HOW THE OTHER HALF TRAVELS
Price per night: $999
Sumptuous decor and traditional details infuse this modern seven-bedroom riad outside Marrakech. After sipping traditional mint tea upon arrival, climb up to the rooftop terrace for panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. Housekeeping service means you'll never be left wanting for clean sheets or towels, and optional chef service will keep you well-fed with traditional Moroccan dishes.
CONTEMPORARY RIAD: GUIDED EXCURSIONS AND SPA SERVICES
LUXE FAMILY-FRIENDLY LODGE
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Price per night: $1,159
This warm and whimsical six-bedroom property near ski resorts proves luxury is for families, too. Your whole crew can warm up in front of the massive stone fireplace while you whip up dinner in a kitchen with double islands, copper farm sinks, professional appliances, and its own flat-screen TV. Then everyone can retire to six decked-out bedrooms, including a bunk room with tons of kid appeal; there's also a master with its own fireplace, a steam shower, and a jetted tub.
LUXE FAMILY-FRIENDLY LODGE: HOME THEATER AND HOT TUB
PRIVATE CARIBBEAN ISLAND
Price per night: $2,000
If you really want to get away from it all, a private island awaits off the coast of southern Belize. The five-bedroom compound on Little Harvest Caye is a five-minute boat ride from the mainland, but no worries — you'll have your own boat and driver any time you want a taste of civilization. On-island amenities include ensuite bathrooms, a private study, a chef, maid service, kayaks, paddleboards, and more.
PRIVATE CARIBBEAN ISLAND: FRESHWATER POOL AND FULL BAR
MODERN HAMPTONS HIDEAWAY
East Hampton, New York
Price per night: $2,400
Far from your typical weathered beach house, this contemporary compound on 3 acres in the Hamptons is a fusion of glass, wood, and dramatic angles. Up to 12 guests can enjoy six bedrooms, an ultra-modern kitchen, expansive deck, media room, gym, wine cellar, and unspoiled views of the lush surroundings.
MODERN HAMPTONS HIDEAWAY: TENNIS COURT AND JACUZZI
OCEANFRONT OREGON ESTATE
Gold Beach, Oregon
Price per night: $2,500
Crafted from stone and old-growth logs, this impressive four-bedroom estate is a luxe perch that offers panoramic views of the rugged southern Oregon coast. Rustic luxury abounds in the cavernous living room, filled with leather furniture and cozy rugs. The master suite has its own imposing fireplace, a freestanding tub with ocean views, and a stone shower unlike any other.
OCEANFRONT OREGON ESTATE: HELICOPTER PAD AND THEATER
HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE TOWNHOME
New York City
Price per night: $2,500
This four-bedroom East Village townhome is more than luxurious — as a former synagogue, it's historic and dazzlingly unique at every turn. The living room has 22-foot ceilings and exposed brick, and the master bathroom features a steam shower and freestanding whirlpool tub surrounded by hand-poured glass tiles. Don't worry, foodies: There's a gourmet kitchen and a wine room, too.
HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE TOWNHOME: ROOF DECK AND HOT TUB
POSH RIO RETREAT
Angra dos Reis, Brazil
Price per night: $2,850
Swanky and modern, this newly built beach home just east of Rio de Janeiro boasts five bedrooms, all with views of the Atlantic. Aside from the eye-popping indoor and outdoor living spaces, there's a game room, fitness room, and wine cellar. A cook is also on hand to make paella for you and up to nine of your friends. If you really want to splash out, arrive in style on a helicopter — this place even has its own helipad.
POSH RIO RETREAT: PRIVATE BEACH AND HEATED INFINITY POOL
TRANQUIL THAI ESTATE
Price per night: $2,946
After one look at the infinity pool and Jacuzzi at this nine-bedroom villa near Phuket, you may never want to set foot on the beach. The modern indoor living spaces open seamlessly onto terraces overlooking the Andaman Sea, and all beds have mosquito nets that let you enjoy the ocean breeze, bug-free, all night. If you actually want to spend any time indoors, a game room, media room, and more await.
TRANQUIL THAI ESTATE: MASSAGES AND FITNESS ROOM
CHARMING VICTORIAN MANOR
Price per night: $3,130
This 21-room Victorian estate in the Somerset countryside is popular wedding venue because of its bucolic setting. You'll have your run of eight adjoining properties, including the main manor house, three cottages, and tower apartments. The formal gardens include a stocked fishing lake and a tennis court. And what country estate would be complete without an elegant pool in a glass house?
CHARMING VICTORIAN MANOR: OUTDOOR GAMES AND SAUNA
Price per night: $3,242
This gleaming Orlando villa has 14 bedrooms that can accommodate up to 34 guests, two gourmet kitchens, and includes a never-ending list of amenities. Of course, to use them, you'll have to get out of the custom swimming pool with a lazy river, bridge, and sunken bar.
