Travelling is the greatest source of inspiration of all. We find all our favourite buys, ideas and memories on our travels and love how effortless it can be to jet off for a quick weekend abroad or even find somewhere amazing close to home thanks to genius services like Airbnb. We love the feeling of stepping into another lifestyle so easily… no uniform hotel blocks and crowded resorts in sight – it’s all about boho beach homes and contemporary city stays…
From whale watching in Mozambique to beach lazing in Bali it’s great to experience different lifestyles and cultures first hand without feeling like a guest. You can find anything from boats, townhouses to villas, cabins and tree houses, all across the globe. Whether you choose tropical or cosy, a new world of interior inspiration will make your trip even more memorable…!
Here are our top 10 AirBNB finds…
1. Casa Caracol, Isla Mujeres Mexico
If this doesn’t make your jaw drop, I don’t know what will. Designed to look like a pair of seashells, this house is a quirky beach side home in Mexico. Collecting shells from our travels is second nature, but we never thought we’d have the chance to stay in one! Everything from the shower heads to the headboards are crafted out of shells and The property comes with its own crystal pool. We imagine Sibella Court would love this bohemian palace!
£212 per night, book HERE.
2. Praia da Rocha, Mozambique
This luxury Villa in Mozambique has panoramic views of its leafy and azure coastline, where whales can be spotted in the bay below and the sunsets will leave you speechless. Jane stayed here on her travels and fell in love with the concrete interior that frames those incredible views. The bedroom is draped in white linen and delicate tassels with direct views out to sea. A serene paradise to lose yourself in.
£159 per night, book HERE.
3. Zen Hideaway Near Ubud, Bali
A truly unique riverfront villa 20 minutes drive from Ubud. This 150-year-old teak house has been redesigned with a beautiful Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic. With a view of the Ayung river, valley, waterfall, rice fields, and Mount Agung it’s like something from a fairytale! The greenery stretches as far as the eye can see, which you can admire from woven hammocks, rope swings and rattan chairs – this Zen Hideaway looks like a Neverland for adults (complete with palm leaf placemats and Eames chairs!)
£127 per night, book HERE.
4. Villa Luisa, Maiori, Campania, Italy
This luxurious villa is tucked into a cliff side on the famous Amalfi Coast of Italy. Spacious outdoor areas mean you can enjoy Al Fresco dining with breathtaking sea views surrounded by pretty trailing ivy. The interior is laid back with a classic Italian twist and arched vaulted ceilings. Though high in budget, Villa Louisa has space for up to 14 guests so is ideal for a relaxed retreat group gathering. We’d love to immerse ourselves in the Salt Water Infinity Pool, take in those stunning views with a crisp glass of Vino Blanco…blissful. You can take a short trip to the Island of Capri for delicious Italian food and a stop at the picturesque Blue Grotto.
£1698 per night, book HERE.
5. Rosie’s Retreat Homestay, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
This lakeside home is beautifully decorated with treasures that owner Rosie has collected in the time she has lived in Udaipur. The large rooftop terrace has stunning views of Lake Pichola, and is scattered with gorgeous cushions personally designed by Rosie. The bedroom has a unique feel with stone flooring, an ornate headboard and jewel coloured furniture with added RSG style display! The history of the home is just as exciting, with Rosie’s ancestor, Lord Cornwallis, being a Governor General of India twice (his picture hangs in the house). Her mother’s family were also involved in the tea and jute business in Assam, and her terrace if the perfect spot to enjoy a traditional tea or two! Keep an eye out for amazing rugs.
£80 (est. 7538 rupees) per night, book HERE.
6. Beautiful Sunny Mission Apartment
Sunny, bright and eclectic, this amazing San Francisco Apartment has everything you need if you’re keen to stay in an artistic and creative environment. Located in the Mission area, this home is full of gorgeous artwork and furniture that is nothing short of inspiring, and we’d love to just stay put forever! The dark floors and mid-century modern additions are illuminated by the sunny San Fran weather, and the layered ikat fabrics bring a little boho into the mix. It’s just a few short blocks to Four Barrel Coffee (the best in SF!) and the right on several MUNI bus lines so it’s easy to zip downtown.
£354 per night, book HERE (and look forward to the black four-poster bed!)
7. Cool Cozy Loft Bedroom, Brooklyn, New York
This picture is enough to make us scream “yes!” and chuck out our own sofas for a pistachio green one. Picked as one of the 10 Coolest Airbnb stays by Time Out New York Magazine, the big and extremely eclectic shared home is set in an amazing artist’s loft. You will never be short of interesting items to explore and the bedroom space is a living mood board (a flea market of sorts), which you can recreate at home by visiting the Brooklyn Flea Market and collecting your own treasures! This will be a totally different experience from your usual holiday stay – it’s ideal for you maximalists (not those who are clutter phobes!)
At only £57 per night, you should DEFINITELY book HERE!
8. House In The Sea, Newquay Cornwall
Welcome to your own private island! This quirky hilltop home is totally breathtaking. You can enjoy views of the English coast in a whole new light from the House In The Sea. The house is complete with a rustic wooden bar area, convex mirrors, hanging black wicker chairs, deluxe scandi-inspired bedroom and your own drawbridge to reach the mainland. This remote (but not too far from home) getaway is the perfect place to spend a long weekend. With white sandy beaches and crashing waves, you really could be anywhere…
From £1,462 for a long weekend, book HERE.
9. At the heart of Barcelona. Gracia. Barcelona, Spain
In this fabulous space in Barcelona unique objects are paired with farmhouse antiques and contrasted by the modern kitchen which features copper kitchenware and a blackboard wall. The pops of scarlet in the dining area and suspended accessories adds a vibrant personality into the home. Only two minutes from Paseo de Gracia which has fabulous shopping opportunities for fashion and food!
£60 per night, book HERE.
10. Beautiful Rhiad, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco
A home in magnificent Marrakech. This stylish Rhiad is mostly monochrome, featuring exotic leafy houseplants, metal hanging lanterns and beautiful flooring. You can enjoy the cool surface of traditional coloured tiles underfoot in the blue boudoir, and an added contemporary twist of a chalkboard wall you can decorate as your own. Located in the eastern part of the medina, which remains the most authentic quarter with little tourism and only few guest houses, this part of the Marrakech is the perfect place to experience colourful food markets whilst surrounded by the real buzzing local everyday life. If you’re considering a stay here and want a great list of amazing things to see and do in the area, check out our Marrakech Travel Tips.
£72 per night, book HERE.