Is a DIY vacation right for me?
Worried it’ll be too much work if you DON’T choose an all-inclusive? Read on and decide for yourself.
Are you the kind of person who cringes at the thought of extra long buffet lines?
You don’t mind getting up with the sun.
But rushing over to the pool or beach at the crack of dawn, isn’t your idea of taking it easy. You shouldn’t have to leave a hat, sunscreen and a book, to save your favorite sunbed, but leaving the mandatory beach towel, is just too risky. So you set your alarm and get up first, to keep your crew happy.
If this is you, you’re not alone.
But you could be! In a really good way.
What if you stayed in a nice, quiet villa that’s as comfortable as home, and perhaps even prettier! And what if that sweet holiday spot had a fully-equipped kitchen, BBQ, lounge chairs, pool and everything else you have at home? Except the bad weather, of course. 😉
‘Renting a villa for the very first-time can be scary.’
Does it really exist? Will it be as great as it looks online? Will they take my money and run? Will anyone help if we need something? What’s the neighborhood like? What if they cancel last minute and we have no place to stay?
We understand the stress. And there’s a first time for everything. But once, you’ve tried it, you may never go back to a resort. Seriously. Just choose a good one, and like hotels, they’re not all created equal.
‘What if I get lonely? Or what if we want to see other people?’
You can. At any time. Everywhere. That’s the beauty of it all:
You have the option, without having the obligation.
If you’re used to having the hotel tour operator set you up for all your off-site activities, you’ll be thrilled to know that a villa can do that, too.
Granted, maybe not all villas, but we’ve made it our business to offer boats tours, SUP excursions and more, where fun, safety and flexibility are what matters most. Here’s an idea of what you can experience and we even rent our own vehicles to make everything super simple to book.
‘But a resort makes it so easy to just head down to the restaurant. Won’t meals be a hassle?’
First, let’s consider that Providenciales is NOT an all-inclusive travel destination. That means we need lots of great local restaurants to keep our visitors happy, and not hungry. It also means people wander out to eat, a lot. There’s variety, quality and some very cool spots to eat. We asked our guests to tell us what THEY love and created a restaurant guide that details some of their well-loved spots. Regardless of where you stay, it’s a great planning tool for your TCI vacation.
Maybe you don’t want to have to worry and plan every single meal. Who does?
The thing is, though, staying at a villa combines two things that you may actually love:
- Eating out when you want to
- Eating in, and snacking whenever you feel like it
Take breakfast for example. If you have kids, chances are not everyone wakes up at the same time or wants to do a sit-down meal to start the day. Remember wanting to jump into the pool first thing in the morning when you were a kid? Agreeing to eat something was just the quickest way to get an OK, so you could leave the table and go play.
Meals in your villa can be as extensive or simple as you want them. Choose a villa with a great kitchen, pick up a few things at the grocery store and keep everyone happy.
If we’re not in a resort with a bunch of other people, how safe will it be?
Good question. We talked about it in this blog post, but let’s review.
- Our island depends on tourism so everyone agrees we need to keep it super safe. Crime rates are very low.
- If you needed medical attention, you’d have fast access to great, English-speaking doctors with state-of-the-art equipment.
- Our villas are built close enough that you don’t feel isolated, yet far enough that you have privacy. And, without ever being invasive, we’re always just a few minutes away if you need us.
Sounds better than a resort. But what WON’T I have?
- Tiny shampoo bottles (we shouldn’t use those anymore, anyway!)
- Noise you can’t control
- Branding that makes hotels look and feel all the same, regardless of the destination
Still wondering? Read what past guests have said about their stay and maybe reach out on our Facebook page. We’re sure they’d be willing to answer any questions you may still have.
Hope you’ll decide to try a DIY Vacation sometime and if you do, we’d be delighted to be your hosts.
Simon, Pina and Max
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