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35 Years of James Villa Holidays

We love a celebration at James. And that's why this year, to mark our 35th birthday, we're celebrating all those milestones, big and small, that get the whole family together and put a smile on your face. From honeymoons to anniversaries and everything in between… these occasions deserve a little special attention.

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Something for Every Occasion

Whether it's a big birthday, special anniversary or that family holiday you've all been looking forward to, what better way to celebrate than with a blissful break to sunnier climes?

To mark our own 35th birthday, we spoke to 2000 members of the public to find out what occasions they think deserve a sun-filled getaway. And 57% of respondents agreed that celebrating abroad makes an event feel even more special.

So, why not get the whole family together and mark the event in style? There's room for everyone to join in the festivities with villas that sleep up to 20, to peaceful countryside boltholes where you can get away from all but each other. With over 3000 villas there's something for every occasion.

Celebration Holidays

Take a look at the top 10 reasons why we love to jet off…

1. Big birthday (30%)
2. Honeymoon (28%)
3. Milestone wedding anniversary (25%)
4. A wedding (20%)
5. A hen or stag party (15%)
6. Retirement (14% of over 45s)
7. An engagement (17% of 25-44 year olds)
8. A graduation or education milestone (15%)
9. A babymoon (15%)
10. New job (12%)

Couples Celebrations

From honeymoons, anniversaries or just all important quality time together, there's always a reason to get away and celebrate… just the two of you.

Destinations For Two

Soak up the amorous atmosphere in Italy and walk the streets of some of the most famous cities of Florence, Pisa and Rome. If it's a beach break you're looking for then get away to glorious Greece. The golden sands of Kefalonia may just be the perfect place to soak up some sunshine with your loved one.

Group Getaways

Got a big birthday coming up? 30% of people we spoke to said they'd consider jetting off to mark a big birthday in style. We couldn't agree more! So get you and your favourite people all under one sundrenched roof. With a stay in one of our villas for large groups you can do just that. Toast the occasion with all of your nearest and dearest - cheers!


When it comes to a pre-wedding celebration mixed group getaways are on the rise. With over half (55%) of men we spoke to preferring to bring their partner along on their stag do! And what's more, 62% of people said they'd prefer a classy holiday with friends than a traditional night out in a nightclub.

BIG Family Holidays

62% of our respondents would include children and grandchildren on their occasion getaways. So if you're celebrating something special, or even your first holiday as a growing family, every generation is invited. Our range of villas for babies and toddlers a have gated pools and stair gates plus more handy features so that you can sit back and relax knowing the little ones are safe and sound. And when they're tucked up in bed you can celebrate in style out on your own private terrace.

Multi-Generation Destinations

Pick Portugal and whisk your family away to the Algarve. Perfect for multi-generational celebrations, you'll mark the occasion and make lifelong memories while you're at it! Babies and toddlers are catered for in our range of properties fit for little ones; properties with pool tables and games consoles are sure to be a hit with the older kids, while tennis courts and hot tubs keep Mum and Dad relaxed. Whatever your family makeup, there's a villa to suit. Everyone's happy - what's not to love?

Privacy, Seclusion and Quality Time

No matter the celebration, a little privacy is key to marking to the special occasion, and 85% of respondents agree. And it seems we are seeking more private holidays away from the hustle and bustle of hotels where loud neighbours (41%), expensive food (40%), and poor-quality amenities (39%) feature as the main bothers of British holidaymakers when staying in a hotel.

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