By Travel & Leisure
April 30, 2009
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"V is very, very...extraordinary," Frank Sinatra sang, and chances are, he'd say the same about the sale of his Palm Springs estate to the agency Time & Place Homes. Offering renters the seclusion of a private house along with the perks of a five-star hotel, the company runs 85 properties in 25 destinations throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. Each is staffed with a 24-hour concierge who can custom-design activities, from a clambake in Nantucket to a couture fitting in Paris. At Sinatra's four-bedroom Twin Palms, chairmen of the board (and mere mortals) can have the run of the 4,500-square-foot "bungalow," complete with a piano-shaped pool and Sinatra's legendary sound system. 866/244-1800; www.timeandplacehomes.com; Twin Palms from $2,143 a night, three-night minimum.
—Andrew Bender