15 Most Unique Airbnbs in the World

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Airbnb isn’t just about scoring luxury villas on the cheap, as it also offers a wealth of unique rentals where you’d otherwise never have access to. Skip the boring hotel room and stay in one of these unusual spaces, because saying you slept in a medieval keep or a windmill is a much more exciting story. From a remote treehouse to a seashell-shaped abode and an actual plane, here are some of the most unique Airbnbs around the world.

Secluded Treehouse - Atlanta, Georgia
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Secluded Treehouse

Secluded Treehouse - Atlanta, Georgia

Nestled amongst the trees and just minutes from downtown Atlanta, this treehouse provides an intimate ambiance where you can fall asleep to the sound of nature. Individual treehouses are separated by rope bridges and feature beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and wheels so you can roll them outside onto a platform.

The World Famous Seashell House - Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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The World Famous Seashell House

The World Famous Seashell House - Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Live like a mermaid in this beautiful seashell house, where you’ll have access to a private pool, two king beds, a kitchenette and a balcony that overlooks the pool area. A world’s away from the tourist crowds in Cancun, this place offers a tranquil ambiance just minutes from the nearby beaches and snorkel park.

Rental of the Medieval Keep - La Flocelliere, France
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Rental of the Medieval Keep

Rental of the Medieval Keep - La Flocelliere, France

Perfect for history enthusiasts, feel like royalty with an overnight stay in this five-bedroom Flocelliere castle that dates back to the 11th century. You and nine guests can say you’ve stayed in a real medieval tower, where you can dine in the medieval dining room and sit by the fireplace or wander around the colorful garden.

Sleep in a Plane - Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef, France
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Sleep in a Plane

Sleep in a Plane - Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef, France

Certainly not a boring old hotel room, this plane-turned-guest room can fit up to four people with one double bed and two single beds. Avoid the hefty business class price tag and enjoy this unique rental instead, as it also has an ideal location just two minutes from the sea and nearby beaches. In summer, there’s even a swimming pool and water slides on-site.

Underground Hygge - Twin Falls, Idaho
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Underground Hygge

Underground Hygge - Twin Falls, Idaho

Have a Lord of the Rings adventure at this quaint dwelling, which is nestled against the beautiful Columbia River Gorge mountainside in Idaho. Enter through the iconic round doorway and discover the variety of charming nooks and details of this small hobbit hole on an overnight stay. There are also scenic hikes around the hills with stunning views of Lake Chelan.

Windmill Close to Amsterdam - Abcoude, Netherlands
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Windmill Close to Amsterdam

Windmill Close to Amsterdam - Abcoude, Netherlands

A lot cozier than you’d expect, stay overnight in this historic windmill for a night you won’t soon forget. Just a few miles from Amsterdam, this three-bedroom abode sleeps up to six and features a kitchen and living area in addition to a garden with a beautiful view. Rent a bike and cruise the tranquil countryside landscapes nearby.

Brand New Studio Earthship - Taos, New Mexico
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Brand New Studio Earthship

Brand New Studio Earthship - Taos, New Mexico

Perfect for those looking for off the grid living, this unique house catches its own rainwater and generates its own electricity, staying at a constant 72 degrees year round. Modern amenities include WiFi and Netflix, while you can also relax in the luxury deep soaking tub or step outside for some unforgettable stargazing adventures.

Mushroom Dome Cabin - Aptos, California
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Mushroom Dome Cabin

Mushroom Dome Cabin - Aptos, California

One of the most popular rentals on Airbnb, this mushroom-shaped dome cabin is a dream for nature enthusiasts and offers a romantic, secluded atmosphere where you can spend your time hiking the trails and star gazing. Surrounded by towering trees and the sound of hummingbirds and the creek running below, the rustic cabin features a queen size bed, flat screen tv and kitchenette.

BedrocK Homestead Cave West End - Escalante, Utah
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Bedrock Homestead Grand Staircase Escalante

BedrocK Homestead Cave West End - Escalante, Utah

Set on 40 acres of farmland right inside the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this rental will put you steps from the hiking trails while enjoying a stay on a working form with animals. Perfect for the adventurous traveler, you’ll be in the heart of the wilderness in a private wing of a shared custom cave home that was blasted from a free-standing rock, providing a master example of sustainable living. Hydroelectricity is used for power and there is limited Internet in the shared kitchen. You’ll have your own BBQ grill, a drip coffeemaker with coffee supplied, a microwave, and a mini-fridge. By climbing on top of the cave home, enjoy awe-inspiring views and fantastic stargazing too.

