Spend a night in some of the world’s most unique homes
Imagine living in a house made entirely of curves. Or a bamboo butterfly with a secret door. Or a floating mansion that you can park off the coast from anywhere.
Some people live in these houses and rent them out.
Travel-hungry design enthusiasts can inject a quick fix of escape and sunshine with a new Netflix reality series that mixes the best of real estate and travelogue TV. The most amazing vacation rentals in the world is a look at 24 incredibly unique homes from around the world.
Each of the homes featured is a pretty compelling argument for abandoning the ubiquitous white-on-white guest suite. They range from a four-story “bird’s nest” in the middle of a rice paddy in Bali, to an upscale resort in Alaska that makes cocktails with ice from a glacier.
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Aside from the colorful optics that lend the spectacle to the frenzy, the best part about this program is that every property featured is available for rent on AirBnB and other platforms (when we can start traveling again).
Old New York Million Dollar List Real estate agent Luis Ortiz has arguably the best gig of booking ultra-luxurious stays, the kind you typically only see on Kylie Jenner’s gram – like a private $ 15,000 / night island in the Bahamas. .
Travel YouTuber Jo Franco tracks quirky gems like a mid-century apartment in the belly of an iridescent mosaic snake, by Mexico City architect Javier Senosiain.
Interior design gal Megan Batoon finds “budget” rentals that don’t come cheap on smart design, and honestly? His finds are among the best.
Scared of heights? This one might not be for you.
An American who finished it Eat Pray Love Journey in Indonesia built a four story bamboo pod nest from reclaimed and sustainable materials.
You will need to take a secluded path to reach the facility, which rents NZ $ 35 per night per capsule.
The accommodation is only accessed by a 5 meter high ladder that you climb up to your own woven basket, with nothing but a Queen bed inside and views in all directions. BYO insect repellent.
The two open-air bathrooms are shared and simple but have hot water and flush toilets, and there are floor storage lockers.
There’s a shared communal lounge and pool, and for an additional $ 4.30 per day you get coffee and meals.
“This is your chance to experience Bali in all its natural glory,” the list says, but “it’s not for the faint of heart”.
Butterfly Camaya Bali, Bali
This secluded bamboo house in Bali, where the host invited the trio to celebrate Galungan Day, is for the design-obsessed traveler. The secluded two-bedroom ‘work of art’ with a revolving secret door, rose petal pond, and chill out net will set you back just $ 254 a night.
“Everywhere we went, I looked geographically where most people had not gone”, Franco said Architectural summary.
“Avoid the top 10 list and look for people, culture and festivals. Sometimes it’s the catalyst to get you somewhere you might not otherwise go. “
The Arkup floating villa, Miami, Florida, United States
The Arkup changes the concept of a barge into a manor boat.
What you are looking at is a 400 square meter property with four bedrooms and bathrooms, sleeping up to six people. The house rents for US $ 2,000 (NZ $ 2,830) per night including staff, but for an additional charge you take it out for a walk on the bay.
The “living yachts” are also available for purchase for US $ 5 million.
Raised on its hydraulic pilings, the ship is as stable as a house and protected from the action of the waves. But you can also recharge the electricity from the solar-powered roof and move away. Park where you want and open the entire wall of glass doors to the outdoor patio.
“It’s purely an entertainment space,” says Ortiz.
Located in Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico, Quetzalcoatl’s Nest is an apartment building straight out of a storybook.
Mexican architect Javier Senosiain created a 200-square-meter nature-inspired sculpture garden with impeccably landscaped gardens, a reflecting pool and a greenhouse – with 10 apartments at its center, the Serpent’s Belly.
“The straight line hardly exists in nature… the objective is to create spaces adapted to human beings”, explains Senosiain.
“It looks like the physical manifestation of Willy Wonka,” Batoon says of the mosaic garden.
Two of the apartments, which can accommodate eight people, are available for rent for $ 454 a night.
The whole house is curved, including all of the mid-century modern furniture, windows, curtains, and decor.
“Everything is beautifully curved, even the bookcase. Look, it’s a suede locker, ”Batoon exclaims.
This location was, surprisingly, Ortiz’s favorite.
“It’s very easy to mistake this for a gimmick,” he says, “but it’s not”.
Lucky Ranch Snow Igloos, Finland
In summer, Lucky Ranch Saloon is a lively lakeside horse farm and activity center. In the middle of winter, its owner builds igloos by hand to supplement his income.
Furniture comes in and domes are built around packed snow ice. The temperature is -20 to -25 degrees outside, but a mild -6 inside. Snow acts as an insulator by trapping heat and blocking the wind.
The group goes dog sledding during the day and ends their stay with a dream view of the Northern Lights.
Pack your fluffy thermal clothes and rent a one-bedroom igloo for $ 187 per night. The bathrooms, kitchen and sauna are in the building next to the complex, which will disappear with the spring sun.
Alpaca hut, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
This treehouse is completely built and stocked with salvaged antiques, including a 120-year-old heart of pine salvaged from an old Atlanta home, several pieces of stained glass from the late 1800s, and a heart of pine floors of a church built in 1905.
120-year-old patio doors open onto a wraparound porch surrounded by a private bamboo forest.
The house is part of an organic farm, so you’ll be sharing it with wild alpacas and llamas that roam free. The Couples Retreat rents for $ 564 a night.
Beckham Creek Cave Lodge, Arkansas, United States
One of Ortiz’s choices is a “luxury cave” located inside a bluff in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, and has had previous lives as a hideout and nightclub.
It rents for $ 21,000 a night and comes with its own private helipad.
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