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Top 8 Yurts In & Near Malibu - Updated 2020

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Chia Han Keong
Chia Han Keong

Of all the incorporated cities of Los Angeles County, perhaps none evoke the dreamy, ultra-cool vibes of California living like Malibu. With more than 27 miles (43 kilometers) of beach hugging the coastline and overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, the city became a fixture in popular America culture after being featured in popular shows by the nearby film and TV studios. Most of the residents build their swanky beachfront houses along the famous Pacific Coast Highway and there are some great Airbnb yurt rentals for travelers looking to experience the laid-back, high-end living that Malibu is known for. Keep reading and pick your favorite!

1. Malibu yurt retreat on an organic farm

You can’t talk about Malibu without mentioning its endless stretch of beaches, each of them offering vistas of the Pacific Ocean that go all the way past the horizon. Whether you prefer a crowded beach for people-watching (Zuma Beach), a quiet beach for solitude (Point Dume Beach), or a great surfing beach to ride the waves (Surfrider Beach), you can find it lined along the Pacific Coast Highway, a mere short drive from any residence in the area.

This exceptional rustic yurt retreat is set on an organic farm amid the Santa Monica Mountains, yet it is only 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the coast. The yurt has a queen-size bed, a sofa bed and two airbeds if needed, and it is tastefully decorated with southwest Navajo artifacts. It is also adjacent to the host’s organic vegetable gardens and free-range chicken coop, where she gets her ingredients for dailym all-organic “farm-to-table” meals for her guests.

Malibu Yurt Retreat On Organic Farm
Malibu, California, United States
621 reviews
Yurt 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

2. Cool Malibu yurt

The 40-mile (64-kilometer) Santa Monica Mountains form the backdrop to Malibu’s beaches and contain over 20 state and municipal parks amid its valleys and canyons. They form the second natural charm of Malibu, as hiking and cycling trails abound for residents looking to explore the rugged terrain. This huge yurt accommodation provides an excellent glamping experience near the western limits of the mountain range, with hardwood flooring, air-conditioning and a clear dome skylight, to sleep under the stars.

Besides the numerous hiking trails around the accommodation, it is also just a few minutes’ drive from Leo Carrillo State Park, where you can explore tide pools, sea caves and reefs, besides the usual beach activities, like swimming and surfing. See if you can locate the exact spots in the park where they filmed movies like Grease, the Usual Suspects and the Karate Kid.

Cool Malibu Yurt
Malibu, California, United States
44 reviews
Private room in yurt 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

3. Vessel and Soul Health Retreat (from USD 350)

The massive Topanga State Park borders the eastern limits of Malibu and it also has plenty of hiking trails amid its valleys and canyons. There are several lookout points, like Eagle Rock and Cathedral Rocks, where you can enjoy great views of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Topanga region is also a great location for a weekend health retreat, such as this one, situated near Red Rock Canyon Park. You will be given health and lifestyle coaching from the hosts, as well as cleansing food and drinks, including teas, green juice, broth and a smoothie each day and guided body/mind/spirit exercises.

Vessel and Soul Health Retreat
Topanga, California, United States
Private room in yurt 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

4. Traditional yurt in the mountains of Malibu (from 200 USD)

Besides the beaches and mountains, Malibu also has several low-key attractions you can explore. The Adamson House Museum was once the home of the original landowners of Malibu and is worth a trip to check out the fantastic ceramic-tiled decorations. You can also visit Pepperdine University, which boasts wondrous ocean views and has gorgeous places to visit, like the Heroes Garden, the Weisman Museum of Art and Stauffer Chapel.

This traditional Mongolian yurt is perched high in the Santa Monica mountains and also has stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Conejo Valley. There is even an indoor fireplace to warm your stay in this unique accommodation.

Traditional yurt in the mountains of Malibu

Price: from 200 USD

Number of Guests: 2

5. Yurt in Topanga (from USD 120)

Not only will movie buffs get a kick out of the many familiar film locations around Malibu, they can also enjoy the annual Malibu International Film Festival, which showcases independent American and international films, with the focus on introducing new filmmakers to the industry. It is also an event to see the stars – for example, the 2018 edition’s opening film was hosted by Josh Brolin.

