We always book last minute to get the best deals and James Villas late deals section is easy to use to browse the best deals - and booking via the web site is brilliant - even if you have a problem with the system (which I have in the past once) I just called up the call center and the staff are always helpful - not pushy and are very helpful in every way.
Their villas NEVER disappoint and are always what you expect and more
We had a wonderful week here in half term. The villa was well-appointed and exceeded our expectations. The pool was lovely and finding table tennis and pool table was great. The area is beautiful, easy walk to beaches, restaurants, supermarkets. We'd go back tomorrow if we could :)
Just got back from our james villa holiday and will definitely be using them again. From booking right through the holiday everything was well organised so the only thing we had to worry about was whether to relax by the pool or on the beach!!
Our first experience with James Villas, villa in Crete was selected and all arrangements booked online. Website provide detailed and accurate information including good photos, villa floor plan and location map. We selected a more expensive flight with Jet2 as times were better and we paid extra for pre-allocated seats and hot meals. Flights early both ways (35 minutes early on return), hire car collection straightforward and directions to villa easy to follow. Villa was excellent, fine location, spotlessly clean and very well equipped with very nice pool area. We enjoyed a week of warm sunshine with a few patchy clouds a couple of days - better than the UK in late October!
This is our third James Villa holiday to three different destinations (Paxos ,Kefalonia,Lefkas) in two years with next year already booked ,the villas have been of the highest quality my latest being Villa Morpheas in Lefkas where the views from this villa looking towards mainland Greece over several other islands is spectacular.
The villa built to a very high standard in an excellent location with a large well maintained pool.
Lefkas has a lot to offer ,a short drive from the main towns takes you to long quiet beaches.
The main towns on the east side of the island include Nidri,Sivota,Vasiliki where harbour side tavernas & restaurants provide good food & a friendly atmosphere.
The west side of the island has several spectacular beaches ,Porto katsiki & my favourite Kathisma beach ,a long pebble & sand beach.
My wife & I have been to Lefkada twice before in quite good villas staying in Geni & Vasiliki both areas & villas being very good but Villa Morpheas was outstanding & provided a relaxing 2 week holiday ,we will certainly look at this villa again should we return to Lefkada again.
We stayed at the same villa last year and loved it. Sadly this year we had problems with the overall cleanliness and couldn't use the pool for the first 4 days as it was filthy. We only got 1 towel change when we should have had 3. I feel the maintenance & cleaning staff were taking liberties due to the owners poor health. The villa could also do with some modernisation.
The villa was amazing, you couldn't have wished for more. Having your own private pool was a luxury and a necessity to cool down from the Cyprus sun. Even my non-swimmer mum was in the pool regularly. The location of the villa was ideal, very peaceful and relaxing, set back off the main road down a track through a grape vineyard. I didn't hire a car prior to our holiday, I wanted to check the location first but we managed very well using the local buses, and apparently you can buy a weekly ticket, we didn't find this out until the day before we were leaving but at 1.50 a trip isn't too bad. I think if you wanted to explore the sites of Cyprus then you would definitely need a car. I requested a welcome pack, which was very handy especially as we arrived late but I would suggest that a small supply of dishwasher and washing machine tablets could be included.
Overall, this was the best holiday we have had, we didn't want to leave.
I am so very impressed with everything about my holiday. The booking was easy via the website, the cancellation of a family member was easy and hassle free. Every time if needed either some info by phone or email - the customer services staff answered within a working day. The villa was as described and the amount of information provided by James villas and Sammantha (our rep) we're first rate. I am defiantly going to book my next abroad holiday with James villas.
We recently returned from donoratico and I must say we had a brilliant time, The second week in September got a bit chilly in the evening but the was no heat available villa but on the good side the air conditioning is not on a timer it works whenever you turn it on...
In the brochure and on the website they advertise an open air pool sad shower when we got to the pool the pool sad shower is a tap With the hose pipe attached to it's not a shower at all
And The only other thing that we was disappointed with is that Owner uses the attached garage to store items for these other two businesses,
We only found out when I found a strange bloke unlocked the front gates and was carrying things into the garage.
