‘Get out of your comfort zone’ – we’ve all heard this cliché at some point of our lives. But we’re here to challenge that. Why get out of your comfort zone? It’s named that for a reason. It is comfortable! While hotels with their fancy marketing phrases promise ‘unparalleled comfort’, we’re most comfortable only in our homes – and the next best option is a home-like surrounding; HomeAway always helps you find just that. But sometimes, you’d rather just experience something completely unique – while not compromising on the comfort factor. So here are 10 handpicked homestays worth exploring when you’re in that sort of mood.
1. Villa Tuscany, Melbourne:
If you’re a luxury lover, Villa Tuscany is where you should be staying when in Melbourne. Tastefully – or rather quite masterfully – designed, this holiday home boasts of all the amenities one could ask for – including a private pool, private garden, indoor hot tub, and even the complimentary use of 8-seater van! It is spread out over a staggering 4 acres, and can house 16 guests. Located just 15 minutes from Melbourne airport, you’ll get here in no time.
2. 150-year old, traditional Japanese home, Kyoto:
If you’ve ever been to Japan, you must be familiar with some of its capsule hotels that accommodate only one person. Well, the complete opposite of that – this large, well-spaced house located 1 hour north from Kyoto perfectly captures the essence of traditional Japanese living, with warm, friendly hosts who go out of their way to make you feel at home.
3. Hanso Presidential Suite, Seoul:
Here’s a house that’s a celebrity in its own right – being featured in various media outlets in South Korea. It is essentially a melange of traditional Korean architecture and modern-day Italian design. With an enviable location close to some of the best spots in the city, this home has hosted has several ministers and CEOs too – perfect places to have some high-level strategic meetings!
4. Champion Yacht, Panaji:
Located just 12 km from Goa Airport, this 5-bedroom yacht takes guests through the backwaters of Goa, where they can blissfully surrender themselves to the starry night sky enroute to Mandovi river. Fishing rods are available if you’re in the mood for that – along with a host of other activities.
5. Man of Steel, Hong Kong:
Why delve into the past when you can simply go back to the future? This futuristic home is designed by a cinephile, and this passion is highlighted in even the smallest details. If you simply need space, this gives you that – quite literally. The whole house mirrors a space capsule atmosphere. Coolness and comfort? The owner has blended both with great effort, even though the final look is beautifully effortless.
6. Meet the Great Wall Again, China:
This is a gorgeous old-school Chinese home that has been slightly tweaked for modern living while still amply retaining the essence of eras gone by. It is located in the nearest village to Jiankou, a section of the Great Wall of China that is around 73 km north of Beijing. Architecture lovers – and even nature lovers in general – will have a field day here. The pictures are enough to make you want to get here – and soon.
7. Exclusive signature villa, Dubai:
Beach front living doesn’t get better (or more luxurious) than this. A private 130 ft long beach, private driver, chef and housekeeper, snooker tables, and a steam room are just ‘some’ of the amenities on offer here. It is conveniently located at Palm Jumeirah, which boasts of the best tourist, leisure and retail facilities. The city and its many attractions are easily accessible as well. That is, if you’d ever want to step out at all from this self-sufficient cocoon!
8. The Manor, Israel:
What’s it like to live in a 12th century mansion? Find out at this exquisitely constructed home at Safed, North District – Israel. The stony walls that run throughout the house epitomizes its historical feel. Don’t worry though. Only the construction is 12th century – all the facilities available here very much belong to the 21st century!
9. Hibiscus Beach Retreat, Malaysia:
This is for all couples and small families who prioritize exclusivity over anything else. Located at Kudat, Sabah – Malaysia, this one-bedroom chalet situated on a small cliff top offers a breathtaking view of the South China Sea. Choose from jungle trekking, mountain biking, mangrove touring – or simply just lay back in your hammock.
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