Towards the end of 2021, SandyBlue witnessed an unprecedented demand for villa holidays in the Algarve. This demand came from many markets across the world, with enquiries up 22%, bookings up by 36% and average booking values up by a whopping 32%.
With these figures in mind, it is clear that 2022 will be the year to really stand out from the crowd. Competition to attract guests and secure bookings will be high, as guests will really expect the very best as travel resumes.
With day 2 testing no longer required for UK guests, now is the time to invest in your property. Doing so will be key in maximising rental values and occupancy in the summer of 2022. At SandyBlue, our thorough property management services allow us to make these suggestions to our owner partners. Here are just some of the improvements you can think about for 2022.
A five-star experience
As mentioned, guests are looking for an unmatched luxury holiday and want the best five-star experience. After an uncertain period where they could not travel, tourists are making up for lost time.
We highly recommend that villa owners should look at their current furnishings, both inside the property and in the outdoor areas. Modern, eye-catching and comfortable furniture will definitely grab the attention of guests exploring potential villas to book. This also extends to the decor – we have found that guests love a property with beautiful artwork and unique fittings.
Fast and smart technology is another important factor. Guests will want fast Wi-Fi connections, particularly for longer term rentals. Smart TVs are also important, as guests like the option of logging into their own streaming accounts such as Netflix.
The reason we always recommend these changes to SandyBlue’s owner partners is because it really does sell a property. It shows that care is being taken to maintain it and in turn, guests will also be taken care of.
Keep ahead of your competition
At SandyBlue, our regular inspections and property reports keep our owner partners in the loop. It’s important to pay attention to the smaller details, therefore identifying any and all maintenance that needs attending to before peak season.
Not only can you let potential guests know that all maintenance is up to date, it will ensure they have a seamless experience without the need to report any issues. This is also integral to engaging guests and turning them into regular visitors of your property. Ultimately, it establishes trust that they will receive the five-star treatment they expect in the Algarve.
A successful summer of 2022
Offering great facilities such as fast Wi-Fi, comfortable furnishings and quality appliances will make all the difference for a successful summer in 2022. We look forward to a very exciting summer season in the Algarve!
By Joe Mountain
Joe Mountain is founder of Algarve villa rental specialists SandyBlue.
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