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These 10 vacation rentals from FlipKey offer some of the best views of the world’s most notable landmarks—right from your window.

Iconic Vacation Views Right From Your Window

Day dream of waking up to the sunrise over the Eiffel Tower? While sightseeing is on nearly every traveler’s itinerary, there’s no need to limit the best sites in the world to scheduled excursions. From towering skylines and ancient ruins, to modern feats of engineering and otherworldly mountain ranges, FlipKey has rounded up 10 rentals around the world where travelers can take in the most iconic surroundings. All from the comfort of their own living rooms, bedrooms, and balconies.

Vacation rentals provide unparalleled accessibility and ease, putting travelers even closer to the attractions on their list. Whether you’re taking it all in from the window of your private suite or enjoying a night cap on the outdoor terrace, these stunning rentals offer views you need to see (or stay in) to believe.

Roman Colosseum Rental | Rome, Italy

Check out the Roman Colosseum Rental on FlipKey!

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

History buffs heading to Rome, look no further. This rental is located in the Ancient Rome area, and the private roofdeck terrace offers views of the Colosseum, the Vatican Dome, and the Vittoriano, to name a few.

View all Rome properties from FlipKey!

Piazza San Marco Apartment | Venice, Italy

Check out this Venice apartment on FlipKey!

3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

This spacious, three-bedroom Venice apartment offers stunning views of San Marco and the Campanile bell tower, and 360-degree views of Venice from the private terrace with dining area.

View all Venice properties from FlipKey!

Fantasy Eiffel Duplex | Paris, France

Check out the Fantasy Eiffel Duplex on FlipKey!

4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Wake up to one of the most iconic views in the world at this luxe 16th arrondissement apartment. The balcony offers stunning Eiffel Tower views, and the central location means easy access to some of the city’s most popular attractions.

View all Paris properties from FlipKey!

Brekka Cottage | Northern Lights, Iceland

Check out the Brekka Cottage on FlipKey!

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

The Northern Lights are one of the most popular bucket list views in the world—and if you’re lucky, you just might spot them from the geothermal tub outside of Brekka Cottage. Regardless of whether you catch the Aurora Borealis, you won’t be disappointed by the views of Sulur Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean from the privacy of the cottage.

View all Reykjavik properties from FlipKey!

Corner Condo | CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

Check out the amazing CN Tower views from this Toronto condo!

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

Relax in the heart of downtown Toronto in a boutique building with unobstructed views of the CN Tower from a chic 600-square-foot wraparound terrace. The central location offers easy access to nightlife, restaurants, galleries, and shops.

View all Toronto properties from FlipKey!

The Views | Queenstown, New Zealand

Check out The Views rental on FlipKey!

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Don’t want to choose between lake, city, or mountain views? Head to The Views in Queensland to soak in all the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan living room and the master bedroom.

View all Queenstown properties from FlipKey!

Matterhorn Alps Apartment | Zermatt, Switzerland

Check out this Swiss Alps apartment with unreal views of Matterhorn!

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5

Make your next ski trip unforgettable by staying in this cozy two-bedroom with views of the Matterhorn. The sunny apartment is walking distance from the ski bus, and includes a jacuzzi bathtub and steam shower so you can unwind after a long day on the mountains.

View all Zermatt properties from FlipKey! 

Tropical Villa | Sugarloaf & Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

Check out the Tropical Rio Villa on FlipKey!

5 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

We doubt you’ll get tired of the ocean views from this infinity edge pool surrounded by lush forest, but if you do, don’t worry. The five-bedroom Tropical Villa also includes a spa with vertical garden and waterfall shower, a home theater, and barbeque area in its luxurious 8,500 square feet.

View all Rio de Janeiro properties from FlipKey!

Liberace Suite | The Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Check out the Liberace Suite on FlipKey!

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4

This opulent suite is located in Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens, at the foot of the Acropolis. After a long day of exploring, travelers looking to continue their cultural experience can relax on the terrace with views of the ancient city.

View all Athens properties from FlipKey!

The Edge | Coral Sea, Port Douglas, Queensland

Check out the amazing Coral Sea views from this award-winning rental!

2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5

The only thing that might distract you from these views of Port Douglas is the contemporary architecture of the home itself. With a concrete exterior, sleek balcony with cinematic views of the horizon, and an infinity lap pool, you’re guaranteed a great view no matter where you are in the house.

Check out all Port Douglas properties from FlipKey!


This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

Need to book some one-on-one time? FlipKey has rounded up our top one-bedroom rentals for you and your bae to relax, refresh, and recharge in total privacy and ease.

