When work gets too busy and life gets you down, it's always a good idea to go on a little vacation. This way, you can regroup, recharge, and refresh while making new memories with your loved ones. And while you can choose to stay in a hotel for your trip, there's a reason why so many people are checking into Airbnbs instead. From treehouses in the middle of the forest to decommissioned airplanes, these unconventional Airbnbs are super cool and are actually available for anyone to book. You won't want to stay anywhere else!
Underground Hygge - Twin Falls, Idaho
Don't worry; you don't have to travel to Hobbiton or wander through the Misty Mountains to sleep like a Hobbit for the night. This Lord of the Rings-inspired dwelling can be found near Twin Falls in Idaho, and it's perfect for a quirky Airbnb getaway. And from the round door to the underground nooks and crannies, everything about this bolthole will make you feel as though you're hanging out with Frodo Baggins himself.
As if the property itself wasn't enough to reel you in, the outside area certainly will. This property is located on six acres of land, and sits right next to the Columbia River Gorge mountainside!
Private Island - Østfold, Norway
Many people dream of one day staying on a private island. And while white sandy beaches are beautiful, the views from this private island in Norway are even better. Situated just two hours from the center of Oslo, this private island retreat can be found amongst over 800 rocky islands in the Hvaler archipelago. This makes it perfect for adventurers who love kayaking, sailing, or fishing! But what about the cottage itself?
Well, despite its small size, this off-grid cottage can sleep up to eight people, and it's perfect if you want that cozy Norweigan cabin feeling. It's the ultimate place for some post-exploring board games.
A Converted Plane - Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef, France
Ready for liftoff? Okay, this plane doesn't actually fly anymore - but that works in the favor of Airbnb guests looking for something a little more unusual for their vacation. This converted plane sits on a campsite in Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France, and would you believe us if we told you it could house four guests? It offers one double bed and two singles, which makes it perfect for a family vacation!
You won't even have to splash the cash for a first-class ticket to enjoy all of the perks of this stay, either. The plane has everything you could need, and the campsite offers a pool, waterslides, and close proximity to beautiful beaches.
Medieval Keep - La Flocelliere, France
It's no secret that France is full of medieval castles, but have you ever stayed in one? If you're heading off on vacation and looking for an unconventional Airbnb that makes you feel like royalty, this one certainly fits the bill. Located in the La Flocellière region of western France, this medieval castle dates back to the 11th century and offers five bedrooms that can sleep nine ten guests. And it's absolutely stunning!
As well as the impressive architecture, this Airbnb also offers a medieval dining room, manicured gardens, and an adorable little market town just a few minutes walk away. What's not to love?
Studio Earthship - Taos, New Mexico
If you're looking for a taste of off-grid living, why not leave your mothership behind to live on an Earthship instead? These unique and unconventional properties have been popping up across New Mexico over the past few years, and this one is perfectly nestled in the desert so you can enjoy the impressive views and unbeatable stargazing opportunities! But while it's super eco-friendly, you'll be happy to know that it's still super luxurious.
Featuring Wi-Fi, a full-size kitchen, a washing machine, Netflix, and more, you wouldn't think that the whole house generated its own electricity. But it's totally off-grid, and it even catches its own rainwater!
Mushroom Dome Cabin - Aptos, California
Are you California dreamin'? If you're looking to stay in California but don't fancy the bright lights of Los Angeles, a trip to Aptos could suit you better. This town features beautiful beaches, but also amazing forests and forest trails. And nestled in the middle of the trees is this stunning mushroom dome cabin! You probably don't need us to tell you why it was named this, but we can tell you that it offers a romantic getaway for a nature-loving couple.
As the perfect place to unwind and relax, this Airbnb property sits on 10 acres of land and offers everything from babbling creeks to the sound of hummingbirds and crickets. It's paradise.
Bedrock Homestead Cave - Escalante, Utah
Located along Utah's All-American Road, Escalante is perhaps most famous for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. And while people travel across the globe to see these impressive red canyons and Sandrock foundations, what if we told you that you could actually stay in one? This Airbnb is unlike anything we've ever seen, and this particular cave home was blasted from free-standing rock and carved into something extraordinary. Today, it can sleep 5 guests.
Despite being in a cave, this Airbnb offers all the amenities you could need; including a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and even a shared outdoor pool. Plus, the desert is right on your doorstep!
