39 Unique Airbnbs from around the World (with photos)
With the opening up of websites like Airbnb.com there is now so much more choice of where to stay during your vacation than ever before. Rather than having the option of a villa, hotel, guest house or hostel, you can now stay in a cave, treehouse, castle or practically anything else you can think of!
We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the world’s most unique AirBnBs so you can add some of these awesome destinations to your best accommodation bucket list.
Check out our list by continent or simply peruse the incredible options available to see what takes your fancy…
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Unique AirBnb's in North America
Sheep Wagon in Wyoming
If you’ve ever wanted ‘to just get away from it all,’ you couldn’t do much better than this quaint sheep wagon in the wilds of Wyoming. While the wagon itself is pretty compact – with a double bed, table and mini kitchen – the vast vistas surrounding you will certainly make up for it! You’ll have 30,000 acres of ranch land to explore, allowing you to enjoy a spot of fishing, a hike through the wildflowers in spring or a thrilling mountain bike ride.
This treehouse in Atlanta is probably one of the most gorgeous properties on the whole of the Airbnb site, and it claims the title of “most wish-listed property in the world.” The treehouse is split into three sections, connected by simple rope bridges adorned with fairy lights. One room features a cosy living area, the next a comfortable double bedroom (with a bed on wheels that can be moved inside and out and lastly an open-air hammock deck for relaxing in the woods.
Luxury Airstream Camping in Joshua Tree
Another of Airbnb’s famous properties is the Joshua Tree Airstream. So much more than a caravan, this little slice of paradise has been designed with stylish interiors and even boasts an on-site hot tub so you can soak under the stars. With epic desert views and great communal spaces, this Airstream is the perfect place to chill out and soak up the atmosphere. Morning coffee and filtered water will set you up for the day exploring the National Park, or you can just lay around in the hammock relaxing!
Adobe Dome in Texas
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like Anakin in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, this is the place for you! This ethereal Adobe dome is a truly magical setting, with white sloping surfaces, wooden doors, and blue glass windows. The property has everything you need for a remote wilderness break including a kitchen, double bed, filtered water, and outdoor hammocks. The domes are also solar-powered and have compostable toilets. Thanks to the darkness of the location, the stars here are out-of-this-world so sitting out to witness the Milky Way is a must!
Wild Wild Westing in California
This love nest features everything you can imagine of a Wild West-inspired property, including horseshoes, saddles, and carts. The room features a comfortable double bed and a stand-alone bathtub and opens out onto a large deck. Guests have access to the on-site saloon, daily breakfasts, barn events and can interact with the animals around the ranch. The stunning deck overlooks the surrounding mountains and ranch so you can soak in the views.
Dog House in Idaho
Bed and Breakfasts don’t come much quirkier than this! Whether you’re a dog lover or simply a cool-Instagram-seeker, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a must. The whole property is the shape of a giant beagle, and the headboards are adorned with wooden puppies. Frances and Dennis, the owners, simply love dogs and spend their days carving wooden canine sculptures. Relax around the property playing dog-inspired games and reading canine cartoons and books, or head out to explore Cottonwood and the surrounds.
Heaven in Hawaii
This secluded bamboo treehouse in Hawaii seamlessly blends into nature, with large windows allowing the outside and in to merge together and the natural light to flood through the property every morning. The ladders and trapdoors allow you to feel like a kid again, exploring this treehouse-style property with childlike wonder. The hanging day bed is the perfect place to relax outdoors and the stone sink, shower with collected rainwater and wooden furnishings throughout make everything feel natural and authentic. As if it couldn’t get any better, for every night you book, a donation will be made to Cool Earth to save four trees in Papua New Guinea!
Europe - Extraordinary Airbnb stays
Castle in Scotland
If you and your friends are looking for a remote getaway, look no further than Dairsie Castle in Scotland. You’ll truly feel like a king as you relax in your stand-alone bathtub, cook up a feast in the large kitchens or wander the expansive verdant grounds. The whole property if full of medieval character and is steeped in history. You can just imagine the balls and battles that may have taken place here back in the day!
When most people think of pyramids, they imagine Egypt. However, you can now swap Giza for geysers as you experience these triangular structures in Iceland! These modern pyramidical cottages feature sleek Scandi design throughout and boast spectacular vistas of Iceland’s natural landscapes. Sleeping six, in two connecting pyramid pods, this property is great for a family getaway. Whether you visit in summer for the hiking or in winter for the Northern Lights, you’ll be on to a winner with these pyramid cottages.
If you want to see the Northern lights have a look at our guide on the best places to see them.
