Food and a bottle of wine in the refrigerator, Internet access, and someone to drive them home from a night on the town are enough to get most St. John visitors’ vacations off to a good start, according to comments on the Web site over the past week.
In voting over the past week, several hundred people selected from a list of options and decided having the house stocked with food and drink was the best thing they could get (31%), close behind was Internet access (29%), and in third place, that ‘designated driver’ service (14%). See the poll results here.
Some respondents said there were other things that make their stay at a rental villa comfortable.
"That welcome basket (can be) great!," said Michelle Reen. A working washer and dryer are important, too.
Making the connection to get to the house is critical, pointed out Vince. He says villa rental companies should, "Make sure ‘greeters’ are carrying a cell phone. (We) have had instances where we got in a bit later and only get an answering machine (when we call the management company)."
Heather wants a practical introduction to her rental house, hoping for a walk-through of the property. "In the past three trips, we encountered a disconnected hot water heater, closed cistern valves resulting in no water, pumps in need of priming, a tripped circuit breaker, and a broken hot tub, all discovered after the agent left the house."
James Rogers said he requires "complete privacy. Last year, his girl friend was in the shower and the villa owner "got a free (although most assuredly not intentional) peep show as the shower had a huge curtain-less window in it!!"
There is one thing more, said Debbie. "A lime squeezer … to make those rum punches and other yummy drinks with fresh lime."