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Unread 14 Nov 19, 04:49 PM  
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Villa package with Tui?

Anyone done one of these? We are pretty much set on going in Aug 2021 but first time in a villa. Original plan was to DIY- fly drive and villa sepwrate,y, but after reading the threads on here where people have already booked 2021 packages with Tui I'm not sure whether to wait if not?

There are a number of villa options where you can choose your resort, and they look within our budget- but not sure if it is the villa specified or is actually allocated on arrival. Can anyone share any experience of this with Tui? Or dies anyone know of any other companies taking bookings for 2021?
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Lots of villa owners are taking bookings for 2021. Allocated on arrival is just that, Ive seen some people get given amazing aoa villas and ive also seen people camping in the TUI offices in tears because the villa is so awful.
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We had an awful Thomson villa but this was a few years ago.
We had a tv on an orange box in the lounge. The villa was so basic. No wifi, a garage with one dartboard and the pool stayed green for 2 weeks. No one from Thomson was contactable or interested
Personally, after this experience we would never book AoA again however, as previously stated, you could get really lucky.
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Yeah, Im thinking I dont want to take the chance! Will stick to the original plan.
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Whilst I dont get carried away with villas and never book one before I have purchased my flights, I would never trust a company to allocate on arrival. Whilst it will probably be fine, plenty have found otherwise and in any case, I would sooner make such a choice myself after researching and reading reviews.

1. It generally saves money.
2. If I dont get what I want, it is my fault.
3. It is great fun, selecting Yourself.

4. I have no great trust that any travel company either carries out inspections or even cares once they have your booking (and money). All of them seem to be fine until things go wrong.
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Obviously as a villa owner I am biased, but we have been approached by the booking managers for the TAs in the past as they are short of accomodation for peak periods. We have never been available for their dates and certainly would not accept the rates they pay but I guess some must do or there would be more stories of people having nowhere to stay. None of the companies have ever inspected our home before asking to use it.
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Originally Posted by EssexSue View Post
Obviously as a villa owner I am biased, but we have been approached by the booking managers for the TAs in the past as they are short of accomodation for peak periods. We have never been available for their dates and certainly would not accept the rates they pay but I guess some must do or there would be more stories of people having nowhere to stay. None of the companies have ever inspected our home before asking to use it.
How do people find dibb villas cos I know I asked on the page once but only got one response. I think also when theres people on here that do dibb villas like you and gryff you are such active posters that I can feel you are trustworthy and it makes me wonder if in the future I should book diy.

Im a scaredy cat. I book virgin and I have allocation on arrival. In June it was amazing. Next year I am worrying slightly but my only thought is at the moment if anything goes wrong I can kick up a fuss and complain like mad if something goes wrong as they must have a back up villa. And covered my Abta etc. Thats my only reason for doing it that way.
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How do people find dibb villas cos I know I asked on the page once but only got one response. I think also when theres people on here that do dibb villas like you and gryff you are such active posters that I can feel you are trustworthy and it makes me wonder if in the future I should book diy.

Im a scaredy cat. I book virgin and I have allocation on arrival. In June it was amazing. Next year I am worrying slightly but my only thought is at the moment if anything goes wrong I can kick up a fuss and complain like mad if something goes wrong as they must have a back up villa. And covered my Abta etc. Thats my only reason for doing it that way.
I would not assume they will have back up villas at peak times to be honest.
My booking to dibbers is not a success story to be fair, I look at the requests every morning but I am mostly already booked.
You can always pm us.
Thank you for the vote of confidence anyway. X
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