28 jaw dropping hotels to stay at before you die
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
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 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
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
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
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.
6. Burj Al Arab, Dubai
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
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’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.
9. 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 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 is located on the slopes of the Sasakwa Hill and offers captivating views of a large watering hole.
12. 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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
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.
24. 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, 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 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 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 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