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20 most unique hotels in the West

Try an overnight in a treehouse, a vintage trailer, a hanging orb, and more unusual sleeps

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Verana
Photo and text by Thomas J. Story

Verana, Yelapa, Mexico

High above the Pacific and surrounded by leafy palms is V House, a cool lodging option at eco-swank Verana. While couples commandeer the pricier rooms, you and five friends can take over these secluded open-air trapezoids that stand on stilts on a hillside. The shared bathroom is a small price to pay for fresh-caught fish, views, and a spa. Access this paradise by boat--and a mule ride uphill if you're too lazy to walk. Nov - early Jun; V House $250, suites from $320; five-night minimum; verana.com or 866/687-9358

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