Resort Rentals vs. Private Home Rentals
With private home sharing companies such as Air BNB, VRBO, and others increasing in popularity over the last few years, there is no doubt in our minds that private home sharing accommodation options have many perks, especially for travelers looking for accommodation where hotels are scarce. With these rental options in the mix, we want to share with our guests as well as future tourists many of the perks of staying with an established resort such as Hideaways at Palm Bay, as many resorts offer things that private home sharing accommodations do not! After all, our resort, among many others, has been successful in competing with our private home sharing counterparts, and we thought you might like to know the reasons why!
Why are private home rentals becoming increasingly more popular?
• Many offer unique accommodations that hotels do not
• Many offer more space than hotels, as well as conveniences such as kitchens and dining rooms
• Many private rentals are set at a lower price than hotels
• Some places have minimal hotel options
• Large groups can benefit from the additional size of a bigger property versus being spread out in separate hotel rooms
Sounds pretty great, right? But Wait! What are you missing out on?
• Breakfast - many hotels and resorts offer breakfast options for their guests. That’s one less meal you need to plan for!
• Knowing what you are walking into - It is so important to read the reviews on any property, regardless of whether it is a private home sharing rental, hotel, or resort. There have been many stories of people walking into an accommodation and finding something completely different than what they expected. With hotels and resorts, reviews are just as important however, you tend to know what you are getting with your hotel or resort before your stay.
• Concierge and Guest Services – many hotels and resorts offer an array of concierge and guest services, including pre-arrival services to get you started before you even arrive. From arranging car rentals, pre-arrival grocery shopping, to water sport equipment rentals and excursion bookings, guest services have a lot to offer to guests who are staying with them.
• Housekeeping - if you like having your room cleaned and bed made everyday, and essentials re-stocked, this is a standard practice for hotels and resorts.
• Fitness and Spa Services – many hotels and resorts have on-site fitness and spa services available for guests. You’re on vacation, why don’t you get yourself a massage? This is always an option at Hideaways!
• Air Conditioning – seriously, when traveling somewhere hot, you definitely want to make sure your rental has AC! Most hotel and resort rooms come standard with this necessity. Here at Hideaways, all of our properties do.
• Other Property Amenities – most hotels and resorts have many great amenities to offer their guests, including pools, beach front access, beach front patios, pool side bars, lounging chairs under large umbrellas, and many more!
What Hideaways Has to Offer
Remember those reasons we listed above for why people are veering towards private home sharing rentals more frequently? Well, because we are a resort and not a hotel, we can one-up many of these perks.
At Hideaways, we have more than just your standard hotel rooms. We offer our guests a wide variety of properties to choose from including studio, one, two & three bedroom villas and cottages, as well as beach front and garden view properties. And because we are full-service and not a home sharing situation, we will even clean your suite for you daily and ensure your necessities are restocked.
Because of their spacious size, all of our properties come complete with either a mini kitchenette, or a full kitchen in our larger suites. Our villas and cottages offer in suite dining as well as patio dining at each location. Our properties are spread out along the oceanside with garden or ocean views, allowing our guests to choose the type of vacation they are looking for. Whether it be opening the door to the white sand beach and ocean waves, or being tucked away and peacefully nestled in one of our garden view properties, we have properties that will meet all budgets and all space requirements.
Traveling with a large group is no problem for us! We have many large units that can accommodate your party with ample sleeping arrangements and lots of room to relax and enjoy your vacation!
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about feeding you. Unlike private home sharing rentals, Hideaways offers guests a continental breakfast every morning. To top it off, we offer guests the option to upgrade their breakfast from continental to a fully cooked breakfast off the menu for an additional $5 with their voucher.
Splash! is our on-site, pool-side Bar & Grill, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and drinks in-between. Along with food and bevvy’s, Splash! comes complete with pool tables, board games, big screen TV’s, and often times, live entertainment.
