Rental villas are fast becoming an accommodation preference for holidaymakers around the world, especially those who not only want to do sightseeing, but also want to spend some quality time with friends and family. Private villas, whether regular or luxury, give you a feeling of ‘home away from home’ during your vacation. Of course this is minus the burden of doing daily household chores like cleaning, cooking and laundry yourself. Moreover, renting beautiful villas for your vacation means a lot more privacy and space than you could ever expect from hotels.
However, as with everything else, you must do your homework well to get the most out of your holiday. Here are a few things to keep in mind for ensuring a peaceful vacation in a rental villa:
Avoid remote locations: While it is true that the raison d’tre for hiring a villa is privacy, staying in one which is too remote can have its own problems. For one, it may not be connected well to the airport and the city center. Secondly, you don’t want to be stuck in case of an emergency. Plus, if it is too far off in the suburbs, you may end up spending a lot of time in commuting from one place to another. So, before you finalize the place, check with the villa owner about getting airport transfers, availability of transport for sightseeing, etc. and double check all information online.
Also, if the villa is near woods, you may face problems like mosquitoes, monkeys, etc. on the premises. These can become irritants during your vacation, and if you have kids with you, this problem can totally spoil your holiday. As such, you must research the location well and select one which is away from the hustle and bustle, yet not secluded.
Another must for a peaceful vacation is the safety around the villa. If you are choosing a stand- alone villa, this becomes all the more important and you should check beforehand about the security at the gate and if the staff in the villa is trustworthy.
Get everything in writing: Your holiday is for spending time peacefully with those you love and getting some much needed rest to rejuvenate you. It is definitely not for squabbling with the villa management over what was promised vs. what you are getting. Ideally, you should get everything in writing, on e-mail perhaps, before you book the place. Get the travel agent or the owner to send you a list of services that will be included in the rental, the number of staff in the villa, any free breakfast or welcome drinks and snacks, discounts, facilities, etc. This will help you in backing up your claims and taking advantage of the services promised to you.
If you have the money, go for luxury villas: If you want to make the most of your vacation, or if you are planning a special holiday like an anniversary or your honeymoon, go all out and rent a luxury villa for your vacation. Luxury villas offer you everything you can imagine and more in their package. Many resorts do not just have beautiful villas with one, two or three bedrooms; they also have spa facilities, gyms, crches, and even private beach areas (depending on your destination).