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  • Keemala – Questions to Ask The Villa Owner Before Confirming Your Booking

    If you are a city dweller, you know that privacy is something precious that can be hard to come by. When you’re used to seeing people everywhere you go and bumping into them all the time in public transportation, it’s only a matter of time before you burn out. Sometimes, what you need is a little peace and maybe some quiet. This is usually the time when you decide to go on a vacation. But to your dismay, your booked hotel is packed with people. Want a vacation where you can truly enjoy all the peace and quiet you need? Look for a luxury villa!

    To make sure that you have the most pleasant experience possible, here are seven questions to ask the villa owner:

    Will there be other renters at the villa?
For those who are looking for privacy, you want to make sure that the answer to this question is “No.” If you have to share your villa with a bunch of other people, what’s the point of booking a villa in the first place? Some villa owners will rent out a bedroom, and you will have to share the amenities with other renters, but that’s pretty much like booking a hotel. If privacy is your priority, look for a villa that allows you to rent the entire mansion for yourself. This way, you won’t have to worry about unpleasant housemates who remind you of your annoying flatmates in college.

Is there full-time staff at the villa?

    You can expect a full team of staff members at a villa, as it’s not the kind of place that can be taken care of by one person. However, some villas have a dedicated room for staff to spend the night in. It can be quite awkward to run into a random person in the middle of the night when you’re getting a glass of water. If you want full privacy, you may want to book a villa that only has day staff so that you can enjoy the most privacy at night.

Do you have an airport pickup?
Private villas are usually not too close to a city, which is why it can be quite a journey from the nearest airport. Airport pickup will make your life a lot easier, as you won’t have to pay a ton of extra money on a taxi or drag your luggage onto public transport.

Will the food cost extra?
Some villas will include the food cost in the overall price. Others only offer free breakfast, while others may not include any food at all. The food costs could add around 10% to 20% to the overall price. You will have to think about what type of travel you’re planning so that you know which villa you should choose. If you’re looking to do all the cooking by yourself, you can cut off all the ones with a personal chef right away.

    What amenities do you have?
The amenities will contribute to how enjoyable your overall staying experience will be. The more features and amenities the villa has, the more expensive it’s going to be. A villa with a spa, sauna, hot tub, and a tennis court is going to cost a lot more than a villa that has no special additions at all. Again, it depends on your preferences and budget so you will have to plan your bookings accordingly.

    How do I pay?
Like most other accommodation bookings, you will have to transfer the full payment via bank transfer or pay with a credit card prior to your arrival. Usually, a payment method that goes through a third-party will charge around 3% to 5% extra, so if possible, you may want to make a deposit directly to the villa owner’s account and avoid being charged extra.

Do you require a bond payment?
Some villas might require you to pay for a bond before you come in, and this could be around 25% of the overall cost. Like the payment for the rental, you can pay with a bank transfer or a credit card payment.

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