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Thursday, August 23, 2018

20 Hot Spots for Destination Weddings

Words by Emily Garcia
Photos courtesy of HomeAway

HomeAway has announced their 2018 wedding collection of rentable properties that are perfect for destination weddings. These homes are ideal for large parties and boast picture perfect sceneries. The collection features 20 estates from castles to townhomes and even beachside properties around the world.

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Europe:

London, UK

 A historic townhouse in Central London is available for large parties to rent with seven bedrooms to accommodate guests in a 4,600 square foot garden apartment. Located in the heart of London, guests have the pleasure of hearing Big Ben’s chime while in the garden.

The townhouse is at the center of many attractions. The house is roughly a 20-minute walk to Westminster Abby, National Galleries, Covent Garden, Theatreland and West End, where multiple cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants are located. The townhouse can be rented nightly starting at $1,333.

North Wales, UK

The Mostyn family’s 18th century Baroque castle has become available for large groups to rent.  The Westbury Castle can accommodate 24 guests. The castle of one of the great families in Whales history is located in Flintshire, North Whales.

The castle mansion starts at $1,888 a night. Wedding receptions start at £6,500 ($7,536) and include a two-night stay with accommodations for 38 guests.  

Ireland, UK

Bansha Castle is a luxury Irish castle in a country setting in Tipperary, Ireland. The country house was built in the 18th century established in private grounds with luscious gardens with the famous and gorgeous Glen of Aherlow and Galtee Mountains in the background.

The location provides guests with the chance to hike and cycle on mountain trails and fish in one of the best trout rivers in Europe, River Suir. Multiple golf courses are located near the property and horse riding, swimming and tennis can be arranged upon request. Reservations require a two-night stay starting at $827 a night.

Normandy, France 
Located in the small town of Tocqueville, France is the Pavilion du Chateau de Tocqueville, a very elegant and beautiful 17th century château with five bedrooms overlooking the property and the neighboring sea.

The proximity to the ocean offers the opportunity to visit the port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and the port of Barfleur and guests can visit the Normandy beaches and other historical sites. Guests can rent the 4,305 square-foot castle that sleeps 10 for $699 a night with a two-night stay minimum.

Provence, France

The St. Roch property is an updated farmhouse from the 18th century in the heart of Robion, Provence. Some of the world’s finest hilltop villages are located in Provence. Staying at St. Roch gives guests the chance to explore lavender fields, the French Riviera, explore of some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Europe, kayak in the calanque of Port-Pin near Cassis and go shopping at the Provencal markets.

 The house is 3,229 square-feet, five bedrooms and sleeps 11 people. Reservations require a minimum stay of a week. A night starts at $534.

Siena, Italy

 Santa Virginia is an authentic Tuscan farmhouse that has been renovated is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Val d'Orcia, Monte Amiata and Siena villages. It has a private swimming pool with a sunrise to sunset view.

The house also comes with private parking, table tennis, table football, a barbecue, and garden furniture, along with games for younger children. A night’s stay starts at $624 and a four-night minimum stay is required.

Caribbean:

Noord, Aruba 

This Spanish-style oceanfront villa is half a mile away from high-rise hotels, and provides gorgeous ocean views, five bedrooms, six-suite bathrooms, and a swim-up bar in our private pool set in a tropical garden paradise.

The island of Malmok offers restaurants and casinos less than two miles away. The island has multiple family-friendly activities such as windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, tennis, and swimming.  The oceanfront property can be rented from five to seven nights starting at $700 a night.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Villa Con Nico offers a kid-friendly luxury the entire family can appreciate.  The extravagant home five bedroom is only 300 yards from a private beach.

Besides private access to the pristine beaches, renting the house gives you access to an ecological park with naturally crystal clear freshwater lagoons, fitness center, tennis courts and golf courses. The 8,100 square-foot villa can be rented for three to seven nights averaging $814 a night.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

At Last Beachfront Villa in The Lagoons gated community in Montego Bay comes fully staffed along with a private pool and bar. The villa is 5,000 square-feet, has over 100 feet of private beach and is furnished with modern amenities, luxurious spa-style bathrooms and breathtaking views of the sea from its own private veranda.

Guests have a professionally trained chef, a butler/bartender, a house manager, and a gardener. The house staff will purchase and prepare meals that you have chosen for your stay. The At Last Villa costs $1,055 a night with a five to seven-night stay.

Central America:

Quepos, Costa Rica

Casa Playa Vista provides tremendous privacy, amazing views and a beach below the house that awaits you. This fantastic home has both Ocean and Mountain views with many types of wildlife including monkeys, exotic birds, sloths and domestic ox that roam around the property.

