Staying at a private villa is an opportunity to enjoy a holiday in utmost privacy. You can make use of all the high-end facilities at the villa and exclusive services from the efficient and well-trained dedicated villa staff.
Managing your privacy without missing on the fun stuff becomes easy, with the help of the villa personnel as they are the only group of people around you, apart from your family or group. They will attend to your needs during your vacation. Hence, it’s important that you get along with the villa staff in order to get the most out of the professional services they offer. Here are some suggestions on how to handle the villa staff for the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
1. Communicate Your Needs and Wants
It’s important to maintain an open communication between you and the villa staff. From the time you set foot in the villa, it’s important that you make it clear to them what your specific requirements are. Some guests might prefer to spend time in the villa without anyone around them while other guests might want to be surrounded by people who will pamper them and make them feel at home. The villa staff needs to understand clearly how they can help make your vacation perfect.
2. Treat Them like Family
It’s never wrong to break the ice with the villa personnel. After all, you will be dealing with them every day that you stay in the villa. By breaking the ice, awkward moments are avoided. It is best to treat them as if they were part of your family as this will help them feel comfortable around you. This doesn’t mean, however, that you are obliged to include them in every social function you plan for your holiday. It only means that you don’t alienate them or treat them like strangers.
3. Tip Them
Understand that villa staff don’t work the regular hours. This is because their work and responsibility require that they make sure your holiday is something you will rave about when you go home. A nice way to show your appreciation for such efforts is by tipping them. It’s a gesture that tells them how much you have valued what they have done for you and your family. It’s also a way to tell them that they are doing the right thing and that you are absolutely happy about it. Tip amount may vary and totally depend on what you feel is right to give. The tip may not always be in money form. It can be a gift, food, or anything that you want them to have wholeheartedly.
4. Be Specific with Your Requirements
There are villa workers who can easily get what you tell them even without giving the details. However, there are some who need very specific instructions on what you want them to do. For example, you need to tell them if you want them to be around all the time or if you only want their presence only when you call them. You also need to be precise when it comes to your meal – where or how you would like your food to be served. Is it by the beach or at the poolside sala? You have to be absolutely clear about your requirements.
5. Respect Their Right
Like mentioned before, villa staff have irregular working hours which mean they do not have the regular eight-hour working time. They work beyond the regular working hours but this doesn’t mean you are allowed to drag their working shift even longer. Respect their fundamental right by informing them in advance if you would like them to stay a bit longer for a late night dinner or a bit earlier for your routine exercise. And when you need them to stay longer over their 10-hr shift, you should be generous and give them more tip for those extra hours. This will not only make them happy, but it will also make them feel good about being appreciative of their efforts and services.