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If you’re thinking about treating your significant other to a romantic Valentine’s escape, you might want to consider planning it around one of these amazing Airbnbs. Whether you’re looking for a destination in a warm, tropical climate, a cozy spot close to home, a city with world-class attractions or a fairytale-like retreat anywhere, you’re sure to find the perfect place on this list. Just be sure to book quickly as the best romantic Airbnbs will be especially popular around Valentine’s Day.
If the Emerald Isle is calling, Abbeyglen Castle in Clifden, nestled in the heart of the Connemara region, is ideal. Set against a mountain backdrop, it offers Airbnb options that include everything budget-friendly to luxurious rooms with four-poster beds, Jacuzzis and fireplaces. Your romantic stay begins with a welcome champagne reception while the award-winning on-site restaurant serves a huge breakfast buffet with hot and cold foods and dinners that feature local seafood and Connemara lamb. There’s a piano bar for entertainment afterward if you don’t want to leave, or just minutes away in town are countless pubs hosting frequent live music.
Located just a short drive from Volcano National Park, this beautiful, secluded bamboo treehouse is set in the jungle on top of 15-foot-high stilts. At the ground level is a romantic hanging bed, and by continuing up the staircase you’ll discover a trap door that provides access to a lanai that’s surrounded by the canopy of trees. One of the most wish-listed Airbnbs in the world, it features natural lighting, solar power and rainwater catchment that, as your host notes, makes it “almost like a living organism itself.”
This one-bedroom villa offers an idyllic stay in rural Crete about 28 miles from Chania near the famous Falasarna beach and Balos lagoon. It was carved out of natural rock and boasts a balcony with a beautiful view of Kissamos bay and the mountains beyond. Ideal for a couple, it features a romantic queen-size bed, dining room, kitchenette and television. Guests also rave about the welcome basket that includes local products like homemade pastries.
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hilton just a 30-minute drive from Rochester, New York, this still functioning lighthouse serves as an especially charming Victorian Airbnb with B&B-style rooms, complete with a solarium and lakeside patio for relaxing. Your room includes period decor and a private bathroom with a claw-footed Jacuzzi tub. Guests can add the “Enchanted Evening” option to celebrate which includes a dessert display and the property’s signature Champagne that can be sipped while enjoying a romantic sunset over the water.
Alberobello is famous for its unique Trulli structures and feels more like a town from a Disney film than modern-day Italy. It’s known for the conical, white limestone cottages that are spread throughout the village which became popular in the 15th-century for residents who hoped to avoid taxes. They can only be found here in the Puglia region, and some are available for short stays, including this Airbnb. Beautiful inside and out, it’s surrounded by olive trees and includes an indoor fireplace, gazebo, a garden with a pool, sunbeds and a BBQ.
For the ultimate stay in New Orleans, this Airbnb set within a French Quarter mansion that dates back to 1820 features a private balcony overlooking Bourbon and Dumaine Streets. Look forward to total opulence, including complimentary champagne, 14-foot-high ceilings with a five-foot hanging chandelier, floor-to-ceiling Victorian silk curtains and a canopy bed. It would be hard to find something more romantic – you’ll even be able to sip your morning coffee at one of the café tables in a private leafy courtyard. Robes, slippers and toiletries are included.
If you’re a couple fascinated by the hobbit lifestyle, this inspired dwelling nestled in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge mountainside offers a wonderfully cozy retreat. One of the most unique Airbnbs in the world, it sits on six acres and comes complete with the iconic round doorway, stunning views and an indoor fireplace. There’s a hot drink bar with coffee, teas & cocoa – and, in the winter you’ll be able to stay in the comfy bed enjoying the warmth of the fire and each other’s company.
Enjoy 2.5 acres of the Mojave Desert all to yourself, just a short drive from Joshua Tree National Park. You’ll be just minutes from miles and miles of scenic hiking trails that wind through the bizarre Joshua trees and unique rock formations, and after dark, you’ll be able to gaze up at one of the most spectacularly star-studded night skies. Enjoy the “cowboy tub” pool, a three-person custom swing set and a lounging deck. But it doesn’t end there, it includes an outdoor shower, propane BBQ and built-in outdoor fireplace along with a fully-equipped modern kitchen. In-house massages can be booked, too.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a storybook with a stay at Castle Combe Cottage, located in England’s famous Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The two-bedroom cottage has a large fireplace with a wood-burning stove and window seats where you can watch the ducks that swim past on The By Brook. There’s a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and a private garden with a Weber BBQ, table and chairs for al fresco dining and stunning views.