What is THIRDHOME member, Barbara, saying about her trip to Guatemala this week?

THIRDHOME Exchange member, Barbara, recently returned from Guatemala. Keep reading to learn more about her travel experience!

Caelum et Terra, Guatemala

Caelum et Terra | Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala

Caelum et Terra is truly heaven on Earth overlooking Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Views from the cliffside home include San Pedro, Tolimán and Atitlán volcanoes. Colorful decorations fill the interior of the home and staff is on site for luxury service during your stay. Two levels make up this incredible Guatemalan residence with 3 bedrooms on the lower level and a master bedroom on the top. Take in the breathtaking scenery while swimming in the infinity pool and looking out over the edge. Explore nearby villages such as Quetzaltenango or Chichicastenango en El Quiche, both rich with Mayan culture and Spanish colonial architecture. Caelum et Terra is a perfect and unique getaway!

THIRDHOME member Barbara says, “Our family stay for just the 4 of us was truly heaven on earth. In all my years of traveling this has to be one of the highlights and words do not even begin to describe how special this area is.” click here to read more of Barbara’s review.

 

 

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THIRDHOME Exchange members have recently returned from Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic and Matei Taveuni, Fiji. Keep reading to learn about their THIRDHOME experience.

 

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El Ingenio 16 | La Romana, Dominican Republic

Escape to the Dominican Republic’s exclusive Casa de Campo La Romana Country Club with this centrally-located property. With room for up to 8 people, this home is a perfect springboard for a holiday filled with award-winning golf, delicious meals and beachfront lounging for the whole family. Enjoy direct access to the pool and outdoor living areas from the main living space and enjoy rolling golf course views. The house staff will accommodate your every need during your stay at this luxurious tropical retreat.

THIRDHOME member Michael says, “Our family of five was so fortunate to be able to experience a wonderfully relaxing week at El Ingenio 16. Our hosts, Pat and Mike, were the consummate THIRDHOME hosts. Pre arrival, they made sure that we knew every detail about the resort and their home. The resort, Casa de Campo, has world class golf courses, a lovely beach and numerous restaurants. as well as many other fun family activities (tennis, shooting, horseback riding etc). The house is truly a ‘home’. Thank you to our most wonderful hosts!” click here to read more of Michael’s review.

 

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Raiwasa Private Retreat | Matei Taveuni, Fiji

Perched on the northern coastline of Taveuni Island, Raiwasa is one of Fiji’s most exclusive properties. With private beach access and an infinity pool, this home is packed with reasons to visit. And with room for 6 people, you’ll want to invite the whole family. The full staff of 12 can arrange full-resort amenities during your stay at Raiwasa. Get a massage while looking over the Somosomo Straight or enjoy a 5-course dinner prepared by the property chef. Explore Taveuni’s rainforests, waterfalls and wildlife when you’re not luxuriating in Raiwasa’s wealth of amenities.

THIRDHOME member Andy says, “Raiwasa is without question, the best vacation we have ever experienced. From the time we arrived until our plane took off, every need was accommodated and the level of service was impeccable. We took full advantage of the activities offered and learned so much about the special island of Taveuni and Fijian culture. While we did a lot of exploring and activities, there was still plenty of time for a daily massage and relaxing by the pool. To say the food at Rawaisa is incredible would be an understatement. The garden on the property provides so many fresh, local fruits that are served daily. Everything we ate was thoughtfully and beautifully prepared…Raiwasa exceeded every expectation we had. My husband and I went for a week-long vacation just the two of us, but we can’t wait to return with our children. If you are considering a trip to Raiwasa, don’t hesitate another second, book now!” click here to read more of Andy’s review.

 

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Summer is over and the results are in.

These non-Affiliate properties in the THIRDHOME portfolio received the most 5-star reviews from June to September of 2018.

 

Some were especially popular due to their location and others more-so for their interiors. There were several that captured the  beauty of both worlds, bringing form and function to the table. Did you stay at one of the properties below?

