Don’t Rent a Hotel When You Can Stay in Style

Different people have different standards when traveling. Some people will prioritize finding the most affordable accommodations, while others will demand the most exquisite luxury. What if the most luxurious accommodations were also the best value? Well, folks, it isn’t too good to be true. Allow us to present the following reasons why choosing a vacation rental might, in fact, be a better bang for your buck. Not to mention, a better experience and a better place to make memories.

The differences between a hotel room and a vacation rental are plentiful. While a hotel may place you in a cramped room within close proximity to loud neighbors, a vacation rental gives you all of the space and privacy you could ever crave. You need not worry about crying babies or any other late-night sounds drifting over from adjacent rooms. Instead, you can relax and rest freely in a space that’s entirely yours.

Region capture 19Unless, of course, you decide to share it! A vacation rental is the ideal way to share a vacation with your family or with other travelers. Unlike other accommodations, a rental gives you the ability to welcome guests as you please. Parking is also no longer an issue. While a hotel might charge you to park, the area surrounding your rental is also free game for your use, so you and any guests joining you can park without worry. Eliminating the potential charge of parking can result in substantial savings.

You can also save by utilizing the gourmet kitchen in your vacation rental and cooking meals instead of eating out. While sampling local food is, of course, part of your trip, you can make memories cooking with professional-grade amenities. This can save you the cost of several meals and make your vacation even more special. If the goal of your trip is to relax and escape, you deserve a space in which you can do so. A vacation rental from Five Star Vacation Rental offers features and luxury that beat what any hotel might offer as well as an experience that is truly invaluable.

While Big Bear is our most popular destination, you can also enjoy some quality time in our other great luxury vacation rentals:  Nuevo Vallarta, Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. With Five Star Vacation Rentals, you can be assured that your vacation time will be a time of true relaxation and enjoyment for your family.  We recognize that most families today get precious little vacation time, and we work hard to help make sure your time away will be memorable and meaningful. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and help you put together a great vacation.  Give us a call 310-780-3411.

Planning a Nuevo Vallarta Beach Vacation

Where do you go when you want an exotic beach getaway that’s close to home…but not too close? It isn’t a trick question, and yes, such a place exists. The cool sandy beaches of Mexico’s Nuevo Vallarta may be exactly what you’re looking for. With flight times out of LAX averaging three hours, it’s clear why this locale is such a popular pick for luxurious yet accessible vacations. The beach boasts warm, white sand contrasted by clear blue water and the lush greenery that covers the ground.

Bright, coastal scene of a palm tree leaf and blissful clouds hovering over a beach in Nuevo Vallarta, MexicoAnd as if the beach wasn’t enough to get you packing, the area’s other amenities certainly will. There are several luxury shopping malls that offer the finest in retail, and most of the stores accept American dollars. The dining scene, too, is unparalleled. Exotic gourmet cuisine is the norm in Nuevo Vallarta, so much so that some people have been known to visit just for the food. Few other locales can rival the quality of food, dining, and entertainment found here…and don’t forget the beach!

Once you’ve taken in all of these offerings, you can visit the many luxury condominiums, pools, spas, and golf courses that are nearby, too. At every turn, Nuevo Vallarta offers the finest entertainment to visitors. Perhaps the most luxurious of all its features, however, is the Villa la Estancia property. This development, in the most exclusive area of Nuevo Vallarta, houses luxury housing, penthouses, and vacation rentals. The stunning views and picturesque exterior make this the most coveted accommodation in the city, and Five Star Vacation Rental offers select rentals in the complex.

Whether you need a quick getaway or a major vacation, Nuevo Vallarta is a wonderful place to land. Its proximity to Los Angeles paired with its level of luxury make it an unbeatable choice for visitors. Investing in a vacation rental during your stay can make your experience even better, and Five Star Vacation Rental is proud to offer the most exquisite rentals in the area. If you are ready for a fabulous Mexican adventure, do it in style, and book one of our Villa la Estancia offerings.

