National parks, mesmerising views and beach categories rank among the top booked categories for 2023, according to San Francisco-based vacation rental company Airbnb. The popularity of nature getaways is also apparent through Airbnb’s top Instagram posts of 2023, featuring stays immersed in lush woodland and situated on stunning coastlines.
From a modern villa in Costa Rica featuring an infinity saltwater pool to an A-frame in upstate New York boasting a book nook and a fire pit overlooking the woods, Airbnb compiles a list of some of last year’s most popular listings featured on its Instagram account.
Best View of Quintay: Quintay Casablanca, Chile
Jutting out into the Pacific on the Chilean coast and surrounded by rocks and gardens, this incredible home in Quintay has been described by guests as paradise on earth, says Airbnb. Surrounded by rocks and gardens, the gray loft has the best view of Quintay’s Playa Grande.
Eco Bamboo House: Abiansemal, Indonesia
Aura House is a beautiful and unique eco bamboo house built on the west bank of the River Ayung facing east to catch sunrise. Perched on the Ayung River valley, this beautiful home boasts splendid bamboo architecture and design, areal hoop, watersides, secret pathways, high nets in kids’ bedroom.
Jungle Home: Tulum, Mexico
This little sanctuary is just outside Tulum, precisely 6 km, but it is surrounded by dense tropical forest on a private, relaxed and cool street. “Casa Monos” or the Monkey House is a luxurious jungle hideaway just minutes from the sublime beaches and charming town of Tulum, where guests can see monkeys everyday playing in the trees surrounding the home. The cenote is just steps from the home along a shaded path beneath the jungle canopy retreat to the jungle and reconnect with nature in a big way.
Ocean View Villa: Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica
Nestled on a lush hillside with breathtaking ocean views, the Airbnb villa offers the perfect blend of luxury, tranquility and natural beauty. Whether seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or an adventure with friends, this Airbnb villa is renowned for the ocean view experience it offers.
Tuscan Tree House: Florence, Italy
Hidden away amidst the numerous olive groves deep in the Tuscan countryside, only a 15-minute drive from the iconic Duomo of Florence, Airbnb says this strikingly modern treehouse is the perfect place to switch off after a day of exploring Florentine culture. Casa Barthel is a romantic room immersed in the pine trees with fire place, perfect place for a vacation and an artist residency, says Airbnb.
Lagoon Float Camp: Tofino, BC, Canada
Moored in a remote bay surrounded by nothing but old growth forest and wildlife, this floating off-grid home is perfect for adventurers. Lagoon Float Camp is a remote floating accommodation, says Airbnb, adding that the nearest town is only accessible by boat. Unique Glamping experience in Clayoquot Sound just a short boat trip from the town of Tofino.
Upstate A-frame: Plain Pines, New York, United States
Built in 1968 but fully renovated, Airbnb says this cozy yet modern vibe is immersed in nature and offers all the accoutrements of an upscale stay. It adds that guests can look forward to great hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, fresh upstate air year-round and serenity all day and night.
Chic Log Cabin: Eldred, NY, United States
This log cabin by a mountain stream in the Catskills is only 2 hours from New York City and, according to the hosts, they have spent years carefully curating its interior with vintage furniture pieces. Airbnb says it is an escape designed for spending time with friends, for working and relaxing, for early mornings and late nights.
Tanglebloom Flower Farm Glamping: Brookline, United States
Set in a ‘hemlock grove,’ this quirky glamping cabin was built from scratch using natural materials on Vermont’s Tanglebloom Flower Farm. The covered porch is perfect for relaxing with a morning coffee, sunset wine, or a good book in between. Airbnb says Tanglebloom Tiny Cabin is perfect for couples and solo travellers seeking a peaceful retreat.
Meditative beachfront retreat: Walkerville North, Australia
Overlooking Victoria’s South Gippsland coastline and surrounded by majestic limestone cliffs, this beachfront home was designed to have a minimal footprint on its spectacular setting. Designed by Imogen Pullar Architecture, the concept for Jacky Winter Waters was to provide the essentials of living, a place to rest the mind and body and connect with nature.