If you’re thinking of traveling this year, why not make your next trip not only unforgettable, but epic? Better yet, bring a friend or two and design the luxury getaway of your dreams. Luxury home rental company OneFineStay has you covered with stays in four breathtaking locations. Booking an actual home instead of a hotel room can make a huge difference in how you experience paradise; imagine having the conveniences of a resort at your fingertips, along with the added privacy of your very own villa. You and your besties can make the space yours as you get to know Aspen, Italy’s Lake Como, Turks & Caicos or St. Tropez. Taking time out of your busy schedule to plan a vacation should be worthwhile so let’s face it- it’s time to splurge!
Après-ski in Aspen- Ute Avenue Retreat Spa in Aspen
` Despite its worldwide reputation as a renowned ski destination, Aspen is still a mountain hideaway waiting to whisk you away from daily life. Located just south of Downtown Aspen, Ute Avenue Retreat is a four floor retreat that can accommodate up to fourteen guests. If you’re traveling with only a few friends, this means you can spread out and enjoy the home both together, and on your own time. Each of the seven bedrooms has a fireplace and TV for cozy nights when you just want to curl up in bed, and mountain views improve almost every corner of the home. The living room is the perfect place to gather for an evening cocktail and reflect; the oversized fireplace and piano set the mood as the day winds down.
For those who love to keep busy, the home also offers a home theater, pool, table, indoor gym, hot tub, sauna, and spa room. If the weather turns sour and you have to cancel your hike or ski day, you’ll be able to comfortably spend all day inside and never get bored. Follow the home’s grand staircase down to another highlight- the indoor pool. Do some laps, dip your feet or just float in the privacy of your own residence. Craving friendly competition? Thanks to the home’s built-in full size bowling alley, you can organize a game every night of the week- or even start a tournament!
Ute Avenue Retreat is a brief walk from the best of Aspen’s Downtown district, meaning you’ll be only steps away from gourmet dining, live music, and boutique shopping. The area’s pristine forests and hiking trails are a short drive away, as are its world famous ski runs. If you want fresh air but would prefer to stay home, you can enjoy the property’s outdoor hot tub, plunge pool, barbecue grill and tennis court all in one day without ever having to get in your car.
Lake Como, Italy- Villa Atia
Set on shimmering Lake Como, Italy’s Villa Atia is an architectural treasure that could be all yours for the duration of your stay. Built in the 16th century, its main building features an 18th century facade added by a local royal family that summered at the home. With plenty of room for up to 12 guests, the villa features six suites that each include a bedroom, bathroom and historic decor. If Italy makes you think of gleaming marble, frescoes, and gardens, Villa Alia is all that and more, offering an outdoor swimming pool along with a stone mooring on the lake. Wander the halls like a renaissance- era royal, look out on the lake from the villa’s balconies or enjoy lunch outside among the flora.
Amazingly, the villa also employs a full staff, which includes your personal chef. You and your friends can expect gourmet homemade meals three times a day, as well as access to the neighboring Grand Hotel Tremezzo. At the hotel, enjoy award winning dining, spa treatments and nightlife. Villa Atia is where the opulent meets the serene, allowing you and your pals to feel on top of the world while tuning it all out. There’s no better way to enjoy the culture, cuisine, and landscape of Northern Italy than a customized stay in a true historic villa.
Turks and Caicos- Bajacu
Hidden in Turtle Tail, Turks and Caicos, Bajacu is architect Marco Aldaco’s exclusive gift to you; the home fits perfectly into the pace and sunlit mornings of the Caribbean. Six airy bedrooms await you and your friends, each displaying local decor and colorful accents. Wide windows brighten up the entire space, encouraging you to rise with the sun. Every meal will taste better when enjoyed in the home’s breakfast pavilion or the dining veranda, and the home is built to incorporate indoor and outdoor spaces, meaning you’ll never feel stuck inside. The villa has a fitness and media center to keep you connected and on the move, even while reveling in the privacy of Turtle Tail. A heated infinity pool is one of the villa’s highlights, inviting you for a refreshing swim around the home to cool off.
Flowers and greenery surround your Turtle Tail home on all sides, and the leafy path leading to the property’s private beach is yours to discover. This is the only private beach in all of Turks and Caicos, meaning you’ll have exclusive access to a completely undisturbed beach day. White sands, turquoise waters and a gentle breeze set the perfect scene for a group picnic or swim. Head home for dinner, and walk back down to the beach at dusk to watch the sunset over the horizon. Paired with the tranquility of the island, Bajacu takes your idea of leisure to new heights.
Saint Tropez- Villa Ramautelle Chateau
For another Caribbean friend-cation, consider Saint Tropez’ Villa Ramautelle Chateau your home away from home during your next trip abroad. With art and unique home decor accentuating its minimal layout and clean lines. The home is a seaside villa featuring nine bedrooms for you and your friends. Multiple balconies and covered terraces offer unparalleled ocean views, which you can even take in from each bedroom’s soaking tub.
A wrap around terrace is another highlight, merging indoor and outdoor space. It’s the ideal place for morning coffee looking out over the grounds, or an evening drink under the stars. The villa’s heated infinity pool complements the sea, which stretches out before the home. The grounds will be a destination of their own; lush gardens, and an olive grove accentuate the island’s balmy climate. Feeling inspired by the tropics? Cook your own healthy meals using the kitchen’s built in islands or pack a homemade picnic to bring to the beach with you.
Hopefully, the luxuries listed above have you looking forward to your friend-cation more than ever. Make it a once- in- a- lifetime way to celebrate a milestone, or turn it into a yearly tradition. There’s no place like home, so spend your next trip in the comfort of your own private haven instead of another hotel room. OneFineStay’s round the clock concierge service and customized vacation plans make sure that you and your friends get the royal treatment even before you arrive at your chosen destination.