Holiday homes are the latest revolution in travelling, if you’ve never stayed in one, you’re seriously missing out! These dreamy accommodations offer all the comforts of home but add dollops of style and loads of amenities. You could choose to stay at a sprawling villa on a private island or in a quiet neighborhood in a happening town. Maybe you have an adventurous spirit and prefer the allure of unconventional stays – say a tree house? No matter what your penchant is, holiday homes can help you indulge yourself to the max.
Summer’s almost here and this means travel plans are in the making! Sun, surf and excitement await and you’re probably eager to get out there and have fun. Well, if you’ve already started planning, this is the perfect time to introduce you to some of the best holiday homes you’ll ever find. From tree houses that feature rooftop beds with palm trees all around to a traditional phinisi that takes you on a tour of the coastline – these fabulous holiday homes will transform your vacation into one you’ll never forget!
1) Stunning Riverside Tree House in Bangkok’s Green Lung
There’s nothing like coming home to a welcoming, comfy abode when you’ve spent the entire day sightseeing and trying to cram in as many activities as you can. You immediately feel the tiredness wash away and can relax and breathe. This romantic 2-bedroom tree house on the river is exactly what we’re talking about. Situated in Chang Wat Samut Prakan, it provides the best views of Bangkok’s Green Lung. Verdant surroundings create a lovely cocoon to help you enjoy the best of the region’s natural beauty.
The tree house is designed for people with a sense of adventure! Three floors of fun await. The first features a large outdoor shower hemmed in with bamboo curtains. There’s a closet for clothes and personal articles as well. But the main draw is the toilet with its glass floor. It provides a glimpse into a peaceful green world and turns an otherwise ordinary room into one that’s special.
The property offers other facilities and amenities to make your stay even more memorable. It has a natural pond fringed by tropical plants and chaise longues. You can enjoy a full-service a la carte organic breakfast and free ice cream to beat the heat. Free- Wi-Fi and cell phone rental are also available for the duration of your stay.
Bangkok’s Green Lung is a sought-after space and for good reason. The island is dotted with interesting sights such as a floating market, a 200-year-old tree, Siamese Fighting Fish Gallery and local restaurants that serve terrific Thai food. You can explore all these and more on bicycles provided for free by the holiday home.
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3) Cozy Villa Tanzanite for the Whole Family
Chang Wat Chon Buri has long been known for its beaches and resort towns. A stay here will transform your visit and introduce you to the beautiful coastline of Thailand. Villa Tanzanite is the perfect place to put up with its homely ambience, spaciousness and full set of amenities. The two-bedroom home can accommodate up to four guests, making it ideal for a family. Bright interiors with large windows create a cool space that’s just what you need in Thailand’s heat.
The villa is located in Pratumnak Hill in Jomtien. It boasts a pretty outdoor space with a terrace that everyone can relax in. The best feature has to be the private pool that can be used anytime. Sun loungers and umbrellas on the deck provide a shady area to while away your time and have a drink.
The single storey holiday home has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Two bedrooms with plush double beds, a shared bathroom and an inviting lounge let you and your family unwind together. A fully equipped kitchen offers everything you need to cook your own meals. You can enjoy them on the deck outside or at the breakfast bar inside for informal dining.
Villa Tanzanite is strategically located and is close to upscale restaurants like Mata Hari and Manhattans. It’s just a couple of kilometers from the beach too. Bars, massage parlors and convenience stores can be easily accessed as well.
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4) Your own Private Island Awaits!
We’ve all seen – and envied – celebrities and their amazing homes. While it may not be possible to splurge on million-dollar properties, you can get a glimpse of what it’s like to stay on a private island. Munroe Island in Kollam is a jewel in Kerala’s backwaters and is home to an incredibly charming wood house on stilts set amidst a dense emerald. The two-acre island is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay and there’s no place else where you’re made to feel so special!
The island is located 10 minutes from the mainland. Here, amazing views are the norm. Uninterrupted vistas of the Kallada River and Ashtamudi Lake make each day special. Waking up to them after a restful night’s sleep in the wood house is the best way to start the day. The house, which has two bedrooms, can sleep up to four guests although an extra bed can be arranged to accommodate as many as eight. The décor is rustic and tasteful and reflects the natural surroundings.
The island resort offers complete privacy, which is perfect if you’re traveling as a couple or just prefer to be away from the crowds. There’s a private chef whose amazing culinary skills showcase the best of Kerala cuisine. The food is mostly organic. You can enjoy it all by dining outdoors in the cool breeze.
Exploring the backwaters is the best way to pass the time and take in the island in its entirety. A leisurely cruise on the calm water with the sun shining down and peace and quiet all around you – is there anything more relaxing? We don’t think so! Get started planning your trip to Kerala and find out why it’s rightly called God’s Own Country.
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4) Quaint Tree House with Unmatched Views
They may not be for everyone but if you march to your own beat, tree houses will certainly be right up your alley. Adventurous and exciting, they bring out the child in you and provide a completely different perspective on your surroundings. This tree house in Nusa Penida is exactly what we’re talking about. It’s as rustic as you would imagine and makes up for the lack of luxurious amenities with a panoramic view and a sense of childhood fun!
The tree house features one bedroom that sleeps two guests. It can be accessed via makeshift steps. It’s located in Nusa Penida and overlooks the glorious blue sea and massive outcrops soaring from the water. One of the best ways to pass the time here is to sit on the steps and take in the gorgeous view. Arm yourself with a camera and capture as many memories as you can. When you’re in need of more excitement, you can explore the surroundings and go on a hike.