This happened on several occasions during the two weeks I didn't mind but it would of been nice to have been told as you can imagine it's a bit of a shock to found a strange person walking around your holiday villa unannounced
But overall it was a very enjoyable holiday and we would go back again to the same villa
We had a holiday booked 6 months in advance. When we originally booked our holiday we went through the online process and by the time we had the email confirming the holiday the dates had changed from what we had originally entered. We then had to pay £260 to change the date. We accepted this error.
Then less that 2 months before holiday we had an emailing telling us we were no longer able to stay at the villa we had booked as the owner no longer wished to rent his property. We were offered a villa of a lower standard which didn't even offer the same facilities, and told we could have this for the same price????
We decided to cancel our holiday but were told if we chose to cancel our holiday we would lose 40% of the full price of the holiday as we were breeching contract. We were also told that even though the owner was breeching his contract and they were going to be taking legal action that this did not count as a significant change to the holiday.
How it breeches their contract but does not breech ours I was not quite sure. I ended going back and forth trying to resolve this issue. I looked in to regulations (which I really advise when dealing with this company, otherwise they will try and rip you off), and recited these back to them. Eventually they gave a full refund.
The most awful experience, they were rude, patronising, didn't even understand their own terms and conditions, tried to rip us off and make us feel like we were choosing to cancel the holiday for no reason.
Do not use James Villas as even though they have good reviews, when something goes wrong they won't help you out, they will argue and force you in to a holiday you don't want.
the villa we are just back from at casa del loro in playa blanca was fantastic and we will be booking this villa again next year.it sleeps 8 but there was only 4 of us so we had plenty of space. this detached villa is in a quiet location and no one over looks you. the villa itself was spotless and had everything you would need. there is even a pile of inflatables and kids scuba gear at the pool area. the pool is big and you can see the sea from the balcony upstairs. there is a number of restaurants and shops about 100m away but you will need a car to go into the centre of playa blanca. the whole area is very clean and you feel safe walking about at any time of the day or night. overall this villa is one you should consider if your planning on going to lanzarote.
This was the 1st time we had used James Villa's and our 1st holiday for 5 years so we decided to "splash out". How pleased we were that we went to James Villa's. From the initial enquiry, through the Booking procedure, to the rep in the resort and not forgetting the Villa the whole experience has been superb. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone and I know we will definitely be using them in the future.
The experience of using James Villas as a holiday company is exceptional. The staff are helpful, friendly and go that extra mile to ensure that everything is organised to your satisfaction. We received an extremely helpful service from Kate Reid who went out of her way to ensure that our late booking went smoothly. The weeks break in Skopolos was a dream........Everything was well organised, very professional and the whole experience was brilliant.
The Villa was superb and the location was to die for. I have used James Villas before and will not hesitate to use them again... Cant wait until next year. Thankyou for a fantastic holiday.
We booked 3 days before we departed and cannot fault the reps at James Villas. This villa represented fantastic value for money and the accommodation means 2 families could travel together. Spotlessly clean and beautiful surroundings and lovely pool, Barbecue was useful although as it was only a 10 minute walk to shops and eateries or 15 mins to the beach & Marina with a huge and varied choice of restaurants, so only used a couple of times.. Villa in lovely quiet suburban area. Maid service and pool man both very friendly and helpful and Wendy the rep in Villamoura was excellent and so friendly and welcoming. We will certainly be booking again , James Villas were fantastic.
For the 5th year in a row, James Villas has provided the perfect holiday. We stayed in the beautiful Villa Moixet near Pollenca old town, in peaceful surrounds. The villa and grounds are immaculate, with a lovely pool. The service provided by James Villas is excellent and everything goes to plan. Given the level of service, which included a call back months after the initial booking to facilitate free aircraft seat reservations, James Villas are excellent value for money and I would recommend them to anyone.
Choosing and booking our Villa Holiday through James Villas was so easy. I knew that we wanted to go to Punta Prima in Menorca (as our children and grandchildren had already decided to go there) - so it was only a matter of finding the right villa. A quick trawl through James Villas' Website, suppolemented by a telephone conversation with their representative at Head Office, found us the right place in a matter of minutes - after which, it was all plain sailing - even the dreaded paperwork. Although we had a couple of reservations about the quality of the Villa itself (a bit old-fashioned, and no inbuilt WiFi etc), the holiday was most enjoyable - and entirely hassle-free, which is exactly what we were looking for.
