Luxury Homestays

Firefly, Alibaug, Maharashtra

Firefly, Alibaug, Maharashtra

We recently called Alibaug the Hamptons of Mumbai, and this holiday farmhouse more than supports that claim. A villa set on a 4-acre hill, Firefly’s pretty much got everything you need for a quiet weekend away from the bustle of any Indian city: barbecue, infinity pool, books, games, satellite TV, WiFi — and breathtaking views. Plus, it’s been featured in sister magazine Vogue, so you know this one’s Conde Nast-approved.  Property type: Villa Accommodates: Up to 10 people, across three cottages Best features: Live-in staff, infinity pool, a dog called Sniffer and its proximity to Mumbai Cost: Rs 32,000 per night, minimum 2 nights

Montmatre, Paris

Montmatre, Paris

Paris and Indian metros have in one thing in common: lack of space, meaning cramped apartments with ultra premium prices. So imagine our surprise when we discovered this house nestled in the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre (where you’ll find one cabaret joint after another) with an unobstructed view of the famous Sacré Coeur. The €4,000 refundable security deposit aside, we’ve just found the perfect spot for your bachelor party.  Property type: House Accommodates: Up to 10, up to 20 for weddings and parties Best features: Huge ground-floor garden, first-floor terrace, private access and a host who will accommodate most needs Cost: Approx Rs 78,000 per night, minimum 2 nights; Rs 4,53,000 per week; Rs 15,63,000 per month

itHouse in Pioneertown, California

itHouse in Pioneertown, California

Imagine a place where you’re living the green life, totally off the grid. Now imagine that in a luxury setting. Designed as part of an experiment, the Off-grid itHouse is located in the tiny unincorporated village of Pioneer town, near Palm Springs and Indio where Coachella takes place every spring. When you manage to find your way here – it’s out in the middle of the desert – you’ll find yourself in a modern, large, solar-powered glass box that uses renewable resources so as to not disturb the surrounding environment. (We’re thinking this is the best place to detox post that Coachella binge.) Property type: House Accommodates: 4 Best features: It’s completely green, without compromising on luxury. There’s also absolutely no WiFi, TV or any other way to connect to the outside world Cost: Approx Rs 21,900 per night, minimum 2 nights; Rs 1,28,000 per week; Rs 3,65,000 per month

Rockstar Suite at Palazzo Lavaco, Austin, Texas

Rockstar Suite at Palazzo Lavaco, Austin, Texas

It’s been featured on North American home improvement channel HGTV, and we can see why: the moment you step into the downstairs foyer of the “Rockstar Suite” at Palazzo Lavaco, you’re plunged into an Italian opulence that seems exactly like something the Rolling Stones would’ve stayed at. Before being turned into a living area, the building this is located in was first a fire station, then a leather factory, so there’s plenty of space, even if it’s cluttered with dark walls, overstuffed couches and grand chandeliers. Property type: House Accommodates: 6 Best features: Located in Downtown Austin; comes with a garden, which can host relatively large numbers of people; a concierge service to handle every need  Cost: Approx Rs 1,34,000 per night, minimum 2 nights; Rs 7,31,000 per week; Rs 27,41,700 per month

Stil Bend, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Schwartz House, Two Rivers, WI, United States

Stil Bend, Frank Lloyd Wright's Schwartz House, Two Rivers, WI, United States

Located on the banks of Lake Michigan’s East Twin River, this house was designed by famous American architect and interior designer, Frank Lloyd Wright for Life Magazine. Considered one of his masterworks, it also features on AirBnB’s Top 20 properties, Amazing Vacation Homes, The New York Times and is also one of the most wish listed properties on the site.  Property type: House  Accommodates: 6-8 Best features: Experience the brilliant architecture and soak in a history lesson on how Americans lived in 1939. A private dock to practice your fly-hook and reel in a salmon or two for dinner. Cost: Approx Rs 25,190 per night (2 nights minimum stay)

Originally Published on GQIndia

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