There are probably millions of carbines in the wilderness all across the globe. However, none are more charming than the following 9 examples of cabin getaways. Whether it’s a bungalow in Sri Lanka or a lodge in Kenya, all of these cabins allow their residents to relax in a natural setting.
State bungalow in Matugama, Sri Lanka
The location of the state bungalow in Sri Lanka determined its starry or spider-web design. Namely, the bungalow is situated at a mountain slope, with the jungle behind it and a rubber plantation down below.
This is where Sri Lankan farmers used to build Chenas or watch huts to look after their crops after dark. The design of the state bungalow is partially inspirited by Chenas’ primitive, yet functional architecture.
Fragile Shelter in Sapporo, Japan
Built in 2011, the Fragile Shelter was envisioned as a temporary forest shelter during wintertime, which can be snowy and harsh in Japan. In order to raise it from the snow sheet around it, the mini-cabin sits on small stilts.
This presents the heavy snowfall from wrapping around its wooden foundations. The cabin serves a communal purpose, as locals organize all types of events there, from college parties to dinners. The architect of the tiny chalet is Hidemi Hishida.
Cabanas No Rio Huts in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal
Built entirely from reclaimed scrap wood, the Cabanas No Rio Huts were modeled on the local fishermen’s huts. Located south of the capital Lisbon, the cabins feature beds and a small bathroom, making them ideal for rural tourism.
One of the huts serves as a kitchen and a communal space for tourists to have fun together, which was part of the architect’s (Aires Mateus) vision.
Mountain cabin in Laterns, Austria
The mountain cabin in Laterns in central Austria was designed by Marte Marte. The cabin was built from rough concrete to make it blend better with the alpine wilderness around it. Massie oak front doors welcome visitors inside where they can find a spiral staircase and plenty of windows to enjoy the surroundings.
Blackbird Byron in New South Wales, Australia
If you want a cabin with a view of the ocean, then Blackbird Byron is the right place to go. The bed and breakfast features three detached pavilions ideal for honeymooners.
Apart from upscale furniture found under flat copper roofing there is a swimming pool offering views of the Byron Hinterland. This cabin is among the most opulent ones on our list, as you have to pay more than 500 dollars for a night here.
Diogene in Weil am Rhein, Germany
Moving from the largest to perhaps the tiniest cabin on the list, the Diogene lives up to its name. Designed by Renzo Piano (the architect behind the London’s Shard), the little hut was designed as a minimalistic refuge.
Although the architect envisioned it as a shelter in case of emergency, the tiny hut can serve as a holiday destination. The fact that it’s fully self-sufficient and self-sustainable makes is that more appealing to tenants. The cabin uses only natural power sources, such as photovoltaic panels on the roof, a geothermal heat pump, and a rainwater collection system.
Cascade Creek Retreat in Milton, New Zealand
Although the Cascade Creek Retreat is not technically a cabin, its remote location makes it perfect for a vacation. The chalet is located at the bottom part of the South Island, in the enchanting Otago region of New Zealand. There are many walking tracks that crisscross the region, so tourists will never get bored.
Inverness A-Frame in Point Reyes Station, California (USA)
Situated in Marin County in California, Inverness A-frame is among the top cabins on the planet. One night at this A-Frame is more than 400 US dollars but it’s worth the money. Like all cabins on our list, the Inverness A-Frame is a true sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Today, booking is easier than ever, as the accommodation is available on Airbnb and as many as 6 people can stay at the cabin at the same time. Apart from the beds, the chalet has two baths, so entire families can use it as a mountain retreat.
Kiara Lodge in Clarens, South Africa (RSA)
Ranked as one of the top cabins on the African continent, Kiara Lodge features a number of amenities, from a heated indoor pool to a children’s playground. The rooms are lavishly decorated and equipped with every appliance imaginable.
If you are looking to escape civilization at least for the weekend, then cabins are a great getaway option. We have listed the top 9 lodges across the globe that you can book or visit. Each cabin is unique in its own way but all were built with relaxation in mind.