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Want to live like a rock star?

Now you can in these (relatively) affordable holiday mansions…

complete with movie theatres, games rooms and crazy…

  • TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has a number of luxury mansions available for rent that don’t have to break the bank
  • They include a nine-bedroom villa in Phuket, a Bali boutique retreat and a contemporary castle in California
  • MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the best properties that would keep even the fussiest divas happy

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Who hasn’t dreamed of swanning about their own mansion after winning the Lottery at least once? Well it turns out that might not be such an unattainable goal… so long as you’re content to be a rock star for just a week. On TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals, there are now a number of huge luxury properties for rent as Discount Holidays © holiday homes that wouldn’t look out of place on MTV Cribs, and if enough friends and family club together, the price per person isn’t too eye-watering.

MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the best below, including a nine-bedroom villa in Phuket, a boutique retreat village in Bali and a contemporary castle in California.

5 O Clock Somewhere, Florida, USA

This 10,000-square-foot home has eight bedrooms and sits lakeside and next to the beach with sweeping gulf views

This 10,000-square-foot home sits lakeside and is right by the beach with sweeping gulf views. The first floor features a games room with a babyfoot table, pool table, large flat-screen television, full-sized refrigerator and kitchen.

The house has a gourmet kitchen and a games room with a babyfoot table, pool table, large flat screen television, full-sized refrigerator and separate kitchen

Just off of the games room is a large, full outdoor kitchen, complete with a grill, stove top range, wine cooler, flat screen television, and bar seating, plus a pool. Guests have the option of renting a six-person street legal golf cart for excursions around the local area.

A concierge is also on hand to arrange golf, dining, water sports, fishing trips and other services.

Eight bedrooms (sleeps up to 30), from 618 per night.

To find out more click here1.

Slopeside Manor, Colorado, USA

Slopeside Manor, Colorado, has six bedrooms, a games room, a theatre room and a custom-made bowling alley, and it is only 100 steps from the slopes

This 7,000-square-foot property has six bedrooms, including one bunk room, four outdoor living areas, a games room, a theatre room and a custom-made bowling alley. The cinema room is equipped with a nine-foot screen, surround sound, ten leather reclining chairs and a wet bar area, while the outdoor living area has a fire pit and a private hot tub for nine.

This 7,000-square-foot property has a two-storey-tall living room, left, and a games room, plus an outdoor living area with a fire pit and a private hot tub for nine. The kids have a space all their own in the large bunk room that features bean bag chairs and a flat-screen TV with an Xbox system.

The lodge is ideal for skiers as it is located in the Timber Trail neighborhood on Peak 8, adjacent to both the Four O Clock and Trygve s ski runs. It’s just 100 steps from the slopes.

Six bedrooms (sleeps up to 22), from 683 per night.

To find out more click here2.

Luxury apartment overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House

This Sydney apartment, which is within walking distance of the city’s Hyde Park, has incredible 360-degree views of the city

There are a million things to do and see in Sydney, but in an apartment with views over the city like this, there’s a risk of never leaving. It is within walking distance of the city’s Hyde Park and has incredible 360-degree views, with walls of glass to maximise the effect.

With views over the city like this in the living room and one of the bathrooms, there’s a risk of never leaving the apartment

There are four main bedrooms, with a further bedroom in an adjoining staff apartment, plus a spacious entertaining area serviced by a marble cocktail bar. Guests also have access to tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

Five bedrooms (sleeps up to 10), from 850 per night.

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Serenity Villa, Phuket, Thailand

Serenity Villa is a nine-bedroom Villa located in the Bang Toa area along the west coast of Phuket

Serenity Villa is a nine-bedroom Villa located in the Bang Toa area along the west coast of Phuket, just minutes from Surin Beach. 4

The contemporary open plan design of the Villa boasts panoramic sea, forest and valley views to be enjoyed, with an infinity pool and outdoor jacuzzi.

The contemporary open plan design of the Villa boasts panoramic sea, forest and valley views and it even has its own movie theatre

There is also a movie theatre with a three-metre screen, a games room, a gym and a bar. The Villa has four staff members, including a manager, two housekeepers and a chef who is on hand to cook two main meals a day.

Nine bedrooms (sleeps up to 20), from 1,138 per night.

To find out more, click here.5

El Cid, Costa del Sol, Spain

Villa El Cid is a ten-bedroom property in a gated community in the Spanish coastal town of Marbella

The property has a gourmet kitchen and heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools, plus a private chef and waiting staff

Villa El Cid is a ten-bedroom property in a private and gated community in the Spanish town of Marbella. Each of the ten individually designed bedrooms has its own en-suite bathroom, safe and television. At extra cost, guests can add staffing services including a private chef and waiting staff.

