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Residences aim to fuse all the easy conveniences of a classic hotel stay with the added flexibility and features of a holiday apartment. They offer spacious pads with plenty of room and space to sprawl out, along with dedicated check-in desks and property managers to help ensure your trip goes smoothly. They come in all shapes and sizes, dot a huge variety of locations, and cross a whole range of luxury levels, which makes them a versatile and enticing prospect for all sorts of travellers, no matter if you're seeking a plush penthouse with city views or a characterful country bolthole that's away from it all.

If you're the sort of person who loves to seek out real home-away-from-home sorts of accommodations when you travel, then a residence holiday might be what you're after. These stays offer you a spot to call your own. Instead of making do with small hotel guestrooms where you'll do little more than lay your head, you can choose from entire apartments with multiple beds, large lounge spaces and self-catering kitchens. Some even come with hallways and walk-in wardrobes – perfect if you're the kind of traveller who simply can't pack light. But this isn't just an apartment, it's a residence, which means you also get just a dash of added hotel-style service to make things run smoothly. Dedicated staff and property managers just a phone call away ensure you're never at a loss at who to call when you need something. You can also sometimes dig in to breakfast buffets like you would in a hotel, and rest assured that housekeeping will pass through to tidy up when you're busy sightseeing during the day.

Bagging residences on ebookers is also something you might want to consider if you're watching the travel budget. Because they often have enough beds and room for a party of people, you can regularly save some pennies by renting just a single apartment in a residence. Then comes the added bonus of that self-catering kitchen. Forget pricey restaurant bills, because these sorts of stays will have you channelling your inner Gordon Ramsay to cook up evening meals and lunchtime feasts. There's oodles of fun to have – and plenty to be saved – by exploring local markets for ingredients and popping regional wines in the comfort of your own apartment.

It's also possible to get a slice of luxury on a residence holiday. From Paris to Tuscany, the Cote d'Azur to Spain, these spacious stays can often take a turn for the stylish. Some occupy vintage mansions replete with handsome architectural features. Others are modern and edgy, housing rooftop terraces and cocktail bars. Communal pools, fitness centres and even spa facilities also sometimes make an appearance in the most opulent residences of all.

There are so many residences on offer these days that no 2 trips are ever the same. That's why we've made it easier than ever to track down the residence to suit you. All you need to do is enter your dates of travel into ebookers and we'll show the top-rated stays in your particular destination. There's also a handy travel map that lets you zoom in and out to pick out the residences that are closest to the landmarks and monuments you were most excited about checking off the bucket list this year.