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The Inside Secrets

I have seen this from both sides of the street as an owner who hired a different management companies and as a management company owner. In most high traffic tourist and vacation rental areas there will be a few very large vacation rental management companies and many smaller companies. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

We want to take a look at the larger vacation rental companies exploring the advantages and disadvantages. Many owners make the assumption that “if they are bigger they must be better”. These companies receive a lot of traffic on their websites and usually pay to do Internet marketing to get greater exposure on Internet searches by potential guests. They often do a good amount of additional advertising such as billboards in the community. The larger companies have fulltime staff to handle emergencies as they come up. Many will offer professional photography and copywriting at no charge to gain your listing if you contract for a year of representation. We believe that high quality photographs and copy are essential to your success so this is a huge bonus. Often larger vacation rental companies have staff handymen and women as well as property managers to oversee listings

Logically there is not a great deal of concern for each individual owner rather a concern for profits and margins. It can also be difficult to reach your contact person because after all they have 200 owners to communicate with and that is not easy for the one or two main sales people. One of the largest problems we have come across, in the North Georgia Mountain area, is hiring honest, reliable, drug and crime free staff. Cleaners are particularly hard to find. The question is what percent of the cleaners hired by a large vacation rental company don’t have a problem with crime or drugs. Since the large company requires a huge number of cleaners and cleaners work outside the office it is difficult to insure that there are not many bad apples in the bunch until after something bad happens. Larger companies are highly concerned with the bottom line so they tend to pay cleaners and non-income producing staff lower wages. The combination of low wages and poorly screened staff contribute to problems such as theft.

If you choose to hire a large vacation rental company make sure to look for any hidden fees you may be charged. Ask about the staff and how they are screened along with how access to your unit is controlled. We also suggest that you rent a unit from the company you are looking at before you contact them to represent.

Luxury Home Rentals

Vacationers all over the world are moving away from staying in traditional hotels and resorts and expanding their horizons to include luxury home rentals. Websites such as HomeAway and Air B&B are making headlines with the growing popularity in the use of private residences for vacations. Rates are offered on a weekly basis. However, monthly rates and extended stay options are also available to fit the diverse needs of travelers.

The use of private residences as vacation rentals combine the convenience and amenities offered by hotels and resorts with the privacy and indulgence of a luxury home. Clients enjoy a fully furnished homes that include fully equipped kitchens making staying in an attractive and relaxing option. Though hotels and resorts often have many suite options to choose from, private residences tend to provide more space and versatility. They are also great for entertaining.

Affordability is also an excellent point to consider as luxury rentals tend to be far more affordable than renting a suite or penthouse. Manuel Antonio offers accommodations starting as low $200 per night. They have options that start at condos and apartments. More indulgent and larger villas are also available in excess of five bedrooms to offer accommodations to large groups and celebrities looking for a destination getaway. They are also great for events.

The company offers all the same amenities as a hotel or a resort and clients enjoy complimentary maintenance and housekeeping. However, the services are conveniently scheduled with the client to not interfere with their vacation itinerary. Of rentals come standard with concierge services as well. These are also a great option to consider for parties or weddings as they offer both privacy and exclusivity for the event, as well as luxury and convenience.

The staff pride themselves in being locals and island experts on every subject. From choosing an exclusive bar or restaurant, to the best scenic views and drives, they offer the expert advice that only a local can. In an effort to make an unforgettable vacation, they will direct vacationers to the most beautiful hidden treasures across the island and also provide support in booking activities and making reservations to make for a stress-free getaway for clients.

Affordability is also an excellent point to consider as luxury rentals tend to be far more affordable than renting a suite or penthouse. Manuel Antonio offers accommodations starting as low $200 per night. They have options that start at condos and apartments. More indulgent and larger villas are also available in excess of five bedrooms to offer accommodations to large groups and celebrities looking for a destination getaway. They are also great for events.

The Undiscovered Beauty Is Delineated In Words!

