If your travel asp-irations include staying somewhere sssensational, this snake-inspired property in Mexico – surely one of the world’s most surreal rentals – should fit the bill.
Quetzalcoatl’s Nest – named after the feathered Aztec serpent god, Quetzalcoatl – is an incredible piece of architecture set over 40 acres that resembles a giant snake, its mouth built around a 19ft- (six-metre) wide natural cave, one of several in the undulating terrain.
Designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, it’s part sculpture park and part housing complex – and one of the 10 apartments is available to rent via Airbnb. There are no doors (apart from at the main entrance), the rooms are connected by winding tunnels and guests can climb a staircase to enter the snake’s mouth, from which there are mesmerising views.
Quetzalcoatl’s Nest – named after the feathered Aztec serpent god, Quetzalcoatl – is an incredible piece of architecture set over 40 acres that resembles a giant snake
There are ten spacious apartments in the winding complex and one is available to rent via Airbnb for £228 per night
The unit can sleep up to ten people across five bedrooms, with a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and roomy bathrooms among the amenities.
Large round windows complete with window seats enable travellers to make the most of the magnificent views and there’s an eye-catching communal indoor garden area featuring tropical plants, a small pond and a multicoloured glass window.
Senosiain, who’s known for his dream-like organic designs, completed Quetzalcoatl’s Nest in 1998 and owner Patricia has been hosting her unit within it since 2015.
She says that when she gives guests a tour, ‘wows’, ‘oohs’ and ‘ooh la las’ are plentiful, while her listing describes the property, which is in Naucalpan, just northwest of Mexico City, as ‘paradise in the city’.
The unit can sleep up to ten people across five bedrooms, with a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and roomy bathrooms among the amenities
There are no doors, the rooms are connected by winding tunnels and guests can enter the snake’s mouth (pictured) for mesmerising views
All of the rooms have large round windows so guests can gaze upon the sculpture garden with ease. Pictured is the Airbnb’s kitchen area
One of the property’s many dazzling features is this communal indoor garden area
It continues: ‘This place is perfect for anyone who loves nature, silence, woods, architecture, and someone who wants to recover.
‘It has a park with botanical gardens, a cave of minerals and lakes to go around. It is a perfect place for small groups on retreats, to write, to meditate, for yoga, for walking, for a nice rest.’
Former guests have left glowing reviews and it has a 4.92 rating for cleanliness, location and value for money.
Natalie, who stayed at the Airbnb this February, said: ‘This place surpasses all expectations. What a dreamland! It felt so special being able to stay in a place like this and experience a part of someone’s wildest imagination. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’
Multicoloured glass windows and colourful mosaics create a vibrant atmosphere in the winding indoor garden
A magical ambience runs throughout the property, thanks to Senosiain’s playful collisions of shape and colour
The Airbnb listing, written by host Patricia, describes Quetzalcoatl’s Nest as ‘paradise in the city’. It continues: ‘This place is perfect for anyone who loves nature, silence, woods, architecture, and someone who wants to recover’
And Mark, who rented the wacky apartment in 2018, mused: ‘Nido de Quetzalcoatl [Quetzalcoatl’s Nest] is for architecture and nature lovers!
‘Sleeping inside the belly of a rattlesnake in the most beautiful designed architecture and landscape park by Javier Senosiain is an unforgettable experience. You’ll feel like Alice in wonderland!’
Quetzalcoatl’s Nest costs £228 a night. Click here for more information.
Former guests have left glowing reviews of the rental and it has a 4.92 rating for cleanliness, location and value for money