The world is a beautiful place full of abundant creativity and exceptional design displayed throughout the hospitality industry, so there’s no reason to stay at your average hotel. Make the most of your holiday by staying at one of these unique hotels around the world before you die!


1. The Manta Resort, Zanzibar

The Manta Resort, Zanzibar

Spend the night in an underwater room at The Manta Resort, 250m from the coast. Underwater spotlights attract marine life to the bedroom windows 4m below the surface.


2. Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

Hotel Kakslauttanen offers glass or snow igloos fitted with thermal glass and anti-frost for picture-perfect views. Enjoy husky or reindeer safaris and relax in the largest smoke sauna in the world!


3. Panchoran Retreat, Bali

 Panchoran Retreat, Bali

The Panchoran Retreat offers 7 forest hideaways created out of recycled and sustainable materials. Expect luxuries like a yoga pavilion, bamboo meditation bridge, and a kitchen jungle with Wi-Fi. You can even take up a Balinese cooking class.


4. Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, Italy

Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese Polignano a Mare

The luxurious rooms and 2 restaurants at Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese are carved out of limestone rock and offer enchanting views of the Adriatic Sea.


5. Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

Accessed via a swinging rope bridge, Montana Magica Lodge is a volcano-like lodge that spews water instead of lava. Take time to relax in naturally heated hot tubs set within ancient trunks.    


6Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Burj Al Arab by sackerman519 (Flickr)

It’s no surprise Burj Al Arab is known as the world’s most luxurious hotel with 202 suites, 8 excellent restaurants, 4 pools, a private beach, and spa. Perks include chauffeur services in a Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, or helicopter.


 7. Museumotel, France

Museumotel, France

The Museumotel is made up of 9 “rabbit holes” with circular windows, winding staircases, and arched doorways. Some have retro interiors with sculptures and paintings while others have 60s themed murals on the walls.


8. Whitepod Hotel, Switzerland

 Whitepod Hotel, Switzerland

Whitepod Hotel’s 15 dome pods are covered with white canvas in the winter and green in the summer to blend into the environment. Each pod sleeps 4 people and is lit by lanterns.    


9The Caves Resort, Jamaica

The Caves Resort, Jamaica

The Caves Resort offers 12 cottages perched on the limestone cliffs of Negril. The resort has a private cave dining area, seaview spa, and is the perfect spot for diving right into the ocean.    


10. Attrap Reves Hotel, France

Attrap Reves Hotel, France

Attrap Reves Hotel offers the chance to sleep in a bubble with views of the forest and night sky. Made from recycled material, the bubbles have a unique theme and are deflated at the end of every season.    


11. Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania

Singita Serengeti House, South Africa

Singita Serengeti House is located on the slopes of the Sasakwa Hill and offers captivating views of a large watering hole.    


12. Sala Silvermine, Sweden

Sala Silvermine, Sweden

The Mine Suite is the world’s deepest hotel room set 155m underground. Not suitable for the claustrophobic, the hotel room sleeps 2 and has no cellphone reception.    


13. Hotel du Glace, Canada

Hotel du Glace by Pierre-Arnaud KOPP (Flickr)

Hotel du Glace is rebuilt out of ice each winter. There are 36 individually designed suites, an ice slide, snow vaults, crystal ice sculptures, and an ice chapel.


14. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania by romanboed (Flickr)

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is set on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, a 8300km² world heritage site spanning from the Rift Valley to the Serengeti. Hut interiors are made up of regal decor, banana leaf ceilings, and offer views of the crater.    


15. Iglu Dorf, Switzerland

Iglu Dorf, Switzerland

Iglu Dorf is rebuilt every season from 3000 tons of snow at 6 locations in the Alps and Pyrenees. Each igloo is decorated differently, and, depending on the location, has a whirlpool or sauna too.    


16. Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

The Juvet Landscape Hotel was built to blend into the environs on Burtigarden farm. The result? Seven small cubes with glass walls that reflect the river, valley, and gorge. A spa built next to the river has a steam room, outdoor hot tub, and quiet room.    


17. Amangiri Resort, USA

Amangiri Resort, USA

Amangiri Resort fuses beautifully with the landscape and offers views of the Grand Staircase. Built around a central swimming pool, the resort has a spa with a floatation therapy pavilion, fitness centre, and yoga pavilion.    


18. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is carved completely out of ice for the winter season and melts away in the spring. It has an ice cathedral, a bar that only serves vodka in ice glasses, and 30 rooms with beds made out of reindeer fur.    


19. The Tree Hotel, Sweden

 The Tree Hotel, Sweden

The Tree Hotel offers 5 elevated hideaways amongst the trees. The Mirror Cube is camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect the surrounds. Other rooms include the Cabin, Bird’s Nest, and UFO. There is also a tree sauna!


20. Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland

Hotel Villa Honegg is a unique establishment on Mount Bürgenstock with a 20-seater theatre, outdoor pool with magnificent views, and indoor pool with a counter-current system and underwater music.    


21. Fairy Chimney Inn, Turkey

Fairy Chimney Inn, Turkey

The Fairy Chimney Inn is tucked away in the village of Goreme and carved out of famous tufa rock. Most rooms have underfloor heating, Hamam bathrooms, and unparalleled views from the peepholes.    


22. Atholl Palace Hotel, Scotland

Atholl Palace Hotel, Scotland

Stay in Turret Suites, Feature Rooms, and Manor House Rooms at The Atholl Palace Hotel. The formal gardens are an unexpected delight.


 23. Koija Star Beds, Kenya

Loisaba Wilderness Star beds

The Koija Star Beds at Loisaba overlook the Kiboko watering hole. Each “room” has a raised platform with a partially covered roof and wheeled beds so that you can sleep undercover or under the stars.


24Free Spirit Spheres, Canada

Free Spirit Spheres, Canada

The Free Spirit Spheres are set within the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island. These handcrafted spheres are suspended from a web of rope and rock gently when the wind blows.    


25. Eco Camp Patagonia, Chile

Eco Camp Patagonia, Chile

Eco Camp Patagonia, situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, has a range of Geodesic domes with transparent ceilings that are perfect for star gazing.


26. Kolarbyn, Sweden

Kolarbyn, Sweden

Kolarbyn is great for getting back to basics – there is no electricity or showers. The 12 forest huts have 2 beds, a fireplace, and bilberries and mushrooms growing on the roof. Guests must chop their own wood, cook on open fires, collect water from the spring, and wash dishes in the stream.    


27. Adrere Amellal Ecolodge, Egypt

Adrere Amellal Ecolodge, Egypt

Adrere Amellal Ecolodge offers 40 Desert Rooms overlooking Lake Siwa, the Great Sand Sea, and olive and palm groves. The lodge blends in with the landscape and is lit by beeswax candles and the starry sky.    


28. Tree House Point, USA

Tree House Point, USA

Tree House Point is an eco-resort with 5 beautiful treehouses set in a forest beside the Raging River. Yoga classes are available.


Which hotel would you like to stay at?   Main image credited to Eco Camp Patagonia