The Island is unspoilt and you can experience that you have reached in centuries-old land with no busy streets and no artificial glitter. There is no airport which might be the reason of its unspoilt ambience and lack of mass tourism. A very selective crowd of visitors come to explore this undiscovered Island. If you want to reach here, then book a ferry or water taxi from Corfu. The ferry will drop you at the main port of Gaios.

From the moment you arrived here, you can feel and see what you have called it – the purity and serenity in nature and settlement. If you want to see the settlement of Greece, then you should visit Gaios. Lakka and Loggos are two more harbor villages of this small Island to amaze you. Traditional Tavernas near the harbors can make your dining experience eccentric with Greek food. And, it’s an amazing feeling when sea is ready to touch your feet while you are having your lunch.

If you are not the person who wants to relax for the whole day, then you can head to the west coast. Book a boat ride and explore the rugged and rough coastal area of Paxos. Sea caves and limestone cliffs will be there to show you the ruggedness of this island in a beautiful way.

Apart from this scenic beauty, you can experience the Greek history and culture very closely. Thanks to the churches, museums, and secluded villa houses which can give you the chance to see the Greek culture, history and art very closely. Some villas are abandoned, but some are managed well by their owners and is provided for rent to tourists.

You won’t find hotels or guesthouse here. Hardly two hotels are available for accommodation. But, villas are available in huge count with all luxury amenities to offer you the most relaxing stay.

So, you will have to book your stay at one of the Greek Island villas. No one will bother your comfort and peace, because the seclusion is the specialty of these rentals. No one will disturb your privacy and solitude, except the cool breeze coming from the beach or pleasing sound from the olive grove carpet. If you are dreaming yourself at this location, then start planning your trip for this beautiful Island of Paxos.

Every Island has own flora and fauna along with the uniqueness. But, the most beautiful and captivating Island you will find in Greece is the Paxos. This is the smallest Island in Ionian Ocean, which justifies itself with the serenity and the purity spread everywhere.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are the relatively new kid on the block, taking the accommodation decision to another level when it comes to family travel. Their popularity may lie with the changing attitude about what travelers are looking in accommodations. There was a time when just having a nice bed, an operating shower, and a way to control the room temperature sufficed, but as with just about everything, consumer tastes have changed, and they demand more.

Traveling with your family means traveling with children, and for anyone who has watched a parent travel with a kid, it means there’s an entire production to making it happen. You may have to travel with toys, separate luggage, and electronic devices. This takes up space, and in a traditional hotel room, finding space for additional items like this is hard. Factor in multiple children, and it’s easy to see why a regular hotel room may not suffice, especially when you consider you have yet to factor in what parents bring along.

Extra space, it seems, tends to top most lists as to why vacation rentals tend to be ideal for families. This notion of space is key to note because vacation rentals tend to have separate bedrooms & multiple bathrooms. Traditional accommodations tend to have a family work around one or sinks situated uncomfortably close to the facilities, and if someone is using the shower, everyone else has to wait.

Amenities are the name of the game when it comes to vacation rentals. The aim of these properties is to make you feel as though you are in a “home away from home”. You are able to cook in a “home” environment with food you bought at the local grocery store. This may not seem like a big deal, and in many ways, some would argue that you’re working on your vacation. Travel experts, though, point out that one of the leading budget-breakers during family travel is going out to eat for nearly every meal. This way, you can control the cost of your meals, and it actually becomes the ideal way for the whole family to sit together & talk about the day’s activities.

In the end, perhaps the best reason for a family to choose a vacation rental is because it can be the most cost-efficient way to travel. There are those that would argue that if all you’re trying to do is save money, you’re not enjoying yourselves. However, travel gurus point out that if you effectively work your budget out, you have more of your travel funds to dedicate to more fun stuff. Take guided tours on horseback. Get the family together for a skiing lesson. Check out a local fine dining restaurant & get all dressed up together for a fancy dinner.