Why longer stays are the new way to holiday

In the current climate, where billions of people have obeyed a strict Covid-19 lockdown, the need for quality down time is stronger than ever. So, it is unsurprising that tourists are looking to enjoy extra time in the sun.

As lockdown begins to ease, extended trips are becoming a rising trend. Typically, a longer stay is four weeks plus, offering plenty of benefits. The Algarve is becoming a hotspot for visitors researching this and it inspired the proposal of SandyBlue’s ‘Longer Stays’.

SandyBlue Longer Stays
SandyBlue introduced ‘Longer Stays’ because we saw a need for it, especially in today’s climate. Holiday plans have changed globally, be it cancellations or personal choices. With travel feeling like a greater commitment, guests are looking for longer ‘holidays’ and SandyBlue’s new concept offers that.

“Longer Stays are not like traditional long-term rentals, as SandyBlue takes care of guests and owners,” Joe Mountain explains. “In a long-term let, it is often guests and owners who deal with cleaning, utilities and all other aspects of the stay. With ‘Longer Stays’, we do the hard work.”

From extending a summer vacation to booking a winter break, SandyBlue ‘Longer Stays’ caters to all needs.

Getting the most for your property
If you have a property in the Algarve, observing these travel trends will attract more potential guests.

With visitors extending holidays, or booking longer ones, a stream of revenue is guaranteed for your villa. We will liaise with your guests for the whole stay, a unique ‘Longer Stays’ feature that takes all the pressure off you.

One market SandyBlue taps into, which many companies don’t, is repeat guests. Guests often return to the same property annually, so checking in with them is a priority. As an owner, this pool of repeat visitors is vital to ongoing success, especially now people are extending holidays. There is also a spike in low occupancy bookings, meaning owners will experience lower running costs and can worry less about ‘wear and tear’.

A stress-free visit
If you’re making holiday commitments, don’t be afraid to go bigger – great properties are already being snapped up. ‘Longer Stays’ is different from the usual long-term let as guests get the same great properties and service, at much better rates.

Joe says, “SandyBlue deals with all requirements to ensure a stress-free visit; weekly maid services, fast Wi-Fi, a dedicated property manager and SandyBlue guest experience manager. With bills included, it’s a proposition that prioritises great value for money.”

‘Longer Stays’ is flourishing – we’ve had many families extend existing bookings or make new month plus bookings post-lockdown. With superior facilities, remote working from the Algarve means your professional life won’t come to a standstill. According to UK statistics, 57% of people believe companies will increase working from home/remote working allowances following lockdown – longer stays are only going to increase in popularity with this new approach to work.

A brighter future
There is light at the end of the tunnel as the Algarve reopens its doors. Joe concludes: “During lockdown, it was humbling to see how the Portuguese community faced the pandemic. SandyBlue are proud to be part of this community and look forward to welcoming people back to the Algarve. With Portugal reopening, the rush for late summer and 2021 bookings has begun.”

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