8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell
Every traveler is different—some want the comforts that come with staying in a conventional hotel, while others crave adventure and the opportunity to experience something out of the ordinary.

If this sounds like you, consider taking some time off to step out of your comfort zone and explore a unique destination. These days, short-term rentals come in a variety of unconventional packages, and the following options are no exception. So, even if you don't have time to squeeze in one last summer escape, have a look at the following out-of-the-box properties and start planning your next getaway before the holiday season hits. 

Forest House

Where: Orcas Island, Washington

How much: $225 per night

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 1 of 16 - Nestled in the woods on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, this breathtaking tree house features cathedral ceilings, a round soaking tub, and a 12-sided living room with amazing views. 

Nestled in the woods on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, this breathtaking tree house features cathedral ceilings, a round soaking tub, and a 12-sided living room with amazing views. 


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 2 of 16 - The rotunda bedroom features a skylight and a distinctly Pacific Northwest forest vibe. 

The rotunda bedroom features a skylight and a distinctly Pacific Northwest forest vibe. 

The Bus Stop

Where: Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland

How much: $193

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 3 of 16 - Set on a working farm with panoramic views of the Lammermuir Hills, this converted bus is ideal for a unique holiday experience. The roof has even been replaced with glass, allowing guests to truly sleep under the stars.

Set on a working farm with panoramic views of the Lammermuir Hills, this converted bus is ideal for a unique holiday experience. The roof has even been replaced with glass, allowing guests to truly sleep under the stars.


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 4 of 16 - Shown here are the relaxing interiors of The Bus Stop. 

Shown here are the relaxing interiors of The Bus Stop. 

PurePod Cabin

Where: South Island, New Zealand

How much: $350 per night

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 5 of 16 - This state-of-the-art living capsule on New Zealand’s South Island features glass roofing, flooring, and walls to provide the ultimate panoramic view of the wilderness.

This state-of-the-art living capsule on New Zealand’s South Island features glass roofing, flooring, and walls to provide the ultimate panoramic view of the wilderness.


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 6 of 16 - The interiors of the PurePod are completely surrounded by glass. 

The interiors of the PurePod are completely surrounded by glass. 

The Water Tower

Where: Seal Beach, California

How much: $500 per night

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 7 of 16 - This almost 3,000-square-foot home was, in fact, Southern California's first man-made tourist attraction. The Water Tower stands over 85 feet tall and has three stories with windows on all sides for 360-degree views of the ocean and the surrounding beach town.

This almost 3,000-square-foot home was, in fact, Southern California's first man-made tourist attraction. The Water Tower stands over 85 feet tall and has three stories with windows on all sides for 360-degree views of the ocean and the surrounding beach town.


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 8 of 16 - The Water Tower offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the streets of Seal Beach, California. 

The Water Tower offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the streets of Seal Beach, California. 

Lighthouse Villa

Where: Pula, Croatia

How much: $171 per night

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 9 of 16 - With stunning seaside views, this quirky home was originally built in 1882 on the south-eastern tip of the Istrian Peninsula. It runs on solar power and collects rainwater in a tank.

With stunning seaside views, this quirky home was originally built in 1882 on the south-eastern tip of the Istrian Peninsula. It runs on solar power and collects rainwater in a tank.


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 10 of 16 - The interiors reflect the restored piece of history. 

The interiors reflect the restored piece of history. 

Theme House

Where: Orlando, Florida

How much: $998 per night

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 11 of 16 - Tree house, nautical, and space-themed bedrooms make this home—which is only six miles from Walt Disney World—a kids’ vacation dream come true. The private pool, cozy lounge areas, and outdoor grill will make sure that the grown-ups enjoy their stay as well. 

Tree house, nautical, and space-themed bedrooms make this home—which is only six miles from Walt Disney World—a kids’ vacation dream come true. The private pool, cozy lounge areas, and outdoor grill will make sure that the grown-ups enjoy their stay as well. 


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 12 of 16 - Another room offers guests a chance to sleep in a boat-shaped bed. 

Another room offers guests a chance to sleep in a boat-shaped bed. 

Corbiere Radio Tower

Where: Saint Brélade, Jersey

How much: $373 per night

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 13 of 16 - Set on a cliff top overlooking Corbière lighthouse on Jersey's south-west tip, the Radio Tower covers six floors and boasts a stunning 360-degree view. Built during the Second World War by German Occupying Forces, the Radio Tower is one of Jersey's most iconic sites standing on the south-west tip of Jersey's shoreline. Restored in a German modernist Bauhaus style, with a concrete staircase winding up six floors through the center of the building and leading to a wooden spiral staircase to the top floor. Original features include observation slots on the seaward side and steel doors on the ground floor. <span style="color: rgb(204, 204, 204); font-size: 13px;">TripAdvisor Rentals</span>

Set on a cliff top overlooking Corbière lighthouse on Jersey's south-west tip, the Radio Tower covers six floors and boasts a stunning 360-degree view. Built during the Second World War by German Occupying Forces, the Radio Tower is one of Jersey's most iconic sites standing on the south-west tip of Jersey's shoreline. Restored in a German modernist Bauhaus style, with a concrete staircase winding up six floors through the center of the building and leading to a wooden spiral staircase to the top floor. Original features include observation slots on the seaward side and steel doors on the ground floor. TripAdvisor Rentals


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 14 of 16 - The dining room and living room area in the top observation deck.&nbsp;

The dining room and living room area in the top observation deck. 

Exclusive Private Island

Where: Stann Creek, Belize

How much: $1,500 per night

8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 15 of 16 - Powered by a state-of-the-art solar power system, you can literally go off the grid at this private island in Belize. The uniquely designed compound home includes five private suites specifically laid out to take advantage of the amazing sea and mountain views and the cool trade winds off the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize.

Powered by a state-of-the-art solar power system, you can literally go off the grid at this private island in Belize. The uniquely designed compound home includes five private suites specifically laid out to take advantage of the amazing sea and mountain views and the cool trade winds off the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize.


8 Unique Vacation Rentals Around the World - Photo 16 of 16 - Your group and the staff will be the only guests on the island, and your stay includes concierge service, a private chef, and a private boat to take you to and from the village.

Your group and the staff will be the only guests on the island, and your stay includes concierge service, a private chef, and a private boat to take you to and from the village.