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This seashell-shaped Airbnb in Mexico is straight out of a Salvador Dalí painting

Live out your most surreal dreams at this magical spot on the Islas Mujeres, off the coast of Cancún

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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Really wanting to lean into the tropical vibes this summer? This Airbnb on the Isla Mujeres, off the coast of Cancún, Mexico, is the stuff of holiday dreams. It’s shaped like a giant white shell, framed by palm trees and overlooks a stunning swimming pool. It’s right by the beach, too, so you can relax by the ocean all day long. 

The building itself – designed by local architect Eduardo Ocampo is straight out of a Salvador Dalí painting. The kitchen is tucked into a nook of the shell, making you feel like you’ve fallen inside an artwork. The beds look like the sort of thing a mermaid would fall asleep on. And the shower heads and taps are, of course, made out of actual shells.

Shell Airbnb
Photograph: Airbnb
Shell Airbnb
Photograph: Airbnb
Shell Airbnb
Photograph: Airbnb


The property sleeps four and is actually split between two shell buildings, with a bedroom and living space in each – but you can book the whole thing if you wish. Given all the decorative touches are made of found materials (and totally homemade), you definitely won’t find anything like it anywhere else. Tempted to book a stay? Prices start at around £230 ($295) a night, based on a two-night stay. Find out more on the official Airbnb listing

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