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The best villas for families

Family villa holidays

If you're after a bit more independence than you'd get at a hotel, or can't be bothered with the faff of camping, a Villa Select holiday could be what you're after next summer

Villas in the Algarve

Villa Maximo

Villa Maximo

This colourful villa in Gale comes complete with your own private pool, a table tennis table, and a separate bathroom for each of the four bedrooms. Perfect for the whole family due to its separate children's pool. One thing worth noting is that you will need your own car to make the most of the area.

The entire villa is air conditioned, and the master bedroom has its own roof terrace with panoramic views across to the coast. This property is also exclusive to VillaSelect.

Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Air con? Throughout
Accessibility: Hire car needed

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Villa Casa Miramar

Villa Casa Miramar

If you're looking for that little bit extra, Villa Casa Miramar has got everything you could possibly want – whether it's the private tennis court that tickles your fancy or the cleaner who will spruce the place up three times a week, all your needs are certainly covered.

There are six bedrooms and six bathrooms in total, and there's also a separate child and baby pool.

Sleeps: 12
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6
Air con? Throughout
Accessibility: Car not needed

You can also hire out Miramar Dois, the villa next door – this one sleeps six and is handy for larger families or friends to share your holiday.

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“We always go self catering in a villa – there is a huge choice, especially if you book a year in advance.”

Villas in Pollensa, Mallorca

Villa C'an Pericas

Villa C'an Pericas

You'll feel like you're staying on your own private beach in this villa, with a private pool and a sandpit for the kids right in your back garden. There's also a covered terrace where you can escape the midday sun at lunch time.

The villa is roomy, and has a bright and airy feel thanks to large windows in every room. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and air conditioning throughout.

Sleeps: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Air con? Throughout
Accessibility: Hire car needed

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Villa El Solaz

Villa El Solaz

At this villa you're so close to the beach you can walk there in just 15 minutes – if you can bring yourself to leave the 8m swimming pool behind that is. With plenty of poolside furniture and a brick-built barbecue to boot, we wouldn't be surprised if you wanted to park yourself on a lounger and not move all day.

There are four air-conditioned bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a cleaning service once a week.

Sleeps: 9
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Air con? In bedrooms
Accessibility: Hire car would be useful

You can also book this property alongside Casa Dos just next door – this one sleeps four and is perfect for extended family or if you have another smaller family joining.

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“I have rented villas over the past few years. So much easier, in a lot of ways, than hotels – you get up for breakfast when you want, can go straight out on the terrace, so much more relaxing. There's more space, if there's a few of you, and you can get away from each other too!”

Villas in Menorca

Villa Las Rocas

Villa Las Rocas

This bungalow-style villa is set within so much garden space you'll get all the peace and privacy you could want. If you explore the garden, there's also a flower-covered gazebo perfect for hiding from the kids settling down in the shade with a book.

There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a terrace at the front – lovely for sitting out with an evening glass of vino (or two).

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Air con? In bedrooms
Accessibility: Hire car needed

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“My teens love villa hols. My criteria are: lots of indoor and outdoor space, great pool, sea view, dishwasher, washing machine and walking distance to a convenience store.”

Villas in Cala d'Or, Mallorca

Villa Alicia

Villa Alicia

This villa is located so centrally in Cala d'Or that you won't even need a car to explore. There's a glorious sandy beach and shops both within 500m of the property, and if you want to head out on an evening there are plenty of bars and restaurants to make the most of.

If moving further than from your bed to the poolside is not on your holiday schedule, there are chairs and loungers aplenty, and a shallow end for the kids to splash around in.

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Air con? Throughout
Accessibility: Hire car not needed

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Villa Laguna

Villa Laguna

This villa is located down a quiet lane in the Sea Caves area of Coral Bay – we're already sold. There's a separate children's pool, an outdoor shower, and a covered terrace for when you need a break from the sun – making this villa a wonderful family escape.

This property is another bungalow, and, although the recommended number of guests is six, there is a sofa bed in the master bedroom that could accommodate a seventh person if needed.

Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Air con? Throughout
Accessibility: Hire car would be useful but not necessary

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“Hotels are ok for a night or two, but staying in your own villa allows you to have a couple of 'normal' days – you can have a meal in, get the kids in bed at a sensible time, and even have vino on the balcony or by the pool. You can still do the restaurants but I find it much less stressful to go back to your own place and make your own routine.”

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