When you think AirBnB (a service that allows people to rent out their homes to travellers), you’re forgiven if your mind conjures images of cramped, basic apartments. But as the service grows (they now boast over 1 million listings in 190 countries) it’s becoming easier to find truly gorgeous homes that rival even the most luxurious hotels. And you’ll always know what you’re getting thanks to their rigid rating system. Here are a few stunningly luxurious AirBnBs for your next vacation.
Take advantage of Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches with this luxurious home, designed by Walter Barda. The bedrooms offer expansive ocean views, as does the living are, which also opens to a lush garden and BBQ area so you can throw another shrimp…ok, we won’t go there.
$1,480 a night
Located 15 km from Caravels, this farm home has six bedrooms with king-size beds, an outdoor pool and acres and acres of wildlife-dense property with plenty of trails and paths to explore. Experience roughing it without actually roughing it.
$3,344 a night
This new six-bedroom private home is located right on the beach inside the gated community of Hermosa Palms in Playa Hermosa, Jaco. The ocean is just a stone’s throw away…right over there past the infinity pool.
$1,500 a night
Located in a residential area 10 minutes from Baie de Pampelonne, this new villa comes complete with a panoramic sea view over the Gulf of Saint- Tropez. Sit on the patio, lounge in the pool and take in the sites. Even the celebrities who come for Cannes aren’t treated like this.
$1,885 a night
Staying in Delenia is like having your own private village, and at $700 per night, that’s a steal of a deal. Strategically located on a secluded corner of the Aegean, the outdoor areas are the epicenter of life in the summer months, and the space has been designed accordingly with a large terrace with clear views of the Aegean, two al fresco dining areas, a stone barbeque and traditional Greek bread oven, tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor four-poster bed, a Hammam (Turkish steam room), an outdoor Jacuzzi, and, of course, a sea-water swimming pool. Let’s get Greece-y.
$540 a night
Experience the world’s new favourite/exotic layover destination in this bright and spacious luxury penthouse located right in the centre of Reykjavik, minutes from the harbour. The amazing view from the living room might just have you exploring the city from indoors.
$1,281 a night
This gorgeous villa ensures that a trip to India won’t have you feeling claustrophobic. The 6 bedroom villa has a private pool and a fire pit for chillier nights and the lush greenery of the grounds will make you feel like you’re in an exotic storybook.
$1,190 a night
Located on the west coast of the Bukit Peninsula in the ultra desirable area known as “Millionaires Row,’ the Royalty King Villa sits at the top of the beach road on the highest point of the Bukit Summit. Enjoy the beautiful views from the outdoor pool at any time of day or night.
$830 a night
This fairytale castle located near Passignano sul Trasimeno at the border of Tuscany and Umbria on the Trasimeno lake is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in Italy. In the 9-hectars grounds boast a large swimming pool and tennis court, while the interior is decorated with frescoes and beautiful antique furnitures.
$1,185 a night
Perched on a cliff on the Indian Ocean just 14 km south of Mombasa, this villa is horseshoe shaped, providing access to the designer pool from each of the bedrooms. There’s also plenty to do with horse stables, a helicopter pad and a new golf course nearby.
$710 a night
The house is set on over 300,000 square feet of spectacular riverfront land. The house includes a private outdoor hottub, a movie theatre, billiards, a gourmet kitchen, and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. It’s also mere minutes from the Tremblant resort.
$1,107 a night
This private, bright loft has an elevator directly to its own floor, exposed brick, oversized windows, all-wood floors and a beautiful master bedroom with a king size bed. Plus, you’re in the heart of New York. What more do you need?
$2,270 a night
Petit Paradis is a three bedroom villa hidden between the sea and a mountain, with total privacy. It is a haven of peace, with large ventilated volumes of living space. All the rooms are opened to patio, pool or garden.
$1,940 a night
Nestled in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve, lies this unique architectural feat. The Pentagon also enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton thanks to its lofty perch.
$5,295 a night
This home is located on the ski slope of Haute-Nendaz, so the views are spectacular. The large, voluminous space is perfect for a group getaway…and did we mention those views?
$3,400 a night