While peer-to-peer vacation rentals may provide a rock-bottom price point and the ability to whip up a bargain breakfast, their distance from main attractions and lack of amenities can sometimes result in additional costs such as mid-day restaurant tabs and rental car fees. At sought-after theme parks and world-class adventure destinations, the extra expenses tend to be exponentially greater. Itís in these situations that the managed rental model tends to shine.
For example, in Breckenridge, Colorado, a private luxury lodge with Wyndham Vacation Rentals featuring six bedrooms, gourmet kitchen and on-property hot tub is priced to provide a per-room rate that would rival many mid-range hotel chains. A few thousand feet lower in Beaver Creek at The Charter, another Wyndham venue, private condos provide a comparative value, complete with wood-burning fireplaces and personal laundry facilities.
Service: While both vacation rentals come with hotel-style housecleaning services, toiletry restocks, free Wi-Fi and no-cost transportation shuttles, The Charterís spaces also come with complimentary wine, firewood and free perks such as postcards and the afternoon distribution of hot cookies when you reach the bottom of the slopes.
Activities: For those who want to take affordable advantage of equipment rentals or book a spa appointment while visiting Beaver Creek, the rental packages often include high-value resort credits similar to the ones offered by other hospitality franchises. The credits can also be used for other activities, including fine dining at one of the propertyís restaurants. Other typical entertainment options available with managed resort rentals include concerts, cultural shows and modern performance art presentations.
Events: Whether youíre scheduling family reunions, destination weddings, writer retreats or corporate getaways, vacation rentals can play a huge role in reducing scheduling stress and controlling costs. Catered meals allow you to treat guests to an enjoyable meal while keeping your line-item budget in check, and enjoying breakfast in saves money as well as morning drama. Having separate spaces for children to unwind while grownups visit provides the opportunity for multiple relaxation agendas to be pursued simultaneously.
Alternatives: Condos and cabins arenít the only vacation rentals available to travelers. Motor homes are a popular rental option as well. Similarly, with companies such as Blakes Holiday Boating, live-aboard canal boats can be rented while touring the United Kingdom. Since this option also comes with kitchen access and transportation built in, you can literally visit multiple destinations without ever having to pack up your cooler and suitcase!
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