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18th April 2011 Print

Choose from sleeping in a giant mushroom, floating on water or even curling up with the local wildlife in a tree house to make your holiday an adventure that will never be forgotten.

With there are a range of quirky and bizarre options available that provide that additional twist to make a holiday as unique as it should be.

For travellers looking for a change of scenery above a beyond the view outside the window, the travel experts at have shortlisted their most popular obscure and unique hostels from around the world to excite the most adventurous of travellers and without breaking the bank.

Camiri Floating Hostel and Bar Lounge, Peru
Prices from £4.71 pp/per night

This is undoubtedly one of the most unusual places to lay your head in the world. Floating on the Peruvian Amazon, the Camiri Floating hostel offers rustic style houses with rooms ranging from dorms to privates. The stunning private rooms have their own terraces with hammocks and recycled wooden furniture. For those that fancy a drink there is a bar offering the chance to enjoy a beer while looking out over the Amazon.

Mushroom Point, Cambodia
Prices from £4.57 pp/per night

What could be more fun than sleeping in a giant mushroom? At Mushroom Point guests have the option of a giant circular dorm room or private round thatched bungalows both set in surrounds of lush green gardens. The rattan made round beds and round mosquito nets add to the experience and make a visit to Mushroom Point truly unique. For those that like a change from the norm this bizarre world created at Mushroom Point is the perfect place to stay. 

Teapot Lane Luxury Camp, Ireland
Prices from £18.24 pp/per night

If you prefer the great outdoors while still having the comforts of sleeping in a comfy bed, this hostel can provide the perfect glamping experience. Set in five acres of secluded woodland on the north west coast of Ireland, Teapot Lane Luxury Camp offers guests the opportunity to stay in a beautifully hand crafted Yurt (a traditional Mongolian Belle tent). Furnished with king size beds, beautiful bed linen and plenty of scattered cushions and throws guests are provided with all the comfort they need.

Samhitakasha Cob House, South Africa
Private Double Room from £28.18 pp/per night

Samhitakasha Cob House bed and breakfast provides a unique experience with a stay in a beautiful family home built out of organic materials such as mud, straw, and wood. It is finished with natural sealants, eco-friendly paints and is all put together with love and attention. Here you can relax in a room furnished with natural and organic materials, take a shower heated by the sun and enjoy a full organic breakfast on offer all year round.

Lollis Homestay, Germany
Prices from £11.83 pp/per night

Set in the artistic quarter of Dresden, Lollis Homestay mirrors its surroundings and brings plenty of character to your stay. Each room is individually decorated with bags of personality and coziness guaranteed to provide guests with a unique experience. Meet people from all over the world, listen to and learn from their stories in the friendly communal spaces. Enjoy this tranquil oasis in the heart of the beautiful city of Dresden.

Kadir’s Tree House, Turkey
Rates from £8.21 pp/per night

Kadir’s Tree House gives every traveller the opportunity to live their childhood dream and sleep in a real tree house. There are over 45 to choose from and to get to them you must climb up ladders before resting for the evening. If you don’t feel like resting you will enjoy a night out in one of the hostel’s three bars or two nightclubs.

Point Montara Lighthouse, Montana, USA
Prices from £16.79 pp/per night

On the rugged California coast, just 25 miles south of San Francisco, sits the Point Montara Fog Signal and Light Station. Established in 1875, the historic lighthouse and turn of the century buildings have been preserved and restored to create a unique and bizarre hostel.  Today Point Montara Lighthouse is still a beacon for travellers from all over the world.

Arkabarka Floating Hostel, Beigrade, Serbia
Prices from £13.89

Arkabarka Floating Hostel is situated in one of the most beautiful central parks of Beigrade on the river Danube. This place uniquely combines the exotic natural feeling of the river with the urban comfort of contemporary wooden architecture. There is a cozy cafe welcoming Belgradians that gives guests the opportunity to mingle with locals.

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