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Carpe Diem
Location: Lake Travis, Austin, Texas Cost: Starting at $6,000 for two nights, three days Carpe Diem is the only three-level houseboat on Lake Travis, and it got a brand-new design in early 2014. The perks include space for 50 friends to party and room for 18 to sleep aboard. There are TVs in the five opulent suites and a bathtub for soaking in the master suite. The second story boasts a party pad, with a hot tub, kegerator, and full bar, while the third deck is decked out with lounge chairs for sun exposure. The captain’s fees will run you $40 per hour extra. However, if you find 50 friends for the afternoon and ask them to chip in, that add-on is hardly breaking the bank.

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Picture this: You and 12 friends are laughing in a hot tub. The champagne is ice-cold, the sun is sinking down over a gorgeous lake, and the music is pumping from your iPod on a state-of-the-art stereo. Oh, and don’t forget that private chef who’s making you dinner while you party.

No, you’re not in a dream (or in a rap video). You’re just ending a perfect day aboard your rented houseboat. Instead of flying to France and renting a yacht for the week, you can rent one of these 10 amazing houseboat rentals around the world for much less than a luxury hotel would run you per night.

(Note: Some of these rentals were provided by TripAdvisor)