Airbnb gives £8.8m to people to build ‘crazy’ stays from flowerpot to giant pig

Airbnb has announced that it will be awarding a massive $10million to hosts with the craziest ideas for new holiday stays.

The company launched the OMG! Fund earlier this year with the aim to help 100 people build new properties.

But, these holiday options won’t be your run-of-the-mill B&Bs.

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They have to offer something different, wonderful and bizarre to Airbnb bookers.

Tens of thousands of hopefuls submitted their ideas – with over 200 offering stargazing experiences and almost 1000 incorporating music of some kind.

A whopping 777 were inspired by fruit while 680 were wine-themed.

Keeping the environment in mind, 7,931 planned to use solar panels for energy while 1,214 were treehouses.

Plus, 509 were totally mushroom-inspired.

Out of the creations proposed 100 aspiring designers, architects, DIYers and makers hailing from 23 countries have now been chosen to bring their crazy ideas to life.

Each winner will be given up to $100,000 (£88,300) to make the out-of-this-world lets come to life over the next 10 months.

The unusual Airbnbs are to open for business in summer of 2023 – and we’re super excited.

From a lighthouse in Sweden accessible only by boat, to an adobe fossilised dinosaur skull in the desert, the winning designs are often bonkers, sometimes beautiful and definitely worth seeing.

One of the UK winners includes Peter, who plans to build an acorn-shaped library home, filled with guests’ favourite books and an outdoor acorn bath.

While Whitney H, from the United States, will build a giant flower pot on a farm in Idaho complete with roof garden and hot tub.

One of the most complex designs was Elisa O’s, from Mexico – she plans to build a stunning jungle eco treehouse shaped like an enormous unfurling flower.

The views from its petal will be spectacular.

Winning designs also include a series of elevated rooms which float above a field held in place by clever support struts.

The Mexican Airbnb will follow the pattern of the constellation Orion.

There’s a stay shaped like a dinosaur’s head based in the desert, a floating avocado with glass windows all around and a giant pig built into a meadow.

Plus, a Himalayan fruit-shaped home, a modern house shaped like a cereal box, a stone stargazing sphere and a treehouse made of tires.

There are already whole hosts of unusual Airbnbs out there that you can rent right now.

Two guests can stay in a Hocus Pocus themed cottage this Autumn to celebrate Halloween.

While Weissenstein Palace, the setting for Netflix's The Empress, is available from £163 per night.

There's even a terrifying Airbnb where you sleep surrounded by over 1million living bees in a giant hive.


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