With travel starting to return to the new normal and the romance of fall on the horizon, wanderlust for cozy escapes begins to set in. And thanks to Airbnb, heading to a secluded cozy cabin makes for a unique, romantic experience. We went in search of the coziest cabins to rent on Airbnb that provide a much-needed change of scenery in which to immerse yourself in new cities and cultural adventures.
Million Dollar Views, Colorado
Cabins don’t have to mean rustic. In the case of Colorado’s Million Dollar Views, the vibe is more like retro mountainside luxury. Set just outside Purgatory Resort, this Colorado cabin is perfect for winter and summer escapes. Make the most of the lake, forest, and mountain vistas with the floor-to-ceiling windows, those million-dollar views are no exaggeration. The cabin features a well-equipped kitchen, laundry room, and spacious bathrooms so you can get away from it all without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Another highlight is the hot tub. It’s hard not to imagine any tensions melting away as you take in the golden fall hues, dappled sunshine, or snow-covered mountain sides from your very own jacuzzi with a glass of champagne or mug of hot chocolate.
Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages, Kenya
If you like your cozy cabin to come with a side of wildlife adventure, you won’t find a more nature-filled immersive option than Ol Pejeta Safari Cottages, Kenya. Situated within the Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya, prepare to fall in love with Africa in these safari-style canvas walled cabins outfitted with a wooden deck and bold African prints. Here the view of blood-red African sunsets, boma fires, endless bush scape, elephants drinking from a nearby river, and the sound of lions roaring into the night will remain etched into your memory for years to come.
The Private Treehouse, Japan
Japan is one of the most incredibly diverse countries on earth. In Okinawa, a large tropical island located in the China Sea between the Japanese mainland and Taiwan you’ll find The Private Treehouse a hidden gem perched high up in the treetops, surrounded by spectacular beaches and greenery. The cabin has an enormous tree trunk in its center and its minimalistic aesthetic which favors soft neutrals and natural woods (as is the Japanese way) is an exercise in Zen. The perfect place to relax and recharge while enjoying panoramic views of the turquoise seas and small islands dotted around the ocean, the treehouse has an expansive deck complete with a grill for al fresco dining. You’re also plenty of beaches and ports nearby where you can duck in and out of tiny stores, go for a swim or snorkel, or simply wiggle your toes in the sand and listen to the sound of the waves.
Chalet Amazon Creek, Switzerland
If “cabin” has you conjuring up images of roaring fires, snow-capped peaks, and elegant apres ski celebrations, Chalet Amazon Creek, Switzerland nestled in the Swiss Alps is perfect. Cozy and bursting with rustic charm the cabin features wooden walls, stone detailing, and luxe alpine décor with soft reds, oranges, and grey accents. Sprawl out on the couch, soak in the hot tub, or settle down for a movie in the entertainment room after a long day skiing or exploring nearby Mont Blanc. That is after you’ve finished a heartwarming dinner prepared by your own private chef.
Secret Cove Treehouse on a Cliff, British Colombia
A romantic escape in a cozy cabin is the perfect way to welcome fall in BC. This area is famed for its natural beauty, and the treehouse-style cabins at Secret Cove Treehouse on a Cliff, British Columbia look as if they were plucked straight from a postcard. The best way to enjoy the views of the river and greenery is from the hot tub hanging over the water, or by kayak if you’re feeling adventurous. That said, this is also the perfect place to hunker down, light a fire and enjoy a good book. There’s no way you won’t leave here feeling content, recharged, and at one with nature.
Beachfront Rainforest Cabin, Panama
Located right on Bluff Beach, a locally beloved surfing beach about four miles outside Bocas del Toro, Panama, surfers, beachgoers, and nature lovers will be in seventh heaven at Beachfront Rainforest Cabin, Panama. The secluded Balinese-style cabin surrounded by lush greenery and palm trees fuses earthy ceramics with wood and bamboo and comes with a pool, expansive gardens, and even a small gym. The area and beach are relatively unknown to tourists, so you’ll love swimming and lounging around on the pristine sands enjoying the serenity of the waves lapping at the shore. If you need a break from the peace and tranquility, it’s only a 30- minute drive to town where there’s plenty of cute local restaurants, markets, and boutiques to explore.
