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Questions To Ask When Booking A Villa Holiday

If you think hiring a rockstar villa with a private chef is only for the jetset then you’re wrong.  You may be pleasantly surprised to find that hiring a private villa, particularly if you’re splitting the cost between friends/family, can work out cheaper than a luxury hotel.

Olanda Beach House

There are so many benefits to a villa holiday from saving money and not squishing your family into one hotel room to personal living space and being able to have your baby sleep in air-conditioned comfort whilst you laze by the pool.  That said, it’s worth doing your homework when booking a villa. There have been instances of fraudulent websites and so you need to check you are booking with a reliable agent/site.  I recommend going old school and picking up the phone to speak with whomever you are booking the villa through.

Tips to find a cheaper rate

  • Book with the villa owner direct rather than an agent.  You can do this by searching for properties on places like Flipkey, finding the villa name in the description and then searching to see if they have their own website.  For other properties, they may be solely managed through an agent so you will have no choice in the matter.
  • When it comes to the price, it’s always worth trying to negotiate a discount from early bird special to last-minute booking. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
  • Check which currency the villa owner requires payment in. You may incur extra bank charges so it’s worth seeing if they have a bank account in your location that you can transfer money to.

Questions you should ask (outside the obvious)

  • What does the price include? Transfers from the airport?  Breakfast? I’ve had villa agents forget to inform me about a few extra add ons so find out upfront.
  • Dimensions of the pool. If you’ve got toddlers, find out how shallow the pool is. Case in point, our villa below which was beautiful except the pool was so deep and had no shallow end!
    Sky in villa pool
  • Pool safety – is there a pool gate. If not, can one be provided
  • Is the pool heated? If not, does it get the sun on it?
  • Is the villa family friendly? Are there lots of stairs within the complex?
  • How many sun loungers are there? We’ve sometimes found that villas can be a bit stingy with the sun loungers so if you don’t think there will be enough, find out if you can request extra. Although let’s face it, if you’re traveling with young kids, it’s unlikely you’ll use them that much!
    Bali Villa Sunloungers
  • Do any of the bathrooms have bathtubs?
  • Particularly for those who need to check work emails on vacation – how reliable is the wifi? How reliable is the power?
  • What is the security like for the property? Is there a night watchman?
  • What are the bedding arrangements? Can a baby cot or rollaway be provided?
  • How many parking spaces are there?
  • Is drinking water provided?
  • Are there any problems with mosquitos? Do the beds have mosquito nets?
  • Exact location of the villa.  Get the villa owner/agent to give you address so you can view on google maps for yourself.

For a villa that includes staff

  • How often is the villa/rooms cleaned?
  • How often are the sheets changed?
  • Will they do the laundry free of charge or is that extra?
  • Will they babysit? How much is it?
  • How much is the chef? Will they go and do the grocery shopping and we provide the money?

 

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