Plan a Winter Getaway to The Beach

VLE00We know that the holidays are just around the corner, and this is a time when lots of people start taking time off. While traditional getaways to our Big Bear cabins are certainly most popular, this is also a perfect time of year to plan a winter getaway to the beach in Nuevo Vallarta. If you’re up for a fun adventure this holiday season, you can enjoy the warmer days found south of the border in our beachside resort at Villa la Estancia on the coast in Mexico.

footsteps Long to feel the sand beneath your toes without freezing them off? You can enjoy that in Villa la Estancia. These beautiful towers sit right on the beach, and offer a true resort experience. The on-site amenities make all the difference with this destination. They have award-winning restaurants offering a full fare of fresh seafood, steaks (including Kobi beef) and more. The resort just received a 2017 Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Award.

If you want to enjoy a the night life, there is a great selection of nearby bars and restaurants for whatever mood you’re in at the moment from a quiet, intimate spot, live music with dancing, or a seaside bar with the sound of the crashing waves to fill your senses.

The Tatewari Spa on the premises is a world-class spa that will soothe your senses with soft candlelight, relaxing music, and gentle aromas during your visit. You’ll have a choice of a massage to fit your specific needs at the moment. The massages can help pregnant women, anyone feeling stressed out, golfers, and all of us who could use a healthy dose of pampering.
Woman Getting Facial Treatment
The resort is a short cab ride from Puerto Vallarta where you can enjoy a vibrant shopping district, amazing local food, and a wide choice of night life entertainment. Try hard to avoid calling your friends back home to tease them about the amazing time you’re having here. Next year they may join you to plan a winter getaway to the beach.

Kevin and Maria Cobb were guests at Villa la Estancia before they decided to invest in the luxury condos on the beach there. They have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling for all our guests. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Planning a Last Minute Getaway? We Can Help

Keep Calm Poster with CrownSome of us thrive on the adrenaline of last-minute changes and working out things right before it’s too late. We’re the ones that regularly pulled all nighters in school, and regularly had moments of reckoning where we would seem to run out of time, energy, and inspiration at the most inopportune moments. We’re also the ones that may be seen planning a last minute getaway. Well, relax. Five Star Vacation Rentals is ready to help you get this done.

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’re entering into one of our busiest times of year. Lots of our guests enjoy spending the holidays in a larger, more luxurious home with room for all the assembled friends and relatives to comfortably spend the time together.  We are single-handedly working to remove lumpy roll away beds and old leaky air mattresses from as many homes as we possibly can. It’s a big job, and we need your help.

Woman Hiding Under CoversEven if you waited till the last moment to realize, “Hey, we can actually find a luxury vacation rental from Five Star and avoid covering our living room with mattresses and cranky relatives,” our staff is available to help you locate a perfect option. We’ll take your desired dates, size of your group combined wit any specific details and help you create a getaway for everybody that will have them thinking you’ve been planning this for months.

But the best part of your experience with a Five Star Vacation Rentals getaway is the fun and relaxation you’ll enjoy during your stay.  We work hard to make sure every night spent in one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals is one you’ll want to do over and over again. We select only the finest properties to join our family of cabins, estates and condos. We keep our properties well maintained, and have a staff of tradesman on call for any last-minute fixes that may occur.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been helping create amazing getaways and vacations in luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance your visit to any of our destinations. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

A Special Thanksgiving in a Five Star Vacation Rental

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of year. For many of us it’s a time devoted to gathering as many family and friends together to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for.  It’s a perfect time to gather the family and escape to a Five Star Vacation Rental for some very good reasons.

Many of us have childhood memories of being shuffled off to various sofas and spare rooms to make room for visiting relatives. This usually meant long waits for overworked bathrooms and eating in shifts to accommodate the extra guests. The stories are often fond memories, but there are better ways to make lasting memories. And with Five Star Vacation Rentals, we’ve got some great options to keep your extended family and friends feeling pampered while you all enjoy spending time together over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

We’re still about a month out from Thanksgiving, and most of our properties are already booked. But as we write this, there are still several great options that can prove to be a great gathering place for your family over this year’s Thanksgiving turkey.

While people around the country are pulling out their winter clothes, how about treating your family to a long weekend with your own indoor heated pool and spa? It sounds almost decadent, but it’s certain to be a Thanksgiving that everybody in your group will remember with a smile. Our Cabin #12 has 4 bedrooms with 4.5 baths and room for 16 guests. The kids will love the bunk beds. The kitchen has big windows that look out to the indoor pool, so you can keep an eye on the kids while you prepare the Thanksgiving feast. Hurry, because this one won’t last. Book online and view more photos and details at this link.

