How To Choose The Perfect Child-Friendly Villa For Your Family Holiday

Family holidays lead to some of life’s best memories. However, if you are travelling with young children, you might be a little hesitant. Well, we’re here to make it easier for you. The key to a successful family holiday is choosing suitable accommodation. And when you have little ones running around, there are a few things to consider. Here are five essentials to look for while choosing a child-friendly private villa:

1. Entertainment Facilities 

Swings, slides and sea-saws, SaffronStays Casa De Familia has everything for young tots
SaffronStays Beach Blues Alibaug Villa
A perfect pool for kids to splash around at
SaffronStays Beach Blues

Kids and adults tend to opt for different kinds of fun while on a holiday. While you might enjoy lounging around and chatting, your children will need more specific forms of entertainment. Like a villa with a dedicated play area with a slide, a swing set and a merry-go-round — just like the one at SaffronStays Casa De Familia, Karjat. Older kids also have plenty to do at this 6-bedroom villa from splashing in the kids’ pool to playing table tennis and football. 
Another suitable option is villas like SaffronStays Beach Blues, Alibaug, a beachside villa, which is only 10 minutes from the shore! Kids love playing games on beaches and taking dips in the water. While they need supervision on the beach, you can let them loose indoors where their safety is guaranteed. With the number of games available, from UNO and monopoly to chess and snakes and ladders, there is enough to keep them occupied. 

2. Ample Open Space 

The wide lawns at SaffronStays Gardenia are the
favourite with children
Head to the lake for a fun evening picnic at
SaffronStays Foresta By The Lake

Kids are full of energy and enthusiasm and this energy peaks while on holiday! At villas with wide open spaces, you can channel this excitement effectively. On the expansive open lawns of SaffronStays Gardenia, Alibaug, they can run around, play tag or even have a dance-off. This child-friendly villa also has a garden rolling up to the first floor that will make an interesting part of their imaginative games — it could be a race track, it could be Mount Everest too! And you can keep an eye on them throughout, right from the outdoor pool. 
If you’re looking for a nature’s retreat, SaffronStays Foresta By The Lake, Kamshet, is the perfect place. While adults enjoy their time at this lakeside villa, outdoors in the lap of nature amidst eucalyptus, ficus and mango trees, or indoors in the cards and games room, kids have plenty of grassy areas where they can pretend to be explorers and adventures. Families can together relish a picnic on the banks of the lake. And all of this in the safety of your very own private resort!

3. Swimming Pool 

Pool time is fun time at SaffronStays Bellini
Slip and slide into the pool at SaffronStays Palm Paradise

From the perspective of a child, nothing says holiday quite like a swimming pool! And a private swimming pool they don’t have to share with any other kids? That’s a gold mine. Choosing a child-friendly private villa with a pool exclusively for you is a great way to ensure you have a fantastic holiday with the kids. 
You could try out SaffronStays Bellini, Karjat, a charming 3-bedroom villa that has a splash area just for kids. Taller and older children can enjoy the main pool which is only three and a half feet deep. And there are pool balls available to add an extra splash of fun during pool games! If your children enjoy pool slides then SaffronStays Palm Paradise, Khadavli, is your ideal holiday home. With three vibrant slides available, the young ones will have the time of their lives!

4. Child-Friendly Meals 

Waffles and more at SaffronStays Casa Manga
Kids can relish their favourite chinese meals at SaffronStays Kairos Zeus

Ensure that the villa you choose offers food that your child enjoys. Picky eaters, for example, will thrive at SaffronStays Kairos Zeus, Karjat, whose menu boasts a range of different cuisines. They can choose from classic Indian dishes like butter chicken to Chinese noodles and Manchurian to any kind of pasta! There are even snacks like sandwiches and chilli cheese toast. And, of course, ice cream for dessert!
SaffronStays Casa Manga, Karjat, too features this range of food. It also comes with a special kids’ menu with dishes they are prone to enjoy more — oreo milkshake, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, you name it. Additionally, all SaffronStays villas offer home-fresh meals that are healthier than those in hotels. This way, you can ensure your child’s belly is always full! 

5. Safety Precautions 

Kids can enjoy the company of ducks at SaffronStays SanvinaFarm
Kids can safely move around the duck pond at SaffronStays Kenwoods

Safety and privacy are two non-negotiable aspects of a child-friendly villa. So make sure your holiday rental has taken steps to protect its guests. Some of these include installing CCTV cameras across the estate, putting up adequate lighting and having the property surrounded by a fence. All these features are available at SaffronStays SanvinaFarm, Karjat, and SaffronStays Kenwoods,Vikramgad
The benefit? You can let your child participate in all the farm activities and play with the animals at SaffronStays SanvinaFarm, Karjat, without worrying about them interacting with strangers or coming into contact with intruders. Similarly, at SaffronStays Kenwoods, Vikramgad, you can stay stress-free whether your kids are enjoying the music system indoors or playing by the duck pond outdoors. 

Put these five essentials on your checklist, and you will find the perfect child-friendly villa in no time. Let the holiday packing begin!

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About Rati Pednekar

Rati Pednekar is a writer based in Mumbai, India. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and works as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in online magazines like Kitaab, Aloka and The Bombay Review. She loves coffee, painting, and stories about everyday life.