How to choose your ideal holiday accommodation
Caravans, hotels, campsites, lodges and cabins â€“ there are so many different types of holiday accommodation available now that it can be hard to just choose the type of place you want to stay at, never mind where you want to go. To help you decide which holiday accommodation is right for you, we have created this guide:
Pros: the pros of choosing a caravan as a holiday accommodation is that it offers a luxurious place to stay without the hefty price tag. A modern caravan is built to a high standard using the best available materials, meaning they are warm in winter and cool in summer. As well as this, they include modern kitchens and all the gadgets you would expect for a luxury apartment. Many come with an outdoor seating area, so that you donâ€™t have to be cooped up indoors during your holiday, making them ideal for families with young children.
Cons: one of the main draw backs of holidaying in a caravan is that you will have to do your own cooking, although many caravan parks now have onsite restaurants, making it easier to eat out close to your accommodation. As well as this, staying in a caravan means you will have to tidy up after yourself and do some light cleaning, as there are no daily cleaners or room service.
Pros: a hotel is a great option for city breaks as they are often located in tourist areas. As well as this, a hotel provides all the amenities you need, meaning that all the cleaning and tidying up is done for you. There is the option of room service for those who want snacks or meals served to their rooms. As well as this hotel facilities usually include onsite restaurant, bars, pools and even spas.
Cons: staying in a hotel means only having a room for privacy during your stay. This means that if you have to want a private place to relax during your holiday you have to stay in an (often small) bedroom. As well as this, you are normally restricted to certain times for breakfast and dinner, while there is no facilities to do your own cooking so you have to eat out or order in during your stay.
Pros: camping is the ideal choice for those who enjoy being outdoors and close to nature. The majority modern campsites also offer onsite facilities such as shower blocks, toilets and laundry rooms that make camping more comfortable; while many also include a restaurant, bar and shop on the campsite.
Cons: the nature of camping means that the weather can impact your stay. If the weather is cold, windy or raining, then you are stuck in your tent, which can become cold and damp. Also with camping you need to bring everything with you, including plates, cutlery and towels. You will also have to sleep on the floor in sleeping bags, so not the best option for those who like their home comforts.
Lodges and cabins
Pros: Lodges and cabins are similar in that they offer a home away from home type of accommodation usually set within stunning scenery and away from the stresses of modern life. Lodges and cabins are often built to a high standard and offer a cosy retreat during winter and a spacious place to stay, with outdoor areas, during summer. They are normally fitted out with fully equipped kitchens and modern appliances. Lodges and cabins are also often located away from highly populated areas, meaning they provide great privacy and a chance to get away from it all.
Cons: Staying in a lodge or cabin means that you will have to provide your own catering, which usually means cooking your own meals or eating in nearby restaurants. As well as this, there is no room service, so you will normally have to tidy up after yourself, as well as doing some light cleaning. The nature of lodges and cabins means that they are normally located in secluded areas, meaning they are not ideal for those looking for accommodation in busy city centres.