These stylish stays are just as alluring as their destinations.

By Marisa Spyker
July 24, 2018
Luxurious Villa in Cape Town, South Africa

When planning a vacation, it used to be that you’d decide on a location, book a plane ticket, and research places to stay—in that order. And then along came Airbnb Plus, featuring rentals so swoon-worthy we can’t help but book our stay first and worry about the location later.

Fortunately, each destination serviced by Airbnb Plus—the luxury arm of the site advertising only the most top-tier rentals—happens to be stellar. Available in 13 cities worldwide, Airbnb Plus features everything from stylish urban lofts to tiny cabins with breathtaking views of the sea. You could practically close your eyes and pick a great one. But if you’d rather have the crowd do the vetting for you, Airbnb recently rounded up their most wish-listed Plus properties. Here are the coastal listings we’re planning our next vacations around.


Luxurious Villa with Beachfront Access, Cape Town, South Africa
Rates from $297

Set in a romantic fishing village just outside the bustle of the city, the serene waterfront villa offers kilometers of white sandy beaches and nearby hiking trails. It’s also ideal for those who love to spend time outdoors: With a pool, multiple alfresco lounge spaces, a hammock, and porch swing, there are more than enough enviable spaces for taking in the pristine views.

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Mission Loft, San Francisco
Rates from $311

Make this stylish retreat your home base while exploring the City by the Bay and you might end up leaving with some décor inspiration for your own pad. The light, bright loft space occupies the top floor of this Mission District building and sleeps four in its cozy and adorably decorated bedrooms.

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Secluded Cabin with Bay Views, Sydney, Australia
Rates from $167

News flash: Tiny living is just as adorable and in demand in Aussie country as it is in the U.S. And if we have to choose a downsized stay just outside the country’s largest city, this one looks pretty perfect. The studio cabin is rife with the charm of a ship captain’s cottage, with sea blue siding and cozy nooks to curl up with a book and a cup of tea indoors. And the views? Well, they don’t get any better than this.