You’re not dreaming. Pearl-white cave houses overlooking the Aegean, medieval mansions with secret rooms, and jungle treehouses built between volcanoes really do exist—and you can stay there. Discover seven unbelievably spectacular and unusual properties that are destinations in themselves.
When you need a break from the human race, there’s no better spot than a treehouse in the jungle. Rising 20 feet above the forest in Volcano, Hawaii, this eco-friendly villa is a nature lover’s paradise … and a haven for anyone who just needs to escape. The house sits among native Hawaiian ohia trees, and features big windows everywhere, as well as spacious lanais. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the world’s most active volcano are a stone’s throw from the property.
This opulent hilltop manse was built by a wealthy sea merchant in the 18th century. Exquisitely preserved historical details — including original frescoes, antique tiles and terracotta floors — are complemented by modern amenities such as glass-enclosed showers, a fully equipped chef’s kitchen and a swimming pool overlooking the Amalfi Coast. The views — like the artwork — are downright priceless.
If your dream is to inhabit an airy eco-friendly abode amidst nature and sunshine, we have an idea: Pack some Birkenstocks and escape to the Arizona desert, where a soaring geodesic dome offers a serene Sedona base. Take in heart-stopping red rock views from the deck (reached via a spiral staircase), the sun room or the big triangular windows inside the dome. Nearby hiking trails bordered by juniper and cactus invite peaceful desert adventures.
Harry Potter has nothing on this impossibly romantic estate in Hereford, England. Surrounded by an authentic moat and 800 acres of wild woodlands, this beautiful ancient mansion is an unparalleled destination for enthusiasts of history, magic and medieval adventures. Oak floors, vaulted and beamed ceilings, stained-glass windows, a magnificent banquet hall and even secret doors evoke a dreamy bygone era. Corsets, cloaks and codpieces not included in the rates.
Relax under the stars at this ultra-luxe Three Rivers, California architectural gem, where even the most burnt-out workaholic is sure to find a bit of bliss. The light-filled modern house was literally built for relaxation. An all-glass main building allows for unhindered viewing of the surrounding forests and rock gardens, and the adjacent river is the perfect place to unwind while sipping your morning coffee.
Your Instagram account will never be the same once you’ve captured this otherworldly abode carved from a cave. A stunning Jacuzzi and walled balcony afford one of the most picturesque views on the planet: The famous sunset over the Aegean as seen from lofty Oia. (If it’s not on your bucket list, get a pen.) The home’s cloud-white cave walls framing the azure sea and sky remind us of heaven. Book a stay with your favorite angels for the perfect escape.
Trulli are old stone conical homes found only in the Puglia region of Italy. Most of these structures were built in the 19th century, and today they’re protected by UNESCO World Heritage law. Book a stay in one of these historic treasures for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This wonderfully preserved trullo house is surrounded by gardens (from which you’re welcome to pick ingredients). In true Italian style, there’s even an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven. Mangia!