 

Top Reviewed THIRDHOME Exchange properties of summer 2018 Portland

Portland, Oregon | The World is your Oyster, You are the Pearl

Featured reviews:

“This beautiful condo is in the perfect location to visit Portland. The views from this one bedroom unit are gorgeous.”-Maynard & Judy

“This condo is perfectly situated in the famous pearl District of Portland… Accommodations were beautiful and looking forward to a return visit.”-Ernie & Gena

“The apartment is beautiful with incredible views over Portland. Walking distance from stores and great dining it was a perfect base for a relaxing week exploring the area.”-David & Tanya

Number of Summer 2018 5-star reviews: 4

 

Top Reviewed THIRDHOME Exchange properties of summer 2018 Colorado

Cordillera, Colorado | Luxury Vail Villa Estate in Cordillera

Featured reviews:

“What a fabulous home with breathtaking views! We enjoyed Vail’s farmers market, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, golf and live music plus great restaurants. We loved cooking in the fantastic kitchen too because we didn’t usually want to leave!”- Jennifer

“We were taken aback by the sheer majesty of this estate, atop the exclusive Cordillera Ranch Club. The home is decked out in every conceivable way and afforded us the utmost in comfort and relaxation.”-Michael

“Holy Cow!!!!!!!!!!! This place is off the hook! Thanks again! Wow!”-David

Number of Summer 2018 5-star reviews: 4

 

Top Reviewed THIRDHOME Exchange properties of summer 2018 Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica | Casa Alegria

Featured reviews:

“We absolutely loved the home. We will miss the monkeys on the balcony and the view. We can’t wait to return.”- Kristin & David

“Fabulous home with extraordinary views and abundant wild life-Capuchin monkeys, toucans ,sloths, howler monkeys ,iguanas and multiple birds.”- John & Nancy

“Beautiful house right in the rainforest. We felt one with nature seeing toucans and monkeys right outside the house while sipping coffee. So cool!”-Michael

Number of Summer 2018 5-star reviews: 4

 

Top Reviewed THIRDHOME Exchange properties of summer 2018 Chicago

Chicago, Illinois | Downtown Chicago, Lake Shore East Property

Featured reviews:

“This condo was everything it described and more! This was our second year in the unit. Very clean and loaded with everything to make you feel right at home. The location you cannot beat, minutes from fantastic restaurants, attractions, shopping, and a very nice grocery store. The amenities at the building are first class.”-Matt

“Nice property is a quiet area downtown. Great spot to stay for a visit and easy to catch the L or Uber.”- Jonathan

Number of Summer 2018 5-star reviews: 5

 

Top Reviewed THIRDHOME Exchange properties of summer 2018 Switzerland

Verbier, Switzerland | Chalet de Merveilles

Featured reviews:

“It just doesn’t get any better then sitting on the terrace in the cool dry alpine air gazing at snow covered Swiss Alps in the summertime.”-Suzi

“It was our first time to Switzerland and we stayed here for two weeks…We had a great time.”- Michael

“Chalet des Merveillles really did exceed our expectations as we weren’t sure what to expect of the Swiss mountains in the summer. Christophe the owner couldn’t have been more inviting and Carla the chalet manager was friendly and wonderfully helpful. Verbier in the summer is wonderful with walking, hiking, climbing, cycling and in the most gorgeous surroundings.”- John

Number of Summer 2018 5-star reviews: 6

 

Top Reviewed THIRDHOME Exchange properties of summer 2018 Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | Villa las Palmas

Featured reviews:

“Tropical is a great word for this gorgeous home. We loved it here and been here a few times.”- Michael

“This is a beautiful property owned and managed by attentive friendly people. The location is fantastic. Jump at any chance to use this property in the future.”- Paul

“This property was wonderful. The staff was great. Some of the best golf in the world.”- Stewart

Number of Summer 2018 5-star reviews: 9

 

There you have it. These were the top-rated non-Affiliate THIRDHOME Exchange properties of Summer 2018. Always remember to review your trips to help other members find amazing stays! Click here to browse through THIRDHOME properties in the order of those that have the most 5-star reviews.

