Read my tips on choosing the best Cyprus holiday villa including how much you should pay, what essentials should be included and when to book to get the best value.
Never been on a villa holiday in Cyprus before?
A villa holiday is your OWN temporary home in the sun. You have the freedom to get up when you want to without rushing to get to breakfast before 10am as you would do in a hotel.
You can have fresh laundry without paying expensive hotel charges. There's the privacy of your own pool and the delight of BBQ's late at night with your own cocktails around the pool. It's great value for money, especially if you are in a large group.
Okay, so you DO have to make your own breakfast AND make your own bed on days without a maid service but YOU get to choose the best ingredients to go into your meals and there are NO worries about not liking the hotel food.
Modern Cyprus villa kitchen
The cost does depend on the size, standard and location of your villa (the best views are usually more expensive) and how you choose to book.
"Package deals" with certain villa companies include flights and usually a hire car too. These are generally good value for money and are easy to arrange but you CAN save money if you have the time to organise it yourself.
This is because villa companies make their profit by typically paying only 50% of the rental charge to the owner. Villas rented privately are often cheaper as an incentive for people to book. And the internet has made booking it "DIY" so much easier.
For an average size 3 bedroom/3 bathroom villa with private pool, prices start as low as 350 Euros per week in low season rising to 1880 Euros or more in high season (June to September).
Larger villas with luxurious fittings and "extras" like a jacuzzi pool or sauna/steamroom can cost up to €5000 Euros per week in high season.
While this may sound expensive, if there are 10 of you staying in a 5 bedroom villa in a luxurious, secluded location this is still great value for money compared to staying in a luxury spa hotel.
You do, of course, need to choose your Cyprus holiday villa wisely especially if you book through a villa company offering holiday accommodation in Cyprus. I know from experience that not all villa companies in Cyprus are equal, so don't just choose your holiday accommodation based on price alone.
Tip: The best villa companies have a selection policy that ensures the villas in their portfolio are always of the very highest standards. And as customers keep coming back year after year, often booking a year in advance to get the same villa, then you know you can book from such a company with confidence.
Stylishly furnished bedrooms
A simple search on Google or Yahoo for "Cyprus holiday villa" will give a huge choice of villa companies. If you don't already know of a good one, take a little time to compare what's on offer.
They tend to fall into three categories:
1 "All in packages" inclusive of flights/car hire and local representative in case of any problems. As already mentioned, these can represent good value for money and you can normally be sure that your villa will be well maintained as the company checks the quality level year on year.
Tip: Regular returning clients usually book the best villas well in advance so, if booking several months ahead, look to see which villas already have a high percentage of bookings.
2 "Villa hire only". These companies just reserve your villa leaving you to organise your own flights. You often don't get a car with this kind of booking so make sure you know the location of your villa and whether a car is essential - it normally is.
3 "Owner direct" bookings. These websites are simply an advertising portal allowing villa owners to show off their properties. Some companies vet the villas on their site beforehand, but others don't so check the small print.
Many people are more cautious of renting a villa privately as they may think they have no-one to complain to if they have a problem but here are some tips:
When contacting the villa owner, ask how old the villa is (less than 2 years old and the standard should still be good)
Ask for extra services to be included eg. a daily maid service if you want one or a free hire car - private owners are usually eager to please and often have a cousin/friend who hires cars so you may be lucky.
Ask for flexible arrival days to co-incide with your flight times so that you can avoid the "busy" package deal charter flight days. This is either a Wednesday or Saturday in Cyprus for UK Charter flights (50% of visitors to Cyprus come from the UK) and the queues on return flights in high Summer are usually horrendous.
1 Car hire is usually essential for a Cyprus holiday villa. Try to get it included if it's not already in the price of your villa rental.
2 Air conditioning - make sure you check whether this is included. If not (and it often isn't!) it will cost between €5-€7 Euros PER unit per day. For a 2 week holiday in a 3 bedroom villa this will cost you an extra €340 Euros so do budget accordingly.
Tip: My recommended villa company partner is now offering FREE A/C with many of their best Cyprus holiday Villa.. So take a look!
3 Make sure you have good directions and a map to get to your villa BEFORE you arrive. Many people pick up their hire car at the airport late at night and then find it hard to locate their Cyprus holiday villa which is often down a remote dirt track!
Also ensure you have the telephone number of the villa owner in case you get lost.
4 Don't be afraid to help yourself to the fruit on the trees in your garden when you are there, after all it is your own temporary home.
Have a great villa holiday in Cyprus!
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