Quirky Container in Holland
Perfect for culture vultures, these quirky container houses allow you to stay right in the heart of the Inkijkmuseum which houses a range of contemporary artwork, with the bedroom featuring small pieces of artwork too. The compact rooms are well-designed, so you have everything you need from an aparthotel (bed, bathroom, seating area, and kitchenette), while barely taking up any space! Based in the centre of Eindhoven, you have the chance to explore the Dommel River, local shops and cafes and the Musiccenter Effenaar which lies just paces away.
Sleep in a Plane in France
If you thought sleeping while on a plane was reserved for those who can afford First Class, think again! With classic airline windows, a yoke steering wheel in the bathroom and a dining area featuring airline seats, everything here is authentic. The plane sleeps up to four guests and has a small kitchenette and a deck. Luckily, the bathroom is much more spacious than on a plane and also includes a full shower so you won’t have to worry about manoeuvring around a tiny space while you get ready!
Afghani Yurt but in Bavaria
For Afghan style, comfort and tradition (out of Afghanistan) check out this yurt in someone’s back garden in Bavaria. While the location may not exactly be authentic, the intricate interiors and architecture allow you to feel as though you’ve truly stepped into the East. Although the yurt doesn’t have running water, guests can make the most of the on-site shower, and there is even a swimming pool in the garden where you can cool off on hot summer days.
A Windmill in Amsterdam
Perfect for a unique family getaway, this traditional windmill in the Netherlands (built in 1874) sleeps up to six guests, and you will have the whole place to yourselves to relax and explore. The property has all the classic Dutch windmill features so you can imagine what it would have been like to live as a miller, but it also has contemporary touches such as a stylish bathroom, modern kitchen, and WiFi throughout. Set among vast flat fields, you can hire bicycles and set out for a day of exploration in the countryside.
The Dragon House in the UK
For a real Game of Thrones fix, head to The Dragon House in Suffolk, England. This fantasy-inspired house was designed and built by the owners who have ensured there are mysterious, quirky touches throughout the property. With a metal dragon on the chimney, epic wooden doors and a winding staircase that wraps around a raw oak tree, this house is full of Westeros-chic. Eclectic is definitely the word, to sum up, this house, with interior souvenirs gathered from around the globe, a swathe of different fabrics and pretty much every colour of paint you can imagine – there is a lot going on here!
Private Island in Norway
You can now be the king of Båtholmen (for a few days at least!) as you stay on this unique island in Hvaler, Norway. Accessible only by boat, this quaint cabin, and the island on which it rests, can be yours for a week as you live out your fantasies of owning an island. Spend your days swimming, hiking or taking boat trips to explore the local area – an area which is especially beautiful in the months of summer during the period of the midnight sun. The compact cabin is great for families, who can relax on the pontoon, ride pedalos or pack up picnics for a day of discovery!
Railway Carriage Cabin in Wales
A perfect place to enjoy the wilds of Wales, this retired railway carriage has found its final resting place on the edge of Cardigan Bay between the beaches of Aberporth and Tresaith. Condé Nast has called this property one of the Top Five ‘best spots to enjoy the British Seaside’ thanks to its peaceful location and the opportunity to sit out on the deck and look out for dolphins that reside here year-round. The carriage is ideally located just steps from the beach and features everything you need for a cosy self-catered stay.
Africa - Want Something Different?
Beachside Getaway in Cape Town
If you’re looking for style in Cape Town, it doesn’t get much better than this apartment in the Clifton area of the city. This sleek apartment features epic sea views from the expansive balcony and fold-back doors and even boasts a pool with coastal views. If you can tear yourself away from the vistas, the apartment is perfectly located for exploring the local area, including the mountains of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles and the Camps Bay region. You’ll feel as though you’ve hit the jackpot and are living a life of luxury while staying in this impressive property.
Riad Shiraz is absolutely stunning and will become your haven of tranquillity while staying in Marrakesh. The riad is designed in traditional style with a variety of indoor and outdoor living spaces so you can truly make the most of your space and location. The riad features four bedrooms and five bathrooms, so it is ideal for a family break or girly getaway. With a mosaic-tiled swimming pool and incredible rooftop with hammocks, daybeds and chill-out zones you’ll feel like you’re in heaven. When you’re ready to leave the serenity, step outside into the hustle and bustle of the medina to explore the souks and stalls.
