Hotels come in a promising package, but what if you wanted to live somewhere like a local? Luxury residences hold the key. By Shikha Pushpan

The idea of having a home at every destination might seem absurd, but it’s not entirely impossible. With an increasing number of people preferring to live at their place of choice for a long duration, there is a steadily rising number of plush residences on offer. These homes provide plenty of space and the warmth of a house in a foreign place. Preferred Hotels & Resorts has its own collection of sophisticated and stylish residential accommodations, collectively called Preferred Residences. With a portfolio ranging from beachfront bungalows to countryside cottages and stylish urban suites, Preferred Residences let you stay for an extended period of time, and go beyond the vacation model of travel. The residences come with facilities such as separate bedroom and living areas, fully-functional kitchens, and personalised check-in/check-out options, among others.

Depending on the intent, duration, and location of your stay, you can choose from three types of residences. Business travellers on a city visit can check into one of the Hotel Residences to enjoy spacious accommodation without compromising on the services of a five-star hotel. For travellers seeking extended stays and unparalleled privacy, Apartment Residences provide a capacious address to come back to, after a long day of exploring the place at their own pace. If your idea of an exquisite vacation is to stay near an idyllic beach or in the wilderness, Holiday Residences offer the perfect setting for a laid-back lifestyle with minimum intrusion. Regardless of what you choose, the I Prefer Hotel Rewards programme ensures you enjoy exclusive benefits.

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Preferred Residences are spread across the world. If you’re visiting Dubai, the studio apartments at DUKES Dubai can be your escape pod after a long day of business meetings. At Andara Resort & Villas, modern residences with terrace and private pools offer you the luxury of having a holiday home in Phuket without buying one. Closer home, The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences gives its residents access to the hotel’s lounge, fitness center, spa, and other recreational spaces.

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If shopping is on your mind while visiting Singapore, 8 on Claymore offers independent, serviced apartments close to Orchard Road, with facilities such as a barbecue pit and a residents’ lounge to entertain guests.