Our Cabin #32 also has room for 16 guests with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. It has dual master suites, so it’s a great choice for multiple families or to pamper grandma and grandpa during their visit. Its kitchen is perfect for preparing your Thanksgiving feast, and you’ll all enjoy the many luxury touches with the beamed cathedral ceilings and subdued lighting. Built to enhance your relaxation, we’re confident this luxury cabin will be a perfect place for your family to gather on Thanksgiving. Hurry to book this now at this link. If this one is already taken, you can search for others at this link.

Check out all our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re interested in spending Thanksgiving elsewhere, check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta. No matter what city you are visiting, staying in a Five Star Vacation Rental property allows you to experience the absolute best in luxury accommodations. We would be glad to help you plan your getaway to Big Bear or elsewhere, so if you would like more information, you can reach out to us by calling 310-780-3411.

 

 

Halloween in Big Bear

Halloween pumpkinIf your family is like ours, Halloween is one of your favorite times of the year. It combines the chance to let your little ones experience a brief time as a super hero, zombie, funny character, or animal. There’s lots of candy involved as well. It’s hard to find anything not to like about Halloween. And Halloween in Big Bear is especially fun.

Big Bear Village pulls out all the stops for Halloween to make it a special time for kids and adults alike. They sponsor a night of trick or treating among the shops, so it becomes one of those rare times when the kids will actually enjoy going with you to do some shopping. Over 50 shops will join in the fun this year, so any kid wearing a costume can plan on getting a treat at each one. It’s a fun and safe alternative to wandering your neighborhood with mixed results. The kids will love all the sweets they pick up along the way, and you’re sure to find some craft, fine wine, or a special item that will fit perfectly on a shelf at home.

Halloween in Big BearOne way to maximize your fun over Halloween is to make it a family getaway with a Five Star Vacation Rental to cap off the experience. Enjoy a fun evening strolling with the kids, shopping and trick-or-treating in The Village, then finish the night with a great meal in a local restaurant or one you cook up yourself in your gourmet kitchen. Either way, it’s going to be a fun night as the kids sort through their candy, and you all relax by the fireplace in your luxury vacation rental.

Kevin and Maria Cobb have been providing luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will ski getaway to Big Bear. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Do You Have a Five Star Vacation Rentals Property?

Kevin and Maria Cobb
Kevin and Maria Cobb

When Kevin and Maria Cobb first turned a handful of their personal investment properties into Five Star Vacation Rentals nearly two decades ago, they could hardly have imagined their company would grow to include over 50 luxury properties spread from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, to Park City, Utah.  But with thousands of satisfied guests enjoying tens of thousands of nights each year, the business has become an amazing achievement. And it’s something we hope to keep expanding with more top quality luxury homes, cabins and condos.

There are several key elements to our success. Finding and representing the best quality properties is certainly central, but our marketing and ongoing maintenance are nearly as important. We are specifically interested in adding new properties in our core areas of Big Bear and La Quinta in California. As a part of the Five Star family, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits.

Smart Targeted Marketing

We invest heavily in Google Adwords and PPC services to make sure we keep our properties in front of those looking for a vacation getaway. If you’ve tried to market your property on your own, you may be aware of the tremendous challenge and expense this creates. We combine this with smart Search Engine Optimization and social media interaction to keep guests informed of our options.

Five Star Vacation Rentals Simplified Reservations and Online Interactions

Five Star Vacation Rentals CalendarGetting our properties in front of interested guests is only a portion of our efforts. We’ve also invested in a sophisticated real-time online calendar and booking system that makes our family of properties available for rent 24/7. Guests can book their stay easily online or with one of our custom apps for Apple and Android devices.

We combine our online presence with unmatched telephone support, and you’ll realize some great benefits with your FiveStar Vacation Rental. Our phone agents are trained to provide top notch customer service and find a great fit for each guest. We keep our staff trained in a friendly sales approach that makes guests feel welcome while encouraging them to make that reservation.

Maintaining the Best Properties

We keep your investment in top notch condition, so you can be sure to get the maximum income. Our guests expect their stay to be seamless, and we deliver that. In the rare case where an issue arises during a guest’s stay, we have maintenance staff on call to quickly resolve virtually any issue that may arise.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Thinking About a Ski Getaway to Big Bear?

ski lifts at big bear lakeAre you thinking about a ski getaway to Big Bear this year? Planning ahead has its benefits. It’s our busiest time of the year, and our online booking is a great tool to let you see the wide selection of cabins we have available for the specific days you have in mind.  Once the first snow arrives, our calendar starts to fill immediately. So there’s no time like the present when our selection and availability is the best it will be.

