Vacation Rentals: The World's Most Luxurious Hot Spots


Vacation rentals aren't what they used to be -- they're better and bigger and more luxurious than ever. Early March is that time of the year when "just one more snowfall" is just-one-more-snowfall too many. The answer to the question, How do I survive the last gasps of winter? Take a vacation.

For most of us, a pretty little cable-free cabin in the Caribbean will absolutely do the trick for a "measly" $200 a night. But as long as we're taking this moment to fantasize about vacationing in the Caribbean, we may as well imagine the most spectacular 10-bedroom cabin on the beach with our own butler serving us cocktails as we relax in our hammock built for two.

If your name is Charlie Sheen, Jen Aniston or Donald Trump, here's where you might rent a vacation getaway, that has all the style, luxury, (not to mention an overnight price tag that matches a year or two's worth of the rent you pay in your winter-riddled home town) any super star – with or without tiger blood – could ask for:


1. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands: $54,000/week

Bought by Richard Branson more than 25 years ago, Necker Island has since been turned into a private 74-acre hideaway. With a tennis court, two ponds and your own spa, not to mention 360 degrees of beach, Necker Island can accommodate you and 26 of your closest friends. Oh, and yes, it comes with your own private staff.

2. Kempinski Hotel Ski Chalet, Dubai: $50,200/two nights

This five-star hotel has everything -- including a ski resort in the middle of the desert. A quarter of a million dollars will net you a week-long stay at a Norwegian-inspired ski chalet overlooking the indoor slopes of Ski Dubai. With your every need met, this three-story rental gives you a private entertainment center and central air so you can pretend you are in the Swiss Alps, instead of Dubai.

3. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Las Vegas: $40,000/night

Charlie Sheen famously courted his goddess, Bree Olson at this fantasy vacation location. Boasting a private pool overlooking the strip, a rotating bed, multiple full bars and two separate private sunbathing decks, what more could you want during your winter getaway? How about a private spa, your own gym and mirrored ceilings?

4. Nygard Cay Beach Resort, New Providence, Bahamas: $40,000/day

A mere 4.2-acres (see Richard Branson's 74-acre Necker Island), fashion designer, Peter Nygard's private cay in the Bahamas has been called one of the most unusual vacation rentals in the world. This 10-bedroom resort has everything, from 360 degree ocean views to a twenty-four seat theater with three screens – Two are ten-feet and one is twenty-feet and all three can play different movies simultaneously. But if that's not enough there are two pools, five Jacuzzis, a tennis court, a basketball court, two volleyball courts and a yacht. And if that's not enough, there is the staff of twenty who are at your service 24-hours a day who might be able to recommend a tour of the exotic animals on the island or a fishing boat excursion, or...

5. Villa Barbados 300, Barbados: $35,000/week

This ten bedroom luxury villa has a private pool over looking its private beach. There is a ten-seat movie theater, a children's play room and multiple private patios. It comes complete with a butler, maid and chef because you will probably be more than happy to dine at home with a rental like this one!

6. Castle Jamaica, : $52,500/week

This magnificent castle has marble stairways and sprawling grounds overlooking sparkling blue waters. Natural waterfalls tumble over cliffs. This 8-bedroom 8-bathroom castle has a library and a ballroom. With a full staff including chamber maids and gardeners, if you are worried about its out-of-the-way location, you needn't be. An on-site Helicopter pad can fly you in fifteen minutes to Kingston, Jamaica, or a little further if you snap your fingers loudly enough to get it to do your bidding.

Before the spring comes to save us from this endless winter, a little getaway might not be such a bad idea. Although a luxury vacation rental may not be in the cards, a girl can dream, can't she?


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