1. Killer Coastal Views
No brainer, right? From a tropical tree house in Bali to a beachfront home shaped like a conch shell (seriously), homes that have a direct line of sight to the sea are bound to be on any beach-lover’s Airbnb speed dial. But even homes that aren’t steps away from the sand still entice by showcasing views of nearby attractions, from gardens to bustling local farmer’s markets and tugboat-lined piers.
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2. Quirky Design Elements
If there’s one thing renters appreciate, it’s an affinity for originality. The most popular Airbnb homes are ones that embrace their out-of-the-ordinary attributes, from the charmingly unique (conch shell showerheads and chalkboard headboards) to the downright weird (resident sheep and pirate-inspired landscaping).
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3. First-Impression Prowess
You have barely a few seconds (if you’re lucky) to stop scrollers in their tracks, so choosing a stellar signature shot is important. The most-loved Airbnbs know how to create impact with drool-worthy imagery, pairing photos of thoughtful details with overall shots of the space and the grounds for context. Popular listings also include pictures taken at different times of the day and year, allowing the renter to envision what their stay would be like at any time.
4. Rave Reviews
When an Airbnb is good, people want to talk about it. In a top-ranked home, guests aren’t shy about their praise—or their five-star ratings. And they’re not just raving about the space, but the hosts, too …
5. A Hostess’ Touch
As much as guests want a cool rental, they also want a positive experience. Top-ranked Airbnb owners tend to treat their guests like old friends, leaving things like complimentary bottles of wine, a list of favorite local restaurants, or personal cellphone numbers for any last-minute questions or recommendations.
6. Five-star Perks
A pillow-soft mattress is a great start, but throwing in extra amenities makes a renter’s stay extra sweet. The best Airbnbs offer guest-obsessed bonuses like complimentary bottled water, a buffet of coffees and teas, dartboards, bikes, hammocks, and even stocked hummingbird feeders so guests can witness the aerial action up close during migration season.
7. Plenty of Places to Unwind
On vacation, most of us want one thing: freedom from the buzzing, beeping, technology-fueled reality of the everyday. The most sought-after Airbnbs create get-away-from-it-all spaces, like en-suite master bedroom porches with wide French doors, wraparound decks, outdoor lounges with cozy fire pits, oceanfront infinity pools, glass-ceilinged showers, lush garden benches, poolside chaise lounges, and hammock-lined walkways that set the tone for a true escape