Rent a Villa for a Luxury Home Away from Home
a Newport, Rhode Island and London-based company specializing in booking luxury vacation villas, offers tips on how to rent a villa.
Janis Gordon, Vice President of Marketing and Sales of Wimco, suggests the following steps
when considering a villa vacation:
Know where you want to go
In the case of Italy, for example, harvest festivals
abound in Umbria and Tuscany throughout the fall. If you are not sure, seek out
a company with multiple regions and ask their help in comparing unique qualities
of each region. Use their expertise and augment it with your own travel guide
Select a reputable villa company
It should have been in business for some years and
the staff should be knowledgeable about their product. Be sure the villa company that has a printed catalog in addition to a website. Also, make sure the staff
can guide you both on and off their website. This
gives credibility to the company.
Consider the Source
When shopping for a villa, remember that an owner often will not be as objective about his own property (he is trying to get you to rent it) as a villa managment company will be. With numerous properties, they can steer you to the most appropriate villa and make adjustments if a particular villa is near construction or temporary less desirable.
Ask the right questions such as:
Is the villa private from other homes?
Does is have the number of beds in sizes you need?
Are children's bedroom approximate to supervision?
If the party includes couples traveling together, are bedrooms equivalent in quality?
Does the swimming pool have stairs?
What attractions are near the villa? What festivals, vineyards, shopping, museums, golf, antiquities?
Is there a local managemtn company for airport meet/greet and villa orientation and who covers off-hour emergencies?
Can the villa provide such a hotel-type amenities as massages, personal trainers, chefs, provisioning services?
Is there a domestic staff to assist vacation needs? Is the staff included in the rental rate, or is it addtional? If additional, are quality domestic staffs available?
For more information, visit Wimco.