Windmill Near Amsterdam - Abcoude, the Netherlands
When you think of Amsterdam, you might think of tulips, canals, smoke shops, and, of course, windmills! The Netherlands is full of amazing windmills, and this one is available on Airbnb for guests from across the globe to enjoy. The best part? It's just a few miles from Amsterdam city center, and you could even do like the Dutch do and cycle into the center. With three bedrooms for six people, it really does have everything.
Yes, the windmill even comes complete with kayaks so that you can enjoy the river in front of the property. You don't get that kind of service in a hotel!
Secluded Treehouse - Atlanta, Georgia
When you think of downtown Atlanta, you probably think of a bustling city full of busy people. But just minutes away from this action is a secluded treehouse that seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This urban retreat was once named Airbnbs number-one most wish-listed property in the world, and it's not hard to understand why. Imagine waking up here and looking out onto the forest with your morning cup of Joe!
With cute rope bridges and hanging fairy lights, this Airbnb looks more like a magical wonderland than a vacation rental. But you'll be happy to know that this is all real, and the birds are ready to chirp for you when you get there.
Trullo Luna - Alberobello, Italy
Puglia is one of the most popular and beautiful regions of Italy, and a trullo is a traditional dry stone hut specific to this region. So, why wouldn't you want to stay here and enjoy some much-needed rest and recuperation? The Trullo Luna Airbnb property has been designed specifically for guests to enjoy the wellness area on the property, and there's everything from a steam room to the indoor heated pool just steps away from this room.
Not only is this property unique and stunning, but it's also been adapted to include everything you could need for a restful and enjoyable vacation. Yep, it's time to book your flights to Italy!
Skylodge Adventure Suits - Urubamba, Peru
Attention adventure seekers, this Airbnb could be the perfect base for your next exploration! Especially if Peru is on your bucket list. But it's safe to say that the Skylodge Adventure Suites aren't for the faint-hearted. That's because guests have to climb a whopping 1,300 ft up a mountain to get to their bed. Even then, their bed is more like a mattress in a transparent glass pod hanging off the side of the rock.
To many, this is the definition of heaven on earth. And even better, this Airbnb also offers complimentary breakfast and gourmet dinners! Just don't book if you have a fear of heights.
Harry Potter's Childhood House - Lavenham, United Kingdom
Potterheads, rejoice! It's now possible to stay in Harry Potter's childhood home, as seen in the famous movies. But you'll have to be quick, as the two private rooms in this house get booked up fast. After all, fans love the idea of staying in the 15th-Century home in the medieval village of Lavenham in Suffolk. It brings the magic of Harry Potter's story to life and lets fans immerse themselves in the movies.
And while this Airbnb offers private rooms in a larger family home, the owner has made sure that guests have their own space. Each room comes with its own private entrance and sitting room.
LuxTug on Private Lake - Louisa, Virginia
If you don't live near water, or if you're someone who just loves to be by the water at all times, this houseboat just might float your boat. Located on a private lake on a family property that comprises 142 wooded acres and five miles of hiking trails, this place even has the option to enjoy the lake further on kayaks or stand-up paddle boards! Plus, the houseboat itself is absolutely stunning.
The houseboat has all of the modern amenities you could possibly need, and the best thing is that you can even take your dog on your family vacation, too. Yes, dogs are allowed!
Glamping Birdbox - Førde, Norway
"Glamping" is becoming more and more popular, but we don't think we've ever seen a glamping property quite like this before. Nestled in the Norwegian mountains, this Airbnb offers unobstructed views of neighboring peaks, as well as the magnificent fjords down below. But if you can bear to take your eyes away from the breathtaking views, the property itself is one of the best on the vacation rental platform. It's stunning!
Although it may be small, this glamping Birdbox is definitely mighty. Featuring giant windows to take in the views, the decoration is humble. But it still offers a luxurious double bed, bathroom area, and a deck!
Snail Dome - Chang Phueak, Thailand
Not many people can say that they've stayed in a snail, but that's exactly what's on offer with this amazing Airbnb rental. Known unofficially as the "Snail Dome," this property is located on a retreat center that's filled with various other unique structures, including mushroom huts! The snail property itself was originally made entirely out of clay as a meditation space, but now it's been decked out for three people to sleep comfortably across the two-story property.
The aim of the Snail Dome is to bring you closer to the earth, and the whole property is surrounded by nature. From organic vegetable gardens to beautiful flowers and plants, this place has it all.
