If Airbnb’s new ad campaign, starring Kareena and Saif, is an indication, Jenga, picnics and home-cooking should be on your next travel itinerary. Either way, it’s safe to say Airbnb’s explosive growth has transformed the way we vacation. Indifferent hotel rooms and overcrowded hostels just don’t cut it anymore. Instead, luxury homestays with enviable access to secluded spaces, libraries and board games are the new holiday perks.
Here is our list of some of India’s best Airbnbs for a cosy getaway from the city:
Images: Bikamp adventures, Leh
Bikamp Adventures - Leh
Located in a picturesque little Ladakhi village, framed by the Zanskar Mountains, the Bikamp campsite boasts unparalleled views. It also allows for easy access to tourist locations like Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace Stok Palace, and the Matho and Hemis Monasteries. With meandering streams, pristine forests and farmland, this is the ultimate escape from our everyday lives.
Images: Stumpfields, Ooty
Ivy Cottage at Stumpfields - Ooty
Ivy Cottage is undeniably luxurious, with a rustic charm all its own. The red, white and black theme recalls its location, rooted in the culture of the Nilgiris. The Cottage, while accessible, is also extremely secluded with panoramic views of tea estates, wilderness and mountain ridges that make Ooty. This one is for nature lovers who love the sound of nocturnal birds, rustling wind and inimitable starry nights.
Kapadia Bunglow - Alibag
Kapadia Bunglow is a villa with interiors from a bygone India, offering comfort and timeless luxury. Wake up to the sights and sounds of nature and take a couple of laps in the private pool to rejuvenate your body and soul. The spacious home can host up to 10 people, great for families or holidays with a large group of friends.
Images: Hornbill House, Image: Vivek Muthuramalingam
Hornbill House - Coonoor
Listed by Conde-Nast as one of the top 10 plantation stays in India, Hornbill House sits on a working organic tea plantation. A veritable feast for wildlife and birdwatchers, expect to spot Hornbills, the Indian Gaur and even elephants! Close to Mudumalai National Park, this is the perfect getaway from the concrete jungle for true R&R.
Images: Marari Eco Beach House
Marari Eco Beach House - Alappuzha
With sea-facing rooms that provide sweeping ocean views and stunning sunsets, Marari Eco Beach House elevates a coastal holiday. Lounge in atmospheric verandas as you watch colourful catamarans head out for a day of fishing. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins! The villa is enhanced by sustainable design and the use of solar systems for heating and electricity.
Images: Steinthal Suite at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort
Steinthal Suite at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort- Darjeeling
Singtom Tea Estate & Resort is steeped in the history of Darjeeling. Located at the heart of Darjeeling’s third oldest tea estate, the bungalow was built in 1862 for the director of Singtom and Steinthal Tea Estates. Head here for a cozy vibe created by age-old fireplaces, unmistakable heritage and the world’s best teas amidst breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks.
Get going: you deserve a break!