Romantic Vacation Rentals For You And Bae

From classic romantic getaways like Savannah, Georgia, and Paris, France, to secluded beachside spots in Jamaica, Bali, and the US Virgin Islands—vacation rentals make for the ideal accommodation when planning your next couples getaway. Enjoy stunning features from these top picks like outdoor showers, private pools, dreamy views, breakfast service, and tropical weather. No matter your perfect idea of romance, FlipKey will make your next bae-cation unforgettable at every turn.

Louvre Water Front Designer Apt | Paris, France

Check out the Louvre Water Front Designer Apartment on TripAdvisor!

Bask in the classic Parisian apartment located alongside the river with sweeping views of the Louvre Museum. With ultra-chic French décor, roaring fireplace, baroque fresco ceilings and 24k gold mosaic floors, this cozy, yet decadent property will wow you and your loved one at every turn.

See all FlipKey rentals in Paris!

Tea Treehouse | St. John, US Virgin Islands

Check out the Tea Treehouse on TripAdvisor!

Take romance to new heights in this tropical rental specifically intended for couples. Located on private Coral Bay, this treehouse escape is tucked away along the Caribbean hillside with panoramic sea views, an outdoor shower and spectacular terrace.

See all FlipKey rentals in St. John!

Romantic 1BR | Seminyak, Bali

Check out this romantic 1BR rental on TripAdvisor!

With complimentary daily breakfast, flower petal decorations and romantic décor upon your arrival, this secluded villa has an ultra-private pool, yet is just steps away from Bali’s tropical beaches and famous shopping areas.

See all FlipKey rentals in Bali!

Cottage at Te Moana | Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Check out the Cottage at Te Moana on TripAdvisor!

Located just one mile from the center of town, this tropical rental will feel a world away from everyday life, offering a quiet and dreamy haven designed for two. Soak up the amazing location with an open-air shower, ocean views from the bedroom balcony and quaint touches in this coastal cottage.

See all FlipKey rentals in Ocho Rios!

Luxurious Villa | Reykjavik, Iceland

Check out this luxurious Reykjavik villa on TripAdvisor!

If you and your partner in crime are up for an Icelandic adventure, look no further. This historical house is steps away from the city center, but bursts with charm and privacy. Sit outside and dine al fresco in the back garden, retreat up to your cozy bedroom loft or even take the complimentary car out for a spin.

See all FlipKey rentals in Reykjavik!

Villa Arismari | Crete, Greece

Check out Villa Arismari on TripAdvisor!

Elegance knows no limit in this modern villa. Built in 2017, this retreat is in the picturesque village of Panormo, but has access to a variety of surrounding excursions. If your heart desires a true Grecian experience, look no further and soak in your private pool and world-famous sunsets over the ocean.

See all FlipKey rentals in Crete!

Stylish Modern Villa | Cape Town, South Africa

Check out this stylish Cape Town villa on TripAdvisor!

Enjoy everything Cape Town has to offer from this central apartment in a trendy, walkable neighborhood. Spend the day exploring downtown Cape Town or take a day trip to the exclusive wine estates, and relax in the rooftop hot tub with views of Table Mountain in the evening. For an extra special experience, your host will arrange for a meal prepared in-house by a private chef.

See all FlipKey rentals in Cape Town!

Mirabelle Honeymoon Suite | Savannah, Georgia

Check out the Mirabelle Honeymoon Suite on TripAdvisor!

This romantic one-bedroom apartment is located in the heart of the historic district. The property was originally built in 1900 and faces the St. John’s Cathedral. The building was renovated in 2015 to include luxe furnishings and romantic décor, making it the perfect spot for a romantic Savannah trip.

See all FlipKey rentals in Savannah!


This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a TripAdvisor company.

Looking for a way to cool off on your next vacation? Then you’re in luck, as FlipKey has pulled together a round-up of the 10 most insane private pools around the world. Travelers will fall in love with these jaw-dropping rental homes.

From a stunning infinity pool in Mykonos to a Malibu, California edge pool with unparalleled views, FlipKey wants you to dive head-first into relaxation and luxury.

All properties below are available to rent from FlipKey, where travelers can search, compare, and book hundreds of thousands of properties worldwide, including cabins, beach houses, desert hideaways, and more. Plus, feel confident in your decision with our Payment Protection.

Nafiska Estate | Santorini, Greece

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Check out Nafiska Estate on FlipKey!

Land in the private helipad and dive in the estate’s unrivaled pool overlooking Santorini’s famous volcano and sprawling ocean views. With simple yet clean interior design, this secluded Santorini spot will exceed every expectation.

See all Santorini rentals from FlipKey!

Royal Hawaiian Estate | Oahu, Hawaii

6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

Check out the Royal Hawaiian Estate on FlipKey!

