Self catering is a huge business, and you are spoiled for choice when it comes to holiday homes. Self catering is often the first choice for families as it is more affordable when compared to hotels and resorts. The least rental period is generally a week. However, if you are visiting during the off-season, you can rent a self catering holiday home for shorter periods as well.
What to look for…
While booking a self catering holiday home, check if the apartments are fully serviced and are located not too far away from tourist spots, shopping and finest eating destinations. Also, check if the apartment will be cleaned on a daily basis. They should provide certain basic necessities like towels and linen. There should be a fully fitted kitchen, dining area, sitting room with TV, bathroom with bath and shower, comfortable bedrooms with hairdryer, telephone washer/dryer, iron and ironing board, personal safe and Wi-Fi access.
Know what you want
You must know what you want, only then you will be able to book the right destination for your holiday. Don’t book an accommodation just by looking at beautiful photos of properties. Certain other factors like the number of bedrooms and other amenities are more important. For instance, check if there are parking facilities. Does the accommodation have an elevator or only stairs? Think practically before you fall for the pretty houses in the pictures. You don’t want to end up in small places with too small beds (especially if you are tall, a big bed should top your priority list).
We have already mentioned about the importance of location. A little research will go a long way in keeping your search focused and narrow. You can stay in tourist areas or if you want to avoid the crowd then choose a self catering holiday home in a residential area. You can use Google maps to locate the spot. Avoid homes near the main street or near night clubs.
What’s the goal of your stay?
The idea of a perfect holiday differs from person to person. Some look for a clam and peaceful place far away from the maddening crowd. They love to hide away in a beautiful countryside villa. Some like to be in the centre of activity. They love to do a lot of things while holidaying. So choose your accommodation accordingly.
Read reviews, ask questions and voice special requests
Reading reviews online will help you book the best accommodation. There are a number of reviews with ratings to help you make a decision. It is the easiest way to get to know a property. If certain websites are not giving reviews, ask them whatever you need to know. But generally, all websites give enough and more details about the available property. Still if you are not satisfied there is no harm in asking questions. This is a business transaction and you are paying for a service. So ask questions based on your needs and voice your special requests.