You only have so many holidays with your children and we have 4, with a less than 5 year age gap between eldest and youngest. The thing they will always remember are these times and it is therefore important that you have a good time. We have travelled using many companies. We can only base our opinion on James Villas based upon our main summer holiday in 2013 and 2012 however our only complaint would be that they only state that it is not as good as it is.
The service we got from James Vilas was second to none which makes you feel confident that the holiday that was promised would be delivered!! It was the best holiday all of us had had as it was perfect in every way. The villa was wonderful, spotlessly clean & comfortable & located right on Rethymno beach near to where you could do water sports like parasailing & banana boating. The beach was carefully managed with a daytime lifeguard who was proactive during a few red flag days when you could see him driving up & down on his buggy blowing his whistle at people ignoring the red flag!! We also had our own pool which was lovely. It looked really good at night as it was lit up & we enjoyed a night time illuminated dip!! It was just a short stroll to the many tavernas & shops & although we hired cars through the holiday the assigned drivers found driving on the Crete roads a little hairy & so we arranged some excursions via Dolphin Travel which is also found on the sea front. We had a visit form the James Villas rep on our first day to make sure we were ok & comfortable & she made sure that we knew she would be available to us should we have a problem. The owners came in on Tuesdays & Fridays to thoroughly clean the villa & to change bedding & provide clean towels. They even provided towels for the pool but we needed our own beach towels for the beach. Everything about our holiday was perfect & we would recommend James Villas to everyone.
Villa Diane, Crete
The villa was luxurious and outstanding. The location was secluded, which provided the peace and tranquility that we required whilst the villa and amenities provided the children with enough to keep them entertained for a week. It is approximately 1km up a hill and surrounded by olive tress with breath taking views over the bay.
The owner was very friendly and helpful. He provided hospitality to our family which made the week feel even more special. The start of our holiday was a 4 hour flight delay and we did not arrive until late at night. The owner had waited for us and upon our arrival helped us to settle in. He was very thoughtful and with it being late ordered in food for the family.
The villa was very modern with gadgets to keep everyone entertained. It also had maintenance around the clock to ensure that the pool, jacuzzi and gardens were immaculate during the day. The maintenance never impacted upon our privacy.
I would recommend this villa to anyone who is looking for luxury, sophistication, tranquility and peace to escape everyday life.
Thank you to James Villa and Illias for looking after us.
Stayed at le cle de sol in les adrets de L'Esterel for a week at beginning of August. Absolutely beautiful villa and surrounding countryside. Our 2 children aged under 6 loved the villas pool but the villa is not particularly child friendly with some steep steps, staircases and slippery marble floors. We had to be alert at all times! That said we would still recommend this holiday. A great time had by all. This was our second holiday in a row with James Villas, very impressed with them.
I have used Jamesvillas several times and they always provide an excellent service. Their descriptions are reliable, the staff always helpful and their website is easy to use. A fantastic service as always.
One of the best holidays we've had. The villa was exactly as described - an idyllic location, very clean and homely. The rep helped us when my son was ill and everything went like clockwork.
I had heard that James Villas was the best company to go with and this was reinforced by this, our experience. As a frequent first-class/Five star business traveller, leisure travel (when I have to pay for it myself) is often difficult to match. This holiday certainly exceeded my expectations. The villa was comfortable and had a great sea view, but was not overlooked at all. Being able to use your own private pool at any time of the day or night was fantastic.
Cyprus is a great island, with friendly people and a leisurely way of life. It is not cheap, but is certainly a great place for a holiday.
Would I use James Villas again - absolutely !
We used James Villas to book our holiday for five people. The booking process, using the website was effortless and communication throughout was excellent. The flight were with Easyjet and we used the online check in to reserve very reasonably priced seats - we were very impressed with the airline - no difficulties whatsoever. The car hire was simple and we received what we expected.