A Ski Getaway To Big Bear for Non-Skiers?

ski getaway to Big BearAnd even if you’re not a skier, winter in Big Bear has a lot to offer. The holidays are amazing as the entire town takes on the look and feel of a comfy hideaway with beautiful lights and holiday decorations. The Village is a great shopping and dining destination any time of year, and during the winter it pull out the stops. You’ll enjoy unique gifts and unparalleled dining when you stroll among the shops there. Enjoying an afternoon or evening out in The Village is a great addition to your stay with us in a Five Star Vacation Rental.

Off the slopes, many of our properties are designed to make your winter say a fun adventure. Ask one of our booking agents to help you locate a property near snow features, and we’ll be happy to accommodate.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will ski getaway to Big Bear. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Plan an Intimate Getaway

In our blog last week, we took a look at some of the great options you have for your large group to enjoy a luxury getaway with a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear. This week we’re going to head in the opposite direction an offer some great options for your next intimate getaway to help you set a romantic mood, or just spend some quality time relaxing together.

Cabin5viewIf your idea of relaxation includes sitting on the deck off the master suite and enjoying an unobstructed view of the lake spread out before you, our Cabin 5 will be a great choice. This cabin is built with special attention paid to luxury furnishings and windows looking out on the panoramic lake views. It has an oversize spa for relaxing, and the gourmet kitchen will surely inspire your culinary talents to cook up something wonderful during your stay. A stunner during any season, this one is sure to give you a relaxing time and a true sense of being pampered.

Cabin23view2Keeping with our lake-view motif, we also recommend our Cabin 23, Boulder Cove Estate. Nestled amidst the dramatic rock outcroppings of Boulder Cove, the views from this property are unequalled anywhere in Big Bear. Truly panoramic views of the lake are found throughout the property. You’ll delight in the leather furnishings and attention to detail found throughout the decor. Choose the relaxation you want from enjoying a movie with theater sound on the flat screen, relaxing in the hot tub, or just spending a quiet evening together in front of the fireplace. You’ll delight in the time you spend here.

VillaLaEstanciaIf you’re in the mood for a truly exotic getaway, we recommend you consider booking your romantic retreat to Villa la Estancia, our resort on the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. You’ll be just footsteps away from the surf, and enjoy a truly resort experience. The on-site restaurants offer the best fine steaks and seafood. Choose one of our sea-side rooms, so you can wake up each morning to the sea breeze and end each day with a sunset. There are championship golf courses nearby, and wonderful shopping and local cuisine in nearby Puerto Vallarta.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

Planning a Getaway for a Large Group With Five Star Vacation Rentals

If you’ve ever been tasked with planning a getaway for a large group, you’re likely very aware of some of the severe challenges involved. Most groups have specific needs that you need to factor in, and these often make the search more difficult. You’re going to want to locate accommodations that will have your group staying near each other. Reserving several rooms at a hotel may still see your group spread across different floors or buildings. Some in your group may be traveling with kids, and that creates another challenge. And when it comes to meals, the planning escalates trying to arrange for everyone to meet up and plan transportation to nearby restaurants. It can be a real nightmare.

Choosing a luxury property from Five Star Vacation Rentals can resolve many of these issues. We can certainly save you quite a bit of stress, and we may even save you some money over the cost involved in reserving rooms for a large group. Here are a few good examples for your next getaway for a family reunion, church or work group:

Cabin29Our Cabin #29  Chalet Summit is ideally suited for large groups up to 16 with 9 bedrooms and 9.5 baths. 8 of the bedrooms are master suites with their own private baths, so you can see how this will be perfect for multiple families to share. It’s only 2 blocks from Snow Summit, so during ski season this can be an economical way for your ski group to share expenses and enjoy some amazing luxury in the process.

Cabin23If you have an even larger group up to 26, our Cabin #23 is actually three cabins side-by-side with 10 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. This group of cabins offers a great option for larger groups, since you’ll also enjoy 3 kitchens and 3 entirely separate living areas. Family reunions and groups with lots of kids will really enjoy this one. Set the kids up in one of the cabins and just rotate adults in and out to keep an eye on them while the rest of you can enjoy some relaxing time together.

Cabin11aYour large group of up to 28 should also consider another pair of our adjacent cabins we list as Cabin #11 and is actually our adjacent Cabin 15 and Cabin 20. These are both impressive properties, and you’ll be delighted with you stay here. You’ll have a total of 11 bedrooms with 7.5 baths combined. And you’ll also have the added benefit of two entirely separate living areas and kitchens, so it’s easier to split cooking duties or set the kids up in one cabin and let the adults enjoy some quality time together during your stay.

Maria and Kevin Cobb have been hosting guests at luxury vacation rental properties for nearly 20 years. Our goal is always to create a pampered feeling that will enhance whatever event prompted you to choose one of our properties. View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  We have offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear. Here are links to our properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.

