Joshua Tree Airbnb Review: Veneer Retreat

Visiting Joshua Tree is like leaving planet earth. The otherworldly desert landscape, the cotton candy sunsets, and the sheer vastness of the sky are just all magical. The desert oasis is really quiet and for those accustomed to the noise of city life, it’s the ultimate place to unplug and regain a bit of balance and perspective. Today modern travelers come to the desert not only for its enchanting beauty but also to lay their heads in some of the most spectacular over-the-top designer homes for rent in the country.

On our most recent trip to Joshua Tree we opted for a beautiful cabin located on a secluded 2.75 acres lot called Veneer Retreat. This Joshua Tree cabin has been fully reimagined with luxurious upgrades while maintaining its original charm. If you love spending time indoors just as much as you enjoy sightseeing while on vacation, this airbnb offers a staycation experience you won’t want to miss.

Veneer Retreat is a newer addition to the Joshua Tree’s airbnb scene, but has quickly become a favorite amongst travelers escaping to the desert. It is designed with love and attention to quality by a Los Angeles interior designer as a personal vacation home.

When we entered the home, the desert vibe hit us strong but in the most peaceful and subtle way. The whole house is the ultimate retreat – a neutral-lover’s paradise with earthy tone throughout the transformed cabin.

The cabin has been meticulously remodeled to provide a sophisticated escape while preserving the desert’s rustic beauty. It’s apparent that the owner has managed to decorate her home in the simplest of forms but it is straight to the point.

Large windows in JT are important so that you feel connected to the landscape around you. At Veneer Retreat, the main living area has large windows in all directions with nearly uninterrupted views to the surrounding desert landscape.

The open-concept main living area is all about connection. Natural light floods the rooms and the neutral palette will make you feel at one with the surroundings while still having modern conveniences and comforts.

The dining room is elegant with an oversized mid-century hanging lamp, a huge farm-house style dining table, and a wooden bench. A perfect spot for guests to enjoy a glass of wine to help unwind and relax after a long day of traveling.

We love the common areas of this home with lots of desert charm. Relax in the vintage leather couch while listening to vinyl records or playing some music was the perfect way to end our day.  

The most notable feature of Veneer Retreat is the contemporary retro kitchen for gourmet cooking. What we love most about the kitchen is the wonderful blend of desert elements and vintage vibes with buttercup-colored appliances that recalls the timeless American design of the 1950s.

There are many things to love about the American diners of the 1940’s and 50’s, with the bright colors, and nostalgic memorabilia. Veneer Retreat‘s well done retro kitchen turns the whole house into a cozy and welcoming space, where family and friends enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a home-cooked meal. 

The kitchen features Big Chill appliances including a huge retro fridge and an induction cook-top/oven in the lovely buttercup yellow shade. There is nothing that will complete a retro kitchen more than the addition of old-school appliances. We love that Veneer Retreat‘s retro kitchens maintain a playful personality, utilizing vintage pieces and aesthetics for a unique and colorful feel.

The 2 bed 1 bath newly renovated airbnb features all the comforts of home that is conveniently located only 15 minutes to Joshua Tree National Park. Designed with families in mind, this home sleeps up to 4 comfortably.

Each room contains its own sense of ambiance, decorated with boho arts, carpets, natural rattan decor items to give it that rustic cabin-feel. 

We love that the house is in a quiet neighborhood set back from the road with a fully fenced yard, private driveway, front entrance gate, and very spacious front and back yard.

The outdoor features a wooden deck with a bar, fire pit, and dining area. Offering cozy outdoor couches, infinite skies and mountains, it’s our favorite spot to enjoy a coffee with the sunrise or play some music with the sunset.

Can’t you picture yourself relaxing by the fire here with a cold beer in your hand watching the sunset over hundreds of Joshua Trees and desert plants? It will be so hard to leave this stunning desert designer home once you check-in!

It felt like we owned a little oasis in the middle of the desert. This quiet home has everything you’ll need for a rejuvenating stay.

***Thank you to Veneer Retreat for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


By inAra

Hi there! I’m May, a girl who loves to wander and wonder! I’m from Saigon, based in Los Angeles, but my current location is anywhere and everywhere. Travel, Photography, Tea Time, Picnic, Home Decor and Event Planning are a few of my favorite things.

inArabymay is a travel and lifestyle blog inspired by beautiful destinations, by color and nature, and by wonderful people that I’ve met on my journey.

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