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Six destinations on the rise

Posted in DESTINATIONS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Looking for holiday inspiration for 2017? Our friends at TripAdvisorRentals have drawn up a list of Destinations on the Rise, based on positive feedback from real travellers. Here are the top six, together with a villa rental recommendation for each.

1. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Chilled, upmarket resort city on the southern tip of California’s Baja peninsula, with sandy beaches and historic architecture. Mastersuite Condo, above, sleeps four in two bedrooms, both with mesmerising views of the Sea of Cortez. Great for golfers as there is a serene residential golf course close by. From £164 per night.Rainbow Lodge, Whistler2. Whistler, British Columbia

One of the largest ski resorts in North America with beautiful mountain scenery and a lively après-ski scene. The Winter Olympics was held here in 2010. Rainbow Lodge, above, sleeps six in two bedrooms and is as charming as the resort it inhabits. The complex includes a sauna room and is just a short walk from the lifts. From £118 per night Casa de Temporada, Jericoacoara, Brazil3. Jericoacoara, Brazil

Resort town in the eastern state of Ceará with a picture-perfect beach and surrounded by freshwater lagoons and a National Park with vast sand dunes. Casa de Temporada, above, sleeps 10 in four bedrooms and is set among coconut and cashew trees, close to local ameneties, restaurants and shops. From £197 per night. Aloha Villa, Kihei, Hawaii4. Kihei, Hawaii Kihei is located on the sunny southwest shore of Maui. Once a favourite with Hawaiian royalty, it boasts six miles of beaches. Aloha Villa sleeps eight in three bedrooms and is a glamorous, luxurious home offering incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from sunrise to sunset. The sea-facing rooms have glass walls that can be pushed aside to provide unblemished views of the breath-taking scenery. From £819 per night. Vanilla villa, Baku, Azerbaijan5. Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s capital on the Caspian Sea is described by Lonely Planet as ‘the architectural love child of Paris and Dubai’ , its mix of medieval and contemporary landmarks making it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Vanilla Villa sleeps 14 in five bedrooms and is a sophisticated modern home decorated in the traditional Azerbaijani style, with a hot tub and large dining area, 400m from the famous Fountain Square. From £99 per night. Villa Gala, El Nido, Philippines6. El Nido, Philippines

El Nido is the gateway to the stunning and relatively unspoiled Bacuit archipelago with its secret beaches, crystal-clear waters, caves and lagoons. Villa Gala is made up of two private rooms sleeping two, which can be rented separately, surrounded by beautiful gardens with views over Bacuit Bay. From £174 per room per night. 


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