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Unleash Your Wanderlust With These 5 Unique Vacation Rentals

Unleash Your Wanderlust With These 5 Unique Vacation Rentals

If you're a true wanderlust and a thrill seeker—like all of us at AETHER—these five extraordinary vacation rentals will exceed your expectations. Immerse yourself in breathtaking locations and indulge in the rare architectural marvels from around the globe. From a cliffside treehouse in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, to mountaintop pods in Sacred Valley, Peru, these accommodations will ignite your spirit of adventure and create memories that last a lifetime.

Looking up at the cliff house with blue sky behind

Cliff Dweller – Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Gear up for the ultimate adventure in Red River Gorge's Cliff Dweller house. This rugged treehouse bolted to a sandstone cliff will take your breath away. Experience the thrill of climbing several hundred steps on a suspended staircase to reach the cozy kitchen, bathroom, and lofted queen bed. As an official Dark Sky location, nights on the roof deck will expose you to sparkling constellations, igniting your Bluegrass country spirit. The Cliff Dweller house is more than just accommodation—it's an invitation to embrace wonder and conquer new heights.

Aerial view of cliff house
View from exterior walkway of cliff house

Couple laying in bed inside Skylodge overlooking farmland

Skylodge – Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru

If you're a fan of cables and carabiners, prepare for an epic climb to Skylodge in Peru's Sacred Valley of Cusco. Conquer the exhilarating quarter-mile climb on Via Ferrata, a route of cables and clips. At the summit, you'll discover luxurious 24-foot pods built from aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate, complete with comfortable beds, a dining area, and a private bathroom. The glass-enclosed structures offer a 300-degree view of the striking Sacred Valley. Brace yourself for an adrenaline rush during the steep descent down the mountain on a series of six jaw-dropping zip lines, including a 2000-foot ride.

Three people climbing up mountain to reach the Skylodge
Man and woman smiling on platform above Skylodge

Night view of Yama Mountain house with forest lit up

Yama Mountain – Nichan City, Japan

Escape to the epitome of seclusion by reserving an entire mountain in Nichan City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. This hidden gem in a Japanese forest offers an unrivaled experience surrounded by the fragrance of green tea trees and cherry blossoms. The Scandinavian-style cabin boasts sleek wooden decks adorned with hammocks, a sauna, and a pizza kiln for easy-going entertainment. Luxuriate in the authentic Japanese rotenburo outdoor bathtub beneath twinkling stars or relax on sleek leather Danish furniture before a crackling wood-burning stove. This experience will delight all your senses, allowing you to embrace the art of simply being.

Japanese outdoor bathtub
Outdoor wood patio with kiln for cooking

Aerial view of Gut Üselitz manor with surrounding lakes

Gut Üselitz – Rügen, Germany

Welcome to the magnificent island of Rügen, Germany, and the well-kept secret of 16th-century Manor, Gut Üselitz. Take in the sights of Renaissance history while enjoying the modern, minimalist interior that allows the unique landscape to take center stage. With water surrounding the manor and binoculars in every room, witness the spectacular sunset—a vibrant display of orange, pink, and purple palettes drifting across the sky. The island offers natural beaches, a quaint former fishing village, and outdoor activities like horseback riding and sailing. Prepare to be inspired by the beauties of nature at this captivating destination.

View of white facade of Gut Üselitz manor
Minimalist kitchen interior

Interior view of Bedrock Homestead

Bedrock Homestead West End – Boulder, Utah

Embark on an off-road adventure to the Bedrock Homestead in Boulder, Utah. This one-of-a-kind residence carved from natural sandstone caves offers a unique living experience. With arched vaulted ceilings and frameless glass, you can soak in splendid views of wildlife, orchards, and gardens. Dive into the nine-foot-deep swimming pool, fire up the BBQ, or enjoy the warm acoustics of the dedicated music room. Bedrock Homestead redefines rustic living and is a must-visit destination for any adventurer.

Exterior view of Bedrock Homestead with small farm in foreground
Exterior of Bedrock Homestead with nearby horse stables

Whether you seek cliffside thrills, mountaintop marvels, secluded mountain cabins, historic manor sunsets, glacier views, or cave dwellings, visiting one of these special accommodations will be an unforgettable summer experience.