Exploring luxurious spots around the globe one country at a time doesn’t always have to mean staying at over priced resorts. Vacation rentals have become an even better option, and often mean a much more private vacation where it can really be adults only. With more than 1 million vacation rentals in 190 countries, HomeAway allows globe trotters access to a whole home, and not just a single room. From Cape Town to the Maldives, here are 10 HomeAway vacation rentals around the world you’ll easily ditch a sub-par hotel for. Spring break, anyone?
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Exploring luxurious spots around the globe doesn’t have to mean staying at over priced resorts. Vacation rentals have become an even better option, and often mean a much more private vacation where it can really be adults only. With more than 1 million vacation rentals in 190 countries, HomeAway allows globe trotters access to a whole home, and not just a single room. From Cape Town to the Maldives, here are 10 HomeAway vacation rentals around the world you’ll easily ditch a sub-par hotel for.
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Yucca Valley, California Starting at $340 per night Sleeps 4/ 2 bedrooms
Exploring Southern California can be daunting your first time, so if you think you’d like the peace and quiet of the desert, this modern rental in the Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree National Park is a standout. With a secluded four-person Jacuzzi, a cool dip “cowboy” tub, private outdoor shower and outdoor fireplace, you’ll be able to experience the desert at its finest.
Wilson, Wyoming Starting at $199 per night
Sleeps 4 / Studio
Do Jackson Hole right by staying in this ski cabin that’s just five minutes from the incredible slopes. Modern meets rustic in this Wilson, Wyoming rental, and the views of the Teton mountains will easily sway you into shacking up in this studio. Just bring a couple bottles of whiskey and this will turn into the ultimate ski vacation.
Mullins Bay, Barbados Starting at $2,000 per night Sleeps 8 / Bedrooms 4
If you’re willing to spend the cash to visit Barbados, you should do everything big. That means staying in an ultra cool, ultra private villa, like this one in Mullins Bay. The combination of a private pool, ocean-side balconies and giant suites makes Atelier Villa the ultimate vacation rental in Barbados.
Beatty, Nevada Starting at $3,106 per week Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 3
With 80 acres of land in the wild desert, you can practically do whatever you want in this modernist desert retreat in Nevada. It’s located about 20 miles away from Death Valley National Park, and the 1,200 square-foot home has a giant deck with a sunken-in hot tub. Bring the ATVs and go-karts, because this is the place to do it.
Cape Town, South Africa Starting at $1,300 per night Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 3
Cape Town is more than just the capital of South Africa, it’s a food and culture meca that you need to visit at least once. And you can start by staying in this ultra-modern spa house that’s located in the secluded Hout Bay. It’ll be hard to leave the home with all the amenities it has. An indoor pool, sauna, steam room, massage rooms and salt bath are only a few of the perks you’ll be able to utilize.
Hill City, South Dakota Starting at $545 per night Sleeps 8 / Bedrooms 3
There’s more than just attractions like Mount Rushmore that South Dakota has to offer. If you’re looking to really leave the world behind, this wooded retreat in Hill City with 14 foot ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows will provide just that. The home is truly unique, with some of the building wood brought all the way from Norway. And with fishing and kayaking just down the road, this rental is the ultimate woodsman paradise.
Winchester, England Starting at $95 per night Sleeps 2 / Bedrooms 1
If you’re looking for an incredibly unique rental property, you should pack your things and head to Winchester, England for this garden cabin known as an ‘Armadilla.’ It’s smallness is forgotten once you step into the cozy boat-like cabin, with two sofas that convert into a double or two single beds. Eating outside in the private garden is another great perk, too.
Thong Krut Beach, Thailand Starting at $900 per night Sleeps 2 / Bedrooms 1
Those who have had the pleasure of going to Thailand already know how amazing it is, and this private estate with professional chef, a jaw dropping marble pool, spa and gym in Thong Krut Beach is an incredible way to enjoy the diversity of the country first hand. This is one of those places where the pictures barely do it justice.
Berlin, Germany Starting at $224 per night Sleeps 4 / Bedrooms 1
If you’re a water person, then this badass house boat on Lake Rummelsburg in Berlin is right up your alley. The modern decor paired with surrounding nature is certainly an escape, but it’s also close enough to the city if you’re also looking for a debaucherous night out. Not to mention, the view is pretty fantastic.
Maldives, Asia Rates by request Sleeps 4 / Bedrooms 2
When the words “water” and “villa” are used in the same sentence, you know it’s going to be pretty awesome. And yeah, the Ocean Pearl at Niyama surrounded by the Indian Ocean would definitely fall under awesome. For one, the private part of the island it’s located in has a floating day bed that yes, I probably wouldn’t leave during my entire stay. Not to mention, your private butler, Thakuru, is on hand 24 hours a day. The ultra chic decor and panoramic views of the surrounding ocean aren’t a bad touch either.