Let's touch 'the third rail' about the cost of renting a villa.
On the VINow forum, a person wanted to know if St. John villas charged an 'energy fee,' as she has paid at resorts in the Bahamas and Antigua.
Anita Davis, a long time VI resident, replied she was unaware of the practice generally. "But, since our energy costs from 50-cents/kwh, it would be great if our visitors did not open doors and/or windows with air conditioning blasting or let water run unnecessarily." To which, the Inquiring Iguana says 'Amen."
Toes in the Sand said, "We have never had a villa with a specific fee for energy usage. There is usually a provision in the contract for a fee if excessive energy or water usage occurs, but never a fee for normal usage. I would love to see a villa rate plan that allows credit for low utility and water usage."
Cruising Gal said she's found a villa that does have such fees,"The one we want to rent." There is a $250 cleaning fee and a $19 per day energy surcharge.
Linda J passed along the news that Caneel Bay has a 10% charge which can be attributed to energy. (Can anyone confirm this?) "Others, the Westin I believe, have a daily activities fee. It all adds up to the same thing. (They) do not want to raise their published daily rates," she said.
How do you feel about villas trying to manage and monitor guests' water and energy use through quotas and charges for overage?