Sometimes all you need from your vacation is a home away from home. Consider these Airbnb options for when you’re looking to get away but can only be bothered to stay in.
Exclusive apartment in Akureyi, Iceland
For: Those who want quiet one-on-one time with the Northern Lights
What you get: One of three apartments in Villa Lola, an exclusive residential area in the capital of northern Iceland. Enjoy the aurora borealis in the winter and, in the summer, wonder at the midnight sun.
Promising review: “What a beautiful experience! The place is exactly as you see in the photos00incredible wooden house tucked into the mountain, overlooking the water and onto the twinkling lights of Akureyri. Once you’ve found it, you’ll appreciate it’s isolation–you feel like you’re alone out there. Bed, bath and kitchen are all you need. We saw Northern Lights from the lounge room with a cup of tea in hand.”
Bamboo house in Bali, Indonesia
For: Those who want the best of for the environment without losing any of the luxury.
What you get: An incredible testament to the architectural dynamism of bamboo. Sourced completely from the dense jungle that surrounds it, this wonderous bamboo house is perched in the valley along Bali’s sacred Ayung River.
Promising review: “This is such a special and unique place to stay… The house was breathtaking, spotlessly clean with fresh flowers on every surface, the fruit basket piled high, and a fridge stocked with drinks. The beds were incredibly comfy with soft sheets and clean mosquito nets (a rare thing in Bali!)… If you’re looking for a very quiet, serene place to chill out for a few days, this is it!”
Farmhouse in Porto, Portugal
For: Those looking for a traditional Portuguese experience.
What you get: A wonderfully restored country farmhouse–complete with the farm animals–a saltwater infinity pool overlooking a tranquil, turquoise river, and a wood burning stove that is the highlight of an expansive kitchen.
Promising review: “Paradise on earth! Alberto and Maria’s stunning property is the perfect place to completely relax and unwind. The view, the pool, the grounds are even more spectacular than in the photos.”
Hotel Boat in Mallorca, Spain
For: Those who want to take vacation isolation a step further
What you get: A stay aboard the Old Dream, informed by the romantic yachts of the 20th or 30th century. Showing impeccable attention to detail, the boat maintains its classic style yet provides modern-day comforts as it sails off the coast of Mallorca.
Promising review: “The boat is very well equipped with everything you need—[including] an excellent shower, which wasn’t expected on a boat! Inigo, the host, and David, the boat manager, couldn’t do enough to make our stay more enjoyable.”
The Fisherman’s Cave House Retreat, Oia, Greece.
For: Those who will take simple creature comforts so long as they come with great views.
What you get: A traditional Fisherman’s Cave, located 150 meters above sea level in the village of Oia. Tastefully restored, it features whitewashed walls, a quiet outdoor seating area, and private jacuzzi from which you can watch the sun set on Santorini.
Promising review: “With its stunning location overlooking the caldera, the cave house has it all – charm, simplicity and tranquility. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the deck chairs with a drink watching the setting sun for five glorious evenings.”
All photos courtesy of Airbnb.