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20 of the World's Most Amazing Vacation Rentals in 2022

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Everybody needs time to get away from everything once in a while. Years ago, going on vacation used to involve booking a room at a hotel that was close to the attractions you were interested in visiting. These days, the whole idea of vacationing has taken on an entirely new meaning. Very often, the place where you stay is just as important as what you plan to do while you're actually on vacation. It's all the result of various vacation rentals that you can book a stay at all over the world.

These places can give you a new perspective on things, whether you want to visit tons of attractions or spend the overwhelming majority of your time relaxing at the place you'll undoubtedly begin to consider home, at least for the duration of time you're there. Below are 20 of the best vacation rentals in the world, ranked from number 20, to the very best that sits at number one. By the time you're finished reading, you'll probably be inspired to go out and see what at least a few of these places are like for yourself.

Kailuana Estate, Puako, Hawaii

20. Kailuana Estate, Puako, Hawaii ($6,079 Airbnb)

Located right on the ocean, this is one of the most remarkable vacation rentals you'll likely ever run across. In addition to a spacious living room which comes with its own wall made entirely of actual living plants, the property boasts five bedrooms, all of them unique. In addition, there are more than enough bathrooms to support even a large family, not to mention a swimming pool, game room and a dining room capable of seating more than 10 people. The kitchen is big enough that you can prepare virtually any meal without feeling like you're running out of space and the property even comes with its own volleyball and tennis courts. If that's not enough to pique your interest, the rental also comes with kayaks and paddleboards so you can enjoy water sports to your heart's content.

House on the Beach, Mokuleia, Hawaii

19. House on the Beach, Mokuleia, Hawaii ($2,100 VRBO)

There is lots to love about this spacious house that sits on 1.25 acres, located on the North Shore of Oahu. For starters, it has five bedrooms as well as five bathrooms. The house is designed in the traditional Hawaiian style and there is plenty of space to spread out, no matter which one you consider your favorite. Outside, enjoy your meals on a picnic table, let the kids play on the swings or relax and read a good book while taking in the scenery at your own oceanfront gazebo.

Cabin by the River, Gold Bar, Washington

18. Cabin by the River, Gold Bar, Washington ($310 Expedia)

Just an hour away from Seattle, this gorgeous cabin sits on the banks of the Skykomish River. That makes it a great place to enjoy fishing, hiking or swimming. On the other hand, you'd likely be just as at home enjoying the three-bedroom, two-bath cabin that comes complete with a spacious deck that's perfect for sitting back and enjoying all that nature has to offer. This is an affordable cabin that's perfect for a long weekend or even a stay that lasts for a couple of weeks.

Dee Dow Ranch, Ojai, California

17. Dee Dow Ranch, Ojai, California ($3,500 Airbnb)

With a perfect view of the Topatopa Mountains, this gorgeous house has an enormous kitchen and five full bedrooms. It also has additional space to comfortably sleep more guests, so in reality you can put up to 12 people in the house without feeling like you're stumbling over one another. Just in case you're curious, the house also features a full-size heated swimming pool and even its own studio that is detached from the house. That makes it the perfect place to go if you want to get away from it all and you have a creative side that needs some nurturing at the same time.

Villa in St. Helena, California

16. Villa in St. Helena, California ($958 Airbnb)

This house only has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, but don't let that stop you. It also has a full professional kitchen where you can prepare any gourmet meal that you’ve ever dreamed of making with relative ease. To make things even better, it's located on a private vineyard in the heart of California's Wine Country.

Cabin in Pray, Montana

15. Cabin in Pray, Montana ($148 Airbnb)

When you first look at this one bedroom cabin in Paradise Valley, just 65 miles away from Yellowstone National Park, you might not think that it's the perfect place to stay. However, there's something about this vacation rental that grows on you, not the least of which includes the fact that you can bring your pets with you. The house is designed to look rustic and is true to form both inside and out. That being said, it's also a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and simply reconnect with loved ones or even yourself.

Desert Space, Twentynine Palms, California

14. Desert Space, Twentynine Palms, California ($177 Airbnb)

This secluded house close to Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect place for people that love the desert and don't want to be disturbed. The house only has a single bedroom, but it also has a spacious living area and a decent kitchen. If you really want to reconnect with nature, all you have to do is go outside and enjoy the hot tub which just happens to be located right next to a fire pit. It truly is a great place for enjoying nature and allowing yourself to take a break from the unending stimuli that seem to be abundant in almost every location these days.

Kempa Villa in Palm Desert, California

13. Kempa Villa in Palm Desert, California ($3,571 Airbnb)

This location is often compared to some of the best five-star hotels in the world, with one major exception. You don't have to share it with anyone else. It's not just a house, but more like an entire estate that can be enjoyed just by you and yours. It's on five acres and it's fully staffed. Believe it or not, people that work there wait for you at the gate and then escort you into the house, where fresh scented towels and every other luxury amenity you could ever imagine are waiting for you.

The house boasts a saltwater infinity pool and a marble staircase. Just to make things more interesting, it's also the official home to the largest daybed located anywhere in the world. If you want to enjoy spacious luxury at its best and be pampered by paid staff in the process without dealing with other guests, this one is hard to beat.

