Plum Guide curates the most extravagant vacation rentals — Here are 11 of its coolest homes

Choosing the perfect accommodation has always been an important part of travel, so much so that a single luxury rental listing may be the only reason for a spontaneous getaway. For some, that might be an off-the-grid house in the middle of the desert or a fully-equipped Airstream with a great view of the stars. But for those looking to live in luxury, Plum Guide brings together the best vacation rentals around the world. Pulling from 25 different rental sites, the service prioritizes luxuries and amenities not often offered with typical rentals (like access to a private chef, cleaning staff, and more). And it’s not just about amenities: architecture and design must also be on point to make a difference.

Getting a property approved is not an easy process: according to the website, only 3% of homes that apply for listing in each destination featured on the site get the Plum award. The London-based company uses a mix of algorithm and human curation to determine its offerings, starting first by scouring rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO for top-rated homes. From there, a member of the curation team selects the best rentals, considering every detail, from quality linens and location to luxurious furnishings and eye-catching design. From there, selected owners will receive a call from a Plum Guide employee to discuss visitor service. If this interview goes well, there is a site visit before the home is approved for listing. The visit is far from being a quick check-in; Plum Guide has employed a team of Home Critics who personally inspect the home, beginning with a mock check-in process, and consider the more psychological aspects of staying at home, such as whether or not a family would have enough space for simultaneous fun and their own privacy. Phew. The result is a website that’s more than easy to waste a few hours on, because every ad deserves a spot on someone’s bucket list. Although the prices reflect this level of care, you know you are booking a special home every time.

One of the nicest things about the rental site is the huge range of home styles on offer. If you want to live like a TV star in a low-key, gender-neutral mansion with an 80-foot pool, you can. Want to spend your days in the dungeon of a medieval castle with room for you and 39 of your closest friends? Fact. From small, sustainable, off-the-grid homes with open-air bedrooms to sprawling villas in the French countryside, we fully condone vacation planning around any of these meticulously designed spaces. To help fire up your imagination, we’ve rounded up 11 of the Plum Guide’s most over-the-top lists, from Joshua Tree to Ibiza.

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