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Vacation Rental Vs Hotel

And the winner , read this, then decide!

First, the ubiquitous hotel. Swathed in branded names, cookie cutter rooms, marginal service, questionable decor, and exorbitant prices. If you haven’t guessed, I’m not a big fan. Keep that bias in mind. I admit it and put it out there for you, right up front! Staying in hotel accommodations is a hassle. The rooms, although comfortable, are sterile. The fact that you have to eat via room service, venture out in all kinds of weather or settle for the overpriced, mediocre cuisine offered by the hotel’s restaurant, just doesn’t float my you’re traveling with family or a group of friends, you have to rent an expensive suite or settle for separate rooms. Then there are issues of privacy, laundry, transportation, tips, taxes and stairs and elevators. I could go on but I’m sure you get the point.

Now, with a vacation rental, the scenario is radically different. First and foremost, you are residing in a warm, homelike environment. Your privacy is on a par with that which you enjoy at home. The prices for your stay per person are typically significantly less than you would pay for hotel accommodations, especially true if your are a family or will be able to cook your own meals, wash your own laundry, avoid tips, duck taxes, dodge surcharges and come and go as you please without fear of drawing the attention of the desk clerk who looks at you as if you are stealing the hotel linens.

Then there are the less tangible but real advantages to the vacation rental. You get the real experience of place. You are living in the culture, experiencing first hand what life is like as a resident rather than a guest.

The amenities you will enjoy in your vacation rental exceed those available in the typical hotel. Cable TV, Internet, telephone service, refrigerator, range, dishes, linens, towels, cutlery, laundry facilities and more space!

Is there a downside you ask. Sure, but no different from booking a hotel. Yes, you may find that the vacation rental doesn’t live up to expectations, but you’ve had the same experience with hotels, I’m sure. You may find that researching vacation rental property is a little more laborious than searching for a hotel. Booking may be a few extra steps, but the resulting experience makes this small extra effort worthwhile.

Now I’m not going so far as to say that vacation rentals are for everyone. If you are a couple, or traveling alone, the hotel can be a good choice. Maybe you are totally comfortable with the hotel atmosphere. It’s okay!

I maintain, however, my position on the validity of a vacation rental as the best choice for those traveling with friends and those all important family vacations. I will concede the fact that vacation rentals are not available for all destinations.

As the title of this article implies, you be the judge. I apologize for my bias but I did disclose that at the outset.

Tips For Planning a Trip to a Bali Hotel

Bali is a legendary destination for holidaymakers who wish to get away from it all in a paradise that is so picture perfect Hollywood has long adored it for on-location shoots. Planning a trip to this Indonesian destination, however, does demand careful attention to detail. Covering more than 5,000 square kilometers, this island is larger than it may appear in films.

So, what should holidaymakers keep in mind when they are planning a trip to a Bali hotel? These tips can help make a vacation to this tropical destination one that will never be forgotten:

* Take the time to carefully choose the actual destination – Bali is large enough that it tends to take more than one trip to see it all. For first-time goers, it’s a good idea to carefully research destinations to center a trip around. Interior cities like Ubud, for example, offer some incredible sights and plenty of culture, but they will simply not provide the beach appeal stops like Kuta or Nusa Dua boast. To make a good choice to fit personal tastes, take the time to review individual destinations and the attractions they offer.

* Set a preliminary tour itinerary – Whilst it is very likely that plans will change based on whim once the destination is reached, it’s a good idea to at least list out sights and attractions to see during a trip to a Bali hotel. Having a rough idea or even a few booked and paid-for guided tours can ensure that the major sights in any destination are taken in and enjoyed.

* Set a realistic budget – Bali is a destination that is much more affordable than many people realize. Even so, it is quite wise to set a realistic budget for the stay. Beyond travel expenses, make sure to have enough money set aside for a good Bali hotel, food, mementos and attractions.

* Choose a hotel with care – There are many different kinds of hotels in Bali to choose from. Take the time review the options in a particular destination closely and balance them against personal needs. Families, for example, might better benefit from a suite or even a villa to provide a little more room and privacy. Standard Bali hotels, however, do offer a lot of amenities and a level of service that can make even budget locations seem luxurious.

* Understand what the weather will be like – Although Bali is considered balmy no matter the time of year, there are certain times when more than a little rain might be expected. When planning a trip to this island, be sure to know weather predictions before packing.

* Make sure to pack all necessities – Whilst Bali hotels can help guests obtain items they may have left at home, it’s always best to pack necessities with care. To enjoy this destination without worries, make a list of necessities and cross them off as items are packed.

Spending a vacation in a Bali hotel is dream for many. When this destination is on the agenda, planning in advance can help ensure a trip that is truly spectacular.

A Lovina Hotel – The Perfect Base For Exploring Bali’s Secret Coast

The island of Bali, Indonesia, situated eight degrees below the equator in the Indian Ocean north of Australia, has been a tropical travel destination for over 40 years. It’s hard to pass by a magazine rack without seeing a travel magazine feature article on this island, with its still very-much-alive indigenous culture and wonderfully friendly people. The Singaraja and Lovina Beach area, in the north of Bali on the shores of the calm Bali Sea, are a great place to experience this, but you’ll never see it unless you make just a little effort.

Why is this?

On your arrival at Ngurah Rai international Airport, while in the taxi on the way to your hotel, you might be forgiven for wondering where you can find the idyllic settings that might have motivated you to come. The fact is that the area within 5 miles or so of the airport is an over-the-top maze of cheap trinket shops and wall-to-wall package tourism. Clearly for the majority of tourists this fits the bill, but I have always wondered what percentage of travelers to Bali actually take the time to explore the island a little bit. The craziness is in the south. Everything changes north of Ubud.

If you had something else in mind, a slower pace, don’t despair. Even if you’ve already booked a hotel in one of the tourist centers in the island’s south end, you certainly can and should take a little trip up to Bali’s north coast. Drivers are easy enough to find, and very reasonably priced by Western standards.

So am I suggesting that you actually pay for a hotel in Lovina or some other idyllic place if you have a room already booked for the duration of your visit, down in the other end of the island? It depends on how much you like the southern tourist scene in places like Kuta.

You could book part of your holiday ahead of time and do a spur of the moment booking when you find accommodations that you like up on the north coast. If you’ve already pre-booked for your entire visit you might also be able to negotiate with your hotel to take a few days out of your initial reservation.

Don’t hesitate over logistics. Take your little road trip if you get the urge. And, if you find yourself as charmed by Lovina Beach as some people do, the roughly US$20-US$50 a day that you can spend on a very good hotel in the area (even beachfront, believe it or not) might just seem worth it to you.

You could take a few days, using a hotel in Lovina or Singaraja as a base from which to explore, and head over to the west Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) on the northwest corner of this amazing island. Very few tourists get up to see this park, but it’s a short trip from Lovina over surprisingly good roads and is a wonderful idea especially if you have children. Be sure and park the car or have your driver wait for you while you take a short hike, to really get a feeling for the natural beauty of Bali.

Another short day trip from the Lovina Beach area is to head up to the volcanic mountains of Bali, for example to the Bedugul or Kintamani areas. These are lush, cooler areas in the center of the island with surprisingly large lakes, waterfalls and really superb views from the edge of the caldera in Kintamani.

If you ask more from your holiday than shopping and partying, getting out into the natural beauty of Indonesia for a few days is something you won’t regret. There are lots of special, relatively unexplored corners of Bali aside from the ‘secret north coast’ around Lovina and Singaraja, these are couple of outstanding places to start.