That’s not all…. Hideaways at Palm Bay offers a great deal more, including:
• Pre Arrival Concierge Services
• Concierge and Guest Services Throughout your Stay
• Watersport Equipment Rentals
• Complimentary Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Paddleboats
• Business Center
• Local Cell Phones
• Daily Shuttle to and from Georgetown
• Beach Towel Service
• Use of Fitness Room
• Free Wireless Internet (public areas including Beach Bar & Grill, Swimming Pools, Lobby, Hospitality Centre, Beachside)
• Complimentary Guest Computers with Internet Access
• Hobie Cat Rentals
• Laundry Service
• In-Room Spa Services
Pre-Arrival Concierge Service
Circling back to the concierge services, we want to expand on what this could look like for you!
Have you ever gone on vacation and had your resort representative offer pre-arrival services such as arranging your transportation from the airport, offer in-room spa services including couple’s massages, or offer to arrange your car rental for the duration of your stay at a discounted rate? We offer these pre-arrival concierge services to all guests who book with Hideaways, as well as many more. However, one of our most popular and unique concierge services is our pre-arrival grocery shopping. Our representatives offer a grocery menu to guests at the time of booking, from which guests can select and request the items to have in their suite upon their arrival.
Who wouldn’t want to arrive to their suite with a chilled bottle of wine or a nice cold beverage awaiting them?
Guest Services During your Stay…..
Thinking about booking an excursion or two? Wanting to go out for a nice dinner? Need some local recommendations? We can assist with all of this. Whatever it is your heart desires, let our concierge service know and we can book you into the best excursions at the most affordable rates, recommend the best dining options on the island, and much more!
Our concierge services are top notch, and something we wouldn’t want you to miss out on.
Daily Shuttle to and from Georgetown
We understand (of course) that since you are on vacation, you might not have transportation. If you opted out of arranging a rental vehicle for the duration of your stay, and would prefer not to take a taxi everywhere, no problem at all. Hideaways offers its guests daily shuttle services to and from Georgetown in order for you to shop, explore, or accomplish whatever else is on your agenda.
Watersport Equipment Rentals
For your enjoyment, Hideaways offers snorkel gear equipment rentals to guests looking to have their own self-guided adventure on the water. Our representatives will direct you to some great snorkeling locations.
We also offer Hobie Cat rentals for either half day or full day usage. Check with your Hideaways representative for rates.
Complimentary Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Paddleboats
In addition to our boat and snorkel gear rentals, we offer our guests complimentary use of our kayaks, paddleboards, and paddleboats.
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For guests traveling for work, working while traveling, or simply needing to print a document, we offer a full-service business center for all of your needs. From printers, to photocopiers and scanners, to meeting rooms and conference space, we have it all here to help you get your business done and get back to your vacation.
Beach Towel Service
We aren’t limiting you to a set amount of towels for the duration of your stay. As a full-service resort, we offer beach towel service so you can pick up clean towels for the beach or pool every single day. No need to worry about washing them or using your bathroom towels, we have you covered.
Use of Fitness Room
If you can find a home sharing accommodation that comes complete with a fitness room for your usage, we will be thoroughly impressed. In the mean time, we want to let our guests know that we have a fitness room ready and waiting for you to pump some iron. Why not work on your beach bod while you’re on vacation? Ok, we know it isn’t for everyone. But hey, we offer it!
In-Room Spa Services
Providing you with a relaxing and enjoyable vacation is very high on our priority list. Therefore, one of our offerings to our guests is in-room spa services including Swedish, deep tissue, and couples massages. Rates are available from your Hideaways representative, or through our guest services.
We could be wrong… but we aren’t sure that you could get this many perks and amenities with a private home sharing rental, and we would hate for you to miss out on them. Whichever route you go with your accommodation booking, we support you! Your vacation should be as enjoyable as ever, which is why we offer so many convenient services to our guests. Listed above are many of the highlighted ones, and many more await your arrival. Our guest’s satisfaction is very important to us, and we thank all those who choose to book with us here at Hideaways at Palm Bay and experience all we have to offer!
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