These Luxurious Plum Guide Vacation Rentals Might Make You Forgo Hotels Forever
Don’t get us wrong, we love boutique hotels, quaint inns, traditional ryokans and upscale resorts as much as anyone. But have you ever stayed at a fabulous vacation rental with style deserving of a feature in Architectural Digest? The beauty of taking over an entire place is getting to enjoy all the creature comforts of a dream home and ample space to spread out, plus you don’t have to interact with other travelers (except your pod, and presumably you’d want to hang out with them).
Why settle for a hotel room when you can shack up at a splurge-worthy Beverly Hills mansion or a panoramic penthouse in Brickel? Our point exactly. Scroll on for the chicest, most envy-inducing U.S. properties from Plum Guide.
1. OCEAN OASIS IN MISSION BEACH, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Get ready for coastal living, er, vacationing, at its finest. This oceanfront oasis in San Diego exudes those breezy SoCal vibes we all know and love. Swathed in calming seaside hues, comfy furniture that was clearly hand-picked by some in-demand interior designer and a dynamite outdoor area, it’s the perfect spot to kick back and relax. The only question to ask yourself is whether you’re going to pop a bottle of vino and soak up the sun on the deck or hit the beach first?
2. UP IN THE SKY IN BRICKEL, MIAMI, FLORIDA
Splash out in this penthouse apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of Biscayne Bay. We especially love the black-and-white palette, clean lines and splashy, larger-than-life art that’s truly a conversation starter. Thanks to ample building amenities—heated pool, gym, spa and tennis courts—you’ll never miss a hotel. And, can we talk about the prime location? All the excitement of Miami’s myriad restaurants, bars, nightclubs, galleries and waterfront action is just outside your door (or, in some instances, a quick car ride away).
3. UNFORGETTABLE IN PARADISE VALLEY, ARIZONA
Perched high in the hills, this massive Paradise Valley villa is a party pad—and by that, we mean the type of place that’s perfect for a family reunion where your aunt makes a huge batch of sangria and gets into an argument about the rules of Scattergories. Thankfully, the breathtaking views—which are visible throughout the house as well as from the patio, pool and outdoor kitchen—will put the focus squarely on the present moment (not what happened during game night gone sideways).
4. KEEP IT SWEET IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Home sweet home in downtown Charleston could (and, honestly, should) always look like this adorable bungalow in the quiet, residential neighborhood of Radcliffeborough. From the fresh color scheme to the oak beams, hardwood floors and brickwork, it oozes refinement and Southern charm with just a hint of seaside serenity. In keeping with the local sensibility, guests can look forward to sipping sweet tea in a real-deal Carolina rocking chair on the front porch and strolling through the lush garden.
5. MOJAVE RHYTHM IN JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA
If you ask us (and the millions of travelers who visit each year), Joshua Tree National Park is the ultimate arid escape. We totally get that the whole camping thing doesn’t scream dream getaway for everyone. Insert this luxury desert dwelling with a minimal design ethos, outdoor entertaining zone (the pool, jacuzzi, loungers, fire pit and huge dining table really does it for us) and unparalleled opportunities for stargazing. So, yea, it’s well worth the premium price tag. Particularly if you’re splitting the cost with your pod.
6. SEASCAPE IN SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK
OK, so this harbor-front villa—which boasts unobstructed views of Noyack Bay, a chef’s kitchen, sophisticated furnishings, a heated outdoor pool and snoozing accommodations for eight—is obviously a splurge. But if you’re doing a multigenerational trip (aka traveling with parents, siblings and kiddos), going with a few other couples or someone else is miraculously footing the bill, it might be worth shelling out extra clams to stay in the lap of Southampton luxury.
7. VIOLET GEMINI IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Welcome to New Orleans! This modern apartment with a boutique feel and ample amenities (think: plush towels, luxury toiletries, smart TVs, sumptuous linens and access to a rooftop pool) strikes the perfect balance for travelers who can’t bear the thought of veering too far off the hotel course. And because not everyone who goes to the Big Easy wants to hunker down within bead-tossing distance of Bourbon Street, the quiet Warehouse District is a great location that puts the partying just a short drive away.
8. TRI-DINO IN TRIBECA, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
New York City may never sleep, but we promise you’ll catch some restful zzzs in this south-facing loft that’s great for families and located in the heart of happening Tribeca (after exploring the neighborhood, of course). It has a big, open kitchen with gourmet appliances and ample cabinet space—a seriously big deal in New York City—tons of natural light and kid-friendly bedrooms packed with toys. The fact that it sleeps six and is priced at $572 per night just proves that miracles do exist...even in one of the most competitive real estate markets.
9. RIVER SONG IN THE BERKSHIRES, MASSACHUSETTS
Craving a relaxing weekend in the country? Say ta-ta to the pressures of daily life and steal away to this blissfully secluded classic Berkshires home that was originally built as a schoolhouse in 1866. Warm, cozy and wonderfully woodsy, it’s the sort of setup that invites leisurely afternoons that stretch into the evening. We see billiards, board games, crossword puzzles, hot toddies, lengthy chats in front of the hearth and hiking in Wahconah Falls State Park in your future.
10. THE ITALIAN JOB IN BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
Act out your reality TV fantasies with a sprawling mansion that seems like it belongs to one of the cast members from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (for the record, it doesn't...at least as far as we know). Towering cypress trees at the entrance set the tone for an Italian-style respite complete with a pool, fountains, alfresco dining and a fire pit— and that’s just the outdoor entertaining area. The interior boasts opulent chandeliers, fireplaces and even a movie theater.