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Inside the most outrageous Airbnb listings just in time for the holidays

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Travelers are looking for one thing in their Airbnb vacation spot ahead of the holidays: uniqueness.

According to a new study by Confused.com, Google searches for “different types of Airbnb” are up 400% over the last 12 months as pandemic-weary people seek to break the cycle of stay-at-home life.

“There’s a lot more interest from holidaymakers in finding a unique stay,” Jessica Willock, a home insurance expert at Confused.com, told The Post. “In comparison to typical hotels, Airbnb offers a variety of unique and different stays, making it a fun option for travelers who want to break away from tradition.”

Willock explained that while the travel industry is “picking up,” adventurers are hoping to make the most out of the holiday season by booking unique and exciting spaces for their stays.

“Not only do these unique properties break away from the norm, but also include an Instagrammable factor as visitors want to boast about their holidays on their social media feeds,” she said. “As the interest in Airbnb only continues to soar, owners could be taking the opportunity to cash in on their weird and wonderful properties by putting their homes on Airbnb.”

Scroll through to see some of the most in-demand, unique Airbnb stays just in time for the holidays.

Bubble Suite — Mexico

If you want to step into the future, this might just be the best Airbnb listing for you.

Located in Mexico’s wine country, Campera Hotel, known as the Bubble Suite, has been described as a fancier version of glamping. At $230 per night, it costs about 167% more than other two-bedroom rentals, according to data from Confused.com.

Unique to North America, Campera is a 12 bubble hotel.
Airbnb / Bubble Suite
Their state of the art bubbles are immersed in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico's most famous wine country.
Their state-of-the-art bubbles are immersed in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s most famous wine country.
Airbnb / Bubble Suite
Each bubble home lights up in the color purple at night.
Each bubble home lights up in color at night.
Airbnb / Bubble Suite
The queen-sized bed.
Each bubble comes with a full-sized bed.
Airbnb / Bubble Suite
The bathroom.
The private bathroom.
Airbnb / Bubble Suite

“Our state of the art bubbles are immersed in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s most famous wine country surrounded by wineries and restaurants,” the listing states.

Made up of 12 bubbles, each comes with a private bathroom and a full-sized bed. 

“Designed in France and made with the highest grade of materials, our bubbles create a sphere of comfort and intimacy,” the listing states.

Dreamy Tropical House — Hawaii

Another unique Airbnb is the Dreamy Tropical Treehouse in Hawaii — an adult-sized treehouse with a 360-degree view of a tropical jungle. This secluded spot costs $287 a night, which is only $40 more expensive than your typical Airbnbs in the local area.

The structure is made up of bamboo.
The structure is made up of bamboo.
Airbnb / Dreamy Tropical House
Upon arrival, let the red cinder path be your yellow brick road as you are lead through the jungle to your private abode.
Upon arrival, let the red cinder path be your yellow brick road as you are led through the jungle to your private abode.
Airbnb / Dreamy Tropical House
At ground level you will encounter a hanging bed, suspended beneath the floor of the living quarters.
At ground level, you will encounter a hanging bed, suspended beneath the floor of the living quarters.
Airbnb / Dreamy Tropical House
A beautiful wrap around lanai allows for a 360 degree view of the lush jungle, while two sliding glass doors grant access to the bedroom.
A beautiful wrap-around lanai allows for a 360-degree view of the lush jungle, while two sliding glass doors grant access to the bedroom.
Airbnb / Dreamy Tropical House
The queen-sized bedroom.
The queen-sized bedroom.
Airbnb / Dreamy Tropical House

Located in Lanai, the listing states that you will have your own island to yourself, being able to explore Volcano National Park, which is just 10 minutes away.

A beautiful wrap-around lanai allows for a 360-degree view of the lush jungle, while two sliding glass doors amongst a canopy of trees grant access to the bedroom.

The Mushroom Dome — Aptos, California

In this Airbnb, known as the Mushroom Dome, you will have a dome all to yourself.

Shaped like a mushroom, the dome has been listed on Airbnb since 2009, and is pegged as having had “the most reservations of any of their listings — in the world.”

The cabin is near a Redwood Grove, at night, and is completely isolated.
The cabin is near a Redwood Grove and is completely isolated.
Airbnb / Mushroom Dome
In the loft is a Queen-sized super popular Casper Mattress which allows for very comfortable meditation and/or sleeping and just hanging out.
The loft has a Queen-sized Casper Mattress, which allows for comfortable meditation and sleeping, the listing notes.
Airbnb / Mushroom Dome
Centrally located on the Monterey Bay: 10 minutes from the beach (Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beach) as well as near the 10,000 acre Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.
Centrally located on Monterey Bay, the home is 10 minutes from the beach (Rio Del Mar and Seacliff State Beach) as well as near the 10,000-acre Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.
Airbnb / Mushroom Dome
The private deck.
The private deck.
Airbnb / Mushroom Dome

Pegged as a cozy curvy retreat cabin in the middle of a forest, the Mushroom Dome in California lands on Confused.com’s weirdest Airbnb list.

A one-bed geodesic dome was built to resemble a mushroom, with 10 acres surrounding the property. Visitors have full access to the retreat and can take a hike, or gaze at the stars. Prices during the holidays range about $450 a night but can go down to $150 in the spring.

Yellow and Blue Tiny House — Waco, Texas

Starting out as a 20-foot shipping container, this wacky home known as the Yellow and Blue Tiny House has been decked out with a spacious rooftop deck and custom-made shower to land on Confused.com’s weirdest Airbnbs list.

This unique container home costs an affordable $186 per night and sleeps two people.

