World's Most Unusual Hotels

Courtesy of Kumbuk Hotel

For a truly memorable stay, break free from hotel chains and check into one of these unusual hotels. 

Kumbuk Hotel, Buttala, Sri Lanka

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On the banks of the Kumbukkan Oya River stands a lone, slightly misshapen elephant. This odd eco-hotel has been constructed from grass and twigs and gently sways in the wind like a lumbering pachyderm. Inside the two-story structure are accommodations for up to 10 people. And real-life elephants can be viewed at nearby Yala Wildlife sanctuary. kumbukriver.com. Doubles from $140. 

—Adam McCulloch

Kumbuk Hotel in Buttala, Sri Lanka

World's Most Unusual Hotels

Kumbuk Hotel, Buttala, Sri Lanka

On the banks of the Kumbukkan Oya River stands a lone, slightly misshapen elephant. This odd eco-hotel has been constructed from grass and twigs and gently sways in the wind like a lumbering pachyderm. Inside the two-story structure are accommodations for up to 10 people. And real-life elephants can be viewed at nearby Yala Wildlife sanctuary. kumbukriver.com. Doubles from $140. 

—Adam McCulloch

Courtesy of Kumbuk Hotel
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