The modern spin on traditional yurts offers travelers a compelling opportunity to have an off-the-grid experience rooted in history, while still enjoying many of the comforts of traditional vacation accommodations. If you’re curious about staying in a yurt, take a look at ten that are available for booking, from Big Sur, to the mountains of Utah, to the coast of Ireland and beyond.
Located amid the lush forests of Big Flat, CA next to the Trinity River, the Pacific Yurt at Strawhouse Resorts offers guests the chance to stay in a yurt structure combined with a glamping experience, as the 30′ circular structure comes with a clawfoot tub, bamboo flooring, heating and air conditioning, an electric fireplace, and perhaps most alluring, an elevated loft space directly under the dome, perfect for star gazing.
Escalante Yurts—whose name is derived from the company’s location in the scenic red rock region of Escalante, Utah— offers five models of yurts for short-term rental. The yurts are 100% animal-skin free (an intentional decision made by the company) and range in size from 450 to 900 sq ft. Each Yurt is outfitted with unique decor elements that echo the region’s Western heritage.
This beachfront yurt rental is located in a secluded area of Vancouver Island near Pacific Rim National Park. The yurt itself is bright and airy, with a front porch overlooking the beach and surrounding forest. More traditional than other yurt rentals on the market, the yurt is supplied with basic amenities, and shared bathroom facilities are located within walking distance.
The yurt pictured above is one of five eco-friendly models available for rent at the Luxury Yurt resort located on Ireland’s stunning Portsalon coast. Each yurt has distinct decor along with a wood-burning stove, as well as a personal fire pit and barbecue located outside. Some of the yurts are located near the property’s organic garden, while others have sweeping coastal views. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared in a well-equipped community area.
Savage River Lodge is surrounded by 700 acres of state forest in Frostburg, Maryland, with eight 30′ yurts available for booking. Each yurt has a private deck, private bath (with plumbing), king-sized bed with sustainably produced linens, gas-log fireplace, and radiant floor heat from Warmboard.
Located on the coast of Palm Beach, New Zealand, Simply B offers two yurts surrounded by views of the sea and olive tree groves. The yurts are simply furnished with adjacent bathrooms. There is also a large central yurt where one of the purveyors offers regular yoga lessons.
We featured Green Acres last year as an ideal glamping destination—and for good reason. Located in Bastrop County, Texas (near Austin), the two yurts available for booking via Airbnb offer guests two distinct experiences. The “Marrakech Yurt” featured above is furnished with beautiful, hand-selected Moroccan decor and personal touches like a writer’s desk and organic bedding, while the “Schulman Yurt” is decorated with a nod to Mid-Century Modern combined with Moroccan accents. The secluded grounds include a modern bathhouse, vintage barn, and outdoor kitchen area, in addition to complimentary treats and access to leisure activities like hammock and a variety of classic lawn games. Fun fact: miniature donkeys also live on site.
This individual 16′ yurt is situated on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, in what can only be described as a paradise of a location nestled among a tropical garden with stunning ocean views. The yurt is elegantly decorated and features a continual bank of windows so guests can enjoy fresh ocean breezes. The walls are constructed of eco-friendly marine-grade Sunbrella, a breathable material that is well-suited to Hawaii’s climate.
Treebones Resort offers “full ocean view” and “partial ocean view” yurts located on the bluffs of Big Sur. Each yurt is equipped with comfortable decor, running water, and private decks with Adirondack chairs. Treebones also works with Central Coast Outdoors, a local eco-adventure company, to offer guests hiking and kayaking excursions that depart directly from the resort.
This handcrafted, authentic Mongolian yurt is located in a bucolic setting near a small farm in Vejer de La Frontera, Cadiz, Spain. The yurt is constructed of all natural materials, like horsehair strings and sheep wool insulation, and is charmingly appointed with simple and classic decor. Guests have access to the property’s surrounding gardens, available bicycles, community kitchen, and children’s playground, and it is only a short distance to neighboring beaches and forests.