Love ’em or hate ’em, you cannot deny that Airbnbs are fun to look at.
After all, half the fun of a trip is the early stages, where the world is your oyster. Whether you actually intend to go to the places you’re looking or not, it sure is nice to imagine yourself there.
When scrolling through the Airbnb Instagram, you can picture yourself pretending to be royalty in a castle or living out your “Jungle Book” fantasies in a treehouse tucked away in a remote destination.
Airbnb isn’t always perfect, but the home-sharing platform has been working hard to make it easier than ever to find that perfect booking that fits your specific needs — and without any surprises once you arrive there.
Although Airbnb doesn’t have a loyalty program, it’s still possible to earn airline miles or cash back when booking one.
Now, Airbnb has shared its most-liked properties on Instagram from 2023, giving us all a little travel lust. Properties include a chic treehouse in Tuscany, a floating tiny house in Canada and a lush bamboo house in Indonesia.
The Best View of Quintay — Quintay Casablanca, Chile
A “guest favorite” stay starting at just $214 a night, you can have sweeping views of the sea and the mountains at this 484-square-foot abode that’s stylish, cozy and clean. From the bed, gaze out the picture-perfect floor-to-ceiling windows framing Quintay’s Bay on the Chilean coast just 90 minutes from Santiago.
Eco Bamboo House — Abiansemal, Indonesia
It seems like everyone wants to go to Bali. If you’re one of the few who doesn’t, let this eye-catching, thatched-roof Airbnb change your mind. This bamboo house has two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a small kitchen. Its open-air design lets fresh air circulate while your eyes feast on the lush flora and fauna right outside.
Although it’s in a rural environment, the Airbnb hosts can arrange to get everything you want or need delivered to the Airbnb, so you don’t have to worry about going to the store. The best part? The entire place can be yours, starting at $499 per night.
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Jungle Home — Tulum, Mexico
Once-bohemian Tulum has taken a very luxe turn with the openings of hotels like the Waldorf Astoria. Still, sometimes it’s best to get an off-the-grid place all to yourself so you can sit back and relax.
At this chic Airbnb with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, you can do just that starting at $231 per night. Imagine yourself waking up, cozying into that clawfoot bathtub and looking out into a beautiful, plant-filled patio and watching all your cares melt away. For a little more fun, check out the listing’s toilet — there’s a reason they call it a throne.
Ocean View Villa — Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica
Perched up high and surrounded by mango trees, this sleek, modern and brand-new villa has it all: three levels to spread out in, an infinity pool with majestic views and four bedrooms for you and your besties. Near Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica, this property is basically a private resort without the other guests — and even includes a 24/7 concierge who can help arrange anything you may want.
It’s a little on the pricey side compared to other properties on this (rates start at $1,200 per night). However, if you factor in splitting that cost between the eight guests it can host, you’ll realize it really is a steal.
Tuscan Tree House — Florence, Italy
When you think of Florence, you probably envision grand, historic architecture and buzzy, tourist-filled streets, right? Usually. But there’s another side to Florence — one that includes a super modern treehouse in the quiet countryside, just 15 miles from the Duomo.
Set in a compound on a farm with many communal spaces (including a pool and tennis court), this is the place to get to know the people who reside locally, learn what proper olive oil should taste like and experience a new side of Florence, starting at $247 per night.
Lagoon Float Camp — Tofino, Canada
Is it a houseboat, a floating lagoon camp or overwater glamping? It’s all of that and more. On the Clayoquot Sound near the Vancouver Island town of Tofino, this incredible pad has a 14-foot canvas beel tent, a propane heater to keep you warm, a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, and lots of deck space to lay out and enjoy the sun.
If you decide you need to get back to shore or just want to explore the lake, a rowboat with life jackets is included in the nightly price, which starts at $314.
Upstate A-frame — Plain Pines, New York
A-frames have been, are and always will be all the rage in upstate New York. This one in Plain Pines, a little over two hours from New York City, is no exception.
Featuring three bedrooms and a sleeping loft, this home — which was built in 1986 and refurbished in the last few years — has 20-foot ceilings, huge glass windows to look out from and tons of natural light. It also comes with all the modern amenities one could need for an upstate retreat, like a kitchen, the ability to stream your favorite shows, yoga mats and even a stocked bar cart. Nightly rates at this picture-perfect home start at $345 a night.
Chic Log Cabin — Eldred, New York
Situated near the Pennsylvania-New York border in the Catskills, this log cabin home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms is a real charmer between New York City and Philadelphia.
But while the house’s interior makes for a great stay, it’s what’s outside that should inspire you to book it. There’s waterfront access to Halfway Brook, a riverfront sauna, a hammock and seating along the water, a fire pit, a grill and even an outdoor shower to enjoy in the warmer months. Imagine yourself relaxing by the water, starting at $489 per night.
Tanglebloom Flower Farm Glamping — Brookline, Vermont
Sleeping in an open-air glamping cabin on a flower farm might not be on your bucket list, but it should be. The best place to do it is at the Tanglebloom Flower Farm in Brookline, Vermont. According to the listing, its screened walls let in fresh air and keep the bugs out, so it’s a great place to feel one with nature.
It’s also a minimalistic retreat with an outdoor kitchen with running hot water and a single-burner propane cooktop, an outdoor shower, limited electricity and no heat. There’s also a year-round wood-fired hot tub for guests to enjoy. Nightly rates for this flower-filled stay start at $263 per night.
Meditative Beachfront Retreat — Walkerville North, Australia
This stunning home in Victoria is a creative refuge that, as the listing describes, isn’t quite a tiny home and isn’t quite a beach house. Still, it has everything you need in a home: “somewhere to cook, somewhere to bathe, somewhere to rest.”
Designed as a place for a single guest or a couples retreat from the world, guests can enjoy complimentary coffee, Starlink satellite internet and direct access to the beach (but it’s recommended you bring your own beach towels). While the home has a beautiful, contemporary design, the best part is the view of the beach and the hills beyond. You can book this stay starting at $260 per night.