When you are planning a vacation, there are two major expenses waiting to burn a hole in your pocket – airfare and hotel stay. Now, what if we said that you could cut your stay budget by almost half and still have all the luxuries? Yes! It is possible. The key is vacation rentals. These beautiful houses will offer all the amenities, privacy, space, character, and flexibility that you need to have an unforgettable holiday. So, it’s time to ditch impersonal hotels and check into one of these fabulous vacation rentals.
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1. Ocean view villa, Koh Samui
Check out this vacation rental home set on the hills in the Chaweng Noi beach area before you book your trip to Koh Samui. It accommodates 10 guests and has two staff members to attend to them.
With the villa offering you complete privacy, you can have an impressive New Year party here with friends or just sit back and soak in nature’s beauty. The staff will make sure you get undivided attention when needed (so you can forget following up with room service for a fresh towel).
Four spacious bedrooms, modern fully equipped open kitchen, balconies, swimming pool, and the beautiful view – all this at around S$40 per person per night! Unbelievable but true.
This property is managed by vacation rental player, HomeAway (managed by Expedia Inc.) and can be booked on their site here.
2. Sunrise house, Bali
This stunning Airbnb property is an architectural masterpiece and spells exclusive like no surrounding hotel can. Set on the Ayung river valley, this all bamboo house is just 25 minutes away from Bali’s cultural hub Ubud and 30 minutes from Sanur beach.
This house comprises four floors with three double bed bedrooms each and can accommodate eight guests. You can order all meals from their menu. We are sure you will not miss the commercialism of hotels while staying unplugged at this heavenly home.
The best part is the rate! This house, which can accommodate eight guests, costs just around S$450 per night. If you compare it with the rates of a fancy five-star hotel in Bali (such as COMO Shambhala Estate or Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay), you will be saving at least around S$200-S$300 per night! That’s a sweet deal, isn’t it?
Managed by Airbnb, you can book the property here.
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3. City View Apt, Bangkok
Selecting the right hotel for your family while vacationing in Bangkok is tricky. How about not going through all the trouble of screening the hotels but booking this stunning apartment on 9flats right away?
This stylishly furnished two-bedroom luxury apartment is located on the 26th floor. It is surrounded by supermarkets and restaurants, and is close to many attractions like the MBK mall and Siam Square. If your desired attraction is not a few meters away, don’t worry since the neighbourhood is well connected to public transports like skytrain and subway. No need to spend any extra money on laundry as this apartment has a washing machine and dryer.
Go ahead; book it now!
4. Darling Harbour Getaway, Sydney
Welcome to the Harbour City – its art, culture, natural beauty, and impeccable transport is the perfect recipe for a perfect vacation. When in Sydney, staying around Darling Harbour is like staying in the heart of the city.
Perfect for a family of four, this spacious apartment listed on Flipkey, a Tripadvisor company, should be your ideal choice when you’re here. Along with amazing views of the harbour, you will get smart interiors and an outdoor lounge area along with BBQ facilities. To get these luxuries in a city hotel is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Book this unforgettable apartment here.
5. The Khmer House, Cambodia
If you are looking for a romantic honeymoon in Siem Reap laced with luxury, privacy, and comfort, look no further.
Welcome to The Khmer House, a traditional Khmer living set with beautiful greenery as the backdrop. This house is the perfect combination of exclusivity and tradition. It accommodates two guests only so it’s perfect for a cosy, romantic honeymoon.
What’s more? You can kiss the over-crowded and noisy hotel swimming pools goodbye and enjoy a tranquil swim in peace. Book this stunning apartment here.
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6. Palolem Penthouse, Goa
Aahh! Goa; it’s a beach vacation like no other. However, the touristy hotel crowds, check-ins that take forever, and stuffed breakfast restaurants are mood killers. If you want to avoid these and have an enjoyable experience this time, book this stunning designer penthouse apartment.
This beauty listed on Airbnb overlooks hills and is just 10 minutes away from the gorgeous beaches of Patnem and Palolem. Sip your favourite beer while gazing at the sunset from the rooftop of this house and take back some beautiful memories home.
Book it here.
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