When it comes to luxury, size often matters. Limos stretch down city blocks, and infinity pools cascade onto expansive lawns with gardens and tennis courts. But finding the best vacation rental doesn’t always mean nabbing the most square footage. In fact, some of the most unforgettable properties are the little gems with exquisite details, impeccable décor, and five-star amenities. Check out these five fabulous apartments that can become your private paradise.

1. New York City—A European-style suite on 5th Avenue

It may be the Big Apple, but elegance also comes in small packages in Manhattan. Think of caviar from Dean & DeLuca, the little blue box from Tiffany…and this beautiful Beaux Arts retreat. Located on 5th Avenue just steps from Central Park, this two-bedroom townhouse features a gorgeous entrance hall, a grand marble staircase, and a delightful balcony suite with old-world fixtures and an updated kitchen and bathroom. Daily housekeeping services are included, and you can even request chiropractic and hypoallergenic pillows.

2. Charlotte, North Carolina—A spacious luxury apartment in Uptown Charlotte

Details, details—this exquisite two-bedroom property has them covered. From original art on the walls to heated tile floors in the bathroom and feather down pillows on the beds, every nook and cranny of this magnificent apartment home is tastefully appointed. It also has Southern charm, with French doors opening to a screened porch and an outdoor entertaining area with gas grill and Adirondack chairs. Onsite services include massage, concierge, and private chef. Plus you’re in the heart of historic Myers Park, a short distance from restaurants, high-end boutiques, and antique stores.

3. Port Aransas, Texas—A designer two-story condo at Cinnamon Shore

Forget everything you know about ramshackle family beach houses. This three-bedroom Port Aransas condo is designer-decorated with top-notch amenities. An open-plan kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. A bunk room with six twin beds makes it perfect for families with young children. Part of the exclusive Cinnamon Shore resort, the property offers bicycle rentals on site, four miles of landscaped trails, two large saltwater pools, nearby golf and fishing options, and, of course, access to the beach, where chairs and umbrellas await.

4. Vail, Colorado—A luxurious condo in the heart of Vail Village

Whether you’re hitting the black diamond slopes or shopping for diamonds in Vail Village, this spectacular villa puts you in the center of Colorado’s glamorous resort town. You’ll enjoy stunning views of Vail and Vail Mountain from every room. The three-bedroom condo features a gourmet kitchen, deluxe beds, and extra touches like HDTVs and iPod docks in each room. Maid, concierge, chauffeur, and massage services are yours for the asking. And as part of the Solaris Residences, you’ll have access to a bowling alley, movie theater, skating rink, and a private heated pool, hot tub, and spa.

5. Maui—A private penthouse on Maalaea Bay

As big as the Pacific is, you’ll find your small corner of paradise in this Maui penthouse. Step out of the private elevator entrance and you’ll be awed by the beautiful designer décor and the panoramic views of the ocean. A spacious and spectacular lanai opens to the living area and master suite—the perfect spot for watching sunsets or, during the right season, Humpback whales. The master bathroom features a jetted tub with an ocean view, and the property comes with beach chairs, towels, and sunscreen for the swimming, snorkeling, and strolling you’ll want to do right outside your doorstep.

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