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Luxury Vacation Home Rentals Tips and Must-Haves

31 May

Luxury Vacation Home Rentals Tips and Must-Haves 

Luxury vacation home rentals distinguish themselves from standard vacation rentals by offering exceptional comfort, amenities, and services that cater to discerning travelers seeking an elevated experience! Homeowners who want to rent out their property to guests can make a significant profit from setting their rental price higher than others while promising an elevated experience. 

But where do you start? What does your property need to be a luxurious experience? Continue reading to learn what your luxurious rental should have to impress guests.  

What Makes it a Luxury Vacation Home? 

Luxury vacation home rentals come in all shapes and sizes but have one thing in common. These vacation rentals offer a luxurious experience a step or two above the standard accommodations of basic lodging options. 

Some of the above-and-beyond qualities of a luxury vacation rental may include: 

  • Prime Location 
  • Exceptional Design and Architecture 
  • Spacious Layout 
  • Top-notch Amenities 
  • Personalized Services 
  • Privacy and Security 
  • Technology and Connectivity 
  • Exceptional Views and Outdoor Spaces 
  • Exclusivity  

The Vacation Rental Basics Checklist 

Of course, you'll need to start with the essentials that any vacation rental should have. Below are the standard items, appliances, and amenities guests expect the homeowner to provide for a positive experience: 

Kitchen Appliances, Utensils, and Dishes 

  • Oven 
  • Stove 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Microwave 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Coffee maker 
  • Toaster 
  • Blender 
  • Cookware 
  • Utensils 
  • Dishes 

Laundry and Linens 

  • Kitchen rags and hand towels 
  • Bathing towels and hand towels 
  • Bedding (plus an extra set or two) 
  • A couple of throw blankets 
  • Washer and dryer 


  • TV 
  • Internet/Wi-Fi access 

Safety Features 

  • Smoke detectors  
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • First aid kit 
  • Secure locks on doors and windows 

Stand Out from Other Luxury Vacation Home Rentals 

Now, if you want to advertise your vacation rental as a 'luxury' experience at a higher cost, you'll need to provide more than just the essentials. Consider the following ideas to make your rental stand out among other luxury vacation home rentals. 

Soft and Cozy Bedding 

Nearly half of the hours your guests spend at your vacation rental will be in bed, sleeping to get a fresh start on each vacation day. So, make it count! Choose high-quality bed sheets and comforters to encourage good sleep and make the bed cozy and inviting with decorative pillows and blankets. 

High-End Soaps and Shower Products 

While it's not necessary to provide toiletries and shower products for the guests of your rental, it can make their experience more memorable. Consider stocking the bathrooms with luxurious soaps, pampering products like face masks or exfoliating scrubs, and relaxing scents. It's even better if you source the products from a local shop! 

A Modern Kitchen 

Especially for long-term stays, the kitchen plays a significant role in guest satisfaction. Amaze visitors with high-end appliances, beautiful dishes, and trendy decorations. 

Luxurious Amenities 

Most luxury vacation home rentals have at least one impressive and unique amenity that the standard rental doesn't offer. Below are some of the best amenities to consider to make your guests' experience like no other!  

  • Swimming pool 
  • Hot tub 
  • Jacuzzi bathtub 
  • Home theater 
  • Outdoor kitchen 
  • Pool table or game room 
  • Sauna 
  • Outdoor games 
  • Grill and outdoor seating 
  • Bikes, kayaks, and similar items 
  • Beach toys 
  • Surround sound system 
  • Gaming consoles 
  • Fireplace 
  • Home gym 

Personalized Welcome Basket 

Give your valued guests a warm welcome to kick off their trip! Somewhere in your booking paperwork, collect details about the visitors, like the reason for their journey, what they are looking forward to in the area, where they are traveling from, and some of their favorite snacks and treats to build a personalized and impressive collection of goodies to greet them upon arrival. And don't forget to complete the gift with a handwritten note wishing them a wonderful stay! 

Here are some ideas to get you started: 

Anniversary or Honeymoon 

  • Bottle of champagne 
  • Fresh rose petals 
  • Certificate or gift card to local places, like the spa or a nice restaurant 
  • A list of date night ideas in the area 
  • Fine chocolates 
  • Heart-shaped treats 

Family Summer Vacation 

  • Snacks and candy for kids 
  • Sodas 
  • Board games and cards 
  • A list of the top family-friendly local attractions 
  • Gift cards or certificates to family restaurants 

A Girls Getaway 

  • Face masks and other pampering products 
  • A bottle of wine 
  • Tasty snacks to share 
  • A list of fun places to visit with friends 
  • Certificates or gift cards to local spas and restaurants 

Expert Tips for Luxury Vacation Rentals 

1 | Location is Key 

Choose a prime location with qualities that already attract guests, like a beachfront villa, mountain retreat, or bustling city penthouse. 

Furthermore, local attractions and activities play a big role. Look for nearby attractions, restaurants, and activities to ensure there are plenty of options for entertainment and exploration during your guests' stay. 

2 | Excellent Reviews and Reputation 

Luxury vacation home rentals thrive with outstanding reviews from previous guests. High-end guests rarely overlook the review section of your rental listing, so be sure it is filled with positive reviews boasting your good reputation. 

If reviews are hard to come by, try offering an incentive for guests to post an official review. You can award your visitors with gift cards, discounts on future stays, and other valuable gifts when they leave you positive reviews. 

3 | Professional and Reliable Communication 

It's not always enough to provide an exceptional rental home with the top amenities and a competitive location. Professional, friendly, and consistent communication with your guests can also boost their experience. From their first inquiry before booking your property to their check-out, prioritize excellent communication with guests. 


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