As we start to think about the vacations we’ll take once coronavirus restrictions ease, a common thread exists: we all hope to be somewhere different from where we quarantined, with the people we’ve missed—and if we can lounge in an infinity pool while doing so, all the better. So, we’ve rounded up 13 of the best private pools Airbnb has to offer, whether you’re looking for a weekend rental in Southern California or planning a bucket list trip to Cape Town. Even better, all of these Airbnbs are run by Superhosts, who each have a rating of 4.8 or above, a record of zero cancellations, and at least a 90 percent response rate, meaning they’ll get back to you ASAP.
One of our favorite Airbnbs in California, this Topanga mansion boasts incredible views and plenty of indoor and outdoor living space. Between the wood-paneled bedrooms, room-darkening shades, and floor-to-ceiling windows, it is the ultimate chill-out spot just outside L.A. in the Santa Monica Mountains. The main attraction, of course, is the huge infinity pool in the backyard, where you can splash around while looking at unobstructed mountain and ocean views. Not enough? There’s a hot tub and grill out back, too.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
After you’ve gotten your fill of Cape Town proper, head to Stellenbosch for excellent wine, top-tier restaurants, and a stay at this gorgeous, quirky property. The views are spectacular, and the lengthy lap pool is no doubt worth a dip, if only to take in the surrounding mountains from a cooler spot (the outdoor patio’s wood-burning fireplace is another amenity not to miss). You’ll want to spend the rest of your time exploring the home; it’s teeming with plants, shelves of books, and eclectic ar
Water Mill, New York
A house in the Hamptons feels incomplete without a pool. This one is huge, with both steps and a ladder to get in and plenty of surrounding land for kids to play, plus a raised deck with lots of seating and loungers to recline on. The beach barn, with its exposed wood beams and high ceilings, is a great spot for a family get-together—there’s room for 10 guests across four bedrooms, including one with both a king and single bed inside.
Any dreams you’ve had of owning a European country home can be (temporarily) met with a stay at this rustic, cozy home. The backyard is breathtaking, with an infinity pool jetting out over the Douro River and a multi-layered deck. Dining tables extend out from the living and indoor dining room, and the kitchen looks straight out of a movie set, with pots and pans hanging from the stone wall and all sorts of family heirlooms, from tea kettles to mismatched dishware and wicker baskets. With provisions like fruit, bread, cheese, and wine often left out for guests, it feels like a stay at your family’s (very beautifully located) cabin.
This modern farmhouse, which sleeps eight and has a backyard with space to match, is in an ideal Austin location, close to both Barton Springs and Zilker Park. But you could just as easily stay at home to enjoy the outdoors—there’s a sprawling pool and attached jacuzzi, with a large shelf alongside one end of the pool for keeping cool without full-on swimming (we’re already dreaming of laying out in that exact spot). Around the pool, you have everything you need to roast s’mores, cook dinner on the grill, or sit and stargaze; plus, the house is stocked with cornhole and board games.
Monteroni D’arbia, Italy
If you’re dreaming of Italy, gather your family for a visit to Monteroni D’arbia. The house, one of our favorites across Italy, is split up into three apartments (so there may be other guests around), but this one is the largest, with two king beds and a pull-out couch in the living room. Outside, there’s an enormous swimming pool and plenty of space to spread out and relax while surrounded by sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside.
A solar-heated swimming pool, tiki bar, and infrared sauna await you at this eco-friendly California home, along with walking and biking paths just beyond the property. The home itself is fitted out with hotel-like amenities, from Parachute robes and multiple pillow options (hypoallergenic, feather, down, memory foam, etc.) to a clawfoot tub. It sleeps four, and is situated an hour and a half from San Francisco in Sonoma County, with multiple wineries nearby. To note, the home is currently only available for long-term rentals of 31 days or more.
This Yucatan cottage screams romantic couples weekend, so whether you’ve been long distance from your partner during quarantine or are ready for a vacation away from the kids, this colorful one-bedroom home could be the ideal spot. The dining and living area opens up to a private plunge pool; beyond that is open skies and greenery. The house itself is in the Yucatán jungle, 10 minutes away from the town of Valladolid, and is equipped with the basics: in the kitchen, you’ll find a full-sized fridge, a two-burner electric stove, a toaster, and a French press; there’s also WiFi, air conditioning, and an open-ceiling shower.
Palm Springs, California
In the desert heat Palm Springs is known for, a pool is a necessity, and this one is calling our name. Surrounded by resort-style lounge chairs, an outdoor daybed, and a covered patio, there’s plenty of room to grill, sit and read, and swim during lazy vacation afternoons. Inside, the home is bright and airy, with boho, desert-friendly touches like geometric wallpaper and woven wall hangings alongside mid-century modern furniture and all the amenities you could need, including a washer/dryer and dishwasher. To note, the home is closed for rentals through June 19 per the county’s regulations.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
One look at this spacious Cabo San Lucas home—12 guests can sleep across six bedrooms—is enough to make us want to plan a family reunion. It almost doesn’t matter what’s inside: you’ll want to spend all your time in the backyard, dining al fresco, and taking dips in the pool, which overlooks Lands End. The inside more than measures up, though, with a U-shaped dining room with wrap-around windows, bedrooms that open up onto the patio, and a master bath as big as a studio apartment. And while the nightly cost is steep, a stay comes with resort-like perks including a $300 Cabo Expeditions credit and a free airport to villa transfer.
It seems almost sacrilegious to swim in a pool when some of the world’s most beautiful beaches are nearby, but that’s not stopping us from appreciating this resort-style Holualoa home. This infinity pool on the Big Island overlooks the ocean, and is set just outside the open-plan living room (with eight-foot pocket doors, so you don’t miss an inch of the view). The hardest part will be deciding where to post up: the poolside lounge chairs, the day bed, the hot tub, or the pool itself are all options. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home sleeps four, and was built by the same people behind the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai with classic Hawaiian architecture in mind.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
There’s a lot to love about this Costa Rican villa—Traveler editor Lale Arikoglu has raved about its views—which look out over Tamarindo Bay and the surrounding tropical forests—and outdoor hot tub. But the real treat, especially for a house 20 minutes from a rowdy beach, is the sprawling, secluded infinity pool, with its proximity to lounge areas (so you can chat with friends in and out of the pool) and wraparound ledges to sit and lean on.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Florida is hardly lacking pools, but this New Smyrna Beach rental (about an hour outside of Orlando) has one that measures a head above the rest: the sails keep it partially shaded, which you’ll no doubt appreciate on hot summer days. Surrounding the pool are lounge chairs, outdoor table seating, and a hammock, with an outdoor shower and soaking tub nearby. Inside, the modern home is all clean lines and white walls, with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, meaning it can sleep up to six comfortably.
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