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Late Check Outs
Checking out of your villa is often a moot point. I am often asked by prospective guests if they can have a late check out. All villas operate in the same way that hotels do, in that we try have new guests arrive on the same day as the previous guests depart. This of course means that after the previous guests have left at 10am or whenever, the army of cleaners and management supervisors spring into action.
In the small time frame they have before the next guests arrive, they have to strip all the beds, wash all the sheets, towels, kitchen towels, bath robes (where offered) and have them dry by 4pm. They also have to re-make the beds with fresh linen, replace all new towels and kitchen towels. On top of that of course, they have to polish everywhere, wash all floors and vacuum those with carpets. Cupboards have to be cleaned out, fridges washed, bathrooms cleaned and disinfected and fresh soaps laid out. BBQ’s have to be cleaned and the gas bottles replaced. Welcome packs have to be bought and presented by the management company in a pleasing way and finally the management company supervisor has to check that everything has been done to her satisfaction and that the villa is clean for the next guests. All of this, in the space of six hours.
Sometimes of course there are the times when we do not have back to back guests, but we can never be sure this will not be the case right up until the day before your arrival. If an owner has guaranteed you a late check out, then we can not take a booking which commences on the same day as you leave. This means a whole days lost rental.
This, naturally applies in the reverse, if you wish to check in early as the villa will not be ready if previous guests have only checked out that morning. If you state on your enquiry that you MUST have a late check out, then you will probably be charged for an extra night – that is the only way to guarantee it.
Visitors from the United Kingdom and some other parts of Europe, will not be able to get flights any earlier than early evening. In this case if you do not want to have your luggage kept in the trunk of the car while you fill in the time, then you should consider booking the villa for another night, allowing you to depart later in the day than the normal check out time.
So in short, please understand why it is not always possible to get a late check out or an early check in. Thank you.
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