If you are thinking of jetting away this summer, but don’t quite know where to yet, stop and have a little scroll through my hand-picked list of the most magnificent Airbnb rentals to escape to this year. Whether it is a city break, a beach laze or a scenic mountain retreat; my Airbnb list has it all. I guarantee it will have you itching to pack your bags and fly off into a new adventure in no time.
When it comes to holiday planning we can all get a little overwhelmed and stressed – there is just so much choice and how to pick the good from the bad? We are all quite good at choosing where we want to go but where we want to stay is another story. Accommodation is so important. Most of us will have experienced that holiday where our hotel ruined our visit or was just so expensive it left us struggling for the rest of the trip. With holidays being so precious these days, that is a nightmare. So why not try something different this year? Ditch the traditional hotel route and opt for an Airbnb!
Airbnb has revolutionised the way the world can travel and from my personal experience it is brilliant. Anyone who hasn’t used it yet, should definitely give it a try. For those of you who do not know about Airbnb: It is an app, founded in 2008, that works on a host-guest basis. It allows users (hosts) to rent out their homes or part of their homes to other users (guests) for a desired period. Both will rate each other in return, which creates a very open and transparent environment. With over 3 000 000 hosts worldwide it has an expansive list of unique rentals, full of hidden gems and at various prices. You can find everything from a single room within a house to huge mansions and castles. The possibilities are endless!
Within those many rentals, however, there are some truly magnificent ones that shine above the rest and can give you that gorgeous holiday break we all dream off without breaking the bank too much. To make it a little easier and less time-consuming for you, I have outlined my most favourite ones below. So what are you waiting for? Expand your horizons and scroll through my top 14 most magnificent Airbnbs ever:
- £78 per night, 8 people
Puglia is a deeply picturesque Italian region full of olive trees and traditional manor houses and as such a must-visit area for any lover of Italy. Yet in the middle of the Itria Valley in Cisterno we find an even more enchanting Puglian custom – the Trullis. Trulli are glorious white washed cone shaped houses built out of dry stones by the master Trulli craftsmen from as early as the 14th century.
This particular Trulli was originally built in 1800 and was recently restored preserving the original facade and celebrating the distinctive stone arches and recesses. Scroll through the pictures and you will see why this is such a magnificent Airbnb and an exceptional holiday experience for anyone that decides to stay here. At £78 per night it sleeps 8 guests and comes with a stunning outdoor space overlooking the Italian countryside, perfect for BBQs and lazing around with a book.
If you want something a little rustic and full of Italian charm book here.
- £133 per night, 3 people
This magnificent Airbnb in the heart of Stockholm, is an exceptional representation of Scandinavian design. It comfortably sleeps 3 people for £133 per night and is totally worth it.
Constructed over two floors, this penthouse has an exciting spatial design with double height ceilings, mezzanines and a beautiful roof top balcony. The interior itself embodies classic Scandinavian design wonderfully: a pristine white colour palette with bold accents, such as black metal stairs and rich wooden floors. The furniture is sleek and natural but feels so calming – an aspect that has become so characteristic of modern Scandinavian design.
If you are looking to sneak away to Sweden on your next break and stay in a super stylish flat in a trendy neighbourhood, this is the place for you.
- £69 per night, 2 people
Paris the city of love. Famous for its charming little streets filled with bustling cafes and boutiques, Paris is the perfect romantic escape. Located a few steps from the Grand Boulevard this magnificent Airbnb allows you to forget about your daily life and immerse yourself into the chic Parisian lifestyle.
The apartment’s interior architecture is a dream. Think marvellous parquet floors, tall double doors, stone fireplace and stunning ceiling details – a truly classic Parisian building that will have you instantly charmed. Moreover the owners have wonderful taste and decorated the apartment with modern and classic designer pieces that complement the architecture beautifully.
If you are looking for a unique place that emulates the elegance of Paris this Airbnb, at £69 per night, is a an absolute must-stay.
- £146 per night, 4 people
If you are the sort of person that prefers holidays that allow you to explore unique environments and hide in the wilderness for a little while, this is the place for you. Tucked away into the northern Icelandic mountains, this magnificent Airbnb offers you a totally different kind of experience.
It’s a stunning representation of organic Scandinavian design – with beautiful wooden architecture, large windows and a funky modern interior. The kitchen and bathroom are decorated in an eccentric red, which bounces off the otherwise white apartment, giving it a very modern feel.
Located near Villa Lola near Akureyri the capital of northern Iceland, this Airbnb is surrounded by breathtaking views and amazing activities. In winter you can watch the magical northern lights from your doorstep and go sledging in the snow, while in summer you can watch the phenomena of the midnight sun and go hiking in the surrounding mountains. You can rent this Airbnb for £146 per night for 4 people.
If dog sledging with huskies or riding horses into the midnight sun is your thing, make this your next stop.
- £249 per night, 4 people
Beach babes listen up! If swimming in crystal clear waters with white sand beaches and tall palm trees sounds like the perfect summer holiday to you, this magnificent Airbnb is the one for you.
It’s located on Isla Mujeres, one of the most beautiful islands in the famous beach resort of Cancun in Mexico and promises a real wow factor. It has, until now, been a hidden jewel on this tourist loved destination as it is situated on the quieter cliff side of this tiny island.
Inspired by the many sea shells around him, the architect Eduardo Ocampo shaped this rental in the form of a giant sea shell and the result is extraordinary.
