Forget about luxury hotels — according to this list of the world’s hottest rental properties, what holidaymakers are really looking for is something wonderfully weird and wacky.
Travel giant Airbnb has released a list of the 10 most in-demand properties on its site, proving that a five-star hotel just won’t cut it anymore if you’re looking for a truly unique getaway.
From secluded tree houses to a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed guest house, it seems that the stranger a holiday home is, the more popular it will be.
The properties have been ranked according to how often they’ve been placed on people’s Wish Lists, a feature Airbnb launched in 2012 to enable users to save and share their favourite listings. In other words, these aren’t necessarily the most booked properties, just the most lusted after, which might explain why they lean towards the fantastical.
Geographically, the US came out on top with four entries in the top 10 (three of which are in California), while Italy came in second with three entries. Mexico, Canada and Bali rounded out the list.
Overall, the most popular cities in the world for Airbnb travellers are:
- Belize City, Belize
- Okinawa, Japan
- Savannah, Georgia
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Mendocino, California
- Kyoto, Japan
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Margaret River, Australia
- Jervis Bay, Australia
- Tamarindo, Costa Rica
And these are the most popular types of properties:
Click through the slideshow above to see the 10 most popular properties in all their over-the-top glory!
All images via Airbnb. All prices are $AU and are accurate as of 18 January 2016.