Unusual stays in the world

When it comes to travel, finding unique accommodations can transform a trip into an unforgettable adventure. From dining with giraffes in Kenya to sleeping in underwater rooms in Zanzibar, the world is full of extraordinary places to stay that offer more than just a bed for the night. 

These unusual lodgings provide immersive experiences that allow guests to connect with nature, history, and local culture in ways that traditional hotels simply can’t match. 

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or a literature enthusiast, there’s a unique stay out there for you. 

The Most Unusual Places to Stay Around The World

1. Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya

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Nestled in the heart of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor offers a unique blend of luxury and wildlife encounters. This boutique hotel, set within 12 acres of private land and 140 acres of indigenous forest, is renowned for its resident Rothschild giraffes that roam the grounds. 

Built in the 1930s, the manor exudes an elegant charm with its historic architecture and well-manicured gardens. Guests can experience the extraordinary experience of dining with giraffes, who often poke their heads through the large windows during breakfast and tea times. 

 2. The Manta Resort – Pemba Island, Zanzibar

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On the pristine shores of Pemba Island in Zanzibar, you’ll find one of the most unusual places to stay in the world. From the comfort of your bed, you can watch colorful tropical fish and manta rays swim by in the underwater room at the Manta Resort.

This unusual stay includes a sun deck, a landing deck, and a submerged bedroom with panoramic windows providing a 360-degree view of the underwater world. In the evening, the underwater room becomes a serene haven illuminated by underwater spotlights, attracting nocturnal sea creatures. 

3. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Finland

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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a one-of-a-kind hotel in Finland. Instead of staying in a classic brick-and-mortar hotel room, you can spend the night inside a glass igloo with unobstructed views of the Arctic sky.

If you time your visit to Finland right, you can watch the Northern Lights from the warmth and comfort of your bed.

While you are staying inside a giant ice cube, that doesn’t mean the amenities are lacking. Your igloo comes with all the modern comforts, and you’ll be warm even in the heart of winter.

The resort also offers an array of activities that showcase the region’s natural beauty and culture, including husky and reindeer safaris, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. 

4. Treehotel – Harads, Sweden

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Inside the pristine forests of northern Sweden, you’ll find one of the world’s most unusual stays. Treehotel in Harads is an extraordinary hotel with a collection of architecturally stunning treehouses, each with a distinct theme and design. 

Choose to stay in a UFO, the Bird’s Nest, or the Mirrorcube while suspended high among the trees. Blending seamlessly into the forest setting, it’s a luxurious escape and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the Scandinavian wilderness.

5. Free Spirit Spheres – Vancouver Island, Canada

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Hidden among the lush rainforests of Vancouver Island, Free Spirit Spheres offer a whimsical retreat unlike any other. These spherical treehouses, suspended by ropes high in the trees, provide a unique blend of adventure and serenity. 

Each handcrafted sphere, made from wood or fiberglass, is designed to sway gently with the breeze, creating a peaceful, rocking sensation. Inside, the cozy interiors are equipped with comfortable beds, basic kitchen facilities, and panoramic windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding forest.

6. Skylodge Adventure Suites – Sacred Valley, Peru

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Perfect for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike, a stay at the Skylodge Adventure Suites promises an unforgettable adventure with unparalleled views and a unique perspective on one of Peru’s most beautiful regions.

Perched high above the stunning Sacred Valley of Peru, these transparent pods cling to the cliffs at an elevation of over 1,200 feet with panoramic views of the valley below. 

Accessible only by climbing or hiking, the journey to the Skylodge is an adventure in itself. When you arrive, you’ll have uninterrupted stargazing at night and spectacular sunrises in the morning. 

7. Book and Bed Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

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Book and Bed Tokyo is heaven on Earth for bibliophiles. Inside this unique hostel, you’ll find walls lined with bookshelves filled with a diverse collection of over 3,000 English and Japanese titles, ranging from novels and travel guides to manga and non-fiction.

Hidden within these bookshelves are snug, capsule-style beds where guests can curl up with a book and drift off to sleep. And if you want to socialize with other book lovers, the hostel features a common area where guests can socialize, read, or enjoy a cup of coffee from the in-house café.

8. Museum Hotel – Cappadocia, Turkey

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Combining historical charm with modern luxury, the Museum Hotel offers an unforgettable stay in one of Turkey’s most enchanting regions, offering guests a unique blend of culture, comfort, and natural beauty.

Located in the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey, this extraordinary hotel is set within restored cave dwellings and traditional stone houses, blending seamlessly with the region’s famous fairy chimneys and rocky terrain. Each room and suite is uniquely designed and furnished with authentic antiques and artifacts from the Ottoman, Roman, and Hittite periods, creating a sense of living history.

The hotel’s award-winning restaurant serves gourmet cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients, and no stay here is complete without booking a hot air balloon ride over the breathtaking landscape. 

Which of these unusual places to stay are at the top of your must-visit list? Got any others that you think deserve a spot on this list? Let me know in the comments below.