Sitting in the office inevitably gives us wanderlust so it’s nice to be able to find options for our next vacation. And it’s always exciting to find a place to stay that’s just a little different from your usual run-of-the-mill hotels. HomeAway connects travellers with homeowners who offer somthing a little different. We rounded up 10 of their most interesting properties in Asia which really offer a little of the unexpected…and isn’t that what travelling is all about?
Fully renovated historic Korean house (Seoul, South Korea)
Originally a historic Korean house, this has now been transformed into a modern house with incredible design and K-pop fans might even recognise it from the music video of Homme- it ain’t no love. The best part is it’s super convenient for sightseeing, being located right infront of Seoul station.
Price per night: $223
Great Wall of China themed home (Beijing, China)
Maybe you’ve been to the Great Wall of China but would you like to live on it? Now you can – kind of, in this Great Wall-themed house close to the Jiankou Great Wall. The brick and stone walls and wooden furnishing mimics the feel of the ancient Wonder of the World, while the view of the mountains makes this one stay you’ll never forget.
Price per night: $892
New Kyoto Machiya TownHouse (Kyoto, Japan)
This Kyoto machiya townhouse, called Tsuyukusa-an, was beautifully renovated in June 2015. There’s a small Japanese garden and an earth floor called ‘Doma’ which welcomes visitors at the entrance. Kyoto is a centre for Japanese culture and this house is the perfect place to dive into it.
Price per night: $451
Barefoot Luxury at the Tip of Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia)
A little luxury in nearby Malaysia? Yes please. THis beautiful beach-side home is perched on a small cliff top at the tip of Borneo and is perfect for couples or a small groups of friends. This one’s for the energetic types who can enjoy trekking, biking or mangrove tours around the area.
Price per night: $189
Modern Oceanfront Luxury (Phuket, Thailand)
…Or if you’re more the rest and relax type, this luxury 4-bedroom villa on Phuket’s fancy Kamala Beach might be more your pace. The property spans 10,200 square metres and faces the sea for breathtakign views. The villa comes with a living room, dining and entertainment areas, a state of the art kitchen and a private infinity pool (along with a steep price tag).
Price per night: $11,792
Extraordinary 5 floor Bamboo Palace (Bali, Indonesia)
This house is really all about the dramatic nature of bamboo. Perched on the edge of the Ayung river valley in Bali, this is literally a palace with four double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen, lounge and dining area. Get four friends or couples together and the price won’t seem so scary.
Price per night: $1,025
9 Bedroom River View Estate (Kerobokan, Bali)
Inspired by the harmony of a traditional village, this villa is set within a sprawling landscape featuring lots of natural greenery and meandering waterways. Just beyond, guests can witness the rice terraces fed by water from shared irrigation canals that traverse the landscape. The living room as well as the bedrooms allow guests to take in sweeping views of the paddy fields and the canal that runs right through the middle of the approximately one hectare property.
Price per night: $1,988
Traditional 150 year old Japanese house (Kyoto, Japan)
Another one for Japan lovers, experience this charming home an hour’s drive from Kyoto’s centre, with stunning mountains and river scenery at your doorstep. This one is all about immersion as the host has a deep understanding of the culture and history of the area and is the sixth generation to live in this ancesteral home. The family grows grows organic vegetables in their own farm and would be happy to help you cook in the kitchen with these ingredients.
Price per night: $214
Baan Gina, SeaView Nest (Koh Samui, Thailand)
With four bedrooms, two private swimming pools, a stunning deck, kitchen, entertainment room and gym, you’ll never have areason to leave this seaview private villa on thehills of Chaweng Noi. Nevertheless, the busy beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are not too far away, giving you the best of both worlds.
Price per night: $695
Luxury Private Whole Island (Off Jakarta, Indonesia)
If you’re really looking to splurge, find some rich friends and suggest they whisk you and your friends away to Isle East Indies, originally named Pulau Kaliage Kecil, forty miles offshore from Jakarta’s Ancol Marina Harbour. It is literally a private island which can only be accessed by private yacht. There are only four houses on the island which makes it REALLY private. Water activities include waterskiing, kayaking to neighboring islands, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing.
Price per night: $3,321