 

Meet Kevin and Maria Cobb, Your Five Star Hosts

Kevin and Maria CobbKevin and Maria Cobb entered the world of luxury vacation rentals almost by accident. They started out with a love of travel, and a strong background in real estate, lending, and the hospitality industry. As any seasoned traveler can tell you, the quality of your experience with the accommodations where you’re staying can play a significant role in your overall enjoyment of any vacation or getaway. With that in mind, and a handful of investment properties, Maria and Kevin launched a vacation rental service with a unique approach. Since vacations are intended to create the best experience possible, they worked to assemble a collection of properties that would have guests feeling truly pampered by enjoying top-quality luxury homes, estates, condos, and cabins in some of the finest destinations.

Kevin and Maria Cobb Expand the Business

It was a bold plan, and it worked. Five Star guests quickly found that they could access some truly amazing properties and estates for about the same cost as they’d spend on a nice hotel. And with many properties equipped to comfortably accommodate up to a dozen guests, it became a perfect solution for larger groups. It’s been almost two decades since Five Star Vacation Rentals began, and during that time we’ve hosted entire wedding parties, anniversaries, family reunions, work and church retreats, and more big family gatherings than we can count.

Vacation Rental Properties

After several resort property owners approached us asking if we might include their properties, we found a number of wonderful homes and estates that added to our own great portfolio. We’re pleased to offer these properties for our avid skiers in Big BearMammoth Mountain, and Park City. Golfers and beach aficionados love to stay with us in our exotic seaside resort in Nuevo Vallarta Mexico. Golfers are also finding themselves a great resort experience in our resorts on some of California’s finest golf courses in La Quinta.

As luxurious and expansive as our properties are, they are only part of the Five Star experience.  We’ve streamlined our checkin and booking experience with custom apps, real-time online booking, and we pay close attention to keeping our properties well maintained. We have a hands-on approach to every guest’s stay, and our top priority is creating a quality experience that has them planning their next visit.

Offices in Newport Beach and Big Bear

Kevin and Maria Cobb stay involved with every rental that we make, and you can often catch them at our Newport Beach or Big Bear office. But you’ll likely see their real work in the quality property you choose for your next stay, and the seamless experience you’ll have with Five Star Vacation Rentals. If you want to learn more about how you can have your luxury property earn more with us, click on this link. And for more info about Kevin and Maria Cobb, visit our about us page.

 

 

Planning a Great Golf Vacation

When your family is looking for some leisure time, it’s always important to keep in mind those things that each of you most enjoy. In this week’s blog we’re going to help you plan out a golf vacation getaway that will best cater to the golfers in your family.

Group Of Golfers Walking Along Fairway Carrying Golf BagsThere are millions of golfers around the country, probably because it’s a sport that combines several things a lot of people enjoy: Spending time outdoors in beautiful surroundings with friends and family in a pursuit that requires some practice and skill but also benefits from a bit of luck too. Planning a great golf vacation can be a wonderful treat for the golfer in your family.

We have several destinations among our vacation rental homes, estates and condos that are located perfectly to cater to your golf cravings.

Golf, ball lying on the green next to holeWe’ve lately been adding some amazing luxury estates to our lineup in the community of La Quinta near Palm Springs in the desert east of Los Angeles. These homes are all located on local golf courses, so you can enjoy the links by day, and relax just off the fairways at night. Choose one of our homes with a private pool and spa, and you’ll have a getaway that everyone in your party will enjoy even if they aren’t golfers.  Many of these properties come with private casitas and multiple master suites, so they’re suited for bigger parties and multiple families to enjoy. View all our La Quinta properties at this link.

Palm tree and lake on tropical oceanfront golf courseWant to make your golf getaway a bit more exotic? Choose one of our luxury surf-side condos at Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, and you’ll be sure to have a memorable getaway. In addition to a location near several championship golf courses, your family will enjoy a luxury resort on the beach with the great shopping and dining of Puerto Vallarta nearby.  Check out our Villa la Estancia vacation rentals at this link.

Though Big Bear is our most popular destination, it’s not usually due to the golfing. But the Bear Mountain golf course can add to a great mountain getaway for your golf vacation. This 9-hole course enjoys the dramatic scenery you expect in Big Bear, and is a great course for golfers of all skill levels. Combine this with the other great attractions you enjoy in Big Bear, it can be a great choice that will keep your golfers happy, but also have lots of other choices for biking, hiking, fishing, and boating for the rest of the family. The golf course is open seasonally through the end of October. View all your luxury Big Bear vacation rental choices at this link.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your next getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in  Park City, UtahPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.