Do you have a travel bucket list, full of destinations to navigate, planning your escapes around the best time to head to them? Or do you schedule vacation time first, and then select a location that best suits your needs? No matter your style, these six destinations should be on your mind right now—and from ski breaks to city jaunts, each of these newly available vacation homes suits a different type of trip. Which one’s for you?
Graceful Villa Amalya on the French Riviera
Who hasn’t dreamed of waking up to the refreshing Cote d’Azur breeze and starting their day gazing at expansive views of the sea and Saint-Tropez? This irresistible morning ritual is just one of the ways Villa Amalya excites its guests at every turn. One may also be enamored with the home’s gorgeous stone walls or its terracotta rooftops. Perhaps a refreshing drink at the poolside bar is more your speed. Or maybe it’s the chance to board the glorious “bateaux verts” (green boats) from the shore at nearby Sainte-Maxime, and cross the gulf toward Saint-Tropez. No matter how you wake up, you’ll rest your head dreaming of the lure of Villa Amalya and the French Riviera, knowing that everything’s better by the sea.
Why this is your next trip: You’re seeking natural beauty. Villa Amalya is nestled on a slope and surrounded by it; Sainte-Maxime Beach, the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the city in the distance, and the stunning views of Cote D’Azur make it nothing short of a Mediterranean masterpiece.
Refreshing Olympus on the Cayman Islands
While its simplistic design and decor doesn’t crowd or clutter, it’s the thoughtful art pieces and furnishings you’ll discover that give Olympus its personality. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the home make you feel like you’re on the beach; so does the fact that you are actually on the beach. Just one step down from the L-shaped pool and surrounding terrace, your feet find the warm sand of Rum Point on Grand Cayman’s north shore. Above, two levels of rooftop terrace and outdoor furniture provide the best views. Each of the four suite-style bedrooms has its own ocean views, ensuite bathroom, and terrace access, so don’t lose sleep over getting a lesser room when traveling with a group. The 3,000 square-foot home won’t even give you reason to leave, but if you do: nightclubs and beaches are near, and Rum Point Club, Kaibo Yacht Club, and Starfish Point are all worthy of a visit.
Why this is your next trip: You want a slice of island life with amenities included. Guests at Olympus enjoy access to Silver Thatch guest services, providing them special dinner reservations, unlimited use of fitness facilities, and discounted prices with preferred vendors on the island.
Cozy Brownstone on Main in Park City, Utah
The annual ski trip is coming quick, and it’s time to pick a location. A tip for those residing in the northeast: the American Midwest has some of best skiing on the planet—and it’s not all about Colorado. Beyond Breckenridge and Aspen, another Rocky Mountain region sports spectacular slopes, and that’s Park City, Utah. The old silver mining town now boasts a bustling Main Street that still houses some of its original 19th century buildings. More importantly, modern eateries and saloons mingle with museums and galleries so that visitors are entertained at all hours. And in the middle of it all, Brownstone on Main makes for the ideal vacation rental for a family or group of friends looking to discover all this top-notch ski town has to offer. This contemporary chalet is exactly where you want to unwind after a day on the slopes. Ski, hot tub, firepit, repeat.
Why this is your next trip: It’s a ski trip. Park City’s renowned ski scene is hard to beat in the United States. But its social and apres-ski options are what take it to the next level. Plus, with this cozy vacation rental to retreat to after a long day on the hills or night at the bar, every day is hard to beat.
Dreamy Casa Buch in Los Cabos
Don’t worry, golfers. There’s something for you too. If your winter getaway is geared toward sunshines and sand traps, extend your season at the links-lover’s paradise known as Los Cabos. Casa Buch is part of a resort community and is directly on the golf course. Guests love its rustic bohemian elegance paired with classy, high-end touches. An open concept keeps the living easy and breezy and takes advantage of its proximity to the Sea of Cortez (and those views), so snag a spot on the master suite’s private balcony or the poolside patio and watch the golfers play through. If you prefer privacy, an internal courtyard is the perfect hideout to just sift through a book or have a cocktail. And of course, when it’s time to tee it up, Palmilla Golf Club is a short drive and Puerto Los Cabos is in your backyard.
Why this is your next trip: You’re a golfer. Plain and simple, if you’re planning your next golf trip, look no further than Casa Buch in Los Cabos, where Nicklaus and Norman courses are the norm, and you can stay at a property a chip shot away from the fairway.
Exquisite Hereford Road in London’s Notting Hill
This ground-floor, luxurious apartment is in a restored Victorian building and provides vintage West London views onto Hereford Road through floor-to-ceiling windows. The one-bedroom flat has a well-equipped kitchen for those that fancy cooking their own meals. Otherwise, it’s in a prime location for nearby dining. Enjoy classic British fare at a restaurant that shares a name with this property: Hereford Road. It features a different menu of locally-sourced dishes daily. Pop into Pomona’s, a classy neighborhood restaurant with a charming outdoor terrace and a modest cocktail bar for an intimate moment. Stop in for a pint at The Prince Edward for a proper pig roast or a classic English breakfast. Hereford Road is also an easy walk to Notting Hill Gate and Hyde Park, and just a few miles from Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.
Why this is your next trip: You and your significant other want to get to know the historic city of London, and particularly its trendy, elevated neighborhood, Notting Hill. This elegant one-bedroom apartment suits a couple and is ideally located for exploring London’s top attractions.
Secluded Villa Thousand Hills in Phuket
The more people involved in a trip, the trickier it can be to plan. That’s why you’ll be thankful for a place like Villa Thousand Hills, which easily accommodates a party of 18 and provides enough amenities to make everyone happy. For a family reunion or a group getaway among friends, everyone will have a chance to connect here in a private space to call home. One of the Phuket hillside villa’s many draws is its private beach access—a stretch of sand which only your group can get to. Then, there’s not one, not two, but three swimming pools to choose from. There are nine bedrooms across a main house and two guest houses. Each of the rooms has a view of the ocean and seven of them have a shared or private balcony, while the other two have direct access to a pool. A stay here affords you use of snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boards, and three bicycles for a day of adventure. Keep up a routine with the weight room and sauna. And when nighttime hits (or before that if you’d like), open up the beer fridge which is replenished daily, and retreat down to the impressive wine cellar stocked with hundred of enticing bottles.
Why this is your next trip: You really want to get away from it all—except for the beach, which you want all to yourself. The stunning Villa Thousand Hills also provides you three private swimming pools, a wine cellar, beer fridge, and watersports equipment for you and your guests.