Vacation Rental vs Resort: Which One is Better for Your Next Trip?

The privacy of a luxury vacation rental or the amenities and excitement of a resort? If you’re having a hard time choosing, read on.

If you are planning a vacation, one of the most important decisions you have to make is where to stay. If you’re reading to a popular resort town or city such as Miami or Cancun, two of the most popular types of accommodation are vacation rentals and resorts.

An Overview

Vacation rentals are properties you can rent for a short period, such as houses, apartments, or condos. Resorts are hotels that offer various amenities and activities, such as pools, spas, restaurants, and entertainment. Both have pros and cons, depending on your preferences, budget, and travel style. Here are some main factors to consider when choosing between a vacation rental and a resort for your next trip.

Space and Privacy

One of the main advantages of booking vacation rentals is that they offer more space and privacy than resorts. You can rent a property that suits your needs and preferences, whether a cozy cottage, a spacious villa, or a modern apartment. Separate bedrooms, living rooms, dining areas, and kitchens, where you can cook, relax and enjoy your time with your family or friends, give the place a feeling of home away from home. You can also access outdoor spaces like balconies, patios, or gardens.

Resort Fees

On the other hand, resorts usually offer standard rooms or suites that can accommodate up to four people. If you are traveling with a larger group, you may need to book multiple rooms or pay extra for connecting rooms which can add up. Resorts also tack on fees for various treatments and activities. If you are not booking all-inclusive, meals are usually very expensive. Also, unlike a home, there will not be onsite amenities such as a private kitchen or pool. At a resort, you will have to share amenities with the other guests and common areas such as lobbies, elevators, pools, or restaurants with other guests, which can be noisy and crowded.

Facilities and Services

Resorts have their advantages too. Room cleanings and housekeeping keep your environment fresh and hygienic while the concierge, front desk help, and security can help plan trips and ensure the resort remains safe. You can also enjoy pools, spas, gyms, restaurants, bars, and entertainment. Some resorts also offer all-inclusive packages that include meals, drinks, and activities for a fixed price. One of the biggest perks of staying at a resort is mingling with other guests.

How MAK Realty is Different

Most vacation rentals, however, may not provide the same level of service and convenience as resorts. You may have to clean the property yourself or pay extra for cleaning services. You may also have to deal with the host directly or through a third-party platform for any issues or requests. You may not have access to amenities like pools or spas unless they are part of the property or the complex. You may also have to pay for your own meals, drinks, and activities.

At MAK Realty, we have tried to overcome these issues with our luxury vacation rental in Miami and Cancun by providing exquisite customer service to handle all cleanings, requests, and meal options by liaising directly with top restaurants in the area.

Local Experience and Flexibility

A third advantage of vacation rentals is that they offer more local experience and flexibility than resorts. Vacation rentals are often unique in their layout and design, reflecting the local culture and style. For example, if you are staying in one of MAK Realty’s residences, we can pre-select a property that suits your specific needs, as opposed to a resort, which is very much a one size fits all.

Multiple Locations

MAK Realty can also find properties in different locations, such as downtown areas, residential neighborhoods or rural settings. You can also interact with the host or the neighbors to get tips and recommendations on what to do and see in the area.

However, resorts tend to be more standardized and generic in appearance and atmosphere. They are usually located in touristy areas or secluded spots that may not reflect the local vibe. You may also have less interaction with the locals or other travelers as resorts tend to cater to their own guests.

Cost and Value

A final factor to consider when choosing between a vacation rental and a resort is the cost and value of your stay. The cost of both options depends on various factors, such as the location, size, quality, season and demand of the property or the hotel. Generally speaking, vacation rentals tend to be cheaper than resorts for comparable facilities and quality. This is especially true if you are traveling with a large group or staying for a long period.

However, cost is not the only thing that matters when it comes to value. You must also consider what you get for your money and what you value most in your vacation. If you value space, privacy, local experience, and flexibility more than service, convenience, and amenities, then vacation rentals may be a better choice. If you value service, convenience, amenities and activities more than space privacy and local experience flexibility, then resorts may be a better choice.


In conclusion, there is no definitive answer to which one is better between vacation rental vs resort for your next trip. It depends on your personal preferences budget travel style. However, if you are traveling to Miami or Cancun, MAK Realty can offer you convenience of staying in a resort and the privacy and customization of staying in a private villa. Contact us to find out more.

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