Double-Decker in Nairobi
Talking about making the most of space, this double-decker bus in Nairobi has been lovingly transformed into a modern property that sleeps up to six guests! The Brandy Bus, located close to a selection of the city’s top tourist attractions, will become your quirky home away from home as you begin your Kenyan adventure. With comfortable interiors, high-speed internet and an outside BBQ, fire and dining table, the bus has everything you need for a cosy stay. Forget those cold mornings of sitting on a bus on the way to school and reimagine what a double-decker can be!
Local Family Home in Ethiopia
This traditional family home in Lalibela in Ethiopia allows you to enjoy a taste of local life and is great for those seeking an authentic insight into Ethiopian culture and traditions. The family welcome you with open arms and are always on hand to help you make plans throughout the country or to take you on excursions around the local area. Although the house does not feature running water, you can choose to live like the family or opt for the use of Western-style facilities at a nearby hotel.
Knysna Houseboat in South Africa
This wooden cottage on the water is a floating piece of paradise. Just minutes from Knysna waterfront, you have the whole place to yourself, allowing you to switch off and spend time together as a couple or family, away from the buzz of daily life. Although Houseboat Myrtle is anchored, it gently moves and turns on the water giving you a 360° view and a relaxing flow with which to go about your day. The houseboat features a dinghy that you can use to get back and forth from the harbour or simply stoke up the wood-burning stove and snuggle down for a cosy weekend getaway.
Epic Oceanfront Villa, Kenya
Located in Watamu Bay, this stunning villa has the perfect position from which to enjoy the vistas of the long white sand bar and beautiful azure waters right outside. The ocean is home to a protected reef, and you can spend each and every day exploring this magical underwater world. The villa boasts five bedrooms (two facing the ocean, three facing the garden and courtyard) so is ideal for a family getaway or group trip.
Out of the Ordinary AirBnb's in ASIA
Over-Water Bungalow in Malaysia
Although these over-water bungalows are part of a larger resort, you will still feel as though you have your own slice of paradise while staying here. These sleek villas feature double beds, modern bathrooms, and comfortable living spaces, plus you can just right off the deck into the tropical waters below! The resort offers a number of activities, or you can simply while away the days relaxing under the Malaysian sunshine and dipping in and out of the sea or infinity pool – dreamy!
Bamboo Palace in Bali
It was almost impossible to know which bamboo house in Bali to choose, but despite there being a number of options, each property has its own unique selling point! This huge bamboo palace spans over five floors and features a sci-fi style tube entrance, meandering staircases, and even a private pool! The living spaces throughout are expansive, with open-sided lounges, cosy bedrooms and hammocks scattered here, there and everywhere. There is so much, architecturally, to take in that you will spend half your time simply exploring the property!
Glass Lake House in India
This tranquil lakeside house is worlds away from everything you can imagine about New Delhi. Set apart from the hustle and bustle of the city, this glasshouse allows you to enjoy nature with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large terrace with lake views. The interiors are modern and stylish and, as you are situated in Hauz Khas village, you have easy access to a range of bars, shops, and restaurants on your doorstep.
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Fisherman Hut in Koh Lanta
Each of the colourful fisherman-style huts here in Koh Lanta is cosy and comfortable and allows you to kick back and relax into the local way of life. Spend your days kayaking on the smooth waters or simply lounging around on the hammocks on deck. You can even enjoy a cookery class with Mon, one of the property’s owners who is a dab hand at taking the fresh local ingredients and creating a range of delicious Thai dishes.
Traditional Tatami Home
This traditional home between Tokyo and Kyoto offers a taste of Japanese culture with tatami mats, futon mattresses, sliding paper doors, and low tables. The home is located in the heart of nature; with a small river flowing nearby, blooming cherry blossoms in spring and mountains and valleys all around. The Tamatori bamboo forest walk is accessible on a two-hour walk directly from the house so you can get out there and explore to big outdoors.
Luxury Sri Lankan Jungle Retreat
Guava House is a spacious, tropical retreat with epic views of the Sri Lankan hill country. The open-plan villa features five bedrooms, a huge infinity swimming pool and open mezzanine level which is a perfect place to enjoy morning yoga with a view of the canopy. With rice paddies, rubber trees and tea estates surrounding you there is plenty to discover – so head out for a hike, bike or other excursions during your stay.
Australia and New Zealand With Some Phenomenal Places to Stay
Indoor Forest in Australia
While Australia certainly has its fair share of wilderness, you can now have a taste of the outside in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. This “Forest-and-Heaven Themed Apartment” features ethereal forest curtains, ‘grassy’ carpets and plenty of foliage dotted throughout so you can feel as though you are at one with nature, despite staying in a towering apartment block in the city. Guests will love the apartment’s unique style, and the pictures are sure to help up your Instagram game!