Villa la Estancia is the standard for luxury in Nuevo Vallarta, and Five Star Vacation Rental offers only the top quality accommodations. is our top Spring Break destination, but if you’re looking for a more exotic vacation, we also maintain rentals in Big Bear,  Mammoth Mountain, Park City, Southern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property will ensure that you experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your vacation to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

Big Bear Vacation Rental: Slope Side at Bear Mountain

ClubViewHD_27When your family decides to plan a vacation getaway, what are the most important elements?  It varies a bit from family to family, but there are some common features that pretty much every family wants. In this week’s blog, we’re featuring our Big Bear vacation rental, “Slope Side at Bear Mountain,” and we’re sure it’ll hit the mark for even the most demanding members of your family.

For starters, it’s located in Big Bear — our number one vacation destination.  Big Bear has more to offer for a vacation rental than you can possibly experience in a single weekend or even a full week’s vacation.  As the winter approaches, winter sports start taking center stage, and our Cabin #1 is ideally situated to take ClubViewHD_46full advantage of the snow activities.  It’s just a 2 minute walk to the slopes at Bear Mountain.  Can you imagine rolling out of bed, enjoying a nice breakfast with your family, and then walking a couple minutes to a great day skiing? For many of our guests, it’s a dream come true.  And this cabin is ideal for extended family and friends. It has room for up to 13 guests, and a big 7 person spa to relax after your day on the slopes.  It has 4 bedrooms and three baths with a set of bunk beds the kids will enjoy.  It’s also a short drive into The Village, so you can spend some of your downtime shopping and enjoying the local cuisine. But we think you’ll have the best time just relaxing in this Big Bear Vacation Rental.

ClubViewHD_33But you may choose to take all your meals in once you get a look at the fully-equipped kitchen.  You’ll find everything you need to create wonderful meals.  And since you run the kitchen, you get to choose your favorite foods cooked exactly the way you want.  Best of all, there’s no waiting for a free table in a loud restaurant, and there’s no need to tip the staff (unless the kids help out, and you want to reward them!). It’s a wonderful family time in a beautiful home nestled amid the trees adjacent to the slopes.

View more photos and details at this link.  You can book online, or give us a call at 310-780-3411 for more details on this or any of our other Big Bear vacation rentals.  At Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’re dedicated to offering the best quality cabins and estates, so you can just relax and feel pampered during your stay with us.  We strive to make sure the hardest part of your visit will be when you have to pack up and go back home.


It’s Not Too Late for Labor Day in Big Bear

The last gasps of summer are echoing around our homes.  They take the form of rushed mornings, conflicting schedules, and the recognition that life would be simpler if we had a fleet of cars with drivers for the little ones.  If school hasn’t already started back up for your family, it soon will. Even if you had a family vacation over the summer, Labor Day is a great way to have one last hurrah before fully settling in with the new schedule when school gets in full swing.

Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7th this year, and the mountain is packed with great events for the long weekend.  We often get booked solid, so be sure to call us right away to book your getaway.  We reported on a couple of the Labor Day events in last week’s blog, so be sure to check that out (here) for more info on the Car Show and the Annual Mountain Men gathering.  Here are a few more of the fun things happening that weekend:

The annual Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show takes over the Big Bear Convention Center for the weekend, and it promises to be a great event for the entire family.  Browse the many booths filled with crafts and artworks created by local artisans. This one is great for the kids, because many of the artists will be creating works live at the event.  You’ll see pottery thrown, dolls crafted, unique jewelry, and hand-carved bears. There will be some great food and live entertainment as well. Doors are open from 10am to 5pm on the 5th and 6th.

The Busy Bears Annual Quilt Show at Big Bear Middle School in on September 6th this year from 10am to 5pm.  This annual event showcases some of the most amazing and creative works of stitchery you’ll find anywhere.  It’s a great opportunity to see this centuries-old craft close up, and many of the quilts are on sale with proceeds benefiting local Big Bear charities.  It’s a unique opportunity to walk away with an instant family heirloom lovingly crafted by a local artisan.  There’s a $5 admission fee to benefit the charities.  Visit their website for more info:

The weekend also have numerous events for the cyclists sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association and ongoing nature walks at the Discovery Center. Whatever event draws you to Big Bear, we confident the best part of your visit will be the comfort you experience in  your Five Star Vacation Rental. There’s really no better way to end a full day of fun family activities than to retreat to the privacy and luxury you’ll find in one of our Big Bear vacation rentals.

