Looking for an exotic experience? Perhaps something ultra-luxurious, or just unique? These incredible exotic Airnbs across the globe are worth planning your next vacation around. From tropical locales on the beach to cave-style homes and glamping, there’s sure to be something here to put on the top of your wish list.
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The bamboo cottage is one of the most wish-listed Airbnbs in the world, just five minutes on foot from central Ubud in Bali, yet it offers a secluded eco-retreat tucked among the rice fields in an open-air basket weave bedroom with a mini-loft, modern bathroom and outdoor living area. The set up guarantees an up-close, immersive experience with nature, sleeping up to four guests with two beds. Breakfast is delivered to your patio every morning, and the main lodge is a short walk down a private footpath for enjoying dinner, including traditional Balinese-style meals, swimming in the saltwater pool and mingling with others staying on the property.
The ultimate Airbnb for Little Mermaid fans, the Famous Seashell House was designed to reflect the sea so that it feels as if you’re sleeping in the ocean. One of the most unique Airbnbs in the world, it features a private pool, two “shells” or rooms, each with a king-size bed, a kitchenette and BBQ. Wi-Fi and air-conditioning are provided as well. Just be aware that it draws lots of “lookers” – and can you really blame them?
Ever wanted your own private island? You can have just that, if only temporarily, by booking this two-bedroom cottage that’s less than two hours from Oslo. It sits on its own private island in the sunny Hvaler archipelago, made up of more than 800 islands popular for fishing, sunbathing on polished granite rocks, paddling and sailing. The cottage is off-grid, but you’ll find plenty to do here in addition to relaxing with the stunning scenery. It comes with a boat so you’ll be able to venture over to neighboring islands too.
The beautiful restored old Fisherman’s Cave is located in Santorini’s popular Oia village right on the caldera cliffs overlooking the glistening expanse of the sapphire sea. Enjoy lots of luxuries, including a private outdoor Jacuzzi and outdoor plunge pool, a fully-equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi and two bedrooms accommodating up to five. Plus you’ll be just steps to the center of the village, with its many taverns, bar, restaurants and shops.
An Instagram-worthy vertical Airbnb home that sits on a cliff above Lake Vättern near the city of Jönköping in Sweden, Niva 84 is a stunner itself while providing gorgeous views from the inside too. While it’s best for two people due to the design, there are sofabeds that allow it to accommodate up to four. It includes a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker, and on the balcony outside there’s a gas grill. A 40″ TV with Apple TV providing Scandinavian channels and other apps is featured as well.
Surrounded by the ancient caves of Cappadocia, the seat of several civilizations and a region famous for not only its cave homes but unique rock formations, other-worldly landscapes and incredible hot air ballooning opportunities, the Art Residence has three bedrooms sleeping up to six, providing a very unique Airbnb experience. A fully-equipped kitchen, fireplace, cable TV and Wi-Fi are all included.
This stunning Thai villa sleeps up to 12 guests in six bedrooms with six baths. It boasts panoramic vistas of the Bay of Bengal near Kamala Beach and has a wide open alfresco great room with a reflection pond at the center, framed by stepping stones. You’ll have your own oversized Jacuzzi and a 19-meter infinity pool – it even comes with a chef.
Just 90 minutes from Santiago, at this unique boat-shaped Airbnb, as guests note, you’ll not only enjoy an unusual stay, but astonishing ocean views and the “lulling sound of the waves crashing.” It also happens to have a hot tub, tennis court, wood-burning stove and direct access to a beach with a freshwater lagoon, while accommodating as many as eight guests in four bedrooms. There’s the usual too, like a kitchen, living room and dining room along with three full bathrooms.
Located on a secluded stretch of beach at Taylor Bay, the only thing that separates this luxury villa from the sand is a goregous lagoon-like pool. Best for a couple seeking romance, it accommodates up to two guests with one bedroom that has a king-size bed and a private balcony overlooking the ocean. There’s a lounge for sipping cocktails and watching movies, along with a well-stocked chef’s kitchen, while shared tennis courts are steps away. Enjoy an outdoor dining area, charcoal BBQ, kayaks and stand up paddleboard too.
The Glamping Tipi offers luxury off-grid accommodation in what’s acclaimed to be “Kenya’s first and only proper glamping experience.” Enjoy private gardens and scenic views along with bush walks, horseback riding and natural swimming pools. The bell tents are fully water- and insect-proof and come with double beds, cotton sheets, feather pillows and duvets. Expect bespoke and new furniture from good local craftsmen along with special touches like fresh flowers and organic soaps. While this is self-catering, upon request, an all-inclusive stay or chef hire is possible.
This charming cave-style Airbnb in the Sacromonte neighborhood of Granada, which sits at the base of Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, boasts a stunning view of the historic Alhambra Palace from the garden and terrace. The shared space has three individual bedrooms and a kitchen. Breakfast is included too.
A unique open-air wooden house set on four acres of private property, The Rancho offers the quintessential tropical stay just 30 minutes from Juan Santamaría International Airport. Made from beautiful tropical hardwoods, it includes a small kitchenette with a microwave, mini-fridge and sink carved from a long piece of wood. There’s a central living and dining area, with a bedroom on the second floor. The bathroom is a standout, with stone walls constructed with black lava rock from Arenal Volcano.