Our hashtag is #whydoordinary so it makes sense for us to have a wild and wonderful collection of unique, one-of-a-kind holiday homes up our sleeves. Every year our destination experts find truly extraordinary places to add to our collection; from luxurious tents to villas shaped like a cloud, this is our list of 10 quirky places to stay this year…
Price from: £88pppn | $108pppn
Staying in a cloud in Bali sounds pretty dreamy, right? The architecture of this villa is unlike any we’ve ever seen before – and it doesn’t just stop with the exterior. Inside you’ll find striking modern touches, from the hexagonal dining tables to the minimalist style… and the views of the Indian Ocean from the bedrooms are to die for! Take a dip in the infinity pool, read a book on one of the loungers or ask the driver to take you out to explore the surrounding area of West Bali.
Price from: £160pppn | $194pppn
This resort villa gives off a luxurious island hut vibe, which is exactly what you want when you’re travelling to Thailand! With a traditional thatched roof made of wood and bamboo, it looks as pretty as a postcard – and these natural materials feature throughout the elegant interiors of the villa and the rest of the resort. Whether you’re taking up a Thai cooking class, yoga session or indulging in the Eden Beach spa – or simply enjoying a relaxing dip in your private pool – you’ll love living the island life.
Price from: £71pppn | $86pppn
This artistically designed villa wouldn’t look out of place on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces! Sitting on the hillside of Cala Vadella and overlooking the stunning countryside views, Villa Acuario has a main villa and two separate bungalows, so everyone can get a bit of privacy. Popping with bright colours inside and out, and full-length windows in the rooms, you can fully appreciate your surroundings! Let’s be honest, you’ll struggle to find another villa like it (and that’s before mentioning the tree trunks in some of the rooms!).
Price from: £36pppn | $44pppn
Who wants to stay in a standard white-washed holiday home when you can stay in a restored former windmill instead? Lovingly refurbished, the windmill itself is its own space (for the VIP’s of the group) and is bursting with original character, from the local tiles to the natural curvature of the building. It’s been extended to include an annexe with 6 suites opening out to the luscious garden and private pool. Charming, quirky, and exactly what we’re all about!
Price from: £54pppn | $66pppn
Now, we couldn’t write a blog about some of our most quirky places to stay without including at least one of our gorgeous Trulli houses. Conical shaped and overflowing with character, if you wanted to experience a traditional, authentic Italian holiday then this is the place to do it. The interior of this stone-walled delight is filled with shabby chic furnishings, making it even more charming; outdoors there’s a private swimming pool and dining terrace surrounded by nature… seriously photo-worthy.
Price from: £73pppn | $89pppn
A Tudor farmhouse painted bright pink and surrounded by a moat; this unique holiday home is set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Boasting original features and homely furnishings, you can either sleep in the main part of the house or sneak away to cosy up in the detached boathouse with an outdoor hot tub overlooking the water. This property is part of a large estate, which gives you access to numerous on-site activities such as yoga, cushion making and scavenger hunts, as well as giving you complimentary use of Pashley bicycles, paddleboards and rowing boats.
Price from: £180pppn | $221pppn
Yes, this is a tent. But not as you know it. Set amongst tropical gardens with a gorgeous pool, sauna with hammam and a Woodland Spa, the retreat that this tent belongs to is focussed on living luxuriously. The tent itself is styled elegantly, oozing sophistication with its opulent furnishings; a private plunge pool, romantic outdoor bath and BBQ mean you can enjoy each other’s company privately.
Price from: £36pppn | $44pppn
A 900-year-old watermill on its own private island – it doesn’t get more romantic than this! Surrounded by rivers and a canal, which you can explore by kayak, canoe or fishing boat, this secluded little spot is ideal for a peaceful escape with a small group of family or friends! It’s not completely cut off from the rest of the world though, as there’s a charming, picturesque bastide town only 5km away. Then you can retreat back to your watermill to take a long relaxing soak in the hot tub under the starry night sky. Absolute bliss!
Price from: £34pppn | $41pppn
Giving off a ‘cabin in the woods’ vibe, this rustic little villa is built to blend in with nature, with a mix of stone walls, unique wooden features and its location – nestled between the trees of the Akyaka forest. Soak up the mountain and sea views from your sun lounger by the pool during the day, dine alfresco under the stars in the evening, and curl up in the circular double bed at night.
Price from: £95pppn | $118pppn
And last but certainly not least, we have this magical holiday home on the gorgeous island of Corfu. This villa is all about the outdoor living with an array of outdoor spaces and terraces, from the rooftop terrace to the shaded dining veranda – all benefiting from magnificent panoramic sea or mountain views. What really makes this villa stand out from the rest is the distinctive stone tower rising above the infinity pool, which everyone will fight over because there’s a bedroom and terrace in there which benefits from unrivalled sea views!
Feeling a one-of-a-kind villa stay this year? We’ve got even more quirky villas in our collection – just check them all out here! Alternatively, we’ve pulled together different lists of our fave quirky properties, below. Have a read, and if you want more info don’t hesitate to give our concierge team a shout.
*Prices are correct at time of posting