Spacious pools, slopeside hot tubs, and private beaches aren’t only for the rich and famous. Ok, they’re primarily for the rich and famous, but such luxuries can be yours for a week or weekend as well — if you know where to look and are willing to plunk down some fairly serious money for your next vacation. Here, offered by VRBO, the Four Seasons, TripAdvisor, and the owners themselves, are eleven gems that have it all.
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Sure, Malibu Beach is one of America’s most expensive pieces of real estate. Instead of dropping several million on a down payment, you could just rent one for a week. Located just feet from the beach, this four bedroom home offers more than enough room for you and your friends to relax in style (it can sleep 10). The wall-to-wall sliding-glass doors, two large decks, and an expansive kitchen makes it perfect for entertaining after a day chasing the surf. Best of all you are only a few miles from some of Los Angeles' most well-known landmarks — Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, and Sunset Strip.
Nightly rate is $3,975 and you can reserve here.
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If you are going to spend the money to fly the family to Hawaii, you might as well go the extra mile and live in style while you are there. Located in the middle of a golf course, these Waldorf Astoria–owned villas offer stunning views, massive decks, high-end kitchens, and access to perfect beaches. With three large bedrooms spread out over two floors, you can escape from the kids when you need a break. A bonus: While you are there you have full access to the adjacent Grand Wailea hotel’s numerous pools, waterslides, restaurants, and spa.
Nightly rates start at $1,400 with the seventh night free. You can reserve here.
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Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, just outside of Branson, Missouri, is this rustic 7,000-square-foot villa surrounded by golf courses, lakes, and wilderness. You could fit several families or a bunch of your buddies under its soaring roof. There is an infinity pool with hot tub, home theater, billiards room, and six full bedrooms. Located near the Big Cedar Lodge, you can spend the day relaxing on their 800 acres of land before heading back to your mansion for a night of entertaining.
Nightly rates at The Villa at Integrity Hills start at $3,500 per night and you can reserve here.
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Live like Sinatra
Yes, you can fly to Palm Springs and spend a week living in one of Frank Sinatra’s old homes. This sprawling mid-century classic was especially built for him in 1947 and is just a hop-skip-and jump from downtown. Many of his original accouterments are still on site — recording studio, a vintage stereo system, and a pool shaped like a grand piano. The house has been completely updated with modern appliances but still retains the old Hollywood charm you would expect. There are four full bedrooms, each with its on ensuite bathroom to fit you and the crew.
Nightly rates start at $2,200 and you can reserve here.
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Sitting on the top of a mountain in the heart of California wine country this home is surrounded by gnarled olive trees, amazing views, and not much else. There is a large rooftop pool, hot tub, fire pit, and colossal deck — all on the top floor. The rest of the house is just as impressive with a full kitchen, three bedrooms, and floor to ceiling windows throughout. It’s as close to nirvana as you will find in California. You are only a few minutes from downtown Sonoma, and Glen Ellen, with all of their award winning wineries.
Nightly rates start at $986 and you can reserve here.
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Hollywood Hills Mansion
Live like a Tinseltown powerbroker in this stunning modern mansion, perched in the Hollywood Hills. With a pool, a cabana with and heated lamps for supreme lounging, this three bedroom palace that has it’s own koi pond and a baby grand piano for serenading. But you might not want to ever leave the al fresco dining area and its cozy fire pit. At night you are close to the Hollywood Boulevard nightlife where you can party like a rock star.
Nightly rates start at $1,350 and you can reserve here.
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The Ski Villa
Some of the best snow in the country blankets the ski resorts surrounding Park City, Utah, each winter. The pillowy powder is the stuff of legends, and what better way to enjoy it than by staying in your own spacious slopeside villa? Last Chair is large enough for two families to share with four bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom. After a day on the slopes you can unwind in the outdoor hot tub before heading inside to the ping-pong and foosball tables to battle it out. Then kick back with a cocktail in front of the fire and plan your adventure for the next day.
Nightly rates start at $1,200 and you can reserve here.
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Set in the middle of 177 acres of desolate New Mexico desert is Rancho Alegre, an 11-bedroom ranch compound modeled after the historic Spanish haciendas that once dotted the landscape. Owned by the former CEO of Puma, the house is part museum, movie set, and casita. The out buildings include a church, saloon, recording studio, replica 19th-century Wild West store, and barn. It’s really a small town, and it can be yours for a few days.
Nightly rates start at $10,000 and you can reserve here.
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Relax in rustic comfort in this luxurious lodge located in the heart of Telluride ski country. A contemporary log cabin design exudes western charm, with huge stone fireplaces, antler chandeliers, and hand-built wooden furniture throughout the 6.5 bedrooms. Also located within its three floors are a sauna, hot tub, two kitchens, and game room with full-size pool table. You are only a few minutes from the slopes and a quick shuttle ride to the historic mining town of Telluride.
Nightly rates start at $1,000 and you can reserve here.
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Over the last few years the Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley has been completely updated. As part of the project, two separate 2,100-square-foot secluded villas were added, offering the best in wine-country relaxation. Included is a bar stocked with local wines, outdoor fire pits, soaking tubs, open-air showers, and two patios. When you do decide to venture off property, they will arrange private wine tastings, golf outings, racecar school, or deep-sea fishing.
Nightly rates start at $1,350 and you can reserve here.