11 Places to Stay in Before You Die

Travel

Travel to experience.

Experience to get inspired.

Get inspired to live.

Live to Travel.

That’s my life philosophy. Experiences and inspirations make life. In my quest of finding inspirational places to travel to, places to stay in, places that allow me to have ‘out-of-this-world’ experiences, I chanced upon some of these places. They are on my list of places to visit before you die.

1. Secluded Treehouse

Suite of 3 connected tree houses set in secluded intown Buckhead. Beautifully furnished with antiques & natural artifacts and quietly nestled amongst the trees.

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2. Sleep in an Igloo

This is like living a childhood dream. Imagine living in an igloo at an altitude of 2118 m, facing Mont Blanc La Plagne, France.

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3. Vintage caravan / Gypsy Wagon, take a pick !

Chez Shea, a glamping site in Ireland offers accommodation and breakfast in a 1979 vintage caravan and gypsy wagon. There are two of these – both have been carefully restored, featuring very different vintage interiors. Now who wouldn’t want to experience this in their lifetime?

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4. 15th Century Feudal Castle

Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle is a 15th century fortified tower house. Originally added to the existing castle of 1220, it was built in 1480 to provide the Hackett family with a safe and private accommodation apart from the older castle. The Hacketts were ousted from the then Hackett Castle in 1655 by a small Parliamentarian force, due to their support for the Catholic Confederation of Kilkenny. It fell into ruin in the 18th Century. Restored between 1999 and 2009, it is now open for guests. The entire top story is offered for Bed & Breakfast.

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5. A log Cabin

Windy Creek Cabin (USA) was built by Ted and Mark DeCorso in 2007, so Ted and Kay would have a place close by to visit their six grandchildren during the summer. It is a fully functional log cabin in a beautiful old growth climax forest, within walking distance to hiking and skiing trails. Nearby are dog mushing and snow machine trails.

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6. Studio Apartment overlooking the Icebergs

Great studio apartment with stunning views of the icebergs and of out of the ordinary. Private entrance and private terrace, with stunning views. Summer with 24 hours of sunlight or winter with the northern lights.

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7. Oceanfront Penthouse

The view from the 15th and 16th floor of this Penthouse known as Casa Spadaro is breathtaking! It is truly paradise here. Picture yourself relaxing on a private terrace at the top with 180 degree view of the ocean. Or, perhaps, admiring a spectacular sunset while in the private jacuzzi on the terrace. Lovely!

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8. Mongolian Yurt in Canada

Enjoy the luxury and privacy of this hand crafted Mongolian yurt called ‘Travelling Light’. Set in 21 private acres on Cowley Lake, this is the perfect place to base your Yukon adventures and take time out to relax. The stunning lake and mountain views are out of this world. What’s more, you can view the beautiful Northern Lights from the deck of your yurt.

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9. Live in a 200 Year Old Church

A protected building and national monument, Bookeen Hall is a former Church of Ireland Chapel built in 1808. Part of the Dunsandle estate, the church was used for services by the estate’s Church of Ireland congregation. Built in stone, the rectangular hall with its large gothic windows and solid bell-tower can be seen across fields and woodland, making it a distinctive and well known local landmark.

It was deconsecrated in 1920 and exactly 200 years after it was built it was given a new lease of life and converted into a two bedroom home.

Inside the interiors are bright, open and contemporary. The church has a large open plan living /dining room and two bedrooms. The guest bedroom available to visitors has access to its own bell tower/reading room with great views of the surrounding countryside and private bathroom complete with claw-foot bathtub.

Bookeen Hall is situated on the edge of Dunsandle wood which has some great walking and running routes, which your hosts, both keen runners, would be happy to show you. Quiet and peaceful, it is surrounded by woodland, and fields full of cattle and sheep.

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10. Stay at the Colosseum, well almost !

There is a beautiful apartment overlooking the Colosseum, inside a 5 floors building of the early ‘900, finely and preciously restored, is located in one of the most ancient roman neighbourhood, the Celio Hill.  Via Ostilia is a quiet narrow and oneway road, with parking restrictions, perfect for a peaceful and easy vacation. The property is located just a very few steps far from the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, in a charming area, with lots of peculiar stores, candlelight restaurants and friendly pubs. Want to know where? Follow this link.

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11. Minimalist Studio, in the middle of nowhere

Im a great fan of minimalism and my heart just skipped a few beats when I saw the ‘Three apartments’, an architectural house in north Iceland. So, my post of 10 places became 11, as I just could not leave this one out !

This is one of the apartments in Villa Lola, located in Vaðlaheiði near Akureyri, the capital of north Iceland. The villa is located in the exclusive residence area of Akureyri. It has a breathtaking view over the bay and Akureyri . In the winter time one can enjoy the aurora borealis and in the summer time the midnight sun.

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I use the Airbnb website to get inspired and add more such places to my wishlist. To keep up with my ‘Out-of-this-World’ wishlist, click here.

I would strongly recommend all my readers to research and book their stay on Airbnb. If there’s a place worth spending your night in, you’ll find it on Airbnb !

One thought on “11 Places to Stay in Before You Die

  • Hi All,I recently (Sep26/27) went to Shirdi with my fmaily. I thought of posting my experience related to Accommodation and dharshan which will be very useful to all devotees.We stayed in the Sai Ashram Guest House run by Sai Sansthan Trust. The bookings were made 2 days prior to the journey and luckily the accommodation was available for us. We as a fmaily (4 adultlts,1 Kid- 11 Yrs and 1 Infant) went and booked the room of A/C with Western Toilet facility for old people.The rooms were amazing and the services by the Staff members were too good. I could see all smiling faces for the services and requests from us. The cost of the room is 950 including extra mattress. The room is such a big where we all happily stayed. Thanks to all the staff members and trust for maintaining such a clean and pleasant atmosphere. They have Non AC rooms also which comes for Rs 500Even they serve breakfast in a packet which has Poori and Side dish with a sweet also. This comes for Rs4 only. Apart from this we also get Lunch and Dinner for Rs 10 for adults and Rs 5 for Kids. Luckily we have that also free on the day we visited as some devotee is sponsoring free for all. Food is very good and hygienic also. Even we have the facility of Coffee, Tea, Biscuits and water bottles available within the Guest house itself.They also provide frequent shuttles to Main Temple at regular intervals free of cost which is very helpful.Regarding the Dharsha I booked online for the slot available and took the printout. The entrance was via Shani Gate where we can quickly get Baba’s Dharshan.Overall the entire trip was amazing, with Bab’s Grace and Blessings.The website for registering, booking accommodation, dharshan and donation is Please note Photo is mandatory while booking the dharshan, accommodation as it will be validated and verified at respective counters.Hope this information is useful and let me know any additional details required.Hats off to the Saisansthan Trust and their employees for a great and splendid service.Om Sai Ram.ThanksSanjeev

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