You have booked your tickets for a flight to the Garden Island and now you need to find a place to stay. Vacation rental or hotel room? The choice is easy. My husband and I have traveled extensively over the last twenty years and we have found renting a vacation rental far outweighs staying at a hotel. Here is why.
After a busy day out and about it is wonderful to be able to come “home” to a private place.
Days tend to be a bit longer when one is on vacation. I am usually busy walking, hiking, touring and after many hours I am ready to relax, even if it is in the middle of the afternoon. Who wants to go back to a hotel room with a bed and a TV? When I book a vacation rental, especially a nice one, going back to it at the end of the day is a welcome relief. There is a kitchen, a living room, perhaps even a pool. And, when the weather is not cooperating (it happens) I have a home in which to do the indoor activities I like to do most (read, yoga, play games, enjoy the view).
Eating out is great but three times a day?
When I am on vacation the last thing I want to do is cook. If I stay at a hotel, however, I have to go out for every single meal. When staying at a vacation rental I am able to cook up a breakfast before ever getting out of my night clothes. I can pack a lunch and take it with me to the beach. And, after a long day of hiking I can whip up something easy to eat rather than wait for a table at a restaurant. When I want someone else to cook my meal, I can either hire a chef to come to the house or go to the restaurant of my choosing. More flexibility means less stress and more relaxation.
Some hotels have a fabulous pool area but it comes with a price.
There is no doubt that some resort hotels have fabulous pools. Unfortunately you must share those pools with many other people, including children. No offense against children but they can be loud, especially if they are not your own. If I rent a vacation rental with a pool it is all mine to enjoy.
Which leads me to privacy.
About the only place private at a hotel is your room, and even then housekeeping comes by each day. When I rent a vacation rental home I am assured of privacy. Often times the homes are in residential areas where the only people you might run into are neighbors walking their dogs.
Owners of vacation rental properties generally take pride in their home.
My experience is that vacation rental property owners want you to have a wonderful stay at their home. They are usually good about communicating and answering questions prior to stay. Most make sure to have available in the home books and brochures full of local information about the area and suggestions as to where to eat, shop or explore. Their local knowledge is valuable, especially if they live full time in the area.
Vacation rentals can sometimes save you money.
Especially if you have a large group that would require more than one hotel room, vacation rentals may save you money in the long run. When booking a home I always ask what the total amount will be, including rent, cleaning, taxes, etc. A quote is always given along with a payment schedule so there are no surprises. Often I have booked a hotel room only to find out after arriving that there is a Resort Fee tacked on to the bill. In addition, many hotels charge for parking now. I also take into account rentals I might have to pay for such as bikes, tennis rackets, snorkeling gear and boogie boards. Many vacation rentals provide these supplies at no charge. All of these expenses I take into account when deciding where to stay.
Vacation rentals are not always the way to go, especially if I need a room for only one night. However, if I plan to stay for three or more nights, I always check for vacation rentals in the area before booking anything else. I try to book directly with the owner. That way I also save any service or booking fees managers or booking companies may charge.
Now for the confession. I know these things, not just because I travel a lot, but because I have owned a vacation rental on Kauai, Hawaii for over four years. These photos were taken at my home, Honu Point. Each vacation rental that I have stayed in over the years has made me very aware of what is important to a traveler. I try to meet those needs at my home. Whether you are a guest of mine or not, I truly believe you will feel more rested and have a better experience at a vacation rental home.
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