If you’ve been daydreaming about your next vacation—and let’s face it, who hasn’t with winter outstaying its welcome—then we’re about to make your day. TripAdvisor has just announced its Travelers’ Choice Rentals; a list of the 30 best vacation homes in the world as chosen by the TripAdvisor community!
The 30 homes are split into three categories—Affordable, Mid-Range, and High-End—with 10 properties in each. There’s remarkable variety within each category and across all the winning properties, from a villa with a breathtaking view over Lake Como to a cute and cosy Shepherd’s hut in the quaint UK countryside.
Here, we’ll showcase two of our favorite properties from each category. But, trust us—deciding which to include wasn’t easy. Fortunately, you can view the full list here. But here are the highlights we chose. Enjoy!
The high-end category in this year’s round-up is a luxury traveler’s dream come true. It includes a sophisticated villa on the shores of Lake Como, the destination of choice for many a celebrity couple (including power duo George and Amal Clooney). Guests can enjoy incredible views from both the clifftop terrace and bedroom balconies.
“It’s an unforgettable spot down on the waterfront – I particularly encourage breakfast on the promenade! 100% recommend.”
Another of our favorites from the high-end properties is this spectacular villa on the Greek island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands. Complete with a private heated swimming pool surrounded by a lush Mediterranean garden, it provides guests with all they could wish for on their dream vacation.
“By far the best villa I have ever stayed at! Great indoor interior, awesome outdoor and barbecue area, perfect location and a lot of space.”
The mid-range category is no less impressive, with stand-out properties including a quaint Shepherd’s hut in the UK’s first National Park and a chalet called Cambalala—the Zulu word for “relax”—in South Africa’s famed Kruger Park Lodge resort.
“The staff were really friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this lodge to the people who wants to have an affordable and luxury holiday home.”
Another hit in the mid-range category is the charming “Hoblet”—an Ontario rental under 15 minutes’ drive to the brink of Niagara Falls. From the outside, it looks like a typical woodsy cabin. But step through the front door and you’ll discover a modern, spacious den perfect for a getaway.
“The moment you walk into The Hoblet, you get an immediate sense of pressure and stress being lifted off your shoulders as you take in the sights and sounds.”
Last, but not least, is the affordable category. Rentals often present travelers with incredible value for money, with more room and private amenities than a traditional hotel stay. And nowhere else is this more evident than in the brilliant budget homes featured in the 2018 Travelers’ Choice Rentals round-up.
Among the winners is a condo on the tropical island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. With spa facilities onsite, access to a pool set in tropical gardens and just a couple minutes’ walk to the beach, it’s no surprise visitors rave about this one.
“The stay was even better because of the caring hosts who made sure I was comfortable. Was very lucky to stay here!”
From an island in the Indian Ocean to one in the Mediterranean, you’ll find another of the stand-out properties in this year’s affordable category in Malta. Alfie’s place is a rustic hideaway on a stepped street in the protected Medieval city of Birgu.
“If you want to soak up the history of Malta and meet the locals this is the place to be…We had a great holiday made even more enjoyable by our host.”
TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR RENTALS
We’ve picked out just two properties from each category here…but there are more to discover! The rest of the winners await over in our property gallery. So, what are you waiting for? Browse all of this year’s winners and see what the world’s largest (and wisest!) community of travelers has to say about them.
Please note: Average nightly rates of properties are based on TripAdvisor Rentals pricing data between April 2017 and April 2018
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