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5 Things To Consider Before Renting A Vacation Home


Summer is here and that means it's time to start thinking about making the most of that sun on a beautiful beach somewhere. Well, we've put together a handy list of a few things to look out for and keep in mind when browsing vacation homes. Here at the Vista Hermosa Estate, we've learned a thing or two about a vacation rental in Manuel Antonio and those lessons can be applied to renting anywhere in the world.

1. Logistics

You may have found the most beautiful villa in all the world and it may be offered at a salivatingly low price but can you actually find it? Additionally, what are the check-in and check-out times and are there any additional costs for missing them? These can seem like small details with the proliferation of apps like Google Maps and you may figure it will be easy to hop into a cab or a bus to your villa, but it may not always be that easy. Any vacation rental in Manuel Antonio should advise its guests on the best route or mode of transport to reach their particular paradise, and having this in mind or mapped out for you beforehand is a great idea for any traveler.

2. What's Close By

Even from the most luxurious homes in the world such as the Vista Hermosa Estate, you may want to leave and explore the local area; in fact, it's thoroughly encouraged. What separates a good holiday home from a great one is location, ask for information on the nightlife, restaurants, and local tourist attractions nearby and what your hosts/agent recommend for you to see closeby. They are likely to have links with local attractions and companies and you may not only score an unforgettable memory but a good deal too.

3. What Is Included

Even with a vacation rental in Manuel Antonio, every apartment is different and it's important to know precisely what is and isn't included in the price of your stay. For example, at the Vista Hermosa Estate we have an in house chef which means apart from an occasional visit to local restaurants food is not something you need to worry about at all as you will be served gourmet meals twice a day and the grocery shopping will all be done for you including any alcohol or snacks you may fancy. Knowing what is and isn't included means you can plan ahead so asking both questions can help make sure you bring everything you need.

4. How Does Cleaning Work?

It's easy to forget about simple upkeep and menial tasks when planning the perfect trip, ask about the cleaning and what is expected of you and your guests beforehand so you're not left with a cleaning fee when you depart. Some villas offer optional cleaning services and some will do laundry and such for you included in the price; it's important to check this if it's something that is important to you.

5. How Many Rooms?

This is a big one that can occasionally trip up the unexpecting. Most villas will list how many they sleep and it makes the most economic sense to max out occupancy; however, you must also check how many actual rooms, beds, and double beds the property has to avoid awkward situations down the line. If half of your party are on a pull out sofabed they may feel they should pay a little less than those in the ensuite king room and rightly so. Make sure you have the whole picture before you make your booking.
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