Vacation Rental Management

An Underwater Provo Delight: Turks and Caicos Diving

Turks and Caicos, particularly the isle of Providenciales, is celebrated for its pristine beaches, deep-sea fishing, Caribbean cuisine, and rum bars. Throughout the year, travelers (mainly couples and small families) escape to this Caribbean paradise to unwind, relax, and bask in island sophistication. But it’s also hard to deny the allure of the Atlantic Ocean’s turquoise, crystalline waters, especially when its soft waves are within arm’s reach of Elite Destination Homes’ sleek Turks and Caicos villas. And one of the many ways to explore the Atlantic’s warm aqua is via an underwater dive. Turks and Caicos diving has skyrocketed in popularity over the past two decades, luckily for the curious general public. Turks and Caicos Diving Tours Most top-rated Turks and Caicos diving companies explore the thriving, colorful reefs that line the islands of Providenciales (“Provo”) and Grand Turk. However, Providenciales is a thousand times more accessible than teeny Grand Turk. Regardless, Provo’s reefs, especially those near Grace Bay and Northwest Point, are among the prettiest in the Caribbean. And, believe it or not, most Turks and Caicos scuba teams prefer hosting beginners over seasoned divers—primarily because there’s nothing more heartwarming than observing an awestruck diver who has never swum [...]

Fractional Ownership in Cabo San Lucas

One of the fastest-growing trends in the travel industry is the meteoric rise of fractional ownership, particularly in Mexico’s most beautiful coastal cities, such as Cabo San Lucas. Unlike a loathsome timeshare, fractional ownership includes the tangible purchase of real estate to go along with the many perks of possessing a luxury home in a dream-like destination. And, thanks to Elite Destination Homes’ team of dedicated owner concierges, you’ll never have to agonize over property management, scheduling, or transportation. Elite expertly manages fractional ownership properties in Manhattan, Paris, and the Caribbean. But today we’re going to focus on Mexico’s finest playground: Cabo San Lucas. What Is Fractional Ownership? Simply put, fractional ownership is a common investment structure for an expensive asset, such as a vacation property. Individual shareholders can purchase a percentage of the ownership, which, of course, includes a bevy of benefits. Fractional ownership is ideal for those who travel or vacation often but don’t want to pay the seven-figure price tag of a luxury vacation home. By splitting the cost with several other shareholders, owners can maintain a permanent residence while possessing the ability to get away at a moment’s notice. Elite’s concierge team can arrange everything from [...]

Nantahala Waterfalls, a Comprehensive Guide

The Nantahala National Forest is a vast, dense outdoor playground for zealous adventurers and casual travelers alike. Hidden amongst the vibrant, emerald green forestry are jaw-dropping lakes, untouched creeks, and curious wildlife. Lake Nantahala remains the forest’s most beautiful landmark, with its jagged mountains, mirror-like water, and luxuriant lake homes. In fact, Forge Lake Lodge, one of the most desirable Western North Carolina vacation rentals, has become a massive draw for large families and groups searching for an idyllic combination of sophistication and adventure. The lodge itself has canoes, on-site hiking trails, and exquisite patios. However, a trip to Western North Carolina is incomplete without visiting a handful of the prettiest Nantahala waterfalls. The 5 Best Nantahala Waterfalls It’s nearly impossible to be objective when listing the best Nantahala waterfalls as everyone’s eye is different. That being said, we think that this comprehensive list provides a unique mixture of visual treats, backcountry adventures, and brief overlooks. Short and Sweet: Rufus Morgan Falls Rufus Morgan Falls’ trailhead is approximately 10 miles from Forge Lake Lodge, making it one of the most-frequent Nantahala waterfalls. The trail itself is just one mile long with less than 300 feet of elevation gain, so it’s [...]

