What do you travel for? Some people would go to the end of the world to try out a Michelin Star restaurant, others love to push their body and mind to the extreme with adventure sports. Your choice or accommodation during a vacation can also be an experience in itself.
Some of these hotel stays and specialty accommodation can really make your trip a memorable one, especially if you are planning it for a special occasion or celebration. One word though – most of these stays do not come cheap and are pretty limited in quantity, so you’d need to book in advance. In order to ensure that nothing goes wrong, it is advised to take up a travel insurance plan for any potential trip cancellation or interruption coverage. So here you go – check out these awesome out-of-this-world vacation stays and update your bucket list!
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Want to experience living underwater? If you’ve ever fantasized about living underwater without an oxygen tank, this resort in Fiji lets you do more than that! Sea lovers are treated to an endless view of the sea, as well as a variety of unique underwater activities that you can indulge in.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
So you’ve already planned for your trip to chase the Northern Lights. Why not take one step further by booking into the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and enjoy the beautiful view under the starry night? The little domes here are guest rooms that create the living situation inside a glass igloo. And you don’t even need to worry about the freezing cold – the igloos are made of thermal glass to keep guests warm.
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
You’ve perhaps heard of ice hotels and underwater hotels, but Bolivia’s Palacio de Sal has taken one step further by using salt from the famous Salar de Uyuni salt flats to create a luxury hotel in the middle of the Bolivian desert. From the building to furniture, almost everything in the 48,500-square-foot hotel is made out of salt. Other than the unique material used to build this remote hotel, the draw for the area is the Zen-like expanse of the largest salt flats in the world and its starry night sky.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Craving for some adventure in the wild? Kenya is known for its wildlife and safaris; common sights include lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros, and cape buffalo. But at this amazing colonial mansion, you can add the tallest animal in the world to the list – giraffes! Located less than 10 miles outside Nairobi, the Giraffe Manor is home to a herd of resident Rothschild giraffes as well as the nearby AFEW Giraffe Centre.
The highlight of a stay at the Giraffe Manor’s 10 luxury suites is no doubt, during meal times. Every day for breakfast and dinner the windows are opened and the majestic giraffes are known to poke their heads through the windows to join you at the table! The experience is probably one of the most unique and special in the world.
A bar made of ice? That’s almost common. But an entire hotel made of ice, and reconstructed every winter? Now that’s a novelty! Using frozen water from the Torne River, this is a real refreshing treat! The hotel is reborn in a new guise every winter, in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi – 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.
Tempted by the experience but can’t bear the thought of sleeping on an ice bed? The bed you sleep on will have a thick mattress that rests on a wooden base. The bed is then covered with reindeer hides and you get to sleep in a thermal sleeping bag. But if that still doesn’t sound quite “warm” to you, you can always opt for a warm room that functions like a normal hotel room while still enjoying the facilities of the hotel.
Conrad Hilton, Maldives
You might have already come across picture-perfect pictures of beaches and hotels in Maldives, but the Conrad Hilton is by far one of the coolest one. Located on Rangali Island, this hotel takes the lagoon experience to the next level. Choose from different experiences at the hotel – indoor-outdoor living, private pools and Indian Ocean views. Many of the Hilton’s stilt hut villas are complete with sections of see-through glass flooring, private freshwater pools, or you can opt for the latest Muraka experience which features a fully-integrated living, dining, entertaining and sleeping above and below the Indian Ocean with unobstructed views at every turn.
Skylodge Adventure Suites, Sacred Valley, Peru
Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the chance to sleep in a transparent hanging bedroom, allowing you to appreciate the impressive view of this mystical valley.
To sleep at Skylodge, you’ll first need to climb 400 metres but With the night sky twinkling overhead as you sleep, you can be sure it would be an experience worth the effort.
V8 Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany
Car fanatics will love the V8 Hotel in Stuttgart. All the rooms are decorated around automobile themes, with features such as vintage cars, racing paraphernalia and country-themed. The hotel also provide a variety of car-themed activities, such as an automobile museum tour, Mercedes pick-up and enjoying a day riding a sports car of your choice.
Staying in a specialty accommodation can definitely add spice to an otherwise unforgettable holiday. Do remember to pick up a travel insurance to ensure you have yourself covered for any unforeseen circumstances!