Instagrammable Stays that go Beyond the Beaten Path


Social media has transformed the way we travel. An increasing number of travelers are turning to Instagram -- not only to document their trips, but also in search of holiday inspiration, including what to do and where to stay. After all, if you went on vacation and didn’t Instagram it, did you even go at all?

New research by, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, reveals that 63% Indian travelers admit that staying in attractive properties that they can photograph and use on social media accounts is something they think about when choosing travel accommodation*. Additionally, 66% of travelers are looking to stay in unique statement accommodations to help them seem like a trendsetter who’s different from the crowd. With that in mind, has delved into its more than 29 million listings, 5.7 million of which are homes, apartments and other unique places globally to stay, to present a list of instagrammable stays that will make your followers beyond envious. Take a look!

Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake - Shillong, India

A reminiscent of Khasi architecture with inspirations derived from their original thatch huts; Ri Kynjai translates to the land of serenity. Spread over 45 acres of greenery, the spa-resort overlooks the picturesque Umiam lake. A classic tale of two times, the cottages portray a beautiful story of the unique amalgamation of Khasi tradition and modern architecture. With picture-perfect frames at every corner you turn to, Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake is the perfect location for your next vacation album on Instagram.

The Elgin - Darjeeling, India

Over 125 years old and once the summer residence of the Maharaja (King) of Cooch Behar, The Elgin Darjeeling is now a luxury Heritage Hotel. The hotel is situated in the heart of Darjeeling town, 6,000 feet up in the Himalayas. A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial Era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located in the majestic Himalayan ranges, the Elgin is very much a part of Darjeeling's colonial history. With the mighty mountain range on one side and the quaint town of Darjeeling on the other there’s no such thing as a viewpoint - every point of the hotel is just made for Instagram. It's a win-win situation all round.

Jumeirah Vittaveli - Maldives

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives makes for great Instagram fodder and here is why : It’s located on a private island, offers over-the-ocean suites and on-land villas with private pools, showcases gorgeous views galore, and provides luxe amenities like a stunning outdoor pool, restaurants on white-sand beaches, an overwater spa and a 5 star padi dive center . Traditional Maldivian architecture and elegant interiors (think wooden floors and a white and cream color scheme) add to the luxe, airy vibe making it a dreamy, screensaver-worthy hotel for sure.

BaseCamp Bonn - Bonn, Germany

If you’re looking for a place where every single picture you take will be an Instagram hit, then head to BaseCamp Bonn in Germany. This quirky hostel (also dubbed as “the craziest campsite in the world”) is located inside a former storage facility and offers uniquely styled mobile homes with themes ranging from flower power to space shuttle. It also offers two vintage sleeper trains and four original American Airstreams, perfect for getting those off-the-wall shots for your social media feeds.

Riad El Amine Fes - Fez, Morocco

Moroccan Riads have their own unique place in the world of Instagram. These tranquil havens are considered to be Instagram gold thanks to their dreamy decorations, traditional mosaic tiles and vibrant colors. Boasting a beautiful central courtyard, authentic interior design and impressive architecture, the Riad El Amine Fes is housed in a beautiful restored building at the entrance of the Medina of Fez, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fish River Lodge - Ariamab, Namibia

Located just eight short meters (26 feet) from the canyon edge, the private chalets at Fish River Lodge are located inside Namibia’s Canyon Nature Park and offer Instagram-worthy views of the breathtaking surrounding scenery. Canyon National Park covers 45,000 hectares and is perfect for hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. Fish River Lodge can arrange guided walks and sunset drives along the base of the Fish River Canyon, perfect for capturing stunning images to fill your news feed with.

Serenity Villa - Limon, Costa Rica

Serenity Villa is located in the Costa Rica jungle and not only is it a vacation paradise, but it’s also a very photogenic place to stay., Offering a two bedroom villa with a private pool and lush tropical decorations, this luxurious getaway is guaranteed to pique your followers’ interest. Post a picture while relaxing by the pool and give inspiration to your followers looking for a hidden gem off the beaten track.

Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection - Akaroa, New Zealand

Get ready to impress and provoke envy among your friends and followers! Nestled between the rolling hills of the Banks Peninsula and the sparkling water of the Pacific ocean, the Annandale Coastal Farm Escape & Luxury Villa Collection is reachable by helicopter and offers four fantastic villas that for a true ‘off the beaten path’ experience and the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram story.

Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel - Ibiza, Spain

Whether you’ve noticed it or not, the eye-catching color of “Millennial Pink” is all over Instagram and is equally embraced by both men and women. Nowhere has embraced this trendy color more than Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel. Located within walking distance from Ocean Beach Ibiza, is a this stylish hotel offers with a retro 70’s character and funky rooms, each equipped with a retro-style Smeg refrigerator and classic Marshall speakers. If you are looking for the perfect Instagram backdrop outfit-of-the-day selfie, then snap a selfie in front of the picture in front of the outdoor pool area, where even the bar, with the pink bar and lounge chairs and pool are hues of this trendy color.

Baltazár Budapest - Budapest, Hungary

Creating a theme for your Instagram account is a trend that many bloggers and influencers are adopting. If you are looking for inspiration refresh your theme and design, then book a stay at the boutique hotel Baltazár Budapest in the heart of Budapest for will give you great shots for your Instagram feed. The themed rooms are tastefully furnished with warm colors, elegant furniture, with the bright wallpapers and unique artwork, which are sure to will definitely freshen it up your personal feed!


*Research commissioned by and independently conducted among a sample of 21,500 respondents, across 29 different markets (including 1000 respondents from Australia, Brazil, China, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Spain, the US, the UK, Russia, and 500 respondents from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2018, be planning at least one trip for 2018 and either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in August 2018