Photo: Courtesy of Pyramids in Florida

Snowbirds, pack your bags! This quirky Gulf Coast getaway is like nothing we've ever seen.

By Lauren Phillips

When it comes to vacation rentals, there’s something for everyone: Tiny homes for a taste of the simple life, beachfront mansions for a stint in the lap of luxury, and ...  pyramid-shaped chalets for lovers of ancient Egyptian architecture? You bet. The aptly named Pyramids in Florida resort, a collection of three-sided rental properties in Fort Myers, is our latest discovery in intriguing coastal getaways, and we're so glad it crossed our path.

The Gulf Coast resort, established in 1997, is comprised of 26 distinctive chalets surrounding a natural thermal lake, which is said to have soothing, mineral-rich waters. And the purported health-giving properties don't end at the water's edge. According to the resort's co-founder and president, Gertraud "Gerti" Höntzsch, a homeopathic doctor, the structures' triangular shape promotes energy flow, allowing guests to relax more easily. Höntzsch built the pyramids in collaboration with Walter Freller, an Austrian engineer and inventor who researched pyramid construction in Egypt. "You feel the energy flow living in a pyramid, even outside on the porch," Höntzsch says. 

The rentals come in four different layouts in varying sizes, interior styles, and prices, and each sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, so visitors can prepare their own meals (if they’re able to resist the siren call of surrounding restaurants).

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The interiors—particularly that of the Luxor model, pictured here—reflect contemporary European style, with a compact, minimalist feel, while the sloped ceilings and curved walls lend a cozy vibe.

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The resort is convenient to Fort Myers' beaches, golf courses, shopping, wildlife, and more. Of course, lazing in a lounger alongside the thermal lake and enjoying the sunshine is always an excellent choice.

The Pyramids in Florida start at $111 per day for two people, though prices change seasonally. One of the chalets is also available on Airbnb—where it has a five-star rating, thanks to almost 100 happy renters—starting at $129 per night: Book it here. Scroll on for more images of these distinctive rentals:

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Photo: Courtesy of Pyramids in Florida
Photo: Courtesy of Pyramids in Florida
Photo: Courtesy of Pyramids in Florida
Photo: Courtesy of Pyramids in Florida
Photo: Courtesy of Pyramids in Florida