“Are you ready to travel the world again?” said host Luis D. Ortiz about photos of the holiday destinations visited during the season. “We’ll show you the most amazing way to do it.”
The storyline of the show:
While many episodes are based more on the subject than location, the first episode is set in Bali. Near the town of Ubud, the three visited a four-story building resembling a bird’s nest that Baton found; it is more or less part of the hostel that offers shared meals and hosting cocktail hours with all the hostel guests. But this is the best hostel you’ve ever seen, but Joe still recommends wearing flip flops in the plush-lined bathroom.
Next up is Jo’s Wahl, a row of villas owned by the local village chief. The villas themselves are beautiful and overlook the nearby rice fields. But the boss also took them to the Galungan ceremony, where they experienced one of the most significant spiritual festivals in Indonesia firsthand.
Luis’ Choice, a large villa in the seaside resort of Seminyak, is large enough for a celebration of 200 people. The trio walked through the large villa, did yoga on the surfboards in the pool, got massages, and arranged a small dinner. At the end of the episode, each presenter describes their favourite experience.
Despite its best efforts to be informative, The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals is a feast for the eyes. And that’s good for us. The show’s producers have tried to highlight the places they take photos by using drone footage and other nitty techniques to give the viewers an idea of what they can see and experience if they go to the places themselves.
This is the most successful aspect of the show.
The lush nature made us spend time in Bali in the fall when the trio of hosts was there. The presence of the host is what we question. Don’t get me wrong: Ortiz, Batoon and Franco are characters and open to expanding their minds by interacting with the locals.
The idea is that Ortiz, a former stockbroker (and Million Dollar List: Actors in New York) owns a luxury line, Franco, who has his own YouTube travel channel, is the best at finding unique accommodations, and Baton, A seems to be a design expert, less experienced.
But the trio seemed to pass everywhere they went, acting like American tourists, saying, “Great!” And “Wow!” And “Look at this!” A lot, but little effort, to get to know your area. . Live. At least that’s what the first episode showed. Often, the three of them circled where they were, not interacting much with the locals.
Even when they were in Galungan for the ceremony, they felt more like people who saw the experience on a bucket list than people who were wholly immersed in what they were going through.
It would be relatively easy to say that the show went better without a moderator:
But then it’ll just be another clip show you can watch any day of the week on the Travel Channel or other major cable network. The presence of the three presenters attempts to connect this type of show with an ambitious millennial audience. It promises pleasant surprises and joys to be experienced if any.
But don’t expect Bourdain-style reflections on what countries or people experience; Vacation rentals appear as advertising rather than anything else. But at least it’s a good looking ad.
Yes, the world’s most giant vacation rentals are so light, and you’ll probably forget all the episodes when you see them. But the main cinematic is beautiful, and the aim is interesting enough to be a golden hour between heavier shows.