You can view all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Making other plans for Labor Day weekend?  Here are links to our other destinations in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain,  Southern California Beachesand Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whatever your plans may be for this or other upcoming events, make sure your next anniversary, birthday, or holiday is one your family will always fondly remember.  We’ll be happy to help that happen, so call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.

How To Make Your Life More Like Your Computer Keyboard

Sometimes unlocking the mysteries of life is as simple as taking a closer look at everyday items around us.  We look at trees, and we see metaphors for strength through strong roots.  Many flowers rise early, follow the light all day, and gently close each night. Even our computer keyboards can offer insights.

On the upper left of most keyboards is the magical, “ESC” key.  As we all know, that’s short for “Escape,” and it’s exactly what makes a Five Star Vacation Rental such a great value.  “Escape” is a powerful concept. In its simplest definition, escape means to seek freedom from some sort of restraint or confinement.  Many of us live lives that are sorely in need of an escape.  We have high-pressure jobs with people relying upon us for one thing or another.  We have commitments and appointments, and sometimes we face one deadline after another. It’s vital for our health and well being that we occasionally seek refuge from this.  Remove the lid from the pressure cooker, and breathe some fresh air. At Five Star Vacation Rentals, that’s what we’re all about.

In the lower left and right corners of most keyboards is the “Ctrl” key, which stands for “Control.”  This is one of the best things about a Five Star Vacation Rental.  Unlike subjecting yourself to the confinement of a hotel, with our vacation rentals, you’re in control.  Feel like eating something in the middle of the night?  No problem.  All our units come with full kitchens.  Just stock them up with your favorites upon your arrival, and you can pull on your robe and slippers for a midnight snack whenever you wish.  Try doing that at a hotel.  Want to bring along the kids, but still have some privacy for the adults?  Give the kids their own bedroom just down the hall, without the bother of strangers walking just outside in the hallway.  Many of our properties have full decks with barbecues as well.  Try grilling a couple of steaks in your room at the hotel, and you’ll soon be facing the wrath of the local fire department.

And at the bottom of every keyboard is the all important space key.   That’s what you may enjoy most about your Five Star Vacation Rental.  Why rent a small room in a hotel, when you can enjoy the space of an entire luxury home for your next getaway?  Surround yourself in a truly luxurious space, so you can enjoy your escape.

Five Star Vacation Rentals specializes in creating luxurious vacations in the most beautiful destinations.  You can browse our properties and book online, or let one of our specialists help you find the perfect getaway destination for your family.  We have great vacation rentals available in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend hiking getaway or a week-long family vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect location.  Just give us a call at 310-780-3411, and our vacation specialists will help you create an experience that your family will always cherish.

Welcome our Newest Example of the Good Life!

We are constantly amazed at the amount of effort that goes into creating a true work of luxurious craftsmanship.  Things that come easy are seldom great, and great things never come easy.  Our cabins and estates are a prime example of this adage.  Take a look at our newest property for a great example.

Our #22, Eagle Point Lakefront is just stellar. As you wander up the driveway, you immediately begin to understand that this was created at great expense with an equal amount of work. It presents a striking impression before you even open the front door.  But, the impression continues as you enter.

This estate cabin boasts 5 bedrooms, 5-1/2 baths, and three fireplaces spread over a sprawling 5500 square foot floorplan.  The huge master suite upstairs is furnished with a king size bed and has its own fireplace.  It’s a lakefront property as well, so you can wander out on the back deck and enjoy views of the lake spread out in front of you.  Two additional bedrooms are outfitted with private baths, so this is an ideal destination for larger groups or multiple families.

When you’re not out hiking or enjoying all the summer watersports on the lake, you can relax here with a friendly game of pool or just enjoy some cold drinks in the sunken living room.  It’s a property custom designed to enhance your relaxation, and the only moment you’ll regret choosing to stay here is when you have to pack up to leave.

You can view all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Here are links to our other destinations in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain,  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Make sure your next anniversary, birthday, or holiday is one your family will always fondly remember.  We’ll be happy to help that happen, so call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.


