5 unique accommodations to add to your travel bucket list

Spruce up your trip and stay in a tree house for a night. Airbnb

TORONTO — An easy way to make your trip more memorable can be to find a fun and unique place to stay. To give you some travel inspiration, we’ve put together a top five list of hotel alternatives.

1. Boat

For those in western Canada, houseboating in the Shuswaps is a popular summer activity. But now, there’s an app that makes it easy to rent a boat or charter a yacht pretty much anywhere.

GetMyBoat bills itself as “the world’s largest and fastest growing peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace.” Think of as the Airbnb for boats. It has 32,000 boats for you to choose from in 135 countries.

In Canada, the average weekly price for a charter will set you back an average of $2,700. The average daily rate is around $500.

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For a lot less than that, you can live in a yellow submarine with seven of your friends on board in Liverpool, England.

Channel your favourite Beatle on this yellow submarine in Liverpool. GetMyBoat

Houseboats in Amsterdam and Boston are a couple other interesting options.

And on Airbnb, a sleep in a century-old houseboat on the Seine will only set you back $174 CDN a night. It also just happens to be parked under the Eiffel Tower.

The houseboat features a private entrance and private deck with table and chairs. Airbnb
The houseboat is set on two levels with a private bathroom, bathtub and shower, with a panoramic view. Airbnb
Check out this nautical-meets-Parisian-chic decor. Airbnb
View of the Seine river from the houseboat. Airbnb

2. Treehouse

Indulge your inner child and sleep in a treehouse. “Spend a restful night with the birds” at Camping Miramichi in New Brunswick or “experience an enchanted coastal rain forest” from a hand-crafted treehouse sphere at Qualicum Beach, B.C.

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Hand-crafted treehouse sphere at Qualicum Beach, B.C.
Hand-crafted treehouse sphere at Qualicum Beach, B.C. Free Spirit Spheres

There are dozens of other treehouses you can sleep in around the world.

If you’re willing to go to Atlanta, Georgia, consider this charming treehouse listed on Airbnb. Its deck, living room and bedroom are each connected by rope-bridges. And the bed is equipped with wheels, so it can be rolled out onto a platform that overlooks a stream below.

Spruce up your trip and stay in a tree house for a night. Airbnb
Made for star-gazing. Airbnb
Peter Pan fans rejoice. Could this tree house listing on Airbnb be Neverland on Earth?. Airbnb
Inside the bedroom. The bed can be rolled into the platform for a more natural experience or inside the room for colder nights. Airbnb
Antique furnishings in the living room include 80-year-old butterfly-filled windows, a 12-candle chandelier, antique seating for six and a balcony overlooking an acre of lush woods. Airbnb
View from bed. Airbnb

3. Lighthouse

Drift off to the sound of gently rolling waves at the West Point Lighthouse Inn on Prince Edward Island. Each of the 13 rooms features a breathtaking view of the Northumberland Strait.

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Get in touch with your nautical side at the West Point Lighthouse Inn, PEI.

Further south along the Atlantic, in Massachusetts, the Wings Neck Lighthouse (formerly a US Coast Guard Lighthouse) features a 360-degree ocean view.

Wings Neck Lighthouse by night. Airbnb
How picturesque is that view?. Airbnb
This lighthouse is available for rent in Pocasset, Massachusetts. Airbnb
Interior of Massachusetts lighthouse. Airbnb
How about waking up to this view? Yes, please. Airbnb

4. Glamping

If you’re a little too high maintenance for camping, give “glamping” a go. It’s a more luxurious alternative. Some of your options include campervans, safari tents, tipis and yurts.

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READ MORE: Not up for roughing it? Try ‘comfort camping’ in Alberta

A Tourism Saskatchewan representative told us making love in a yurt “might be the second most spiritual experience you’ve ever had.”

A yurt in Flora Bora, Saskatchewan.
These luxury tents at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island have en-suite bathrooms with heated floors. Unfortunately, this hidden gem is accessible only by private seaplane or boat.

5. Castle

If glamping isn’t fancy enough for you, perhaps a castle may be more to your liking. There are plenty of them in Scotland for you to choose from, and some of them are actually relatively affordable.

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A single room at the Dornoch Castle Hotel in Sutherland will only cost you £65.
A single room at the Dornoch Castle Hotel in Sutherland will only cost you £65. Mark Harkin, flickr

If money is no expense, try Exclusive Castle Rentals. “Divide your time between two castles,” the site suggests. “Enjoy a stay in a British city, followed by a castle weekend in the countryside.” Their castles come “fully-staffed, with a chef, a butler, waiters and cleaning staff.” Their smallest property sleeps 18 people.

READ MORE: 6 unique Airbnb listings around the world

Travel expert Claire Newell offers a few more unusual places to stay in the world, including a Canadian ice hotel and a cave in Turkey.

READ MORE: How to score the best deal when booking a hotel

For the more sexually-adventurous among us, there’s KinkBNB (think Airbnb but with sex dungeons), proving there’s something out there for everyone.

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You can find more unique accommodations in our “hidden gems in Canada” road trip guide.

With files from Claire Newell and Gloria Henriquez, Global News

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