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Company Details

This section lists the companies that provide family villa holidays along with a summary of what they offer. If you need more details, please click on the links to visit the company website or request their brochure.

Companies Listed

James Villas, Pierre & Vacances, Simply Salema, Villa Select.

James Villas
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With over 1500 hand-picked villas, all with private pools, in twenty five of the most popular holiday destinations around the Mediterranean, the Canaries and Florida, you can be sure there's one that's right for you. There’s nothing quite like the freedom and relaxation of your own place in the sun. With James Villa Holidays, you can tailor your holiday to suit your needs. In addition to your villa, you can organise flights, car hire and travel insurance. We also cover the extras that make life easier, like airport hotels and parking, welcome pack on arrival, cots and high chairs.

Balearic Islands: Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca.

Barbados: Sandy Lane, Speightstown, Sugar Hill.
Canary Islands: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife.
Croatia: Groznjan, Kranzieti.
Cyprus: Argaka, Coral Bay, Latchi.
Greek Islands: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Rhodes, Zakynthos.
Italy: Sardinia, Tuscany.
Malta: Gozo, mainland Malta.
Portugal: The Algarve.
Spain: Andalucia, Costa Blanca.
Turkey: Bodrum, Konacik, Ortakent, Turgutreis.
USA: Florida Gulf Coast, Orlando.

All of the villas have swimming pools. All also have fully equipped kitchens and some villas have additional facilities such as washing machines, dishwashers or microwave ovens. Highchairs and cots can be provided on request.

Activities Activities available in the area vary by location but generally include watersports, walking, biking, swimming, snorkelling, etc
Childcare None.
Minimum Age None.
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Pierre & Vacances
Pierre & Vacances operates 45,000 holiday apartments, chalets and holiday homes, located in attractive and easily-accessible destinations mainly in France but also in Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco and the West Indies. Pierre & Vacances allow customers to enjoy the freedom of having their " own home abroad " while benefiting from " à la carte services ". All of the self-catering apartments and holiday homes are well-equipped and comfortably furnished providing you with a spacious living area and all you need for a carefree holiday .
Destinations France , Italy, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, West Indies.

Self-catering apartments and holiday homes. The Pierre & Vacances website provides a full description of the accommodation

Activities There are many facilities available such as swimming pools, golf courses and tennis courts. Adults’ activities (depending on resort): guided rides, beginners’ sessions for golf, archery, and sandsailing, fitness sessions, sports competitions, evening entertainment. Children can enjoy heated children’s paddling pools, playgrounds, the ‘village farm’ and pony riding.
Childcare Pierre & Vacances offer fully specialised, supervised children’s club facilities from as young as 3 months up to 18 years. All care staff are fully qualified.
Baby Club: from 3 to 24 months
Kids Club: from 3 to 18 years
Minimum Age None.
Simply Salema
Simply Salema is the sister company to Simply Morzine, the luxury French alpine ski company. It offers family holidays based at a luxury beachfront villa in Salema on the Western Algarve. Salema is situated within the Costa Vincentina Natural Park, a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. There are an excellent range of activities for all ages available all year round. Simply Salema can arrange a programme of activities for your family or you can just do your own thing if you prefer.
Destinations Portugal: Salema, Western Algarve.

The accommodation is in a luxury beachfront villa, ‘Casa das Estevas’, which combines traditional Portuguese style with modern comforts. The location is remarkable, one of the few beachfront properties along Portugal's Western Algarve, with all rooms and terraces having uninterrupted views of the sea and coastline. With the ocean just 50 metres away you can hear the waves lapping onto the shore. A footpath leads directly from the villa to a secluded cove, whilst Salema's village centre is a short 5-minute stroll. The villa is available for exclusive occupancy all year round on a self-catered basis. It will accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 ensuite bedrooms, all with balconies. There is a large open-plan lounge and dining room with log fire, flat-screen television, DVD and hi-fi. Outside there is a roof terrace, and in front of the villa a large terrace with private swimming pool, sun loungers, BBQ and dining area. An extensive games room features a table tennis table, full size pool table, darts board and table football. A range of baby equipment is available including cots, baby linen, stairgates, plastic crockery and cutlery. There are also indoor and outdoor games, videos, DVDs and freeview TV.


Should you wish, Simply Salema can personally design a programme of activities for your holiday which you can choose to suit your individual requirements and budget. There are a range of sports and other activities to choose from:

Watersports: Swimming, sea kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, scuba diving, reef fishing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing.

Other Activities: Mountain biking, golf, boat trips to remote beaches, jeep safaris, walking, dolphin watching, climbing, horse riding, game fishing, tennis, blokarting.


Children's Clubs: During the school holidays, daytime kids activity clubs are available at the nearby golf/holiday resort ‘Parque de Floresta’ for younger children and teenagers alike.

Babysitting: Simply Salema can recommend a local babysitter.
Minimum Age

There is no minimum age for the holiday. Some of the individual activities have minimum height, weight and/or age restrictions.

Villa Select

Villa Select offers a range of specially selected family villas to rent in Pollenca & Cala d’or in Mallorca, Menorca, Algarve of Portugal, Spain’s Costa Blanca, Cyprus and the Greek islands of Crete & Cephalonia. Each of the villas has individual character and style and range from rustic style to contemporary villas and each one offering every amenity for you to have an enjoyable holiday. All of the villas have private pool, maid service and a generous welcome pack to enjoy on arrival. An in-resort representation service is provided for your peace of mind.

Special Offer Save up to £1000 on all July 2011 departures. Call the Villa Select sales team on 01789 764909 for more information.
Destinations Cyprus, Greek Islands (Kefalonia, Crete), Mallorca, Menorca, Portugal, Spain (Javea).

All of the villas have a private pool. All have fully equipped kitchens with washing machines and most villas also have dishwashers. All bed linen, towels and pool towels are provided.  A maid service is provided as well as a welcome pack on arrival. For those with younger families, cots and highchairs are available to rent and a small selection of villas have gated pools for safety.


Watersports: Many villas are located near to the beach with opportunities for windsurfing, yachting and water skiing. Some locations have sailing schools and diving clubs nearby.

Other Activities: The activities available vary by resort but there are usually opportunities for cycling, walking, horse-riding and golf.

Childcare Babysitting can be arranged.
Minimum Age None.
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