Private Holiday Accommodation
Private holiday accommodation in Santa Pola is a great choice for large families or groups. Being a small seaside town, Santa Pola only has a handful of hotels. There is also a small choice of hostals. By and large these are usually basic family run establishments. Where they differ from the English ‘hostel' is they offer private guest rooms as opposed to shared dorm rooms. Further inland are one or two country B&B's, popular with elderly visitors looking for peace and quiet.
Private Holiday Accommodation
The variety of private holiday accommodation offers something for everyone. Singles and couples will find studio or 1 bedroom apartments. Larger apartments, townhouses, bungalows and villas are available for groups and families. Some apartments and ‘aparthotels' have their own shared leisure facilities such as gardens, swimming pools and children's playgrounds. Visitors wanting a private garden or pool during their stay should search for bungalows or villas. One thing all private holiday accommodation has in common is the fact that they are self contained. This should include all furniture, kitchen appliances and cutlery, as well as bed linen.
Gated communities in Spain are very popular with British, Irish, German and Scandinavian expats and holidaymakers. Many families with young children also favour gated communities for their safety. Strict speed limits are imposed and some feature 24 hour on-site security patrols. A huge bonus of most gated communities is the shared leisure facilities. Depending on the size of the urbanisation, these can include gardens, parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds and in some cases, even restaurants or libraries. This makes for great savings as opposed to renting a property with a private garden or swimming pool. The main thing to remember with gated communities is to make sure the owner of the property has paid their community fees.
Choosing Private Holiday Accommodation
The biggest savings can be made when sourcing private holiday accommodation yourself. This is easily enough done by browsing and inquiring in local newspapers, social media sites and Facebook buy & sell groups. By doing this you will save on any letting or estate agent commission fees. However, to avoid disappointment be sure to do your homework beforehand. Make sure if the owner doesn't live locally that they have a friend or neighbour to hand over the property's keys. They should also have a list of reliable numbers to call in case of problems or emergencies. If the property shares leisure facilities, make doubly sure the community fees have been paid.
Choosing private holiday accommodation through a letting or estate agent may cost a bit more but it does give you certain peace of mind. Agents are not just there to let out properties. They also have a responsibility towards the tenant. In most cases they will be tasked with handing over keys, before and after property cleans, sorting out any problems, and generally making sure the tenant is getting what they agreed to. Again, make sure any community fees have been paid.