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25 of the Best Worldwide Bucket List Stays for 2021

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Published 31/12/2020 25 of the Best Worldwide Bucket List Stays for 2021


With 2020 being such a lacklustre (not to mention a mostly holiday-free) year, we're sensing a strong need for 2021 to up its game.

For us, that means choosing a holiday destination that's as far from average as it's possible to get!

We know from experience that planning ahead is far less boring, if what you're planning is a magical escape that's worthy of any bucket list. That's why we've rounded up some truly fabulous, jaw-dropping places to help give you something exciting to look forward to.

(Because right now, we all need something exciting to look forward to!)

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Chena Huts | Sri Lanka

The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut

Star in a beachfront love story with a grown-ups-only romantic cabin for two, blissfully hidden away in a cosily secretive cove on the South Devon coast. Romantic seaside escapes simply don't come more stunningly secluded than this! Nestled away in a private cove on the beachfront itself and with the most breathtaking South Devon coastal views all around and out to sea, The Beach Hut is the…

Cuevas Helena

Cuevas Helena

Cuevas Helena defines unique cave living for the modern age, set deep in the heart of the Andalucian countryside. Tell your friends that you're going to Spain on holiday, and they probably won't bat an eyelid. However, tell them that you're going to stay in a unique cave house set in the Andalucian countryside, with both pool AND hot tub, and you'll no doubt have their rapt attention!…

The Black Castle

The Black Castle

Travel back through time with an ‘over-knight' stay for two in a majestically authentic 16th century Gaelic castle.   It may be a long way to Tipperary, but travelling back to the 16th century is a far shorter journey than you may think!   Secluded within the breathtaking natural landscape of the shimmering Lough Derg, amongst the invigorating backdrop of North Tipperary, you…

The Yays - Crane Apartment

The Yays - Crane Apartment

Experience a taste of the high life in an iconic, refurbished crane offering luxurious living, an outstanding location and unbeatable views across Amsterdam East, North and the IJ-River. The Yays - Crane Apartment can be found on KNSM Island in the eastern point of this most famous Dutch city - a district still undiscovered by most tourists, but a newly emerging creative hub in high demand…

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses are a contemporary duo of master-designed holiday homes that reflect the breathtaking natural beauty of Northern Italy. You surely couldn't wish for a more beautiful holiday setting than Northern Italy's South Tyrol, which occupies a special position in the heart of Europe.  Spectacular natural landscapes are assured here, with the Dolomites mountain range providing a…

Cycladic Private Island

Cycladic Private Island

A luxury retreat for families and friends amongst clear turquoise waters and soft sand, infused with the magical myth and legend of ancient Greece. Nestled in the Aegean Sea and steeped in ancient legend, the Cyclades islands are known the world over for their breathtaking beaches and rugged landscapes, dotted with traditional blue-and-white towns that overlook the sea. If you've ever…

Chena Huts

Chena Huts

Experience an authentic sense of the exotic, surrounded by outstanding tropical luxury (and flamingos!) in the Sri Lankan jungle. Set in Sri Lanka's exotic deep south, way off the beaten tourist track and bordered by the breathtaking Yala National Park, the all-inclusive Chena Huts spa resort has a distinct ‘lost in paradise' feel. While you might think of a ‘hut' as a simple and…

Nebesa

Nebesa

Peaceful, scenery-showcasing chalets set far from the beaten tourist track, on the unspoilt slopes of Slovenia's remote Kuk Mountain. Featuring just four immaculate, minimalist chalets-for-two that overlook the breathtaking Soca Valley, Nebesa feels like a wonderfully well-kept secret. Nebesa translates as "heaven", a description which simply couldn't be more apt. Once you've completed…

Korimako PurePod

Korimako PurePod

Disconnect from life's trials and troubles, in a secluded glass pod surrounded by native New Zealand bushland. Beautifully nestled within wildlife-steeped native bush along the Greta Valley coastline, you'd never guess that Korimako PurePod is a mere 90-minute drive from Christchurch. Your picturesque journey begins with a soothing drive through forest and farmland...perhaps with a…

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Seven gleaming, individually-styled airstreams secluded at the top of Cape Town's iconic city centre hotel. Originally built in 1874, Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is a much-loved, iconic heritage building in the heart of Cape Town's thriving Long Street. The proud home of South Africa's one-and-only rooftop Airstream trailer park, if you're looking for a unique holiday experience that…

Siesta Campers

Siesta Campers

Simply choose your favourite, fully-equipped VW campervan - then get ready for new holiday adventures in Portugal! There's something special about rolling around in an iconic VW campervan. Whether you're a seasoned couple of travellers, a surfer dude, or a family of novice nomads, it's all about that uniquely exhilarating mixture of freedom, relaxation, and adventure. With a little help from…

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage

Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage

Steal away from civilisation, to an historic haven with dramatic sea views out towards the Pentland Firth. Perched on top of a 115-foot cliff, on the red sandstone Scottish island of South Walls, Cantick Head Lighthouse Cottage is remote enough to make you feel as though you've been magically spirited away from everyday life. Adjacent to the historic lighthouse tower itself, the cosy cottage…

