One of the most fabulous things about staying in vacation rentals is getting the chance to cook, dine, and dabble around in unfamiliar kitchens. There's always something fun, challenging, and super invigorating about navigating and exploring a new cooking space, especially when it’s in the middle of some place beautiful and far far away from the confines of home.
All around the world, there are rental options in major cities far and wide boasting must-visit kitchens that anybody wouldn’t mind spending some time in. Channel your inner chef or simply bring an empty tummy and hearty appetite to take part in a meal or two in some of the most stunning and flawlessly designed kitchens on this planet. Some are simple, some are luxurious, but all offer a sense of unmatched novelty and sophistication that’ll have you wishing for a longer stay. Get those culinary juices flowing by making your next vacation taste great. Here are eight vacation rentals with incredible kitchens.
Get Inspired In These Beautiful Vacation Rental Kitchens
1. Napa Valley, California
Who wouldn’t want to dwell for a couple weekends away in an entertainer’s nest with a Chef’s kitchen overlooking the entire Napa Valley? This expansive property serves as a superb base for any group visit to California’s most famous wine region. You’ll get chances to relax on a large deck overlooking the vineyards, to watch old flicks on a 70' TV, or even to share a fantastic feast at the 12-person dining table on site with homemade delights cooked right from a newly remodeled fully stocked gourmet kitchen with stainless steel gas cooktops, convection ovens, warming drawers, three compartment sinks, an Advantium oven, stunning cabinetry, and loads of inspirational cookbooks to sample from.
2. Paris, France
If you’re one of those who dreams of cooking it up in a traditional Parisian kitchen, this chic apartment is the one for you. Located near the pedestrian neighborhood of Montorgueil in the 2nd arrondissement, an area is widely known for an array of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. The space itself is a two-bedroom beauty on the ground floor—a perfect quiet haven in the heart of the City of Lights. Expect a more than open floor plan, as well as a snazzily decorated kitchen that’s equipped with everything you’ll need to whip up the delicious finds you’ll bring back via various trips to the markets and shops of Montorgueil.
3. East Durham, New York
Stay at a secluded Catskill cabin offering fresh air, a bucolic atmosphere, and tons of space and quiet. This eclectic vintage home in East Durham is simply stunning. It has got an even more spectacular kitchen with a dining table for ten. There’s even a fire pit, as well as indoor and outdoor speakers for your lawn party or snowball fight.
Spend some time away from city chaos in the heart of the countryside with twenty acres of pasture and forest surrounding you. It’s the perfect getaway for those looking to relax and recharge.
4. Queenstown, New Zealand
Gorgeous views of the snowcapped mountains of Queenstown surround this super modern, clean-lined, and fully self-contained kitchen—it’s an absolutely stunning scene that’s perfect for those looking for a luxurious ski getaway.
Brand spanking new, this four-bedroom home provides unobstructed views of the lakes and mountains from every room, with beautifully sleek furniture, a magnificently huge entertainment level including a spa deck with a barbecue and wood fire pit. So cool.
5. Maui, Hawaii
Head on over to island paradise by staying within this Maui Dolphin House. It’s the perfect spot to get away from heavy crowds and packed resorts with the family at—a stunning estate with a beautiful private pool, jetted Jacuzzi tub in the master suite, and the chance to savor sunset barbecue dinners and drinks whenever and wherever you’d like.
Located in the Wailea area of Maui on 3/4 of an acre of tropical palm trees and waterfall ponds, the home’s also got a super spacious black granite-inspired kitchen to cook in. Savor fine post-swim dining at a very peaceful retreat just one mile away from the most beautiful beaches in the world.
6. Telluride, Colorado
Create a culinary masterpiece all within a custom kitchen located conveniently in downtown Telluride. The immaculate cooking space in this mountain town comes fully equipped with stainless steel appliances and tons of countertops to prepare elaborate meals on. The estate is definitely built for entertainment and fun, with a lively, al fresco vibe, a huge outdoor living space, as well as a 12-person hot tub to soak in under the stars every night. You can even choose to unwind with a movie in the theater room!
What’s more is that you’ll find custom mahogany woodwork all throughout the cabin, providing a truly lodge-like ambiance that goes perfectly with the fireplace and other stately furnishings. Get away to the Colorado Rocky Mountains today.
7. Fort Myers Beach, Florida
If you love to cook, this Professional Chef`s kitchen comes complete with Stainless Steel commercial grade appliances is the cooking haven for you. Bella Casa is everything a beach house needs to be, offering three sumptuous bedrooms with private baths, a 50" HD TV in the living room, a spacious dining area, as well as upscale decor throughout.
Take in Gulf views in style and comfort all while enjoying meals whipped up using the on-site gas range, dual ovens (one being convection), full size refrigerator and freezer, microwave, and two dishwashers. There’s also the option of enjoying morning coffee or afternoon cocktails on the front deck and lounge by the pool, or to take some quiet time away for yourself in the separate Cabana Room, which offers a sleeper sofa and TV for extra living and sleeping space.
8. Taos, New Mexico
Experience mesa magic within a delightful kitchen featuring beautiful wooden cabinetry and cool blue tiling that makes for a nice decorative twist. Located near the spectacular Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this New Mexico beauty is a creatively-designed Quonset home featuring tons of Southwestern art and rugs, a patio and spa perfect for unparalleled “starry, starry nights,” 18-ft ceilings with windowed-walls, and, of course, an awesome kitchen with high-end appliances to boot. The property is secluded along the historic, unpaved Stagecoach Road—but still just ten minutes from Taos, which is home to fabulous restaurants and wonderful art galleries galore.
Make sure to trek a few miles down Tune Drive to arrive in Rio Grande Gorge with hiking access down to Manby Natural Hot Springs. You can even take a trip down the road to the world-class Taos Ski Valley with its dramatic slopes and beautiful mountain hiking trails, or the Jack Nicklaus-designed Taos Country Club course.
This article was written by Pamela Chan.