Original Spice Bus From 1997 Movie Spice World - Isle of Wight, UK
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The Spice Bus surrounded by nature

Original Spice Bus From 1997 Movie Spice World - Isle of Wight, UK

A dream stay for a ‘Spice Girls’ fan, this rental is the original Spice Bus that was used in “Spice World,” the 1997 British musical comedy. It’s located just off the south coast of England on the Isle of Wight overlooking the Island Harbour Marina and accommodates up to three. It was renovated with little nods to each of the Spice Girls and includes a large seating area with Union Jack cinema-style chairs where you can relax and listen to “Wannabe” on repeat on the old-school CD player or watch TV. Plus, you’ll have access to a restaurant, bar, and a small shop right on-site.

"Trullo Luna" Luxury Wellness Area & Swimming Pool - Alberobello, Italy
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Trullo Luna, Alberobello, Italy

"Trullo Luna" Luxury Wellness Area & Swimming Pool - Alberobello, Italy

Located in the Puglia region of Italy (the “heel” of the boot), Alberobello is famous for its trullo, a white limestone hut with a cone-shaped room that became popular in the 15th-century as they could easily be torn down and rebuilt in order to avoid taxes. Trullo Luna offers the chance to stay in one of these cottages that can only be found in this area. It can sleep up to three and includes a full kitchen, TV, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Guests also have access to a wellness area with a sauna, steam room, and a heated indoor pool.

Tubbrid Castle: Your 15th-Century Irish Castle - Kilkenny Ireland
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bedroom in Tubbrid Castle

Tubbrid Castle: Your 15th-Century Irish Castle - Kilkenny Ireland

Just outside of Killkenny City, surrounded by lush, green landscapes, Tubbrid Castle is your opportunity to enjoy an authentic castle stay in a unique 15th-century tower house. It was beautifully restored after being uninhabited for decades, but many of its original features were retained while adding luxurious touches. Guests can look forward to sipping wine by the roaring log fire and relaxing in the deep soaking tub, perhaps a bubble bath before tucking under the goose-down duvet in the super-king four-poster bed.

Amazing View of Fjord & Mountains Glamping Birdbox - Førde, Norway
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Amazing Birdbox

Amazing View of Fjord & Mountains Glamping Birdbox - Førde, Norway

The “Birdbox” is very unique, as a kind of contemporary treehouse nestled in the mountains on a farm, built to take advantage of the incredible views of the fjords and surrounding trees. A stay here will immerse you in nature, a place where silence is only interrupted by the songs of the birds, the trees that whistle in the wind, and the flow of a gentle river. It includes a large circular window that takes up an entire wall, heating, and a king-size bed, sleeping up to three adults or two adults and two children. You’ll have a minimalist bathroom in an old barn that lies adjacent which once housed dairy cows in the summer.

Off the Grid and Forty Feet Up - Tiller, Oregon
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Off the Grid 40 Feet Up Airbnb, Tiller, Oregon

Off the Grid and Forty Feet Up - Tiller, Oregon

As this Airbnb is so popular you’ll have to book well in advance, but if you can manage to get a reservation, you’ll enjoy a unique experience with breathtaking views. It offers a tranquil setting on 160 acres of private land and was modeled after a Fire Lookout Tower. It’s off-grid, so you can forget about the interruption from electronics and just enjoy the vista from 40 feet above the ground. The main floor is surrounded by windows and provides fabulous summer breezes. You’ll have a hammock, a fire pit, and a spring-fed hot tub, perfect for soaking after a day of hiking or other activities at nearby Crater Lake.

Leafy Greens Chiangmai : Snail Dome (SND) - Chang Phueak, Thailand
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Leafy Greens huts set in the jungle

Leafy Greens Chiangmai : Snail Dome (SND) - Chang Phueak, Thailand

For an unforgettable stay in the tropics, consider “Snail Dome,” an earth house that sits in the countryside originally built as a meditation retreat for refreshing the mind and soul. Now it’s available to the public via Airbnb, with the small dome-like structure accommodating up to five in two bedrooms. It’s made out of clay and the hosts say it’s not only good for the environment as an eco-friendly building but it’s good for one’s health, with the body absorbing positive energy from the earth while eliminating the negative. It includes an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, a deck ideal for yoga or relaxing that overlooks a creek, and a garden where you can pick your own fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.

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