Temperatures seem to be dropping rather rapidly at the moment with last night bringing a flurry of snow to Hampshire, thick socks and woolly jumpers were definitely the order of the day in my household!
I have been looking at HomeAways’ special offers, on the world rentals pages there are some stunning properties in gorgeous locations! I have chosen three that are located in warmer climates. Perhaps an early Christmas surprise or a post-Christmas treat, jumpers and woolly socks not required!
Prestigious modern villa – Florida
Spacious and welcoming with lake views and many extra benefits such as use of tennis courts and a club house with a gym this property is ideal for relaxation whilst being ideally located to Kissimmee. Boasting a large heated swimming pool (swim towels are provided), great living areas for family dining or escaping and chilling out this tastefully furnished villa offers tranquillity for all of the family. There is a great river walk/bike trail and nearby barbeque areas.
Kissimmee is perfectly placed for many of the theme park destinations in the Orlando area: Walt Disney World, Harry Potter World (located in Universal Studios) and Sea World. Sports fans will not miss out, Kissimmee is a golfers dream and offers a wide variety of courses, with the Orlando Magic basketball team hosting home games and the new soccer team Orlando City. Daytona International Speedway is holding race meets on 26th and 27th January – watch international stars of Daytona and GT class racing.
Weather wise January and February are less humid but still have good daytime temperatures with the parks and attractions being much less crowded allowing you to enjoy the attractions without the long queues.
Availability: 1st January – 18th February.
Capacity: 4 bedrooms – sleeps 8.
Price: £465 per week.
The Cliff House – Peter Bay
Breath-taking, stunning, beautiful and divinely luxurious are just a few of the words that describe this location and property. Located in the uniquely spectacular area of the exclusive Peter Bay gated community with Ocean, Mountain and Beach views this four bedroom four bathroom house offers complete relaxation in the most luxurious surroundings. Decorated in a relaxed island chic style with Indonesian antiques fine linens and relaxed furnishings you really can’t help but melt into the surroundings. Cliff House has a fitness room and heated swimming pool.
There is private beach access to Peter Bay beach with the Peter Bay reef a short swim away perfect for snorkelling and known for its wide variety of coral and numerous species of Caribbean fish. St Peters offers a range of water sports and world class beaches. Also its spa is renowned and most definitely worth a visit.
With the average temperature in December and January around 27 degrees the winter blues will be a distant memory.
Availability: 15th December – 22nd January.
Capacity: 4 bedrooms – Sleeps 10.
Price: £15,491 per week – special offer free transfers to and from St Thomas.
Villa Sea Star – St Thomas
Villa Sea star is one of the only villas on the beach that is available for rentals. A winding pathway leads through a verdant jungle to its own private white sand beach; this property and location is exclusive sophisticated and very charming. Privacy is maintained with an electric gate and the property is set out over two floors. With Caribbean style teak furniture, hand painted wall murals and exotic sea grass and banana leaf a tropical ambience is created inside to match the outside surroundings. There is a contemporary kitchen and an outside stainless steel gas barbecue. Sun decks and shaded pavilions create perfect areas to relax and enjoy a drink. With an infinity pool, hot tub, jacuzzi and indoor hot tub every luxury is provided.
The Ritz Carlton is a short distance away where a lovely lunch or supper can be enjoyed while there book in to the fantastic spa at the Ritz and be pampered!
Local attractions include theme parks, water parks, reefs, a Marina, duty free shops and more. There is a variety of water sports on offer and other activities including horse riding, whale watching and a casino. Charter a boat to nearby islands for fishing, snorkelling or island hopping or pre-arranged diving. There really is plenty to keep you entertained.
These holiday homes offer you the luxury of a hotel and the intimacy of your own accommodation fantastic special offers and perfect escapism.
Availability: December and January excluding Christmas week.
Capacity: 5 Bedrooms – Sleeps a max of 18.
Price: from £5,855 per week – special offer up to 40% off.
Kirsti Banyard lives in Hampshire and loves nothing more than spending time with her two sons and husband whether exploring Cornwall or perhaps further afield to enjoying a roast meal on a Sunday.