From stylish suites with all the mod cons to charmingly rustic rooms, your typical hotel will keep you comfortable, refreshed, and ready for the journey ahead. But what if you want your hotel stay to be part of the adventure?
Here today but gone tomorrow, deep in the sea, high overhead, ensconced in ice, embedded in the earth – here are five types of hotels that offer unusual, and sometimes almost unbelievable, adventure in hospitality.
Airstreams, tipis, mini-yurts, luxury tents, and converted shipping containers – the pop-up phenomenon has now emerged as one of the latest trends in travel. From the festival fields of Glastonbury to the yoga retreats of Bali, these unique and fleeting hotel spaces last for just a matter of days, but offer trendy travellers a stay like no other.
In Florida’s Key Largo, diving enthusiasts can spend the night six metres underwater at Jules’ Undersea Lodge. Portholes offer unrestricted views of marine life and guests can enjoy dial-a-diver pizza delivery!
Moored on Sweden’s Lake Malaren, the rustic Utter Inn chalet hides an underwater bedroom where you can watch the fish and let the lake rock you to sleep.
And for a more luxurious underwater experience, the futuristic Water Discus Hotel in Dubai boasts aquatic bedrooms, a helipad and breath-taking undersea views.
Cappadocia Cave Suites Image Credit: Peretz Partensky
In Sweden, the disused Sala Silver mine conceals the world’s deepest bedroom where you can enjoy a quiet night in after a trip to the underground lakes.
Spain’s Pedro Antonio de Alarcón caves are mini apartments offering respite from the heat with tranquil surroundings and subterranean hot tubs.
Turkey’s Cappadocia Cave Suites are hewn from ancient rock and feature curved walls, low ceilings and elegant furnishings. The Cappadocia region is famed for its unusual rock formations, and some suites boast their very own ‘fairy chimneys’. Maybe Tinkerbell will drop by?
If you’re looking for ways to keep cool this summer, why not cast your thoughts to plans of a winter escape? Here are just a few ice cubes of inspiration to help you embrace the cold like never before this winter… For an adventurously icy experience, take the cable car to Romania’s remote Balea Lake Ice Hotel and snooze on an ice bed lined with reindeer fur.
Lose yourself in Finland’s LumiLinna Snow Castle, which boasts a hotel, restaurant and chapel – all made of snow. Further afield, Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace defies physics by offering ice suites with fireplaces.
Whilst vacationing in a tree-house hotel may not be to everybody’s taste, if it’s a unique eco-holiday experience you’re looking for this year, look no further.
Along South Africa’s Garden Route, Tsala Treetop Lodge offers seclusion, stunning scenery and an infinity pool on the balcony. Sweden’s eco-friendly Tree hotel delights with its choice of unusual spaces – climb up to a giant bird’s nest or doze off in a suspended UFO.
For a fairy-tale stay, visit the Treehouse at Scotland’s Fernie Castle where tree trunks grow through ornately decorated rooms, and the beds are crafted from solid elm.