We recently stayed at a beautiful villa in the gorgeous town of Moraira, Spain. You can fly into Alicante, where there is an hour transfer time to the Moraira villa. We chose Benibus for our transfer which went really well – they were waiting for us in a pre arranged car parking spot, and the communications beforehand were great. For June 2023, the transfer costs were €360 for 10 people which I thought was good considering the travel time. Be warned, two of our group came later and paid quite a bit more per person, so the way to save is to get as many as people as possible involved.

However, that’s the fun part! A villa holiday with friends or family is a great way to get people together, to relax, and enjoy yourselves. We booked this gorgeous Moraira villa , sleeping 12 people. I urge you to check out the website (this isn’t an ad!) as the pictures are unreal – but when we got there it was even better than we imagined. It has 6 bedrooms – one master with an ensuite, then three further bedrooms on the ground floor sharing 2 fantastic bathrooms.

There is then an apartment on the lower floor of the villa which has two rooms and a lounge and kitchenette, sharing a bathroom. All rooms are kingsize – there is one smaller room in the apartment but still fine for two adults. All the decor is amazing – the kitchen is large with an island, dishwasher – lots of crockery and glassware. We hardly used inside apart from to cook breakfasts to eat on the amazing covered dining area outside, seating 12.

The pool is large, perfect for playing and swimming alike. There is an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, paella pan, American fridge freezer, dishwasher and sink. This was ideal as we were able to fill this area with drinks and ice, and there was no need to drag plastic cups up and down to the main house.

There was also a games room – but it was outside, really well shaded. This had a pool table, football table, darts. There was also a table tennis table that we brought out into the sun, and two giant games too which would be perfect for kids – we were all adults so didn’t play with these. This games room was perfect for those of us that didn’t like lazing in the sun, as they were able to enjoy themselves whilst still being in the vicinity of everyone else, and not missing out on all the fun.

Moraira itself is a gorgeous town, and was a 15 minute walk from the villa. Our favourite restaurants were The Olive Tree, and Brasserie Vivaldi (food pics below!) but there are so many to choose from. We also loved La Cena for lunch, which was right opposite the sea. All the restaurants we went to were well priced. If you’re on a bit of a budget, a villa holiday might be the way to go, as the villa cost is divided between several people. We did an evening meal kitty, where we all put money in, then paid the bill from that; mainly to avoid the hassle of trying to work out who had what. However, if you were on a stricter budget you could easily split it down later when you get back to the villa.

We didn’t do any day trips, because we wanted this to be a relaxing holiday. However if you hired a car, there are lots of places you could go – further down the coast road to El Portet beach, or why not try the “delights” of Benidorm?

Our top tip if you are hiring a villa is to organise a shopping delivery with Mercadona. We were able to download the app in the UK, and add to it for the week before the holiday, then it was all delivered just after we got there. The lovely villa hosts had left us a welcome pack, so we had an amazing first lunch of Iberian ham and cheese baguettes, with lovely wine and beer. Then our shopping came and we realised how much we had ordered!! We felt so sorry for the delivery guy that we tipped him heavily. But it was the best thing we could have done for such a big group. We did small top up shops a couple of times from the supermarket 7 minutes walk away.

If you have any questions about the villa or Moraira, let me know – suzied@chasingmysunshine.com