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Category : Luxury

Big city, seaside oasis or European hideaway?

I’m not sure about you, but there is only one thing that keeps me from vacationing like Oprah. Last time I peeked, my checkbook seemed to be missing a few dozen zeros. But now Luxury Rentals from HomeAway has made the impossible possible and now I can jet set like the divine Ms. O to places I’ve only seen on the Travel Channel. Best part? It’s for a fraction of the cost of a traditional four-star resort. Through a carefully-curated collection of the world’s most luxurious rental properties, my family and I can bask in extravagant hotel-type accommodations while still feeling that private and intimate home-sweet-home vibe.

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Bali Beachfront Luxury Villa
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms. Sleeps 8
Villa Naora has direct garden and Bali Sea views and access to a volcanic sand beach. Four bedrooms each with in-suite bathroom (two with partial open roof concept,) fully-furnished kitchen and spacious living areas, including outdoor sheltered living and dining spot near the infinity pool and two Bale Benong (gazebos). Fully staffed and serviced with 2 chefs/housekeepers, 2 gardeners, security guard and villa manager. $248 – $401 a night USD.

Comfortable, not cozy

Traveling families need space and comfort, not tiny, cramped hotel rooms. Kids love to spread out, parents like to hide relax, and even in the most palatial hotel suites, it is only a matter of time before everyone has had enough of each other and your precious vacation has become a three-ring circus. This is where Luxury Rentals from HomeAway steps in and unveils luxury-focused, vacation rentals that provide privacy, plus more room than you’ll know what to do with. And there are properties all over the globe! The selections are endless, from seaside villas with access to private yachts, to equestrian estates with full-staff including: property manager, security detail, housekeeper, private chef and drivers. There are rentals to fit every desire.

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Aix-En-Provence, France Villa Rental
6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Villa Riviere in the unspoiled Aixoise countryside with panoramic views towards fields, vines, olive groves and pine trees. Swimming pool with Alfresco shower, kids’ TV room, laundry facility, and fully-equipped kitchen. Staff includes onsite gardener,housekeeper, and maid service 6 days a week. 45 minute drive to Cassis beach, 105 minute drive to St. Tropez, and 2-hour drive to Alps ski slope. $1,278 – $2,175 a night USD.

A name you can trust in travel

It is very important to mention that homes are carefully vetted before being featured on the website. Using a proprietary rating system, each property is rated by a team of well-known travel experts through a 75-point screening process. Everything from price and services to amenities and locations are carefully evaluated and have been factored in.

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Tribeca Apartment, NYC
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
The elevator doors of this Tribeca loft part directly into Hudson Street 3, and the home unfolds in welcome. Star sightings, shopping, and delectable cuisine make Tribeca one of New York City’s must-see neighborhoods. With Washington Market Park and the Hudson River Greenway just steps away, stroll a few blocks south to catch a glimpse of the unfolding Freedom Tower, or head north to the boutiques of stylish Soho. $910 a night USD.

Now that I’ve spent hours searching the Luxury Rentals from HomeAway website, I am so jazzed to plan our next getaway. Not only are these properties ideal for family travel, but the thought of having a couples’ weekend retreat with friends or giant family reunion in one of these palatial homes sounds like a trip of a lifetime. Suddenly, my luxury family travel dreams are becoming a reality for 2014!

 

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