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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.

 

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Dispatches from around the world

4 Home Rentals for Hotel People

Henley Vazquez

Anyone who’s traveled with kids has probably lamented the lack of space in a hotel room. But if you’re like us, you’ll choose hotels over home rentals because it just ain’t vacation if you’re shopping for someone’s favorite cereal, making beds, and booking your own dinner reservations. So, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite houses that function like tiny hotels. These aren’t villas attached to resorts — there are plenty of those — but rather a hotel in a house, the kind of place that lets you spread out a bit without sacrificing the amenities of a resort. Read on for four of our favorites.


MUSTIQUE, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

  Villa Carissa via Mustique-Island.com

Villa Carissa via Mustique-Island.com

What: Fully-staffed houses on a pristine private island in the Grenadines, complete with great hiking, amazing beaches, access to resort services, including six tennis courts, a spa, gym, and even a riding stable.

Why: A private chef comes with every home, and you’ll spend less than you would on a couple of rooms at a fancy hotel. You’ll be surprised the kinds of deals you can get here.

Where: A 30-minute flight on a small plane from St. Lucia. If you can handle the St. Barth’s trip, you can do Mustique.

ÀNI VILLAS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

AniVillas_Dominican_MasterRooms.jpg

What: Sprawling design-savvy homes with a full staff, including housekeeping, concierge, and chef.

Why: Rates are all-inclusive, so this is an especially good option if you’re hosting an extended family or a group. Eat and drink up! Read our full review here.

Where: Two locations in Rio San Juan in the north of the Dominican Republic (near the new Amanera) and Anguilla.

SON BUNYOLA, MALLORCA

Sun Bunyola

What: Three homes tucked into the countryside of Mallorca, each with its own staff, as well as private pools, walking paths to the seaside, and a tennis court.

Why: Like Ani Villas, prices here include all the services, accommodations, and food and beverage, so you don’t need to worry about what you’re spending once you arrive. Oh yeah, and these are part of the Virgin Limited Edition Collection, so it’s got the Richard Branson stamp of approval.

Where: Mallorca, Spain.

BEACH ENCLAVE, TURKS & CAICOS

Beach Enclave

What: A collection of villas in Turks & Caicos.

Why: With so many quick, direct flights from multiple cities, Turks has become a year-round destination for meeting up with friends and family for some beach time.

Where: Long Bay and North Shore, Turks and Caicos Islands