Eco-Cottage in New Zealand
Yet another location to get away from it all, this eco-cottage in New Zealand offers rustic, off-grid accommodation set in five acres of bush, with possible kiwis roaming around outside. The cabin is solar-powered and features a wood-burning stove to keep you cosy during long winter nights. The cottage is perfect for those who want to switch off from the outside world and take in the sounds, sights, and smells of nature.
Kiwi House Truck
For a taste of tiny-house-living, stay in this quirky converted house truck in New Zealand. Situated close to Wainui Bay, this truck is completely surrounded by nature and makes the perfect base for exploring the nearby beaches and National Parks. The compact tiny house can sleep up to four guests and has everything you need for a cosy self-catered stay and even features an outdoor bath so you can soak under the stars.
Log Cabin in the Mountains, New Zealand
This traditional alpine cabin is quaint and cosy, and you will feel as though you have been transported to Europe while staying in this mountain retreat. Spend your days breathing in the fresh mountain air, and you glide down the slopes, before returning for a hot bath under the stars or a homely family meal together in the cabin. The property has unlimited hot water and a log fire so you will feel warm and snug throughout your stay.
Beach Dome in Queensland
Another Insta-worthy property, these boutique beach domes in northern Queensland are a great place to soak up the sun and enjoy beachside activities with friends. The domes are modern and stylish throughout with comfortable interiors and pops of colour to add plenty of character and fun. Just steps from the beach, guests can enjoy an array of activities, from paddle boarding to snorkelling and jet skiing or simply just soak up the atmosphere of Trinity Beach, dining in the local restaurants and cafes and shopping in the surrounding boutiques.
Central and South America - Weird and Wonderful Airbnb's
Seashell House in Mexico
This stunning house is now world-renowned thanks to its beautiful shell-like design and gorgeous setting! Located on the island of Isla Mujeres, the Seashell House is bright, airy and modern and it has shell accents throughout the property, including a shell shower head, spiral chairs, shell-encircled mirror, and a clam-style headboard. Guests staying at the Seashell House are able to make the most of a private pool and outdoor BBQ area, allowing you to soak up the Mexican sun. There really is no other house quite like this one.
Bubble Suite in Mexico
Situated in the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s famed wine country, these bubble suites are perfectly placed for drinking and dining in the Mexican countryside. The glamping bubbles each feature a comfortable double bed and a private en suite as well a transparent ceiling which allows you to look out at the dark night sky and the twinkling stars above. The property feature 10 bubble pods, just steps from rows of vineyards, allowing you to easily head out for a little wine tasting.
Colourful Cabana in Brazil
This colourful cabana is an eco-friendly hub set high on the hillside which overlooks the surrounding community. The ramshackle property was built with nature and the environment in mind with random windows dotted throughout the house. Colourful glass bottles have been reused to create windows, doors, and walls, so polychromatic light floods the house at different times throughout the day. The house has a hostel style vibe, with an open-plan kitchen and rustic furnishings and is within walking distance of the beach.
Costa Rican Cabin
Considering this cabin is located just 30 minutes away from the airport in San Jose, it somehow feels like a natural tropical retreat! The ranch is set in four acres of private property, giving you plenty of room to relax. With hundreds of fruit trees and bird species, this is a great location for nature lovers and bird waters. Man-made from natural resources, the cabin features hardwood exteriors, lava rock bathroom walls, bamboo furnishings, and even a wooden bathtub. This cabin is the perfect place to get an insight into Costa Rican nature the second you arrive in the country, or to give you a beautiful image of the country to take back home with you.
Sacred Valley Domes in Peru
These quirky little domes in the Sacred Valley in Peru are surrounded by stunning views of the Pachatusan Mountains. This is a great place to connect with nature, soaking in the 360 mountain and valley vistas and basking in the stillness of the setting. Each dome has simple interiors, but it is their terracotta exteriors with unique windows and colourful accents that make them stand out from other accommodations. Learn about the Andean culture from the La Pacha community, take part in an Ayahuasca ceremony or spend your days hiking throughout the region.
Bird Island in Belize
Bird Island is probably one of the most loved and most wish-listed properties on the whole of Airbnb with tons of groups seeing this place as the ultimate #squadgoals destination. Sleeping six guests at a time, Bird Island is a private island in the atolls of Belize with colourful blue and red cabins floating above the turquoise waters. This is an epic base in which to explore the region, with kayaks available for use, snorkelling equipment and even a boat for manatee excursions. The property features self-catering facilities as well as a campfire, hammocks and endless piers and pontoons to jump off into the ocean!
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