Self catering holiday apartments are the ultimate in flexibility. When you've got your own cooking facilities, you can eat whenever you like without worrying about restaurant times, and with more space at your disposal than the 4 walls of a hotel room, you can spread out and relax. Whether you're looking for a short break or a longer stay, a self catering holiday rental makes a fantastic base, and it can also be a great way to make your budget go further – especially if you can get a last-minute deal.
What facilities might you find in your holiday rental?
Ready to cook up a storm in the kitchen? Self catering holiday apartments will all have some kind of cooking setup, but beyond that, these kinds of holiday lettings can vary hugely. Couples can hunker down in cosy, compact pads, while there are plenty of bigger properties for families and larger groups. If you've got an appetite for luxury, you'll find some pretty flashy apartment rentals out there, with amenities including cutting-edge tech, hot tubs and even private pools. Many are dog-friendly too, so your furry friend doesn't need to languish in kennels while you're off on holiday.
Top destinations for self catering holiday apartments
Self catering apartments are a holiday staple, and wherever you fancy taking a break, you can be sure there's a holiday letting there that'll suit you. You might be in the market for a sophisticated European city break, a laid-back UK staycation, or a more adventurous trip across the Atlantic to the US East Coast. And if you're just looking to find a tantalising strip of sand and sea somewhere in Spain or Greece, then there are plenty of beachfront holiday rentals, too.
Experience the best of British
A self catering holiday rental is a great way to experience the very best the UK has to offer, whether you're looking for the buzz of the big city or the tranquility of the countryside. Major UK cities like London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow are stacked with self catering rental flats, and many of them have great city-centre locations that'll put you right in the heart of things. Or you could go the other way and escape to a secluded self catering holiday home in the back of beyond. Favourite locations include Snowdonia, the Scottish Highlands and the Lake District.
Ramp up the culture with a European city break
It's official – we're living through the era of the city break, and with flights to the Continent more numerous than ever, isn't it time you booked yourself a self catering holiday apartment in an iconic European city? Romantic hotspots like Paris, Venice and Florence have been drawing British travellers for hundreds of years, but we're also seeing a new generation of destinations springing up, including supercool Berlin, fashionable Antwerp, and the darling of the European foodie and cultural scene – Barcelona.
Life's always better by the beach
Somehow the flexibility of a self catering holiday apartment is especially well-suited to the long, lazy days of a beach holiday. Resort towns in countries such as Spain, Greece and Portugal are brimming with holiday rentals, and whether you're looking to live it large in Majorca or keep it classy in Malta, there's a European beach destination to suit you. If you're searching for somewhere a bit closer to home, how about sorting yourself out with a holiday in somewhere like Torquay or Paignton – otherwise known as the English Riviera. Or you could go for the quintessential British seaside experience with a holiday rental in Blackpool.
All-American adventures in the US of A
A self catering holiday break in the US is the perfect way to get to grips with life across the pond. Looking for a city break with a difference? How about trying somewhere like New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco? For somewhere more relaxing, you could make for the oceanfront resorts of the East Coast, or head into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Among the most popular places in the US for self catering apartment rentals is Florida – the Sunshine State – with many properties centred around the theme parks of Orlando.