What are THIRDHOME Members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to The Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom this week?

 

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La Esperanza | Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Sometimes called “the Hamptons of the Dominican Republic” and other times “the Beverly Hills of the D.R.”, Casa de Campo sure does live up to expectation. Comprised of over 1,700 villas ranging in price from $500K to $24 million, visiting Casa de Campo means being in good company. When THIRDHOME member, Barbara visited this past month, she only knew as much as the travel guidebooks could tell her. There was no predicting the extent of the pampering she and her party would receive by the property staff. With 3-bedrooms and a pool terrace surrounded by lush greenery, this home is perfect for a winter’s end escape.

THIRDHOME member Barbara says, “Casa de Campo is the Beverly Hills of the Caribbean, who knew? Not us…Our home away from home was lovely, beautifully decorated and comfortable without being pretentious…It was truly an exquisite week that we shall never forget! ” click here to read more of Barbara’s review

 

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Fox End | Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Just follow the cookie crumbs from Oxford and you’ll soon arrive at this fairytale cottage in the charming and pastoral Moreton-in-Marsh parish of Cotswold. The building itself dates back to the 1650’s but has been delicately and lovingly updated over the years, a perfect blend of old and new. For reference, tea was introduced to England in 1652, making this property as quintessentially British as teatime. With room for up to 8 people, the word “cottage” more so describes the aesthetic and bucolic qualities of the home rather than the size. Explore the countryside, enjoy tea in the garden, go horseback riding or go fly fishing all from the comfort of this cozy Cotswold home.

THIRDHOME members Dean and Lesli say, “We did–fall in love, that is. Hated to leave! This was the perfect storybook cottage in the perfect location. Our family of five were exceedingly comfortable in this well-appointed, gracious and beautifully furnished home…Our visit was exactly what we wanted and needed it to be and it would be our pleasure to have the opportunity to return one day!” click here to read more of Dean and Lesli’s review

 

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Sorelle Amore, THIRDHOME‘s Best Job On The Planet winner, explores Puntacana Resort in the Dominican Republic and shows off some of the best activities and attractions to put on your list for a trip to the area. She stayed at Villa Las Palmas

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Sorelle Amore, THIRDHOME‘s Best Job On The Planet winner, visits the same water hole Casey Neistat swam in while staying at Villa Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic. This luxury villa is located within the exclusive Puntacana Resort community. 

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Sorelle Amore, THIRDHOME‘s Best Job On The Planet winner, provides a tour of Villa Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic. This luxury villa is located within the exclusive Puntacana Resort community. 

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What are the prerequisites to a perfect tropical holiday?

A large THIRDHOME property with a private infinity pool, hammocks and reclining seats all around, a bar within the home to dine and wine the night away, coconut trees all around providing you with refreshing coconut juice whenever you desire, pristine white sand beaches minutes away, blue skies and perfect tropical temperatures, a golf cart to zip around between endless restaurants and spas, a grocery pre-stocking service so you can arrive to a fridge full of your favorite foods and exceptional staff that take care of the minor details so you can forget about all responsibilities.

Welcome to Villa Las Palmas located within Puntacana Resort in the Dominican Republic.

This is just the beginning of what you can expect on your next holiday in the Caribbean.

If you’re seeking a romantic getaway with your loved one, sipping on wine all night long and relaxing in the private Jacuzzi under the stars; or you’re wanting to bring your family for a fun family-friendly vacation, this is your place.

Villa Las Palmas is a four-bedroom luxury villa located within the exclusive gated community of the Puntacana Resort & Club. Within the community, you’ll find the homes of Oscar de la Renta (RIP), Julio Iglesias and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Justin Bieber has also been a guest at the resort for all those Beliebers out there.

My favourite part of Villa Las Palmas was the stand-alone building which housed the master bedroom where the doors opened up to the hammocks and pool out back.

