Designing an Ideal Vacation House: Trends and Tips

Designing an Ideal Vacation House: Trends and Tips

Vacation houses have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and unwind in a relaxing and comfortable environment. This trend has been boomed after the pandemic settled. People want to compensate themselves for what they’ve lost during the restricted time. Whether it’s a beachside villa, a mountain cabin, or a countryside retreat, a well-designed vacation house can provide the perfect getaway for families and friends. Let’s talk about vacation house design.

Designing the perfect vacation house is not just about aesthetics, it’s about creating a space that offers comfort, relaxation, and retreat from the daily grind. In recent years, vacation destinations and rental trends have evolved significantly, making it more important than ever to design an ideal vacation house that will attract renters and ensure repeat business. Here are some tips to help you create a vacation house that stands out in today’s market. Before that, let’s see some of the trends of recent vacation houses first.


Recent Vacation Destination Trends


Before delving into the tips for designing an ideal vacation house, it’s important to look at recent vacation destination trends. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for vacation houses that are away from crowded areas and offer more privacy. Coastal destinations such as beaches, lakes, and rivers have become increasingly popular due to their serene environments and picturesque landscapes.

Moreover, many people are now opting for vacation houses that offer outdoor spaces such as gardens, patios, and balconies. These outdoor spaces provide a perfect setting for family barbecues, picnics, and outdoor games. Vacation houses that offer indoor entertainment such as board games, video games, and home theaters have also become more popular, as people look for ways to enjoy their time indoors.

At last, vacations have undergone a transformation with the increasing popularity of rental homes. Basically, these second homes have been converted into vacation spots for shot or long-term rentals. In this way, owners of the properties benefit from this additional income as investment. People tend to choose them because of vacation houses have more privacy and local feel.


Marketing Your Vacation Destination

Marketing a vacation house is crucial to attract potential renters and ensure maximum occupancy. One of the key aspects of marketing a vacation house is to ensure that it is visible to potential renters. This can be achieved by listing the vacation house on popular vacation rental websites. For example, for small and independent spaces, try Airbnb and VRBO. But large holiday resorts are ideal on traditional advertising or social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram.

Another important aspect of marketing a vacation house is to showcase its unique features and amenities. This can be done by creating high-quality photographs and videos that highlight the vacation house’s key selling points. It’s also important to ensure that the vacation house is well-maintained and clean, as this can have a significant impact on the overall experience of the renters.


Tips for Designing an Ideal Vacation Destination


When it comes to designing an ideal vacation house, there are several key factors to consider.


#1. Consider the overall aesthetic and design

The design should be cohesive and reflect the location and environment of the vacation house. For a beachside vacation house, for example, the design should be light and airy. Also, a coastal color palette and nautical accents are perfect. For a mountain cabin, the design should be cozy and rustic, with natural materials such as wood and stone, and warm color tones.


#2. Environment matters

When designing a holiday destination, you should consider the surrounding environment. Environment has incredible influence on the room especially the view. A beachside vacation house, for example, should have large windows and balconies. No one will say no to breathtaking views of the ocean. A mountain cabin, on the other hand, should have a cozy and rustic interior with a fireplace and comfortable seating.


#3. Incorporate comfortable and welcoming atmosphere

People go on vacation to relax and enjoy themselves, so creating a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere is essential. Consider using warm colors, soft lighting, and comfortable furnishings to create a cozy and inviting space. Use natural materials such as wood, stone, and plants to bring the outdoors inside and create a sense of serenity and tranquility. Remember these in the photos, if not available, think about using 3D rendering services.


#4. Consider the safety and security

The vacation house should have proper lighting, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers. It should also have secure locks and alarms to ensure the safety of the renters and their belongings. If it is a large resort, a solid security team is necessary as well.


#5. Proper and adequate amenities and features

Don’t forget to make the vacation houses well-equipped with modern appliances, such as a dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer. It should also have comfortable furniture and bedding, and ample storage space for personal belongings. Other amenities that can add value to a vacation house include a swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna, and a game room. And it depends on the construction costs and design directions.


#6. Pay attention to sustainability

Another important consideration is the sustainability of the vacation house. Many people are now looking for eco-friendly vacation houses that use sustainable materials and have energy-efficient features such as solar panels and energy-efficient appliances. This can not only appeal to visitors who are environmentally conscious but can also help reduce the operating costs of the vacation house in the long run.

