How does the grocery system Work?
Some villas still include breakfast daily so you can sit back and relax; or they include ingredients for the first morning. Others do not include breakfast, however they may have a full time chef for 8 hours per day, in which case you simply pay for the groceries (which the staff will purchase for you).
A cash float is required for villa staff to purchase groceries on your behalf. Some villas charge cost price, while others add 10% – 30% surcharge for the staff and to cover transport, food preparation and cooking. If you don’t know what groceries to buy, often the villa will have an in-house menu which allows you to simply select the meals you would like. This can work out cheaper for you as the price depends on the cost of the ingredients. Of course, you can also cook meals of your choice so you are not just limited to the menu.
When booking a villa that comes with a chef they will often request any menu suggestions including food allergies or dietary requirements for the guests. Pre-purchased drinks (wine, spirits, beer, mixers, soft drinks) are also able to be pre-ordered. This is due 72 hours prior to the guest’s arrival. Make sure you ask how the food services work at the villa you are interested in as every villa is different.