Beach Vacation Rental Picks

5/25/2016 Whitney Watt 10 Comments

If you love traveling as much as I do, then you know that one of the main things to determine where you go or how much you will enjoy the overall experience is the accommodations. Growing up, I mainly stayed in hotels and resorts while traveling with my family. My favorite hotel brand is Hilton - they have amazing locations all over the world and their service is top notch. Some of my favorites have been the Ho'olei in Maui, Hilton Los Cabos, Hilton Barbados Resort and Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa in Tahiti.

In the past few years, I have opened up to staying outside of the typical hotel and resorts and looking into vacation rentals found through places like Airbnb, HomeAway and other vacation companies (booked a recent stay with Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals for my birthday that I loved). What I love about vacation rentals is that you can get everything you get from a hotel/resort plus more with the option to have more space and privacy. I love being able to find affordable places for groups and live in luxurious houses and villas for the duration of the trip. Also, when traveling to the islands, having your own private pool is EVERYTHING! I stayed with family in a Jamaican villa a few years ago and having a private pool, personal chef, butler and daily housekeeping service made the experience unforgettable.

I will be turning the big 3-0 next year, so I have already begun exploring places to go. There is so much of the world I want to see (and will see), but since my birthday is in the cold winter month of March, I am trying to plan an island getaway to somewhere where the weather is warm and the water is crystal clear. My top pick is Aruba right now, since it is one of the few Caribbean islands I haven't been to yet. I am also still looking into other places like Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands, Mexico and more exotic far away places like Thailand and Greece. Here are a few of my current picks that I fell in love with!

Bali Style House, 2 Pools & Cinema


Starting at $369 per night / $37 per person a night
Sleeps 10 / Bedrooms 4

Villa Corazon de Fatima

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Starting at $700 per night / $70 per person a night
Sleeps 10 / Bedrooms 4

New Condo in Romantic Zone

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Starting at $150 per night / $75 per person a night
Sleeps 2 / Bedrooms 1

Villa On The Beach Barbados


Starting at $510 per night / $85 per person a night
Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 3

Sun Cloud Oceanfront Luxury Villa

Cayman Islands

Starting at $987 per night / $99 per person a night
Sleeps 10 / Bedrooms 5

3 Bed Pool Villa

Phucket, Thailand:

Starting at $330 per night / $55 per person a night
Sleeps 6 / Bedrooms 3

If you know me, you know that Phi Phi Island (off the coast of Phuket, Thailand) has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I will get there one day and I plan on visiting Phuket for it's beautiful beaches and scenery. If you watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians, you may remember a 3 part episode they did a few years ago on their family trip to Phuket, Thailand. I have been wanting to go there long before they visited, but those episodes showed the beauty in the country.

These are all just a few of the places I love. Looking forward to future trips!

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