There are vacation rentals. Then, there are luxury vacation rentals. The homes that exude an exclusive experience right from their listing description and photos. And, the ones that guests are willing to pay more to stay at.
The good news? Any vacation home can be turned into a luxury experience. You don’t have to build a wine cellar, an indoor movie theater, or install heated floors to command top dollar. We’ve rounded up several amenities you can invest in today to make your vacation rental more luxurious.
With so many people installing smart home devices in their own homes, it’s not unusual for guests to expect them while on vacation. Not to mention that these tech-savvy guests have come to expect contactless experiences while on the road. Smart home tech delivers a bunch of benefits—mainly, a seamless stay for them, less worries for you.
Some devices to consider:
When vacation homeowners work with Vacasa, we’ll cover the costs of a keyless lock, customized WiFi router, and a noise monitoring system.
No fitness center? No problem. You can easily recreate a gym experience for your active guests. Set up spare room or garage and outfit it with:
Want to go even more high-end? You can consider larger workout equipment, such as an:
Have a spare room, loft space, or garage? Create a space just for entertainment and play that could entice guests of all ages (who said children get to have all the fun?). You can make it feel more indulgent by investing in bigger games, like life-size Connect Four, an air hockey table, or a vintage arcade game.
Here are some ideas to stock your game room:
Help guests keep their valuables protected while staying in your vacation home. Include a vacation rental safe in the master bedroom or one of the closets so guests can lock up what’s most important to them while out and about.
It takes just a single glance to decide if a vacation home is luxurious or not—all thanks to how it’s decorated. When it comes to commanding top dollar for your vacation home, style matters. Here are some do’s and don’ts from our interior designers, who strategically design Vacasa vacation homes to boost bookings:
Whether it’s the cozy warmth or the captivating flames, a fireplace or fire pit draws in guests like a magnet. In fact, fireplaces are a top sought-after amenity on Vacasa.com.
Make sure to provide a starter firewood supply, instructions how to operate the fireplace or fire pit safely, plus any other necessary supplies like a fireplace poker or s'mores kits. (Don’t forget: Electric fireplaces can feel just as lavish.)
“Outdoor spaces are hugely important to attract guests and to elevate their experience,” says Kimberly White, Vacasa’s Head of Home Quality and Standards. Whether you have a patio or a backyard deck, first consider how guests would like to use your space. For smaller balconies, providing a comfortable patio set will make it easier for guests to dine alfresco. If you have a larger space to play with, guests will likely want to lay out and sunbathe. So, purchase chaise lounges instead of stackable chairs.
Kimberly advises investing in pieces made of POLYWOOD® lumber and Sunbrella® fabrics, which are weather resistant and ultra-durable, and have long-lasting color. Plus, don’t forget to decorate your space with colorful outdoor rugs, lighting, and storage for tucking away pillows and cushions during the off-season.
The quintessential luxuries at either a vacation rental or a hotel, pools and hot tubs can instantly elevate a property from standard to a stand-out. In fact, both are some of the top sought-after amenities on Vacasa.com. If deciding between two similar vacation home options, a guest’s dream of unwinding in a bubbling hot tub can tip the scales.
These amenities are a boon to your bottomline, too. Vacation rentals with hot tubs make an average of 15–20% more than properties without them. Even better—in some markets our Vacasa team will help with regular maintenance, including testing the water, balancing chemical levels, and checking for wear and tear.
Don’t forget to clearly state any safety rules, along with operating instructions.
With the rise in remote work, it’s common for guests to travel with their laptops in tow. Create a space for them to take video calls, answer emails, and get work done. Be creative—consider that quiet corner upstairs or even repurposing a big walk-in closet. Then, provide all the comforts of a home office. Some items to buy to make sure your guests are well-equipped:
When things heat up, guests are often willing to pay more to stay cool. In fact, central A/C is another highly sought-after amenity on Vacasa.com. While there are more cost-effective cooling methods—like powerful ceiling fans or window air conditioning units—most guests prefer central A/C.
Adding luxury amenities to your vacation home can help you command a higher rate and attract more guests—ultimately leading to higher earnings. However luxury doesn’t necessarily require renovations or shelling out thousands of dollars. In the vacation rental industry, even offering small indulgences can make your home feel lavish. Use this list to slowly upgrade your home to something worth splurging on.
There are many ways to make your vacation rental stand out from the competition. Here are some simple ways to start:
From bedroom mirrors to coffee tables, cooking utensils to fluffy towels, stocking a vacation rental with all the must-haves can be a tedious (and seemingly endless) task.
Make the process easier by using our room-by-room checklists for your bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and living room. Or, download our ultimate vacation home inventory checklist so you’ll know exactly which essentials to include throughout your vacation home.
Call 844-518-0967 to speak with a Homeowner Consultant, who can answer preliminary questions and see if we’d be a good fit for you.
If you'd like to move forward, we’ll put you in touch with our market expert in your neighborhood to explore the financial potential of your home, outline our management fee, and introduce your local team.
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Data is based on Vacasa.com searches and reservations booked April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, unless otherwise indicated. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.