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While some people love hosting holiday celebrations for friends and family, it's undeniably a ton of work to prepare for the festivities — especially if you plan on cooking by yourself. So this year, rather than take on the burden, why not book a getaway? Especially one that comes with a private chef, so you can enjoy a gourmet meal that you don't have to cook.

That's an actual possibility if you book a stay via Edge Retreats, a vacation rental platform for some of the most over-the-top villas around the world. Here, discover two vastly different properties — each of which comes with a private chef — to cater to all different kinds of travelers, whether you're looking for a glacial retreat in Alaska or something a little more far-flung (say, a Turks and Caicos getaway).

A private chef at Edge Retreats
Credit: Courtesy of Edge Retreats

Hawksbill Estate, Turks and Caicos

Craving a beach retreat for the holidays? Head to Hawksbill Estate in Turks and Caicos. Yes, the eight-bedroom manse is staffed by a private chef to cook all your meals, but the real star of the show is the white sands of world-famous Grace Bay, which run right up to the property. There are also two pools, a hot tub, a movie theater, and a tennis court. A beach escape might not offer you a white Christmas, but what better place to spend the holidays with your family?

Sheldon Chalet, Denali's Ruth Glacier, Alaska

For a truly unique holiday experience, consider venturing out into the wild, on the Ruth Glacier. That's where you'll find Sheldon Chalet, a five-bedroom villa, deep in the Alaskan wilderness. The rate for this remote property includes all meals cooked by a private chef, not to mention gear for the extreme environment outside. Professional guides will take you on excursions — hopefully you'll be able to see the Northern Lights.

For more holiday season vacation rental options, visit Edge Retreats' website.

Stefanie Waldek is a freelance space, travel, and design journalist. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @stefaniewaldek.