After twenty-four years as a leading online Caribbean villa and hotel resource, we've been listening to what our clients expect when vacationing in the Caribbean. Here's what you've told us matters to you:
Value: Our clients want to maximize their travel dollars, and a villa rental lets you do just that. Often, a villa is less expensive than a hotel, especially for families and groups. The savings on meals and drinks alone is a big benefit. When you post your Caribbean vacation pictures on Facebook, your friends will think that you paid a fortune, but don't worry...we won't tell if you don't.
Control: Our clients want to vacation on their own terms. They're not interested in rushing out of bed to get downstairs before the breakfast buffet is over. Renting a villa puts you in the driver's seat. The kitchen's always open at a villa (so is the pool), and a large number of villas have their own staff to offer you the amenities or excursions you want, when you want them.
Comfort: When traveling with a group or with your kids, villas offer options for everyone to be happy under one roof. You'll also enjoy communal space that you can't get at a hotel like a formal dining room, a large outdoor deck and (the most popular feature) a private pool or hot tub. As one reader from Canada told us, "I didn't want to be stuck in a hotel room every afternoon while the baby was napping. So I was able to bring the baby monitor out to the deck and still enjoy my holiday."
Privacy: Our clients tell us often the more "private" a property, the better. Villas offer solitude to the tenth power, including private pools, hot tubs, sunbathing decks and even outdoor showers. Or how about a private beach? Or island? Villas let you avoid the noisy cruise ship crowds and enjoy the tropics in peace and quiet.
Service: Villas offer the best hotel services, but with one exception: you're the only guest. Some villas offer a private, English speaking staff to prepare meals, buy groceries, book a deep sea fishing trip or clean the villa daily. Or you can have the fridge stocked in advance with the groceries you prefer, and cook for yourself in the fully-equipped kitchen.
Outdoor Living: If you've traveled to the tropics for your holidays, you're likely to spend most of it outdoors. Villas let you eat, nap, sunbathe, entertain and swim on your private, outdoor deck. Your group or family will love connecting with each other over a backyard barbecue or a dip in the pool after dark.
Local flavor: Villas put you in the heart of island life, allowing you to sample the true flavor of the country you're visiting. Meet locals, eat in their restaurants and dance to their music instead of spending your entire trip within a resort's fences.
Recommendations: WhereToStay.com knows you want to book your vacation with confidence. You rely on the recommendations of WhereToStay.com staff and those who have stayed at the property before you reserve your vacation rental. You can trust that our experts and past guests will help you find exactly the right property for your needs. We know these villas like the back of our hands. Check out our reader reviews, or better yet, pick up the phone and speak to one of our villa experts who have personally seen (or stayed at) these properties and can give you unbiased opinions. Unlike many owners or managers who will only try to rent you their villas, we represent all the top villas in the location and will guide you to the best suited villa for you based in your own individual needs!