With the summer season in full swing and the winter holidays just around the corner, Rental Escapes has released its pick of the top 10 luxury villas to rent this December from its 5,000-strong stable of full-service properties in 70 countries. 

“As the holidays are notably the busiest two weeks of the year, we recommend travelers book now for the December season,” said Willie Fernandez, chief marketing officer of Rental Escapes, in a press statement. “This year in particular we have seen a 30% increase in bookings for the holiday season in the first five months of the year when compared to 2019 and 2021. Some destinations have even been completely booked since the first 90 days of 2022.” 

Porters Villa, Porters, Barbados
Porters Villa, Porters, Barbados. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

1. Porters Villa: Porters, Barbados

This three-bedroom, three-bath former carriage house can accommodate up to six guests. It is located on the 23-acre Porters Great House estate in St. James on the west coast of Barbados. The property, which is a few minutes walk from the beach, features a master suite and two smaller bedrooms—all en-suite, plus a living room, dining room and modern kitchen. Guests are free to explore the estate’s grounds and have use of the estate pool and gym. Prices range from $750 to $1,500 per night. 

Chalet Royal, Megeve, France
Chalet Royal, Megeve, France. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

2. Chalet Royal: Megeve, France

Chalet Royal, which can house up to 18 guests, comes with its very own wellness center complete with an indoor pool and a hammam—a perfect tonic after a day exploring the French Alps. This eight-bedroom, eight bath party pad features a game room with foosball tables, dart boards and arcade-style games, a cinema, and private nightclub. Prices range from €20,089 to €28,929 per night. 

La Datcha, Pedregal, Los Cabos
La Datcha, Pedregal, Los Cabos. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

3. La Datcha: Pedregal, Los Cabos

This stylish beachfront Mexican villa formed from three interconnected buildings can accommodate 20 guests in its 10 en-suite bedrooms. The multi-story property has a gym, a sauna, Turkish bath, massage parlor and its very own snow room, yes snow room, that is kept at -10 degrees celsius. From November to April guests can watch blue humpback whales from the comfort of the infinity pool as they make their way from Alaska back home to Mexico’s warm waters. Prices range from $35,000 to $40,000 per night. 

Moon Rider Ski Chalet, Big Sky, Montana
Moon Rider Ski Chalet, Big Sky, Montana. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

4. Moon Rider Ski Chalet: Big Sky, Montana

If family ski holidays are your clients’ thing, this modern ski chalet might just be the ticket. It is set on a green Swift Bear ski run so kids and beginners can enjoy green and blue runs around the house while seasoned skiers can use the nearby Cascade chairlift to access more varied terrain. Or guests can opt to drive 5 minutes to après-ski at Big Sky Mountain Village. Up to 12 people can sleep at this five bedroom, five bathroom chalet that boasts two kitchens and living spaces and stunning views of Lone Peak. Prices range from $824 to $6,838 per night.

Promiseas, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Promiseas: Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

5. Promiseas: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

This contemporary property on Jamaica’s north coast comprises two, four-bedroom beachfront villas that can accommodate up to 16 people between them. They come with two chefs, three butlers, two housekeepers and an entertainment coordinator. Single and double kayaks, life vests and fishing gear are on hand and a boat is available to rent. Prices range from $3,639 to $6,757 per night.

The Treehouse, Telluride, Colorado
The Treehouse, Telluride, Colorado. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

6. The Treehouse: Telluride, Colorado

Location, location, location is the buzzword for this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath timber property situated just a few blocks from the center of Telluride. After a hard day spent hiking or skiing, guests can return to this property to relax before heading out to explore the town. Prices range from $1,111 to $3,686 per night.

Enchanted at Reunion Resort, Reunion Resort, Florida
Enchanted at Reunion Resort, Reunion Resort, Florida. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

7. Enchanted at Reunion Resort: Reunion Resort, Florida

If your clients are looking for a property just a stone’s throw from Disney World that can accommodate the whole family, look no further. This 10,000-square-foot family-friendly fairytale castle, complete with turrets and stained-glass windows, is ideal for multigenerational holidays. The eight bedroom, eight bathroom villa, which can sleep up to 30 people, caters to kids and adults with features such as soaking tubs, a sauna, wine cellar and fully-equipped gym for the grown ups and themed bedrooms, an indoor treehouse, a Galactic-themed games room, a pool with built-in water cannons and a home theater for the kids. Guests can also make use of the many amenities at Reunion Resort, which boasts three golf courses, ten pools, a water park, sports courts, six different restaurants and a shuttle service to Orlando’s theme parks. Prices range from $1,793 to $5,534 per night.

Chalet la Forja, Whistler, British Columbia
Chalet la Forja, Whistler, British Columbia. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

8. Chalet la Forja, Whistler, British Columbia

This 10,000-square-foot six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath chalet in swanky Kadenwood is considered one of the most prestigious short-term rentals in Whistler. A modern cement, steel and wood construction, it features a chef’s kitchen, hot tub, sauna, pool and stunning views of Whistler and beyond. The 12-person property also has its own private gondola and direct access to the slopes from the front door. Prices range from $7,500 to $16,300 per night.

Belharra Estate, Vitet, St. Barts
Belharra Estate, Vitet, St. Barts. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

9. Belharra Estate: Vitet, St. Barts

This two-villa estate with nine bedrooms between them is in Vitet on the eastern-central part of the island. Overlooking the bay of Grand-Cul-de-Sac, the estate can accommodate up to 18 guests. It has two pools, a jacuzzi and large terraces that are ideal for dining, soaking up the sun and taking in the beautiful view. Prices range from $3,807 to $15,000 per night.

Snowflake Villa, Park City, Utah
Snowflake Villa, Park City, Utah. (Photo: Rental Escapes)

10. Snowflake Villa: Park City, Utah

This newly-built three-bedroom, four bath property is located just a block from the shops and restaurants on Main Street and a short walk will take you to the Town Lift which takes you to Park City’s famous slopes. Capable of sleeping up to eight people, this mountain retreat features a hot tube and home theater. Prices range from $521 to $2,943 per night.

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