Summit Prairie - Tiller, Oregon
If you're not afraid of heights and have the ability to book months in advance, you'll want to snap this Airbnb up quickly! It's become one of the most popular vacation rentals on the market, but it's not hard to understand why. Located on 160 acres of private land in Tiller, Oregon, this unconventional Airbnb sits forty feet up in the air - offering some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding forests, meadows, and mountains.
The property itself offers a cozy cabin vibe, but back down on the ground, the amenities don't stop. From a private hot tub to swinging hammocks, this vacation rental has everything.
Quetzalcoatl's Nest - Naucalpan De Juarez, Mexico
Anyone who has ever been to Mexico will know that this country is inspired by its ancient historical roots. And it seems as though this vacation rental has been inspired by that, too. To be more specific, this super unconventional Airbnb was designed on the Aztec serpent god Quetzalcoatl, and the end result is a colorful curved property sitting amongst architectural wonders and beautiful gardens! To make things even cooler, the bedroom is located in the belly of the serpent.
While you could spend hours checking out every nook and cranny in this unique structure, the surrounding area is also well worth a visit. There are a reflecting pool, greenhouse, and meditating spaces.
Tubbid Castle - Kilkenny, Ireland
If you've never stayed in a 15th-Century Irish castle before, then you're in luck! This castle sits just a few miles outside of the city of Kilkenny but is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. It's surrounded by luscious rolling hills and green forests, and while the outside hints at its historic past, the inside of this vacation rental has been meticulously renovated for modern visitors. In fact, it's the height of luxury.
Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors, dine like a king or queen at the banquet hall, or curl up in front of the real log fire with a book, this unconventional Airbnb is a gem.
Tomahawk Island Houseboat - Portland, Oregon
Everyone's seen a houseboat before, but have you ever seen a houseboat that quite literally looks like a floating house? Well, tick that one off your bucket list - as the Tomahawk Island Houseboat is just that. Located on Hayden Island, this houseboat is just a short drive away from the city but still secluded enough to offer you some peace and quiet during your vacation. It also sleeps two, which means it's perfect for a romantic getaway.
As well as offering modern amenities in the houseboat itself, there are also communal spaces nearby in the marina. You could even wash your dirty clothes if you wanted to!
Bamboo Eco Cottage - Ubud, Bali
Ubud is one of the most popular destinations in Bali, which makes this Airbnb even more inviting. This property is just a five-minute walk away from the hustle and bustle of central Ubud, but secluded in its own little eco-retreat. In fact, this eco cottage looks out onto rice fields and palm trees - and there are barely any other humans in sight! And it's this interactivity with nature that inspired the design of this Airbnb.
Yes, the whole cottage has been designed with an open-air concept in mind. The loft bedroom will let you feel the cool breeze, while also listening to the crickets as the sun starts to set.
Invisible House - Joshua Tree, California
Many people travel across the globe to see the desert landscape of Joshua Tree, but have you ever thought about staying right there in the thick of it all? This Invisible House is one of the most unusual and unconventional Airbnbs on this list - but it's not exactly cheap! It was originally designed to be a 22-story skyscraper but was turned on its side to create a giant, horizontal vacation rental for those wanting a slice of luxury.
And while this property blends into the landscape, there's no forgetting the interior. After all, this place offers a 100-foot swimming pool, a whopping four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and so much more.
The Fisherman's Cave House - Santorini, Greece
Famous for its beautiful white houses with blue roofs and stunning sunsets, it should come as no surprise to learn that Santorini is full of hotels all charging a fortune for a night. But that's where this Airbnb really shines. This restored cave house sits right on the edge of the ocean and offers a luxurious slice of paradise for your vacation. And if you can bear to take your eyes away from the views, the inside is utterly stunning.
With two bedrooms and a kitchen to cook your own Grecian fare, this cave has everything you could need. It even has its own jacuzzi and plunge pool! Plus, it's just a few minutes away from the famous village of Oia.
AirShip With Highland Views - Drimnin, Scotland
It's no secret that Scotland has some of the best natural landscapes in the world. From the rolling hills to the rugged Highlands, it's no wonder that people travel across the globe to see this place for themselves. And if you're looking to head to Drimnin, why not stay in an AirShip? Located in a hugely remote area, this place is perfect for those looking to drink in the natural world - especially as the curved glass wall gives you unobstructed views!
The AirShip alone has everything you could need for a practical vacation, but if you don't plan on spending too much time there, the nearby hiking trails will definitely keep you busy.
