27 Airbnbs for your bucket list
You’ll be surprised to learn that not all the places listed on Airbnb are 50-square-foot New York apartments priced at $1,000 a week. There are some real hidden gems mixed in there too. These are the best of the best..
Bamboo House [Abiansemal, Bali, Indonesia]
When you’re day dreaming about getting away from it all to some exotic land, the house of your dreams probably looks something like this. Perched on a valley along Bali’s sacred Ayung River, Sunrise House is a small luxury in a monumental wilderness not yet fully explored by humans. This incredible building is made completely out of bamboo sourced from the dense jungle that surrounds it on all sides, waiting to be explored. Book here .
The Seashell House [Isla Mujeres, Mexico]
If you’re an aspiring mermaid, this eccentric home is the place for you to spend a night. This home looks like something from a Disney movie, and it’s all set on the magnificent Isla Mujeres which has been called one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean Sea – and that’s saying a lot! Book here .
Cubehouse [Rotterdam, Netherlands]
This bizarre three floor home is created from a collection of cubes that merge together into a truly intriguing structure. This architectural masterpiece has an open plan and dozens of huge windows, offering an incredible view of the bustling city center around you. Book here .
Nakagin Capsule Tower [Tokyo, Japan]
While these apartments may be a bit bare of creature comforts, they offer incredibly affordable and interesting accommodation in a city that usually costs an arm and a leg. Plus, who doesn’t want the excuse to sleep in a washing machine perched above the hectic streets of Tokyo? Book here .
Ski Lift [Courchevel, Rhône-Alpes, France]
If for some reason you love the imminent feeling of doom that comes with using a ski lift, you can spend a night in one suspended hundreds of feet above the French Alps. Just don’t look down. Or ask where the bathroom is. Book here .
Teepee Cottage [The Great Geysir, Iceland]
This compact cottage almost seems like it could be engulfed by the immense environment that surrounds it. Close to some of Iceland’s greatest geysers and monumental mountains, this home offers comfort to the adventurers willing to take on nature at its greatest. Book here .
Water Tower [London, United Kingdom]
High above the buildings of the surrounding neighborhood, this converted water tower oozes character and has some of the best panoramic views of London available. Book here .
House Boat [Marina del Rey, CA, United States]
While this luxury apartment may look and feel like a boat, it won’t be going to sea any time soon. Grounded on the Pacific coast, this strange apartment building is only a short walk from magnificent beaches and incredible nightlife. Book here .
ElquiDomos Astronomic Hotel [Paiguano, Coquimbo, Chile]
Elqui Domos is one of only a few astronomic hotels in the world. Deep in the wilderness, you won’t just get amazing views of the wilderness that surrounds you, but also of the breathtaking stars you can’t normally spot in a polluted city. And all you need to do is look up from your bed. Book here .
Dog Bark Park Inn B&B [Cottonwood, ID, United States]
Who hasn’t wanted to spend a night in a dog’s arse? Just me? If you’re looking to escape with the canine in your life, this bizarre bed and breakfast is one of only a few places on Airbnb that actually allows animals. It’s definitely a conversation starter. Book here .
Nanuku Island [Nanuku Levu, Fiji]
Ever fancied recreating Tom Hank’s ‘Cast Away’ but with the knowledge that someone will actually come to pick you up in a week? You can rent this entire tropical island along with the tiny house that sits masked among the palm trees and foliage. However, we’d recommend camping out under the stars Wilson-style. Book here .
Iglu Village [Kühtai, Tirol, Austria]
Pack a sleeping bag and a few blankets if you plan on coming to Tirol in the winter. The Iglu Village is lovingly crafted each year and located at 6,500 feet above sea level amidst the breathtaking mountains of the Kühtai ski resort. Book here .
St Pancras Clock Tower [London, United Kingdom]
St Pancras station has a history dating back to the 1800s and in the modern day, connects Britain with continental Europe. It’s in the heart of the city and only a lucky few get to peer out of the face of the grand clock tower. Now, you can be one of them by staying in the privately owned piece of history. Book here .
