Vacations are always over too soon. Just as you are getting used to being pampered, it’s time to go home. What if you could enjoy those vacation vibes all year round? It’s easier than you think. Here are some tips for turning your home into a staycation destination.
Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space
When we think of resorts, we think of lazy day naps, beautiful landscaping and dining al fresco. Recreate that feel with a few backyard upgrades. Hang a hammock for an afternoon snooze. Build a fire pit for a romantic evening. If you purchase a home in Amira, check to see if you can extend the patio or add an outdoor fireplace. Don’t forget to update your patio furniture. Rattan or wicker will take you back to the tropics.
Dress Up Your Bed
Give your bedroom the five-star treatment. Start with a mattress topper for that plush hotel feel. Use high thread count sheets for comfort and to wick moisture away. Many resort hotels use silk or satin pillowcases for an opulent look. Skip the bedspread and purchase a high-quality comforter and duvet. Instant luxury!
Transform Your Bedroom
There’s more to a resort room than a bed. If you have the space, place a comfortable chair by the window to create a cozy reading nook. Floor-to-ceiling drapes are a standard component in hotel rooms. Be sure to open them in the morning to flood your room with natural light. In the evenings dim the lights for a warm look.
Your In-Home Spa
Remember the last time you went to a spa? If you don’t, maybe it’s time to redecorate the bathroom. Start by organizing and decluttering. Purchase luxurious towels — including bath sheets. Scented candles are a must. Splurge and buy travel-size containers of your favorite shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Don’t forget a nice fluffy robe for after your bath.
Take Advantage of Flex Rooms
Many resorts have exercise rooms, libraries and bars. You can, too, by taking advantage of your flex rooms. Depending on how you like to exercise, you can equip an at-home gym with a treadmill or exercise bike and weights. Prefer yoga? Go Zen with mats, a tabletop fountain and lots of plants. If you love libraries, buy floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and fill them up. Set up bar height tables and chairs, plug in a wine fridge and a bar cart for a fun home bar.
Set Up a Coffee Bar
In-room coffee is a wonderful luxury. Set up a small table in the bedroom with a coffee maker, beautiful mugs, non-dairy creamer, sugar and stirrers. For fun, add small bottles of coffee syrup. You can also set up a coffee bar in the kitchen. For an extra touch of luxury add a French press or espresso maker.
Fill Your Fridge
Delicious food is the best part of a vacation. Fill the fridge and pantry with resort-style foods such as yogurt, granola and fruit or smoothie fixings. For lunch, keep pre-made salad mixes on hand. Add chicken or shrimp and you are ready to go. Keep a basket of snacks on the kitchen island so family members can graze throughout the day. For dinner, challenge family members to serve up their favorite vacation meals.
Bring the Outside In
Beautiful plants and landscaping set resorts apart. Fill large vases with tropical flowers and scatter them about your family room. Add potted plants to your bedrooms. Ornamental trees tucked into corners add interest, beauty and cleaner air.
Move to Amira
Moving to a master-planned community like Amira is an easy way to staycation all year. You get a beautiful home and access to a wealth of amenities, such as our resort-style pool and sun-drenched courtyard as well as our clubhouse with a fitness room, children’s reading nook, kitchen and yoga studio. Visit us today and get started on building your staycation home.