Ten bedrooms (sleeps up to 20), from 1,218 per night.

To find out more, click here.6

Moonrakers, Cornwall, England

Moonrakers is a luxury self-catering home in Cornwall, set in magnificent gardens with breath-taking sea views

Moonrakers is a luxury self-catering home, set in magnificent gardens with breath-taking sea views. The five-bedroom property can accommodate up to 12 guests, with each room allocated its own en-suite. The owners pride themselves on attention to detail, providing the same mattresses that are used by the royal family, while when the sun shines, there is a large mature garden

The owners pride themselves on attention to detail, providing the same mattresses that are used by the royal family and 100 per cent Egyptian Cotton sheets.

On rainy days, the children can be kept occupied with a Nintendo Wii, a dressing up box and a games room with a table tennis table and pool table, as well as a large selection of board games and puzzles. When the sun shines, there is a large mature garden, a trampoline and a large balcony overlooking the sea.

Five bedrooms (sleeps up to 12), from 1,225 per night.

For more information, click here7.

Laguna Castle, California, USA

This 11,500-square-foot property, with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, commands a panoramic view of the Saddleback Mountains

This 11,500-square-foot property, with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, commands a panoramic view of the Saddleback Mountains during the day and city lights at night. Inside the house is a 12-seat theatre, library, subterranean wine cellar, and full-scale piano bar, as well as a steam room, sauna room, gym, two kitchens and two powder rooms.

In the property’s grounds is a miniature golf course, a swimming pool, large chess board, a barbecue island and a hot tub

The house has a 12-seat theatre, library, subterranean wine cellar, and full-scale piano bar to keep guests busy

In the property’s grounds is a stream that runs throughout the grounds, complete with decorative bridge, miniature golf course, a swimming pool, large chess board, a barbecue island and a hot tub. According to the owners, the main gate of the castle was the original west gate of Buckingham palace in London, which was shipped to California together with London Bridge – now in Lake Havasu – around 1970. There is also an attached attached ‘in-law quarters’ with full amenities and a separate kitchen.

Seven bedrooms (sleeps up to 13), from 1,378.

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Hacienda Bali, Bali, Indonesia

This private estate in Bali consists of five separate villas with multiple pools that can sleep up to 28 guests

This private estate in Bali consists of five separate villas with multiple pools that can sleep up to 28 guests. There is round-the-clock service for guests and the estate even has its own staffed restaurant, where breakfast is served every day and an a la carte menu is on offer, as well as a bar. There is round-the-clock service for guests and the estate even has its own staffed restaurant

The boutique retreat also has the facilities and expertise to host weddings and parties for an additional 100 guests.

In-house spa treatments are available and there is a one-hour traditional Balinese massage in the villa for each guest.

Fourteen bedrooms (sleeps up to 28), from 1,931 per night.

For more information, click here9.

Desiree, Campania, Italy

This house in the Amalfi village of Praiano boasts several terraces with sea views and sleeps up to 16 guests

This house in the Amalfi village of Praiano boasts several terraces with sea views, connected through flights of steps to a swimming pool and sunbathing area. The outdoor area of 13,000-square-feet features a shower, a minibar, a barbecue and a pizza oven, and it’s just a 1,500ft walk to the closest beach. The villa has outstanding views over the sea and several large sunbathing areas around the property

Arched windows, columns, antiques and a grand piano give the inside of the property a special touch.

There are eight bedrooms inside the property, several of which have sea views.

Eight bedrooms (sleeps up to 16), from 2,243 per night.

For more information, click here10.

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A photo of hot dog legs means you’re vain and attention seekers favour group selfies: Psychologists reveal what your holiday snaps say about you

  • 1,000 people shared their favourite Discount Holidays © holiday photos with a psychologist
  • The experts then revealed the true intentions behind the pictures
  • Cocktail snaps are to brag and group selfie lovers want to seem popular

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Everyone has their default Discount Holidays © holiday photo style, whether it’s group shots on a selfie stick or a dreamy picture of a fancy cocktail in front of a sunset. But it seems those images may reveal more about us than just our preferred tipple or who we like to party with. For example, experts claim people who take pictures next to novelty landmarks consider themselves wittier than other people, while tourists who share pictures of themselves jumping like to imply they are free-spirited.

