The 10 Unique Airbnb Rentals Around the World
We already know Airbnb’s got something for just about everyone, and that includes the architectural aesthete, or the traveler who wants to be inspired just as much by their lodging as they do their location.
From sustainable structures, to cube houses, to dwellings completely comprised of bamboo, here are some ideal properties for even the most serious of design connoisseurs.
If you haven’t used Airbnb before, now is a good time to sign up!
So take a look at these 10 stunning rentals …
OFF-GRID ITHOUSE | Yucca Valley, CA, USA
The Off-grid itHouse is an architecturally significant house, recently noted by Dwell as one of the ‘Best Homes in America’. This is the prototype for the pre-engineered system known as the IT House. The house is 100% off-grid, powered by solar panels for energy and hot water, and is located in a pristine remote valley in the beautiful California high desert. The house observes key green principals of smaller footprint, minimal disturbance to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, use of renewable resources, and living simply and minimally. The setting of the house is remote and serene, a quiet refuge from everything, free from distractions. Amazing views and vistas in all directions.
CHÂTEAU DES BRIOTTIÈRES | Champigné, France
One of the more expensive rentals on this list, prices at the Château des Briottières start at a whopping £8,989 a night! Built in the eighteenth century, this luxurious château in the Loire Valley has been owned by the same family for seven generations and can accommodate up to 35 people with 17 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. Guests can also enjoy the estate’s heating swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, and park and garden. Other available activities include biking, billiards, ping-pong, massages, and trampoline games for the kids.
HIDEOUT BALI | Selat, Bali, Indonesia
This experience is not like any other, Hideout is not some fancy hotel, it is truly an adventurous experience, rustic and authentic right in the middle of Balinese village life. Set on a river bank, the house offers a spectacular view of the lush jungle forest surrounding the house. Hideout is a perfect place for long-time travelers, lovers of nature, a spiritual-minded people, trekking-lovers, backpackers, artists, musicians, and eco-enthusiast to have their own unique Bali experience.
SKYLODGE ADVENTURE SUITES | Calca, Cuzco, Peru
Have you ever wanted to sleep in a condor’s nest? Here is the next best thing! A transparent luxury capsule that hangs from the top of a mountain in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru. The exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the chance to sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom, that allows you to appreciate the impressive view of this magic and mystic valley. To sleep at Skylodge, people must climb 400 mt. of Via Ferrata or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines. One night at this place will make your dreams come true.
THIS OLD HUDSON | Hudson, New York, United States
In Hudson, amid the cache of high-end retail and fine antiques shops, vibrant art galleries, and critically-acclaimed restaurants, one can still see evidence of the city’s storied past in the mix of stunning historic architecture. Walk a few blocks off its main drag, Warren Street, and you will find the classic residences of the seafarers and dock workers upon whose backs the former whaling town was built. Nestled among these dwellings sits This Old Hudson, an early 1900s Craftsman-style home turned newly renovated creative studio and upstate escape over a century in the making. Guests and clients are provided access to a full kitchen, living room, studio/meeting place, bathroom, and two bedrooms featuring original flooring, doors, hardware, and other architectural elements that have been restored and styled with vintage finds and custom designs from some of the very best shops and makers in the Hudson Valley.
VILLA CHAMELEON | Kediri, Bali, Indonesia
Villa Chameleon, located in the lush coastal village of Buwit in Bali, blurs the boundaries between natural and built environments, almost resembling a house long-forgotten in the jungle. As is Balinese custom, each pavilion is meant to accommodate a different function; all communal spaces are kept open towards the elements, while private areas are closable. The buildings follow the contour and topography of the land, providing ample vantage points out over the river below.
CASA TINY | Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Located just a short walk from the sea, Casa Tiny can be found nestled in an area of dense vegetation near the surf town of Puerto Escondido, on Mexico’s idyllic Oaxacan coast. One of the first built offerings from young architect Aranza de Ariño, the little beach house is a compact, romantic retreat for two. Happily isolated, the holiday home consists of a kitchen, bathroom and open mezzanine bedroom, reached by simple alternating tread stairs.
CAVE HOUSE | Oia, Greece
This spacious, unparalleled cave house, hanging on the cliffs of the caldera in the center of Oia, is part of a traditional complex of cave houses, owned & renovated by a family of architects. Originally renovated for personal use by local craftsmen, the house perfectly combines traditional style with comfort. The plasticity of its forms, the use of local techniques, the built in beds and the selection of antique furniture together with the modern amenities, strike the right balance between sophistication and coziness. Outdoors, the private terraces expand on different levels literally on the rim of the caldera, creating unique angles and comfortable sitting spaces. Grasp the serenity and beauty of the sensational, unobstructed view of the volcano. The caldera, the sea and the sky which will undoubtedly leave you breathless.
CASA ARENA | Puerto Escondido, Mexico
The one bedroom Villa, just a few steps from the Pacific Ocean, has a spectacular view, equipped with a full kitchen, one bathroom and shower al fresco. The cabin is a wooden box mounted on a platform slightly separated from the sand, at almost a meter above ground level, its sliding doors of palm wood open completely to allow the breeze to run freely and enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the ocean and the surrounding vegetation. It is an ideal place to rest, practice yoga and meditation, admire the birds and the beautiful nature that surrounds them. The long, almost private beach is perfect for walks, at the western end you can practice rock climbing and fishing, at the other end the Manialtepec Lagoon joins the sea.
VILLA AKASHA | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Quite unlike any room you have ever stayed in before, this 35m2 bio-architecture bamboo dome is fully appointed with all the luxuries and has a powerful healing effect on all who stay there. The dome design employs the science of geometry to generate an implosive electrical field — attracting and focusing life-force — in much the same way as the cells in your body generate and sustain themselves. Through this process of bio-mimicry, the dome offers an environment which enhances human health and wellness. At night the dome lights up with an incredible array of ambient lighting, setting the mood for a relaxing and romantic evening in paradise.
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