Tipping: When and How Much?
Whether this is your first or third time renting a luxury vacation home, you may still be confused about how much to tip the staff. Luxury vacation villas generally provide more staff and a higher level of personalized service; therefore, warranting more generous tips than staff at a luxury hotel. You will have daily direct contact and come to know the staff by name. The amount you tip will depend upon the quality and quantity of service, length of your stay, and the size of your group. These recommendations are based on a five to seven-night stay for 8-10 guest. A great rule is 10%-20% of the villa rental cost split among the staff. If your rental was $5000 then plan on $500-$1000 in tips.
Once you have arrived at the airport our Property Manager be waiting to greet your group, take you to the villa. Unlike hotels that offer limited service, a luxury vacation rental property manager will be available from the moment you arrive until the day you leave. Our property manager is available for you 10-12 hours a day. Did your back go out and you need a chiropractor? Our property manager will likely steer you to his or her own trusted chiropractor, and even drive you there.
Our property manager books your tours, activities, and services and will make sure you are picked up at the correct villa, will re-confirm your tour and pickup time the day before, and let you know if there are any unexpected changes or delays. This alone will save you time, energy, and frustration by making recommendations perfectly suited to your needs and that everything runs smoothly. Any bookings our property manager makes for you will cost the same as if you made them yourself but without all the hassle. Our property manager will only recommend tour companies that are safe, fun, and professional.
The variables here are the number of meals prepared, how much you liked the food, and how personable the chef was. While most of your food request will be directed to the property manager, it is the chef that will prepare the meals.
While you are at the pool or on the beach, coming back to a freshly cleaned room is always nice. The maids will spend most of their workday out of your sight. They also assist in the meal preparations and clean-up of the kitchen after meals.
Gardener / Maintenance
The gardener there on a daily basis making sure the pool is clean, plants are watered and the room are all in working order. He also runs many of errands the guest request of the property manager such as going to the store for more beer! As party of the team he will help clean the kitchen after large dinner services and “closed down” the villa for night.