1,000 people shared their favourite Discount Holidays © holiday pics with a psychologist, who revealed the true meaning of the shots

The results come from a study by LoveHolidays.com, in which 1,000 people were asked to choose their favourite Discount Holidays © holiday snaps. Then, with the help of clinical psychologist and photographer John Kentish, their opinions about the images were used to chart exactly what the subject thinks of themselves, detailed in these infographics. For example, according to Kentish: ‘The novelty landmark photographer think themselves funnier, wittier, and cleverer than those who would favour a selfie over a cultured snap.’

Meanwhile, the sneaky holidaymakers who opt for a hot dog leg angle while by the pool are trying to appear arty, when in actual fact they are just trying to show off their legs.

People who take pictures next to novelty landmarks consider themselves wittier than other people, while tourists who share pictures of themselves jumping like to claim they are free-spirited

And those who like to share pictures of their exotic cocktails at sunset are actually bragging to the people back home about what they are doing. Kentish said: ‘This holidaymaker is saying, “I’m living the dream… eat your heart out.”‘

He added: ‘Meanwhile, pouting lounger selfie lovers are all about showing they are “undeniably unique and seductive” and needn t be cultural to have a good time.

‘In contrast, those who strive to master the perfect jumping location shot, are all about proving they are “free-spirited and well-travelled” while simultaneously showing off their physique.’

Kentish also provided some helpful tips for mastering the perfect Discount Holidays © holiday photo

Kentish also provided some helpful tips for mastering the perfect Discount Holidays © holiday photo. Whether adjusting the lighting, tweaking the angle, or choosing the most flattering filter, mastering the perfect Discount Holidays © holiday photo is no mean feat. For example, photos with filters are said to be 45 per cent more likely to receive a comment than those without, while unusual compositions draw in 29% per cent more likes than busy, run-of-the-mill perspectives.

John added: ‘It all comes down to making sure your camera is set up properly before taking the photo, and creating a Discount Holidays © holiday album that tells a story.’

Margherita Maccapani Missoni Explains How to Do a Summer Holiday Like a European

Margherita Maccapani Missoni Explains How To Do A Summer <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Like A European

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Photo: Courtesy of Margherita Missoni / @mmmargherita

Margherita Maccapani Missoni1 is taking off this month. With her two little boys and husband in tow, the Margherita Kids designer will travel to Sardinia for two weeks, then spend some time in the Swiss Alps. I m well aware that this sounds extravagant or excessive, Missoni admits. However, Europeans do appreciate taking the time to enjoy life and truly live it. This strongly held belief in escapism and the power of a long vacation is something that many Americans lack. During the summer months, many Americans may take a week off, maybe a long weekend here or there. In Europe, vacation often means spending three weeks or more away and has real value beyond just a break (or not) from emails. And while Europeans do get more time off than employees in the States, when you do get away focus on quality, not quantity. Make it a point to really disconnect.

As Missoni explains, Americans have much less holiday, so for them, four or five days away is like a mini vacation, but for us it s just a long weekend. She adds, In Europe, one takes time off more casually.

Casually is the operative word here. No matter the amount of vacation days left this summer, August should be a time to seek out simplicity, relaxation, and laid-back vibes to live la bella vita. Below, Missoni divulges the path toward a European-inspired summer holiday.

Make it a family affair.
August for me, and many Europeans, is traditionally the family holiday. This year we will meet in Sardinia and we typically end up being as many as 40 people. My boys, Otto and Augusto, can spend the entire time visiting with their grandparents. Spending time away with my family, my husband, and my children is a blessing.

Last-minute planning isn t out of the question.
I never used to plan anything because here in Milan, it s so central and easy to decide last minute. If you are in a central location, find a flight somewhere that s only two hours or less from the destination, and if you re not central, a getaway via car is perfect. Now that I have children, however, much more preparation is involved in the travel plans and we generally start putting everything together six months in advance.

Stay put with the kids; bounce around as an adult.
It s always fun to visit multiple locations on one trip, but I think it also really depends on the ages of those on holiday.

As a child, I loved spending time in one vacation spot, getting attached to the location, becoming comfortable, and feeling as though I were at home. This is something I would like for my children to experience. As a young adult, though, I really enjoyed the adventure of traveling from one place to the next, on a quest to discover as much as possible.

Pack light.
Whether during the summer or winter, as a rule we always carry on, no matter the length of the trip. It takes much less time to pack and unpack and I like to rotate my and my family s wardrobes, thus wearing everything by the end of the trip.

Keep activities to a minimum.
It s not about filling your days with activities and keeping a schedule. Typically, we tend to just relax!

References

  1. ^ Margherita Maccapani Missoni (www.vogue.com)

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