Caribbean Travel: Should we book a hotel or villa?

Does the idea of having to share a public pool sound appealing to you? How about sharing the world’s best beaches with dozens of tourists, paying a $10% service fee, or the lack of a fully-equipped kitchen to prepare meals on? If you answered “no” to the questions above, then a private villa might be what you’re after. In this blog post, we’ll go over the advantages and disadvantages of renting a private villa vs. a hotel. 

You can stay in a resort or hotel and have your bed made each day or have room service delivered to your door, but then what would you do with that fresh fish and all those people at the pool who’d look at you funny if you showed up in your pajamas? While there are pros and cons to each experience, we must disclose this: we are a bit partial to a private beachfront solo experience.

Providenciales is a particularly great island to rent a house. One main reason is simple: there are so many wonderful villas from which to choose! Another reason is, you may find there are actually savings in doing so. When compared to a hotel room, the per-room cost of a private villa often comes in at a lower price than a resort. When you have your own private home, you have the ability to cook a few meals throughout the week, rather than relying on restaurants. There is a large American style IGA supermarket that will have whatever you need and no matter where you stay, it’s conveniently located (and open until 10 pm!). Also, unless you rent a staffed villa, you don’t pay the service charge (10%) that a hotel or resort will charge.

Probably the main advantage of having a private villa or cottage is privacy. Sure, there are neighbors around, but for the most part, you have your own little section of real estate in paradise for a whole week. If your villa is beachfront, you’ll likely only run into a handful of people (Provo is not known for its crowds), rather than the numbers you would in front of a hotel. 

Still, all this said, the type of traveler who stays in a private home is typically one who’s a bit more independent. At a private villa, you don’t have a concierge to book your excursions or dinner reservations, nor do you have activities on-site as you would at some hotels. However, we think that’s one of the best parts of a vacation—absolute freedom! Let’s face it—it’s fun to think about how you want to spend your day! Why defer that to someone else? Our villa specialists are happy to supply names and contacts for whatever excursions you seek. We’ve been operating in Provo for over 50 years. Having said that, there are no questions we don’t have the answer to. 

So, are you ready to try a private villa? We’ll warn you though, once you stay in a villa, it’s hard to return to a hotel!

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