Our 2013 Roomorama Family Dream Stays.

By Posted in - Roomorama on December 30th, 2012 A roof terrace in the medina in Marrakech.

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With the New Year less than 24 hours away, Beth and I thought it would be fun to come up with a few of our family dream holiday rentals. Over the last couple of years, we’ve stayed in some remarkable places that we found on Roomorama. Each one helped us live like a local for a great price. Inevitably, though, during our searches we’d always come across a few places that were extravagantly awesome, but far out of our price range. While its likely we will never come within a 1000 foot radius of any of these three properties, we can always dream.

Morocco | Riad Abracadabra | $1583/night

A roof terrace in the medina in Marrakech.

Why rent a room in a traditional riad, when you can rent the whole freaking  house. Located just minutes from the famed Djemma el Fna square, Riad Abracadabra underwent two years of restoration using autochthonous materials such as the tadelakt (polished handcrafted cement), the zellij of Fez or the bejmat (baked clay) before opening in 2009. This 10 person sleeper features eight rooms, each with its own personality,  a full kitchen (with an option to have a personal chef) and roof terrace with hammocks, armchairs and a bar.

Ireland | Castle Oliver | $2545

Castle Oliver in the countryside of Ireland.

We’ve visited a few castles in our travels, but I don’t think either one of us ever thought it was possible to rent one. I mean that is some Rolling Stones stuff, and I’m no Mick Jagger or even Charlie Watts for that matter. With that said, if I was going to rent a castle then it would be the Castle Oliver in the Ballyhoura Mountains. Set on 15 acres of private parkland halfway between Limerick and Cork, the baronial mansion sleeps 16 and is surrounded by thousands of acres of Irish countryside. The castle features 100 rooms and has the largest wine cellar in Ireland with a capacity for 55,000 bottles. Additionally, the estate has five superior bedrooms and three deluxe with the superior rooms boasting unique hand carved 4 poster beds, which were commissioned for the castle during its recent restoration. All of the beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets with exclusively made throws. The spacious ensuite bathrooms are outfitted with large bath tubs, power showers and luxurious toiletries, robes and towels. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by the butler in the Clondfoy Hall, which has a large open fire place and stain glass windows depicting St Patrick’s life, and then treated to a champagne reception.

Bali | Casa Brio | $850/night

A contemporary Indonesian home in Bali.

Beth and I have always had a soft spot for tropical locales and have been dying to get to Bali ever since we started dating seven years ago. So, when we came across Casa Brio, which is set among Bali’s traditional tropical gardens and rice fields we were sold. This place just oozes relaxation, and we could easily picture hanging out with our families in this luxurious Bali home that accommodates up to eight people. Casa Brio is set in the charming village of Uma Sari (‘essence of rice fields’) in the district of Seminyak, Bali’s famed fashionable quarters. Located just a short walk from the W Resort, The Sentosa, Potato Head, The Legian, The Samaya and The world’s well known Bali icon- Ku De Ta, this spanish-style house blends cosmopolitan Bali with contemporary aesthetics and trend-setting design. Casa Brio features a 21 meter pool, four bedrooms, an audio room, spa and open concept large living room/dinning area that looks out towards the  pool. Additionally, Casa Brio also offers personalized services including a butler, chef, security and a chauffeured driven car as well as WiFi and free access to the nearby Canggu Club.

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  • Wends of Journeys and Travels -

    January 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Castle Oliver just blows me away, like thousand of meters away. hahhaa. This insanely luxurious and way way out of my price range but amazing. 🙂

    • Bethany -

      January 7, 2013 at 7:53 am

      I know – pretty amazing huh?!? It’s out of our price range too but we couldn’t resist featuring it because it would be so awesome to stay there!

  • Sam -

    January 7, 2013 at 6:21 am

    WOW!!! If I had taken my wife here in such a luxurious dream holiday room she would have gone more made for me. Wished I had read this post earlier. Nevertheless, our anniversary is nearby I am definitely going to take her to Riad Abracadabra…It looks amazing. Thanks Randy for such a great post!

    • Bethany -

      January 7, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Hi Sam, We agree – these places are pretty amazing. If you go to Riad Abracadabra please let us know – we would love to hear all about it from you!

  • The Guy -

    January 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Some lovely suggestions there to only dream of. Mind you for a castle with over 100 rooms I think just over $2,500 a night is a pretty good deal.

  • Pauline | PinayTraveller -

    January 10, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Castle Oliver looks awesome! Perfect for writing a novel or just being away from all the drama.:)

  • Will -

    January 17, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Wow, Castle Oliver looks stunning. Although you cannot beat the atmosphere in Marrakesh. The riads are a quiet little sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the streets. The fact that they are so small makes them awesome family run businesses and so there’s always that extra little touch, especially when the owner greets you at the front door and always remembers your name.
    Great post Randy