These exotic rental selections from around the globe provide all the stylish comforts of home.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The 1,600-acre Rosewood Mayakoba resort has ensconced its guests in secluded, stylish suites since it opened on Mexico’s Riviera Maya five years ago, and now the property is upping the ante on waterfront design. Casa Laguna, a 9,500-square-foot villa completed in September, stands tall above Mayakoba’s jade green lagoon, which is seen from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living space. The villa’s architect and interior designer, Jose Manuel Martinez Marquez, combined indigenous woods and stones, rich textures, and artwork by local craftspeople to create a retreat that is both authentically Mexican and decidedly modern. The middle level includes the dining and living areas and a chef’s kitchen, and just below, at lagoon level, are three bedrooms (two of them master suites) and a media room equipped with a 70-inch screen and a substantial movie library. Guests can dine alfresco on the villa’s open-air top level or avail themselves of the other terraces’ amenities, which include a swimming pool and a boat dock. Five staff members manage housekeeping and other services and shuttle guests to and from their oasis via golf cart or private boat. Rates start at around $14,000 per night (and the villa is priced for sale at $3 million).
Rosewood Mayakoba, +52.984.875.8000, www.rosewoodmayakoba.com
Located on the Roaring Fork River, just a 10-minute walk from downtown Aspen along the Rio Grande Trail, this charmer of a log cabin is filled with comfortable aesthetic touches that one would expect in a much larger home. Cheryl Lucas, the interior designer who worked on the structure’s recent multimillion-dollar renovation, recalls seeing the surrounding view of Aspen Mountain and the river for the first time: “I knew whatever I did to the interior needed to play a secondary role to that view,” she says. “However, looking at that view, inside or outside, [the cabin] had to be the ultimate in beauty and comfort.” The 2,230-square-foot cabin has 10-foot ceilings that create a sense of spaciousness within the modest footprint, and the property includes three bedrooms, an additional room with bunk beds, three and a half bathrooms, and an outdoor entertaining space with a kitchen, a hot tub, and a fire pit. The interior showcases works by well-known local and international artists, and a two-story entryway is enhanced by another piece of art: a custom hand-forged iron stair railing that resembles tree branches. Rates are from $3,500 nightly.
Villas of Distinction, 800.289.0900, www.villasofdistinction.com
In crowded Shanghai, where space is a precious commodity, visitors looking for refuge and convenience can secure one of the serviced accommodations at IFC Residence in the Pudong financial district. The area is home to the Shanghai Stock Exchange and some of the tallest buildings in China, as well as premier and plentiful shopping and dining options.
Andre Fu, an in-demand interior architect based in Hong Kong, designed the residential building as if it were a stately manor rather than a high-rise. This conceit is especially noticeable in common areas such as the third-floor living room—a series of large chambers opening onto a terrace and embellished with artful lighting, hand-embroidered wall panels, and pieces of sculpture from Asian and European artists. An 82-foot indoor pool, a gym with a sauna and steam rooms, and in-room dining through an arrangement with the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, are just a few of the building’s facilities and amenities. All of IFC’s accommodations have fully equipped kitchens, home entertainment systems, and bathrooms with rain-style showers and tubs with TVs. The 296 residential units range from a 764-square-foot studio to a choice of four Sky Mansions, the largest of which is 4,801 square feet. Rates are from about $4,500 to $30,000 monthly.
IFC Residence, +86.21.2206.9988, www.ifcresidence.com
Caribbean and Mediterranean
Panthalassa combines the relaxed informality that adventurers seek in a ketch with a stylish design that lacks for nothing in the elegance department. The 184-foot Perini Navi yacht sports a light-filled interior designed by Foster + Partners, with six cabins (all with en suite facilities) that accommodate a total of 12 guests. Two of these cabins offer a choice of king or twin bed arrangements, and the availability of an additional four beds allows for a range of accommodations that make Panthalassa ideal for groups of friends. A striking oval staircase links the yacht’s three levels, which are accented by leather-paneled walls and handmade silk rugs. Another interesting interior feature is a soundproofed dining room that can convert to a conference room or a theater. On deck, guests can lounge in the shade of a Bedouin-style tent or gather on the flybridge near the barbecue and bar. The array of sea toys includes tenders, Seabobs, WaveRunners, and inflatables, and a crew of 11 takes care of less exerting matters such as massages and meals. Rates are from $200,000 weekly.
Y.CO, +377.9350.1212, www.y.co