10 places where you must stay in a holiday home and not a hotel


We’ll be honest with you. There’s really no place in the world for which we consider a hotel to be the better option when compared to a holiday home. But we understand that there are times you do make that choice, and that’s forgivable – except in these places. Here’s HomeAway’s list of 10 places where you must definitely opt for a holiday home over a hotel. No excuses.

1. Bali:

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Stunning beachfront villa in Bali

The Indonesian destination that figures in every beach lover’s travel bucketlist also is the ideal place for vacation rentals, and can be rather easy on your pocket too, especially when travelling in a group. Bali is home to some of the best beaches in all of Asia and not staying in your own private holiday home would just be unfair to you and your family.

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2. Phuket:

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Private infinity pool villa in Phuket

Phuket is certainly home to some of the most beautiful hotels and resorts in Thailand. However, if you yearn for some quality time by the sea with your family and close bunch of friends, the crowded resorts are sure to ruin some of the fun. We’d suggest you settle for nothing less than a villa or a whole holiday home by the beach or overlooking the sea when visiting Phuket. Leave staying at the hotel to those who prefer the crowds and shared pools.

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3. Tokyo:

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Traditional Japanese home in Tokyo

Space comes at an absolute premium in Tokyo. Recall the tiny, capsule hotels you see on those travel shows that feature Japan? As much fun that they might sound, be aware that they’re not ideal for someone who likes some space to unwind after a busy day absorbing the sights, sounds and smells of Tokyo. If there ever was a city where getting a whole apartment for your holiday made a lot of sense, Tokyo has to be it.

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4. Seoul:

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Designer Seoul apartment

Anyone who has ever visited South Korea always comes back with a promise to return again, and again. Be it the Korean food, shopping for Korean fashion or just experiencing the K-pop culture in person, Seoul has a mesmerizing impact on all tourists. When visiting a city that has so much to offer, take our advise and stay at a traditional Korean home to experience the s(e)oul of Korea (pardon the pun).

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5. Bangkok:

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Fabulous Bangkok city view from this colorful apartment

This Thai destination is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia and has hidden gems all over the city – from bars, restaurants and shops – to cultural monuments. Most popular hotels however, tend to be clustered in the center of the city. If you’re a regular visitor to Bangkok like most die-hard Asian travelers are, staying in a different part of the town each time you visit could be the best way to experience Bangkok. Just search for Bangkok on HomeAway, explore the properties on the map and choose an apartment in just the neighborhood you’d like to explore. Easy!

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6. Singapore:

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Warm homely touch at a Singapore apartment

One of the world’s finest cities is also among the most expensive when it comes to real estate and surprisingly, owning cars. Singapore is best experienced by staying close to downtown or the Central Business District. However, you are likely to spend most of your budget if you pick a pricey hotel in this part of the town. Staying at a HomeAway apartment instead, could be one of the smartest calls you’d make about your Singapore trip.

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7. Chiang Mai:

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Luxury amid nature at this Chiang Mai villa

Chiang Mai is a city in the north of Thailand that is renowned for the several hundred Buddhist temples that dot its small area. Not as commercial as the other touristy cities in Thailand – Bangkok, Phuket or Krabi – Chiang Mai provides you the ideal opportunity to experience affordable luxury during your next family holiday with a range of swanky yet affordably villas and homes to choose from. Stay at an apartment or a villa close to Doi Suthep Pui National Park to make the most of your experience.

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8. Halong Bay:

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Aboard a cruise – best way to experience Halong Bay

This Vietnamese, UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts tourists from around the world to witness its stunning landscape. The best way to experience Halong Bay is by hopping aboard one of the cruises on the bay. Packages are available across price ranges to suit every budget.

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9. Penang:

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Welcoming apartment in Georgetown Penang

This Malaysian state is essentially famous for two things: the sheer delectability of its food and the beauty of its wall murals. Apartments, holiday homes or homestays in Penang are usually great value for money, so don’t even look in the direction of a hotel when picking a place to stay near your favorite ‘makaan’ place or mural.

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10. Goa:

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Iconic Portuguese style villa in Goa

One the most popular tourist destinations in the world, you haven’t really stayed in Goa if you haven’t experienced Goan culture. The Portuguese influence on this state on the west coast of India is evinced in its food, the local people’s lifestyle and most significantly in the architecture. While hotels are aplenty in Goa, staying in a one of them simply doesn’t do justice to experiencing the rich Portuguese heritage of Goa. So honestly, make the sensible choice already and pick a beautiful local Goan home on your next holiday here.

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