Ok truth be told: I have never had a bad Airbnb experience so far! But during my recent stay at the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand close to Wellington I topped all my previous Airbnb stays with this incredible retro home in the coastal town of Paekakariki (how fun is that name?!) – and the apartment has a very apt name: The Beach Store.
Despite the prominent name on the building’s facade, this apartment is not a real store anymore. It used to be one – which is evident when you enter the living room with a full glass front opening up to the Pacific Ocean. But before you notice that you are taken away by the impeccable retro interior styling – a mix of 1960s and 1970s furniture, vintage finds, colourful accessories – everything blended into a perfect home away from home.
Once you surpassed that first moment of awe in the living room (and you went through all the details), prepare for the next Wow-moments. A private garden is ready for a relaxed glass of vino and the bedroom on the upper floor features an open layout with an integrated home office, an en suite bathroom and a balcony with stunning ocean views. A fabulous feature wall is adorned with an eccentric collection of vintage tennis rackets – and here again, everything is perfectly paired to the overall interior styling – from furniture over accessories down to the textiles.
For an Urban Jungle Blogger like myself the plants were another highlight – if this wasn’t in New Zealand I would have seriously asked the owners to sell me one or two of their plants (including the planters of course). I spent only one night in this awesome Airbnb, but I wished for more time – I could have literally spent a week or more there. I mean all the design, the beach, and Wellington is a 40-minutes drive away. Jackpot!
Even though it’s not a real store anymore, there is still one aspect that resonates with the apartment name: You can buy most of the pieces from the apartment. You can simply discuss it with the design loving owners who live nearby and take your personal souvenir from one of the best Airbnb experiences ever. Now how cool is that?
Photography by Igor Josifovic