Mani House, Greece
Look at that view -- it's the harbor in Gytheion, Peloponnese, Greece, and it captures the warmth, luxury and exclusivity of one of our newest arrivals. Gytheion was a seaport of the famed city-state Sparta. Of course, you'll see plenty of ancient ruins and enjoy delicious Greek food, wine and wonderful hospitality. The Mani House vacation rental, pictured below, can accommodate up to 8 guests in an incredibly high standard of luxury, but for less than you might think (click photos to see rates and availability).
Mani House isn't just beautiful -- it's comfortable as well. This private villa, set apart on a hillside and offering stunning views, features a private pool and is built in the ancient style. The stone blends with a clean, modern interior that's relaxing. Once you arrive, you'll be tempted to settle in, but since there's so much to see in this region of Greece, you'd be advised to save your downtime for the evening, while you enjoy a glass of wine and the view.
The kitchen comes equipped with all the modern conveniences -- you'll lack nothing and feel like you're at home, except for the stunning Greek architecture that surrounds you, of course. The patio is just off the kitchen and offers a barbeque grill and bread oven, so you can create your very own flavors of Greece.
There are four bedrooms, two with en suite baths, and each with direct access to the pool. An office upstairs, with an en suite bath, means you can stay as long as you like and conduct your business from your private Greek villa.
To maximize your comfort level, Mani House employs a caretaker who looks after the property, living in a self-contained apartment in the basement level, removed from the main living areas. He tends to the pool in the morning when you're not using it and will hardly be noticed. He's a professional who knows the importance of being discreet, yet is available at a moment’s notice should you need assistance. How many times have you wished you had someone at home like that?
Crystal Sands Villa, Turks Caicos
If you're going to escape to the Caribbean, escape in style to the Crystal Sands Villa in Turks and Caicos. They're offering last minute specials all the way through April 2014. Click on of the photos at left or below for details. You'll be glad you booked a stay in this luxurious villa. It's a two-level villa, with 2,100 square feet per floor. The floors can be rented separately or together. There are four master suites, each with a direct view of the beach. You'll enjoy a 50-foot long balcony and a private swimming pool. Crystal Sands was recently named as a Fodor's Choice in the 1st Edition of the Turks and Caicos Guide.