Enjoy island life like never before. With an open floor plan and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, guests soak in oceanfront views of Waimanalo Beach from every angle. Outside, spaces offer flexibility for entertaining including an outdoor bar, barbecue area, terrace, and inviting pool with a built-in slide and lava rock waterfall.

See all Oahu rentals from FlipKey!

Camin Villa | Crete, Greece

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Check out Camin Villa on FlipKey!

Blending the amazing view with exquisite architectural design, this rental offers pure relaxation in the embrace of the Cretan nature. The property boasts a rare infinity pool that flows through the home’s interior and can even be accessed via bedroom quarters. The overlooking deck pairs perfectly to offer spectacular views of sea, olive groves and mountains.

See all Crete rentals from FlipKey!

Endless Views Estate | Malibu, California

6 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13

Check out Endless Views Estate on FlipKey!

This beachfront luxury property is situated on the golden sands of Broad Beach in Malibu. Designed and furnished by the renowned architect, Waldo Fernandez, this breathtaking villa boasts near-endless views of the Pacific, and is the epitome of beachfront living with every ounce of comfort and class awaiting you.

See all Malibu rentals from FlipKey!

Villa Degli Affreschi | Amalfi Coast, Italy

8 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15

Check out Villa Degli Affreschi on FlipKey!

Built in 1741, Villa degli Affreschi features a lush garden surrounding the property, a pool overlooking Positano and ten lavish bedrooms—plus an in-house chef and a complimentary cooking lesson. Spend a lazy morning in bed before opening the doors to your private terrace for a taste of the salty sea breeze.

See all Amalfi Coast rentals from FlipKey!

Villa Superview Chrysantina | Mykonos, Greece

4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Check out Villa Superview Chrysantina on FlipKey!

While still a traditional Myconian house, this villa offers a magnificent view of Delos, Rinia and Syros islands, giving travelers a stunning once-in-a-lifetime sunset experience. Situated on the ideal vantage point, travelers can soak in the natural beauty poolside with unparalleled 360-degree views of the island.

See all Mykonos rentals from FlipKey!

Villa Sunyata | Phuket, Thailand

8 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

Check out Villa Sunyata on FlipKey!

With tranquil sunsets over the Andaman Sea, travelers will swim to their heart’s content in a sleek infinity pool while enjoying direct access to a private cove. Just a five-minute walk from the heart of the vibrant Kata Beach and boasting the most attentive staff, this home truly leaves guests feeling pampered.

See all Phuket rentals from FlipKey!

Villa Pippa | Seminyak, Bali

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Check out Villa Pippa on FlipKey!

Located steps away from some of the best hotspots in Bali, this villa offers modern style mixed with Bali charm. The private swimming pool is surrounded by a garden oasis teeming with greenery and sliding glass doors can be fully opened, so guests can readily access the outdoor living space.

See all Bali rentals from FlipKey!

Malibu House | Malibu, California

4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Check out the Malibu House on FlipKey!

This sprawling private retreat has luxury engrained in every detail. From an 18th century fountain, chateau look, antique hand plastered walls, imported French fireplaces, and a hidden theater room, this grand residence also features an expansive outdoor space with a 200 bush rose garden and fresh water pool.

See all Malibu rentals from FlipKey!

Finca Miquelet | Majorca, Spain

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Check out the Finca Miquelet on FlipKey!

Bask in the beauty of the Balearic Islands. With charming Majorcan accents, this sophisticated hideaway offers an idyllic pool terrace with magnificent landscape and coastline views. With splashes of blue and detailed tiling, the interior rivals the scenic outdoor surroundings.

See all Majorca rentals from FlipKey!


This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. TripAdvisor is the parent company of FlipKey.

You could win $500 and be featured in our traveler email newsletter!

If you have a strange, outlandish, or just plain funny story about renting your vacation home, send it to FlipKey and be entered to win a $500 VISA gift card. The winning story will also be featured in the FlipKey traveler newsletter.

Second and third place winners will each receive a $50 VISA gift card. All stories must be submitted via email to rentalstories@flipkey.com by July 31, 2011, so send us your story today!

Here’s How it Works:

1. Write a story about your funniest rental experiences (you can submit up to 5 stories).

2. Each story must be 1,000 words or less.

3. Submit your entry to rentalstories@flipkey.com by July 31, 2011 with the following information:

  • Your Name and Company Name (if applicable)
  • Link to Your Property Listing (example: www.flipkey.com/p116954)
  • Contact Phone
  • Contact Email
  • Funniest Rental Story (enter up to 5 stories)

4. FlipKey will pick the funniest stories and the winner will receive a $500 VISA gift card and promotion in FlipKey’s traveler newsletter. The two runners-up will each receive a $50 VISA gift card.