The villa in Latchi, Cyprus was superb - very accurate description. The owners came to see us on arrival and solved a coup,e of problems left by the previous tenants quickly and without impacting on us at all.
I would be delighted to use James Villas again and recommend them very highly.
Travelled to Tuscany with James Villa five times now. The service from the company was first-rate. The villa was perfect. James Villa has put a lot of consideration into the information they provide like directions, villa and local information and safety information. I found the whole experience very satisfying and felt well-looked after. We travelled with our 3 children. The youngest being 4 years old this year. We also travelled with him when he was 2.
the Villa was great, private, relaxing and peaceful with our own private pool and other sporting activities for the kids such as table tennis and basketball. Brilliant outdoor BBQ area and a supermarket located quite nearby. The Villa was exactly how it was described on the internet, it was clean and well decorated and very comfortable with cable TV and free WiFi and the pictures we looked at gave a true reflection of the Villa. Easy to check in and check out of and we were well looked after by the owner who could not do enough for us. Overall the holiday was just what we all needed, we all had a great holiday and we would definately use James Villas again in the future.
We have just returned from Pollensa, we stayed in an apartment overlooking the sea and marina. Central for everything, on a busy street at the front but the bedrooms at the back are silent, so excellent nights sleep. Plenty to see from the balcony, in fact if we went out we all could not wait to come back in and sit there with a glass of wine watching the world go by. Well equipped apartment with every appliance, though a few basic essentials would have been an added touch, like bin bags, washing up liquid etc, This was no problem as the shops were only a few minutes away.
If I went again I would pack dishwasher tablets etc. Lovely big balcony, comfy sofas, comfy beds and amazing storage space for clothes etc. Two large bathrooms one with a sunken bath which was lovely after a day on the beach. Plenty of hot water for our needs even after filling the enormous bath. Teenagers could wander out at night and we felt that they were safe. Bus stop outside, boat trips from the marina, plenty of walks to neighbouring towns or just stroll across the road to the beach! The cleaner came mid week and changed the towels and cleaned through the apartment. The only thing we didn't have was the transfers through JV as the cost was £270 for 5 of us - nearly all the taxis seat 4 so the cost was high for a five seater.
When we arrived at Palma airport we jumped on the local bus into Palma town centre (these run every 15 minutes) and cost 2 euros each, we then transferred on to the Pollensa bus which cost 6 euros each, making the transfer very cheap with very little effort. The bus stopped virtually outside the apartment and even though we arrived before the allotted time to arrive the apartment was ready for us.
We would defiantly use again.
Just arrived back from our holiday at Villa Anton in Albufeira!! Perfection, everything was wonderfull. Maid service often, the garderners called to tidy round. The pool was lovely and area so peaceful for relaxing. Its only a short walk to the strip or a fifteen min walk to the old town. But we was lazy and caught the little train, that runs from old town to new town every twenty mins. If you choose this villa you have to use the cinema, its better than going to the pictures! There are a couple of hairdryers in the bedrooms too and some floats for the pool have been left. Our private transfer was polite, and didnt drive like a maniac! This is one place we will be returning. Had a fabulous family holiday! Oh and u must use the bar b que too!! Oh and lastly a cheap super market at the bottom of the hill!!
We have just returned from the best James Villa holiday that we have had. Each year they get better and better. We stayed in Argaka, Cyprus and what a beautiful place this is if you want tranquility, to die for views, enchanting walks through olive grove and pine forests. This is our 4th James holiday, we are in our 60's and can't understand why we didn't have Villa holidays before. Hotels just don't tick our boxes any more.
This was our first family holiday with our 2 year old daughter. Also my parents went and my mother-in-law. I was quite apprehensive at first as I did not know what to expect from James Villas. I needn't have worried. There were a few issues upon arrival, but these were swiftly sorted out by our rep who was great. The villa was very private and quiet and suited us all perfectly. Our only concern was the safety of our little one, around the pool and edges of the gardens. We were a fair distance from the main centre but in fairness we did know that before going. It really was a holiday to remember and one i'll look back on with fond memories. Had there been no issues on arrival, and the villa had had a gated pool area and boundary fencing then I would not have hesitated in giving a 5 star review. Think of it as 4.5 stars!
