The Most Lust-worthy Homes On Airbnb
Why live like a local when you can live like a celebrity?
We know. When you’ve been to one too many six-star resorts, it all melds into one. In the way Egyptian cotton starts to feel the same beyond a certain thread count, it is certainly possible to have too much of a good thing. So for the jaded jetsetter seeking the unexpected, Airbnb might just provide the accommodation you need to add magic to your next holiday.
The Contemporary Masterpiece
Los Altos Hills, CA, United States
As the house that overturned the commonly held notion that Airbnb is for hippies and backpackers on a shoestring, this five-bedroom home perched on a cliff is like no other. Stunning views and sleek design aside, it also boasts a cliff-side infinity pool, a chef’s kitchen with six ovens (not including the steam oven), and a fitness studio and spa. This net-zero energy home has its own orchard from which you can pick fresh fruit, while vegetables from the rooftop garden are free for guests to harvest. On the estate are also chickens that lay fresh eggs for the breakfast table and bees providing local honey. How’s that for an authentically luxe local experience?
Spectacular Former Synagogue
New York, NY, United States
Transformed from a synagogue into a home by designers behind Ian Schrager properties—the hospitality company best known for pioneering the concept of boutique hotels—this historic East Village landmark is one for those with an eye for designer details. The three-bedroom property boasts a living area with lofty cathedral ceilings, three outdoor terraces—including a 400-sq-ft party deck with a hot tub for eight people—an open-concept professional kitchen with Italian granite counters, Thermador double ovens and a separate cook top with grill. Meanwhile, reflecting its history is a dining area featuring a beautifully restored 19th century backlit Star of David sitting against a wall of glass. There is a minimum stay period of five nights for this listing, but that’s not a problem since you’ll want to linger longer just to appreciate the details.
Stunning Home in Central Tokyo
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo isn’t known for sprawling properties, so this sun-drenched four-bedroom house—situated close to the fashionable Azabu Juban area in central Tokyo—is a delightful option for those who appreciate light, airy spaces. Designed by Japanese architecture firm Baqueratta, which is known for its minimalist style, the home boasts high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, with just the right touch of stone and light wood finishing to soften the industrial-looking structure. The extra services offered by the host, who runs a wine bar, make this a truly luxe option. If you like, your meals can be prepared in-house by a local chef and your favourite bottles of wine pre-stocked in the kitchen’s wine cellar. The host also provides guests with a portable Wi-Fi device and a mobile phone for local calls, as well as concierge service to help guests with just about everything.
Luxury House in Paris-Versailles
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
A 10-bedroom 19th century chateau that was restored and decorated by English designer David Hare, who specialises in classical interiors, this is the perfect home base for those who want to appreciate Paris from a distance. Situated in a three-acre estate populated by century-old trees, this property includes unique features such as a 700-sq-ft Provence-themed kitchen and a wood-panelled grand Master suite with an antique fireplace. For young travellers, there are even a playground and a tree house. While it is situated a distance away from central Paris, the chateau is a five-minute drive from Versailles and well within walking distance of two Michelin-starred restaurants.
Stunning house in downtown Reykjavik
Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Once the home of Icelandic composer, pianist and conductor Jón Leifs, this is a building of historical and cultural significance to the locals. For travellers, it is a beautifully restored home for a relaxing stay in Iceland. Decorated in cool, neutral tones accented with pops of colour, it is modern yet splashed with lovely details conserved from the past: think exposed red brick columns, walls with rustic wood panelling and an antique fireplace set against deep green tiles. With five bedrooms, this two-storey house can accommodate up to 10 people. There is even a back garden that serves as a private parking space for those driving. Situated in the heart of town, it is surrounded by plenty of dining options—but you might not want to eat out, for the open plan kitchen is specially designed by a chef and comes fully equipped with everything you need to cook up a storm.
By Koh Yuen Lin