Activities at the resort include every water sport you can think of including kayaking, snorkeling, diving and more. Personally, I would highly recommend snorkeling or diving. I was lucky enough to see eight turtles very close during my dive, something I’ve never seen before.

Allow yourself to indulge in great range of cuisines during your stay. A favourite of mine at the resort is La Yola, which is a restaurant that sits on a platform above the ocean within the marina and serves fresh seafood, mouth-watering meat dishes and more. As a personal favorite to start your meal, you must also try the grilled eggplant with mozzarella cheese and aurora sauce.

At La Yola restaurant there’s also the added touch of live music on weekends played by a 3 piece-wandering band. Expect them to play divine angel-like music right at your table.

A favorite part of the resort is the Ecological Reserve, which is home to a perfectly clear blue water swimming hole surrounded by thick mangroves and forest. It’s a secluded space and depending on the time of day, you could enjoy this beautiful space all on your own.

No vacation can be complete without a visit to the spa. The Six Senses Spa is a 5-minute golf cart ride away from your villa.

I opted for an exotic bamboo stick massage. Sitting on planes and exploring so many countries recently has caused many knots in my back (not complaining at all, I promise). This deep tissue massage sorted all that out.

After the massage, you can swim in the crystal clear ocean directly out front, or lounge in the hammocks nestled amongst the trees. I did fulfill a long dream of mine by having a nap in a hammock on the beach with a gentle warm breeze rocking me to sleep.

When you imagine the ultimate tropical vacation, know that it’s all possible at Villa Las Palmas located in Puntacana Resort in the Dominican Republic.

-Sorelle Amore

 

During her trip to the Dominican Republic, Sorelle stayed at Villa Las PalmasClick here to view all THIRDHOME properties in the Dominican Republic.

Sorelle Amore won THIRDHOME‘s “Best Job On The Planet,” which garnered more than 17,000 applications from around the world. In her position as a Luxury Travel Connoisseur for THIRDHOME, she is traveling the world, staying in 12 luxury homes.

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WHAT ARE THIRDHOME MEMBERS SAYING ABOUT THEIR LUXURY HOME EXCHANGE TRIPS (TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND ITALY) THIS WEEK?

 

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Villa Las Palmas | Dominican Republic

This stunning villa was recently visited by the Best Job on The Planet winner, Sorelle Amore. It’s no surprise why members can’t get enough of this property. With room for 8 people, this villa is perfect for a group golf vacation or a family trip to the beach. The resort golf course, La Cana, was declared by Golf magazine as “Number One course in the Caribbean.” This property also comes with staff, making this stay exceptionally easy. Resort amenities are also available to guests including access to The Six Senses Spa. Escape to the tropics of Punta Cana in this stylish and spacious villa.

THIRDHOME member Gaelle says, “We spent 2 weeks in this villa and we have had such a great time. The resort is great and everything is within 10 min golf cart ride…The staff at the villa made our stay very special (Miguelina & Vincente) cutting fresh fruits every morning and bringing us fresh coconuts to hydrate us during the day.” Click here to read more of Gaelle’s review. 

 

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Residence at Portopiccolo | Italy

A city of mixed identities, Trieste is a marine town on the Adriatic coast near the Slovenian border. Years of rule under the Austrians and Italians have left this city with a melding of cultures without allegiance to any particular nation. This destination truly feels like a world all its own. Inside Trieste is the environmentally sustainable Residence at Portopiccolo, which boasts a world-class marina, boutiques, a luxury spa and delicious restaurants. Feel the wind roll off the Adriatic as you relax at the Beach Club or dine by the harbor. After your time in Trieste, you’ll have trouble putting your finger on what made it so special, but like a siren, it will call you back for more.

THIRDHOME member Catherine says, “Portopiccolo is a gated community with nary a stone out of place. It is like being in a beautiful bubble…We especially enjoyed the ample terrace – the first time I have seen a lawn on a balcony! Highly recommended.” Click here to read more of Catherine’s review. 

 

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