Are waterfront views in every direction your idea of ultimate luxury? (Same.) Good news: On-the-water accommodations don’t always come with a luxury price tag. In fact, you can rent them for the price of a hotel room (and sometimes much, much less) on Airbnb. Get ready to see your next vacation destination by water, folks: Houseboats are the new hotel rooms.
A CHIC, PARISIAN HOUSEBOAT (PARIS, ÎLE-DE-FRANCE, FRANCE)
It doesn’t get more picturesque than this. This bright, boho-chic pad is centrally located in the 16th arrondissement. Imagine sitting on your terrace, enjoying a bottle of wine, cheese and a baguette, and watching the sun set over the Seine with the Eiffel Tower glittering in the near distance. To be honest, we think we’d have a hard time doing any other sightseeing.
A RETRO TUGBOAT (SAUSALITO, CA, UNITED STATES)
Outfitted with a cozy, custom teak interior and original bronze portholes, this pristinely restored 100-year-old tugboat is something of a treasure. Berthed in the famous Sausalito marina, the boat’s deck offers sweeping views of the bay, Mount Tamalpais and the rolling hills of Marin County. Plus, it’s walking distance from all the wonderful shops and dining options of Sausalito, as well as a quick trip to San Francisco proper.
A BEACHY-CHIC HOUSEBOAT (CHARLESTON, SC, UNITED STATES)
Moored on a private slip at Seabreeze Marina, this adorable, whitewashed houseboat offers peace, tranquility and gorgeous views of the Charleston Harbor. Completely gut renovated with found materials, we adore the reclaimed wood floors, beadboard walls and vaulted blue ceilings. Psst, the home was featured on FYI’s Tiny House Hunting (so you know it’s pretty special).
A RUSTIC, PERMANENT HOUSEBOAT (KNYSNA, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA)
Want to really get away from it all? Book a stay at this permanently moored houseboat in Cape Town’s idyllic Knysna lagoon. (You’ll take a two-minute dinghy ride to and from the harbor.) Fish, swim and barbecue on the deck by day, then head indoors to cozy up in the warm, rustic interior come nightfall.
A HIGH DESIGN HOUSEBOAT (AMSTERDAM, NORTH HOLLAND, NETHERLANDS)
This gorgeous houseboat is a study in modern Scandinavian design. And while the interior is downright swoon-worthy (peep the massive skylight and totally hygge-affirming wood burning stove), it also happens to be docked on Amsterdam’s Amstel River. Enjoy your evening cocktail from the riverfront terrace before taking a stroll around the city center and postcard perfect canals.
A COZY HOUSEBOAT CABIN (LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM)
Guys, we’ve found a serene, fairy-tale setting right in the heart of London. This cherry red houseboat is docked on the Regent’s Canal, surrounded by leafy trees, ducks, swans and geese. The mooring is private and gated, meaning plenty of peace and quiet. The cabin has its own private entrance, and come sunset, you can take a rowboat on a quick paddle to King’s Crossing for dinner and drinks.