What’s Your Perfect Vacation?

We devote a lot of time to helping people create their perfect vacation. We consider ourselves to be among those lucky few who have found work that doesn’t really feel like work at all. It’s great fun and often a privilege to work with people to plan a vacation, family reunion, anniversary or secret birthday celebration with a loved one. And we still get a thrill when we hear later just how great things went. But as with most great adventures, a little planning can go a long way toward creating a great getaway. And this week’s blog is going to help you plan a perfect vacation.

Do you have golfers in the family? If so, we’ve got some great options for you to choose. And we have a few different destinations as well.

GolfVacationOur most popular golf destination is La Quinta in the desert just outside Palm Springs. La Quinta has been called “the golf capital of the world.” There are several world-class courses to choose from. The Arnold Palmer Classic Course is a past host of the Bob Hope Classic Tournament, and a consistent favorite with our guests. There are few things more relaxing than spending the morning under the deep blue skies with the mountain views beyond followed by relaxing just off the fairway with a cool drink on the patio of your Five Star Vacation Rental. It’s a perfect recipe to help you recharge your batteries and reconnect with your family. Check out our La Quinta properties and book online at this link.

family with backpacks taking selfie and hikingFor many of us city dwellers, the allure of nature is a regular part of our relaxation. We buy machines to recreate the sounds of rushing water, rainfall, and other soothing nature sounds. But as we all know, there’s really nothing like actually immersing yourself in nature to relax and enjoy these things as the naturally occur around you. That’s the sort of relaxation you can enjoy with a getaway to Big Bear. Summer is a great time to enjoy Big Bear’s natural beauty. There are dozens of miles of hiking paths with exertion levels to fit every family member.

Fishing at sunsetBig Bear Lake is fully stocked, so you can expect to catch bass, rainbow trout, and catfish. Some great fishing can be had directly off the shore in many locations. If you’d prefer to get out on the water, Holloway’s Marina is a great resource for boat rentals. Follow the online maps to the best fishing spots. There are few things tastier than treating your group to a meal with your fresh catch of the day.

You can do your own custom search for the specific dates you’d like to stay on our Big Bear page. 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.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo Vallarta and La Quinta.

Summer Golf Vacation Choices

We always get an increased number of calls this time of year as families start looking forward to the end of the school year and make their summer plans. It’s an exciting time, and an especially good time to get the entire family involved. Find out what special quests you’d like to explore for this year’s vacation. Golfing is a consistent favorite with many families, and we have some of the best golfing destinations.

Our La Quinta properties are nestled amid some of the best golf courses in the country. Most of our properties there are right on the fairways as well.  You’ll not only have a chance to enjoy some great golfing during the day, you can also relax in the evenings with some great views over the courses. La Quinta’s proximity to Palm Springs makes this a great destination for the non-golfers as well. The shopping and night life in Palm Springs is great, and for a bigger adventure, plan a day trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and enjoy lunch and an amazing view in the cool air at the top.

Big Bear’s own 9 hole golf course opens in May, and offers one of the most beautiful settings you can find. Nestled among the slopes of Bear Mountain, this course is a real delight and another great activity to take in while staying in one of our Five Star Vacation Rentals in Big Bear.

Flamingo GolfThose seeking an even more exotic golf getaway will want to consider our luxury condos on the beach in Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. The Flamingos Golf is and 18 hole championship course just 5 minutes away from Villa la Estancia. There’s a putting green, driving range, pro shop, lessons, and club rentals as well. It can make for a perfect getaway with your days split between the sands and beach of your luxury condo, and some of the finest golfing available. Choose one of our ocean view condos, and you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset over the ocean after a great day golfing. Our condos all have full kitchens, so you can cook your own meal or dine at one of the on-site restaurants.

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 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.

Happy New Year From Five Star Vacation Rentals

It’s hard to believe that another year is winding down. This has been a year of highs and lows with more than a few surprises. We end the year as we started: Grateful for our guests who allow us to be a part of their vacations, holidays, and last-minute getaways.  As you start making your obligatory resolutions for the New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to spend more time in one of our great luxury getaways in 2017.

To further entice you, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added three new luxury golf course properties in the La Quinta area of Palm Springs.

PGA LegendOur Prestigious PGA Legends property has room for 10 guests with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The travertine flooring and gourmet kitchen with Wolf and Kitchenaid appliances will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. When you’re not golfing, you can enjoy the views overlooking the golf course from the pool in the backyard. This is a level of luxury that few ever get to experience.  You can view more photo and details or book online at this link.

PGA NormanOur PGA Norman Hideaway has 4 bedrooms with 4.5 baths and room for 8 guests. You’ll delight in the view of the Santa Rosa mountains beyond the golf course stretched out from the back yard. There are custom design and decorating features throughout. The open floor plan is perfect for spending some fun time with family and friends.  The kids will surely love some time away on their own in the two-room casita. See more photos and details at this link.

PGA West EstateThe PGA West Estate is one of the finest golf course homes we’ve ever seen. It’s designed for luxury living from the ground up. There is room for 12 guests in its 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath floor plan. With its large guest casita, it’s a great option for extra privacy for your stay. It sits on the 16th fairway of the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Golf Course. When you’re not on the golf course yourself, you’ll enjoy relaxing with views of it out your windows.  We have more photos and details at this link.

Check out all our La Quinta vacation rentals at this link, and if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere check out our vacation rentals in  Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and Big Bear. 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.