Reefsuites

Reefsuites

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the magical Great Barrier Reef in all its glory, with a jaw-dropping stay in Australia's first underwater suites. Part of the pleasure of Reefsuites, suspended three metres below water on Australia's beautiful Hardy Reef, is the cruise you'll take through the paradise-like Whitsunday Islands to reach them. A stay worthy of the most amazing bucket list…

Arctic Bath

Arctic Bath

This breathtaking, eco-friendly oasis of nature floats serenely under the midnight sun and the Northern Lights in the heart of Swedish Lapland.Floating on Sweden's magnificent Lule river, Arctic Bath is a one-of-a-kind construction that promises to take your breath away.Perfect for enjoying the midnight sun in summer, and perhaps the Northern Lights in winter, the sky forms an beautiful,…

Area 55 Futuro House

Area 55 Futuro House

Savour 360-degree desert views from the other-worldly comfort of an off-grid space-age retreat, ‘hovering' above California's Joshua Tree. Sought-after by collectors the world over, the Futuro house was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen during the late 1960s, partly in homage to man's conquering of space.   Reminiscent of a flying saucer, featuring round windows and an…

The Island Cornwall

The Island Cornwall

Gaze dreamily out at the Atlantic Ocean, from the sumptuous comfort of your very own private, palm-fringed paradise. Perched proudly on top of a 70ft rock stack that soars high above Newquay's famed Towan Beach, The Island promises to cast you blissfully adrift from the rest of the world.   Completely surrounded by sparkling water at high tide, you can only access it by crossing an elegant…

The Big Idaho Potato Hotel

The Big Idaho Potato Hotel

A deliciously unique, six-ton spud-and-spa retreat for two, set in 400 acres of farmland with a friendly Jersey cow as your holiday pet! Big Idaho Potato Hotel is exactly what it says on the tin: a six-ton Russet Burbank potato, of the type that's famously grown in Idaho, transformed into a romantic rural getaway for two. Crafted from steel, plaster, and concrete, the 28-foot long tater has been…

Archirondel Tower

Archirondel Tower

A captivating and historic coastal retreat, rich in heritage and boasting a roof terrace that showcases Jersey's National Park to perfection. Built on a rocky outcrop in St Catherine's Bay, all the way back in 1792, Archirondel Tower casts a romantic, windswept figure amongst the secluded beaches that surround it. Infused with stories from centuries past, the four-storey tower was originally…

The Light House

The Light House

Watch the sun setting over Finland's largest lake, with a soothing stay in an isolated, glass-fronted Scandinavian ‘igloo' set on the water.The Light House occupies a location that dreams are made of; right in the middle of Saimaa, Finland's largest lake.Depending on the season, you'll be nestled either on the water, or on the ice, with a vast, ever-changing view to gaze upon from huge windows.…

Armacao Beach House

Armacao Beach House

An architect designed retreat, with panoramic sea views from its beautiful Brazilian setting, directly on the beach at Santa Catarina. Famed for its pristine, picturesque beaches, Santa Catarina has the look and feel of paradise brought to life.Positioned right on one of these amazing beaches, Armacao Beach House is the perfect setting for you - and seven lucky loved ones! - to unwind and…

Arctic Fox Igloos

Arctic Fox Igloos

View the clear night sky (and possibly the Northern Lights) with a breath-taking stay in a glinting glass igloo on the edge of the Arctic Circle. A glistening display on the shores of Finnish Lapland's Lake Ranuanjärvi, Arctic Fox Igloos are luxurious glass havens that promise to cocoon you in breath-taking natural beauty. Located on the edge of the Arctic Circle, and dotted with towering fir…

Stable Stays

Stable Stays

A fun and completely unique stay in luxury self-catering stable, complete with a beautiful horse for company, set on a friendly farm in the Lake District. The ultimate in fun sleepovers, Stable Stays offers a unique opportunity for you to sleep in a cosy, self-catering stable, with a beautiful Friesian horse or a cute Shetland pony right by your side! Your soothing location is a historic,…

iHouse

iHouse

A sustainable, custom-created wooden retreat, overlooking the crystal-clear waters and soft sand of Halkidiki's beautiful Kassandra Peninsula. Boasting crystal waters, paradise-like sands, and soothing views of the pine-strewn hills beyond, Paliouri Beach is widely considered to be the prettiest on Halkidiki's popular Kassandra Peninsula. It's directly on this idyllic beach that you'll discover…

Honister Cliff Camping

Honister Cliff Camping

A unique, not-for-the-faint-hearted camping adventure, in a hanging tent that's dramatically suspended 2000ft above Honister Pass for awe-inspiring Lake District views. Enjoy camping, but wish that cosy tent could come with a little extra adventure? Honister Cliff Camping takes sleeping under the stars to a thrilling new level, offering you the chance to sleep in a comfy portaledge (a safe,…

Stay Wild

Stay Wild

A lovingly restored slice of Americana, in the form of a vintage yellow bus that's permanently stopped in an idyllic green Garden of England field. An imaginative and lovingly crafted retreat for two, Stay Wild offers you the chance to stay aboard a vintage, bright yellow, 40ft-long bus, plucked straight out of 1970s America. Friendly owner Aly fell in love with the then-derelict bus, and got…

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