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If you’re thinking of taking a vacation this summer, you may be looking exclusively for luxury private rental homes. In this weird coronavirus era, who could blame you for wanting to be in a more secluded (and socially distanced) location for your summer vacation this year? So, where should you go online to find websites with the best luxury vacation rentals available this summer? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy is sharing her picks of the 7 luxury vacation websites for the best summer rental home in 2022.

What are the best websites to find a summer vacation luxury rental home?

Knock on wood, but it seems like summer vacation is a go. Travel experts from Expedia to Condé Nast Traveller predict that people are not only willing to vacation again but they’re in the mood to “go big.”

These top vacation websites are where to go to search for and find the best luxury summer rental home anywhere in the world in 2022.

These top vacation websites are where to go to search for and find the best luxury summer rental home anywhere in the world in 2022.

That means spending more for immersive experiences and staying in one location longer. Luxury travel firm, Zicasso, also reports that multi-generational trips have increased 57% from 2019 to 2022 as families reunite to celebrate milestones and make up for lost time.


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We’d be remiss not to mention that with flexible remote work becoming the norm, longer escapes are also suddenly more practical. With summer a couple months away, we’re getting serious about making our bucket list travel dreams come true. Our first order of business is finding that perfect luxury vacation rental.

We’ve used Airbnb many times over the years but for this purpose, we’re looking for something between a home and a hotel to take the unpredictability out of the equation. It’s all about curated and vetted villas with professional services for the discerning traveler. We’ve scoured the marketplace and here are 7 of the top luxury vacation rental sites to book from in the world’s most desirable locations.

7 websites to find the best luxury vacation rental home this summer

1. onefinestay

While many platforms seem to come and go, London-based onefinestay has been around since 2009 – enough time to iron out all the kinks and become the standard for luxury vacation rentals. Each one of the 5,000 homes on One Fine Stay has been handpicked and put through a rigorous inspection.

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The entire booking experience is professionally managed with a team of advisors who help you find an elegant home suited to your needs. They’re essentially a concierge who can also help tailor your trip and they’re available 24/7 for support. Unlike some standard Airbnb rentals, you won’t be using the owner’s linens and towels. onefinestay decks out the homes with top-shelf linens, toiletries and local treats.


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2. Kid and Coe

For families, Kid and Coe is our top choice for their portfolio of homes that considers the needs of children. As a parent of three young kids, I know it’s hard to relax even in the most luxurious home when the toddler can run into the pool at any minute.


The Kid and Coe team personally curate each of the 1000+ homes on their site  — they visit and confirm suitability (or not) for family travelers. Every listing is truly comprehensive, covering topics like “Why Kids Love It,” “Perks for Parents,” and “Style Notes.”

3. Plum Guide

Plum Guide has been called the Airbnb for the 1%. We all know reviews can be confusing and sometimes, downright untrustworthy. As founder, Doron Meyassed said, “There is no equivalent in the rental world of MetaCritic, like in film, or Michelin Guide for restaurants, where a comprehensive selection process curates only the best homes from all the other platforms.”

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Plum Guide first uses an algorithm to select only the top reviewed rentals and then sends actual humans to inspect each property using a rigorous checklist to include details like shower pressure to the sociability of a space. Just 3% of homes in each destination win the Plum Award, the new global quality standard for vacation homes.


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4. Oliver’s Travels

In business for 15-years, Oliver’s Travels has designated insiders in each of their destinations always discovering new properties and checking-in on their existing ones. They strategically select villas with the most desirable locations but the company is most known for their penchant towards the “quirky and wonderful.”

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Think one-of-a-kind personal touches and unique qualities that make a vacation rental memorable and not cookie-cutter. Their free concierge service can also help shortlist the homes you might love if you get overwhelmed by browsing. It can also help to hire cars, catering and anything else you might need.

5. The Thinking Traveler

If you’re dreaming of a Mediterranean escape, The Thinking Traveler specializes in distinguished rental properties in Sicily, Puglia, Greece, Corsica, Mallorca, and minor Italian islands. The villas are offered exclusively through the company,  ensuring enduring partnerships and a personal touch.

A Villa Specialist first helps you identify the perfect destination and home for your group. From there, an Experience Specialist will assist with practical details, arranging stress-eliminating services and organizing any life-enhancing activities. During your trip, a Local Concierge (with a profound knowledge of the area you’re staying in) is at your disposal 24/7.


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6. Villas of Distinction

With more than 25 years in the industry, this award-winning company has a portfolio of over 2,500 properties in 50 destinations. From romantic escapes to family getaways their unmatched villa expertise and complimentary concierge services leave nothing to chance.

Unfortunately, you can not directly book a villa directly on their site. You must go through a specialist as they are a full service agency. Most recently, Villas of Distinction was recognized with Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Award in the Villas Category.

7. Villas and Apartments Abroad

Based out of New York City, Sylvia Delvaille Jones has amassed a collection of nearly 900 handpicked properties since 1976. Most residences are fully staffed, and local management companies service the homes in the portfolio, should anything go awry.

Luxury Summer rental sites for 2022. Courtesy Photo.

You’re getting a more personal touch here whether you’re looking for a beach-front villas in Thailand or a rambling castle in Scotland. Each property is known intimately: the property, its owners, and the special services, amenities, and attractions in the surrounding areas.

best websites to find the best luxury vacation summer rental home in 2022

Those are the top vacation websites that we’d say are where to go to search for and find the best luxury summer rental home anywhere in the world in 2022.

We hope this list helps the next time you go on Airbnb and see that everything is booked up. Luxurious accommodations, amenities, and services await if you know where to look.

What do you think, dear reader? Which one’s your favorite? And where are you headed this summer?

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

Julie Murphy

Julie began her career in fashion as a design intern at 3.1 Phillip Lim after graduating from Parsons School of Design. As the fashion editor at Dandelion Chandelier, she brings over a decade of experience as a designer and marketing creative to cover trends and styling.