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7 Unique Places to Stay That Aren't a Hotel on

By: Abby Ruffier

Unique Places to Stay on

After a long, difficult year, the world is reopening for travelers to quench their thirst for adventure. From sandy beaches in Florida to quaint hidden villages in Europe, everyone is ready to get back out there and cross some special destinations off their bucket list. 

Savvy travelers are on the hunt for truly unique experiences that are a little off the beaten path. To reimagine the traditional hotel, Groupon Coupons worked with to compile a list of inspiring and interesting places that you’ll want to book today. 

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Farm Stays  |  Villas  |  Campgrounds  |  Glamping  |  Capsule Hotels  |  Riads  |  Boats

Farm Stay

Unique Farm Stays

Wake up to bright blue skies, wide-open pastures, and a homemade breakfast at this adorable farm stay in Stóra Mörk, Iceland. You’ll get a panoramic view of the sunrise, and depending on the time of year, you might even be able to see the legendary Aurora Borealis. Staying at a farmhouse allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city hotel and immerse yourself in a simpler way of life. Even if you prefer a little more luxury, there are so many surprisingly sophisticated farm stays all over the world. 

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Romantic Villa

Romantic Villas  

Whether you’re traveling with a special someone or your whole family, this traditional Spanish Villa in Pollenca can be a home away from home that you’ll never want to leave. (Especially with this property's balcony, pool, and well-manicured garden.) Inspired by Italian country homes, modern villas can accommodate larger groups easily and often offer more privacy than other types of vacation rentals. These secluded homes are a great option if you want to venture outside the big touristy cities of Europe and get a taste for smaller towns and villages.

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Off-Grid Camping

Off-Grid Campgrounds

Campgrounds typically call to mind an all-American vacation to a national park surrounded by forests and rivers. But If you’re truly looking to get away from it all, this desert camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan offers awe-inspiring views, unique cultural experiences, and a chance to really unplug from your everyday routine. 

This glowing red desert landscape is not for the faint of heart, but you’ll enjoy traditional Bedouin coffee and tea and get lost in the magical stories with friendly tour guides who speak multiple languages. An airport shuttle and prepared breakfast are included in your stay. 

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If Glamping is More Your Speed

If you want to get away, but still crave modern comforts and luxurious amenities, Rovinj Bell Tents, in Rovinj, Croatia gives you the best of both worlds. You can forget the alarm clock, and wake up to the sounds of nature and the waves of the Adriatic Sea instead. But each tent is air-conditioned and comes with a mini-fridge and free wifi. The campground is walking distance to the town center and the beach, and includes free parking during your stay. Don’t miss breakfast on their terrace with incredible cliffside views of the roaring waves. 

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Fun and Futuristic Capsule Hotels

Capsule hotels are a novelty in America, but very common in much of Asia. They trade common areas and private amenities for the small private pods that don't really include much beyond a mattress, bedding, and curtains. Dream Lodge located in the Lavender District in Singapore is a modern architectural marvel that makes the best use of every inch to accommodate luxurious sleep pods with a shared kitchen and bathroom.

While it looks like it could be built for astronauts, this hostel is a popular stay for young travelers who want everything they need and nothing that they don’t. As long as you’re not claustrophobic, reviews boast that travelers enjoy a surprisingly restful night’s sleep. 

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Morrocan Riad

Experience Morrocan in a Riad

Nothing screams Morroco like a stay in a traditional riad. These converted mansions are adorned with the classic colors and stone architecture you can only find in this cultural masterpiece of a country. Located in the heart of the cultural center of Marrakech and 10 minutes from the famous Jemaâ-el-Fna Square, Riad De Vinci & SPA provides a picturesque setting with a spa including Turkish-style baths and massages. 

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Boat Stays

Set Sail for Adventure | Boat Stays

In a city like Amsterdam (or Venice) that is designed around its waterways, a houseboat in Amsterdam might be the best way to feel like a local. Be part of the lifeblood of the city aboard this vessel, which is equipped with a sauna, a rooftop patio, and is docked close to attractions like the Rembrandt museum. Embark on a tour of the canals or stay put and jump over for a swim. 

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While the travel industry might be busier than ever, that shouldn’t mean you have to pay extra for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Take your time and make sure you’re one step ahead of the crowds and saving money to spend on more of what makes your unique stay memorable. We’ve assembled a comprehensive savings guide to to highlight the ins and outs and ensure you never miss out on exclusive offers. 

If you’re ready to get back out there, It’s never been a better time to experience something extraordinary. Why book a trip that’s anything but? Take advantage of all of our deals for and start planning your next dream vacation.