On June 18, 2021, Netflix released Season 1 of a new travel show from the vault called “The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.” Three hosts, Jo Franco, Megan Batoon, and Luis Ortiz, travel the world in search of… well… amazing vacation rentals. Luis always picks an insanely bougie “LUXURY” rental, to the tune of thousands of dollars per night. Megan always picks a reasonable “BUDGET” rental for all of us common-folk. And, Jo always picks a “UNIQUE” rental, which makes Jo my girl. I mean, I’ve built a whole website around the idea of looking for the most unique travel. So, I was on a mission to find these properties, and I have a complete list to share with you.

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AUTHOR

Kristen Cummings

CATEGORY

Lodging, Quirky & Cool

DESTINATION

Bali, Montana, Alaska, South Carolina, Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Finland, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, California, Arkansas, Massachusetts

POSTED ON

June 23, 2021

Ican’t get enough of travel television shows. So, when a new one drops on one of the TV streaming services, I gobble the entire series down like it’s Monday at Crumbl Cookies and I have to sample all the new flavors of the week as fast as humanly possible with my own, private pink-box unboxing ceremony. IYKYK.

Netflix Makes Vacation Rentals “Cool”

I have loved staying in vacation rentals for years… before they were cool even. (At least before they were cool in America. I feel like the rest of the world caught on to that trend a lot faster than we did.) I’m a big fan of the sharing economy when it comes to travel (Airbnb, VRBO, Grab, Lyft, Uber, Hipcamp, RVShare, WithLocals, you name it), and I have appreciated the Netflix shows like “Stay Here” and “Instant Hotel” have introduced people to the idea that Airbnb does not necessarily mean sleeping on someone’s couch for $10 because one can’t afford a hotel or hostel. But it can, if that’s the experience a traveler is seeking!

The love and detail that goes into good vacation rentals surpass many hotels, and is usually more unique and memorable. Vacation rentals are always my first choice for unique lodging, and my hope is that the more shows like “World Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” there are, the more people become rabid fans of this form of lodging, and in turn, the more people that will open up their incredibly unique properties to travelers. 

I’m not going to review the show because many people already have far more eloquently than I could. Like this review. Or this one. But, I know what you really want. You want that obsessive travel friend who actually took the time to Google-stalk all the places Jo, Megan, and Luis got to stay. You want to visit the websites. Check the prices. Add them to your Airbnb wishlists or travel bucket lists. Don’t worry… I got you.

You want that obsessive travel friend who actually took the time to Google-stalk all the places Jo, Megan, and Luis got to stay. You want to visit the websites. Check the prices. Add them to your Airbnb wishlists or travel bucket lists. Don’t worry… I got you.

(S1E1) Episode 1: Best of Bali

BUDGETBamboo Birdsnest at Eco- Firefly Eco Lodge – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

UNIQUECamaya Bali Butterfly – Selat, Bali, Indonesia

LUXURYNoku Beach House – Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

(S1E2) Episode 2: American Adventure

LUXURYTordillo Mountain Lodge – Judd Lake, Alaska, United States 

BUDGETG Bar M Ranch – Clyde Park, Montana, United States

UNIQUE – Storyteller Overland – Moab, Utah and Telluride, Colorado, United States – I couldn’t, after much searching, specifically find Tim in Moab renting a Storyteller Overland. However, you aren’t limited to Tim in Moab! You could rent that campervan or any similar Sprinter van in your own local area through RVShare.com. If you search for Class B camper vans under 20-feet, you will find options. But if anyone knows Campervan Tim in Moab, send me his link, because I would love to complete my list!

As for the campsites featured in this episode, their first night was in Canyonlands National Park outside of Moab, Utah. They definitely descended the Shafer Trail Switchbacks, which has a pucker-factor in a jeep, so good-on-’em for doing that in a campervan! I’m guessing they camped somewhere along Shafer Trail, White Rim Road, or Potash Road. (Anybody? Help?) Their second night was in Telluride, Colorado but the footage was too nondescript for me to figure out, sleuthy as I may try to be. Although, it did leave me wondering if Campervan Tim was really in Colorado and not Utah, and my Google-efforts were covering the wrong state.

Amazing Vacation Rentals that are Unique And Budget

(S1E3) Episode 3: Boats and Floats

UNIQUEArkup – Miami Beach, Florida, United States (Not renting currently)

LUXURYAngeleyes Luxury Yacht – St. Martin, Caribbean

BUDGETThe Yellow Ferry – San Francisco, California, United States

Amazing Vacation Rentals that are Unique And Budget
Kristen Cummings, Blogger and Author of Touristish

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(S1E4) Episode 4: Bizarre B&Bs

BUDGETLucky Ranch Snow Igloo – Pelkosenniemi, Finland

UNIQUEQuetzalcoatl`s Nest – Naucalpan de Juárez, Estado de México, Mexico

LUXURYBeckham Creek Cave – Jasper, Arkansas

Amazing Vacation Rentals that are Unique And Budget

(S1E5) Episode 5: Private Islands

LUXURYCuvee’s Royal Island – Royal Island, Bahamas

UNIQUEThe Sitka Lighthouse – Sitka, Alaska, United States 

BUDGETOld House Cay – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 

(S1E6) Episode 6: Gourmet Stays

LUXURYSeasons Niseko – Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

BUDGETLa Villa Bonita – Tepoztlán, Mexico

UNIQUEThe Playhouse – Lee, Massachusetts, United States

Amazing Vacation Rentals that are Unique And Budget

(S1E7) Episode 7: Trees ‘N Zzzs

UNIQUEAlpaca Treehouse – Atlanta, Georgia, United States

BUDGETDanville Treehouse- Orlando, Florida, United States 

LUXURYBolt House Treehouse – Charleston, South Carolina, United States

(S1E8) Episode 8: Aloha, Hawaii

BUDGETThe Inn at Kulaniapia Falls – Hilo, Hawaii, United States

UNIQUEBlaze II Catamaran – Lahaina, Hawaii, United States

LUXURYHale ‘Ae Kai – Kilauea, Hawaii, United States

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Final Thoughts

Jo, Megan, and Luis chose great properties to visit in their pilot season, and “The World’s Greatest Vacation Rentals” meets the objective of making you feel inspired to visit these places and stay in these rentals. 

If this list was helpful for you, I’m happy to Google-stalk other travel shows, especially those with unique offerings… Just hit me up and let me know which shows you’d like me to do next.

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If you would like to see the complete list of properties for Season 2, click here! For a list of my personal favorite unique and affordable vacation rentals, click here!

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