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Around the world with design

A selection of the best vacation rentals from Airbnb to help with that holiday inspiration

Downtown Design believes in the true influence of design and architecture in experiences, holidays and living. Providing inspiration for upcoming vacations Downtown Design selects the best designed vacation rentals from Airbnb- where you can book unique homes and experience your holiday like a local.

1. The Seashell House –Casa Caracol

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Built in 1994, architect Eduardo Ocampo built a house for his brother Octavio Ocampo, a famous painter. Inspired by mountains of seashells all around him, he built a gated property located in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The world famous Seashell house is one of a kind. Located on a cliff side of the tiny island allows for maximum privacy with easy access to the most beautiful beaches and rest of the Island. Much like the exterior, the interior design re-enforces the “seashell” concept. Made up of tiles and shells the private bath compliments the setting of the smaller rounder shell. The taller shell houses a sitting area, kitchenette with all the essentials. The rounded staircase lead the way to the master bed with a balcony overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea.  The seashell house is the perfect escape.

2. In town Treehouse

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Set amongst tree and minutes from the downtown, the secluded treehouse offers the ideal urban retreat. Subject to innumerable articles, blogs and features, the property provides for an intimate, simple and calming getaway for two.  Connected by rope-bridges, the treehouse is complete with a living room, bedroom and outdoor deck. Overlooking and acre of lush woods, the living room is furnished with antiques including 80-year old butterfly-filled windows.  The double bed is fitted with cozy and organic linens from parachute. The vintage décor and natural artifacts add to the comfort and charm. Fashioned around the “Old Man” - a 150 year old Southern Short Leaf Pine tree – the deck is immersed amongst thick greenery and open to the elements of nature.

3. Unique Architecture

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Transformed from an old bakery of Oia, the complex respects the unique local architecture and is of sculptural quality. Originally renovated for personal use by local craftsmen, the houses combine traditional style with comfort. The elasticity of the forms, the use of local techniques, the built in beds and the antique furniture together with modern amenities give the complex a sense of sophistication. The terrace expands on different levels on the rims of the caldera offering a sensational view of the volcano.

Unique Architecture provides for a unique stay in Santorini!

4. Trullo of 1800

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The intimate compound of Trulli of the 1800 is located in Cisternino, in a typical farmyard in the middle of the Itria Valley. Recently restored according to the tradition of the masters Trulli craftsmen, the architecture maintains an untouched original appearance adding value to classic architectural elements like the stone arches.

The compound is away from the congestion and the busy city life and offers a vacation surrounding unimpaired nature and the beauty of the Puglia region. Strategically positioned between Bari and Brindisi, highly cultural and historic places are easily accessible. The intimate yet welcoming atmosphere is a result of the 3 cones, 1 lamia and 1 alcova that make up the structure of the Trulli.

5. Urban Oasis

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The Urban Oasis is a spectacular vintage Greystone located in the historical renowned Hoyne ave – Wicker Park (Ukrainian Village, Chicago). Sitting on a beautiful street, the interiors reflect the artsy reputation of the park. Decorated with standalone chairs and colorful patterns, the apartment follows the “urban trend”.

6. Designer apartment

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True to its name, the Designer Apartment features a contemporary convertible sofa bed, white Carrera coffee tables and lounge chair, along with other carefully selected contemporary and retro design objects. A 15 minutes’ walk from the downtown Prague, the apartment windows face the inner garden to provide for natural light and relaxing tranquility.

The kitchen is completed with stainless steel finishes, composite stone sink, a glass ceramic cooking plate and other basic amenities. Decorated with exquisite taste and attention to detail, this designer studio is like a home away from home.

7. Designer Loft – Bangkok Silom

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The artsy and modern loft; located a few steps from the Chaophraya river, China Town; is decorated with antics, art collections, vintage pieces and designer furniture. The Designer loft interior reflects its surroundings of art galleries and studios further giving the guests a taste of the authentic Bangkok.

8. Magical Home – Mi Kiva 

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Featured twice in the Architectural Digest of Costa Rica, The Magical Home is a typical Santa Fe styled home, built with rare recycled rosewood. Views of the valley, acres of a gorgeous garden and 40 ft waterfall add the magic to the name. Designed by a famous architect, the Mi Kiva engulfs its guests with warmth. Century old tiling’s add to the texture and visual appeal creating a sensory surprise around every corner.

9. Khandaka Heritage Haveli

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Complete with modern amenities, the Khandaka Mahal takes it guests back in time. The ancient royal haveli offers a rustic charm in the heart of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Centrally located in the Pink City, the haveli is a walk away from the Hawa Mahal and other attractions. The ambience engulfs the guests with peace and tranquility away from the busy streets. The interior décor is rich with vibrant colors and furnished with pieces true to the Rajasthani culture.

10. The Villa Amani

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The Villa Amani is located on the edge of the largest connected forest area of Western Europe "Forêt des Landes". True to its name, the villa provides absolute tranquility interrupted only by bird-songs. The wooden terrace is fully furnished with comfortable yet chic outdoor furniture to allow for pleasant outdoor relaxation.


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