By Judy Sweetland
That seems to be the nagging question 365 days a year, and there’s no reprieve while on vacation. In fact, it can be even more challenging when you have children of varying ages with specific likes and dislikes. While you and your spouse might be dying to try that Hawaiian Fusion restaurant that everyone has been raving about, you know that little Johnny will have no part of seafood, and keeping Sally entertained in the highchair will require nothing short of a live appearance from Elmo himself. This poses the ultimate vacation challenge because it’s not a mere question of ‘what’s for dinner tonight?’ but what’s for breakfast and lunch, too – times seven! So, on your typical weeks’ vacation this question will beg to be answered 21 times!
Let’s consider you have the stamina to repeatedly answer this question each day, and are equipped with the ingenuity to satisfy everyone’s palate. Now you have to take into consideration the expense of eating out 21 times. Let’s see, a family of four, three times a day (don’t forget to carry the one), and cha-ching – you could have extended your vacation a few more nights!
Do you see where I’m going with this? Finicky kids + added expense = why are we doing this again?
Solution: Renting a villa as opposed to a hotel room has multiple advantages, but for Johnny and Sally’s parent’s, I’m just going to focus on meals. Private Trade Winds’ villas are equipped with either a complete or gourmet kitchen, with the former offering guests the ability to prepare a standard meal, while the gourmet kitchen is equipped with all the high-end appliances and cookware needed to prepare an entire Thanksgiving feast! With the added convenience of a kitchen, the need to dine out for every meal is eliminated and money and sanity are restored.
Another service typically offered to villa travelers is pre arrival grocery shopping. Families love this service, and the only thing you need to do is fill out the shopping list. The last thing you want to deal with after a long plane ride is a stop at the grocery store to stock your fridge and pantry, and shopping at an unfamiliar store is frustrating in itself. Pre arrival grocery shopping removes the stress and allows you to start enjoying your vacation immediately upon arrival.
Of course, going out to dinner is relaxing and desirable, and you can count on Concierge to make suggestions, book your reservation, and in most cases, arrange a babysitter so you can enjoy a romantic evening out.
So pack up the family and settle into your home-away-from-home for a lovely, and peaceful, villa vacation!0