When Airbnb hit the scene, we had no idea what we were in for. With all of its magical listings for some of the most interesting accommodations in the world, it’s like all of our travel fantasies came true. We could jet set to the most sought-after destinations and not have to stay in a budget hotel, or hostel with loads of other people. We could now kick back in beautiful and unique homes that were private and just for us. And while of course there are some utterly breathtaking hotels in this world, Airbnb signifies another level of luxury. The personalities and décor of some of these homes adds a whole other element to an already incredible vacation.
There’s a garden loft in Florence that will make any boho gal swoon; a restored lighthouse in Australia that is every kind of tranquil; and a rainforest treehouse in Costa Rica that’s what all of our childhood dreams were made of. Plus, many come with amazing perks like infinity pools, gourmet kitchens and views that seem too good to be true.
Take a look at 15 of the most amazing Airbnbs in the world. If you haven’t planned on using Airbnb, your mind is about to be changed (and blown!).
15 Luxury Apartment in Kuta, Indonesia
In case you needed another reason to visit Bali and all its glorious beaches, this Moroccan-style abode will have you enjoying a relaxing ambiance and a pool looking over a cliff with luscious greenery. With its spa-like feel and decor, you’ll never want to leave. For those of you that are planning on taking a trip to Bali this is truly one beautiful place to stay.
14 Garden Loft Apartment in Florence, Italy
A quiet and quaint sanctuary, this feminine-meets-bohemian loft comes with its own flourishing garden. It is located walking distance away from many city attractions, and the price includes a breakfast basket, as well as fruit, milk and butter for your stay. Talk about a cozy place to stay, while visiting one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
13 Vallarta Romantic Amapas Ocean View in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This ocean view condo in Puerto Vallarta is romantic, luxurious and utterly breathtaking. Spend your time over looking the ocean in the infinity pool, cooking delicious meals in the gourmet kitchen, and watching the beautiful sunsets in the Jacuzzi. A short walk from the beach, restaurants, boutiques and bars, you’ll be able to explore all the town has to offer.
12 Rain Forest Tree House in Cooper, Costa Rica
Yes, all your childhood dreams are about to come true. This charming tree house is handcrafted, cozy and located right in the center of the Bio Thermales rainforest reserve. Staying here, you will have access to 24-hour hot springs, trails and plenty of nearby activities. Just 20 feet up in the rain forest and close to nature, you will look out into lush vegetation from a wrap-around wooden porch.
11 Former Pub in Peckham, London
A former Victorian pub from the 1860s, this flat has been restored into a modern, yet rustic property with exposed brick, comfy furniture and vibrant wall art. Spend the day out and about in the local area, visiting chic cafes, boutiques and galleries, or take stress-free local transportation to surrounding areas such as London Bridge, Dalston Junction and Shoreditch.
10 Teepee Cottage in Geysir, Iceland
How adorable is this compact teepee cottage? I mean, really, how can you resist its unique and beautiful design? The location is perfect for a family, with a spacious yard and a darling playground, and it’s close to activities including mini put, swimming and horseback riding. Ideal for adventure-types, you’ll be close to nature, surrounded by mountains and some of Iceland’s greatest geysers.
9 The Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia
Located in the remote area of Seal Rocks, on the Mid North Coast of NSW in Australia, this restored lighthouse is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday. You can swim, surf, snorkel and dive, as well as discover nature trails just steps away. Its beachy décor and outdoor barbecue will have you feeling tranquil and at ease for the entirety of your stay.
8 Houseboat in Marina del Rey, US
One block from the beach, this luxury houseboat is available for a unique stay. Guests sleep in the back of the boat, in a wonderful one bedroom/one bathroom accommodation. With a large kitchen, comfy queen size bed, hardwood floors and cooking supplies such as a French press and blender, you’ll easily find yourself right at home. Plus, you will be just minutes away from the Venice pier, and a short mile away from Abbott Kinney, Santa Monica and Main street.
7 Cube House in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Wouldn’t it be awesome to say that you’ve slept in a cube house? Its intriguing architecture, created from a collection of cubes is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Situated in the center of Rotterdam, it’s just a 50 minute train ride to the city of Amsterdam. With unique furniture and winding staircases to fit the cubed structure, it’s a once in a lifetime home that will have you coming back for more!
6 Bus Home in Bromma, Sweden
This veteran bus from 1967 has been completely renovated, comfortably furnished and is situated in a lavish rainforest with a nearby lake. It has a top deck with patio furniture and a barbecue, however it is in a vegetarian community, so they ask that no meat is brought to the site. Described by previous guests as “living in a fairytale” the bus home is a must-stay for any vegetarian traveling to the Bromma area.
5 Deluxe Beach Apartment in Tel Aviv
If you’re planning a trip with your squad, this 5 bed, 2-bathroom deluxe loft is the place for you. Not only is this place stunning but offers a lavish stay for those traveling. Spacious, futuristic and a short walk from the beach, you and your friends can catch the rays during the day and chill out in the pad into the night. The only problem here is that even though you want to go out and explore, the loft is so beautiful, you might not want to leave.
4 Camps Bay Holiday Mansion in Cape Town, South Africa
One look at this luxury villa and you’ll fall head over heels. With glass windows from top to bottom, you can look out onto the beautiful surrounding mountains and the mansion’s infinity swimming pool. The interior looks like it’s right out of a magazine, which it is – it has been featured in various home interior glossies; and we have a feeling you’ll drool over the outdoor/indoor living space. Housing up to 18 people, it’s the perfect spot for a group vacation.
3 Luxury Villa in Phucket, Thailand
Phucket, Thailand is serene, lush and beautiful. The same can be said for this tranquil luxury villa right near the beach and a golf course. Traditional Thai décor blends with Western comfort for a stay that will be nothing short of relaxing. Take in the culture at a local Thai market, bask in the sun at the white sand Bang Tao beach (just 3 minutes away) and enjoy home cooked meals in the comfort of the villa.
2 Top Floor Suite in Osaka, Japan
Located in the popular tourist city of Dotonbori in Osaka, this spacious top floor suite has a walkout terrace and is just minutes away from restaurants, bars and shopping. Its modern appeal and sharp décor promises to be a pleasurable place to rest after a day of walking and sightseeing.
1 A Rustic Country House in Porto, Portugal
Rustic and traditional, this beautifully restored country house is the place to stay for an unforgettable vacation to Porto, Portugal. With an infinity pool and gorgeous landscape outside, and the unique décor inside, you’ll get the best of all worlds. Try traditional foods at nearby bakeries and supermarkets and take a 30 km jaunt to Port, which is considered one of the most cultural cities in the world.