Central & South America
Located in a natural park, right on the water with panoramic views and access to a private beach. You can adventure to the Iguacu Falls, the highest waterfall in Latin America, and enjoy the local favorite island of Florianopolis. Or you could just lounge on the large, airy deck all day long. This cottage has minimal amenities, so make sure to stock up on all your provisions before arriving.
In the far southwest of Argentina, you'll be staying in Patagonia, surrounded by the Andes, not far from a glacial lake. Take in the views from your deck and don't feel too rushed. This certainly isn't rustic as you'll have all the modern amenities you need, but it isn't any more than what you need. Perfect for four guests, with three beds. Plan to unwind, soak up the views, and take it easy for a few days.
This cabin is reminiscent of High Sierra ranger huts and yet it's in South America. You can sleep up to six people here, plus you get 5 hectares of property with a river and plenty of hiking. Great for families -- it has a swing set -- or solo adventurers, you can't really fill the space wrong.
So this one is definitely a house that feels like a cabin (it can sleep up to 14 in three bedrooms, with 12 beds). Beautifully modern with an open-air floor plan, trees, and a slightly nautical feel, you'll fall for this architectural dream. It really is a practice of restrained minimalism meets craft and line. The warm woods and rich furniture makes it welcoming and, best of all, you have a wood fire stove. Also, it's not far from Buenos Aires so that makes it easy to get to.
A two story treehouse supported by massive eucalyptus trunks with high ceilings and an open-air floor plan. This is an eco-chic experience designed for simple luxury. They have all the modern amenities you need, plus the ability to easily dip into town if needed. This place is for the nature lover who wants to hear the birds, listen to the trees, relax, and take it all in from atop the forest canopy.
It's pretty much as cool as it looks: open air, beachfront, and dreamy AF. This bamboo hut doesn't have full walls so you're out amid the experience of pura vida living. Off-grid, but not out of touch, you can get wifi a few minutes from the house (just not in it) and you'll have all the time (and space) you need to chill. Surf, hike, relax.
Located in Atenas, not far from San Juan, this sunlit cabin has an open-air floor plan and it can sleep two guests. Think: 4 acres of private rainforest, tropical hardwood, a two-story hand built dream, a serenade of bird song and the jungle canopy.
Located in southwest Uruguay, just across the Rio de Plata from Buenos Aires, this stilted treehouse lives in Colonia del Sacramento and is a little casita nestled amongst the trees. Good for two guests, you've got a deck that overlooks vineyards, and they provide the basics (sheets, coffee, maté, salt and pepper). Bring a book, swing in the hammock, enjoy Uruguay's wine country.
Lounge, eat, take long walks through a national park and sleep inside a 7m wide dome in the middle of Chile. Doesn't sound too bad! Not far from Santiago or Valparaiso, you'll fall for this off-grid experience. Located near a world biosphere reserve, the dome is idea for two guests or a solo retreat. Lots of hikes nearby and everyone says you should take the hosts up on cooking a meal for you.
Located in Ilhabela, an island not far from Sao Paolo, this little one room bungalow has all sorts of stained glass, funky features, and one hell of a Japanese style soaking tub on the porch. With a thatched roof, ocean views, and a hammock, you won't want to leave this dreamy spot. Interestingly, they say they can sleep 4 on three beds in one room so make sure you're comfortable with your companions and that you don't mind a short trek to find the place.
The organic lines of those branches look like lightning and it's this use of nature's imperfections that make the Rainforest Tree House so not-try-too-hard cool. That big overhanging roof (all the better for listening to tropical rainstorms), the simple kitchenette with open shelves (all the better for making snacks), and those stilted legs (all the better for sleeping with the birds) are the details that add up. Located on 35 acres, there are 12 natural hot and cold springs, two treehouses and three casitas to choose from on the property. About 3 hours from San Juan, it's definitely worth the trek.
Puerto Escondido is a surfing paradise and it's also just straight up paradise. It's thoughtfully designed and stunning in its simplicity: nearly all wood and bare concrete. Perfect for two guests, it was designed as a retreat into the minimal. Featuring a garden, brick oven, hammock, private beach, and a giant table. You can probably figure out how to spend your time, but if not: try reading, escaping, lounging, and just about anything else that comes natural.