A Handy Guide to Finding the Perfect Cabo Beach

Sunbathing is the most common midday activity in Los Cabos among travelers (combined with a bit of swimming and snorkeling, of course). Nothing beats an afternoon spent sprawled out on an idyllic Cabo beach with your toes in the warm sand. Unlike many other overcrowded tropical destinations, many of the best beaches in Cabo San Lucas see very little foot traffic despite featuring dramatic cliffs and unobstructed views of the picturesque Sea of Cortez. And don’t forget that Elite Destination Homes has nearly a dozen luxury rental properties within steps of a dreamlike Cabo beach, including the grand, ocean-view Villa Jacqueline. The 3 Best Cabo San Lucas Beaches As you can probably imagine, narrowing down our favorite swimmable beaches in Cabo San Lucas was quite challenging. Each sandy Cabo beach has an array of enticing attributes, including expansive ocean views, pristine sand, and nearby eateries. But these destinations truly stand out among the rest for three very different reasons: beauty, snorkeling, and location. Playa del Amor (Lovers Beach) Playa del Amor (known to most travelers as “Lovers Beach”) is within walking distance of the heart of the city, so don’t be surprised to bump into a sea of beachgoers during [...]

The 4 Best Holiday Vacation Rentals in the U.S.A.

Yet another holiday season is just around the corner as families turn their attention from autumn’s peak to Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas presents, and New Year’s Eve plans. Last year, one in three people traveled during the holiday season—the most on record. As more and more families plan a well-deserved, long-awaited trip around the holidays, the demand for luxury holiday vacation rentals continuously skyrockets. Luckily for you and your family, Elite Destination Homes has several high-end vacation homes scattered throughout the U.S.A. Over the years, our talented, knowledgeable concierge team has helped countless families plan Christmas holidays, Thanksgiving vacations, and New Year getaways. The trick is to plan ahead, think outside the box, and let our team go to work! 4 Lavish Holiday Vacation Rentals The window to book one of our most-desirable holiday vacation rentals is closing. But don’t fret; because we almost guarantee that one of these marvelous homes will still be available this holiday season. Hopefully, this quick rundown will give you a “taste” of what we can offer here at Elite Destination Homes. Adobe Zen House Location: Taos, New Mexico Bedrooms: 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10 Square footage: 4,600 Starting at: $545 per night Main features: [...]

Discover the Historic Charm of Downtown Stillwater, MN

As we approach autumn’s peak here in the Twin Cities, we eagerly prepare for an influx of late September and early October “leaf peepers.” In the midst of fall, the lush forestry that’s scattered all across the numerous Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods transforms into an awe-inspiring, picturesque blend of crimson, amber, marigold, and kelly green. And one of the most popular fall destinations here in Minnesota is Stillwater, a historic, charming town along the serene St. Croix River. For those who don’t already know, Stillwater is approximately 17 miles northeast of our state’s capital (St. Paul). Downtown Stillwater, in particular, is a tourist hub for travelers from across the Midwest. You’ll discover countless shops, restaurants, bars, and parks all within walking distance of each other. And one of the grandest Twin Cities rentals (210 Laurel) rests just three city blocks from the heart of Downtown Stillwater. The Very Best of Downtown Stillwater Here at Elite Destination Homes, we specialize in providing first-rate service, complimentary concierges, and, of course, lavish vacation homes. And, to ensure that your next visit to the Twin Cities is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best things to do in [...]