Lakeside Cabin with Mountain Views, South Africa
The Cape Winelands are home to some of South Africa’s best scenery. Here you’ll find no shortage of award-winning vineyards, gourmet restaurants, and picture-perfect mountain vistas. If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town, be sure to bed down at Lakeside Cabin with Mountain Views, South Africa, right on the edge of the Banhoek Conservancy. The cabin has a modern, industrial style and a wooden deck jutting over the lake, which is perfect for a dip to cool off in the heat. You’ll also be within driving distance to some of the area’s best wineries where you can enjoy tastings, tours, delicious gastronomy, and explore a well-known local berry farm.
Aura Eco Bamboo House, Bali
Balinese romance meets adventure at Aura Eco Bamboo House just outside Ubud, Bali. Everything here is designed to feel at one with nature, the cabin has glass doors and panels which make it feel as though the jungle is spilling right into your room. Added to that the cabin is constructed of bamboo and features a soft neutral palette designed to honor the natural surroundings. And it would be hard not to appreciate the setting as you watch the sunrise over the river, sipping your morning coffee from high up on your perch. Spend lazy days next to the natural pool, relaxing in a hammock or indulging in Balinese massages or yoga, all organized by your hosts.
Idyllic Seaside Cabin, Norway
Norway’s coastal areas and fjords feature plenty of picturesque, red-walled cabins originally designed for fishermen. The Lofoten Islands – perched high above the Arctic Circle – are breathtakingly beautiful at any time of year and should certainly be hovering near the top of your list if you’re planning a trip to Scandinavia. As should a stay at Idyllic Seaside Cabin, a quintessentially Nordic cabin that will bring you so close to the water you can fish for your own dinner without ever leaving. Make sure to sit outside at dusk and watch the whole area become bathed in an eerily beautiful silvery light.
Lakeview A-Frame in the Hudson Valley
This stunning black A-frame cabin is truly an Instagram-worthy retreat. Just 90 minutes outside of New York City, at Lakeview A-Frame in the Hudson Valley, you’ll feel a million miles away from the concrete jungle thanks to the surrounding valley of lakes, towering fir trees, and endless nature. Secluded and cozy, modern luxuries blend seamlessly with vintage charm here; high ceilings, spacious spa baths, a homely fire pit, and a fully equipped kitchen offer everything you need. Magical at any time of the year, come in winter to witness the branches sprinkled in snow, or spend a summer breathtaking in that fresh forest air, dining alfresco under the gorgeous fairy-lit trees and exploring the beautiful Hudson Valley where swimming, fishing, hiking, bird watching, and browsing local markets and farm shops is all part of the charm.
The Wensley, Australia
If Australia is on your bucket list (it should be) this 10-sleeper bespoke timber architectural cabin, set on 80 acres in the Victorian surf coast hinterland is a haven of seclusion and serenity in the countryside. Built from recycled Oregon and Ironbark, at The Wensley you can spend your time taking long nature walks, playing board games, cooking up family-style meals in the Masterchef-level kitchen, and enjoying sundowners on the deck. You’re also close to the famed Great Ocean Road, so take a drive along this scenic route to marvel at the beautiful beaches and quaint coastal towns.
Hobbit House at Deer Run, Virginia
When you see pictures of Hobbit House at Deer Run you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped onto the set of The Hobbit. But rather than New Zealand, you’ll find this glorious “hobbit house” in Shenandoah, Virginia. If Frodo could have spent his days on the private porch with a hot tub, chilling with a glass of wine next to the fire and listening to the epic surround sound system while cooking up a feast on the outdoor grill, we’re pretty sure he would never have returned to The Shire. We know he also would have loved exploring the nearby Shenandoah Valley, home to hot air ballooning, art galleries, petting zoos, and even a Dukes of Hazzard museum, we’re sure he’d have found his true nirvana.
