Insider Picks: Dreamy Summer Vacation Rentals

Waking up in a home away from home, oceanfront or hillside, abroad or a few hours away. Having the perfect vacation scenario has never been easier, with so many hospitable hosts all over the world opening the doors to their homes and welcoming the hungry traveler. To make sure you get exactly what you’re looking for this summer, we’ve hand-picked our favorite properties from around the world where you can relax and feel at home even in the most exotic setting.

Cartagena, Colombia

This stunning seven-bedroom home is located in Cartagena’s Old Town, close to all the city’s cultural attractions. The home offers sweeping views of romantic, historic Old Town as well as the Sea.

With a courtyard made up of a sparkling pool and exquisite, manicured greens surrounding the area, this is a great home for lounging on lazy days.

Le Marche, Italy

The recently renovated Casa Olivi is located in Treia, in the heart of the Marches, The New Tuscany. Protected by the Italian Cultural and History Administration,  the outside structure has remained intact while the inside boasts minimalist, luxurious interiors. The house has 5 bedrooms, 4 in the house and 1 in the independent guest house. All bedrooms are en-suite with own bathroom and air conditioning.

Rivas, Nicaragua

Overlooking Playa Maderas and nestled in the lush hillside jungle, this 3,500-square-foot oceanview rental belongs to the boutique community of Balcones de Majagual, an ecological reserve bursting with natural beauty. The property is fully outfitted with modern amenities (including a pool that practically overhangs the verdant jungle) and sleeps up to 8 people.

Puglia, Italy

This lovingly restored vineyard property from 16th century is surrounded by vines and olive groves and is located in Puglia, Italy. From the amazing swimming pool, to the beauty and privacy of the area, this 6 bedroom villa is a dream.

Hudson, New York

For New Yorkers yearning for a break from the city, Spencer Hill House is a nature oasis. Nestled in the midst of rivers and lakes, forests and farmland, the three bedroom home features wooden walls, bare floorboards and a beamed ceiling. Artwork, sculptures and fine furniture decorate the naturally beautiful home.

By Published on May 29 2015