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A Global Travellers’ Vacation Rental Wishlist

February 22, 2016

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Imagine a sprawling villa in the heart of California wine country, a Hawaii home overlooking a 19-foot waterfall and swimming grotto, or a rustic Alaska cabin with nighttime views of the northern lights. These aren’t fantasies; they’re actual vacation rental properties available online.

Today, holiday-makers can choose from numerous Vacation Rental Platforms, allowing travellers to look outside the typical boxy hotel. From a luxurious villa to a spare apartment bed, there’s probably one to be found online. But what kinds of rentals are getting the most love, and what rental offerings are most popular?

In order to answer this question, Jayne’s Cottages looked into Airbnb’s round up of most ‘desirable’ listings. This list includes those rentals that compelled users to use the “wish list” saving feature the most.

#10: Pioneertown, California’s Off-Grid Abode

This off-grid it-house is a green, eco-friendly abode once lauded by Dwell Magazine as one of the “Best Homes in America.” The $380/night rental sits near natural attractions, including Joshua Tree and Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, and offers serene “views and vistas in all directions.”


#9: Rome’s Modern Mini Loft

A tiny and inexpensive rental option in the heart of the historic area of Saint John (for only $41/night!), is close to the Colosseum, the Basilica of St. John, the Lateran Palace, the Scala Santa, and more major Italian points of interest.

roman mini

#8: Bali’s Tropical Treehouse

A poolside retreat on a beach in Bali’s Selemadeg Barat, is the ideal vacation destination for surfers looking for a low key hideaway. The one bedroom home and deck is just a few minutes away from the beach, and sits near myriad fruit trees, including lemon, coconut, passionfruit, and papayas.

bali treehouse

#6: Aptos’ Mushrome Dome Cabin

This geodesic dome loft in Aptos, California near Santa Cruz, offers ten acres of natural land for hiking and exploration, a small “farmette” in case renters want to hang with a few goats, and a “hummingbird airport,” where visiting birds guzzle 80 ounces of syrup daily. The interior is bigger than it looks, too — it houses a loft bed, a futon, kitchenette, and updated bathroom.

mushroom cabin

#5: San Salvatore Treehouse

This Aromatica Treehouse in San Salvatore Monferrato is the second Italian treehouse on this list, and with good reason. Just like its Florence counterpart, it offers sweeping pastoral views, easy access to wine country, and beautiful rustic decor.

aroma treehouse

#4: Mayne Island’s Cob Cottage

This unique Cob Cottage on Mayne Island in British Columbia is a woodland hideaway obscured from city life, but it still offers the conveniences of modern retreats. Plus, its cozy interior looks like it was pulled straight from a fairy tale.

cob cottage

#3: Tuscan Treehouse

This Italian treehouse tucked in the Tuscan landscape in Italy is a mere twenty minutes from the Duomo and just an hour from Siena. The countryside location sits among gorgeous olive and cypress trees, but still allows easy access to Florence.


#2: Isla Mujeres’ Seashell House

The Seashell House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico boasts a private pool and a 15 minute golf cart commute to the nearest beach. The quirky house on the tiny island, which is located 13 kilometers off the coast of Cancún in the Caribbean sea, is the ideal destination for those looking to escape the “tourist bubble.”

seashell house

#1: Georgia’s Intown Treehouse

Suite of three beautifully furnished rooms set amongst the trees. Just minutes from downtown, this secluded property is an urban retreat like no other. From $496 CAD per night, you too can enjoy the tranquil night sky from the window of your very own adult-treehouse.

1 treehouse

Describe your dream vacation rental in the comments below!

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