If the mere idea of a snowstorm has you flying to the beach, where you also want to fall asleep in a design-oriented home, there are several options to live your dream in warmer parts of the world. From Mexico to Costa Rica—and even some spots in the US, like Malibu, Maui, and Florida—here are seven modern beach house Airbnbs to book this winter. In addition to being solid examples of good design, these spots also fold in the non-negotiable amenities you want at a beach house, such as an outdoor kitchen, patio, pool, and water views from every room. At many, additional pampering and wellness can be arranged, like massages or yoga classes, so you can for sure unlock tense muscles and truly relax.
Designed by Formafatal, a firm whose residential and commercial projects are also in destinations like Qatar, Sardinia, and Sri Lanka, this glass-walled villa—referred to as Casa JASPIS—is adults-only. This would be perfect for a couple, as there is just one bedroom and bath. However, an adjacent identical villa can also be rented to create a blissful compound. Each villa offers Pacific Ocean views, a private infinity-edge pool (artfully positioned into the hillside while also attached to the home), a large terrace, and a kitchen stocked with KitchenAid appliances.
Owned by a designer and dubbed Coconut Cave, this eco-chic pad features design details you’re not going to find in other listings, such as a swim-up pool in the living room and a vintage Mayan pot collection. Every space in this one-bedroom, one-bath home is deeply influenced by the nearby Caribbean Sea and its coastline, including an indoor hammock, white-washed stone walls, and basket-like light fixtures.
With fun decor like Acapulco chairs on the patio and cherry-red dining chairs, plus midcentury-modern design throughout, this is not your typical beach house. The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home is custom-built and perched above the Pacific Ocean, with an incredible view from each of its three stories. Take in the views from the outdoor hot tub or—thanks to the open concept—while cooking meals using the kitchen’s Wolf and Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances.
Featured in AD in 2019, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath villa is called Casa Violeta. Its owners have curated custom ceramics from a nearby village, as well as modern art stemming from Nicaraguan artists. An open kitchen, outdoor pool, and terrace speak to a commitment to curating indoor-outdoor experiences. Additional experiences like yoga classes, cooking classes, and massages can be arranged at the house.
Life at the 10,000-square-foot Casa China Blanca overlooking Banderas Bay is luxurious, with an infinity-edge pool, outdoor dining pavilion, huge guest suites, and a private cook so you never have to lift a spatula. You may recognize the villa from its appearance in the Bradley Cooper film, Limitless, and in Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. There are five bedrooms and eight baths. Spa treatments and yoga classes can be arranged at the villa too.
Located just one block from the Gulf of Mexico and Dune Allen Beach, this six-bedroom, seven-bath home spans 5,100 square feet on the Florida Panhandle near the New Urbanism community of Seaside. Amenities include a swim-up bar at the pool, a wine fridge, and an outdoor kitchen on the second floor (celebrating the view while you grill).
This three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home has an infinity-edge pool that blends in seamlessly with the home’s interior spaces. In fact, you can plunge in just steps from the dining table, where the poolside terrace also features a fire pit, sun loungers, and BBQ. But it’s not just about the outside—throughout the home are original works of art by Mexican artist and muralist Uli Martinez. The beach is just 800 feet away from this architect-designed home.
This eight-acre property in the community of Huelo is home to an organic farm, and it’s so hooked on wellness that there’s a massage temple for spa treatments. Soaring ceilings at the Cliff House (one bedroom and bath each) coax in natural light. There’s a definite Hawaiian vibe throughout, from the tropical motif bedspreads to wicker furnishings, but with greater attention to design than most rental homes. Surrounding the private green-tiled outdoor pool are a stone patio, gorgeous statues, and lush foliage. There is also a poolside gazebo and outdoor hot tub.