Luxurious Stone Villa - Chania, Greece
If you want to pretend as though you're the main character in Mamma Mia, this Grecian Airbnb could tick all of your boxes. Not only does this place offer stunning views from the balcony, but it's also pretty unique. It's been carved out of rock, and the cave villa is perfect for couples looking for a romantic vacation to reconnect. Especially as the bed is covered in beautifully draped fabric!
Offering you an authentic slice of Greek life, the hosts of this Airbnb even offer you a welcome basket full of local delicacies, such as homemade pastries, fruits, and wine!
Private Treehouse Hotel - Nakijin, Japan
When you think of Japan, you probably don't think of treehouses. And that's what makes this unusual Airbnb property even more impressive. Not only is this treehouse one of just a few in the whole country, but it's also a proper tree house - and you can even see the tree sprouting out the inside in this photo! Being up high also allows guests to take advantage of the impressive views over the Haneji Islands and the water.
No treehouse would be complete without a lot of wood, and the wooden furniture in this property makes it seem super cozy. It's perfect for you and three other guests.
Lake Chelan Houseboat - Chelan, Washington
There are all kinds of houseboats out there, but this is perhaps one of the most modern and homey. It can be found on Lake Chelan, which means it's surrounded by beautiful mountains and offers some of the best views that money can buy. Plus, it offers a large bedroom for a couple to enjoy while on their vacation - and it comes complete with a 3/4 bath. The living room is also stunning.
Our favorite aspect of this houseboat just has to be the rooftop deck. Could you imagine sitting here with a nice cold beer after a day of exploring the surrounding area?
Ex of In House - Rhinebeck, New York
Whether you're an NYC native looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or whether you're just looking for some piece of quiet in the US, this architectural wonder in the woods could tick all of your boxes. Called "Ex of In House," this Airbnb is actually part of a larger project by architect Steven Holl - and it's completely open plan. And while there are no bedrooms per se, this place can sleep three pretty comfortably.
You don't have to worry about being cold here, either. This home is actually heated geothermally, and there's even a wood stove for those extra harsh Rhinebeck winters. Plus, they rely on well water and a natural filtration system!
Love Nest - Morongo Valley, California
Looking for the perfect love nest for your vacation getaway? Well, look no further than the actual Love Nest! Located in the Morongo Valley in California, this cowboy-style building looks like it's straight from the Wild West. And with far-reaching views of the desert landscape outside, there's always something to keep your eye on! Plus, the cabin is decked out with every amenity you could need, including an outdoor shower.
This place is suitable for two guests in one bedroom, and just like in the picture, you have to be prepared to share your space with the odd donkey or horse that walks past!
Caverswall Castle - Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom
If you've ever imagined being the Lord of Lady of your own castle - and you love theme parks - then Caverswall Castle covers all of those bases. Located in Stoke-On-Trent, this 17th-Century castle offers all of the histories you'd expect from an old English property, and guests even get the chance to stay in their own turret. But that's not all. In true English form, it also has its very own moat!
But adventure lovers also seem to love this castle as it's just a short drive away from the hugely popular theme park, Alton Towers. For nature lovers, the Peak District is also nearby.
Big Idaho Potato Hotel - Boise, Idaho
We bet you have never thought about sleeping in a potato before, but now you've seen this photo, how could you resist? The Big Idaho Potato Hotel is one of the most unique Airbnbs in the world, so it's no wonder that it's constantly booked up for months at a time. But this place isn't just a gimmick. While the outside really does look like a giant potato, the inside has been meticulously decorated and planned.
It's suitable for two guests, and the pink and white decor is super chic. And when you're inside, you wouldn't think you were inside a 6-ton potato! But that's the magic of the potato.
The Houdini Estate - Los Angeles, California
Everyone remembers Harry Houdini, right? This legendary magician and escape artist is considered to be legendary in the magical realm, and folks now have the chance to stay in his former home. Fans of the escape artist will be able to see where Harry lived, and where he practiced his iconic stunts. In fact, the house even comes complete with a deep-water tank where Harry reportedly practiced his underwater escapes!
But this vacation rental is also perfect for those looking to explore nature, as it offers a huge yard and amazing hiking trails nearby. So, grab nine of your friends and have a Houdini adventure.
The Bloomhouse - Austin, Texas
Those looking for a heavenly retreat down south should feast their eyes on this magical Bloomhouse. This unique Airbnb is unlike any other in the world, and it's located just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Austin, Texas. With space for four guests, the interior offers beautiful modern furniture and amenities - but the architecture is second to none. In fact, we don't think we've seen anything quite like it before.
