Since its inception in 2016, Plum Guide has been on a mission to revolutionise the way we travel. The holiday rental service is committed to collating the most luxurious properties in the world, removing any potential risk of disappointment from the experience.

Essentially, Plum Guide has taken care of the hard work for you, with its meticulous, multi-stage vetting process (only three percent of homes make it into their guide). This makes Plum Guide a highly luxurious alternative to other vacation rental services like Airbnb. While in the past you've had to rely on accommodation reviews written by complete strangers, now you can rest safe in the knowledge that Plum Guide's experienced and incredibly discerning Home Critics consider it a perfect stay.

Discover the difference: check out some of our top picks from Plum Guide below...

5 stand-out stays from Plum Guide

My Secret Garden, London

This grand four-bedroom Victorian home boasts a stylish yet relaxed interior, where vintage furnishings and modern touches are combined for a boho-chic look. Luscious green plants and an abundance of natural light that floods in through skylights and crittall-style doors create a sense of calm, while period details like a marble fireplace and traditional wood panels add charm.

The garden, complete with its very own mini orchard, tropical garden and beautiful Acapulcos, is the perfect place to escape to. Situated on a small private road in the lively south London neighbourhood of Brixton, the home is in walking distance to some of the city's top bars and restaurants, as well as leafy green spaces like Brockwell Park and Clapham Common.

Pompidou Mood, Paris

Situated a stone's throw away from the iconic Pompidou Centre in Paris, this eclectic loft apartment reflects the creative nature of its setting with its book-lined walls, bold bursts of colour and statement furniture. The tall windows throughout the home fill the space with light and offer a quintessential Parisian view.

As well as the Pompidou Centre, the apartment is within walking distance of other must-see sights, including Notre Dame and the Tuileries Garden.

Time for Reflection, Gloucestershire

Perched on the banks of Huntsman Lake in picturesque Gloucestershire, this unique property boasts incredible views, thanks to an exterior made entirely of glass. Designed by the Dutch architectural firm Mecanoo, it's full of ultra-luxe features, including two expansive terraces with sweeping panoramas as well as a basement complete with a nine-seater cinema, bar area, Jacuzzi, sauna and full-size snooker table.

Dining in is a treat, thanks to a huge open plan kitchen that features tandoori and pizza ovens, plus a wine fridge. It's unlikely that you'll ever want to leave the house, but if you feel the need to venture outside, there are plenty of activities including wild swimming and zip lining.

Ranch of the Rising Sun, Joshua Tree

This two-bedroom hilltop cabin in San Bernardino County, California is the perfect desert retreat for those looking to escape hectic city life. Surrounded by nothing but breathtaking trees, rocks, and landscape, the property is completely secluded. Warm up by the wood-burning stove, bash out some tunes on the grand piano or gaze up at the stars from the hot tub.

The wood-heavy interiors are seriously impressive, with original art by the late Gerald Zeldin on the walls, beautiful Mojave-inspired furnishings and retro wooden furniture.

Artistic Licence, New York

This elegant and airy New York abode exudes sophistication, with its pared-back colour palette, Marcel Breuer-inspired chairs and abundance of artwork and antiques. The Bauhaus-inspired dining room is a particular treat for design lovers.

Located in the artistic neighbourhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, the property is a stone's throw away from some of the city's best bars and restaurants, plus the nearby subway will take you to the West Village in thirty minutes.

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