If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary and life is too short and too precious to do so. WOW Travel encourages you to go for a truly memorable stay away from boring hotel chains and to check into one of these 21 Most Unusual Hotels in the World.
Beresheet Hotel (Mitzpe Ramon, Israel) – Featuring 34 luxurious suites with private pool and characteristic stone walls, spa center and restaurant. Beresheet is set on a cliff at the edge of the Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert, Ramon Crater is the largest natural crater in the world, it is 40 km (25 miles) long, 10 km (6.2 miles) wide and 500 meters (1640 ft) deep, and is shaped like an elongated heart.
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Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village Resort, Lapland, Finland – This hotel provides a unique experience. It offers accommodation in glass igloos and has the world’s largest smoke sauna. The igloos are made from thermal glass, keeping guests warm in Arctic conditions. All have luxury beds and a private toilet. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen has 4 restaurants, including 2 in a traditional Laplander hut. Each restaurant serves Laplandic specialties such as reindeer and char-grilled salmon. The hotel’s smoke sauna even has its own restaurant, Savusauna.
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Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast Resort, California, USA – This resort won as the Northern California’s most unique rural bed and breakfast. At the Featherbed Railroad, you get to stay in one of nine theme-decorated vintage railroad cabooses set in a park-like setting overlooking their private boat launch, beach and pier. It is located right on the shore of Clear Lake in Northern California’s Lake County.
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Magic Mountain Lodge, Huilo-Huilo, Chile – A fairy tale in the midst of the Chilean Patagonian Rainforest. Originally a place for friends to stay while they enjoyed the hunting and fishing resources of the Hulio Hulio reserve, the name comes from the owners’ favorite book. The story describes a mountain that has magical powers and grants wishes – The Magic Mountain. With a waterfall cascading from the pinnacle of the roof, the lodge is indeed a special place. As you would expect from staying somewhere remote, your senses become tuned to the vibrant ecosystem of the forest. Condors and eagles in the air, pumas on the ground.
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Dasparkhotel, Essen, Germany – Hotel rooms built from giant concrete sewage pipe segments.
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The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India – Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, The Oberoi, Udaivilas stands on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar. Spread over a luxurious fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The Oberoi Udaivilas affords spectacular views across the verdant gardens and sparkling Lake Pichola. The hotel’s intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors reflects the layout of Udaipur itself whose seven lakes are linked by canals. These domes and walkways are flooded with sunlight, caressed by balmy breezes and offer magnificent views of the lake and gardens.
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Conrad Hilton, Rangali, Maldives – Barefoot luxury meets unpretentious style at this five-star hotel in the Maldives. Home to whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, and turtles, Conrad Maldives is set on two islands and is reached by a 30-minute seaplane flight. Twelve restaurants and bars including Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the Cheese Bar featuring 101 of the world’s best cheeses, and an underground Wine Cellar with 20,000 bottles of fine wines. Relax at one of two spas or on the beautiful white sand beaches. Go diving and exploring on the many excursions available, including luxurious sunset cruises, big game fishing expeditions and local island hopping trips. Conrad Maldives is included in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List of the Best 100 Hotels in the World and The World’s 10 Best Beach Hotels.
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727 Fuselage Hotel, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica – Thus luxurious hotel made of refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia). This fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording you views that will make you feel like you’re flying.
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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India – The Vintage coupé glides to a stop at the lake’s edge. It’s hard to believe the floating vision in marble is real. Blink, and indeed, there is a luminous palace emerging from the mist. Suddenly you are in a boat, drifting ever closer and the reality doesn’t disappoint. With the Aravalli Mountains and city palaces as a backdrop one gets an impending sense of enchantment.
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The Juvet Landscape Hotel, Valldal, Norway – The first landscape hotel in Europe is situated in the farmyard of Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, on a steep, natural levee in between birch, osp, pine and age-old boulders. In this little village in rural Norway, modern architecture encounters the natural and cultural landscape – and shows that the modern and innovative can go hand in hand with local building traditions and good, old-fashioned handicrafts.
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Amangiri Resort, Utah, USA – Located on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah. The resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the resort blends into its dramatic surrounds where deep canyons and towering plateaus create a raw landscape of immense power. Amangiri’s Aman Spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge and step pool, fitness centre and yoga pavilion.
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Glace Ice Hotel, Québec City, Canada – Located at only 10 minutes from downtown Québec City, the Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover every winter. Has seduced over a million people around the world since its opening in 2001. With its huge snow vaults, its crystalline ice sculptures its 44 rooms and suites, the Hôtel de Glace impresses by its dazzling decor.
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V8 Hotel, Böblingen, Germany – Extensively restored, this 4-star hotel not only impresses through its historical flair, but also offers an exceptional setting for your stay. Both design and architecture are all about the automobile: legendary vintage cars, sporty young timers, exclusive and special classic cars, make the hearts of the technology enthusiasts, the aesthetes and the nostalgic go racing.
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Katikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece – Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, Katikies The Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its leading luxury, unparallel services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment.
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Escher Cliff, Switzerland – Experience this great mountain guesthouse, with spectacular views. The hotel is accessible by cable car.
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Kelebek Cave Hotel, Goreme, Turkey – Kelebek is a cave-hotel, right in the heart of Goreme’s historic old village, with spectacular views looking out towards Uchisar and Cavusin in Turkey.
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Intercontinental Thalasso Spa, Bora Bora – This amazing resort located on a virgin beach on the “Motu Piti Aau” along the eastern side of Bora Bora and is accessible only by boat. The resort features an eco-friendly air-conditioning system by using the cold of deep-sea water extracted from the Pacific Ocean and its spa utilize the benefits of the deep-sea water and minerals in all of its signature treatments.
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Hyaena Heerd, Groningen, Netherlands – Hayema Heerd guests sleeps in a large bed made with a thick layer of straw, covered by soft comforters with nice linens and lots of pillows. Mosquitos or flies won’t bother you because you will be under a veritable mosquito net. “Won’t that straw itch?” Not at all because on top of the straw lies a comfortable soft mattress. You will experience ‘sleeping on straw’ is soft, springy and comfortable all year round.
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Attrap’Rêves, Allauch, France – Pick a bubble! Attrap’Rêves is made up of personalized bubbles based on different themes. One thing is for sure, you will have a beautiful view of the forest around you under stars.
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Sala Silvermine, Sweden – The world’s deepest hotel room. Guests can sleep 155 meter (508 ft) underground in a suite in historic Sala Silvermine, one of the world’s best preserved mines.
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Dhara Dhevi Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand – The luxury resort’s design draws heavily from the architectural and cultural influences of the historic Lanna Kingdom. The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai offers some of the world’s most spacious accommodations available in the world, from our beautiful setting to our acclaimed restaurants and outstanding spa.
You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new and unusual things. Remember that the voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
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