Mesa Studio Earthship, El prado, New Mexico

12. Mesa Studio Earthship, El prado, New Mexico ($153 Airbnb)

This adobe home sits in an area that is purposefully designed to be an entire community that lives off the grid. As a matter of fact, it's the largest community of its type in the entire world. The community itself sits on 650 acres, but the house in question is basically like a large studio apartment. If that turns you off, consider this fact. It's affordable and it's entirely sustainable, having been constructed with traditional adobe architecture as well as old, discarded tires. Everything about it is environmentally friendly. The home runs on solar power and uses rain water without forcing you to give up anything. You get to enjoy Wi-Fi that's as fast as anything in the area, big-screen televisions and every other creature comfort you could ever want. Located just 10 minutes from Taos, it's a perfect place to stay that's also pet friendly.

The Granary, Northport, Michigan

11. The Granary, Northport, Michigan ($239 Airbnb)

This is a small two bedroom structure that's located in the uppermost northern corner of Michigan. It's definitely secluded and for many, that's a very appealing prospect. One thing that a lot of people who stay there love about the area is that it's a nice place to stay, but it's not so fancy that you feel like you're staying in a luxury suite. It gives you the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature and focus on the things that really matter. It's as functional as any place you might decide to stay, but there's not a lot of pomp and circumstance to concern yourself with here.

La Pavillon De Galon, Cocuron, France

10. La Pavillon De Galon, Cocuron, France ($344 Welcome Beyond)

This place has it all. Music, skiing, a private beach. Originally built as a place to go hunting during the eughteenth century, the property has three suites, several natural pools and for those who prefer something man-made, a heated infinity pool. On the grounds, you can enjoy beautifully kept gardens along with orchards and vineyards. By the way, you can also take in the sights at nearby Luberon Mountain. The property sits just 2,000 feet from the mountain. If you visit during the right time of year, you can see all kinds of butterflies, as the mountain is home to roughly 60% of the region's butterfly population.

Red Hook, New York

9. Red Hook, New York ($354 Airbnb)

This two bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath vintage cabin that sits on six acres of land is truly spectacular, especially when you consider that it's more or less located right in the middle of bustling Red Hook, New York. For those of you in the know, the house is very close to all of the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, but it doesn't feel like it in any capacity. It also features windows that go from top to bottom and the whole thing is decorated in Danish decor that echoes the most popular types of items available during the 1960s. In short, it's a cozy, affordable place that you'll probably want to come back to again and again.

East Hampton

8. East Hampton, New York ($1,850 Airbnb)

This four bedroom, three bath ranch house is located just a hop, skip and a jump away from Sammy's Beach. It's not overly luxurious, but it definitely has more than its fair share of things to keep you interested. That includes a large kitchen, a fireplace that's capable of keeping the whole house nice and cozy and even its own sound room. If you're looking for a place that's just secluded enough without making you feel like you're in one of those movies where you go off the grid, never to be seen again, this is for you.

Village Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy

7. Village Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy ($930 Welcome Beyond)

This one seems to have it all. Six bedrooms, an infinity pool, close-up views of the lake and even an on-site garden wellness center that comes complete with its own sauna. Oh, by the way, there's also a spa. If you want, you can also request your own in-house chef and even a driver that will take you all over the area and tend to your every need.

Owl Nest, Bovina, New York

6. Owl Nest, Bovina, New York ($214 Airbnb)

This is an extremely rustic two bedroom cabin located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. There's not a lot in the way of traditional luxury or even social activities to do here, but it is a great place to simply get away from everything and refocus if that's what you're interested in doing. The property sits on 15 acres and is located on private land so you don't have to worry about being bothered. It features a rustic design inside and out, including a traditional clawfoot bathtub.

Lokal Hotel, Maurice River, New Jersey

5. Lokal Hotel, Maurice River, New Jersey ($464 Airbnb)

This unique A-Frame house features three bedrooms that can comfortably sleep six individuals. The house has a gourmet kitchen and is outfitted with a Sonos sound system that runs completely throughout the house. It also sits on a secluded property and gives you plenty of time to enjoy whatever you need to do to feel recharged. If that's not quite enough to make you interested about staying here, the house also features a hot tub.

Rock Hall Maryland

4. Rock Hall, Maryland ($1,000 VRBO)

This is a gorgeous five bedroom house that sits directly on the water off of Chesapeake Bay. The home features a professional-grade kitchen and a dining room that also doubles as a living room complete with floor to ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, this is definitely the place for you. It features a large deck, an outdoor grill, its own outdoor dining area and even an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Botelet Cottages, Cornwall, United Kingdom

3. Botelet Cottages, Cornwall, United Kingdom ($109 Welcome Beyond)

This is arguably one of the best places you could ever stay. Located in northern England, Cornwall itself is absolutely stunning. It's right by the sea and has stunning rolling hills and meadows full of wildflowers. Of course, the two cottages located on this 300 acre property are just what you'd expect. They incorporate stone walls and cozy fireplaces. These are items that make the small but stunningly beautiful cottages a great place to stay.

he Moorings Village, Islamorada, Florida

2. The Moorings Village, Islamorada, Florida (Reservations Made in Private)

This property involves an entire collection of cottages that are located in the Florida Keys. In most cases, the cottages have at least three bedrooms. They've been decorated by the owner and feature decorations from all over the world. In addition, the cottages sit directly on the water. It's a great place to stay if you want to take family or friends along with you. You still have your own private space.

Villa Zacil Na, Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo

1. Villa Zacil Na, Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo ($1,462 Airbnb)

This property in Playa del Carmen sits right on the water. It features not one, but two, villas side-by-side. The main one has five bedrooms and an extremely large living area. In addition, the property features a full staff. There's even an in-house chef that will make all of your meals for you, according to your instructions.

Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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