10 August 2016 by Lizzie Greenway
“Summertime is always the best of what might be” Charles Bowden once said, and as the threat of the heat on our skin increases and the thoughts of holidays become more of a possibility than a hope, we’ve looked at some of the best homes and locations around the world to rent this year. Be it a small apartment in New York, a tipi in south France, a yacht in Ibiza or an idyllic villa in the Tuscan hills, these destinations are sure to wet your appetite.
Seashell House, Mexico
It would be a challenge in itself to retain hold of any stresses from work when staying in this beautiful house in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The seashell house, named Casa Caracol sleeps up to four people and includes a private pool, two king sized beds and a beautiful BBQ area. The property is a gated property for extra security and enjoys views over the ocean; it is set on the cliff side of this small island and allows for privacy. Built by architect Eduardo Ocampo, he lives in an adjacent property with his wife. You can stay at Casa Caracol from £215 a night; the closest airport is Cancun International.
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Countryside Villa, Tuscany
Set amongst the rolling Tuscan hills, this beautiful villa close to San Casciano Val di Pesa was built in the 16th C and has been sympathetically restored to its former glory. It enjoys spectacular views over the Italian countryside and is set amongst the glorious Chianti region; its location means you are not far from Florence, the ideal base to enjoy the capital of the Renaissance. The villa sleeps nine and benefits from a luxurious, spacious outdoor area and pool. Woodland, vineyards, poppy fields and beautiful Italian villages home surround this Tuscan country; it is the perfect place to enjoy La Dolce Vita.
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Beach House, Cape Town
This beach house boasts an incredible view over Bloubergstrand beach, a popular surfing beach on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The seven-bedroom luxury house sleeps twelve people and includes two large dining and lounge areas where you can sit back and indulge as you gaze out to sea. There is a great deal of outdoor space so you can enjoy the views with the salty sea air on your skin. Cape Town https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p440439
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City Apartment, Manhattan, New York
There are four of these apartments to choose from in Manhattan’s East Village, the apartments are all individually decorated and designed, with an Oriental interior, a penthouse with a stunning roof garden, and an Indian boudoir amongst the choices. The apartments sleep from 4 to 8 people dependant on your choice, ideally situated in New York’s hip and trendy East Village in a brownstone building, there is a creative vibe to the area.
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Luxury Yacht, Ibiza
This nine-person luxury yacht is moored in Marina Botafoch, Ibiza, a pretty spot with an abundance of Italian restaurants, bars and shops to explore. The boat can travel up to 32 knots so you can speed around the coast of the island and see everything it has to offer, stop off at sea wherever you like or lie back on board and just revel in the sunshine and turquoise waters; an ideal rental for those after a mixture of relaxation and escapism. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/8298585?s=944Lu8Or
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Eco Lodge, Rancho Pacifico, Costa Rica
This boutique eco-luxury hotel has ten luxury villas and suites all with views of the ocean, set amongst a canopy-covered mountain you are surrounded by the best nature has to offer, whilst in the lap of luxury. Awarded one of the top 100 eco-lodges in the world, stay in the TreeHaus Hideaway Villa a truly exceptional room with a view, set amongst the treetops it is the ultimate in seclusion, as it is set within its own 3 acres, it also has the benefit of an outdoor Jacuzzi. www.ranchopacifico.com
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Camping, South of France
This campsite in Naujac-sur-Mer is amidst the tall pine forests that dominate the coast here, only 50 minutes to the sea you fall asleep listening to the soft lull of the crickets’ song and the crashing waves. Try your hand at surfing and stay in the tipi's complete with beds, electricity and carpets. A chef is on-hand to cook all your meals and you can enjoy the nightlife of nearby Lacanau-Ocean. www.feralsurftours.com
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William Shakespeare once wrote, “summer’s lease hath all too short a date” so why not embrace the season and treat yourself to an unforgettable summer holiday.