Struggling with decisions on where to spend your precious holiday break? Our Villas vs a Hotel?
There has been such a dramatic increase in different types of holiday accommodation since the dawn of this century. As a result, it has become so overwhelming deciding what to rent for your precious holiday. Here we will concentrate mostly on the two most popular and important types of accommodation; our villas vs a hotel. It is very important to realise how our choice of accommodation can completely change our holiday experience for the better or worse.
For most of us, the choice between renting a vacation home vs a hotel will largely depend on our budget. Unfortunately, we always base our decision on what seems to be the cheaper alternative. Staying in a hotel can sometimes appear to be more budget-friendly - but is this choice actually helping you save money?
1.The overall cost of our villas vs a hotel
For a family of 4, the accommodation cost can quickly add up in a hotel. Ideally, you would need 2 rooms for your holiday so the children can have their own space too. This will significantly increase the cost of a week's vacation. Our villas can easily provide the space and comfort needed for you and your family. In most cases, choosing to stay at Skopelos Country Villas, can be a more budget-friendly option than two rooms in a hotel. The average cost of one hotel room in mid to high season in Skopelos can vary between 60 to 80 euros. Our nightly rate in high season is 160 euros and you get the whole villa to your selves with your own private pool.
Are vacation rentals cheaper than hotels when you add food cost?
This is one area of your budget planning that almost always goes overboard. We do tend to spend more on food and drink when we are having a good time no matter how hard we try to stay within our pre-defined limits. When staying in a hotel in Skopelos, you will need to go out every day and eat in restaurants, (no, there are no all-inclusive's yet here).
This will mean that for a family of 4 you will be spending an average of 80 euros per day. This includes lunch and dinner, plus any other snacks in between. Food alone will cost a minimum of 560 euros for your week. It is quite a big chunk out of your holiday budget and something that can simply not be avoided. If you are based in one of our villas, you can cook your own meals and help reduce food costs. You will be preparing your favourite foods in our fully equipped kitchen for at least half of the time you are here. Stocking up for a week from the local supermarket for a family of four will cost you between 60-100 euros.
Are you already seeing the benefits of staying in our villas?
2. The luxury of space in our villas vs a hotel
Hotel spaces are the complete opposite of our villas. They are often crammed with other holidaymakers competing for a lounger by the pool or a decent bar stool for a drink at night. They offer minimal privacy and can be very noisy. Most people will not have the same schedules or sleeping patterns with you. Instead of having a relaxed holiday, you will end up going home more tired than when you started out.
When you rent one of our villas, you have a whole space to yourselves. Fully equipped kitchen, T.V. centre, large bathrooms and two bedrooms. In addition, you will use the big outdoor areas where you can relax, having your breakfast or alfresco dining. You can lounge by your own pool and have a cool, refreshing dip when you need to.
3. Quality time with friends and family in our villas vs a hotel
It is a perfect opportunity to spend some great time with friends and family during your vacation. You can cook together, drink your favourite wines and catch up on each other's lives. Enjoy your breakfast by the pool while having great debates, like which beach to visit for the day.
If your teenage kids want their friends to join them during their holiday, you can surprise them by renting both villas so they can have their very own space.
Our villas are suitable for groups as well as couples.
4. Stunning views from our villas vs a hotel
Let's face it, when you book a hotel room you would be lucky to have a 1 x 1 m² balcony for your private use. You would be even more privileged if you happen to have a view of some sort without paying extortionate amounts. Your tiny balcony will most likely be adjacent to another room or exposed to a street outside. Most of the time will be spent in quietness so you don't disturb your neighbours. You don't want to upset and annoy them in hope that they won't do the same to you.
When you rent one of our villas you literally have the whole mountain to yourselves. Our properties are built on the edge of a hill, 350 meters above sea level. You have the cascading hills below you, the sea across and the sun rising in all its glory.
5. Location of Skopelos Country Villas vs a hotel
There are many hotels scattered all over Skopelos. Some of them on the coast, close to a beach, while others within the boundaries of Skopelos town. If you decide to rent a room in town, you are restricted to small cobblestoned streets which make driving a rental car nearly impossible and in some cases, not advisable.
If you decide to park your car in the municipality car park, you need to be walking back to your hotel every time you come back from the beach. That is if, you find a spot to park your car in that car park, which can prove to be nearly impossible during peak season.
If you base yourselves in a hotel close to the coast, you will need to bear the extra cost that is associated with this privilege. When you decide to stay at our villas, you have the best of everything. We are centrally located on Skopelos yet in the countryside.
A beautiful 15 min. drive will lead to our villas, and a 15-minute drive further, through some stunning scenery, will lead you to some of the best beaches in the Aegean sea.