By Melissa Gidney @ The Perfect Hideaway
Second to where we travel, the next most important thing is where we stay. We are very aware of the affect an environment can have on one’s psychological well-being, so we put a lot of time into finding those special spaces to ensure we enjoy our hard-earned holidays to the fullest. It’s pretty simple, a beautiful light-filled room with thoughtful design details is going to feel a whole lot better than a dark, musty one. Add a killer view and this will be one vacation you won't soon forget. And let’s be honest, it can be pretty fun to play house in a gorgeous architectural home.
Here are some of the coolest design homes that you can book for your next vacation. It doesn’t have to be just a dream! Well okay... admittedly, some of them may have to stay on your dream board (sorry, Scrubby Bay House) but there are plenty of dream-worthy homes to get excited about for your next vacay.
Scrubby Bay House, Akaroa, New Zealand. A luxury villa in a completely private bay that can only be reached by helicopter or 4WD. Comfortably accommodating 14 guests, the secluded cedar-clad villa stretches out along the beach and features three sea-fronted suites, a deck warmed by a fire pit and an outdoor spa. Sleeps 14.photo: Melissa Gidney @ The Perfect Hideaway
The Bonnieux House, Bonnieux, France. This one of kind home sits in a quiet valley in Provence, just 5 minutes from the charming town of Bonnieux. Not only is the pool to die for (and pinterest famous), the massive living room windows completely swing open to let in all that gorgeous Provencal air. Incredible mix of modern design with old world touches. Sleeps 6 people.photo : Melissa Gidney @ The Perfect Hideaway
Rock Reach House, Yucca Valley, California. Floating gracefully above the rugged landscape of gigantic weathered boulders, ancient juniper and desert oak trees, this prototype home opens itself to the stunning environment with sliding doors in each room, leading out to private patios and a main deck. Sleeps 4 people.photo : Anushe Low
The Dune House, Suffolk, England. Designed by Norwegian Architects, the entire ground floor is fitted with glazed windows, allowing the rolling dunes of an idyllic stretch of the Suffolk Coast to act as paintings for the viewer inside. Sleeps 9 people.
Big Bay Beach House, Bloubergstrand, South Africa. Just 25 minutes from Cape Town, this beachfront holiday home perfectly encapsulates comfortable living with a relaxed beach lifestyle. If the beach isn’t your thing, enjoy the heated pool in the protected courtyard. Sleeps up to 10 people.
La Melangrana, Noto, Sicily. Nestled in the Sicilian countryside just minutes from Noto, this stunning 3 bedroom home is ideal for those longing to combine a vacation in nature, near the sea, and explore beautiful baroque sites in the area. Sleeps 6.
Dar Beida, Essaouira, Morocco. Located in the heart of the medina, Dar Beida is a 4-storey home built around a central courtyard. Touted as one of the funkiest spaces in Morocco, The New York Times cited this 4 bedroom villa as “A glowing Pop Art cavern, brimming with 60’s furniture, animal skins and artisan Moroccan fork pieces.” Sleeps 8.
Floating House, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Situated above the treetops of the jungle canopy, this stunning architectural home is comprised of 3 pods connected by bridges and walkways. With a gourmet kitchen, a private infinity pool and open verandahs with incredible views, you won’t want to leave this treetop sanctuary. Sleeps 7.photo : Melissa Gidney @ The Perfect Hideaway
436 Olancha, Palm Springs, California. Steeped in history and rich lore, this stunning mid-century compound has been renovated with all its systems upgraded to the modern era while paying tribute to its unique architectural origins and decorated with exquisite vintage pieces. The property consists of the main house and two separate two bedroom suites. Sleeps 10.Photo : Jesus Granada
Villa CP, Girona, Spain. Designed by a renowned Barcelona architect, this restored Catalan Farmhouse, harmoniously juxtaposing old and new styles in line with the surrounding nature and environment, is perched on a hill overlooking a National Park of cork and pine forest extending to the Balearic Sea. Sleeps 10.