By Phoebe Hodina
Searching for unique getaways that still have a connection to the great outdoors? Well being in nature doesn’t always have to include a tent. Sometimes it can be a yurt, igloo or treehouse!
Unique getaways that give you a totally different experience
Here’s a list of retreats that will give you some great stories not only from their locale, but from your accommodations as well! Some are a little more rustic than others, but all are completely original.
Yurts (also known as ghers) are traditional to Central Asia, and were popular with nomadic tribes. Many people in Mongolia still use them today. They are movable, covered in felt, round, and supported by expanding wooden slats.
There are retreats all over the world that allow you to stay for a reasonable price… It wouldn’t yurt to give one a try!
- A Garden Yurt
Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
This is an original Afghani yurt, but with both electricity and candles. As a guest, you have access to part of a garden, a swimming pool, and nearby walking paths. All for the price of $34 a night, you can find it here.
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- A Yurt on a Quiet Hill
Bellecombe-en-Baugues, Rhone-Alpes, France
Spend some time at one of many cool unique getaways in the mountains of France! Nearby there is trekking, mountain biking, climbing, and skiing. And the view, is worth the journey. You can book it on Air BnB here.
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- A Blissed-Out Czech Yurt
Pšov, Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic
This yurt is is located in Chlum, a small village in Western Bohemia near Zlutice, a small town. It’s a good place to relax, but also nearby cycling, horseback riding, fishing, ranching, and nearby countryside towns. You can book it here.
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- Classic Igloo Villages, With a Twist
Austria has a unique igloo resort at Schneedorf. Guests stay in snow igloos and have access to snowmobiles, skiing, snowshoeing, fantastic mountain views and so much more. There are even igloo construction workshops.
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- Northern Lights and a Glass-Domed Igloo
Sure you could make your own igloo in your backyard… or you could trek north to really have a unique experience. While not exactly a traditional igloo, these glass-topped domes let you see the northern lights while snug in your bed. In fact, the Kakslauttanen Artic Resort has a whole host of unique getaways accommodation available. Prices range based on accommodations and time of year.
Get off the ground, and into the trees! Staying in a treehouse is a breeze.
Southern Oregon, United States
Out N’ About is a tree resort getaway in the Pacific Northwest. Among the obvious attraction of staying in a super-cool treehouse, guests have the opportunity to go participate in a variety of “Activitress” such as ziplining, hiking, horseback riding, and river rafting.
- Spherical Bliss
Qualicum Beach, Canada
These handcrafted, gorgeous suspended spheres taken the idea of a treehouse to new heights. The Free Spirit Spheres let you sway into your blissed-out sleep.
photocredit: Free Spirit Spheres