This yurt accommodation is right by the Topanga State Park, with a private patio that overlooks Topanga Canyon. It comes with a full-sized bed, walk-in closet, bathroom shower, kitchenette and Wi-Fi, for a comfortable stay.

Yurt in Topanga
Topanga, California, United States
61 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it’s cozy and well-furnished with thoughtful antiques and small amenities
the kitchen is lovely and stocked with coffee and tea
nice vintage (40s?) wood bed frame with brand new high quality linens
this was way above our expectations this was a very clean comfortable and private space
it was comfortable spotless and equipped with the basics for a good stay
the yurt was great comfortable clean and in a beautiful spot
the hosts are just wonderful people
geoff & sarah are truly wonderful hosts
geoff and sarah are amazing hosts
the host are absolutely lovely
geoff & sarah are wonderful easy going and friendly hosts
beautiful location in the hills
location near hiking close to town and accessible to pch was ideal
we loved being away from the city but close to it
very comfortable bed and the location is wonderful
great location for hiking and hanging out the beach
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6. Yurt glamping tent in a valley home (from 75 USD)

It is only a 45-minute drive from Malibu to glitzy Hollywood, where you can be dazzled by Hollywood Boulevard, with its Walk of Fame stars on the sidewalk and the stunning Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Or, head towards Griffith Park, where you can see the iconic Hollywood sign, perched proudly on the hills, or visit its famous observatory, a popular film location.

This yurt glamping accommodation is situated in the residential neighborhood of Sherwood Forest, north of Hollywood and it is still less than an hour’s drive to the Malibu beaches. And, if you haven’t had enough fun at the beaches, there is even a beach volleyball court on the premises, together with other recreational facilities, such as a swimming pool, firepit and a garden.

Yurt glamping tent in a valley home

Price: from 75 USD

Number of Guests: 3

7. The Belle - Tipi tent (from 185 USD)

West of Malibu is where LA County ends, but the California coastline and the Pacific Coast Highway continue to wind through Ventura County. The city of the same name rivals Malibu with its scenic beaches, while its city center mixes historic churches and houses with modern, upscale facilities, like boutique shops, theaters and coffee houses.

Just past the downtown is the vintage-style “Belle” tent, ideal for a romantic weekend in the woods or even a family camping trip. The tent comfortably fits a queen-size bed and has amenities like lounge chairs, an outdoor gas BBQ pit and dining tables.

The Belle - Tipi tent

Price: from 185 USD

Number of Guests: 2

8. Yurt on exclusive 11-acre (from USD 325)

Further west of Malibu, past Ventura County, is the popular tourist and resort destination of Santa Barbara. Notable for its California Mission-style architecture, it makes for a good day trip from Malibu or any part of Los Angeles with its wide beaches, highly-rated wineries and a large variety of shopping, sightseeing and dining choices.

You can also opt to stay in this fantastic yurt on a private and exclusive 11-acre (4.5-hectare) plot of land on the outskirts of Santa Barbara. You will find a DVD player and fridge inside the yurt, while outside there is a swimming pool, hot tub, private bathhouse and even a swing, overlooking the mountain range.

Santa Barbara, California, United States
337 reviews
Yurt 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the best part no wifi or service
showering under the stars was the highlight
the space is massive very charming and cozy
the hot tub and swimming pool were great
outdoor bathroom that was beautiful and clean and had hand wash and oils
super clean awesome mattress just all things amazing
clean and can't complain about the water temperature
beautiful scenery and wonderful host
she is super accommodating of pets and so quick and kind with her responses
i can completely see why she is a super host
jennifer is a wonderful host very attentive and warm
this is a special spot with a fantastic host
amazing location and beautiful spot
amazing little gem close to everything but yet far enough to get away
perfect location near all the good restaurants and beaches
amazing place in a very unique setting within close driving distance to downtown sb
special place eclectic and unique
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Sample sumptuous living

It is easy to be envious of the residents of Malibu, for they seem to have it all. Gorgeous beaches, scenic countryside parks, top restaurants and great weather, Malibu certainly feels like a heavenly place to live in. You can certainly get a taste of sumptuous living with these yurt accommodations, but be prepared to be tempted to extend your stay.

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Han Keong is a former sports journalist in Singapore whose lifelong passions are travel and music.

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