Off-Grid itHouse [Pioneertown, CA, United States]
This should be your first choice as a safe house for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Deep in the remote and magnificent California high desert, this small home is full powered by solar panels that take full advantage of the amazing weather. If you’re looking for a place to flee the apocalypse, society or the post-apocalyptic society, this is where you can go to get a break from it all. Book here .
Casa Arbol [San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua]
Tree houses aren’t just for kids. As this one proves, you can still be surrounded by nature, childhood memories and still live the life of luxury. Take a dip in the pool and watch the wildlife of the jungle below go about its business. Book here .
Cabana Floripa [Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil]
This house was built with materials from the garbage of the area. Most of the walls are made out of recycled glass bottles which shine like stained glass in the sun. This transformation of old into new makes the house an incredible place to explore. Book here .
Airplane Suite [Teuge, Gelderland, Netherlands]
If you can’t afford the cost of a private jet, this is about as close as you can come to the real thing. While this private hotel stays grounded, you can still count it as joining the “Mile High Club.” Book here .
The Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse [Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia]
This beautifully restored, heritage listed lighthouse offers a prime spot from which to gave upon the unspoiled beauty and grand vistas of this remote area of Australia. Book here.
Mirrored House [Pittsburgh, PA, United States]
The mirror house is interesting to say the least, and some may even describe it as the result of a designer’s mental breakdown. But, there’s beauty in the madness. The glass and mirrors reflect sunlight, making for an incredible light show and making the place seem brighter and bigger. Book here .
Mushroom Dome Cabin [Aptos, CA, United States]
Yes, there’s actually somewhere to escape the crowds in California. This small cabin is hidden away in a dense forest, miles away from civilization. Shaded by Oak and Madrone trees and next to a Redwood grove, you can enjoy the great outdoors on the large deck or lose yourself with a hike in the woods. Book here .
Hvar Tower [Hvar, Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia]
Croatia is a place of immense natural and historical beauty. You can experience both by spending a night in this magical tower, once used to defend the town from invaders. It is one of few from the middle ages that remains standing to this day. Book here .
Container Home [Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain]
Perched upon the rooftop of a house is the perfect miniature container home. With views of the cobble streets below, this tiny house doesn’t skip any luxuries – it has its own balcony and throughout the small but the surprisingly spacious home is a luxurious modern design.
George Washington’s Pad [St. Stephens Church, VA, United States]
“George Washington slept here” isn’t a claim that many of the places on Airbnb can advertise, except for this 1760 farmhouse. This quaint home, out in the middle of nowhere, was a favorite stop for the President as he made his way between Washington and Williamsburg. From fishing to horse riding, the historic building is a perfect place to get away from city life. Book here .
The Cetusaurus [Irish Beach, CA, United States]
Only a few feet from the beach is this quaint home with a marvelous architectural style. The uniqueness, tranquility and seaside beauty make this house perfect for anyone looking to get away with a book. Book now .
Bus Home [Bromma, Stockholms län, Sweden]
As far as bus homes go, this the creme of the crop. This cosy portable home features a balcony and a cosy bedroom. Book here .
Kirkby Stephen Castle [Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom]
Set in 15 acres of grounds, this grande castle was built in 1841 as a Victorian gentlemen’s folly. And you can feel that immense history throughout. This magnificent home is set in the rugged Yorkshire Dales, which offer a magnificent forested and hilly landscape, perfect for treks. Book now .
Trullo in Itria Valley [Cisternino, Brindisi, Apúlia, Italy]
Trulli are traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof, found only in the breathtaking Itria Valley. Originally designed as field shelters and storehouses, these huts have been adapted into homes in recent times. Each one is more of an architectural masterpiece than the last. Book here .
When I win the lotto these are the first destination places! Along with my Disney Locations I blogged earlier this week 🙂