Cabin Near the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The land of fire and ice is a dream destination. And there are cabins aplenty in Iceland, from the brightly colored huts of Reykjavik to the rural delights where you can watch the dazzling Northern Lights from your bedroom window. At Cabin Near the Blue Lagoon, you’ll have the best of both worlds. Located 20 minutes from the buzzing city center the light, airy wood cabin next to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon on a private nature reserve offers dramatic scenery, and the opportunity to take long, peaceful hikes, or simply relax back and enjoy the view (ideally in the hot tub under the stars).
Japan makes its second appearance, this time in the shape of a Seshu, a luxury wooden chalet in the skiing mecca of Niseko. Powderhounds will know that Niseko has some of the most sought-after snow in the world, and is a dream for off-piste skiing. And if it’s snow sports you’ve come for, there’s an on-call shuttle service to take you to and from the slopes. And the thoughtful touches don’t stop there. There’s daily housekeeping, a private balcony, rooms overlooking Mount Yotei, modern kitchens and bathrooms, and a comfy lounge for enjoying some Après ski action. That is when you’re not indulging in steaming hot bowls of ramen at a local izakaya, or private chef-cooked meals.
Jungle Cabin, Tulum, Mexico
No trip to Tulum is complete without exploring ancient Mayan ruins, swimming in gorgeous cenotes, and marveling at the turquoise ocean. If you’re as obsessed with us as this beautiful, secluded, bohemian part of the world and its jungle-inspired vibe and decor, this is showcased to perfection at Jungle Cabin, a thoughtfully, sustainably designed rustic thatched roof timber cabin the heart of beautiful Tulum. Moments from the beach and featuring handmade furniture, a private porch, and a hammock, going off the grid is the order of the day here.
Western Saloon, Idaho
Take a trip to the Wild West at Western Saloon, an Idaho saloon-style cabin on a 10-acre nature ranch in Teton Valley. A creek runs through the one-bedroom property which is kitted out with cowboy-inspired decor, rich leather furniture, a pool table, a cozy fireplace, and an outdoor saltwater hot tub. Spend time out in the yard where there’s plenty of outdoor seating areas to take in the incredible views of the Teton Range, which are even better under a blanket of stars.
The Queens Hut, Scotland
Fit for royalty, The Queens Hut is a luxe cozy cabin in the Scottish Highlands near a loch, outfitted with a free-standing copper bathtub, sprawling kitchen, reading nook, and quaint fire pit. Which makes sense as this beauty was originally built for Queen Mary. Enjoy lazing on the jetty in splendid isolation, gazing at the unique scenery, or going for long country walks (some of them end at a good ole Scottish pub). The cabin also serves as the perfect base to take day trips exploring North East Scotland.
Always Grace, Minnesota
Minutes from Grand Marais on the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior, Minnesota, Always Grace is the epitome of barefoot luxury. Surrounded by a thicket of fir trees, this charming lakeside cabin set on 1.6 beautifully landscaped acres evokes the feeling of being on a ship with its wood-paneled walls, and endless views of the water. Featuring gorgeous vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a sizable kitchen, plenty of airy living spaces, patio, and deck it’s perfect for families and large groups.
Patagonia has our vote as a contender for the most beautiful place on earth. Home to jagged cliffs, towering snowy peaks, and lakes in otherworldly hues of greens and blues, it’s one of the world’s last great wildernesses. And nowhere is better to experience its epic beauty and tranquility than Solitude, an isolated cabin located in a quiet enclave of the Chilean Lake District of Northern Patagonia nestled in the Andes mountains, at the edge of the Calcurrupe river and surrounded by the Valdivian temperate rainforest. Set on 32 acres, the two-bed cabin has floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the stunning river views (there’s also a private beach), a full kitchen, and a terrace.
Little Peter Oasis, Belize
The final entry on our cozy cabins list had to be something spectacular, and we think this thatched over-water bungalow on a private tropical island in Belize is as close to heaven as you can get. At Little Peter Oasis not only do you have an entire island to yourself, this 2 bed, 2 bath beauty also has its own blue lagoon and 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea and Mayan mountains. Spend your days snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the world’s largest barrier reef and being waited on hand and foot by your personal concierge and private chef. Warning: you’ll never want to leave.