Airbnb's New Floating Apartment Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen


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Plunge pools are so passé. Airbnb's new rental, a floating pontoon off the coast of Queensland, Australia, offers guests an unbeatable private swim spot: the Great Barrier Reef. The stunning apartment floats above the world's largest coral reef, giving guests the chance to literally jump out of bed and into the water to explore the multicolor world beneath the surface.

The floating apartment features two bedrooms and one bathroom, accommodating up to four guests. It has no windows, so you'll fall asleep to the sound of the lapping waves and emerge in the morning to see the sun rise over the ocean. Your neighbors aren't the typical Airbnb type—the reef is home to 600 types of coral, 1625 varieties of fish, and 30 species of whales and dolphins.

The best part? For one family or group of friends, this insane tropical vacation will be free. Airbnb has partnered with Disney Pixar's Finding Dory to give away one night on the awe-inspiring pontoon. Guests will also be treated to a meal by influential Australian chef Neil Perry, who will create a culinary feast with local Queensland produce—the region is famous for giant prawns and saltwater barramundi.

Take a look at the stunning floating apartment, and then shop this Hilansha Beach Towel ($39) in preparation for your trip!