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Privacy, cost and space are the key reasons why renting a luxury holiday villa in the paradise island of Bali, Indonesia, can be a superior experience to booking a hotel for an overseas holiday.
By their very nature, hotels are often located near airports, in the centre of busy commercial areas, or surrounded by noisy nightclubs and restaurants. When you book a hotel room, you have to expect there will be many other travellers nearby. You may be there to see the sights but you can also expect to see many other sightseers too.
Hotels often have internal bars, nightclubs and crowded pool areas, all which tend to generate noise and interfere with your privacy. Too often there can be late-night poolside parties at Bali hotels that are not likely to encourage you to get a relaxing sleep.
Villas, however, are often built in spectacular seafront areas, or tucked away in mountain regions with sensational views, perhaps even amidst rural Bali village areas. Many villas have their own private swimming pools, where you can ‘skinny dip’ to your heart’s content, if you want, in complete privacy and peace. When you rent a villa for a holiday you almost certainly have the whole house and gardens for your own use, usually with plenty of getaway corners where you can find peace or bury yourself in a good book.
Villas have their own large kitchens so you can avoid the need to go out to expensive restaurants, or even cook you own meals. Many villas in Bali have their own in-house employed help staff who can even cook you personalized meals, if you are not the cooking type.
Hotel rooms generally have only one bathroom. Villas often have an en suite bathroom off every bedroom, meaning much greater privacy, space and choice.
Hotel rooms generally have a bar fridge where you strictly pay per item you consume. Villas have a full-size fridge and even a freezer which you can pack with the precise groceries, snacks or cold refreshments that you prefer.
Depending whether you are prepared to pay for a suite, hotel rooms, particularly in Bali, tend to be designed to accommodate as many people as possible in the one building. Some even have specially designed (small) furniture that attempts to make a small room look bigger. Let’s just say that most mid-level hotels are designed for as many people as they can get to pay. Space is at a premium.
By renting a villa for your holiday – and many have four bedrooms or more, you can expect to pay up to 50% less, per square foot, than you would in the average hotel. Because they are often in high-density, high-demand commercial areas, hotels have to charge higher prices to ensure they cover their high rental overheads.
In hotels, you are likely to have to queue at a reception desk to get them to arrange any tours, trips or extra services. You may even discover that most of the best food is gone if you are too late for breakfast. Breakfast hours are tightly restricted in a hotel, because they must cater for many more people.
In a villa, however, you have your own house staff dedicated to your personal service. You can sleep in and have breakfast whenever you like. Villa helpers can produce meals for you at your whim and can go shopping for the precise ingredients that you prefer. They can do daily cleaning, laundry and can organize transport, car or motorbike rentals and book daily tours for you. No queues, no crowds, fewer hassles and no time wasting.
Despite these reasons, the official figures for Bali show that more than 70% of international tourists who visit stay in hotels, while only 16.4% stay in Bali villas. Most are missing out on the unique villa experience.
There are many reasons why booking your holiday in Bali in a luxury villa is far preferable to once again restricting yourself to a hotel room. It’s been said that once a traveller stays in a villa for a vacation, they will never again want to subject themselves to the traditional hotel experience.
The next time you plan a Bali holiday, why not consider the Villa option? You will be pleasantly surprised at the difference from a hotel experience.