5. Know someone with a side-splitting vacation rental story? We welcome stories from any vacation rental owner, so tell your friends!

Even the most successful and seasoned vacation renters have had some very unexpected experiences with their guests. Now is your opportunity to share these hilarious, unusual, and occasionally bizarre stories. Don’t be shy!

Too many hilarious guest encounters to just pick one? Don’t Worry. Submit up to 5 funny rental stories to FlipKey. We will decide which gets the best laugh!

For additional contest details, see the FlipKey Rental Story Contest Official Rules.

Vacation rentals have been getting a fair amount of media attention in the last week. As we get closer to Memorial day getaways and the end of the school year, travelers are starting to think about their next trips. Fortunately, the vacation rental market is not only growing, it’s also gaining visibility as travelers move out of hotels and into vacation homes.

Here’s the week’s vacation rental news:

  • TripAdvisor announced “10 Great U.S. Summer Vacation Rental Escapes.” Hank Hudephohl, director of vacation rentals noted, “While vacation rentals are booking up during peak warm weather weekends… there are still plenty of beautiful homes available for rent in destinations across America this summer.”
  • Belize resort Chaa Creek noticed a recent travel trend: “Grandparents taking their grandkids on exotic summer adventure holidays.” We think this is a great idea. With a vacation home, grandparents and grandkids can enjoy a long summer vacation together, and the parents can join for part of the time. There’s room for the whole family.
  • The Dayton Daily News reported on the growing vacation rental trend. The article cited a Radius Global Market Research survey indicating that there are, “more than 6 million vacation properties in the United States and Europe that are rented to travelers every year.” That’s a lot of options for travelers looking for a great place to stay on their next vacation.
  • USA Today also picked up on the greatness of vacation rentals, noting that, “sales of vacation rentals grew about 9%… in the three years between 2007 and 2010.” Much of the credit for the recent development goes to websites like FlipKey, which have helped to organize a previously fragmented market.

In other travel news, tourism has been threatened by flooding along the Mississippi River; Boston, MA is introducing “Hubway” bike sharing; TripAdvisor announced the 2011 Traveler’s Choice Destinations Awards winners; and a Pakistani tourist town was surprised to find itself in the spotlight as the hideout of Osama Bin Laden.

That’s the news roundup for the last week. Happy Travel Tuesday!

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Often times at FlipKey when we speak with new owners, the first thing they’ll ask is Why FlipKey? Owners come to us through various channels, but all of them share the common curiosity about what we do, and why we think we do it the best. So I’m here to tell you!

First and foremost, renting your vacation property can be extremely lucrative – in fact, studies have shown that owners of vacation rental properties can gross $20,000-$30,000 or more each year. The minimal cost of listing with a company like FlipKey can help you earn huge returns. And that’s just the beginning of the benefits you’ll receive.

One of the biggest advantages of listing with FlipKey is our association with TripAdvisor. When FlipKey and TripAdvisor combine our resources, we create the world’s largest online travel community. FlipKey is one of the fastest growing travel websites around today, and TripAdvisor currently stands as the most popular travel website in the world. Together, we bring you 25 million unique visitors a month! That’s 25 million different sets of eyes visiting our websites each month. Think about how huge that impact is – we’re pretty proud of that statistic! We also boast an average of 75 inquiries per listing per year, and that number is only growing.

When you create a property listing on FlipKey, you are automatically listed on eight websites. These include FlipKey and TripAdvisor of course, and then some of TripAdvisor’s international websites listed below:

The variety of international websites where your property will be listed offer the most diverse international exposure available.

In addition to that impressive reach, we’re lucky to have a fantastic staff of motivated and enthusiastic individuals. Since we love what we do, it shows in everything we touch. Our Customer Care team is friendly, knowledgeable and accessible, and can offer a wide variety of tips and tricks to owners on how to maximize their listings and get the most out of their FlipKey account. We have dedicated account representatives who can walk you through each individual listing, and offer feedback on ways to make it a complete success.

As if our far reach and outstanding customer service weren’t enough, we also offer a 60-day free trial to all new owners. After the trial, you’ll find our pricing to be extremely competitive when stacked up against the competition. We offer monthly and yearly billing options, as well as impressive discounts for owners with multiple properties. And we’ll never charge you for the “extras” – you pay one low fee, and get everything we’ve got to give! Photos are unlimited, and paying customers can feature Specials on their properties for no extra charge.

The moral of the story is, Why Not Flipkey? We offer all of the best at a competitive price, and continue to get better and better every single day.

Taryn Collins is a FlipKey owner services specialist and vacation rental marketing expert. Her bi-weekly blog, Ask FlipKey, aims to answer the difficult questions that vacation rental owners and managers ask every day. Submit your questions in the comments!