TOP HOL­I­DAY RENTAL COM­PA­NIES

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Home­Away

A quick ran­dom search for ac­com­mo­da­tion in Langkawi for a fam­ily of four turned up an eclec­tic se­lec­tion of rentals, from rus­tic home­s­tays to sim­ple con­tem­po­rary houses near paddy fields. Home­Away of­fers hol­i­day homes to suit ev­ery price range and of­fers users the choice of two mil­lion prop­er­ties in 190 coun­tries. It’s part of the Ex­pe­dia group and there­fore has ac­cess to a phe­nom­e­nal amount of travel in­for­ma­tion. If you’re trav­el­ling to France or Spain, the com­pany also owns Abri­tel (abri­tel.fr) and trav­el­mob (es. trav­el­mob.com), spe­cial­is­ing in hol­i­day rentals in France and Spain re­spec­tively. One Fine Stay

Don’t get on this site if you’re plan­ning a bud­get hol­i­day be­cause the hol­i­day homes listed here are con­sid­ered the finest. They of­fer rentals in a few se­lect cities in­clud­ing London, Mi­ami, Mi­lan, Paris, Rome and New York, and they don’t come cheap. Ob­vi­ously, you get what you pay for and One Fine Day prides it­self on the fact that each prop­erty is vet­ted be­fore get­ting se­lected; this way, only the finest prop­er­ties are in­cluded. Book here if you’re plan­ning a on­cein-a-life­time trip and al­though it’s pricey, these are homes that wouldn’t look out of place in any glossy de­sign pub­li­ca­tion. The Luxe No­mad

Tout­ing it­self as Asia-Pa­cific’s lead­ing lux­ury villa book­ing por­tal, it also aims to give guests the best on­line prices by work­ing di­rectly with own­ers. Be­sides the pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions like Bali and Phuket, the site also has prop­er­ties in more in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions like Bhutan, Laos and even ski chalets in Switzer­land and Ja­pan. Don’t let the word ‘luxe’ put you off re­gard­ing price; if you book well ahead, there are some great deals to be had for truly spec­tac­u­lar vil­las.

Flip­key

Part of the TripAd­v­sior media group, the site of­fers 300,000 rentals spread across 11,000 cities glob­ally. The ad­van­tage Flip­key has is that it lever­ages on TripAd­vi­sor in terms of re­views and the sheer num­ber of peo­ple that use it to get in­for­ma­tion on where to go and what to do. A search on prop­er­ties in Bali (eas­ily the most pop­u­lar villa des­ti­na­tion in Asia) turned up over 4,000 prop­er­ties on the spec­i­fied dates cov­er­ing ev­ery bud­get, lo­ca­tion and fam­i­lyfriendly fa­cil­i­ties. And, as users can see the TripAd­vi­sor rat­ings on the list­ing straight off, you al­ready know what you see and read is what you get. Don’t for­get to tick the ‘Child Friendly’ box when search­ing.

Airbnb and Lux­ury Re­treats

The go-to source for apart­ments and houses all over the world, Airbnb has re­cently ac­quired Lux­ury Re­treats, which spe­cialise in lux­ury hol­i­day rentals around the world. This means that you can book any­thing from a trendy loft in New York, and a house made en­tirely of bam­boo in Bali, to a luxe beach­front villa in Koh Sa­mui with ease. Fam­ily-friendly op­tions abound, and with many of the prop­er­ties ac­tu­ally owned by fam­i­lies, you can be sure that the ameni­ties will ful­fil all your kids’ needs.

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