In addition to these key factors, it’s also important to pay attention to the details when designing a vacation house. This can include things like comfortable floor, plenty of towels and linens, and well-stocked kitchens with all the necessary utensils and appliances.




In all, designing an ideal vacation house requires careful consideration of several key factors such as location, layout, amenities, safety, and overall aesthetic. It’s also important to pay attention to the details and ensure that the vacation house is to the right target. Marketing the vacation house is also crucial to attract potential renters and ensure maximum occupancy. By following these tips and trends, you can design a vacation house that provides the perfect getaway for families and friends, and attracts renters year after year.

Beautiful Ocean House Renderings: Making of Naladhu Island Resort – a Private Island in Maldives

Beautiful Ocean House Renderings: Making of Naladhu Island Resort – a Private Island in Maldives

3D renderings do bring designs to life! Come and check this private island in Maldives.

AIMIR is glad to work with our client Anantara Group again, for delivering the new look of this private island to its visitors in advance by our top-notch photorealistic 3D renderings.

It is always pleasure working with Anantara team. They are well-organized, detail-focused and they have insane creativity. The working procedure is clear. We are so proud to be part of this challenging at the same time amazing project, and we can’t wait to share with you the renderings!


The Start of Everything – a Complete Redesign


We received the email from our client Anantara Group in March 2021, asking whether we were able to create some photorealistic renderings. They are renovating a resort and need some renderings for marketing purposes. So we started this project when all files were received.

Naladhu Island is a private island with just 20 houses, all with private pool or beach. New York based designer Yuji Yamazaki redesigned the resort, which will reopen with a modern colonial look. Long noted for its beauty among the locals, this small private island is welcoming a complete renovation and will relaunch in November 2021 with an impressive new look and feel. Please enjoy the final renderings made by AIMIR.


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Brief and References

To ensure the efficiency and timely delivery of final results, the brief is an indispensable part of a visualization project. A brief should be as detailed as possible. The brief from Anantara was amazing, just like what we received in our past cooperation. Files and references were received at the same time. It included all the information we need to complete this project, such as the mood, surrounding context, floor plans, pictures of the furniture, texture, and other supporting files.

Photos of hotel rooms.

Floor plans and textures.

Furniture design.


Exterior Renderings

It is an interior renovation but it is still crucial for exterior renderings. This is because part of the interior scene is visible through glass windows and doors. So, the exterior views play an important part in showcasing the overall redesign.

Duplicated View

Since it’s a renovation project, Anantara provided the site photo with the wanted camera angle and mood. They were looking for a 100% duplicated rendering of it but with new interior design. Our 3D artists built the whole model according to the photo and this is the final look:

Final rendering of one of the villas based on provided site photo.

Site photo. Can you tell the differences?

They also requested a view with two different surroundings: one facing the beach; one facing the ocean. AIMIR used different sunlight and shadow direction to convey this difference.


Interior Renderings

This resort is undergoing a total redesign with all the accommodation and public areas, including the restaurant, bar, wine cellar, spa room and gym. Anantara needs renderings for them all.

As the first step of everything, we confirmed the camera angles with Anantara before moving to next. Eye-level view is the typical and effective way to showcase an interior space. Then, we refine the model with colors and textures. Of course, every piece of furniture had to have a unique texture.

At this stage, it is very important to make sure that our client and our team are at the same page. It will save a lot of time and money if we are, and cost a lot if we are not. Back to the topic, the brief and supporting materials are crucial to this stage.

One of the challenges was to have the right background view. AIMIR’s 3D artist had done a great amount of researches on Google Earth to set the background correctly. As a result, our client was super satisfied with the results.


Renderings Help Marketing

When the final delivery was made, Anantara team was excited about the results. They use the renderings for their website, pamphlets, media and other marketing platforms. These renderings are so photorealistic that you’ll find them on the booking page, to show visitors what the villas look like.

AIMIR’s renderings displayed on booking page.

Renderings on local media.

The Naladhu Island Resort Redesign project shows what AIMIR has been insisting: a detailed brief; a strict workflow; and a dedicated team. We are so grateful that Anantara Group offered this opportunity for AIMIR to contribute to this fabulous project. We can’t wait to visit it one day. And we are looking forward to working with them for their exciting projects in the future.

How about the story behind Naladhu Island Resort Redesign project? Do you like to showcase your design before it’s built? Contact AIMIR for architectural visualization solution for your next project!

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