Biophilic design on Airbnb: 6 top stays for summer

in Biophilic Design

Would you like to try a biophilic design for a while?
A holiday accomodation could be a good occasion! I did some research on Airbnb and selected 6 biophilic design homes I'd definitely consider for a summer vacation!

Discaimer: I have not stayed at any of these homes myself and this selection is based solely on the information available on Airbnb.

Building a biophilic design around the outdoor view

An endless view into the forest or the ocean are lovely features to have in a home, and definitely contribute to creating a biophilic design. While scrolling through Airbnb I found some homes-with-a-view that just left me speechless!

Villa Islander

Location: The Bight, Turks and Caicos Islands

Helicopter view of Villa Islander, a biophilic design home immersed in the forest.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Airbnb - Villa Islander (opened in a new window/tab)

The feature that sold me on this home is definitely the patio. Its wooden structure creates a sort of monocle that leads the eye to the spectacular view across the forest and over to the ocean.

View from the patio of Villa Islander.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
The patio of Villa Islander.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Villa Islander (opened in a new window/tab)

But the same view can also be enjoyed from indoors. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows are a constant throughout this home and – when open – they create a spectacular indoor-outdoor living space.
Another favourite feature of mine is the bathtub in the master bedroom. I don’t usually take baths, but I’m sure that with this view I'd change my mind very quickly!

The open living area of Villa Islander, which huge windows on all sides.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Bedroom of Villa Islander, with full-height windows that look into the forest.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
A bathroom of Villa Islander, with a free-standing bathtub in front of the window that looks directly into nature.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
The pool area of Villa Islander, with wooden deck and palm trees.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Villa Islander (opened in a new window/tab)

Villa Verde

Location: Tulum, Mexico

This home caught my attention because it’s the perfect mix of straight and organic forms and the result looks minimal yet welcoming.
Starting from the outdoors, the pool has a lovely curved shape that breaks up the continuity in the wooden floor (which is used both indoors and outdoors). The pool area opens to a spacious living space and full-height sliding doors ensure a complete connection between the indoor and the surrounding nature. Indoors, simple shapes, natural materials and a hint of ethnic patterns create a design that is understated and interesting at the same time.

The pool area of Villa Verde.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
The open living area of Villa Verde, with lounging, dining and kitchen.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
The dining area of Villa Verde, with wooden table and chairs and rattan pendant lights.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Villa Verde (opened in a new window/tab)

My favourite bedroom (there are 4 in this villa) is the one that looks into the pool. And should I comment on the free-standing bathtub immersed in trees? The design of this ensuite bathroom is also really clever, with the bathtub at sight and the rest hidden behind a wall that doubles as a headboard.

One of the bedrooms of Villa Verde, with a floor-to-ceiling window in front of the bed.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
One of the bedrooms of Villa Verde. On the side of the bed is an opening to the outdoors, where a free-standing bathtub is located.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
The ensuite bathroom.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Villa Verde (opened in a new window/tab)

Bringing nature indoors: a key to biophilic design

When stunning views onto nature are not available, a good way to create a biophilic design is bringing nature indoors, and these Airbnb stays have some really clever inspirations in their design!

Black & Wood Apartment

Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

What I love about this apartment is how natural elements have been blended into the design itself. In the kitchen, a built-in planter wraps around the island and is filled with pebbled and plants (Bonus: I’d say those are snake plants, which are also good for indoor air-cleaning!)

In this minimal apartment, a built-in planter wraps around the kitchen island, creating the perfect spot for plants.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Airbnb - Black & Wood Apartment (opened in a new window/tab)

In the bedroom, a hexagon-patterned wall adds tons of visual interest. Plus, the wood used to build it comes from the Mayan Jungle nearby. And as biophilic design also says, using local materials is a great way to establish a connection between an interior and its surrounding environment! (Reference: #9 of the natural analogues patterns).
Last but not least, the ensuite bathroom has a lovely organic feel to it. Pebbles are used as flooring and wooden walkways in the middle add a flatter surface to walk on.

Close-up view of the feature wall behind the bed.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Ensuite bathroom: view of the pebble and wood floor.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Ensuite bathroom; view of the mirror and sink.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Black & Wood Apartment (opened in a new window/tab)

Indonesian villa

Location: Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

This design uses a different approach to bring nature indoors: it opens greenery corners in the rooms.
In the bedroom, a part of the wall has been opened, creating a natural vignette that looks like an artwork on the plain white walls. In the bathroom, a skylight window lights up a plant corner that again is very effective in blending the interior with the surroundings. And installing a walk-in-shower next to it is a genius way to take care of watering with no extra effort!

Bedroom with a glass part of the wall containing plants and opening the view to the outdoors.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Biophilic bathroom with a greenery corner.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Indonesian villa (opened in a new window/tab)

Connecting with the local environment

Biophilic design is not only about connecting interiors with nature. Whenever possible, it would be best to connect interiors with local nature. These unconventional Airbnb stays are great examples of ways to experience the local environment from a different perspective.

Casa Nalum

Location: Sian Kaan, Mexico

The pool area of Casa Nalum: a peaceful area surrounded by nature.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Airbnb - Casa Nalum (opened in a new window/tab)

Who’s up for a hut-like home on the beach? I am!
The design of this home is full of character with its white walls and its mix of natural materials. But it’s definitely the hut roof that makes all of the difference here! And to lounge outdoors, the seating area sits directly on the beach!

Living area of Casa Nalum, with straw hut roof.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Bathroom of Casa Nalum: the wall is made of bamboo canes that let plenty of natural light in.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
The outdoor lounging area of Casa Nalum sits directly on the beach.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Casa Nalum (opened in a new window/tab)

Around-a-tree house

Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

This home features one of my favourite ways to show respect for the environment when building a home: it’s literally built around a tree!

Outdoor of the house, showing that it's built around a tree.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Airbnb - Around-a-tree house (opened in a new window/tab)

The living area looks into the infinite pool and then over to the green. Another cool feature of the pool is that it has direct access into the bathroom: into a rainfall walk-in shower to be precise… talk about indoor-outdoor connection!
One thing is for sure; this home is fully taking advantage of the benefits of water features in interiors!

View from the living area.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
The pool's access to a rainfall walk-in shower.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credits: Airbnb - Casa Nalum (opened in a new window/tab)

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