1. Use a professional villa rental company
There are plenty of people who claim to be a holiday rental professional but do your homework and make sure that they are really qualified to handle your holiday. For me personal recommendations are a great way to ensure the success of your holiday.
2. Decide on your key criteria
Whatís important to your holiday? Peace a quiet? Somewhere where your teenagers can walk into the village? A private beach? If you decide on whatís important then you wonít waste time with the agency sending you villas that are not of interest.
3. Book well in advance
These days we all assume that the later we book the better the deal. However for many of the key destinations such as the South of France then the later you book the more limited the choice. Booking early will give you a wide choice of rental villas and ensure that all your key criteria can be met.
4. Research the destination
Use your villa rental agency to help you research the location. Restaurants, beaches and transportation can usually be booked well in advance and a little local knowledge goes a long way in ensuring that perfect beach front table in your chosen restaurant
5. Concierge services
All the most prestigious villa rental agencies will offer concierge services along side your villa rental which can be booked before you arrive or during your stay. Use your agency like the concierge desk at a hotel for everything from babysitting to a personal trainer and you will be assured of the perfect holiday.
And finally… choose your holiday companions carefully. If you are the kind of family who are still enjoying a leisurely breakfast by the pool at 11.30am and your travelling companions have already visited 2 markets and a museum by the same time then perhaps you need to re-think your travel plans.
Maria McLean is Director of Communications at†Burger Sothebyís International Realty.