Checking in: Unique Airbnb picks of the week

Tori Floyd
Editor

It’s no secret that rainforests are vanishing. They once covered 14 per cent of the planet, but now only cover 6 per cent, and the outlook for the future isn’t much better.

You’ll never find a hotel in the heart of the rainforest, but there are other ways you can experience their natural wonder before they’ve completely disappeared.

This week, we look at some of the most unique places you can stay inside a rainforest. Visit one of these homes in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, Ucuelet, Canada or Rawang, Malaysia for a taste of living in one of the rarest habitats on Earth.

Checking In: Unique Airbnb Picks of the Week

Is there anywhere more exotic-feeling than the heart of a rainforest? (Victoria Reay/Flickr)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

Tucked in the heart of the Atlantic Rainforest in Nova Friburgo, Brazil is a rustic lodge, which can be yours for $224 a night. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

While the lodge’s pool may not be massive, it more than makes up for it with the poolside view. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

Located inside Três Picos state park, you’ll be staying inside one of the last primeval rainforest-covered areas in the state of Rio de Janeiro. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

In the kitchen, you can prepare meals using ingredients from the garden, like local organic vegetables or fresh seasonings from the spice patch. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

The breakfast table lets you experience the beautiful rainforest morning with a little protection from the elements. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

Staying at the lodge is truly one way to get away from it all; there’s no mobile coverage or internet. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

The living room lots of reading material, and space for entertaining. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

There’s also a games room for when you want to spend some time inside. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

The lodge has five bedrooms. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Brazilian rainforest

The rustic lodge is a great way to experience the rainforest, with its 300 orchid species and plenty other flora and fauna to find on nature hikes among the trees — or even while staying on the property! (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

If you don’t want to travel as far for a rainforest adventure, stay in Canada in this tent in Ucluelet, B.C. for $104 a night. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

This isn’t any ordinary tent, though. You’ll be “glamping,” sleeping in a handmade queen bed. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

Inside the tent, there’s a futon, great for lounging or for additional guests. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

You can even take your meals inside, if the weather isn’t favourable. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

But chances are, you’ll want to spend your time outside enjoying the view from your campfire. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

You can even prepare more complex meals outside using the outdoor kitchen. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

The tent even has little camping luxuries, like this cedar outdoor shower. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

Of course, you’re still camping, so you will be lacking some creature comforts. But this outhouse is nicer than most. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Canadian rainforest

Spend the days relaxing in the hammock, or hanging out on the deck. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

If you’re thinking of somewhere a little more exotic, this villa in Rawang, Malaysia for $301 a night may be what you’re looking for. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

This luxurious retreat overlooks Bukit Takun and a nearby golf course, and surrounds you with views of Kanching Rainforest Reserve. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

There’s an infinity pool with jet spa and a splash pool for the little ones, perfect for morning laps… (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

…or kicking back at the end of a long day. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

The villa has four bedrooms, and can sleep up to 16 people. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

Here’s another look at the villa from the field, part of the three acres of hilltop where the villa rests. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

The bottom deck was designed with high ceilings, so you have plenty of ventilation while still enjoying the outdoors. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

A gazebo near the main pavilion has the stove, fridge and food preparation areas. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

The toilet uses heated water collected from rooftop solar panels. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

Here’s another spacious bedroom. This one can sleep up to 6 people. (Airbnb)

Checking in: Airbnb in a Malaysian rainforest

Relax and unwind in one of the hammocks or swing chairs, and gaze out at Anak Bukit Takun. (Airbnb)

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