NEW YORK, May 4 — TripAdvisor has released a list of their best vacation homes from around the world, a list that includes a condo in Rome for a modest US$65 (RM255) a night as well as a luxury, full-service villa in Costa Rica that comes with access to a golf course, tennis courts, spas, gym, outdoor pools and beaches.
Created to promote their portfolio of vacation home rentals in line with competitors like Airbnb and HomeAway, the second annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Rentals recognise the best holiday homes they offer in three categories: luxury (US$300+ per night), mid-range (US$100 — 150 per night), and affordable (US$99 per night and under).
Awards are based on traveller ratings and reviews, and the response times and booking acceptance rates of hosts.
Taking the top spot in the luxury category is the Pura Vida House in Costa Rica, a full-service villa that offers its guests a free pass to the local beach club and its long list of amenities, including golf, tennis, biking trails, restaurants and beaches.
The villa itself features four bedrooms and sleeps 12, and comes with a tropical outdoor shower, kitchen, pool, living room, outdoor dining terrace, and 24/7 concierge services.
Rates start at US$310 a night.
At the other end, the five-out-of-five bubble rating for the Minerva Apartment in Rome helped it nab the top spot in the affordable category.
Located between the Colosseum and the Termini station, the Minerva is a fully-equipped condo that can sleep up to five guests in its two bedrooms.
And the Traveller’s Choice for best mid-range vacation rental is a condo in Hawaii perfect for couples, with a seaside view, balcony and outdoor pool shared by the complex, for US$145 a night.
This year’s winners are located in countries like Canada, Costa Rica, England, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Scotland, South Africa, the US and Wales.
For the full list visit this link. — AFP-Relaxnews