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Decorating the Dream Vacation Property
by Dawn Southgate

The sheer beauty of the BVI Vacation Rentals makes it a sought-after vacation destination, one that merits accommodations reflecting its tropical appeal and easygoing lifestyle. For those offering vacation rentals, it’s important to take your clients’ needs into account before designing and decorating your property to get the best return on investment.   


Start by deciding on your target market. Is it honeymooners, the sailing community, families, singles or all of the above? Next, ask how each of their needs differ and how will this be reflected in the design. While newlyweds might be looking for a vacation property oozing with romance, families and sailors will need a more practical space, one where sand and damp swimwear aren’t going to ruin the decor. Consider whether your property is a high-end rental or in the mid price range and what level of service you are offering your guests.
When designing the property, remember most visitors come to the islands to enjoy outdoor living. Having a large terrace or patio provides the opportunity to live and dine outside—to enjoy the soft island breezes and warm evening temperatures. While an outdoor kitchen or barbecue area is a must, also create a well-equipped indoor kitchen for all your guests’ cooking needs. Choose high-end major appliances, quality accessories, as well as matching dinnerware, glassware, flatware, placemats and napkins for the ultimate dining experience.
Bathrooms should inspire a spa-like feel and relaxation with beautiful tiles, a powerful showerhead, a deep-soaking bathtub and lots of soft, fluffy towels.   

No matter what design style you select, it’s important to purchase quality, or even contract-grade furniture that will withstand the wear and tear of renters and continue to look great for years. While there is no set design style for vacation homes, clean lines and an uncluttered, light, airy space create the perfect retreat. Tropical, Asian or contemporary themes work best, whereas traditional furniture may not endure in an island setting. That said, elements of traditional design could easily blend into any style.
Choose outdoor fabrics for upholstery and pillows. Their stain and water-resistant properties make them ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. And most appealing, the ever-increasing range of colors and textures makes it easier than ever to create the design you want. Select fabrics that coordinate in a way that looks relaxing rather than introducing too many patterns and colors. Comfort is a top priority for any vacationer, so select chairs and sun loungers with sumptuous pillows and soft fabrics to inspire rest and relaxation. Complete the decor with colorful, washable rugs, interesting artwork and bold accents.


While most guests are looking for something special with their vacation rental, many also want a home away from home, a space where they can immediately feel relaxed with all the comforts of home plus added luxuries. This translates to a wonderfully comfortable bed, crisp clean sheets and attractive bed covers. Luxuries should extend to incidentals such as bath and body care products, bathrobes, alarm clocks, iPod docks, TV and DVD players, internet access, luggage racks, books and games, extra pillows and blankets, a hammock and beach towels. A guide to local restaurants, bars and recommendations for day trips is a must. Also remember to include candles, flashlight and other practical items in case of a power outage.
When creating the perfect BVI retreat, there really is no area to compromise in giving your guests the ultimate BVI vacation experience and creating a sound business for yourself.

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