Posted: Aug 9, 2011 12:28 PM by Kirsten Bennett
Summer is almost over, but a Colorado vacation rental made it into the top 10 list for "Great U.S. Vacation Rental Amenities," by TripAdvisor®.
The list was comprised by website editors and included more than 1,000 vacationer responses to a survey. According to TripAdvisor, 42 percent of travelers surveyed picked a rental based on its amenities. Full kitchens are the top amenity for travelers, and 41 percent of those surveyed thought vacation rentals offer better amenities than hotels.
Coming in at #9... Lift One #132 condominium in Aspen, Colo., which offers a daily maid service.
Here is the top 10 list with the amenity offered by each and the cost for a summer rental:
1. Included Yacht: Cape Coral Yacht Club Home, Cape Coral, Florida - Summer Rate: $1,650 per week
For travelers interested in hitting the waves, this three-bedroom vacation home includes a 24-foot yacht in the rental price, which guests can use to explore the nearby canals and beaches. As one traveler raved, "It was really great having the boat and quick access to the river."
2. Private Chef: Hale Kai Nani, Oahu, Hawaii - Summer Rate: $695 per night
For travelers who want to have their taste buds tickled without having to leave their vacation home, Hale Kai Nani, located on the sands of Sunset Beach, offers guests access to a private chef who will whip up gourmet dishes in the home's exotic wood and granite kitchen.
3. Private Beach Access: Provincetown Gem, Provincetown, Massachusetts - Summer Rate: $2,100 to $2,700 per week
If battling for a spot on the beach doesn't sound appealing during a vacation, guests at this Cape Cod vacation rental will be pleased to learn that it includes a pass to the nearby Delft Haven private beach in Provincetown. As one traveler gushed, "This condo is in a great location, with the private Delft Haven bay beach across the street which you have access to. This beach is clearly the nicest bay beach in all of P-town."
4. Backyard Putting Green: Exclusive Gated and Secure Estate, Cave Creek, Arizona - Summer Rate: $2,500 per week
Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the many amenities included with this estate, including its barbecue grill, private pool and hot tub, but its on-site putting green sets it apart as place to practice their swings from the comfort of their rental home.
5. Game Room: Tropical Retreat, Kissimmee, Florida - Summer Rate: $973 to $1,183 per week
Whether guests have children or are just young at heart, they're sure to love the game room at this Orlando area home, which is equipped with a pool table, multiple arcades, an air hockey table and a Pop-a-Shot basketball hoop. As one traveler said, "I can't say enough good things about the game room."
6. Private Island: Dreamcatcher, Cook, Minnesota - Summer Rate: $1,840 to $4,040 per week
For travelers truly looking to get away from at all, this Lake Vermilion rental offers guests four stories of living space and numerous fun amenities, including a kayak, foosball table, and charcoal grill, all on a picturesque private island. As one traveler put it, "If you are looking for the island feel... this is the place."
7. In-Home Sauna: Cherry Circle, Manzanita, Oregon - Summer Rate: $1,925 per week
This vacation rental with stunning Pacific Ocean views is decked out with an in-home sauna, which can help guests soothe away any aches, pains or stresses from their daily lives while they're on vacation. As one traveler raved, "What a lovely home! Beautiful views! Fantastic sauna! Room for everyone!"
8. Theater Room: 5 Bedroom Luxury Cabin, Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Summer Rate: $1,685 to $2,808 per week
Movie buffs are sure to appreciate the comfortable private theater room built into this luxury cabin near the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. As one traveler noted, "The hot tub was fantastic and the theatre room was totally cool."
9. Maid Service: Lift One #302, Aspen, Colorado - Summer Rate: $1,320 per week
For travelers who don't want to lift a finger during their trips, this renovated condo with scenic mountain views includes daily maid service so guests don't even have to think about cleaning on their vacation. As one traveler said, "We were impressed that the condo was cleaned every day."
10. Tennis Court, Chalet on Timphaven, Sundance, Utah - Summer Rate: $450 to $485 per night
While this rustic cabin impresses guests with its gorgeous mountain views and spacious living area, active travelers will surely appreciate its private tennis court nestled between towering trees.