Villas vs Hotels

The top ten reasons to stay in a villa on your next holiday

With an average of 230 days at work per year, it’s imperative that you choose the right destination for your next holiday.  We’ve taken some of the work out of that decision by showcasing the benefits of staying in a private villa vs a hotel.

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We’ve put together our own top ten both from personal experience, but more importantly…following feedback from our guests at the DSV Collection.

 

And at number 10

 

No early morning jaunts to reserve your sunbeds

The last thing you want to have to do on holiday is set your alarm so you’re guaranteed the best space by the swimming pool.  When you have your own villa you can wake up when your body clock says it’s time and you can head to your sunbed when you feel like it – whether that’s after a relaxing breakfast or after a morning exploring the local area.

 

Number 9 – No need to dress for breakfast

If you go down to breakfast in a hotel wearing your favourite unicorn pyjamas, you are likely to get some strange looks in the restaurant.  There’s nothing more leisurely than jumping out of bed and heading straight down for a coffee and some fresh croissants.  On a villa holiday, every morning can feel like a Sunday morning.

 

Number 8 – The fun continues when the kids are in bed

If you travel with children, their bedtime can often mean the end of your fun.  This isn’t the case in a private villa.  You can tuck them up and head back downstairs for some much deserved adult time.

 

Number 7 – Access to the food and drinks fridge all day every day

Those bikini and speedo bodies have been achieved and it’s now time to let go and just enjoy everything about your holiday.   Restaurant bar and opening times in a hotel can be very restrictive but in a villa the fridge is there 24 hours a day, whether you fancy a late night treat or a mid morning cocktail.

 

Number 6 – The swimming pools and hot tubs never close

Hotel pool timetables are really annoying because they never seem to fit perfectly around your day and your desire to take a dip or totally relax in warm bubbles. In a private villa this isn’t an issue… whether you fancy an early morning swim or a late night dip by the light of the moon.

 

Number 5 – Lots of communal areas for late night and early morning catch-ups

When we stay in hotels we spend an average of 3 hours & 22 minutes in our rooms per day, when we’re not sleeping.  That’s a whole day per week! Time is precious and it would be much better spent creating memories with your friends and family.

 

Number 4 – Eat in, eat out, the choice is yours

On holiday there are nights that you want to dress up and head out to enjoy the bright lights and bustling sounds of the likes of Puerto Banus, but there may be other nights when you just want to lounge around and enjoy a pizza or some home-cooked food.  At DSV Collection you can also get the best of both worlds by booking one of our recommended private chefs to cook you up some gastronomic delights!

Number 3 – Plenty of spaces for ‘you’ time

With our busy lives, it’s important to take time out to truly relax.  In a hotel, this space is often limited to your bedroom or even the bathroom if you have a large family!  In our villas you could go for a rooftop hot tub, take an early morning or late night swim when everyone else is in bed or leaf through the pages of your favourite book on your private balcony.

 

Number 2 – Your own piece of heaven without other holidaymakers

There’s nothing worse than having your holiday peace destroyed by other annoying holidaymakers – the ones with the uncontrollable children and the ones that talk so loud that you feel as though you’re part of their conversation.  We can’t guarantee that your friends & family wont be like this but as you know them so well you can be honest and tell them to keep it down without the risk of creating holiday-rage!

 

Number 1 – Your holiday, your way

Villa holidays give you the total flexibility to build the holiday that you really want.  No clock watching, no time restrictions, eat what you want, when and where you want it, do whatever you want, whenever you want to.  Plus, you get to do all of this with your favourite people in the world. Even your closest friends & family can test your patience sometimes and fortunately our villas are big enough for you to have some well-deserved time out.

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Well, it’s clear that a villa holiday is a much better idea than a hotel trip.  If you are struggling to decide where that villa should be then we can highly recommend Marbella and a beautiful little area called Benahavis. We hear that there are 2 incredible villas there that sleep up to 25 people each.  Apparently they’ve got private indoor and outdoor pools and several hot tubs.  They’ve also got a load of 5 star reviews!;-)

The Ultimate GOLFING break on the Costa Del GOLF

‘This year it’s all about the ladies’

Lady Golfing

It’s all about ladies golf in Marbella this November.  With a superb choice of 15 fabulous golf-courses, and with over 320 days of sun each year, you’re pretty much guaranteed great weather and a fantastic game or 2, or 3...

Whether you play golf yourself or enjoy watching it, you’ll be spoilt this autumn as The Ladies European Tour have just announced that the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will be contested at La Quinta Golf & Country Club in Benahavís from 22-25 November.  Only 15 minutes from our DSV Collection villa, join us for the ultimate golf break.


With only 15% of UK golfers being women, we’re really excited to watch England’s Georgia Hall in her contention to be World Number 1. She claimed both the LET Order of Merit and Players’ Player of the Year titles in 2017, and is currently leading the pack for the 2018 LET Order of Merit, which will be announced at the November event.  English players Dame Laura Davies and Mel Reid both triumphed in winning the national title in the region in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Long gone are the days of golf just being about the men. As well as the international award-winning players, there are also a large amount of female celebrities that feel right at home on the fairway.  Brits include Jodie Kidd, Catherine Zeta Jones and Jane Seymour and they’re joined in their passion by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria, Vera Wang and Tea Leoni.  Celine Dion is so passionate about golf that she even owns her own golf course in Quebec.

Why not get your golfing buddies together and book a 5* luxury break with us?  You could always bring the men along because there’s plenty of room for up to 25 people in our 10 luxury bedrooms.

Overlooking the golf courses at Villa Padierna, you can plan your shots for the next day over a delicious cocktail or if you want to have a bit of downtime from the game you could relax with an evening swim and hot tub in your own private garden. 

The incredible view from Villa El Cid

The incredible view from Villa El Cid

 As well as golf and relaxation, our villas are perfectly located for a fantastic range of restaurants and world-class shopping and nightlife in Puerto-Banus.

Puerto Banús : ‘Like No Other’

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Just an 8 minute drive from Villa El Cano, the beautiful marina town of Puerto Banús really is ‘Like No Other’ and the tourist board have just launched a new digital campaign to showcase this.

 

Its nautical facilities, its unique luxury shopping and its enviable climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine, seduce millions of visitors every year.

Since its creation in 1970, this must-visit Marbella destination really has become a playground for the rich and famous - attracting celebrities, royalty and aristocrats.  From Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant of yesteryear through to the likes of Robert de Niro, Hugh Grant and Michelle Obama.

 

Fortunately Puerto Banús is close enough to our villas to enjoy the world-class shopping, stunning beaches & coastal views and superb gastronomic experiences but it’s far enough away to give your credit card a few hours of necessary respite. 

 Just a few of the brand names that will test your shopping impulses include Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Tom Ford.

Multi-million pound yachts and impressive sports cars adorn the marina.  So if you’re looking for inspiration to buy your own, or you just like to dream of what to buy with your future lottery win, the fantastic restaurants and bars provide the perfect vantage point.

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Whether you’re a big or little kid, it really is a place not to be missed on your visit to Marbella and Villa El Cano will provide the perfect base for your visit.

The Ultimate Golf Vacation at the DSV Collection

The Ultimate Golf Vacation at the DSV Collection

The DSV Collection is made up of two premium villas, El Cid and El Cano, both complete with 10 double bedrooms each. The properties provide the setting for the ultimate golf vacation: combining privacy, luxury and most importantly; accessibility to some of the best golf courses Marbella has to offer.

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