Outstanding Outdoors: Vacation Homes With Beautiful Open-Air Spaces

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Whether you’re traveling with friends, your family, or as a couple, you’ll likely want to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the weather during your trip.

Outdoor Amenities

Vacation rentals are a great option to relax together and enjoy the most amazing backyards and outdoor amenities, so FlipKey rounded up four rental properties with amazing open-air spaces and outdoor features to inspire your next stay. You may not have a basketball court or an infinity pool in your own backyard at home, but you can on your next vacation.

Villa Joglo | Seminyak, Bali

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Outdoor Appeal: Private pool, indoor/outdoor lounge.

Recharge in this four-bedroom villa in Seminyak, with a kitchen, bar, lounge, and dining room all outside overlooking the swimming pool and garden. The backyard is a private retreat, but the home is just steps away from a main street with popular restaurants. Air-con and ensuite bathrooms for each bedroom make this spot comfortable for up to 10 guests, and the villa includes a full-time maid and a night security guard.

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Villa Mary | Crete, Greece

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Outdoor Appeal: Basketball court, soccer field, outdoor kitchen, pool, and playground.

Can’t pick one outdoor amenity? Book a ticket to Crete to stay at the amazingly family-friendly Villa Mary. The backyard provides endless entertainment, with a private pool, half basketball court, playground, mini soccer field, and outdoor kitchen with wood oven. The inside is just as impressive, with six bedrooms, a fireplace, and a massive dining area.

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Serra Retreat | Malibu, California

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Outdoor Appeal: Fire-pit, private pool, waterslide, and tennis court.

The Serra Retreat is as beautiful outside as it inside. The interior is chic and contemporary, with an open-plan living space, a formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, and cozy, oversized seating. Skylights and giant glass doors keep the inside bright, but head outside to really soak up the sun. Relax on the lounge chairs, or take a nap on the hammock or outdoor day bed. Hit the pool, Jacuzzi, or waterslide during the day. The private tennis court can wait until after dark—it has night lighting so you can play at your leisure. The home is just a few minutes from downtown Malibu and several beaches, if you can convince your group to leave the backyard.

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The Spa House | Cape Town, South Africa

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Outdoor Appeal: Pool with “floating” lounge space, indoor/outdoor living room with mountain views.

This three-bedroom villa offers ultimate relaxation, with an open layout, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and stunning mountain views. Relax on the lounge chairs by the main pool, or venture across the stepping-stones to chill on the mini deck. The modern interior includes a marble spa with steam and massage rooms, plus luxe bedrooms with views of Hout Bay, the mountains, and the property’s lush gardens. Outside, you’ll be located close to Hout Bay’s restaurant and outdoor activities, and everything else Cape Town has to offer.

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