Our first villa holiday and can honestly say Fig Tree Villa at Fanes exceeded our expectations. The pool was gorgeous, the villa clean and spacious for 4 adults (we are 3 siblings and a spouse). Steve and Liza from the Helios villa management company checked in on us to ensure everything was fine - a really friendly couple. Real peace and quiet - helped by the fact that the other 5 villas on the small complex were not occupied. Being at the top of a hill, through a narrow winding road through the village, it did mean we were reliant on the car even for basic amenities e.g. bakery, but this would not have been a problem for fitter people! Would definitely recommend this Villa and will also consider another James Villa holiday in the future
we had no problems booking our holiday with them , the pictures that were on the website were good , the directions given to get to villa were good . the only problem we had was with the hire car : sloppy gear box there were gears in it somewhere. boot on car did not hold 2 cases so had one on back seat .
We booked last minute - well 48 hours notice - but still (almost) everything went smoothly. The main hitch was the technical fault with the Thomson 767 on the way out which gave us a 2.5 hour delay.
Collecting the hired car was a doddle and thankfully they waited for the delayed. The directions to the villa were easy to follow and there were no wrong turnings. The villa and the road to it were named, always an advantage, which is not always the case.
We arrived at the villa very late due the delay to find no welcome pack (well we only booked a few hours before). This was not a big problem as the villa was in order so we got straight back in the car and drove to a supermarket for essentials and neighbouring taverna for a meal. The lack of a welcome pack was duly reported to our rep the following day when she visited and we were given a complimentary bottle of vino for the lack of the pack and the cheque refund was on our doormat when we returned home – can’t grumble at that response!
The villa: As described, comfortable, well furnished, spacious etc.
Negatives: There were only 2 of us in a villa for 8 people and had there been eight people present I think the water pressure may have been an issue. Switching on taps in taps did compromise one of the showers – I can’t speak for them all as I didn’t try them all. The electricity needed a fob inserting for the lights (etc.) to work; however, this fob was permanently attached the key ring with the front and back door keys. This made it fun when you returned back to the villa at night – unlock the door -insert the fob – lights on – damn – now I need to lock the door but I can’t see to do this as the lights go out. This also meant that keys could not be left in the doors at night they all hung with the electrical key fob – good job we didn’t need to exit in a hurry. Crockery and cutlery was not the cleanest but we always spec a property with a dish washer so this was rectified first wash. Wi-Fi had been installed two weeks earlier (unexpected bonus as this was not advertised) however the speed was not sufficient to load web pages or viber on either of our phones. Not within a reasonable walking distance of a useable beach (but we knew that beforehand from the web site). No midweek clean or towel change?
Positives: As described! Good quality spacious villa and outdoor area: Sufficient crockery and cutlery for 8 people: Indoor and outdoor tables comfortably seated 8: Soft seating inside and out combined would seat 10/11 in total: Fly screens for the bedroom and bathroom windows: Efficient and quiet aircon in all rooms: All plug sockets were standard UK sockets: Good size American style fridge fereezer: Good concrete bar-b-que close to the kitchen: Pool not overlooked: Pool, pool area, patio well maintained, clean and tidy and reasonably spacious: Attractive borders with garden and pool illuminated at night: Undercover car port area so the car was cool when you went to it: Good setting - surrounded by banana plantations: quiet area away from the town: within reasonable walking distance to two tavernas (1km and 1.4km from door to door we clocked it before walking it) and both served a choice of cold beers and a good meal. Spillies tavern was also catering for a wedding when we visited but they still accommodated us.
We never used the play station – I’m in Cyprus - why would I? and I took my ipod so I never tried the Cd player / radio.
All in all; another good villa and holiday - thank you. At 48 hours’ notice we never expected to find our ideal villa and location but this was not far off what we might have chosen had we have booked months earlier. Would recommend it to anyone who likes their own space and a quiet relaxing holiday but not if they wanted to be in the hub and the “vegas” type areas.
