Is The Difference Between A Villa, Cottage, Bungalow or Condo?
A villa is a detached luxurious, imposing residence while a cottage is a small
quaint house. A bungalow is a one-storied house with a low-pitched
roof and a condo is an individually owned apartment in a multiunit
(either a townhouse, mid or high rise).
Villa Vacations A New Concept? NO
Senators and wealthy merchants of the Roman Empire had their villas
in the countryside to escape from the frenetic crowds of their cities.
Europe's aristocrats had the châteaux. The American tycoons
escape the city heat to their manor in a temper climate. Vacation
villas are nothing new.
Can A Villa Vacation Be All Inclusive? YES
A villa vacation can be totally inclusive, airfare, meals, etc., you can even have a driver with vehicle at your disposal.
Villa Vacations Increasing In Popularity? YES
Since the early 90's there has been a real trend toward space and
comfort in the hospitality industry. Witness the growth of the all-suites
hotel for the business traveler in urban settings. And more and
more vacationers are seeking a home away from home in place of a
crowded, cramped, expensive hotel room.
Villas More Costly Than Big Hotels Surrounded by Humanity? NO
It can actually be more affordable to rent a private, exclusive
villa with or without a staff than it is to stay in a pompous big
The mathematics are quite simple. When the cost of a weekly villa
rental is divided between the number of individuals in a vacation
party the per head accommodation cost can be unbelievably low, under
$100 per night on some islands.
And the dining has always been a bargain no matter where the properties
are located. On some islands we offer an all-inclsive rate.
The Rates Always The Same? NO
The rates are governed by the seasons: High Seasons starts December
15th and ends April 15th. Low Seasons starts April 16th and ends
Exceptions are made at Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year which
are traditionally more popular and therefore more expensive.
There Value In A Villa Vacation? YES
Much is made of the "exclusive" nature of a villa vacation
... the exquisite service, the privacy, the gorgeous surroundings
... yet a little bit of arithmetic demonstrates that the kind of
vacation normally associated with an expensive lifestyle can actually
be very affordable.
For example: if five couples rented a five bedroom villa for a week
at a cost of $5,000, the rate per person works out at a little over
$70 per night. That compares very favorably with staying in a hotel
and when you consider the care provided by your personal staff,
there is just no contest.
Lower Rates In The Summer
base your decision on price alone. Some dream villas that may be
too costly in January might be well within your budget in April.
Unlike hotels, after Easter, villa type accommodations still have
a seasonal decline in rates. As the cold weather ends, people in
the cold climates lose their urge to escape winter.
Is A Villa Vacation Different From Staying In A Hotel?
A villa getaway is more than an alternative to a hotel; it's a regal
experience, a dramatic change of pace. You'll have a spacious comfortable
base from which you can explore the island paradise, play golf or
snorkel. A villa offers you privacy in an environment that's opulent
grander. The villa's private pool and breathtaking view are yours
alone to enjoy.
Is There A Cost For Domestic
The ultimate experience in luxury is personal service. If you choose
a villa with a full domestic staff, you will enjoy an extraordinary
level of luxury and lots of pampering. When you want cocktails and
horsd'oeuvres by the pool? Just ask! Our professionally trained
staff renders excellent service with a mixture of friendliness and
dignity! Their presence is felt only when needed. The size of the
staff is proportionate to the size of the property. Domestic staff
includes maids, cook, laundress, gardener, and where appropriate,
Who Does What?
The Butler serves and tends bar. The chambermaid and laundress take
care of the details for your bedrooms and bathrooms providing a
sun fresh supply of linens and flowers and every evening your bed
is turned down. The gardener immaculately maintains the pool and
grounds. Jamaica is the only Caribbean Island where fully staffed
villas are the rule, not the exception.
Unquestionably this appears to be a vacation lifestyle affordable
by only the wealthy.
We Have A Choice Of Menus? YES
Your cook will handle grocery shopping and meal preparation. She
will pre-purchase your first few meals plus pantry staples then
finish the week's shopping after meeting with you. At that time,
you will reimburse her for pre-stocked goods and fund her for the
remainder of your week's groceries. A typical grocery budget is
$175-$195 per adult per week ... less for children. This may vary
up or down depending on the island and menus. If you wish to go
to the various markets with her, you are welcome. Otherwise, simply
review with her your tastes and distastes and she'll handle it all
while you stay at the villa and relax. (Note: If you prefer to pre-pay
for groceries, we can handle this for you.)
All Of The Villas Have Domestic Staff? YES
All properties are provided with maid service. However, each island
varies as to whether maid service is daily, bi weekly or weekly.
The islands of St. Martin, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Tortola,
Anegada, and Virgin Gorda villas have complete gourmet kitchens
but are not staffed with cooks.
Additional Staff Available? YES
Villas By The Sea can make arrangements for additional staff and
services at any of our villas on any island. Please let us know
your special request such as: special dietary needs, a chauffeur,
car rental, cook, someone to care for the children, professional
nanny, chef, masseuse, wedding coordinator, calypso or reggae band.
Travel Documents Will I Need?
Everyone in your party will need ONE of the following:
A valid passport
An official birth certificate with a raised seal plus a driver's
Or a notarized copy of a birth certificate plus a driver's license
Is There A Damage Deposit?
Some properties require a refundable $500 damage deposit with each
villa rental. This will be refunded promptly when you return home
if no damage occurs during your stay.
are the Check-in and Checkout Times?
Check-in time varies from island to island. However the norm is
Check-in time is 1:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. However,
if no other guests are scheduled to occupy your villa on arrival
and departure days, you are welcome to check in earlier or check
out later. You must first check with our office.
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