If I ask you to jot down a list of things that can be an obstacle while planning your next vacation, accommodation would definitely top the list, for many of you, right? With so many hotels and lodging options available, it is hard to zero in on something that will suit your requirements. More often than not, the fear of choosing the wrong stay can result in cancelling the trip altogether. Even if you do go ahead and book the room, it and it turns out to be, well, yuck, your holiday plans are bound to get ruined.
To tackle this, 8 years ago Airbnb was founded by Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia in their small loft apartment in San Fransisco. They were roommates and seriously unable to pay the high rent. So they decided to provide bed and breakfast to three people and thus started their journey to become the world’s largest renting service. People like you and me rent out their homes to other people like you and me! You can earn part of the rent after paying some fees to the company. Simple yet so brilliant!
Airbnb has marked its presence in over 190 countries and India is no different. They have lakhs and lakhs of homes that range from being affordable to absolutely gorgeous ones that deserve a splurge. Notice I’m using the word home? Because that’s exactly how you will feel while staying at one of these locations! Here is a specially curated list of the coolest Airbnb homes in India.
Hidden in the lush green cover, some 25 kms south from Kochi, is this quaint teakwood cottage that is a perfect option for those who are looking for some peace. It is situated fairly close to an ayurveda centre, so the massages are an added bonus. Also, the host is an absolute darling! Sabine will make sure you have a wonderful stay at her guesthouse.
Price per night: Rs 2,154
More Info: The Bamboo Cottage
Next time you are in Goa, try this funky house that has been built on rocks. Actually, on rocks! In the master bedroom, there are two beds, one on a slightly elevated level for the kids. The best part is not even this — it is the fact that the ceiling and around 70% of the walls are made up of glass. So you get the illusion of sleeping in the open without actually having to sleep outside. How cool is that!
Price per night: Rs 4,504
More info: Horn Bill House
This stunning location is ideal for a quick weekend getaway with your friends who just want to chill and have some fun. The property is huge with 5 bedrooms that are amazingly spacious. The hosts even have an adorable dog named Skylar at the farmhouse who you can play with! For an added 2,000 bucks, they will arrange local cooks for you to cook you hearty meals that will leave you licking your fingers. The kitchen will transport you straight to the street cafes of Paris.
Price per night: Rs 27,527
More info: Firefly Farmhouse
Situated in the midst of a the third largest tea estate in Darjeeling, Singtom Resort has a blissful accommodation option, the Steinthal suite. From spending quality time in the estates to watching the sun go down, obviously with a cup of hot tea, this place is a party for your senses. Perfect for lovebirds and happy families alike!
Price per night: Rs 8,000
More info: Steinthal Suite
You’ll feel like you are at your own home at this scenic cottage. The cottage looks like it is straight out of a fairytale. Indeed a dream come true, this cottage and its staff will make you feel completely at home. Located in the old part of the town, it is devoid of the noise from traffic and all you can hear is the beautiful sound of the nature.
Price per night: Rs 2,759
More info: Shobha Pinle Cottage
Already being called as one of the best homestays in the country, Rosie’s Retreat celebrates Rajasthan’s culture in all its glory. With patterned tablecloths, vibrant coloured cushions, rustic cupboards and ancient carpets, the decor is on point! And the one thing that it is famous for is the gorgeous view of Lake Pichola from the terrace.
Price per night: Rs 5,987
More info: Rosie’s Retreat Homestay
Situated on the mighty Khardungla pass, this magnificent house has to be on your go-to lists. This large property is decked with 5 aesthetic and modern bedrooms — wooden floorings contrasted with bright shades of pink beddings. Oh, I think I have fallen in love! What could be better than crashing in this beautiful home after a tiring trek up the beautiful mountains?
Price per night: Rs 10,394
More info: Woodyvu Stok House
My favourite out of the lot, Le Belle Vie, which means the beautiful life, stands true its name. The rustic vibe this house gives off means you’ll never want to leave. It is close to many adventure activity areas like paragliding, trekking, rappelling, valley crossing and so on. That is if you ever leave this gorgeous home to even go out! It has 3 bedrooms and enough space for your whole clan to fit in.
Price per night: Rs 12,042
More info: La Belle Vie
Snow-clad mountains surround you while you barbecue your meals under a starry night. Now that’s a place I want to be in! Dwarika residency is situated high up in the hills, making it the perfect place for anyone who loves the mountains. There are different kinds of rooms available at different rates or you can even book the whole property, depending upon the size of your group. The perfect spot to enjoy the bliss of nature.
Price per night: Rs 4,575
More info: Dwarika Residency
Saving the best for the last, the Junoon villa is a class apart. It speaks of luxury and you will feel every bit of a celebrity while you stay here. A stay where you can relax, enjoy nature and spend quality time with your near and dear ones. Live streams will give you fresh water at all times, taking you back to the good old times when there was no need for a geyser. Enjoy the splendid view of the valley and loose yourself in the nature, only to find your real self again.
Price per night: Rs 44,065
More info: Junoon Villa