At this time of year,many are skittish about taking their vacation.If you’re still dragging your feet making those vacation plans, here are TEN stunning properties from around the world that will inspire you to get out of town ASAP.
They’re located in some of the most desirable destinations around the world, with luxury amenities like home theaters, wet bars, waterfall showers and infinity pools.When you choose a glorious rental over a hotel, you won’t be sharing the luxurious perks with anyone else. Monopolize the Jacuzzi, hog the grill, and make the walk-in closet your own. The jaw-dropping view from the dock, patio or rooftop deck belongs to just you and your vacation mates.
So round up your family and friends (or go solo), and get moving—whether it’s to far-flung countries or the next town over, the important thing is to take a little time to recharge.
1.Bella Vista –Lake Maggiore, Ticino, Switzerland
With 320 days of sunshine every year, Lake Maggiore is the perfect getaway for any season. Experience the Mediterranean-like weather for yourself at Villa Bella Vista, a beautiful home completely upstaged by breathtaking views of the water and the Swiss Alps beyond. Step onto the terrace or take a 10-minute stroll to the edge of the lake to soak up the picture-perfect scenery and balmy temperatures.
This light-filled modern villa in Marrakech was designed by Imaad Rahmouni, a former colleague of Philippe Starck, and features ample indoor-outdoor space, including a pool that flows into the living area and a spacious yard. Featuring five ensuite bedrooms, a library, hammam, and private fitness room, the house accommodates up to 10 people, making it a serene North African getaway spot.
3. Villa Dasiri – Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
For an exotic, extraordinary spin on a lakefront vacation, look no further than this villa in Hua Hin. You’ll have access to the lake, two ponds, a private swimming pool, a hot tub and the lavish surrounding gardens—and that’s just the outside.
The property itself boasts three buildings, three bedrooms and en suite bathrooms (the master has an outdoor spa and waterfall shower) and dreamy living spaces. Whip up dinner in the high-end kitchen, or treat yourself to a vacation catered by a member of the villa’s full staff.
4. The Villa At Casa Prana – Lake Atitlan, Sololá, Guatemala
If you think the Villa at Casa Prana looks like a place straight out of a fairytale, you’re not wrong. This hidden gem on the shores of Lake Atitlan is something you have to see to believe, whether we’re talking about the luxury terrace overflowing with tropical flowers or the plush sun beds situated around the pool. With nine acres of gardens, a saltwater pool and a yoga room overlooking nearby volcanoes, there’s no doubt you’ll find your “happily ever after” here.
Stay in the aerie of a Floating House by Benjamin Garcia Saxe, and you’ll feel like a kid playing in a treehouse high above a jungle canopy. Located by the beaches of Santa Teresa, a surfing hotspot, the house is made up of three connected “pods” that offer breathtaking views of the coast and the jungle, a short walk to the beach, and an infinity pool. The Floating House sleeps up to seven people.
6.Jack’S Point Lake House – Queenstown, New Zealand
Booking a stay at Jack’s Point Lake House is a unique opportunity to experience the mountains, the lake, and one of New Zealand’s finest golf courses—all at the same time. You’re close to the clubhouse, but you’d know never it; this architectural marvel is designed to blend in with the landscape, and all you’ll see through the floor-to-ceiling windows are snowcapped peaks, sloping green hills and sparkling water.
8.Rice Lake Lodge – Barron County, Wisconsin,USA
This stunning house is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the living room’s stone fireplace with spectacular views of the water. Crack open a book on the screened-in porch at sunset, or drop anchor at the private dock after a long day of excellent Muskie fishing. With amenities like a fire pit, private wine cellar and spa-worthy master bath, you’ll find it hard to cast away.
9.Villa Napoleon I – Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
You might not be a celebrity, but you can vacation like one. Lake Como has long been a playground for the rich and famous, which makes Villa Napoleon I the perfect spot to kick back in A-list style. Once home to renowned opera composer Vincenzo Bellini, this palatial villa features 11 working fountains and a 12th-century bell tower—not to mention more modern conveniences like a home theater and Wi-Fi access.
10.Lake Koggala Villa – Galle, Sri Lanka
The open floor plan and lush landscaping of this Lake Koggala haven will capture your attention, but look a little closer and you’ll discover other irresistible extras like an airy inner courtyard and a full staff—yes, really—including an excellent chef. The property is just secluded enough to be a quiet refuge; the town of Galle and local beaches are nearby, and with a tuk-tuk at your disposal, you can venture out at any time.