From a Greek Cave to a Bali Treehouse, See the Most-Wanted Airbnbs Every Year of the Last Decade
A high-tech house in the California desert, a treehouse in Bali and more top picks
Home-sharing site Airbnb, which launched in 2008, is taking a look back at its users’ absolute favorite properties of the last decade and revealing the “most wish-listed” vacation home on the platform for each year — ranging from a high-tech house in the California desert to a jungle treehouse in Bali.
This four-bedroom, 2.5-bath house comes with its own private beach, a large terrace and gorgeous panoramic views of the ocean. Visitors can take a trip to Iguazu Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world — and an increasingly trendy destination in recent years — or explore the restaurants and shops at the small fisherman’s village bordering the property. Cost: $69/night
Guests at this traditional cave house carved into the rocky cliffs of Santorini can bask in the sun, a glass of wine in your hand, with perfect views of islands, a volcano and the Aegean Sea. The one-bedroom, two-bath property on the edge of the caldera was originally used as a wine cellar. Now, the property is a sparkling white, photogenic vacation home with a private balcony and a small plunge pool. Cost: $325/night.
This simple, sleek one-bedroom, one-bath apartment (the building is split into three rentals) is located on the southern tip of Phuket, known for its abundant palms and romantic sunsets. Visitors have direct access to a pool and nearby Rawai Beach, which offers boat excursions and horseback riding. Cost: $52/night.
The 12 Apostles Mountain Range looms over this luxurious three-bedroom, three-bath apartment. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer dreamy views of the ocean as well. Outside, there’s a spacious pool deck with couches for those wanting to tan or curl up with a book. Camps Bay Beach is a short walk from the property, while bustling Cape Town is a 10-minute drive away. Cost: $363/night.
A lush garden surrounds this unique one-bedroom, 1.5-bath property, which includes two verandas to lounge on and a private pool. Guests can walk to the beach, pick fruit from the garden — including coconuts, passionfruit lemons and papayas — or try fried rice and barbecue at the nearby night market. Cost: $86/night.
Guests have called this cottage “pure magic” and “a dream.” The intimate one-bedroom, one-bath property sits in a rural neighborhood surrounded by several farms, hiking trails and a small vineyard. The space is light and airy, crafted with sustainable natural materials throughout: a cozy breakfast nook looks out onto the forest, and winding wooden stairs lead to the loft bedroom. Bonus: it’s a 10 minute walk to the beach. Cost: $121/night.
When architect Eduardo Ocampo moved to Isla Mujeres in 1994, he was captivated by its “mountains” of seashells, so he created this homage of a home. “The Seashell House” is two glistening, adjoining conch shell huts boasting a total of 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, plus a pool overlooking the Caribbean. Travelers looking for a little peace and quiet can find it at the gated, cliffside property. But those seeking more adventure can scuba dive on the island’s surrounding coral reefs or visit the remains of a Mayan temple. Cost: $299/night.
Tree huggers and tech lovers were smitten with this two-bedroom, 1 bath property, which is 100% off the grid and powered by solar panels for energy and hot water. Located in Joshua Tree in the California desert, the “IT House” is perfect for those seeking a calm, secluded experience. But for the more adventurous, Pioneertown, a revitalized 1940’s Old West movie set is just a short drive away. Cost: $450/night.
If you ever wanted to pretend you were in Eat Pray Love or Call Me By Your Name, now’s your chance. The large 17th century stone farmhouse is surrounded by lush olive groves and sweeping views of the Pratomagno mountain range. With 7 bedrooms and 5.5 baths, La Selva often hosts larger groups, namely weddings and family reunions. Other features include a pizza oven, a saltwater pool and a stone amphitheater. Cost: $743/night.