This year’s glamorous Oscar gala is over and the Academy chose its winners for the 81st time. I especially enjoyed the Broadway musical spirit in the Hollywood version and was excited about the big winner of that night, Danny Boyle’s master piece, Slumdog Millionaire. Beautiful photography and excellent story!
Talking about the movies, one of the things that always capture our attention is the location. Just imagining those breathtaking ocean views of Greece in “Mamma Mia” or quaint little streets of Paris in “Amelie” makes me want to drop everything and go there immediately!
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, so why not to stop for a moment and look at movie-like destinations in Rentalo? As the Academy chose its winners, I selected our vacation rental candidates in the following categories:
1. Best Tropical Getaway
Who doesn’t like waking up by the ocean, just steps to pristine white sand beach? How about a private vacation villa with a waterfront deck, fresh fruits for breakfast and breathtaking sunsets for dinner? All that is possible if you stay in one of those properties:
Our Candidate number one - Tiare Breeze Luxury Bungalow - is nestled on a hill overlooking the crystal blue waters of the South Pacific. With the heavenly smells of vanilla and Tiare flowers, you can be a part of the peace and tranquility this beautiful island offers. This luxury bungalow boasts extensive decks with open coastal views and access to the surrounding lagoons. You can enjoy sunset with French pastries and fresh exotic fruits delivered to your doorstep every morning. If you wish to relax, you can take a mid afternoon nap in a comfortable king size bed. You will also be just steps away from snorkeling, dolphin watching and some of the best surfing in French Polynesia.
You can also find a little piece of heaven in the Colonial Mexican Villa in Puerto Vallarta. This luxury 8,000 square foot home combines beautiful Mexican antiques with regional folk and boasts spectacular views of the Banderas Bay. A large living room and dining room open to the infinity pool with breathtaking water views and if you take a stone path from courtyard, it will lead you to a gorgeous tropical garden below. Full staff including maid, cook and a gardener will be at your disposition. Feeling like a celebrity already?
2. Best Luxury Ski Spot
How about a pampering vacation with gorgeous mountain views in a luxury Breckenridge condo? Sounds good too, right?
Our first candidate in this category is located just steps from the lifts, premier ski areas and trendy boutiques. You can even view the lift line from the large wraparound deck and prepare delicious steaks on your own barbeque. This spacious ski in/ski out Breckenridge condo is beautifully furnished with luxurious new leather sofas and gourmet kitchen. You will also find indoor and outdoor hot tubs, indoor swimming pool, steam and sauna room and exercise facility within the building. In the evening you can warm up by the fireplace and enjoy excellent views of Maggie Pond.
Second nominee is a five-bedroom ski in/ski out Breckenridge vacation home. This charming rental has everything you need to feel truly special and relaxed. It features four entertainment areas with pool table, ping pong and foosball and offers easy access to slopes and two lifts. After the whole day of skiing, you can relax in a large outdoor hot tub or warm up in front of a fireplace. High speed Internet and barbecue are also available.
3. Best Unique Vacation
Have you ever felt like strolling the streets of Montmartre in Paris like Amelie Poulain? Or maybe you would like to sit by the fountain in a charming medieval hill town in Tuscany? Choose between a luxury Paris studio and a Siena castle. Here are the nominees:
A luxury studio in Paris is located in a lively neighborhood out of the tourist area, yet within a five-minute walk of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. It has been designed by a Parisian artist and boasts a huge round bathtub, electrical adjustable king-size bed, flat plasma panoramic TV with DVD and professional built-in espresso maker. You will also be just a 10-15 minute walk to the Galeries Lafayette, Opera Garnier and Café de la Paix.
My second choice is a medieval Italian castle situated in the beautiful Tuscan countryside near Siena. Very centrally located for art touring, winery visits and exploring back roads, this charming castle offers apartments or a villa for rent with a swimming pool and tennis courts. There are also thermal spas, golf and polo available nearby.
“What about the prices?” you might ask. Well, you may think that for a movie-like getaway you would need a celebrity-like salary. Some of those places, however, sleep large parties, so if you divide the costs, it’s not always that bad. Still, we were just day-dreaming…
So, the Vacation Rental Oscar goes to… What do YOU think?