Renting this property comes with a personal concierge manager that will assist guest with planning an exciting vacation. Guests also have an option of a personal gourmet chef that can prepare two meals a day. This property is $500 a night with a three-night stay minimum.

Mexico:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The Fortress is a custom-built home located in a resort community adjacent to the village of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The Playacar development is 800 acres of elegant, all-inclusive hotels, condominiums, private residences, golf course, beaches and Mayan Ruins. The Fortress has five bedrooms, each with its own balcony, bath and powder room. The property is suitable for large family gatherings including small children. The Spanish themed villa is $414 a night with a four-night minimum stay.

United States:

Princeville, Hawaii
The family house located on the north shore of Kauai and just minutes away from some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, Mauna Pua offers the same quality of a five-star resort with the comforts and privacy of home.

This three-level home is designed to accommodate families or large groups with an option to rent four to seven bedrooms, all with panoramic views overlooking the lush green valley and azure blue Pacific. Beach lovers will enjoy visiting one of the many popular nearby beaches including, Hideaways Beach, Anini, Kalihiwai and Hanalei Bay. The family house can be rented for $950 a night.

Santa Rosa, California

A luxury estate in the heart of wine country offers a pool, a spa, amazing views, a pool table and five beds. The wine country escape is located on a breathtaking hilltop in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country. The Escape is in a gated courtyard home located in a private gated community. The Escape can be rented for three to five nights at $2,107 a night.

Sonoma, California

 A contemporary 4,000 square-foot home located in Sonoma. Just minutes away from the Sonoma Square, a short drive to Kenwood or a drive up Route 12 will take you to some of the best wineries on the West Coast.

Located on the west side of Sonoma, this house is tucked in a quiet neighborhood with mountains and natural beauty all around. You and your 11 guests may find yourself never wanting to leave the property. Renting starts at $995 a night with a three to six-night minimum stay.

Miami, Florida

Sextant’s Mango Villa has a modern yet classic Miami feel and is only 15 minutes from Miami Beach and has several bars and restaurants within a short drive. The home sleeps 12 guests in five beds and one air mattress. Sextant’s Mango Villa can be rented by the night, starting at $1,023.

Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport Estate offers guests privacy with an oceanfront property and a private beach. Guests can explore the natural wonders of the Maine coast and eat at some of the best Maine restaurants, from clam shacks and lobster houses to fine dining at places.

The well-landscaped grounds offer you complete privacy. You can relax and read a book or you can be adventurous and go for a swim right off your own sandy beach or in your private heated pool. The Kennebunkport Estate can be rented from two to seven nights for $1,054 a night.

Asia:

Phuket, Thailand

Villa Ideal located in Thailand offers six bedrooms near Surin Beach with panoramic ocean view, and ininity pool and a perosnal chef. 

The property also comes with a full-time resident villa manager and two housekeeping staff, in-house catering by a Thai chef and airport transfers can be arranged. Villa Ideal can be rented from three to 10 nights for $768 a night.

Bali, Indonesia

The Cove is a luxury villa with direct beach access and a private chef. Located in West Selemadeg, The Cove offers a peaceful beach vacation with fine dining, a tennis court on-site, world-class surfing and memorable excursions off Bali's beaten tourist path.

The stunning sunsets and beachfront deck, plus the unique natural grotto on the beach provide a beautiful setting for weddings and special events. Catering for such events can be arranged in conjunction with a local hotel and the head chef. The Cove costs $590 a night with a minimum stay of two nights.

Surat Thani, Thailand

Villa Maphraaw is a five-bedroom hillside villa with spectacular ocean views. The spacious layout of the villa makes it the ultimate tropical retreat for large families and couples sharing who appreciate privacy. The wooded hillside location of the villa provides privacy and seclusion.

Villa Maphráaw has recently been awarded for its excellent service and customer reviews by HomeAway. Villa Maphraaw sleeps 12 in a 6,942 square-foot house. The villa can be rented for $358 with a minimum stay of two to seven nights.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali Beach Villa Asmara is a five-bedroom beachfront villa with a large swimming pool and staff located on Lovina Beach, Indonesia. The villa is located between the beautiful green rice paddies and the vast sandy beaches of the Bali Sea.

The beach, the stunning tropical garden, and the infinity pool with never-ending views overlooking the sea will immediately make you feel like staying in this beautiful place forever.

The staff is professionally trained to fulfill all the guests’ needs, so that you can fully enjoy a carefree and memorable holiday. The villa can accommodate up to 10 guests with five spacious bedrooms. Villa Asmara can be rented out for three to seven nights for $322 a night.

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