Nothing beats being on holiday, where you can let your hair down in a gorgeous new environment away from home. But whether you’re a thrill-seeker in search of an adrenaline-packed adventure, or simply a burnt out office worker looking to rest and recharge, we can all agree that staying in a comfortable, well-equipped hotel is instrumental to an enjoyable vacation experience.
One can’t go wrong with swanky residences such as the 76-storey JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel (which is also the tallest in the world), but sometimes it does get a little dull to check into the usual carpeted, earth-toned rooms. Targeted at travellers seeking an unforgettable experience, a number of unconventional hotels have sprouted up around the world, offering quirky settings such as a spherical treehouse and resort within a canyon. To get you all geared up for your next getaway, we’ve put together a guide to 10 of these unusual properties.
- Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah, USA
- Giraffe Manor Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
- Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada
- Hotel Palacio de Sal, Uyuni, Bolivia
- Montaña Mágica Lodge, Huilo Huilo Reserve, Chile
- The Library Hotel, New York, USA
- ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, Nesjavellir, Iceland
- Das Park Hotel, Linz, Austria
- The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania
- Solent Forts, Portsmouth Harbour, United Kingdom
Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah, USA
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If you’re visiting Las Vegas and suddenly feel the need for a little privacy, take a 4.5-hour-drive to this gorgeous concrete palace. Set deep within the canyons of Utah, this resort is beautifully designed to blend into its surroundings. You’ll never get bored here with its wide selection of adventures, which range from hot-air ballooning to rock climbing.
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Giraffe Manor Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
What better way to feed a giraffe than from the comfort of your hotel dining table? These cheeky long-necked creatures may poke through the window in search of a snack, especially during meal times. Apart from providing accommodation, Giraffe Manor Hotel serves as a sanctuary for the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. All proceeds also go towards keeping the sanctuary running.
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Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada
Tree houses make us think of those kids in television shows, where they have their own secret fort to play and relax in. But in Singapore’s concrete jungle, there’s simply no land for us to build our own tree house. Thankfully, this Canadian property offers various tree houses for rent, so we can fulfil the needs of our inner child. Each globe is handcrafted and tethered to the trees with ropes. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe.
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Hotel Palacio de Sal, Uyuni, Bolivia
Don’t be tempted to lick the walls in the hotel (it’s against the rules), for this hotel is made entirely out of salt. Also known as the ‘Salt Palace’, everything from the walls to the furniture is made out of the very thing it’s built on: The world’s largest salt flat. If you really crave that mineral, have a taste of the hotel’s signature dish, salt chicken.
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Montaña Mágica Lodge, Huilo Huilo Reserve, Chile
A surreal and stunning place in the Hulio Hulio reserve that covers 60,000 hectares of Valdivian land, this cone-shaped hotel looks absolutely magical with a man-made waterfall spewing from its tip. If you’re staying here, spend your time exploring the forest, which includes natural hot springs and unexplored lakes. The best part? Flying through the trees on a zip-liner.
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The Library Hotel, New York, USA
Calling all bookworms! The Library Hotel, as the name suggests, features a library open 24 hours a day. In the hustle and bustle of New York City, this is definitely a place to relax and unwind. There’s a different theme for each floor. For instance, if you head to the ‘History’ floor, you’ll find yourself amongst books about the past. There’s also a poetry garden on a terrace, writer’s den, a reading room, and a lounge to satiate your hunger.
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ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, Nesjavellir, Iceland
Situated on a dormant volcano, this hotel offers a gorgeous view of the Northern Lights. Architecturally stunning and modern, the building is designed to blend in beautifully with the surroundings. You can also dive into Lake Pingvallavatn, where Eurasia and North America’s tectonic plates come close together to create a valley in the ocean.
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Das Park Hotel, Linz, Austria
Similar to Japan’s capsule hotels, these are rooms inside sewage pipes. But don’t worry, they’re clean. It’s a perfect campsite, situated in a park on the upper side of Austria. The property is open from May till October, and customers get to pay whatever amount they deem fit. The only downside is that residents have to walk to a different pipe to answer nature’s call, which can be tormenting for those afraid of the dark.
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The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania
Pitched as a getaway from the electronic world, this floating resort provides you with activities that will curb your handphone cravings. The structure has three floors: A bedroom located below sea level, a lounge with a bathroom, and a roof. In case sleeping with the fishes gets too claustrophobic, the resort guarantees a blanket of stars every single night, rocked to sleep with the gentle lapping of waves.
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Solent Forts, Portsmouth Harbour, United Kingdom
This property consists of three forts, which were originally built to defend the harbour from the attacks of Napoleon III. The fascinating structure comes with a rich history, which you can learn about in the museums situated alongside the hotel’s bedroom suites. Each fort can also accommodate weddings, corporate events and dining experiences.
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