The Most Wish-Listed Coastal Airbnb Rentals Are Surprisingly Unique
A treehouse, a bamboo hut, a Greek island cave—these crowd-pleasing stays are anything but basic.
When you think of what makes a really swoon-worthy vacation rental, you might rattle off qualities like a great view, walkability, comfy bed, lounge-worthy porch (with hammock, preferably).
And, while all those luxuries are great, data recently released by Airbnb indicates the rentals that catch our eyes the most don’t necessarily have all (or any) of these. In honor of the home sharing site’s 10th anniversary, they released a list of the top 10 most wish-listed homes on the site—and if there’s one unifying theme, it’s that nearly every one is a little out of the ordinary. There are off-the-grid thatched roof huts and rustic stone villas tucked inside island caves. Each one is original, and each one has earned a spot on the bucket lists of more than 50,000 travelers.
Here are the top coastal spots you might want to add to your own vacation wish lists:
From $46 per night; Wish listed 52,964 times
Live large on the Adriatic coast for a steal in this charmer of a stay, where the stone-walled terrace with breathtaking views is the main attraction. The minimalist apartment is located in a quiet town on the Bay of Kotor, but just a short drive to the city of Kotor and Montenegro’s beautiful national parks.
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From $65 per night; Wish listed 65,644 times
Yurts are great, but our version of the ideal glamping experience might just be this thatched-roof, open-air escape. Tucked away in a Balinese rice field, the secluded stay consists of a one-room hut with basketweave walls, as well as a peaceful outdoor living area. And, while it may seem like a bare-bones stay, don’t be fooled: Guests of the bamboo hut are given resort-quality treatment, with organic meals delivered daily and a concierge to assist with any travel needs.
From $300 per night; Wish listed 66,336 times
Delight your inner kid with a stay in this secluded bamboo treehouse, complete with a trap door, swinging daybed, and wraparound lanai that provides a birds-eye view of the wonders of the jungle. The Hawaiian eco-cottage is nestled on stilts 15 feet up in the canopy of local flora and just 10 miles from Volcano National Park. And, for the design junkies, it’s adorably decorated, with vintage tropical wallpaper and lots of beachy DIYs.
From $57 per night; Wish listed 76,658 times
The Greek island of Crete is known for its rugged, mountainous terrain, and the most authentic way to experience that is to rest your head right up against its craggy cliffside. This 640-square-foot cave studio is surrounded by walls of natural rock, making the space feel especially cozy. It’s also centrally located just a quick drive from some of Crete’s most famous beaches.
From $172 per night; Wish listed 77,177 times
The name says it all here: If you’re looking for an off-grid escape where there’s nearly nothing between you and nature, this is it. This open-air bamboo cottage is situated along a river among rice fields, with the nearest village a quarter mile away. Peaceful views of the river are showcased from the second-floor bedroom through a unique triangular window. By day, visitors can hang out in the first-floor alfresco lounge and kitchen area with the property’s resident kittens.
From $290 per night; Wish listed 113,869 times
Originally built as a wine cellar, this unique cave house is carved into a caldera cliff on the shores of Greece’s famous resort island. The all-white 600-square-foot space features a lofted bedroom, living room, and compact kitchen—a perfectly charming place to relax, if you can manage to pull yourself away from the incredible terrace and plunge pool.