Top Ten Luxury Vacation Rentals For Fun Getaways
Vacation rentals: enjoy a home away from home with lavish amenities in prime locations. According to many industry insiders, the vacation rental market is on the rise. Lodging industry expert Glenn Haussman recently reported on the “explosive growth” of vacation rentals in recent years.
“Vacation rentals are really starting to catch on,” said Margie Van Zee, COO and Founder of Bella Palazzo, a company that markets high-end vacation rental homes to discerning travelers. “This is a more intimate experience and we are also able to offer all the hotel type amenities and services.”
Haussman also notes that this surge in vacation rental business is in sync with the current economic crisis. “Travelers look for ways to not only save money but also the ability for multiple generations of a family or a group of friends to spend more intimate time with each other.”
Indeed, many of even the most lavish vacation rental properties offer prices that, when divided among a group of 10 or 12, can cost less than or equal to a traditional hotel room.
Where to begin when choosing your villa or chalet? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite villas around the world, from mountain chalets with ski-in/ski-out access to a tropical estate with a pool in the living room.
Top 10 Luxury Vacation Rentals:
Bring everyone along to each of these stunning properties on our list of the Top 10 Vacation Rentals for Fun Getaways with Family and Friends (a selection of our best luxury vacation rentals):
Sol de Occidente, Costa Careyes
Location, location, location. Sol de Occidente in Costa Careyes, Mexico is an incredible castle on the tip of a lush peninsula between two pristine beaches. Surrounded by an infinity pool, this six-bedroom vacation rental in Costa Careyes offers private bungalows, a romantic bedroom suite in a tower on a
cliff and a private beach with a palapa.
Cove Spring House, Barbados
Cove Spring House in Barbados is known as the “most coveted home on Barbados” and certainly lives up to its reputation. This luxury villa offers a private beach, ten exquisite bedrooms, Ralph Lauren furnishings and a staff of 16 to attend to all your needs. It’s hard not to slip into the island’s leisure lifestyle with the expansive verandas and outdoor lounges, a private movie theater, fresh water swimming pool and spa.
Forty Two, Queenstown
Set over three floors, this urban townhouse is fun and flirty in the heart of Queenstown. The style is urban chic: New Zealand materials given a contemporary twist. It’s the perfect place to call home while you’re on your wild adventure in Queenstown. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, exquisitely appointed bedrooms and additional services like a personal concierge, private chef and/or in-house catering.
Villa Shore, Bali
Villa Shore Bali is sleek, sexy and modern. Set in a large tropical garden with two swimming pools, this exquisite private villa on the Indian Ocean combines modern amenities and rich Balinese flavor. The mood is open, airy and in complete harmony with the serene surroundings. Did we mention the elevated living room/lounge has a glass floor with the swimming pool underneath? Completely chic.
Cala Jondal Minimal, Ibiza
If you’re looking for a luxury villa with oodles of ‘wow factor’, this is it! This incredible villa is located in a few minutes away from Cala Jondal , on Ibiza’s south coast, and is just 10 minutes from Ibiza Town. The recently-constructed villa is spread over a generous 700m² and sleeps up to 12. Designed in a minimalist style, this villa is perfect for those who appreciate modern design practices – but might not be so appealing to those who prefer more traditional constructions. If you love modern, however, you will love this! It’s hugely spacious, very private, achingly cool and truly dazzling – a great choice if you’re looking to impress.
Bond House, Cape Town
Designed by South Africa’s leading architect Stefan Antoni, Bond House in Cape Town is an architect’s dream. Glass walls let the sun soak the airy interiors and expansive terraces open onto spectacular views of Camps Bay and Table Mountain. This luxury vacation rental in Cape Town offers a swimming pool, elevator, lounge bar and seven exquisite bathrooms.
Sogno di Luce, Saint Tropez
Sogno di Luce in Saint Tropez, France. It’s not just a villa, it’s a villaHotel. This newly constructed vacation rental is perched atop a sun-drenched hill overlooking the Bay of St. Tropez. Enjoy the privacy of a vacation home with the attentive service and amenities of a luxury hotel in this innovative villaHotel concept. The private villa includes six king-size bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, atrium ceilings and elegant furnishings. The chic pool terrace echoes the iconic flavors of St. Tropez glamour.
Villa Turquesa, Cabo San Lucas
Villa Turquesa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This sumptuous villa is one of the greatest discoveries in Cabo San Lucas. It has it all – oceanfront views, easy beach access, a large infinity-edge pool, Jacuzzi and a swim-up bar. It’s the prime villa choice for a fun-filled vacation that maximizes entertainment for up to 18 guests. Lounge on the poolside daybeds, fire up the BBQ, watch a movie in the surround-sound home theater or stay in shape in the fully-equipped gym. What else do you need? Oh right, stroll down on your
private walk to a secluded beach for a dip in the Pacific. Simply paradise.
Tagomago Private Island, Ibiza
Tagomago Island in Ibiza, Spain. Ever thought you could have your own island in the Mediterranean? Love the stylish atmosphere but want to avoid a crowded resort? This innovative property combines intimate island getaway with the renowned style of neighboring Ibiza for a dream private island retreat. The only estate on the island is a modern and trendy mansion offering sophisticated furnishings and the highest standard amenities. Surrounded by spacious terraces and exquisite chill-out lounges, Tagomago guarantees pure leisure on your own private island in the Mediterranean.
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