6 Amenities You Need, and 2 You Don’t, For a Vacation Rental

It is finally, finally Memorial Day weekend. Do you know what that means? It’s Fleet Week, we can all wear white again, and even though it’s not technically summer yet, it’s the official kick off of the barbecuing season! (Though white sundresses, baby-back ribs, and the possibility of cute sailors asking you for directions around Times Square is sadly never a good combination.) And, of course, vacation!

From now until Labor Day, people will be using their vacation days (or if they used them all during the winter doldrums, pulling a Ferris Bueller) and going somewhere tropical, and hopefully pina colada-filled. And, why not? After all, life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. (Bow bow, chick chicka chicka, oh yeah!)

And many people who go on vacation have time shares. These apartments and homes are chock full of amenities. I don’t have a timeshare, but if I did I’d hope it would include some particular features—and by the way, most of them would not “provide the comforts of home.” Because, when I’m on vacation, I don’t want to be reminded of all the bills and deadlines and broken washing machines waiting for me.

Here is a list of amenities that would be perfect for a vacation rental to guarantee a fun, fun, fun vacation (until our daddy takes the t-bird away):

Pool/ocean access. Vacation rentals should have this included in the rent if there’s an additional charge. Along with all the swimming accoutrements, such as beach chairs, towels, swimmies, kick boards, metal detectors… And if they weren’t included in the rent, people should be able to leave a deposit or an ID to borrow them. No one wants to schlep all that with them on the plane, and people pay enough for these rentals. There shouldn’t be an extra cost.

Big screen TV. The people who say they want to “get away from it all” and be “at one with nature” are lying. Even on vacation, you could get bored. And, sure, you don’t want to spend your entire vacation in front of the TV. But better to have to option to watch than to go all Jack in The Shining without one (or like Homer in a parody of The Shining in my favorite Simpsons Halloween episode—“No TV and no beer make Homer something something.” “Go crazy?” “Don’t mind if I do!”)

Jacuzzi. Indoor or outdoor, I’m not picky. But definitely a nice amenity to have while on vacation.

A king-size bed with lots of pillows. It’s relaxing. It’s luxurious. It’s perfect for building a fort. Need I say more?

A concierge. That way you can get recommendations for fabulous local restaurants and fun local attractions. Nothing is more stressful or causes more fights on vacation than being lost and hungry.

Margarita machine. Actually, I think regular apartments should have this as a standard amenity too, but I’ll take what I can get.

Of course, there are also some amenities that you don’t necessarily need in a vacation rental apartment, such as:

A chef’s kitchen. Even if you love cooking, no one really wants to do it on vacation. Most people could get away with a fridge, a toaster oven and a microwave. (Add take out menus to that, and that’s pretty much how I survive on a daily basis.)

Wifi. I actually went back and forth on this. On the one hand, vacation is vacation and you don’t want to feel obligated to check in with work while you’re supposed to be relaxing. On the other hand, if you can’t post pictures of what you’re doing on Facebook, how is everyone going to know how much fun you’re having? (New philosophical question for the digital age: If you’re on vacation, but no one “likes” the picture of you on the beach sipping a cold drink, are you actually having fun?)

Do you agree with these vacation amenities? What amenities do you think should be included in vacation rentals? Hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day!

 -Jessica Fiur, News Editor

Photo Credit: Elena Elisseeva