Winter Sun Escapes with Coolstays
Coolstays showcases unique and unusual places to stay across the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Tired of the difficult search for that perfect stay? Coolstays have made it their mission to find you that special place with a difference.
They have a growing portfolio of over 2000 hand-picked, extraordinary places to stay. Each offering something truly quirky, noteworthy or stylish.
So if you’re in search of some winter sun this year then let the below inspire you...
Punta Mujeres, Lanzarote, sleeps 5.
Stylish, sleek and with sensational sea views, this modern apartment is an undiscovered jewel. Hidden in a sleepy fishing village away from the bustling tourist hotspots, it is one of Lanzarote’s best kept secrets. Set on the first floor of a traditional Canarian villa, Driftwood is capped by a stunning roof terrace with sparkling ocean views, the perfect spot for lounging on the day-bed with a cold drink. The apartment’s interiors are light and contemporary, and include a master bedroom with a four-poster bed and a huge bathtub overlooking the bay. Explore the charming village of Punta Mujeres with its glistening, whitewashed villas, pebbled shore and little seafront restaurants.
Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, sleeps 6.
Villa Luna Mar is a luxury sea-view property with a captivating spot on Lanzarote’s stunning southeast coast. Just a five minute drive away from the exclusive Puerto Calero marina, where you’ll find restaurants and shops among the berthed yachts, it is an unforgettable place to unwind and recharge your batteries. Relax in the villa’s cool whitewashed interiors, sunbathe beside the solar-heated infinity pool, before watching the sunset transform into starry night skies. Hidden away from the bright lights of the busy tourist towns, this villa is a peaceful retreat that is a real paradise found.
Phuket, Thailand, sleeps 2 per villa.
Hidden within a rainforest on Phuket Island, each unique villa at Keemala is individually crafted and comes with its own private pool. Peeking out between the lush green leaves you’ll find villas built as treehouses, traditional thatched Thai cottages, safari style tents and even bird’s nests. Whichever type you choose, the interiors are equally splendid, with king-side beds, freestanding baths and gorgeous vistas of the rainforest, ocean, mountains from the sun deck. This amazing resort also offers a spa, restaurant, yoga, mediation and other little extras to help you relax and enjoy this jaw-dropping location.
Ubud, Bali, sleeps 4.
The Ylang Ylang Suite Tent at the Sandat Resort takes glamping to a whole new level, offering pure opulence, style and comfort. Complete with a private pool, air conditioning and its own bathroom, this is not your average tent. Sleeping up to four guests, the Ylang Ylang suite is a once in a lifetime experience, just perfect for romantic getaways, or an unforgettable family holiday. Experience all the beauty of the Indonesian forest, thanks to the vast windows and the tent’s secluded location among the tropical vegetation. Set on an exclusive resort, it’s ideally situated to explore the paradise island of Bali.
Canggu, Bali, sleeps 10.
An old-time colonial house, this villa evokes a sense of romance through its elegant interiors and calm atmosphere. Wooden walkways detailed with carvings weave through three floors, and floor to ceiling windows with pool and garden views open out to let a tropical breeze flow around the property. Five bedrooms, each with a sumptuous four-poster bed, sleep up to 10 guests, and the deluxe en-suite bathrooms mean you’ll never have to wait for a shower. A truly special feature of this property is the secret Balinese temple hidden in the grounds - perfect for some quiet contemplation or meditation.
Phuket, Thailand, sleeps 10
Located in Cape Panwa, on Phuket's eastern coast, Nam Bo villa is a chic and airy five bedroom, five bathroom villa with a private pool situated on the waterfront. Stunning views of the sea, dotted with forest-covered nature reserve islands come as standard, but are perhaps best enjoyed from the large wooden deck which overhangs the ocean - a dream spot to kick back on a sun lounger, swing in the hammock in the gentle island breeze, or tuck into a lantern-lit dinner al fresco with friends and family. The property even comes with a maid and its own chef, who will prepare all your meals, so there’s really nothing to do except get busy relaxing.
Puntagorda, La Palma, sleeps up to 8.
Villa La Palma is an elegant gem of a villa with an infinity pool and stunning Atlantic views. It sits perched atop a hill on the west coast on the unspoilt island of La Palma in the Canaries and offers peace, tranquility and first rate star-gazing - La Palma's dark skies make it one of the world's best places for astronomy. The villa is situated within mature gardens and has a gorgeous private infinity pool, which almost seems to spill out into the Atlantic. There’s nothing between you and those amazing ocean views, which fill every floor to ceiling window. La Palma's rugged landscape, with its volcanoes, forests, waterfalls and beaches mean it's known as the 'beautiful island' and in 2002 the whole island was made a UNESCO nature reserve.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica, sleeps 10.
Villa Monoi is just a stone’s throw from the beach on Costa Rica’s gorgeous tropical west coast. Part of a private gated community, this stylish contemporary villa feels peaceful and secluded, but is just a few hundred yards from the white sands and blue waters of a beautiful beach, designated for the community’s exclusive use. After a day spent sunbathing or surfing, this luxurious villa offers a cool, airy space to return to, with chic interiors and ample room for up to 10 guests, across four bedrooms. The sparkling private pool is just made for an early morning dip, or a hot afternoon cool-off. Nearby are a selection of beach clubs and restaurants and the surf town of Tamarindo with its shops, bars and beaches is 10 minutes away.
Hambegamuwa, Sri Lanka, sleeps 2-6 per lodge.
Go off-grid at this magical waterfront camp near Udawalawe National Park in rural Sri Lanka. Banyan Camp has four beautiful lodges dotted around a tropical 15 acre site, where you can spend the days lazing in hammocks, swimming in waterfalls and indulging in fabulous homemade Sri-Lankan food. Sustainability is firmly at the heart of this site, the rooms are simply yet beautifully designed with driftwood furniture, reclaimed doors, bamboo lampshades and canopied beds beneath simple thatched roofs. Each lodge also has a bathroom complete with a wonderfully refreshing cold shower. There’s plenty to explore in the local area - take a guided canoe tour of Lake Hambegamuwa, head to Udawalawe National Park to spot some elephants in their natural habitat, or enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner on the lake.
Cape Town, South Africa, sleeps 8.
The Blinkwater is a spacious, modern villa which makes the perfect base for exploring Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, set between the glittering ocean and the rugged peak of Table Mountain. The Blinkwater is located in the leafy, upmarket suburb of Camps Bay, a 10 minute walk from Cape Town city centre with its restaurants, museums and galleries, and just two minutes from the palm-fringed beachfront. It sleeps eight guests in four en-suite double bedrooms, with kitchen and living spaces opening out onto the glorious sun-trap terrace, with its own cool pool and expansive views of the mountains and the sea. Pure bliss.