Looking for a bizarre and beautiful place to get away from it all? Take a look at our guide to some of the most out of this world accommodation you’ll ever see!
Staying in hotels, hostels and rental apartments can be so blasé for the frequent traveller. So if you are after somewhere weird and wonderful to knock your socks off, then look no further than this fascinating guide.
This month we’ve been busy scouring the corners of the world for 10 unique hotels that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. From futuristic treehouses and luxury converted aeroplanes to romantic lighthouses and cosy igloo villages, this guide has it all.
So hold on to your hand luggage and prepare to be awestruck as we bring you the 10 most unique places to stay in 2015!
1. Airplane Suite, Teuge Airport, Netherlands
A former Soviet propeller plane that is now passed its fly-by date, this 40 metre-long aircraft has been turned into a luxurious suite that comes equipped with a whirlpool bath, sauna, rainfall shower and mini bar. It had previously seen service in the old East Germany and was also a restaurant for 15 years, before being lovingly converted into this quirky nest for two in 2007. As well as a stunning interior, the cockpit has been left completely intact, leaving couples to enjoy playing pilot and air hostess.
2. La Cabane en l’Air, France
Once the preserve of young children the world over, tree houses offer an exciting adventure for travellers looking to branch out on their next holiday. Two hundred of these authentic, cosy bungalows are nestled in the tree tops in 100 locations across France from Provence to Normandy and are anything up to 21 feet above the ground. Inside the tree houses are surprisingly roomy and comfortable, and can accommodate up to six people. A wonderful opportunity to explore nature up close.
3. Igloo Village, Kuhtai, Austria
You don’t need to visit the Artic for an authentic igloo experience, simply visit the Igloo Village in Kuhtai – Austria’s highest ski resort. You can sleep in one of 12 igloo suites, which are kitted out with insulated mattresses and outdoor sleeping bags to keep you nice and toasty. You’ll also find an Igloo Bar, a Dining Igloo and facilities such as a heated bathroom, hot showers, outdoor sauna and a warm hotel next door that serves food. You can also take part in snow hikes, midnight frisbee, full-moon football, snow golf and much more!
4. The West USK Lighthouse, Newport, Wales
Fancy a room with a breathtaking view? We thought so! So why not have a look at this multi-award winning B&B that overlooks the Bristol Channel? Located near the city of Newport, the West USK Lighthouse is not as tall as most lighthouses, but it makes up for its lack of stature with a bigger circumference than usual, allowing it to accommodate four beautiful and comfortable rooms. It also boasts flotation tanks and a hot tub on the roof to soothe your troubles away. Amongst its many accolades, the Romeos and Juliets amongst us may be interested to know it has been voted one of the most romantic B&Bs in Britain.
5. Jail Hotel Löwengraben, Lucerne, Switzerland
If you want to get locked up in a former prison, then a night or two in Lucerne’s Jail Hotel could be your cup of tea. Conveniently located in the heart of the Old Town, this former prison was built in 1862 and was converted into a hotel in 1999 – for a rather more discerning type of inmate. Rooms are genuine former prison cells and in order to recreate the feeling of being behind bars, the furnishings are simple and sparse. Although the rooms are designed for the budget traveller, the former warden’s office and prison library are available if you want a more luxurious stay. Make sure you have a drink in the hotel’s appropriately named “Alcatraz” bar.
6. Poseidon Underwater Resort, Fiji
Okay so it’s not set to open for another few years, but it promises to be a hotel stay unlike any other on Earth – and they are already taking reservations! Fourteen years in the making, the Poseidon Underwater Resort in Fiji is being built 40 feet under the sea in an off-shore lagoon. Featuring 25 suites, a restaurant, bar and gym, the five-star underwater hotel will be set over 225 acres and is about a mile long. Guests will be able to access the hotel from a lift on shore, and each room will have a large Jacuzzi, wall-to-ceiling windows and an external fish feeder – which guarantees some jaw-dropping views of the marine life.
7. Treehotel, Harads, Northern Sweden
These aren’t treehouses per se, but rather a quirky collection of eco-friendly, high-standard accommodation hanging in the forests of Swedish Lapland. Ten unique and futuristic rooms are built four to six metres above the forest floor and include The Cabin, The Mirrorcube, the UF
O and the Bird’s Nest – all of which look exactly as their name suggests. There’s also a tree-sauna, complete with hot tub and relaxation area, as well as a restaurant and bar. And the icing on the cake is that at certain times of the year you can get an impressive view of the Northern Lights.
8. Magic Mountain Lodge, Andean Patagonian Rainforest, Chile
This extraordinary looking hotel was built in 2001 and is shaped like a volcano, with water instead of lava cascading from the top of the structure. Set in the beautiful Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve in the Patagonian Rainforest, the Magic Mountain Lodge has won a plethora of awards for its ecological credentials and is built from local wood and stone. Only accessible by a wooden monkey bridge, the hotel offers 13 single or double bedrooms and allows guests to get up close to the surrounding rainforest. The lodge also has hot tubs made from dug-out tree trunks, a mini golf course in the forest, a bar, library and offers activities including horseback riding, rafting and hiking. A truly unique stay for those after something very different.
9. Fairy Chimney Inn, Goreme, Turkey
This fairy-tale hotel looks like it has come straight out of Lord of the Rings, thanks to its other-worldly landscape. Situated in the heart of Cappadocia in central Turkey, large parts of the guesthouse known as “fairy chimneys” are carved out of the local rock and some of the rooms used to be part of a 1,500 year-old Byzantine cave monastery. Although the rooms have been respectfully restored, you will find modern touches such as underfloor heating and Wi-Fi. And from almost everywhere in the inn, you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping views of the surrounding landscape and rock formations.
10. Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin, Germany
Prepare yourself for a room decorated entirely in mirrors, flying beds and a guillotine that divides a king sized bed into two single beds. Yes, it’s the strangely named Propeller Island Hotel, where each room is more bizarre than the previous one. Dreamt up by the German artist Lars Stroschen, the lodge is also a large scale art installation and features a room that is completely upside down with all furniture suspended from above. Some say it’s worth visiting Berlin just to stay in this bizarre hotel!
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