Beat the Summer Heat In Big Bear

Living in Southern California has a lot of amazing benefits, but even with our moderate temperatures, the summers can feel a bit extreme at times.  And the constant discussions about the drought only serve to make the warm weather feel even hotter.  Well, we’ve got a great solution for you.  Getaway to Big Bear, and leave behind worries about the heat and the drought.  We’ve got plenty of water, and our temperatures are always milder than down the hill.  Here are a couple of great options:

Our cabin #12 “Lakeside Retreat” is amazingly popular year round.  It’s not hard to see why.  It takes luxury living to a new level with its indoor swimming pool.  You need never venture outside at all in order to enjoy a refreshing swim with this one.   In the winter, it’s a wonderful way to end a day on the slopes.  During summer, it’s a nearly decadent level of luxury to have your own private pool hidden away inside your luxury cabin.  Anytime of year, this one is a great choice.

Our “Estate by the Lake” cabin #8 is another favorite that includes a summer pool outdoors.  This beauty is perfect for large groups, and you’ll marvel at all the custom touches.  The whimsical acorn-styled chandeliers over the huge dining room table are something that our guests consistently notice with delight.  This beauty also boasts 5 master suites spread over 7000 square feet of sheer luxury.  There’s room enough to bring the entire extended family for your getaway to this one.

Want to enjoy an even larger “pool?” Our “Grand Lakefront in Big Bear,” cabin #10 is right on Big Bear Lake with it’s own dock.  Just pull on your swim suit anytime and enjoy the refreshing cool waters of the lake right off your own deck.  And when you’re not in the water, this one is an amazing find.  It’s a destination that’s been chosen by Hollywood glitterati, and you’ll quickly see why.  It boasts amazing architecture and furnishings with stunning lake scenery dominating the views out of virtually every window.

You can view all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Here are links to our other destinations in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain,  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Make sure your next anniversary, birthday, or holiday is one your family will always fondly remember.  We’ll be happy to help that happen, so call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.

Summer Fun in a Five Star Vacation Rental

Five Star Vacation Rentals has properties located in some of the most desirable destinations in the world.  With summer vacations just around the corner, it’s a great time to look at the possibilities.  This year you can plan a vacation that will be the one the entire family looks back on for years to come as their all-time favorite. Here is a quick recap of our top two destinations.  Either of these will be a great option for your summer getaway:

Big Bear Vacation Rentals

Far and away, this is our most popular destination.  We’ve worked hard over the years to assemble some the most luxurious cabins and estates available in Big Bear.  Our cabins offer something for everyone.  If you want seclusion and privacy, we’ve got you covered.  Want to enjoy a great lake view with room for the extended family?  No problem.  Planning a family reunion with 20-30 family members?  We have adjoining cabins available that will keep you all centrally located without the hassle and expense of renting a dozen hotel rooms.

Summer is an ideal time to visit Big Bear.  The lake is stocked, and fishing is a great pastime.  Boating on the lake is also popular with boat, sailboard, and jet ski rentals available.  There are a number of great hiking trails that will immerse you in the beauty of Big Bear’s forest.  Bring your bike with you or rent one when you arrive, and you’ll find another great opportunity to enjoy the pristine surroundings.  View all of our Big Bear rentals at this link:

Villa la Estancia Mexico Vacation Rentals

We were one of the early buyers at this resort outside Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, and we regularly return to enjoy the amazing sandy beaches.  It’s everything you expect from a beachside resort.  It has luxurious pools with sunken cabanas, so you can just swim up and get some refreshments.  It has a 30,000 square foot world-class spa on site that will provide you with a decadent level of pampering.  The restaurants located at the resort are world class, and offer an amazing combination of local seafood with the finest Kobe beef dishes as well.  Ask us about our all-inclusive meal package to simplify your stay.

In addition to the great beach and resort benefits here, you’ll be located a short cab ride from Puerto Vallarta.  This amazing historic city has a large community of artisans who sell their works on the streets and in small local shops.  And the local cuisine is just amazing.  Some of the best lobster we’ve ever had was in a little hole-in-the-wall cafe nearby.  There are so many fun shops and arts available, you’ll find yourself returning over and over again.  This is one of the reasons we always travel with an extra empty bag.  It’s never empty by the time we return home!

