Villas can be a brilliant holiday option for families and groups of families especially when they come with their own private pools and entertainment facilities. It means no more queues or bagging sun loungers with towels.
We’ve compiled our pick of 12 Oliver’s Travels villas across a range of destinations from France to Florida, Barbados to Buckinghamshire – all featuring their own pools…
Sleeps: 10-15 (7 bedrooms)
Where is it? Puglia, Southern Italy
What is it? An 18th century farmhouse that’s been extended to create a 2-storey countryside villa.
There are some great facilities including your own child-safe pool with a toddler section, tennis courts, go-karts and table football. Younger kids will also love the playground with its playhouse and mud kitchen.
Just a short drive away are some beautiful Puglian beaches including Guna Beach Club and the white sands of Specchiolla or within an hour’s drive are the Zoo Safari and underground caves of Grotte di Castellana.
Find out more about Tenuta San Vito
Sleeps: 4-10 (5 bedrooms)
Where is it? Funchal, Madeira
What is it? A waterfront villa just outside of Funchal on the island of Madeira.
Each room comes with its own en-suite bathroom and a terrace overlooking the stunning seafront. There’s a big games room on the lower floor as well as a large outdoor space with a pool and alfresco dining area.
If you want to venture into the nearby town of Funchal, activities include surfing, hiking and whale watching.
Find out more about Villa Goncalo
Sleeps: 12 (6 bedrooms)
Where is it? Providence Resort in Orlando, Florida
What is it? A modern villa located 23 minutes away from Walt Disney World.
This is an entertainment palace with two games rooms, large private swimming pool, air hockey table and a large alfresco dining space. On site at the Providence Resort there are also 2 swimming pools, a water slide, clubhouse and fitness centre.
Find out more about Villa Maya Fantasia
Sleeps: 4 (2 bedrooms)
Where is it? Aphrodite Hills Resort near Paphos, Cyprus
What is it? One of the smaller villas in our list, Villa Shura gives you the privacy of your own villa within the picturesque setting of the Aphrodite Hills Resort just outside of Paphos.
There are of plenty of swimming areas to enjoy including a plunge pool, mini pool for sitting, overflow area as well as the communal resort pools of Aphrodite Hills. The resort also offers a kids club and the Dream Team Soccer School.
See more about Villa Shura
Sleeps: 10 (5 bedrooms)
Where is it? Galicia, Northwestern Spain
What is it? Villa Lerez is a restored schoolhouse located in a charming rural location in northern Spain.
It boasts a great outdoor space with a big pool surrounded by cushioned sun loungers, a grassy area to play on as well as an alfresco dining terrace with two barbecues.
The nearest beach is 20 minute walk away or you can take a trip to the nearby old town of Pontevedra for shops and restaurants.
Find out more about Villa Lerez
Sleeps: 8 (4 bedrooms)
Where is it? Kalkan, Turkey
What is it? This luxury villa overlooks the stunning Turquoise Coast of Kalkan.
Its standout feature is its private outdoor and indoor pool with an explorable cave, waterfall and two waterslides that feed into the outdoor pool.
It’s a steep walk or a few minutes drive from Kalkan’s cobbled centre, known for its rooftop restaurants.
Find out more about Villa Kaktus
Sleeps: 6-10 (5 bedrooms)
Where is it? Lake Maggiore, Northern Italy
What is it? On a peaceful, residential hillside this villa is situated on Italy’s second largest lake, Maggiore, and is close to the local village of Meina.
This comes with its own private outdoor pool (open May to October) with sun loungers and seating on the outdoor terrace. There are also swings and slide in the garden and the villa will provide cots and highchairs on request.
Find out more about Villa Tessa
Sleeps: 10-12 (5 bedrooms)
Where is it? La Pedrera Lake on Costa Blanca, Spain
What is it? The standout element of Villa Jacaranda is its expansive outdoor space with with 3 private swimming pools, a diving board and water slide. There’s one child safe pool with a depth of 40cm to 1 metre whilst the other two are designed for older kids and adults.
One bedroom features a jacuzzi while two others have private terraces.
If you fancy trying out some of the outdoor activities nearby, such as quad biking or archery you also get a 25% discount with your villa stay.
Find out more about Villa Jacaranda
Sleeps: 6 (3 bedrooms)
Where is it? Saint James, Barbados
What is it? A 3-storey villa within the Royal Westmoreland Resort in Barbados.
There’s a private swimming pool and alfresco dining area with a barbecue plus easy access to the beach. The villa also comes with a 7-seater SUV so you’re able to explore this beautiful Caribbean island, including the nearby Boatyard in Bridgetown offering an oceanside trampoline, dive platform, water slide and iceberg climb.
Find out more about Villa Westmoreland
Sleeps: 7 (3 bedrooms)
Where is it? Dordogne, France
What is it? A detached, resorted barn which can be booked as a Vill’Otel – a personal villa with the convenience of a hotel including breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper.
A variety of baby & toddler equipment are included including a pushchair, baby bath, bottle steriliser, cots and a highchair. It also comes with a child-safe heated pool and mezzanine play area with children’s toys and board games.
Find out more about Joli Champ
Sleeps: 10 (5 bedrooms)
Where is it? Tyringham in Buckinghamshire, England
What is it? An amenity-packed Edwardian house which is perfect for a staycation, located in the small Bucks village of Tyringham.
The facilities in Apple House are perfect for indoor and outdoor entertainment (so plenty to do on rainy days) including a large heated indoor pool, cinema screen and projector in the main living room, a tennis court, badminton court, table tennis, football table plus lots more. There’s also a mini farm experience with sheep, goats, pigs and ducks – which are apparently all very friendly.
Find out more about Apple House
Sleeps: 26 (9 bedrooms)
Where is it? Montpon-Menesterol, Southwestern France
What is it? A huge villa perfect for groups of families
Outside you’ll find an alfresco dining area and solar-heated swimming pool which comes with a child-safe alarm and inside there’s a home cinema and pool table. Plus there are swings, slides, football pitch, go-karts and game console.
We love the look of the fully-fenced pond with duck and chickens in the summer, and two petting ponies which children are invited to feed.
Find out more about Domain des Champs