As the glamorous hit TV show of high-end real estate deals with the most incredible properties across LA returns, and with the spin-off series featuring million-dollar listings in Tampa, Florida hitting the screens soon, travelers too can experience picture-perfect luxurious places to stay in destinations across the world. According to our research, a majority (56%)* of global travelers have been saving money during the pandemic and can’t wait to use this to plan an epic trip as it becomes safe to travel again. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we reveal five luxurious properties for a lavish stay, without having to worry about the excessive realtor fees and closing costs. Whether inspired by the lives of the rich and famous in LA or Florida or just looking to live a life of luxury in more exotic destinations like Crete or Vietnam, gaze beyond the screen at these breathtaking mansions and experience the high life in real life, even if just temporarily.
Los Angeles, USA
As the hotspot for the rich and famous, Los Angeles is known for its high-end real estate and incredible properties. From glamorous Hollywood villas to Malibu beach houses, Los Angeles is THE place to go for a luxurious trip on the West Coast. For a fun trip away, enjoy the gorgeous beaches and stylish restaurants in the famous Californian sunshine. Travelers can indulge in some shopping in Beverly Hills or live out their model moment with a photoshoot on Santa Monica beach.
Where to Stay: Just a short drive away from Sunset Strip and Melrose Avenue, this authentically traditional 3 bedroom villa is beautifully grand. Featuring a luscious garden that hosts lemon and orange trees, enjoy a cold drink on the patio like a glamorous Hollywood actor or actress.
On the tip of Australia’s East Coast, the state of Victoria is home to sweeping coastlines, pristine beaches, and stunning national parks. To experience all Victoria has to offer, travelers can join a wine tour of the Mornington Peninsula where they can sample the very best Australian wines with lunch and panoramic views of Westernport Bay. The city of Melbourne boasts Australia’s best and most stylish shopping and also has a flourishing art scene. For a glamorous day out, secure tickets to the Australian Open in Melbourne to enjoy world-class tennis.
Where to Stay: Iluka Blue is a stylish property overlooking the ocean with spectacular views. Located in the town of Wye River, the stunning property is a short walk to Separation Creek Beach and features a barbeque in the garden for guests to enjoy an authentic Australian bry and admire the view.
The largest and most southernmost Greek Island, Crete is a beautiful destination where visitors can appreciate the natural beauty, exquisite cuisine, and impressive historical sites in the warm Mediterranean sun. For a picture-perfect, luxurious adventure, enjoy a private tour of the famous pink beach of Elafonissi and swim in the crystal clear water.
Where to Stay: Located just a short walk away from the quaint and beautiful village of Mochlos, the Nuez Villas features luxe and minimalist architectural design that will leave guests feeling like a million dollars. The villa has three bedrooms, an incredible pool, and à la carte breakfast is served to guests each morning.
Across, on the East Coast, Florida is home to some of the most incredible properties that will make your property dreams come true. Located in Tampa or Miami, opulent waterfront houses make Florida a scenic destination. Enjoy a sunset cruise down the canals of the picturesque St Pete Beach and enjoy the views of the luxurious waterfront mansions as the sun dips below the horizon. If lucky, you may even spot some dolphins.
Where to Stay: The Dolphin Retreat Villa located in Boca Raton offers a lavish stay in this three-bedroom Florida property. The free use of bicycles is available at the property which is perfect as cycling and golf are both popular local activities in the area. To unwind, enjoy the villa’s outdoor pool and hot tub for a relaxing evening after an active day.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Featuring luscious mountains, palm trees, and sandy beaches, Nha Trang is a dreamy tropical destination. As well as a buzzing beach resort, you can find a luxurious selection of boutiques and dining options inland. To enjoy a day out in the scenic nature, head out on a boat to go on a snorkeling and hot mineral spring day tour. Head to Robinson Island for some snorkeling, sunbathing, and kayaking before relaxing in the hot mineral springs
Where to Stay: The Venity Villa in Nha Trang is a luxurious property that offers a once in a lifetime stay in paradise. The villa features an incredible infinity pool and a stylish bar to enjoy a drink overlooking the ocean. To relax, watch a film in the cinema room or unwind in the hot tub and sauna-like you have your own in-house spa. For the more active guests, you can even play golf on the rooftop or have fun in the games room. This super-luxe property is a dream stay and is also a certified travel sustainable property.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who plan to travel for business or leisure in the next 12-24 months. In total 24,055 respondents across 31 countries and territories were polled (including 501 from Argentina, 1003 from Australia, 500 from Belgium, 1001 from Brazil, 500 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1007 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 508 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1000 from Germany, 1005 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 502 from Israel, 1003 from Italy, 1002 from Japan, 500 from Mexico, 501 from The Netherlands, 501 from New Zealand, 500 from Peru, 1000 from Russia, 1005 from Singapore, 1002 from South Korea, 1002 from Spain, 501 from Sweden, 501 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 500 from Thailand, 1000 from the UK, 1002 from the US and 501 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2021.