Where you stay can make or break a travel experience. And there are a ton of architectural wonders in the world that won’t only make your vaca, but they’ll be a sole reason you decide to even go. These incredible structures around the world are worth checking out—and if you never venture outside them, we won’t blame you.
Pikaia Lodge: Book a few nights on Santa Cruz island in Galapagos in one of these 74-square-meter suites with a private plunge pool, Peruvian travertine marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that boast views of the shaded terrace and rolling green horizon.
Turtle Lair: This secret Manhattan lair boats three bedrooms and four bathrooms, and sleeps six people. That alone is a pretty big deal in Manhattan. The glow-in-the-dark basketball court, retro arcade, television wall and drum set are just added bonuses.
Cubehouse: Set in the heart of Rotterdam, this three-story house is just an hour train to Amsterdam and a walk from the markets and nightlife of Witte de Withstraat street. But the top floor offers 360-degree views of the city, so you might just want to chill up there.
Historical Nakagin Capsule Tower: This tower, an example of the Japanese Metabolism movement that became emblematic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence, was designed back in 1972. Today, guests can check out its unique architecture for themselves.
St. Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite: Stay in a mini apartment in London’s St. Pancras Station clock tower, looking out over Kings Cross. Talk about high ceilings.
Glass Tree House: It sleeps four, but you can have one or two guest come visit, if you wanted. The open floor plan makes the place feel a lot more spacious, perhaps because the floor-to-ceiling windows open up to a whole lotta Atlanta's nature.
Off-Grid itHouse: Think: a raw industrial, solar-powered, glass-paneled house set in the middle of sunbaked wilds of the California high desert. Now think: sleeping in said house in nothing but sweet seclusion. Seriously—there’s intentionally no television or Wi-Fi.
Getaway Cabins: Gather up to three of your friends to spend a weekend outside either New York or Boston in one of these 160-square-feet rural rentals. Inside includes a full bathroom, snack-stocked kitchen and propane stove.
casaBARTHEL: This tree house sits on Tuscan land amid plentiful olive trees and a family garden. There are a communal swimming pool and tennis court on site, as well as a dining porch with a barbecue and wood oven.
Satellite Island Boathouse: Situated between mainland Tasmania and Bruny Island in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, this unspoiled, private landmass has two houses from which to choose. Settle in at the Boathouse with a bucket of oysters and a bottle of champagne.