Nusa Penida is a beautiful island that’s packed with natural attractions. Dramatic rock cliffs rim Penida Bay and there are bits of paradise you wouldn’t want to leave. Swim, dive and snorkel to discover the island’s fabulous coastline.
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5) Rumah Matisse for Luxurious Living
Every so often, you yearn to feel pampered and special. The desire often times grows stronger when you’re on holiday and why not? It’s the perfect time to live in style and do the things you’ve always wanted to. Whether it’s just for a few days or a couple of weeks, you deserve to treat yourself. You can start with a stay at Rumah Matisse, a stunning villa near Canggu that’s spacious, staffed and offers all the amenities you could ask for.
The villa comprises five bedrooms that sleep up to 10 guests. Each has an ensuite bathroom that boasts simple, clean décor that complements the rest of the house. Magnificent balcony views let you appreciate Bali’s beauty and take in the fresh air.
The outdoors are as gorgeous with a tropical garden creating a blanket of green – just what you need to counter the heat. The villa is right by the beach so you can head there whenever you want to. An infinity pool is at your disposal for invigorating swims. It sits alongside a river and coupled with the tropical surroundings, you’ll feel cut off from the rest of the world. An outdoor lounge area lets you relax and socialize whenever you want to.
Rumah Matisse is perfect for a large group of friends or a large family. It has private security and villa staff, the latter of which provide daily maid services. Meals are also prepared and you only need to pay for the groceries! The villa also organizes airport transfers for a price.
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6) All aboard a Phinisi!
Holiday homes don’t have to be limited to villas, apartments and tree houses. That’s what makes them so special! If you’re looking for accommodation with an interesting twist, you need go no further than this phinisi. It’s a traditional Indonesian two-masted ship that’s packed with modern comforts to make your stay unforgettable.
Compact and tastefully designed rooms accommodate over 16 people. You’ll spend most of your time on the deck, of course, which itself has comfortable sun loungers where you can relax with a book or a drink. A spacious dining area lets you enjoy meals prepared by skilled chefs.
The phinisi can be booked for day cruises that explore Bali’s coast as well as overnight cruises. Surfing and snorkeling packages are also offered. What’s more, you can book full boat charters to Lombok, Gili and Komodo where the huge dragon monitor lizards roam. If you prefer to keep the cruise short, you can opt for a sunset cruise that lasts for four hours. BBQ or private dinner and cocktails can be booked as well. The ship is also the ideal venue for a wedding party!
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7) Serenity Meets Comfort in Ubud
Ubud is one of Bali’s most famous towns, known for its many attractions that draw a steady flow of tourists each year. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces head the list with their green stepped fields creating a surreal scene that you won’t want to leave behind. Ubud Monkey Forest, its scores of monkeys and ancient temples and trees, some of which are believed to be sacred, offer visitors plenty to see. If all this sounds like your kind of adventure, you need to stay close to it at this spacious three-bedroom villa in Ubud. With a capacity to accommodate six guests, you can travel with friends or family and get to know Ubud intimately!
The villa features a comfortable open plan living room, kitchen and dining area and opens out onto the garden. The airiness is perfect for tempering the warm climate, especially when preparing meals in the fully functional kitchen. An upper lounge offers great opportunities to take in views of the rice fields and the night sky. Kids and adults alike will love the feel of the outdoors being brought in.
As you step outside, you’ll be greeted by a lovely private pool surrounded by greenery. Sun loungers create an inviting space to just sit and relax especially in the evening when temperatures cool. There’s an outdoor dining area too set amidst the lush greenery.
The villa has a car park in case you decide to rent a vehicle during your stay. Friendly villa staff are on call to make sure you have everything you need. Airport pick-up can also be arranged at a cheaper price than hiring an airport taxi.
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8) Spacious Villa That has it All!
The resort village of Canggu is paradise for travelers who love relaxing at the beach. It’s also close to resort areas like Seminyak and Kuta if you crave more excitement in the form of upscale shopping centers and bars. Sounds like your idea of heaven? Then you definitely need to stay at this gorgeous four-bedroom villa that blends comfort and style.
Located in the rural area of Canggu, the villa is well away from the noise of Kuta but close enough that you can enjoy restaurant and store-hopping in Seminyak. It offers complete privacy so that you can freely unwind at the pool and the charming gazebo. The tropical garden reflects Bali’s natural landscape and is a soothing sight on a hot day. Sun loungers let you sit back and soak in the warmth.
The villa itself is very spacious and airy with a cool breeze blowing through nearly all day long. It features a traditional Balinese open plan design along with European touches here and there. The result is one of timeless style and you’ll wish it was your home! The villa offers great views of the garden, pool and coconut plantations in the distance. You won’t tire of stepping out and gazing at the beautiful scenery. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to engage in the creative arts!
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9) Oceanfront Villa Bathed in Luxury
In a country like Thailand where the sea shapes so many aspects of life, there’s no better place to stay than near the beach. And fortunately, there’s no dearth of luxury accommodations that offer the best views and the best amenities. Just take a look at this stunning oceanfront villa where you can wake up to panoramic sea views every day. Islands like Krabi and Phi Phi can also be seen in the distance, tempting you to visit and see more of this side of the country.
Make your way into the spacious villa and there’s a lovely open air sofa sala that looks out at the sea. The five bedrooms are beautifully furnished with neutral tones and pops of color. While all rooms are equally gorgeous, the master bedroom has a Jacuzzi and amazing views of the ocean. The living room, meanwhile, features plush and comfy sofas.
The space is perfect for conversations and just hanging out. Go upstairs and you’ll come upon the six-seater dining room where you can enjoy delicious meals prepared by the chef. The fully equipped kitchen also lets you cook in case you crave a taste of home or have children demanding their favorite food!
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