With bucket list trips predicted to be one of the biggest travel trends for 2021, we asked Host Unusual about their most far-flung and exclusive properties.

Whether you’ve always wanted to go on safari, rent a villa on a private island, or stay in an underwater hotel, there’s sure to be somewhere on this list to fuel your wanderlust.

See the most amazing views from a casita in Guatemala or gaze up at the Northern Lights from an arctic bath in Sweden.

The only question you need to ask yourself is, which of these bucket list trips to book first?

Zanzibar – The Underwater Room

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If you’ve ever wondered where paradise is, you might just find it at this underwater idyll.

Get beautifully up close and personal with nature at this eco-friendly resort, which has a choice of garden rooms, seafront villas and an onsite spa to relax in.

But the true pearl in the oyster is the resort’s Underwater Room – one of those bucket list trips you’ll be enthusing about for years after.

Sleeps 2 | Price £1,689 all inclusive (based on a 3 night stay)

Book a stay at The Underwater Room Zanzibar

Nicaragua – El Coyol Private Island

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Known as one of the world’s most beautiful private islands, El Coyol is a breathtaking oasis exquisitely positioned on the freshwater Lake Nicaragua.

Be waited on hand and foot by a team of dedicated staff, who are at your service for the duration of your stay.

Take a dip in the infinity pool, visit the city of Granada just a 10-minute boat ride away, or zip line down the slopes of Mombacho (a volcano that last erupted in 1570).

Sleeps 8 | Price from £600 a night

Book to stay at Nicaragua – El Coyol Private Island

Guatemala – Hobbitenango

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Experience some of the most breathtaking volcano views you’ll ever see from a casita high above the Guatemalan hills.

Hobbitenango is a blissfully remote eco-village where you can truly disconnect and refresh your soul.

Sip cocktails and eat a mouthwatering meal from the farm-to-table restaurant, all while looking out at that spectacular view.

Sleeps up to 6 per casita | Price £60 a night

Book a stay at Hobbitenango Guatemala

Phuket – Keemala

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This tropical wonderland of magical pool villas hidden away in the lush rainforest of Kamala on the west coast of Phuket is perfect for bucket list trips – or even honeymoons.

Each opulent villa features its own indulgent swimming pool, and is perfectly positioned for majestic morning views.

Unwind in the pool or treat yourself to a heavenly treatment at the onsite spa. There is also destination dining on offer, from champagne picnics to a fine dining ‘Feast for the Senses’.

Sleeps up to 4 per villa | Price from £360 a night

Book a stay at Keemala Phuket

Ibiza – T Island

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If your partying days are over but you still love the White Isle, have a total blowout and hire your own private island for you and your friends – complete with a butler, maid and private chef.

The exclusive T Island is perfectly situated off the coast of Ibiza, which not only guarantees spectacular views, but easy access to the mainland which is just 10 minutes away by speedboat.

You’ll stay in a pristine white-walled villa which comes with LED lighting, a Sonos sound system, Jacuzzi, and a shimmering pool, complete with Balinese beds. Perfect for sun- and-cocktail soaked afternoons.

Sleeps 10 | Price from £15,615 a night

Book a stay at T Island Ibiza

Namibia – Shipwreck Lodge

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Nestled among desert dunes in Namibia’s famous Skeleton Coast National Park, there is nowhere in the world quite like Shipwreck Lodge.

Designed by a local architect, the Lodge is made up of 10 eco-cabins expertly constructed to resemble the thousands of shipwrecks that have lined the beach over time.

Explore the real shipwrecks, spot desert elephants, or book a captivating sundowner drive to the Roaring Dunes on this once-in-a-lifetime break.

Sleeps 2 per cabin | Price £479 a night

Book a stay at Shipwreck Lodge Namibia

Sweden – Arctic Bath

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If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights, book a stay at the Arctic Bath in the heart of Swedish lapland.

This one-of-a-kind sustainable construction is sure to take your breath away with its open-air cold bath. Warm up in the hydrotherapy hot tub or one of the three saunas, before enjoying a top-to-toe spa treatment.

Stay in a Water Room connected to the shore by a floating walkway, while the spacious Suites feature a spiral staircase leading to your very own loft.

Sleeps up to 5 a cabin | Price £695 a night

Book a stay at Arctic Bath Sweden

South Africa Western Cape – Kagga Kamma

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The open-air rooms at award-winning South African nature reserve Kagga Kamma are an experience worthy of any bucket trip list.

Surrounded by spectacular rock formations and ancient art, you’ll have the chance to spot endless species of birds and wild animals, so don’t forget your camera.

The Sky Suite is nestled on one of the site’s highest peaks offering the most astounding views of the mountain ranges and the colourful, ever-changing sky. Those views get even better when enjoyed over a glass of wine in the wood-fired hot tub.

Sleeps up to 4 per suite | Price from £65pp a night

Book a stay at Kagga Kamma South Africa

Turkey – Koza Cave Hotel

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Set inside a historic cave house among the magical ‘fairy chimneys’ of Cappadocia, the Koza Cave Hotel is a true Turkish delight.

Blending the exotic touches of Turkey with eco-friendly Dutch influences, this unique hotel has the most stunning panoramic views of the town from its three terraces.

Book an indulgent stay in The King Suite Room and wake to see the sun rising over Rose Valley without even having to leave your bed.

Sleeps 2 | Price from £70 a night

Book a stay at Koza Cave Hotel Turkey

Rio de Janeiro – Tranquil Forest Haven

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Swim under a private waterfall and observe playful monkeys in a paradise-like eco-house in the heart of Rio’s tropical rainforest.

An architectural masterpiece, you’ll discover this dreamlike haven within a private eco-sanctuary on the border of Serra da Bocaina National Park.

After a hectic day swimming and banana-picking, immerse yourselves in forest views with evening drinks on the terrace, watching the blazing sunset.

Sleeps 6 | Price from £137 a night

Book a stay at Tranquil Forest Haven Rio de Janeiro

Kenya – Elewana Loisaba Starbeds

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If you’ve always loved the idea of the sky as your bedroom ceiling, this is the bucket list trip for you.

Said to be the ‘world’s biggest bedroom’, the Loisaba Starbeds are perfectly located in Kenya’s Northern Laikipa region on a 56,000 acre wildlife reserve.

Watch the animals by day, including the chance to see a hippo family up close. And by night, lie back and take in the enormous star-studded sky.

Sleeps 2 | Price from £300 a night

Book a stay at Elewana Loisaba Starbeds Kenya

Host Unusual is a hand-picked directory featuring the most unusual and exciting holiday accommodation around the world. Find out more and book your next stay at hostunusual.com. Follow them on Instagram @hostunusual

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