Vacation can mean different things to different people. To some it means an adventure, maybe a safari trekking wild animals, or mountain climbing expedition. To others it may mean a five star hotel where your every desire is taken care of, complete with dinners prepared by renowned chefs and maybe a luxurious spa, your days filled with massages, facials and salt rubs. To others, vacation may mean a home away from home, where you are in a different environment but with all the creature comforts of home. Instead of staying at a first class resort, some folks may choose to rent a vacation home, a place to call their own for a night, a week, a month or however long one may desire.
A vacation home rental gives one the opportunity to spend time with a large group of family and friends without the need to rent a whole suite of rooms. For one price, you may have access to a large home, pool, vehicles, in some cases boats and jetskis and other fabulous water sport equipment. Some come with a "staff" and even child care. You can plan your own schedule, eat when you would like and not have to pay upgrades for a great view that everyone can enjoy. You may also partake in the local culture or just stay "home" for the day.
Of course there are many different types of vacation homes with many different types of price tags. Vacation rental homes can be found all over the world, it just depends on your desired locale. Below is a list of some of the most expensive vacation homes on the market. The prices reflect a seven night stay with no added on extras. The down side to renting one of these breathtaking homes? Having to leave it would be a good guess!
10 10. La Villa Contenta, Malibu: $37,500
LaVilla Contenta sits atop one of the highest bluffs in Malibu offering a heart stopping view. The compound is spread over eight beautiful acres. Along with a 12,000 square foot main house, this property also has a guest house, pool house and an office that can be used as a sixth bedroom or second home. Of course, LaVilla Contenta is gated offering the highest in seclusion and privacy. Other features include a theatre, infinity pool and tennis courts. The most amazing feature is the indoor swimming pool built in the Romanesque style and made with over a million seashells. This home was seen in the movies I Love You Man, and Funny People.
9 Over the Edge Chalet, Steamboat Springs: $39,000
This ski in/ski out mountain home offers over 9,400 square feet of breath taking living space. There are two living areas on the main floor which lead to the kitchen and dining room. The dining room can sit sixteen, while the kitchen has a large farm table for seating twelve. The den offers a plethora of activities including a bar, a poker table, pool table and shuffleboard. The home also has two master suites plus five guest bedrooms and eight bathrooms. Downstairs in the lower level is a theater that can seat sixteen.
8 Valmore, Telluride: $59,500
Located on the edge of Mountain Village, this 13,000 square foot ski estate is truly a mountain paradise. There is no end to the myriad of fabulous amenities in this home including, a heated wine room, a heated auto court, ski room with ski racks and boot driers and a spa with steam room. With seven bedrooms and eight and a half baths, there is more than enough room for everyone to spread out, and then gather around the fabulous gourmet kitchen after a day on the slopes.
7 Casa Fryzer, Cabo San Lucas: $70,000
This tropical paradise has five bedrooms and can easily sleep ten people. The interior of this home will bring to mind old Hollywood glamour. The exterior was modeled in the style of haciendas in the colonial era with elegant arch ways and intricate stone work. There is a rotunda style living room with wood beamed ceilings and a drop dead gorgeous chandelier. All the interior spaces connect with floor to ceiling glass doors. Outside is a beautiful courtyard made for dining, dancing and entertaining, overlooking the pool deck and infinity Jacuzzi. There is a swim up bar and large baja umbrellas to protect from the warm Cabo sun.
6 17 Mile Drive Above the Lodge, Pebble Beach: $75,000
Located in one of the most desired vacation areas in the world and designed in the style of a french chateau, this 3.13 acre estate has seven bedrooms and seven baths and sleeps twelve to fourteen people. The great room has a heart stopping view that overlooks the ocean and the gorgeous outer areas. Patios area both covered as well as open air and can easily hold 200 people for entertaining outdoors in true California style. Other high end features include bocce ball courts, playground, and two outdoor fireplaces.
5 Dream Catcher's Home, Park City: $87,500
Located in the prestigious Colony neighborhood in the Canyon's Resort, the Dream Catcher has seven en-suite bedrooms and can sleep up to sixteen guests comfortably. Unbelievable mountain scenery is offered from all three levels of this 17,000 square foot mountain retreat. The gourmet kitchen is loaded with state of the art appliances and is even equipped with facilities for Kosher dining. Outside is an infinity jacuzzi tub that overlooks the mountains and a fire pit for cozy gatherings after a day of hard skiing. For those that visit Dream Catcher Home in the summer there is also a grill. Other amenities include child care and upon your arrival you will find your kitchen fully stocked, with your requested items.
4 Bikini Ultra Luxury Villa, Punta del Este: $100,000
This five bedroom, six and a half bath villa sits right on the beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Dramatic floor to ceiling windows brings the beautiful outside in and there are unobstructed views from all three levels of this home. The "Bikini" also comes with a staff of four as well as service quarters. Over the top features of this vacation home of a lifetime include a wine cellar, large playroom, a theater, an outdoor lounge and of course, a heated pool equipped with fountains. The kitchen is equipped with restaurant grade appliances and there is a high end security system with 24 hour surveillance.
3 Beverly House, Beverly Hills: $150,000
Once the home of the infamous William Randolph Hearst, The Beverly House is back on the market, this time as a rental as it had no takers on the homes for sale market. Just three blocks away from iconic Sunset Blvd, this home sits atop it's own hilltop right above the Beverly Hills Hotel. It has seventeen bedrooms and 27 bathrooms. What else does $150,000 get you during your week long stay? How about a 75 foot long pool, two tennis courts, a nightclub and a cinema? Surely one reason for the eye popping price tag is the history that comes along with the Beverly House. This legendary mansion was a honeymoon getaway for John and Jackie Kennedy and was the site for the legendary "horse head" scene in the movie The Godfather. The Bodyguard with the late Whitney Houston was also filmed here.
2 Villa Elisa, Aspen: $169,000
The Villa Elisa is a sprawling 17,000 square foot villa, less than five minutes away from downtown Aspen that surrounds you in the the supreme height of luxury. Sitting right above Red Mountain, Hunter Creek Valley and Independence Pass, this home comfortably sleeps 16. This property also comes with a guest house with staff quarters. Inside Villa Elisa, you will find a great living room with a hearth, exposed beams and stone faced walls. There is a billiard room, a formal dining room to seat twelve, and a gymnasium equipped with a steam room. Outside there is a 60 foot long vanishing edge pool and spa alongside the outdoor fireplace so that you may enjoy the outdoors even on cold evenings.
1 Hacienda Santa Ines, Costa Rica: $192,500
It surely doesn't get better than this. With over 22,000 square feet of house to roam through, you will find plenty of space for solitude and even more space for entertaining and spending time with friends and family. This unbelievable estate has eleven bedrooms and fourteen bathrooms, with two of those located inside the 1,000 square foot chalet situated on the grounds. There is a master chef included in this price tag as well as a full staff to assist him. Feel free to ask for your favorite meals or even cooking classes! This property offers the utmost in privacy with over 300 acres of unbridled nature, nestled in the Tres Rios Mountains, just twenty minutes away from the capital of San Jose. Your experience is overseen by a "Manager Coordinator" who will see to your every need and desire. Also at your disposable: housemaids, a chauffeur, massage therapists, a riding instructor and a logistics assistant. Certainly this is a home away from home to die for.