There are direct flights to Puerto Vallarta out of LAX, and the resort is just a short cab ride from the airport.  Check out all our available Villa la Estancia units at this link.

And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California Beaches, and Mammoth Mountain,  A well planned vacation in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.


Welcome Our Newest Amazing Cabin

We always get excited when it comes time to welcome a new cabin to our family.  This week we’re pleased to tell you about an amazing new addition that will have your head spinning with possibilities.  Take a look at our new cabin #7: Seclusion at Shasta Pines Lodge.  This cabin is a rare find in that it epitomizes most of the primary reasons that people love to visit Big Bear and stay in a Five Star Vacation Rental.

For starters, it offers the best of both worlds in terms of privacy and convenience.  For privacy, it backs up to the national forest.  It has soaring windows in the great room that look out over the trees in the national forest.  You’ll have the sense of privacy and seclusion that usually only comes with a long bumpy ride into a wilderness setting and a primitive camp.  But this is far from the wilderness.  The cabin boasts 5 bedrooms with 5 baths spread out over 5500 square feet of custom log construction and luxurious appointments.  The great room spans the full 25 foot height of the cabin and has rich leather furniture surrounding the fireplace for you to relax.  There are two huge flat screen TV’s, so this is going to be a popular destination to watch sports or host a movie night during your stay.  Take full advantage of the wilderness experience by trekking out on one of the hiking trails that run nearby through the forest.

But with all this seclusion and natural setting, the cabin is also located just minutes from Big Bear Village.  This means you can enjoy a wilderness experience right out your back door through the forest, and follow up with a fine meal and some great shopping in the village later that same day.  And at the end of the day, you’ll head back to the luxury of this amazing property where you can enjoy a friendly game of pool or relax in the sauna or hot tub.  It’s a perfect mix that’s sure to have the entire family relaxed and satisfied.  The hardest part of the entire time here will be packing up to leave.  View more photos and details about this amazing property at this link.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.



June In Big Bear

We realize that spring has just arrived, but already our thoughts move toward the horizon and the summer months.  The kids are moaning about finals at school, and we realize the it’ll be a very short time before the long summer break is upon us. Don’t let it slip away again this year.  You can plan something truly memorable for the entire family with a little help from our getaway specialists at Five Star Vacation Rentals.

June is a great month in Big Bear.  The weather is just amazing and there are so many things you can do.  The Bear Mountain golf course is open, so you can load up your clubs and marvel at just how far you can drive a ball through the mountain air atop Big Bear.  The 9 hole course is perfect for an early getaway.  Grab a morning tee time, and you can be back with the family in time for lunch later.   After lunch, there’s still time to grab a boat and go out on the lake fishing or go for a leisurely hike on one of the great hiking trails in Big Bear.  And that’s just day one.  There’s still great fun to be had at the Big Bear Discovery Center and more activities on the lake to keep the entire family smiling and enjoying the time away.

Here are a few more June events you should plan for:

Big Bear’s annual summer wine walk takes place on Saturday, June 6 this year.  This is one of our favorites.  Starting at about 3:00 in the afternoon, local merchants in the Village will offer guests a wide variety of wines from around the world. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about fine wines while you enjoy visiting the many participating shops in the Village. You’ll want to purchase tickets early, and this event sells out every year. Buy them online at this link.

Weekend nature talks take place starting from the Big Bear Discovery Center.  These are a great way to learn more about the colorful history and wildlife of the Big Bear area.  Visit the Discovery Center’s website at this link.

The fishing is great this time of year, and you may even take home some money to prove it!  The Big Bear Bass Tournament takes place on June 13th, so sign up and become a competitive angler! More info and registration at this link:!tournaments/cq4e

Whatever may be your reason for visiting Big Bear, Five Star Vacation Rentals will be working behind the scenes to make sure your stay with us is filled with luxury, fun, and fond memories.  Give us a call at 310-780-3411, or browse our properties in Big BearMammothPark CityPalm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California Beaches, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Whether you’re planning a weekend hiking getaway or a week-long Spring vacation, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Big Bear cabin or estate.