Original blog post featured on The Journal by Intrepid, by Rebecca Shapiro.
Sometimes any old hotel just doesn’t do.
Actually, any old hotel never does the job at Intrepid Travel. We’re all about locally-owned ones, authentic ones, and ones that offer something a little bit different.
So, to give you a sneak peak at some of the unique accommodations you can expect to stay in on Intrepid small group trips, here’s 10 of our photo-worthy favourites.
10. Bedouin Camp, Jordan
Exploring the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum is an experience like no other. Hike it by day, watch the sun set, then take in the expansive, starry sky from the comfort of a well-ventilated tent.
9. Junk Cruise, Vietnam
You’ll never forget the beauty of sailing through the emerald waters and limestone karts of Halong Bay. Enjoy a seafood dinner on board and then settle down for a comfortable night in the Unesco World Heritage Site.
8. Houseboat, Botswana
Arrive at your floating home via speedboat taxi and you’ll find you’re in for a treat. There will be hippos grunting, cicadas trilling, a dining area with games, twin-share cabins, and on-deck sundowners to go along with a spectacular sunset.
7. Hogan, United States
Stay in a traditional Hogan hut to get to grips with the culture of one of the largest North American Indian tribes, the Navajo. The facilities are basic but the reservation is home to 200,000 Navajo people, and the experience is unforgettable.
6. Lodge, Australia
STAY HERE: Discover Tasmania
A few hours drive from Hobart, this isolated wilderness lodge makes for a perfect base to explore rugged Tasmania. Finishing touches such as local wines, a lounge with a double fireplace, and premium rooms mean you’ll feel right at home.
5. Eco Camp, Borneo
Accessible via a boat ride then short walk, this accommodation is all about sustainable living. Think solar panel lighting and no running water or wifi. Yes, it’s time to get back to basics, breathe deep, and enjoy the awe-inspiring nature all around.
4. Ger Camp, Mongolia
Cosy and comfortable, ger camps are a must-have experience in the Mongolian countryside. Indulge in traditional cuisine and enjoy the epic landscapes around you.
3. Houseboat, India
A peaceful way to fall in love with the Southern Indian state of Kerala, little beats a night in a houseboat. Try your hand at fishing, experience local life on the water, and cruise the scenic lagoons and canals.
2. Ryokan, Japan
A ryokan is so much more than a traditional inn – it’s a place where you can feel connected to Japanese culture, sleep simply (a futon spread on the tatami floor), and enjoy an included breakfast and dinner.
1. Felucca, Egypt
Relaxing, unique and oh so cool, sailing the Nile by felucca is truly one for the books. Prepare yourself for a shared, open sleeping area, for tasty homemade meals from the Nubian sailing crew, and for the experience of a lifetime.
(All images courtesy of Intrepid Travel and the amazing properties stayed at on their tours.)