The striking mirrored 22 storeys horizontal skyscraper is the architectural wonder of film producer Chris Hanley and Tomas Osinski, a Frank Gehry collaborator | Source: Airbnb
“Holiday” is likely a word you haven’t uttered in quite some time. But with easing travel restrictions the world over, there is no better time to plan a vacation. And after all this time cooped up at home, why not getaway in luxury?
From castles to treehouses, Airbnb has it all. We’ve rounded up the coolest luxury Airbnb offerings from around the globe, so you can jet-set in style.
Ollero Eco Lodge, Finland
Is witnessing the magnificent Aurora Borealis on your bucket list? Well, there’s no better place to catch it than in the Lapland region of Finland.
Spend a night (or two, or three!) in this unique rental that includes a glass igloo, offering uninterrupted views of the night sky, and the unforgettable Northern Lights. The cottage also includes a main lodging area as well as a quaint sleeping cabin, allowing up to six guests to stay on the property at once. Also available is a jacuzzi and a sauna offering panoramic views plus a separate steam sauna.
Prices start at AU$505 per night.
Medioevo & Design, Italy
Grab 13 of your closest friends and head to this extraordinary castle-turned-villa in Umbria, Italy.
Over five floors you’ll discover original architectural features including terracotta and white travertine marble floorings, beamed ceilings and sandstone fireplaces. The rooftop provides panoramic views of the Italian landscape and is the perfect location for an intimate soirée. Inside the space has been converted into six apartments and one extra sleeping area, allowing each of your guest’s privacy.
Prices start at AU$1,557 per night.
Invisible House, USA
Chances are you’ve seen this one-of-a-kind property across social media, shared by the hottest of influencers. But did you know you can actually rent it out?
The Invisible House in Joshua Tree, California has been featured in design and lifestyle publications worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. The striking mirrored 22 storeys horizontal skyscraper is the architectural wonder of film producer Chris Hanley and Tomas Osinski, a Frank Gehry collaborator. Entirely electric, great care has been taken to ensure the sleek property doesn’t create an environmental footprint on the desert in which it sits.
Guests can enjoy a 30m indoor swimming pool, three luxurious suites that can sleep up to six guests, a chef’s kitchen with dual sinks and an oversized island for casual dining, and 90 acres of private property to explore. Plus, extensive bragging rights.
Prices start at AU$4,700 per night.
Château du Mailly, France
Deep in the heart of wine country, you’ll find this spectacular Château (meaning castle, if your high-school French is a little rusty).
Situated in Burgundy, just 40 minutes from Chablis, the property was built on 15th-century fortifications and perched high up on a cliff to offer unobstructed views of the tranquil landscape. The 16 bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms, plus guests can enjoy a cinema room and a swimming pool, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine.
Prices start at AU$2,646 per night.
Stilt Studios Treehouse, Indonesia
Fall asleep to the sounds of nature in this unique treehouse in Bali, Indonesia. The grown-up treehouse was designed by Stilt Studios, masters of epic designs that leave a light touch on Mother Earth.
The breezy, elevated structure can be accessed via a stylish spiral staircase that winds around the stilts, leading you high up into the treetop canopies. The main floor includes a bathroom, dining area and kitchenette, while the queen-sized bed is located in the mezzanine and accessible by a ladder. You can enjoy the sunrise and sunset on two balconies, and cool off in a shared pool.
Prices start at AU$92 per night.
The Enchanted Cave, Australia
If you’re looking for somewhere closer to home why not book a stay at The Enchanted Cave in Bilpin, NSW.
The clifftop cave is built into a natural rock platform and looks out onto the world heritage national park in the Blue Mountains. A small, round wooden door greets you as arrive, and instantly transports you to Middle Earth. Here, you’ll find no WiFi or reception, but consider this a blessing as you can truly escape the hustle and bustle of city life, and retreat back to nature.
Prices start at $1,166.