Sometimes, accommodations serve a purely functional purpose on your travels — a place to put your head down at night and leave your things during the day while you go out and explore. On the flip side, accommodations can be the destination, with luxury amenities and spectacular surroundings offering more than enough to keep you entertained.

And that’s what Netflix’s new show “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” presents to its viewers — that where you stay can also be where you play (plus, going big on a rental could end up saving you money). To help with your vacation rental planning, these unique Airbnbs were featured in the show, are available for bookings, and are most definitely destination-worthy.

Sitka Lighthouse in Sitka, Alaska

Located on a one-acre private island in Sitka, Alaska, this 1983 lighthouse sits on a serene island and is the ideal place to relax and see wildlife. During your stay, you can chill in the outdoor hot tub, read a book in an Adirondack chair on the wraparound deck, take in 360-degree views of Sitka and the Eastern Channel in a glass room, and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing onto the shore.

Sitka Lighthouse has two bedrooms and can accommodate six guests. Rates start at $949/night.

Atlanta Alpaca Treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia

A rustic forest path leads to this treehouse in the middle of an 80-year-old bamboo forest in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s located on the same property as a rescue farm for llamas, alpacas, chickens, dogs, and cats — and yes, you can pet them! The treehouse itself has a rustic vibe and is outfitted with antiques and reclaimed materials (think turn of the century stained glass and heart pine floors from a 1905 church). The rental is 15 feet above the forest floor and has two skylights with views of the bamboo canopy.

The Private Islands of Old House Cay on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

If your idea of an ideal vacation is to get away from it all, look no further than this Airbnb listing where you get three private islands all to yourself. It is located in the South Carolina Lowcountry and accessible only by boat. Here, you’ll be living in an off-grid home and spending your days boating, fishing, kayaking, and hanging out with friends.

Snow Igloo in Pelkosenniemi, Finland

If seeing the northern lights is on your bucket list, make it the ultimate adventure by staying in a snow igloo. Located in Pelkosenniemi, Finland, each private igloo is furnished with warm sleeping bags, which are set atop a bed. The listing notes that temperatures are always in the negatives inside the igloo, but worry not — there’s a warm house that’s always open for guests to use if you get cold feet.

The Snow Igloo has one bedroom and can accommodate four guests. Rates start at $131/night.

Quetzalcoatl’s Nest in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico

Last but not least, this Airbnb in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico is an architectural marvel. Named after Quetzalcoatl, a Mesoamerican deity, this colorful condo has fun surprises to discover both inside and out. It’s surrounded by a park with botanical gardens and creative spaces, making it the perfect place to relax, meditate, do yoga, and be in nature.

Abigail Abesamis Demarest


Abigail Abesamis Demarest is a freelance contributor for Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn. When she’s not writing she’s reading up on the latest wellness trends, teaching Zumba classes, or reading a book on the beach.

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