Luxury villa holidays of all shapes and sizes – when you book a Simpson Travel villa it’s not just the number of rooms and size of pool that you choose. They offer hotels, villas and apartments either located on their own or in resorts. You can expect the same attention to detail and stylish surroundings at each but tailored to exactly the type of holiday you desire. When I first started looking at all the options I thought a stand alone villa would be the one for us. We love the freedom of self-catering with the option to eat out, plus plenty of space to make ourselves at home. But you can also experience this at Simpson Travel’s family-friendly resorts in Greece. Which brings me on to…
  • The Hatchlings Crèche and Turtles Children’s Club – these crèche facilities for six-month-olds to 10-year-olds available at Mousses Villas in Lefkada and Periyali Villas in Zakynthos sound amazing. All of the nannies are British and you’ll find exactly the same staff ratios as in a nursery at home. Before you arrive on holiday the crèche staff get in touch to ask questions about your children and they even meet you at the airport. There’s a huge variety of activities and nighttime clubs. We adore spending time as a family while on holiday but even mums and dads deserve a break. What better way to achieve a bit of ‘me time’ than knowing the kids are having a blast in a club where they are happy, safe and well entertained?

Why we’d love to try a family villa holiday

Self-catering breaks really are our favourite way to holiday with kids and having thoroughly investigated what’s on offer from Simpson Travel I think we would love their luxury villas. They have everything we look for in a family holiday: wonderful destinations; the opportunity for adventure; fun places to stay; the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and experience unique things. That’s not to mention the beaches close by, living like a local and plenty of fun times.

Yurts at sunrise - Caalm Camp review: luxury glamping in Dorset

Tot on the Atlantic Coast - family holiday to France in 2018

Tin Box family on Tamar Trail - Devon family cycle routes Tamar Trails with kids

Tin Box Baby picking fruit on caravan decking - caravan holiday in France, Al Fresco Holidays

Family walking on South West Coast Path - hidden beaches in Devon

Tin Box family and friend on water slide - caravan holiday in France, Al Fresco Holidays

Here’s a video that sums up how we like to make lifelong family holiday memories:

What do you look for in a family holiday? And how will you be making special family memories in 2018?

Disclosure: I’m waxing lyrical about Simpson Travel because I know they are a brilliant holiday company that cares a lot about its guests. I’d also love, love, love to be one of their 2018 Ambassadors, so this is me putting myself forward for their consideration. Wish us luck!