Encounters Spring 2013
From the blue waters of the Maldives to the natural bounties of Mozambique, SCMP's regional travel magazine, Encounters, takes readers on rich journeys that are up-close and personal.
One of a kind
From tree houses to caves, accommodation need never be dull, writes Tracey Furniss
If you are looking for alternative lodgings, TripAdvisor travellers have some interesting suggestions.
Tropical Treehouse, Puerto Rico
The main house accommodates 12; each individual tree house is built for two. Prices start from US$110 per night. Located on 4.85 hectares of hardwood forest and bamboo groves, these tree houses form a secluded retreat with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Just minutes from town and beaches, the resort offers the best of both worlds. The tree houses have solar lighting, kitchenettes, showers and flush toilets, with a queen-size bed in the penthouse.
Unique Hilltop Windmill, Odemira, Portugal
There are three bedrooms, and each accommodates seven. Prices start from US$159 per night.
With gorgeous outdoor space and a rounded bedroom in the roof, this hilltop windmill is truly unique. Situated in an ecological reserve, the mill stands on a hill overlooking the plains that roll their way from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border. The mill is a perfect base for bird watching, stargazing, walking and exploring. The grounds are divided into walled garden areas where you can enjoy or avoid the sun.
French Louie Caye, Belize
Accommodates eight. Prices start from US$167 per night.
Sheltered behind the Belize Barrier Reef, this private 0.8-hectare island offers a beautiful coral sand beach, is surrounded by some of the finest coral reef and also has fascinating mangrove ecology. The rental includes a caretaker/cook and kayaking, snorkelling and tours.
Château de Sadillac
There are six bedrooms for a party of 15. Prices start from US$466 per night.
This Dordogne property consists of a château, pool and golf course. The château dates back to the 11th century, with accommodation comprising luxurious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, spacious common areas, a private bar pool and more. A spacious terrace overlooks the private nine-hole golf course.
Lydia Cave House, Santorini, Greece
There are three bedrooms, accommodating eight. Prices start from US$173 per night.
The traditional cave house is built into the cliffside in the village of Oia and overlooks the Aegean Sea. It has two outdoor seating areas and an indoor pool.