A hidden Balinese hideaway, a pink fire truck and a boat on dry land. We roundup Airbnb’s top romantic retreats for your Valentine’s Day dreaming.
Loved Up? Got Passport? Good! With any luck you might still snag a last minute Valentine booking on Airbnb. Well, with a lot of luck, seeing as the weekend of love is upon us with not a moment to spare.
So, perhaps we can go into planning mode for next year then? In which case, there might be no better time to book these romantic gems then right now!
For your viewing please, we present Travel with Jane’s list of the most epic Airbnb Valentine’s stays in the world!
1. JEDA VILLA SECLUDED HIDEAWAY, BALI
As if we even need an excuse to include this phenomenal Bali retreat in the mix? Tucked away up north-west in Gerokgak, Bali, Indonesia, this dream villa setting feels like the real-deal undiscovered Bali of yore. Think sprawling tropical gardens, stunning mountain and volcano views, sea vistas, beautiful dive spots, and of course, the quintessential private pool. Sigh! Book on Airbnb.
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2. HISTORIC CASTLE CUMBRIA, UK
Caught in a
bad fairytale romance? Then off to a castle, the pair of you! At this palatial estate in Cumbria UK, set in 15 acres of resplendent splendidness, you can live out your royal fantasies surrounded by turrets, tudor panelling, gothic windows – the works. BYO knight in shining armour (and let us know where you find him? Or her?) Book on Airbnb.
3. ASTRONOMIC DOME CHILE
Exotic South American location? Check. Detachable roof? Check? Instagram opportunities that will blow up your feed and leave past-lovers in the dust? Double triple check. A stay in the Elquidomos Astronomic Hotel in Paiguano, Coquimbo, Chile, is bound to be a romantic escape you’ll never forget. With stargazing from your bed, you may well be able to offer your significant other the moon and stars. Oh also: nighttime horse rides. Book on Airbnb.
4. ROMANTIC FOREST HIDEAWAY, AUSTRALIA
Prefer your romantic escapes down under? For a booking closer to home, try this Byron hinterland eco hideaway for a spot of intense couples’ yoga and meditation or just plain ol’ lazing about. Nestled in a sub-tropical rain forest with an infinity lap pool over looking a crystal clear creek and all, you’ll have absolutely no reason to leave. Book on Airbnb.
5. DREAM BOAT IN MARINA DEL REY, USA
Anchored in California, this listing may just be the most unusual floating around Airbnb. It’s a boat, on dry land, in Marina Del Rey near Venice Beach, Los Angeles. It looks like a boat, feels like a boat, talks like a boat, but inside it’s pure modern luxury. Two worlds in one? Book on Airbnb.
6. ST PANCRAS CLOCK TOWER GUEST SUITE, UK
So you want to up your Valentine’s game? So you book a stay in a clock tower of course, in non other than St Pancras Station. Whilst not a hidden romantic retreat exactly, a couple of nights in a clock tower, slap bang in the middle of London will surely give you something to talk about, right? Book on Airbnb.
7. MALIBU YURT RETREAT, USA
Nothing says romantic getaway like a yurt. Add in ‘certified organic farm’ and a Malibu California beach setting, and your bohemian love affair is set to soar. Love yurts so good. Book on Airbnb.
8. SUGARLOAF POINT LIGHT HOUSE, AUSTRALIA
For the full blown, swept away romantic experience, why not opt for a traditional lighthouse keepers’ cottage? Sitting pretty in Seal Rocks, NSW, you and your fellow keeper can stay in 1 of 3 restored, heritage listed cottages, surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty and views to make a grown lighthouse keeper cry. Book on Airbnb.
9. THE PINK, SWEDISH FIRE TRUCK, NORWAY
Light a spark, or go full sizzle in this cosy converted fire truck parked a stones throw from the beach in the middle of an isolated forest near Vestby, Akershus, Norway. It can’t possibly get more romantic, can it? Book on Airbnb.
10. SANTORINI LAVA CAVE, GREECE
Paris didn’t make our list, too obvious, but then again so is Santorini, Greece. But who cares about ‘obvious’ when you get to call a Lava Cave your home for a few unforgettable nights? As the listing says, ‘Live the myth by staying in a cave that used to be a sailor’s domicile back in 1875.’ Historic and Romantic. Boom! Now fully restored, complete with candle lit bath and Aegean sea view, this place may well be the Aladdin’s cave of romantic hidey-holes. Book on Airbnb.
There you have it. Next year maybe? Remember two’s company, three’s a crowd, unless you bring Jane along for the ride. She gives good travel insurance.
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