From Mexico to Sardinia, here are the most expensive Airbnb beachfront rentals around the world

By Abby Montanez 5 December, 2023
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A new study compiled a list of the world’s top 10 priciest beachfront Airbnb rentals, including an US$18,000-per-night private island in the Bahamas and a US$17,000-per-night Lake Tahoe chalet

Nothing says vacation like a trip to the beach. But how much would you splash out for a totally over-the-top rental?

For those yearning for a luxury weekend by the sea, a new study combed through the most expensive beachfront Airbnb listings in every country and came up with a ranking of the world’s top 10 priciest vacation properties. To put things into perspective, the report found that the average Airbnb rental goes for US$137 per night. Naturally, the nightly rate for a billionaire-style villa on the beach is going to cost way more. Let’s get into it.

The most expensive beachfront Airbnb is an US$18,000-per-night private island in the Bahamas. Photo taken by Airbnb

There are two properties that rank as the most expensive Airbnbs on the planet. For an eye-watering US$18,000 a night, you can book a stay at Middle Cay, an idyllic private island in the Bahamas, or live it up at Casa del Oso, a 10-bedroom waterfront mansion in Punta Mita, Mexico.

In the third spot is Villa Harrah in Glenbrook, Nevada, which ranks as the most expensive rental in the United States. The 1,858-square-metre Lake Tahoe chalet, originally built in 1963 by casino operator William F Harrah, runs a cool US$17,000 per night. In comparison, the next most expensive vacation rental in the US is the US$11,000 per night Villa Salt Acres in Stonington, Connecticut, which includes 610 metres of pristine coastline with 122 metres of private beach, along with a boat dock, a tennis court, a movie theater, and a wine cellar.

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Villa Harrah on Lake Tahoe is the priciest beachfront vacation rental in the United States. Photo by Airbnb

Coming in at the fourth spot is Mansion Villa at Daios, a sea-facing retreat in Crete. The US$16,995-per-night residence on Daios Cove, the most expensive Airbnb in Europe, offers panoramic ocean views, an infinity pool, a sprawling stone terrace, and an indoor spa area that’s replete with a sauna, a massage room, and a gym.

If you’ve got US$16,311 to burn, you can enjoy a stay at Finca J in the medieval Spanish village of Begur, and for $15,000, you can book a stay for up to 24 guests at Villa Punta Aguila inside the swanky Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic.

CieloMar in Costa Rica ranks seventh on the list and goes for US$13,265 per night; the villa can accommodate up to 12 guests in six bedrooms. The home is shaped like the bow of a ship and comprises every enviable amenity imaginable, from a volcanic stone-lined infinity pool to a wet bar and a Zen garden.

Rounding out the top 10 are Crystal Springs, a US$12,500-per-night beachfront compound in Barbados that provides a staggering 1,115 square metres across six buildings serviced by a staff of 14; the US$12,000-per-night Pearns Bay House in Antigua, which can accommodate up to a dozen guests; and, for US$11,946 per night, there’s Villa Hortensia on the coast of Sardinia.

This story was first published by Robb Report USA