Ever got your gaze stuck on a building’s aesthetics so much so that you forgot you were just passing by, and started living in it in your head? Feel no shame, for this has happened to the best of us—we are taken to a different world every time we have a quirky edifice standing out from the rest with its unique architectural design and arty interiors before us. Speaking of art, here are some unique design-centric homes and boutique hotels on Airbnb that will sweep you off your feet, and make your dream of living in one come true. By Sushmita Srivastav
Amazingly placed between the most sought-after beaches of Vagator and Anjuna, this contemporary 3-BHK villa is a designer retreat with a private pool. Ideal to relax and unwind, this perfect family getaway is just a stone’s throw away from the beaches and famous restaurants, and offers enough to do indoors for those just looking for a lazy staycation in Goa.
2. ARTIST’S MANSION IN JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
Carefully curated and designed by artist Shan Bhatnagar, this house full of hand-painted walls and artworks is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood, while still being close to the upmarket region of the Pink City. Minutes away from all the major tourist attractions, it is a beautiful family home, decorated in traditional Rajasthani style but finished with many modern twists.
3. MID-CENTURY HISTORIC RETREAT IN PORTO, PORTUGAL
Featuring the outline design of a classic hut, this home in Porto is a perfect family getaway for a cozy vacation. Kick back on the lemon couch, pull up a plum velvet dining chair for a relaxed dinner, or step out onto the secluded balcony—you will get to admire the vibrant abstract art in every corner of this peaceful top-floor apartment in the backyard of a 19-century building.
4. ALL-BAMBOO HOUSE IN ABIANSEMAL, BALI
Carved intricately in wood, this eclectic bamboo-cane home in Bali will take you right back to the days of simple living. The unique high-rise wooden beams, crafted in different shapes and forms give the house a golden hue. Casting a shadow on the living room floor in pipes, the morning rays make it look even more beautiful.
5. MEDITERRANEAN-THEMED TERRACE APARTMENT IN GANPATIPULE, MAHARASHTRA
Done in Mediterranean style, The One is a two-bedroom apartment with a large terrace, offering panoramic views of the Arabian sea and the Konkan forests. Situated in the upcoming gated community of Sea Vista, it is an ideal holiday getaway by the beach.
6. HOME WITH WORKING FLOWER FARM IN CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Bask in the secluded splendor of this modern farmhouse in the Cape Winelands where expansive views await at every turn—there’s one side of the mountain range to be admired from the light-filled entrance hall, and other one to be taken in from the spacious sitting room with a full-size maple tree coming in through the sliding glass doors. The elegant farmhouse brims with colourful fabrics and assorted art objects collected from around the world.
7. SECLUDED LUXURY VILLA WITH PRIVATE POOL IN GOA
This three-bedroom cottage of Ikshaa with a private swimming pool is one of the most secluded and romantic villas in Goa, and pools in luxury with a rustic charm. Perfect for a family getaway, this property is fringed with lush groves, and a forest runs around it.
8. BOUTIQUE MID-CENTURY APARTMENT IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Enjoy the modern-meets-vintage charm of this carefully-designed apartment in Budapest‘s hippest district. The light-flooded space is furnished with stylish mid-century furniture and unique arts, making it a sight to behold.
9. MODERN HOME OVERLOOKING FOREST RESERVE IN ANDHERI, MUMBAI
An eclectic modern home with a balcony overlooking an expansive forest reserve, this one’s call for an intimate idle vacation with family or your better-half. The interiors have been tastefully done by an architect, who is also the owner of the property.
10. HOME ON HILLS IN MANALI, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Enjoy privacy in the heart of Manali at this home away from home. There’s a choice of the garden rooms on the lower levels or the forest-view rooms with private balconies on the upper levels to choose from. However, the balcony rooms are most sought after, crediting the picturesque views of the quaint valley that they offer.