You walk in through the “opening” of the shell – as you would in a real-life sea shell and are greeted by an interior oozing with creativity. It’s like living in a mermaid house. Magical! Everything is spiralled and made out of materials that remind you of the white texture of sea shells and the mysteries of the sea world. The outside space has a private pool from which you can watch the Caribbean Sea while sunbathing with a margarita in hand. What more can a girl ask for?
If sleeping in a giant sea shell whilst listening to the sound of crashing waves sounds as amazing to you as it does to me, check this Airbnb out. It sleeps 4 people at £249 per night.
- £150 per night, 4 people
Korea is one of those mystical countries I cannot wait to visit on my travels. If you are anything like me, you will want to do more than just see a country you are visiting. You want to live and learn about the traditions and customs of the people living in said country. This magnificent Airbnb allows you to do just that.
It’s a beautiful traditional Hanok located in Seoul and at walking distance from the presidential palace. Hanoks are sophisticated architectural and interior designs, which are environmentally friendly and purpose-built to adapt to the cold of the winters and heat of the summers, always allowing for a comfortable interior temperature.
This particular Hanok was built in 1934 and has been preserved and renovated stunningly. Its interior is carefully designed and gives you a glimpse into traditional Korean life.
If you are after an authentic cultural experience this Airbnb at £150 per night for 4 people is the place for you.
- £100 per night, 2 people
Ever wanted to live in a treehouse as a child? This magnificent Airbnb on the coast of Cornwall allows you to do just that and in a phenomenal setting.
At £100 a night this is the perfect place to escape into the wilderness with your loved one. The treehouse is built 2m off the ground and offers unbeatable views across the Cornish countryside. The interior is cosy and rustic with a romantic mezzanine bedroom in which you can curl up to watch the stunning sunsets.
There is nothing like a countryside break to recharge from city life so why not go a little closer to home this summer? For more details on this Airbnb click here.
- £273 per night, 6 people
Bali is one of the most sought after holiday destinations and famous for its beautiful beaches and romantic scenery. This magnificent Airbnb however offers you a slightly different experience.
Sunrise house was built in 2010 and forms part of a community of luxurious bamboo villas. It is 4 floors high and is made entirely, and I really mean entirely, out of Bamboo. The floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof even the stairs and the kitchen cabinets are all made out of a mixture of both black and white bamboos. The result is something truly spectacular and unique. Situated in the middle of the jungle by the river Ayung it blends into its surrounding nature effortlessly and offers gorgeous views.
Come here if you are looking for an unusual but calming retreat. It sleeps up to 6 guests for £273 per night and apart from the stunning villa also features a private plunge pool and garden.
- £44 per night, 6 people
This Italian Airbnb, located in Riva in the Lombardy county of Italy, is a landscape lovers delight. Its interiors are light flooded and sleep 6 people comfortably for £44 per night, but they are not the reason this magnificent Airbnb made it on my list; it is its views.
It is situated on the edge of Lake di Como with its dazzling blue waters, surrounded by impressive lush mountains and so provides you with breathtaking views. Imagine having breakfast, or plunging into the shared pool with that scenery as your backdrop.
This apartment is perfect for those seeking an escape from boisterous city life to the tranquility of the mountains.
- £71 per night, 3 people
This delightful penthouse on Rua de Flores in the historical centre of the Portuguese city of Porto, is the perfect place to book if you are itching for a Mediterranean city break.
The interior is vibrant and delicate, with charming balconies and contemporary furniture. As it is a penthouse, it gives you a wonderful 360 view of the historical centre (which by the way has been classified as a world heritage site, so you can imagine the architecture!) Even the bathroom gives you a little glimpse of the city. It’s a beautiful light filled space full of mediterranean feels. A cosy rooftop terrace is also included and for £71 per night it can sleep up to 3 people. Although if you ask me, this magnificent Airbnb looks perfect for a sweet couple’s retreat.
Book here if you agree.
- £206 per night, 4 people
Japanese architecture is one of the most unique and delicate in the world. Japan itself is full of mysteries to uncover and its food is out of this world. It is no wonder therefore, that it is a sought after destination by many travellers. But if you want the full Japanese experience I urge you to read up on this magnificent Airbnb.
It’s designed in the most beautiful manner. Every detail has been carefully selected, from traditional Tatami beds to distinctive Japanese decorations. Sliding doors are used to separate the interior spaces creating a practical adaptable living arrangement. A little balcony allows you to sit outside and admire the beautiful cherry blossoms.
At 35sqm this is a small apartment but that is what Japan is all about: compact but stunning design. Through clever arrangements this Airbnb sleeps 4 people for £206 a night. If you are swooning over this Airbnb as much as me check it out here.
- £65 per night, 8 people
Brasil – the capital of pure tropical vibes and guaranteed sunshine. Built directly on the rocks of its private beach and purposefully designed to blend into its tropical surroundings, this magnificent Airbnb is just what you need if you want to indulge and unwind.
The architecture is stunning and thoroughly thought through to maximise the surrounding panoramic sea views. The interior is bright and light filled due to the large windows and soft tropical timber, creating a warm modern space you will not want to leave ever. Imagine all those colourful sunsets you can watch from that snug terrace.
So if your ideal holiday consists of sipping caipirinhas and sunbathing on lush tropical beaches you need this Airbnb in your life.