A view of the entire structure.
A view of the entire structure.
Airbnb / Yellow and Blue Tiny House
A small glass encased patio.
A small glass-encased patio for inclement weather.
Airbnb / Yellow and Blue Tiny House
The kitchen with a dining bar.
The kitchen with a dining bar.
Airbnb / Yellow and Blue Tiny House
The petite living space.
The petite living space.
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The porch.
The porch.
Airbnb / Yellow and Blue Tiny House

The interior is insulated and paneled in pine shiplap. The outside is clad with cedar siding with spacing to allow the original container to still be seen, the listing states.

“We removed the steel panels from the doors and replaced them with picturesque full glass,” the hosts of the Airbnb explained. “The fun rooftop deck is surrounded by a custom cable railing system and lit with fully color-adjustable LED lights under the rail that gives the deck a beautiful glow at night.”

Treehouse Blue Mountains — Australia

Of all the Airbnbs Confused.com analyzed, Treehouse Blue Mountains in Australia was the most costly. Staying at this property usually costs a whopping $1,685 a night — a staggering 613% above the average in the area.

Stay amongst 600 acres of private wilderness in the Blue Mountains in a treehouse.
Stay amongst 600 acres of private wilderness in the Blue Mountains in a treehouse.
Airbnb / Treehouse Blue Mountains
Known as the Secret Treehouse, the listing describes the home as “a place where you can live with birds high in the forest tree-tops.”
Airbnb / Treehouse Blue Mountains
The living space.
The living space.
Airbnb / Treehouse Blue Mountains
The Treehouse has simply stunning views of the deep Bowen's Creek Gorge and rare Blue Mountains rainforest. It is only for couples and not for children
The Treehouse has views of the deep Bowen’s Creek Gorge and the rare Blue Mountains rainforest. It is only for couples and not for children.
Airbnb / Treehouse Blue Mountains
Stay amongst 600 acres of private wilderness in the Blue Mountains in a treehouse.
Stay amongst 600 acres of private wilderness in the Blue Mountains in a treehouse.
Airbnb / Treehouse Blue Mountains

Located in Bilpin, in New South Wales, prices are a whopping $1,095, which is a decrease from its typical prices.

The treehouse is surrounded by 600 acres of private wilderness in the Blue Mountains, the listing notes. This secluded accommodation offers a back-to-nature experience, nestled between two National Parks and a World Heritage-listed rainforest.

The cabin comes complete with a spa, kitchenette, queen bed, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that boast views of Bowen’s Creek Gorge and the rare Blue Mountains rainforest.

Cabana Floripa — Brazil

It turns out that the cheapest yet weirdest Airbnb is Cabana Floripa, the Brazilian eco-residence that only charges $21 a night. For this small sum, you get walls made from recycled bottles, stained glass windows, repurposed furniture and a true sense of adventure in this one-of-a-kind hideaway.

Floripa house is a space that seems to levitate on the mountains thanks to its glass walls that allow to enjoy a 360 degree view over the territory.
Floripa house is a space that seems to levitate on the mountains thanks to its glass walls with a 360-degree view over the territory.
Airbnb / Cabana Floripa
The property was conceived with ecological awareness and the idea reusing materials.
The property was conceived with ecological awareness and the idea of reusing materials.
Airbnb / Cabana Floripa
A balcony in the front and another in the background where you can have breakfast in the morning and enjoy the surroundings.
A balcony in the front and another in the background where you can have breakfast in the morning and enjoy the surroundings, the listing states.
Airbnb / Cabana Floripa
The bedroom space.
The bedroom space.
Airbnb / Cabana Floripa
Capacity is for five people and has the loft with double bed, air conditioning, kitchen and private bathroom.
Capacity is for five people and has the loft with double bed, air conditioning, kitchen and private bathroom.
Airbnb / Cabana Floripa

“Floripa house is a space that seems to levitate on the mountains thanks to its glass walls that allow you to enjoy a 360-degree view over the territory. It was conceived with ecological awareness and the idea of reusing materials,” the listing notes.

Pegged as the “highest house of the land,” the listing comes with two balconies and is surrounded by glass-colored walls and bottles to give you the sense of living in the air.

The loft comes with a double bed and a single bed with one bathroom.

Secluded Intown Treehouse — Atlanta, Georgia

A secluded treehouse with forest views is what awaits you in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Gaze at your surroundings from the three separate areas named Mind, Body, and Spirit,” the listing states.

95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Airbnb / Secluded Intown Treehouse
The bridge.
The treehouse has rope bridges that connect to three separate areas: Mind, Body and Spirit.
Airbnb / Secluded Intown Treehouse
The treehouse consists of 3 separate areas - Mind, Body and Spirit - each connected by rope-bridges.
This cabin comes complete with a spa, kitchenette, queen bed and fireplace.
Airbnb / Secluded Intown Treehouse
The bedroom.
The bedroom.
Airbnb / Secluded Intown Treehouse
The living room.
The living room.
Airbnb / Secluded Intown Treehouse

The Mind area is the sitting room, which comes with antique furnishings and artifacts including 80-year-old windows of pressed butterfly wings, a plaster cast of a Siberian Tiger paw, fossils, a couch and chairs.

The Body area is the bedroom, which sleeps two. It is has been dubbed as a “bed in the trees.” The bed is equipped with wheels so it can either be inside the room or rolled out onto a platform that overlooks the stream below.

The Spirit area is where the hammock deck is and opens to the elements. “The deck surrounds the spirited “Old Man”, a 165-year-old Southern Short-Leaf Pine tree — the largest of the seven trees that support the treehouse suite and watch over its guests,” the listing states.

The listing comes with three suites, just minutes from downtown.

This quirky stay will cost you $372 per night.

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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Zach Wilson and Tom Brady

When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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