FLORIDA BOREDOM-BUSTER: BOWLING ALLEY AND HOME CINEMA
MODERN SWISS CHALET
Price per night: $4,059
The Alpine views just out your door at this sleek seven-bedroom chalet are breathtaking, but going inside won't disappoint, either. You'll be surrounded by oodles of warm wood and luxurious fur blankets, and a ski room with its own heated boot warmers awaits when you're done on the slopes. There's also a gourmet kitchen, contemporary fireplace, and magazine-worthy bathrooms.
MODERN SWISS CHALET: INDOOR POOL AND STEAM BATH
Cape Town, South Africa
Price per night: $4,236
Who says luxury can't be quirky? Both eclectic and over the top, five-bedroom Blackwood Manor is minutes from Cape Town. Surrounded by koi ponds, it has a treehouse feel and plentiful views of a nearby nature reserve. Inside, rooms range from rustic to modern, and amenities include a gym with an industrial feel, a game room, and a huge bathroom with tilework so elaborate that it has to be seen to be believed.
OFF-BEAT OPULENCE: FISH TANK AND WATER SLIDE
VILLA WITH A VIEW
Price per night: $4,404
Formerly owned by the Medici family, this seven-bedroom villa hosts up to 14 people and boasts a postcard-perfect view of Florence. Stare slack-jawed at the manicured gardens, dripping flowers, statues, gazebos, solarium, and elegant furnishings. Or just stuff your face — a cook will be at your disposal.
VILLA WITH A VIEW: PRIVATE CHAPEL AND TERRACED GARDENS
AVANT-GARDE SPANISH MANOR
Price per night: $4,878
Where to start? This eight-bedroom villa with Mediterranean views features cutting-edge Italian design at every turn. Arrive in style using the private helipad, and explore amenities that include a wine cellar, home cinema, library, gardens, tennis court, and what might be the world's most gorgeous master bathroom.
AVANT-GARDE SPANISH MANOR: 'WELLNESS OASIS'
Price per night: $4,900
Receding walls and windows in nearly every room of this five-bedroom golf-course villa allow for eye-popping views of lush resort grounds and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The luxurious master suite includes direct access to the lanai and magnificent infinity pool, plus a bathroom with a stone bathtub and TV, a triple-headed indoor shower, and a private rainforest outdoor shower.
FAIRWAY FANTASY: WORLD-CLASS GOLFING AND BEACH MASSAGES
MANSION IN THE MOUNTAINS
Price per night: $7,000
Enjoy sweeping mountain views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this seven-bedroom mansion, just a quick drive to downtown Aspen and all the skiing you can handle. It sleeps 16 guests, with amenities including a private tennis court, gym, wine cellar, movie room, and gourmet kitchen.
MANSION IN THE MOUNTAINS: INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
BEACHFRONT REFUGE IN BALI
Price per night: $7,824
Bring a friend — or 19 friends — to enjoy the best of Bali at this 10-bedroom complex, set amid lush landscaped gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean. Dark wood, minimalist decor, and spa-like bathrooms with outdoor showers make for a serene feel, and there are not one but four — yes, four — infinity pools all over the complex.
BEACHFRONT REFUGE IN BALI: PRIVATE SPA AND HELICOPTER
CELEB-WORTHY MALIBU MANSION
Price per night: $8,000
Live like a star at this six-bedroom gated Malibu estate, offering near-panoramic Pacific views and just about every conceivable luxury. Inside, you'll find high-end furnishings, sparkling chandeliers, a gleaming chef's kitchen, and a master bath that's bigger than most bedrooms. Outside, the infinity pool, fire pits, palms, and immaculate loungers beckon for plenty of Instagram-worthy relaxation. You'll also have access to a private beach club.
CELEB-WORTHY MALIBU MANSION: WINE CAVE AND THEATER
SWANK MIAMI VILLA
Price per night: $8,542
Splash out on this swank, balcony-bedecked eight-bedroom Miami home and you'll have all the privacy you need, just minutes from South Beach, downtown, and other hot spots. Inside, you'll find plenty of cool stone floors, white leather furniture, and a kitchen sleek enough for any gourmet chef. There's also a game room with a massive flat-screen TV.
SWANK MIAMI VILLA: POOL WITH A VIEW
CHATEAU DE FARCHEVILLE
Price per night: $22,022
Straight out of a fairy tale, this French castle has 22 opulent bedrooms with plenty of period decor, a staggering 34 bathrooms, and plenty of "concealed doorways, hidden passages and secret rooms." Adding to the intrigue: There are even medieval prison cells near the underground wine cellar.