Last-minute lodge stays, treehouses in Sweden and stunning French chateaus – what’s not to love about Airbnb? Since launching in San Francisco in 2008, the travel startup has gone from big to bigger, with more than four million listings on the site worldwide. While there’s plenty of stand-out stays to choose from, the most liked Airbnb listings on Instagram are in a league of their own. Here are the crowd favourites from last year…
Tye Haus – A-Frame Cabin, Skykomish, Washington, US
Taken during a winter vacation, this snap of the snug A-framed Tye Haus in Skykomish, Washington was one of the most popular uploads on Airbnb’s Instagram account last year. Close to the Stevens Pass Ski Resort in the central Cascades, this home is the perfect place to kick your feet up after a long day on the slopes.
The Little Owl Cabin at Mt. Rainier, Packwood, Washington, USA
Welcome winter from a lovingly renovated Packwood cabin packed with, well, wood. Tend the fire, lounge in the book-filled nook with a mug of cocoa, or brave the few steps between the back door and the soaking tub that overlooks your backyard—aka Gifford Pinchot National Forest. ⠀ Photo: @livewanderfly
Talk about cabin fever – here’s another A-framed abode was taking Instagrammers fancy last year. The shot was taken by the travelling couple behind @livewanderfly who booked the Airbnb – located in the heart of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest – for a romantic getaway.
Honeymoon House on Superior Pebble Beach, Lutsen, Minnesota, US
It’d be nice to linger here all morning, but your buddy has already spotted the stairs to the beach. This cabin on Lake Superior has just about everything either of you could want: a secret nook, a lakeside firepit, and the constant sound of little waves breaking on the pebbly shore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo: @s.k.coffee
Three times the charm. This final cabin on the list was a favourite on Instagram last year, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll have to BYO pup though.
As if being surrounded by Mayan ruins and Mexico’s most standout beaches wasn’t enough, welcome to your ultra-chic private sanctuary in downtown Tulum. Because after a day of swimming in cenotes––natural swimming holes––or sprawling out oceanside, you’ll need some quiet time in your tranquil backyard to recharge for another day of unparalleled fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo:@heywanderer
Snapped by Casey and Savannah (the team behind @heywanderer) this Mexican stay is giving us serious garden envy. The picture raked in more than 44k likes on Airbnb’s account, with many (ourselves included) falling head over heels for the Tulum apartment.
Secluded Intown Treehouse: Atlanta, Georgia, US
This unique three-room tree house is a children’s storybook fantasy come true. The best part is, this magical escape is conveniently located within city limits. Wake up to the sounds of bullfrogs and crickets. Spend your day relaxing by the creek or exploring downtown Atlanta. When dinner time calls, eat pizza under the stars. Just tell the delivery person to follow the fairy lights. ⠀ Photo: @justindemutiis_nature
For those who aren’t quite campers but still love the idea of sleeping in the open air, this secluded Atlanta treehouse is the answer to your prayers. More than 42k people liked this picture of the magical treehouse – perfect for little and big kids alike.
Charming & Cozy Paris Apartment, France
A bright and charming fully furnished apartment with views of the Sacré-Cœur? That’s a “oui” all the way. This Parisian gem, located between Gare du Nord and Montmartre, is easily accessible to all photo-worthy landmarks (and boulangeries)––the perfect starting point for a day of sightseeing. ⠀ Photo: @yiyinzhang
Chic Parisian apartments have a tendency to make us weak at the knees, and this stylish abode is no exception. Guests at Lucie and Fred’s place enjoy stylish interiors, stunning views of the Sacré-Cœur and a certain je ne sais quoi that can’t be trumped.
‘Cliff House’- Stunning Waterfront Position, Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia
The giant windows of this cliffside flat overlook not just the sea but also, according to one recent guest, “whales, dolphins, and black cockatoos.” Hike to Mollymook beach for a surf lesson or, if you’re more of a “shallow” type, take a dip in the safe tidal pool called the Bogey Hole. ⠀ Photo: @karen__png
We’re big fans of water views, but the scenes at this Mollymook beach pad are something else. According to guest reviews, visitors may be lucky enough to see whales and dolphins splashing about in Australia’s deep blue.
Prime 3 Story Cape Town Penthouse, South Africa
If you like the view from your bedroom, wait ‘til you climb to the rooftop deck. This penthouse on the slopes of Table Mountain makes you feel like you’re high above it all, even though you’re only a short walk from the city center—and an even shorter one from blueberry flapjacks at the Sidewalk Cafe. ⠀ Photo: @vikisfashionmoments
Gabriel’s penthouse received a whole lot of love on Instagram last year when this beautiful snap by traveller Viktoria made the rounds. On the slopes of Table Mountain, the Cape Town penthouse enjoys some of the best views of the city and beyond, and is a favourite stay for visitors to the region.
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