Unique Accommodation Stays to Fuel Your Travel Inspiration

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This post is designed to inspire you to book some accommodation that is truly a little bit unique or ‘special’. From traditional Italian Trulli houses, to staying in a lighthouse on an Croatian Island, this guide has a whole range of top picks to wet your appetite. However, if you’re interested, don’t wait too long.. these will likely book out early!

We have stayed at some of these, however a large number of these stays are on our bucket list, and we will look to potentially stay here in future adventures. Depending on the popularity of this kind of blog, we may look to follow up with future instalments as we research, romanticise and plan future trips. Take a look at some of these great picks below, and let us know some of your favourite stays in the comments!

Also see some of our top accommodation stays from our travels so far below:

20+ Incredible & Unique Accommodation Stays

Note: this post contains a number of accommodation stays that we have, but also haven’t stayed at. This post also contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase or book anything using these links, we get a small percentage of the sale, at not extra expense to you. This helps us to run the site.

Stay in a Luxury Lighthouse Villa on the amazing Croatian Vis Island:

This is a little bit of luxury, staying on one of our favourite islands in Croatia, Vis. You get to stay in a villa in refurbished lighthouse with stunning views and private swimming spots. This is a unique option that’s worth considering. Take a look here!

Stay with hot tub views over the famous Lauterbrunnen Valley [Jungfrau]:

Wengen was our home during our visit to the picturesque Jungfrau region of Switzerland. We stayed in a wonderful chalet boasting great views and a hot tub with even better views. Take a look!

Stay in the picturesque Faroe Islands with incredible views at The View [Bøur, Faroe Islands]

The Faroe Islands is a massive bucket list destination for Ky, and this place looks truly incredible. The views and location close to the airport are a big win! Check out this Faroe Islands accommodation. Also see more about the Faroe Islands here!

Stay in a Traditional Trulli House in Alberbello [Puglia]:

Staying in a historic Trulli House in the Apulian town of Alberobello is a truly unique experience. Whether you decide to stay, or just visit the town, these fairytale like houses are so unique. Consider a stay or check out our guide below to Alberobello!

Stay on the water in Himare [Albanian Riviera]:

Visit the picturesque and underrated beachside region of Himare along the Albanian Riviera. Stay in the delightful Artis Blue Relax which his in an excellent location and feels like you’re right on the water. Take a look!

Stay in the famous Portuguese wine region with incredible views [Douro Valley, Portugal]

The famous Douro Valley is one of Portugal’s gems, offering stunning views and amazing wine! While we haven’t visited, it is definitely on our list for future Portugal trips! Take a look at some beautiful stays below.

Think wonderful views, a great pool area and lots of access to wineries. Take a look at Quinta Do Bosque here!

This could be a top pick if wanting a whole holiday home with incredible views, full facilities and a pool? DouroParadise is a great stay if you want to visit the area. Check it out here!

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Stay in a Tuscan Villa – our top pick here

Castello Vicchiomaggio is located in the heart of the Chianti region in Tuscany, and is one of out favourite stays to date! Beautiful views, infinity pool, wonderful gardens, great location and more! For those interested in checking out more, take a look at our gallery and thoughts on Castello Vicchiomaggio here!

Another option is the highly rated and picturesque Borgo Del Luigi in the Chianti region. Located in Monteriggioni, this stay is definitely one to consider. Take a look here.

Additionally, take a look at some further top picks we have sourced below:

Visit the UNESCO town of Matera in Italy and enjoy incredible views in the well-priced apartment [Matera, Italy]

The historic town of Matera is definitely on our radar. We didn’t get a chance to visit when we went to Puglia in 2022, but we are keen to return and check it out! Check out the amazing apartment here where you can enjoy your own stunning balcony views of the beautiful Matera!

Some of our top picks for incredible accommodation in Matera are listed below:

Stay in a log cabin overlooking the Lavender Fields [Provence, France]

This is a unique experience that would leave lasting memories. We attempted to visit the famous Provence lavender fields, however arrived too early in the season. Make sure you visit in the correct season (Typically June-August.. but check). Whilst not luxury accommodation, this highly rated little cabin is unique and has stunning views. Take a look at Aurel Inattendu here.

Stay on a houseboat on the Iconic Amsterdam Canals [Amsterdam, Netherlands]

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The Amsterdam Canals are truly iconic, and everyone knows the postcard images of this beautiful city. Stay on the iconic canals in a houseboat in a truly unique experience. Take a look at some options below:

Check out these stunning Chalets in the famous German wine region

These modern, stylish and sophisticated chalets are in the heart of the German countryside. Nearby the river, great hikes and Germany’s Mosel wine region. Take a look at these beautiful chalets here!

Wake up to winery sunrise views at Port Phillip Estate [Red Hill, Australia]

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Want a little bit of luxury with stunning vineyard views? There are many top picks on the Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip Estate is an experience that is something else. Open your door to vineyard views and have your breath taken away.

Enjoy incredible rice terrace views in Bali at Villa di Bais [Bali, Indonesia]

This beautiful jungle hotel in Bali offers incredible views of the rice terraces. Whilst we haven’t stayed here, it is on our list for a future Bali trip! Treat yourself to the two bedroom villa with a private pool.. you know you want to!

Enjoy an incredible Bordeaux experience at the Château Hôtel Grand Barrail [Saint-Emilion, France]

We are wine lovers, and this might be something for our future trips. This is an incredible place to stay if you want to “treat yourself” or celebrate a big occasion. Located in the stunning Saint-Emilion in the heart of France’s best wine region, Château Hôtel Grand Barrail is not one to be missed. Check it out here!

Get the celebrity treatment at the incredible Toscana Resort Castelfalfi [Tuscany, Italy]

This is a unique stay.. Boasting 2,700 acres, 7 restaurants, a 27 hole golf course, and incredible views.. Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is something else. This is one for special occasions, or one to dream about. Take a look for yourself here and admire the incredible luxury.

Rural stay in the heart of Spain’s La Roija wine region at Molino del Corregidor [Spain]

Stay in a renovated old flour mill in the heart of Spain’s famous La Roija wine region. This is a beautiful property with high reviews! We would love to visit here on our next stay in Spain. Take a look a Molino del Corregidor here!

Stay in a beautiful apartment in the heart of Logroño [La Roija, Spain]

This apartment is exactly what we look for when booking in the heart of a city or town. Cathedral Suite Home looks like a top pick and is in the heart of the historic old town of Logroño (capital of the La Roija wine region). Take a look at this great place here!

Stay in the charming Mostar with views of the incredible old bridge [Mostar, Bosnia]

Mostar is one of our favourite spots in Europe, and a true ‘underrated gem’. This apartment boasts stunning views of the main attraction, the old bridge! Take a look at the apartment here!

Stay on the charming Antiparos – Greece:

Our day trip to Antiparos was one of our favourite moments on the Greek Islands. We will endeavour to return, and are keen to stay next time we visit. We researched a few stays below:

  • Nautica Grand Suites – With rooftop views, a jucuzzi and right in the heart of town! Treat yourself! See here!
  • Sandy Beach House – Situated just out of town, this house has it’s own private beach! – Take a look!

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