If you’re counting the days til summer, may we recommend following the Perfect Hideaway on Instagram? It will come in handy for the next few weeks while you await the return of warm weather—particularly if you live in a region still recovering from a season of nor’easters, “bomb cyclones,” and generally dark and foul weather.
Photographer and self-described “professional traveler” Melissa Daly started the Perfect Hideaway as a personal blog for family and friends. As the site’s popularity increased, it grew into a tightly edited collection of vacation rentals and small, design-oriented hotels. “It’s really about those hidden gems and design properties with a beautiful story,” says Melissa. “I feel the definition of luxury has changed. Luxury is more about the overall experience—local organic breakfast, seeing the stars at night—not necessarily about the size of the flat-screen TV.” (N.B.: We couldn’t agree more.)
What sets her website apart from other curated travel sites is the photography. Melissa doesn’t rely on stock photos from hotels or rental hosts. “We scout great rental properties, then send photographers to capture the interiors,” she says. The images she selects feel more like lifestyle shots; they’re design-focused but intimate and warm—and they make us want to book our next vacation right now.
At the top of our list? This rental, on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, that’s so photogenic, you may end up booking it before you finish reading this post. (Here’s the listing if you want to cut to the chase.)
Photography by Carley Rudd, courtesy of The Perfect Hideaway.
Inspired by Italian style? See:
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- Stars and Stripes, Italian Style: La Minervetta in Italy
- Steal This Look: A Summery Bedroom at Casa Privata in Italy
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 24, 2018.