When you’re planning a holiday, and you choose a hotel for your accommodation (which you shouldn’t really but let’s suppose the unimaginable), your options are just that. Hotels, another hotel, yet another hotel. But when you choose a vacation rental, you’re in for some serious choice. From quaint villas to opulent penthouses, and from tree houses to private islands, there’s an abundance of accommodation options out there that are yours for the taking. Here’s our list of the different kinds of properties you can choose from.
They spell the ultimate in luxury accommodation (second only to private islands!) and are perfect for those times when cost is of little concern and comfort/space is priority. When traveling with a family or a group of friends, we recommend splurging on a villa so the entire group can stay together and enjoy the holiday in each others’ company. Most villas offer the services of a private chef, airport transfers and spa therapy at villa, at an additional cost. If you scout HomeAway for good deals, you might even get lucky with extremely reasonably priced villas . Take for instance this charming 4 bedroom villa with a private pool in Canggu, Bali. Set amid the paddy fields of Canggu, the villa is a steal at the price listed for the luxury it offers.
Sleeps: 8 people
2. Serviced apartments:
These vacation rentals best provide the unique, home away from home feel and come equipped with everything you expect from a comfortable accommodation – a living room, a nice view and a decently sized kitchenette. It’s for the times you want to be away from home, but not really (you know what we mean!). This conveniently located serviced apartment near Marina Bay and the Central Business District fits the bill when you find yourself in the island city of Singapore.
Sleeps: 6 people
3. Landed homes:
When exclusivity is what you’re seeking, choose a standalone property for your accommodation – like a bungalow! While bungalows have an old-world charm in terms of aesthetics, most are equipped with all the modern amenities that one would expect from present-day dwellings. This gorgeously constructed property in Yogyakarta City, Indonesia is perfectly – and rather eloquently – described by the owners themselves: “Experience relaxed afternoons on the veranda overlooking the rice paddies, and pleasant nights disturbed only by the sounds of frogs and crickets watching the fireflies float past. Relax in a private out door bathroom with a bath for two under the stars, before retiring to your large 4 poster bed for a relaxing night’s sleep, prior to a luxury breakfast on the porch before setting off on your day’s adventure to explore the village and the enticing historical city of Yogyakarta.”
Sleeps: 3 people
4. Historical houses:
Travelling is all about exploring places that have a rich background, so why not extend your love for the olden times by living in accommodation that represent a slice of history? This cosy, ultra-pretty home fashioned around the Great Wall of China is located in the nearest village to Jiankou, a section of the Great Wall of China that is around 73km north of Beijing. Living amidst one of the seven wonders of the world – c’mon history aficionados – it doesn’t really get better than this!
Sleeps: 13 people
Single men rejoice! You can now book the playboy mansion via HomeAway. Okay, that’s a joke (surely someday?). For now, you can stay at this luxurious mansion at Melaka in Malaysia. It is actually part of a UNESCO protected structure that dates back to the 18th century! It is an explorer’s delight – not just due to its own unique history but also due to its proximity to major landmarks such as Christ Church, A Famosa, Jonker Street, and the like. As the description aptly surmises it, “Come experience an unparalleled level of luxury at 5 Heeren, where glamour and romanticism meets culture and history.”
Sleeps: 20 people
6. Beach houses:
Phuket is the land of beaches and clear blue skies, and when you’re here, there’s no better place to book yourself into than a beach house. The typical tourist who books a trip to Phuket has two priorities: beach hopping and partying! This gorgeous, super luxurious, and ultra-modern beach house located at Ao Yon Bay – considered as Phuket’s most beautiful white sand beach – is also the only one that is open for swimming 365 days a year!
Sleeps: 8 people
Almost everyone living in large cities dreams of owning a penthouse someday. There’s something about living on the highest floor in a building, with an attached, private terrace of your own to host parties and get-togethers. While many of us may be far from owning one, we can at least be close to staying in one for a short period! So if you’re ever in bustling Bangkok, choose this magnificent riverside penthouse with a delightful view of the river as your vacation home.
Sleeps: 6 people
8. Yachts and boats:
Marine tourism is on the rise in Asia. Why not experience a holiday on a private yacht with a bunch of friends for a very special occasion? This yacht is supported by a captain and staff who are experienced in the field of marine tourism and possess the necessary licenses. Nothing beats the thrill of a dinner on the yacht while enjoying the sunset off the coast of Bali after a day full of snorkeling, diving and fishing.
Sleeps: 12 people
9. Tree house:
Land can be so boring sometimes, isn’t it? Especially when you can be perched upon something…like perhaps a tree! Tree houses, while formerly a favourite childhood past-time, are becoming increasingly popular as a vacation rental choice – simply for the unique experience (and view!) that they provide. This unique, super cute tree home in Chalong, Phuket – Thailand comes equipped with a special balcony for sunbathing. Go on, rock that tan!
Sleeps: 2 people
10. Private Island:
Why bother with bungalows and villas when you can go the whole hog and book an entire island?! Taking uber-luxurious vacation rentals to a whole new level is the Isle East Indies in Jakarta, Indonesia. This listing comes with 4 houses dotting the island. So when you book it, you have the luxury of the entire island to yourself. Whether it’s peace and solitude you’re seeking or the adrenaline rush of water sports, the island has something for everyone. The owners provide oodles of all the possible information you need in the description so you can read that at leisure. We did, and honestly, if sheer, unbridled luxury is what you’re after – most other accommodations pale in comparison!
Sleeps: 8 people
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