6 Outrageous and Amazing Rentals You Can Afford Part 3
and here are the two you probably can't!
If you made it this far in my list, thanks for sticking around. I had a hard month — May is my birthday and it’s my first without Matt. This part of my list was over a month in the making, so I included a nice bonus for you all. Keep reading and learn about these amazing hotels you probably can’t afford. Take a look back at part 1 and part 2.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, India
The Umaid Bhawan Palace was built in the early part of the 20th century and considered one of the largest residential buildings in the world. It’s also claimed to be cursed so, there’s that too. The photos and reviews of this place are absolutely glowing. Horseback riding onsite, 24 hour on call doctors & nurses, spas out the ass; this place has definitely upped the relax factor. You can even visit an on-site vintage car museum. I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole lot about India but turns out Rajasthan is hot as balls a lot of the year — something you may want to take into consideration.
You can book the Palace on hotels.com, starting around $300USD/night. If you’re looking to sleep like true Rajasthan royalty, you’ll need to pony up around $800USD/night. There also seem to be promotions listed on the hotel group’s website here.
- Just remember, if you’re ever in Jodhpur and need to part with a very large amount of cash, this looks like a very good way to do it.
Pink Pearl Island, Nicaragua
- I can imagine many people have a “paradise” idea that involves staying on your own private island. To put this place in perspective, a private island isn’t cheap to rent (duh) but this is by far the cheapest option I found. Most were double or triple this price as a nightly or weekly rate. Off the coast of Nicaragua you will find a beautiful and tiny spit of sand named Pink Pearl Island. It’s only accessible by boat and you’ll be ferried over to start your very exclusive and private vacation. I spoke to the operator of the island who informed me that all drinks and meals are included with your weekly rental.
Not a bad deal, eh? Well, that weekly rental will run you $1500/USD. Per person. Two person minimum. Always a catch. It’s also worth nothing when I learned of this place, it was for sale but operating as a rental. As of now, June 2017, the south end has been sold and the north is still up for grabs. If you can make the price work for you, congrats and you should do it.
- If you can wing that price tag, you’ll be set for sport fishing, snorkeling, scuba, kayaking…pretty much any coastal and water activity you can imagine. Best of all, you don’t have to share.
Book directly with the island manager here.
BONUS Ridiculousness: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
I set out looking for a palace hotel for my list. A real palace, not a castle type building built as a hotel. That brought me to the first listing above, Umaid Bhawan. While digging around, I stumbled across the Taj Lake Palace and decided my 2 outrageous listings needed to be expanded to 3.
You’ll find this palace on Lake Pichola, a bit southwest of the Umaid Bhawan in Jodphur, also in Rajasthan, but still insanely hot. Staying on a large body of water seems like an obvious place to relax. The hotels.com listing has a nice reminder that your stay will include free parking, which is a great bonus considering you can’t get there by car. This 18th century palace is built from white marble making it look as if its above the ground when viewed from afar. Page after page of guest reviews have labeled this place as “world class travel” and one of the “best hotels in the world.”
- Amazingly, for such a place, the rates start around $250USD/night. Like the Umaid Bhawan, it starts off as what I’d call “expensive” and soon takes a turn into ridiculous with rooms running $1200USD/night and up. Considering it’s a million dollar view, I’d say it’s not such a bad deal. Book for yourself on hotels.com or head on over to their main site where you can find a lake view suite for a whopping $5000USD/night.