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Plan your Boy’s Weekend away with 3RD HOME

For those lucky enough to have a second home who are looking for that extra special stag trip or boy’s holiday, listen up. 3RD HOME is an exclusive club that offers its members the chance to rent out their holiday home to other members in exchange for the opportunity to rent out any other member’s pad for a super reasonable flat rate. Seriously though, your friends will high-five you forever more when they see you can rent a $1,000,000 house for a mere $395.

The houses/palaces on offer are scattered throughout over 70 countries so the choice feels utterly boundless. We’ve put together a list of our favorites that are guaranteed to serve as an unforgettable base for a boy’s trip that will go down in history.

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The Malibu Wing House

Release your inner Bond villain and hideout beneath the wings of a 747! This rad house is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains and boasts unparalleled views and tons of strategically placed hammocks amidst the 55-acre estate. You and your posse could spend the day lounging around the 60-foot long pool, playing bocce or playing the best game of hide and seek ever.

Chalet Les Seracs

If you’re looking to fill your lungs with seriously fresh air, Chalet Les Seracs is an awesome choice of digs. Located at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, Europe’s most popular alpine area, this wood-clad cabin is anything but humble. Amenities include ten bedrooms, a hot tub, a central fireplace – perfect for kicking back in the evenings with some beers – and a chef’s kitchen. This is a great spot for fishing and golf too, if you get tired of the 40″ TV that is.

The Palms Place

Because lets face it, who doesn’t fantasise about recreating The Hangover? Though this place doesn’t come with a tiger you will find everything else you and your boys could possibly want…and some. The suite is on the 29th floor so the views of the mountains and the Vegas strip are breathtaking. Once inside, check out the whirlpool bathtub, indoor pool and spacious hot tub, There’s even a workout facility and office for the ballers in your group.

Stein Eriksen Lodge

This luxe suite is a skier’s paradise. Located in a five star hotel and spa nestled in the picturesque Utah mountains, the Stein Eriksen Lodge is designed as the ultimate snowy haven. Within the suite you’ll find stone fireplaces, a hot tub and a grand living room, which you probably won’t stray far from in the evenings. If you do however, you’ll find a secluded outdoor pool and smattering of world-class restaurants nearby.

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