Looking For a Warm Christmas? Five Star Vacation Rentals Has the Answer

Lots of folks who live in Southern California have landed here from other parts of the country where the weather is not quite as nice as ours.  Well, now that we think about it, NO place really has weather nearly as nice as ours, right?  These transplanted Californians delight in some things that are completely foreign to us natives.  For example, never once has your faithful blogger delighted in NOT having to shovel snow.  In fact, he has never even held a snow shovel.  But if you were born and raised in Minnesota, that simple statement would set your head spinning with a great big smile on your face.  Southern California is sort of like the Emerald City to these folks. It’s a dream land where nobody really needs a heavy coat, black ice is something you get when you pour Coke into the ice tray, and the sun actually seems to shine brightly almost every day of the year.  Yes, Toto, you really aren’t in, err, Minnesota any more.

Not our idea of fun.  Is it yours?
Not our idea of fun. Is it yours?

Many of these folks become then envy of their less-fortunate relatives still trapped in the arctic climates from which they fled.  And the contrast in the weather is never so dramatic as when the holidays arrive.  Your weekly phone conversation with Uncle Julius in Minneapolis invariably covers exactly how long it took him to shovel out the  driveway so he could find the car.  And if he’s really lucky, he’ll tell about the wonderful new snowblower he just bought.  You can smile and tell him about the wonderful new lawnmower you just bought.  It’s quickly apparent that the two of you — though once neighbors — now reside on entirely different planets.

But the holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family from all the far flung areas they’ve landed.  And it would be a crime NOT to offer a brief respite to those you love by hosting your own holiday get-together at one of our luxurious Southern California or Mexico vacation rentals.   You’ll certainly be more popular with the snow-bound relatives, and you may decide to become a Realtor so you can profit from the relocation that many of them will begin planning as soon as they return home and their feet hit the hard, frozen soil.  Be sure to tell them you can get them seats at the Rose Parade, and they won’t need a parka for it either.

We have some great choices for a warm-weather winter getaway.  All of our vacation rental units are luxuriously furnished and promise to provide an amazing setting for your family and friends to enjoy the holidays together.

Our Southern California beach homes are located within walking distance of the beach and offer an amazing level of luxury.  The beach homes are also ideally located to serve as a home base for visiting all of Southern California’s favorite attractions from Sea World, just a couple hours to the south, and Hollywood studios an hour or so to the north.  Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are even closer.  Click here for a closer look at our Southern California beach homes.

This is your view from the balcony at Villa La Estancia. Notice that there's not a snow shovel in sight.

If you have a very large group, our best accommodations may be with our Villa La Estancia Mexican resort vacation rentals located right on the beach in Puerto Nuevo.  We have 16 units available in the resort, so we can accomodate a group of virtually any size.  The resort is located just a few minute’s drive from the  Puerto Vallarta Airport, and all southern California airports offer direct flights.  Trust us, Aunt Mildred from Detroit will rewrite her will to include you after she spends an hour in the on-site spa at Villa La Estancia.  In addition to the ocean swimming and boating, all the golfers in your group will enjoy the championship golf courses nearby as well.  Good luck getting them all back on the plane to Minnesota after that!  Click here to view our Villa La Estancia vacation rentals.

Our Palm Springs/La Quinta vacation rentals are a special delight during the holidays.  Palm Springs pulls out all the stops at Christmas time, and the entire family will delight in great shopping, shows, and amazing restaurants.  Our vacation rentals are right on the golf course, so you can have everybody back east dust off their clubs and enjoy a few rounds while their neighbors back home will be lifting nothing but their snow shovels.  It makes for a perfectly delightful time.  You can look at our Palm Springs/La Quinta properties on this page.

Give us a call today at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you plan your ideal family vacation.  Your vacation time is very special, so don’t gamble with it.  Our goal is to offer you a level of luxury that you just won’t find anywhere else.








Plan a Perfect Golf Getaway to La Quinta


We’re excited to announce the newest member of our Five Star Vacation Rental family of properties. It’s a pristine golf getaway located on the Fourth Fairway of the Weiskopf Golf Course at the world-famous PGA West in La Quinta.

The weather in La Quinta this time of year is just perfect for long, relaxing days on the links. And with PGA West’s six championship courses, you can have nearly a full week of golfing on a different course each day. These courses are designed by five golf legends: Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus. And if you want to take your golf to the next level, the Jim McLean Golf School is located at The Tournament Clubhouse and offers instruction to beginning and advanced players.

Relax in the pool . . . on the golf course

After a day on the golf course, our La Quinta vacation rental home offers the perfect retreat to relax with family and friends. The great room is furnished with comfy furnishings, or grab a cold drink and relax in the twilight overlooking the fairway. As evening approaches, increase the relaxation by lighting up the fireplace on the covered patio.

But your passion for golf will be distracted by the amazing luxury of our new La Quinta getaway. This custom home offers southern double fairway views over the Weiskopf Golf Course. The great room floor plan boasts floor to ceiling windows which overlook the golf course and the Santa Rosa Mountains.

With 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, this home has plenty of space for a group of golfing buddies or two families to enjoy resort living. It has a den, casita, fireplace on the covered patio, custom made furniture, and electronic window treatments. Before you head out to the links for the day, start out with coffee on the private gated courtyard overlooking the fairway.

Amazing Family Fun at Knott's Soak City

The La Quinta area has so much to offer in terms of nightlife and family entertainment, so you may want to take advantage of our monthly rate for a family vacation that will create a lifetime of memories. The golfers in your family can head out for any of the PGA West courses while the rest of the family can grab their swim suits and head to Soak City (March – October http://www.soakcityps.com).

Here are some other fun ideas for your stay:

Palm Springs Air Museum

Agua Caliente Indian Canyons

Palm Springs Art Museum

Call us at 310-800-5454 today for booking information on this amazing home.  Or for more details and online booking click here.