When you are taking a long vacation in Bali especially with family, it’s normal if you prefer to stay at villas than at hotel. Because vacation rentals are meant to feel like a home away from home. However, that doesn’t mean you should treat your villa like your own house. Vacation rental in Bali is essentially a rental property where the owners can bill you some money for any damage you may have done. If you’re not careful, some minor mistakes like forgetting your toiletries is more an annoyance than a damage—but still it would be better if you can avoid such mishaps. So take your notes and avoid these mistakes when you’re staying at a holiday rental in Bali and have a perfect stay!
Assuming All Bali Family Villas are Pet-Friendly
Sure, Bali is pet-friendly and you can see dogs and cats strolling around the island. You might also see a lot of foreign travelers (they must be staying at a villa somewhere, right?) taking their dogs for a walk or even for motorcycle ride. However, don’t assume that your villa will be pet-friendly just because others are. Apart from the possibility of causing a mess—especially in an unfamiliar environment—pets can also make individuals with allergies sick, whether the owners or prospective guests, and some villas do not allow dogs. Leave your paw-companion at home unless the rental clearly states that pets are welcome.
Throwing A Party in the Villa without Notifying the Owner
Having more guests on property than are listed in your reservation can result in the loss of your security deposit or a large fine from the vacation rental agency. You might assume there’s no chance you’ll be discovered if the owner lives away, but a noise complaint or report from a neighbor could easily find its way back to your host. Even if you’re staying in a 6 bedroom family villas in Bali that’s meant to accommodate large group, you should always ask permission from the owner first.
Losing Your Bali Villa Key
Although a lot of real estates in Bali now utilize a lockbox code, if you stay in one that still uses an old-fashioned key, keep it with you at all times. If you’re given more than one key, be sure that each member of your group has one to avoid locking yourself out. Otherwise, if the owner does not reside nearby, you may have to pay for a locksmith to gain access.
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Not Washing the Dishes Before Using Them
Staying in a vacation rental rather than a hotel provides you with a fully equipped kitchen. Vacation rentals, unlike hotels, do not have a particular cleaning process to follow. In most cases, the preceding guest is asked to hand-wash the dishes (or loaded into the dishwasher if there is one). And what if the holiday rental didn’t include dish soap? That last visitor may have simply given everything a quick clean and left. To ensure cleanliness, bring some dishwashing detergent (or dish soap and a clean sponge) and thoroughly wash a number of dishes that you will use during your stay.
Not Bringing Your Toiletries from Home
While every rule has an exception, don’t forget to bring your own soap and shampoo. You’ll probably need paper towels and toilet paper while you’re at it. Your stay could cost hundreds of dollars, yet it’s rare to find a home rental that includes toiletries and paper products. If there is shampoo or soap in the bathroom, it could be a beginning kit or something left behind by a former renter. And, while there may be laundry detergent and dish soap beneath the sink, you’ll probably need more than that. Always inquire about these necessities with your host, and it never hurts to have them along just in case.
Filling Up the Fridge Full
You have a kitchen in your house rental, so you can — and should — cook at least a few meals to save money (and, especially right now, avoid unnecessary in-person interactions).
However, be honest with yourself. Don’t bring a ton of perishables for a pot roast, casserole, or meatloaf if you know you’ll be eating out most nights. If you’re unsure what to expect, stay with long-lasting items that won’t spoil and can travel with you back home. Nearly any last-minute ingredients can almost always be found at a local grocer.
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Forgetting Your Villa Deposit
Some of the best villas and holiday homes in Bali are now requiring large deposits to ensure that you do not damage their property. Because the deposit is usually paid at the time of booking, it’s easy to forget about it—and you might not realize it if you don’t get it back after you check out. Set a reminder in your calendar to check your bank account/credit card to ensure that your monies have been repaid and that the vacation rental company has not incurred any further, unexpected costs.