July 21, 2017

Staying in a hotel is not the norm anymore. As travellers seek out more exotic destinations for getaways, so are their choices for accommodations too. If you’re someone who craves unique experiences, try staying in a yurt like the nomads or perhaps in the middle of a rice paddy to be closer to nature. Here are 5 Airbnb accommodations that will leave you in awe.


The Enchanted CaveBilpin, NSW, Australia

Staying in caves might just be the next big thing. This clifftop abode sits in the iconic Blue Mountains known for its dramatic scenery, and overlooks the World Heritage Wollemi National Park. Immerse yourself in the scent of eucalyptus trees that surround the park, and go for a local glow-worm tour. At night, The Enchanted Cave provides a clear view of the constellations. Be warned though, there is no mobile reception in the area. Go back in time and live like a caveman for S$1,192 per night.

The Brandy BusNairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

This cheerful green and white double-decker bus comes with an outdoor sitting area, allowing you to cool down and relax under the evening sun after a day of exploring. Complete with a quirky interior decoration, the Brandy Bus is perfect for retro-lovers with old records used as coasters and vibrant prints covering the walls. Hop on for S$100 per night.


Amethyst Crystal DomeUbud, Bali, Indonesia

Located among the sprawling rice paddies and steep ravines, Ubud provides the perfect backdrop for yoga practitioners and people looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This 2-storey dome lies in the middle of an operating rice field. Constructed with eco-sustainable materials, this dome also features a custom compost toilet system that ensures nothing goes to waste. Fall asleep to the lullaby of croaking frogs, and wake up refreshed with roosters crowing at the crack of dawn. If you’re lucky, you just might be able to see some fireflies in their natural habitat.

A Quiet Yurt in Savoie-BaugesBellecombe-en-Bauges, Rhone-Alpes, France

Originally used as a dwelling by the Mongolian nomads, the yurt is a circular housing that has been modified to withstand extreme weather conditions. This Airbnb in Rhone-Alps is a perfect spot for outdoor activities such as mountain biking in summer and skiing in winter. There is even a wood burning fireplace to warm yourself. Don’t forget to have a glass of wine on the deck and enjoy a panoramic view of the Bauges Mountains.


Secluded Intown TreehouseAtlanta, GA, United States

Have you ever wondered how it is like to live in a treehouse? Now you can, with this magical 3-room apartment connected by rope bridges wrapped in fairy lights. Complete with rustic furnishings and the occasional tree trunk, this Airbnb is a hidden gem perfect for an urban retreat. Located in the middle of lush greenery, the treehouse lends an air of tranquillity and peace, so that you can recharge from city life. Relive your childhood dreams in this verdant sanctuary for S$534 per night.

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