I notice that there are no reviews for Eden Resort, Albufeira and this is because there is nothing to write home about! After a fantastic service in UK from the James Villas reps we encountered more than our fair share of things to spoil our holiday. First it took over an hour and a half to get the car hire which made it late arriving at the resort (9.15pm). Check in completed with excellent service and we made our way to the villa. No Welcome Pack as paid for, so back to reception for them to arrange. Eventually came with a real mixture of food, which we realised was because the mini-market did not stock anything useful! The only thing anyone bought at the mini-market was blow-up toys for the pool. Very late but we made our way to the restaurant €15 per head, but selection dry, tasteless and we never went there again.
Room service - this leaves much to be desired. You were asked "clean or towels". Clean meant they would empty the bins and tidy up, a matter of 5 minutes. Towels meant they take the dirty and leave you clean. A matter of 2 minutes. We had to roll up the carpet in the lounge room as it was so filthy our little one's skin reacted to it. We asked them to mop the floors but it was just case of moving the dirt around with a wet mop.
There was a dishwasher in the well equipped kitchen but we didn't use it as there was not enough crockery to put in it! Washing Machine would have been more acceptable.
Satellite TV kept breaking down - or was it just a poor tv set. We purchased Wi-Fi for €25 but needn't have bothered as it was rubbish.
All the above did not stop us having a wonderful holiday, but most of it was spent away from Eden Resort. We have been to Portugal many times and probably next time will spend the money on a cheaper private villa as this resort did not come up to our expectations.
I have now had 7 holidays with James Villas, some with parents and spouse, some with children (grown) and grandkids and one with spouse and friends. Each holiday has been an absolute delight. The James website makes it easy to pick a location and villa that suits the requirements of the holiday party as their information is always accurate and useful. One you have chosen, the admin leading up to departure is simple - I pay online and get my e-tickets through email but on the odd occasion that I have had a query they have been easy to contact by phone and very helpful. The instructions that James supply with the itinery are good and clear which means the journey, collection of the car and navigation to the villa is hassle free. And then to the best bit - the properties. All the villas we have stayed at have been simply wonderful. Some rural with spectacular outside space and others more urban but still with great pools and great inside specs. Our reps have always been helpful yet inobtrusive. We love James Villas and, with their help, have created some great family memories over the years, I recommend to anyone in the market for this kind of break.
James Villas have some great properties but if you have a problem with a property they do not help in any way as you will see from other review sites.
We booked a top of the range villa in costa blanca a while back. We had checked with the company to find the best villa for our needs - in a quiet area near shops and facilities so the kids could be a bit independant, and when we arrived at the villa it was miles from the town on a main road, totally opposite to our requirements.
The villa furthermore was very dirty, the beds were very short (5'9") and as our boys were 6' 3" and 6' 1" respectively were unfit for purpose. We were told that as Spanish people are shorter than English people the size was normal for the area!
The sofa was filthy and consisted of a narrow plank across as a seat which was not only uncomfortable but dangerous as we kept falling down the holes on either side, the only other chair broke the first time it was used, the kitchen was infested with insects ( rep told me that if I cleaned it they should go away - this was in our first day so left like this for us); and there was a building site across the road and as the pool was in the front garden it couldn't be used as dust blew across it all day , never mind the noise from drill, men, cars etc.
we rang immediately after arrival to ask to be moved or flown home, they had no other villa in the area available and could not get us on a flight home until our due date in two weeks.
We couldn't stay in the villa so had to book into a hotel that cost mega bucks as we hadn't pre booked and what did James villas offer a compensation - yes you've guessed it not a penny.
As I say lots of you have had great holidays , but if a problem they leave you high and dry and don't help at all, oh sorry the rep did bring a desk fan so the windows could be kept shut at night because of the road noise, didn't go far between five of us. James Villas shame on you
We booked with James as we knoew the company buthad never traveled with them, this was our first Villa holiday with our little 1 year old with the grandparents - absolutely fabulous and would have no doubt in doing it again with James. The villa was exactly as described and the location beutiful. They also had a local rep we called on - Juve - he was great and helped us sort out some tickets to a local tourist attraction which we wouldn't have been able to do without him. The whole package of flights, car hire, travel insurance and welcome pack was etremely good value and we would definetely recomend them and will use them again. 10/10 thanks James !
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