The owners describe this place as a "giant seashell unicorn," and we can't help but think that this describes it perfectly. It was built by a hippie in the 1980s, and it shows!
The Box Hop - Rockbridge, Ohio
If you're looking for a larger vacation rental that fits six people, then why not head down to Rockbridge, Ohio? The ultra-modern Box Hop can be found on an 18.5-acre property that offers direct access to the many hiking trails and other activities within the Hocking Hills - meaning you definitely won't be bored! But when you're done with your activities for the day, you can rest easy knowing that this Airbnb is incredibly comfortable.
With giant windows, a spiral staircase, plush furnishing, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms, this unconventional Airbnb is a luxurious property in the middle of the wilderness. What more could you want?
The Tiki Suite - Key West, Florida
You'll be forgiven for thinking this Tiki Suite was located in Bali, and not Florida! It looks straight out of the Indian Ocean, but can actually be found just off the harbor in Key West. Guests will have to make use of a water taxi to get to their room - but that's all part of the fun, right? Especially for people who love to be on the water, as this Airbnb lets guests eat, sleep, breathe, and play on the water.
Featuring a king-size bed with impressive views, this Tiki Suite also offers guests the chance to use snorkeling gear and paddleboards, so that they can make use of the surrounding area.
Forest Garden Yurts - Galena, Missouri
Yurts are becoming increasingly popular on vacation rental sites like Airbnb, as they're worlds away from a boring hotel room! But there's no doubt about the fact that the Forest Garden Yurt in Missouri isn't like any other yurt out there. Located in the Ozark Forest, it's the perfect place to sit back, relax, and decompress after a hard year of work. It's surrounded by nature and offers everything you could need for an enjoyable stay.
With a bedroom, dining room, full-size kitchen, and the ability to sleep five people, this yurt is in a league of its own. Plus, just look at it! The architecture is really something special.
Magical Storybrook Cottage - Carmel, California
Have you ever wanted to live out your very own fairytale? Well, you and seven other guests can do just that if you stay in Carmel, California. Built by the famous architect Hugh Comstock, he made it his mission to build houses that looked straight out of a storybook - and this is one of his best designs. This little slice of pink paradise offers three bedrooms in the main house, but a separate cottage offers space for another two guests.
Both the inside and the outside of the property are stunning, but the yard offers even more magic. With a large deck and outstanding views of Point Lobos, it's a perfect group getaway.
Classic Yacht - Nantucket, Massachusetts
One thing you might already know about Nantucket is that it's an island. 14 miles long by 3.5 miles wide, it's surrounded by water - meaning that it's a great place to rent a houseboat if you want something a bit more unconventional than a hotel room. And this 1953 36-foot Hinckley yacht is perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. It's moored on Nantucket Harbor and is a sailor's dream.
While the yacht itself obviously doesn't have room for everything, it has all of the modern amenities you could need to sleep peacefully. The shower facilities can then be found on the dock!
Terluna - Terlingua, Texas
Texas is home to so many amazing attractions, but the Big Bend National Park is perhaps one of the most famous. And if you're looking to visit this place, you'll be happy to know that this amazing Airbnb is just a 25-minute drive away! The Terluna vacation rental looks like it's straight out of a Star Wars movie, and that's largely due to the fact that it was quite literally created from the earth.
And while the inside isn't huge, it's big enough to sleep three people - and it still has a kitchen, living room, and bedroom area. Plus, the stargazing here is supposed to be out of this world!
Ten Peaks Ranch Airstream & Tipi - Carbondale, Colorado
When travelers head to Colorado, they normally find a hotel near Aspen. But there's so much more to Colorado than that one place, and why stay in a hotel when you could instead stay in an AirStream trailer and tipi? These two unique structures come as one complete unit when you book this Airbnb, and they have everything you could possibly need to host a family getaway. It even has an amazing outside deck!
What makes this property even cooler is the fact that it's set on a ranch, which means you not only get amazing views - but also get to explore in a safe and secure environment.
GiaMaria Houseboat - Richmond, Virginia
Looking for a houseboat in Richmond? Well, look no further. This beautiful blue boat is called the GiaMaria and is a 50-foot Chris Craft - and it's more like a home on the water than a boat! It offers a wonderful living space, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and beautiful views of the river. Plus, it's in a gated marina so you'll always feel super safe and secure while you're sleeping.
Of course, nothing could compare to that rooftop deck, though. It's the coolest hang-out spot in Virginia for you and three other guests, and so much better than a boring hotel room!