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Not all Airbnbs are homes or apartments. These days, your options are many, including opportunities for a unique stay on the water. In fact, if staying on a boat sounds appealing, you might want to plan a trip around one of the world’s best Airbnb boats.
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This extra-spacious boat is absolutely stunning and enjoys a backdrop of lush forest, set atop the Gatineau River in Quebec. The little floating house doesn’t have electricity or hot water, but a cooler is supplied and it does come with a cozy woodstove, cooking facilities, and a dry composting toilet. It has lots of interesting handmade features like a custom steering wheel along with circular windows and three eight-foot patio doors too. The highlight for guests may be the rooftop deck for soaking up the sun and stargazing. There’s a swimming ladder, and during the warmer months of the year, guests can enjoy refreshing dips in the cool water. Next door is an expedition shop renting kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, bikes, snowshoes, skis and more.
Enjoy your own boat that accommodates up to four in the small town of Stintino at the northwest tip of Sardinia, renowned for fine white sandy beaches and clear, shallow turquoise waters. You’ll have easy access to plenty of outstanding restaurants too. It not only guarantees an unforgettable stay where you can jump off into the stunning sea just steps from your bed, but it’s affordable too. Shower on board, or at the port showers. Guests rave about the comfort, cleanliness and friendly hospitality of the host.
It’s hard to beat waking up right on the famous Seine River in Paris, and you can do just that on the Alphonse. This historic houseboat was built in the 1930s and is docked right along the river in the heart of the city, so you’ll be able to enjoy walking to the top attractions in Paris, including the Louvre. And you can even look forward to relaxing on the deck with a view of the Eiffel Tower, so you might want to spend most of your time onboard.
This very unique Airbnb is actually a combination boat, sauna and house. Scandinavians tend to love their sauans, so perhaps it’s not too surprising to find something like this here in Kirkkonummi, Finland. It has its very own Finnish wood-heating sauna and an entire wall of windows so that guests can enjoy the magnificent of the water and all its beauty, including swans that pass by. If you’re here in the summer and want to take a dip, there’s a ladder on the deck that leads straight into the bay. It sleeps up to two guests and has a small living room and kitchen, terrace, toilet, electric heating and Wi-Fi.
Enjoy an uber-romantic stay in the Emerald Isle on this historical dutch barge. It sits in western Ireland in the heart of Galway City on Lough Atalia, a protected inlet off Galway Bay. The moored barge recently underwent extensive renovations and now offers a luxurious, comfortable stay that’s totally off-grid, using a combination of wind, solar and an onboard generator to provide energy for the basics. You’ll be able to enjoy the lounge with a wood or turf burning stove (turf supplied), a large kitchen, dining area, bedroom and a large bathroom with both a bath and shower.
This 82-foot phinisi boat offers an all-inclusive charter for exploring spectacular Komodo National Park. It has seven cabins, accommodating up to 20 guests, and includes all of your meals, coffee/tea and mineral water as well as afternoon snacks, entrance to Komodo National Park, snorkeling gear and life jackets, free airport and hotel transfers and an English-speaking tour guide. You’ll stay in an air-conditioned cabin with access to four bathrooms, a sunbathing room and a shaded dining area for enjoying meals that are complemented by panoramic scenic views.