When guests are looking for a place to visit, they’re basically drawn to everything they don’t have at their own home. Rest assured you’re already at an advantage because the stack of bills and piles of unfolded laundry aren’t present at your vacation rental. You’re winning! But nonetheless, there are some specific vacation rental amenities that guests veer towards that you might want to consider making a priority when it comes to marketing your vacation rental.

An Instagram-Worthy Kitchen

Although guests don’t typically cook much when on vacation, we all know that a kitchen is the heart of the home and is definitely where people gather. In fact, many of our guests prefer a vacation rental to a hotel because there’s a kitchen, so let’s make it worthy. Lucky for you, updating a kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. You can have fun here by simply painting the cabinets a bold color and adding fancy knobs. You want your guests to look at it and think, “I want to hang out here.” And then of course there are some splurges that are always worth the cost, like a top-notch coffee maker and fancy glasses for cocktail hour.


Traveling can be stressful, yet the whole point of a vacation is to relax. There are some simple measures you can take to ease the minds of your guests. To start, install smart locks. Guests will love having the option for an easy check-in, whether they arrive late and don’t want the hassle of getting the key, or simply prefer a contactless check-in experience.

Comfort Goes a Long Way

There are some features that guests love no matter where they find themselves. A fireplace may seem out of place in a summer beach home but trust us: Guests love the option of cozying up under a soft blanket when the sun goes down, especially after a long day of adventuring at amusement parks or playing in the ocean. Having access to a hot tub is another great option for how to make your vacation rental stand out. But even if these things aren’t possible, every rental should have an oversized TV with high-speed streaming capabilities.

Maximize Your Strengths

Every rental has different strengths when it comes to vacation rental amenities, but whatever they are, maximize them. If you’ve got a nice outdoor space, find a way to make it inviting with twinkly lights and beautiful perennials (steer clear of seasonal botanicals and opt instead for green shrubbery that will stay vibrant every season). Aim for low-maintenance pavers (not grass) so that your space looks fresh and clean with minimal effort. Showcase destinations that are close your rental, such as attractions, coffee shops, and ocean views.

Whatever your property looks like, Magnolia Villas can help you maximize its value. Contact us today to learn more!