10 private and luxurious vacation rentals for the ultra rich

Matugama, Sri Lanka (1)Mountain View The Perfect Holiday Homes; Nature Retreats Vol. I/Lannoo Publishers

  • Vacation rentals offer a level of privacy and intimacy that hotels cannot match.
  • When money is no object, renting a vacation home can be the ultimate in luxury.
  • A new book features photos of some of the most beautiful vacation rentals around the world.


Some people stay in hotels while traveling abroad, but the ultra rich sometimes opt for private home vacation rentals with sweeping views, ultimate privacy, and on-site chefs.

In a new book out by Lannoo Publishers, "Mountain View The Perfect Holiday Homes; Nature Retreats Vol. I," a collection of these homes are hand-picked and featured by travel journalist Sebastiaan Bedaux.

With prime locations in the woods, on waterfronts, and atop mountain peaks, these homes are all available to rent - but come with a hefty price tag.

From inside a luxurious mountain dug-out in Switzerland, to a mirror house in Bolzano, Italy, these are one-of-a-kind homes that make any travel experience unique.

Below, a selection of some of the most expensive homes featured in the book.

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Banks Peninsula, New Zealand — up to $5,147 per night.

Banks Peninsula, New Zealand — up to $5,147 per night.

The "Scrubby Bay House" in Banks Peninsula, New Zealand sits in a secluded private bay. Visitors can enjoy the views while sitting in a jacuzzi or swimming pool — or from inside through the large glass partitions while dining on a meal prepared by a private chef. This home is only accessible by SUV — a 40-minute drive — or by helicopter from Christchurch.

Wanaka, New Zealand — up to $2,536 per night.

Wanaka, New Zealand — up to $2,536 per night.

This home has sweeping views of Lake Wanaka and access to a New Zealand national park, Mount Aspiring. Cost for rental is $2,536 per night with up to six guests, and $145 per night for extra people.

Leti, Uttarakhand, India — up to $1,916 per night, per guest.

Leti, Uttarakhand, India — up to $1,916 per night, per guest.

This home in a remote location — a two-day journey from New Delhi — offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains.

Joadja, Southern Highlands, Australia — up to $1,317 per night.

Joadja, Southern Highlands, Australia — up to $1,317 per night.

An hour's drive away from Sydney, this home located in Southern Highlands of New South Wales overlooks the gorge of the Wingecarribee River.

Topanga, California — starts at $1,120 per night.

Topanga, California — starts at $1,120 per night.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Saddle Peak House in Topanga, California, has four bedrooms and minimalistic style coupled with modern architecture.

Matugama, Sri Lanka — up to $1,445 per night for six guests.

Matugama, Sri Lanka — up to $1,445 per night for six guests.

The Ark home in Matugama, Sri Lanka, is surrounded by a rain forest, and ideal for those who love to hike, bird watch, and swim at the beach.

Vals, Switzerland — up to $672 per night.

Vals, Switzerland — up to $672 per night.

Villa Vals in Switzerland provides plenty of privacy. Dug into the mountainside, this home has a large garden and views of a spectacular vista. Prices range depending on the time of year, but usually fall between $2,569 and $4,710 per week.

Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy — up to $551 per night, for four guests.

Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy — up to $551 per night, for four guests.

The Mirror House in Bolzano, Italy, offers a breathtaking view of the Dolomites, easy access to lakes and vineyards, as well as skiing and bike paths. A swimming pool and private garden are also on the grounds.

Calitzdorp, South Africa — up to $551 per night.

Calitzdorp, South Africa — up to $551 per night.

With views of the Swartberg Mountains, the Klipspringer home runs on solar energy, has it's own private swimming pool, built-in barbecue pit outside, and a luxurious interior. The home is only accessible with a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Cretas, Spain — starts at $551 per night.

Cretas, Spain — starts at $551 per night.

This home is truly off-the-grid, running on solar energy. The Solo House has a private chef and catering available and starts at $551 per night.

Other gorgeous homes across the world are featured in "Mountain View" — from Isle of Skye, Scotland, to Tepoztlan, Mexico.

Other gorgeous homes across the world are featured in "Mountain View" — from Isle of Skye, Scotland, to Tepoztlan, Mexico.
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