A South of France Culinary Tour | Finding the Best Eze Restaurant

Hidden along the jaw-dropping shoreline of the French Riviera rests an ancient village with some of the most beautiful Mediterranean Sea views and a diverse, extravagant culinary scene. Eze, France, is perfectly located in-between the ever-popular seaside cities of Monte Carlo and Nice, so you’ll always be a short drive from world-class museums, casinos, palaces, and so many more genuinely awe-inspiring spectacles. Every five-star Eze restaurant has a unique menu, atmosphere, and visual appeal. Whether you’re hoping to savor authentic, wood-fired pizza, succulent bavette, or hazelnut-crusted veal, you’ll never forget your culinary voyage through the South of France. An Eze Restaurant Guide To ensure that your well-deserved escape to the French Riviera is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled our three favorite local restaurants. Yes, each award-worthy Eze restaurant serves delicious gourmet cuisine, but these three selections see less foot traffic while also offering slightly lower prices than many of the area’s hotel dining rooms. Château Eza If you’re aiming to indulge in fine French cuisine while reveling in the wonderment of the Cote d’Azur, then look no further than Château Eza’s Gourmet Restaurant. Yes, the 180-degree views of the Mediterranean’s azure blue waters are spellbinding, but the fresh fish [...]

A Travel Guide to Dominical, Costa Rica

We’re approaching Costa Rica’s “green season,” which is the ideal time of the year to explore this beautiful country’s lush countryside, pristine beaches, and diverse rainforests. Traveling to a foreign country requires a lot of research and planning, which is why created this handy travel guide for all future guests. And luckily for you, Casa Big Sur, one of our luxurious ocean-view homes in Costa Rica, is minutes away from the area’s best attractions, beaches, and restaurants. Keep reading to learn about Dominical’s many family-friendly activities! Top Things to Do in Dominical, Costa Rica There’s a whole new world to discover in Dominical for those who haven’t had the pleasure of leaping off a rushing waterfall, exploring a pristine rainforest, and meeting adorable jungle animals in their natural habitat. When you’re not soaking in your lavish, ocean-view infinity pool, enjoying a glass of wine on your private balcony, and cooking an authentic Costa Rican meal in your gourmet kitchen, we recommend embarking on a short journey to these fantastic attractions: Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary Corcovado National Park Finca 6 Marino Ballena National Park Nauyaca Waterfalls Parque Reptilandia Sierpe Mangrove Outdoor Activities Whether you’re a self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast or just looking for [...]

Family Friendly Homes at Elite Destination Homes

Elite Destination Homes isn’t just for couples or groups of friends. Bring the whole family and experience a fantastic vacation with everyone! No need to leave the kids at home with a babysitter, let them join you on your getaway of a lifetime. Here are our favorite family-friendly villas to enjoy your Elite rental.   Orlando Family Vacation Ready for your Florida vacation? Our Lakeland Estate is perfect for families! Not only does it have four bedrooms, accommodating up to nine people, but one of the bedrooms is a kids room. It will be hard to pull your children away from this rental; the kid's room comes fully stocked with PS4 console and games, bunk beds, and there is a full basketball court outside. Plus, this estate is only a few minutes away from fun in Orlando. Experience Legoland, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Seaworld (15-45 minutes depending on location) when staying at this fantastic home.   The Rich Coast Our Casa La Big Sur is located in Costa Rica and ideal for families or gatherings. Designed with beautiful coastline views in mind, everyone will enjoy the coast when visiting. On 9 acres of land and gated, this home [...]

The most expensive vacation of my life. And worth every dollar.

We loaded up the SUV with the family one early Friday morning over Labor Day weekend and began our journey from Las Vegas for our first Southern Utah vacation.  As we wound our way up through SR 14, just outside of Cedar City, we came upon these towering bright red, pink, and orange rock formations of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The Indians called this millions of years old formation the "Circle of Painted Cliffs."  After taking in the beautiful rocks, we continued our journey up to the peak of the mountain pass. Once we reached the summit I checked my altitude smartphone app and it read 10,020 ft. We rolled down the windows to inhale the crystal clear air and the aroma of subtle pine – and you can definitely feel the thin air at that altitude. As we began our descent from the peak, we viewed the diversity of the Southern Utah landscapes as we passed by giant volcanic fields, birch and aspen trees, as well as alpine lakes and streams. We made a quick stop just before Duck Creek Village to watch a fly fisherman reel in a beautiful rainbow trout. As we made our way to our [...]