8. Sepilok Jungle Resort, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
This jungle resort is stashed away in a tropical virgin rainforest in Malaysia. There are hiking areas where you can catch views of the surrounding wildlife. This hostel is just a short walk from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, one of only four orangutan sanctuaries in the world.
If you don't feel like taking the trek to see the intelligent apes, you'll find a pool, steam room, sauna and a gym to help give you a brief break from your travels. There is also a café and restaurant on the property.
Rates start at $23.81 for Jan. 1.
9. Point Montara Lighthouse, Montara, California
About 20 miles south of San Francisco is a 45-bed hostel inside an old fog signal. A secluded beach and a clifftop view are just a couple of the common areas. From the hostel, there is easy access to hiking, surfing and horseback riding.
The indoor dining rooms overlook the ocean. There is also outdoor seating for picnics and barbecues.
Rates start at $28.80 for Feb. 1.
10. Grampians YHA Eco Hostel, Grampians, Australia
This eco-friendly hostel is powered by solar electricity and uses solar for its hot water. And that wastewater from dishwashing and bathing? It becomes moisture for the landscaping.
This place relies on nature and brings visitors closer to it. It is settled in Grampians National Park, where you can hike or rock climb. At night, guests can see the kangaroos in the yard surrounding the building.
Rates start at $30 for Jan. 1. Info: www.yha.com.au/hostels/vic/great-ocean-rd-grampians/grampians-halls-gap/
11. Marie-Anns Houseboat/Deo Volente, Amsterdam
If you ever wanted to be whisked away off to dreamland on calming waves but weren't allowed to have a waterbed, Marie-Anns Houseboat may be your best bet. There are four beds in two double rooms. Get views of surrounding Amsterdam on the rooftop of the houseboat. It's a short walk to the city center so this is convenient as well.
Rates start at $55 for Feb. 1.
12. St. Briavels Castle, St. Briavels, England