• The pros and cons of renting a villa on vacation

    2012-05-02

    When travelers are thinking of their upcoming vacation, they may automatically begin to plan what type of hotel or resort they'd like to stay at. However, there is a popular alternative to experiencing a new locale - renting a private villa.

    There are definite pros and cons of renting a villa as opposed to staying in a hotel, depending on what traveler's likes and dislikes are. If travelers are on a budget and taking a trip with a large group, villas may be ideal as guests can cook their own meals and save money. However, if visitors are interested in sampling an array of local cuisine, they may rather try a hotel and go out to eat more often.

    Villas may give individuals more flexibility than a resort. These properties allow travelers to come and go as they please without worrying about checking in with a concierge desk. If they meet friends in the area, they can host additional guests for meals or sometimes even to stay over, which could be tricky at a hotel. At the same time, villas do not all have staff on hand, so if something goes wrong in the house, it could take some time to have someone address the situation.

    When villas are adjacent to their own private beaches, this can give guests a chance to enjoy a secluded and relaxing holiday. If taking vacations with children, though, travelers may want to stay at a resort that offers additional activities or the ability for little ones to make friends to stay entertained.

    For those on a budget, villas come in a range of prices, designs and locations to offer travelers wallet-friendly selections. Some will come with professional chefs and the opportunity for private onsite spa treatment, while others offer comfortable decor and simple amenities that can make for an enjoyable stay without the expensive frills. Tourists can look into villas that may be only a few miles from their home for a quick weekend away, or check out the more exotic locales for a lavish undertaking.

    The idea of villa rentals may entice some travelers, while others may prefer hotel and resort stays when on their getaway. Either way, individuals may want to look into the benefits of both options for accommodations before embarking on their next adventure travel trip, depending on their expectations.
     

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