Here at France for Families, we think there are some safe assumptions to be made about holidays following the year we’ve had with the Covid-19 pandemic.
- We are desperate to get away from our own four walls.
- We will be prepared to spend more on holidays in 2021 to France and elsewhere to ensure we have a holiday.
- We want to reconnect with our extended family and so are looking for potentially bigger holiday properties that will cater to larger numbers.
- We still want an element of privacy with ongoing nervousness about Covid-19. Despite the growing confidence due to the roll out of the vaccine in the UK and across Europe, there will be a higher demand for private properties over hotels and holiday resorts with shared facilities with large groups of people.
- We’ve all had a stressful year in one way or another, so we are especially interested in luxury holidays in France, that make us feel safe and extra special.
Holidays to France in 2021
The big question on everyones lips is will we be allowed to travel abroad? In the Government 4-step guide to easing our way out of Covid-19 lockdown, international travel is previewed to allowed from 17 May, 2021. This, of course, is dependent to the UK meeting all of the lockdown targets and the French Gov allowing incoming tourist traffic to their country. (Read our blogs on current Covid-19 status for more info on travelling to France in 2021).
France does not currently have the mass lockdown restrictions that the UK is experiencing at time of writing (March 2021), however their vaccine plan is running slightly behind the UK. Rest assured however that given the success of the UK’s vaccine plan, it looks likely that France and other European countries will look favourably on tourism from the UK as we would be bringing in a much needed boost to tourism income with relatively little risk.
So – is it a safe bet to plan a holiday to France in 2021? The odds are on a yes, certainly for high season and into the Autumn.
Big Family Reunions
As mentioned, 2021 will be the year of the big reunion after months of family lockdown restrictions. Whether you planning a short break or a longer holiday, there is demand for larger holiday accommodation in France, where various different members of the family or groups of friends can enjoy meeting up and spending quality time together.
With larger groups of travellers holidaying together, you can then potentially afford to pool resources to book something that caters for all and offers those luxury facilities, such as villas with a private pool or spacious outside dining areas with BBQs and extended gardens.
Luxury Villa holidays
Offering both space and seclusion, villas have rocketed in popularity this year, as travellers eschew the company of others in favour of a place they can call their own. As mentioned, multigenerational families or groups of friends look for somewhere to reconnect with loved ones they haven’t seen for far too long.
As well as featuring facilities such as private pools, large gardens, lots of luxury villas in France have staff on hand to help you get the most out of your holiday.
One of our France for Families Owners, Tracey at Acabanes Luxury Villa in the Dordogne area of France, offers a whole range of extras to make the holiday extra special. “We believe we are different to other villa owners as we are continually investing in both the villa and the grounds to ensure our guests receive their best possible holiday experience,” she says. “If there is something that you would like for your holiday that we do not have, please just ask and we will endeavour to purchase it.”
Special luxury services at Acabanes include Special Occasion Holidays -with catering and the decorations, a “Wine Welcome Package” – choose good local wines from a choice of our hand picked packages from secret vineyards, a “Tastes of the Dordogne Wine, Bread and Cheese Arrival Package”, a Grocery Shopping Services – including a shop for your arrival so that you can begin your holiday in a very relaxed manner! Plus for those extra special touches, you can enjoy Chef Services, Beauty Treatments, Baby-sitting and Yoga in the garden!
Another travel trend the experts predict is increased demand for all-inclusive holidays, especially ones that cater to the family.
Imagine Roussillon is a luxury child friendly resort in the south of France which offers a fabulous package of services and facilities. This quiet and tranquil resort surrounded by the beautiful Roussillon countryside in the south of France features 6 luxury apartments and one luxury villa. These are high quality baby and child friendly apartments and villas with air conditioning, plus kids club, babysitting and Pilates classes each day in a purpose-built studio. There is also a heated pool, jacuzzi and professional gym on site. Meals include breakfast and two evening meals per week, leaving you the brilliant flexibility of eating out or enjoying your own BBQ on the other evenings.
The two main draws of Imagine Roussillon though are its exclusivity – just 4 families per week – and its unparalleled location; 8 minutes’ drive from the Mediterranean, 15 minutes from exotic Perpignan and just 35 minutes from Spain and the Costa Brava. You can find out more and enquire about 2021 holiday availability for Imagine Roussillon here.
In summary, 2021 and probably 2022 is going to be like no other for larger family reunion holidays or groups of friends getting together, with a touch of luxury added to their break and we can think of no where better than a luxury family friendly holiday to France!