When you think of a hotel, do you just see a place to crash at nights before heading out to other destinations and going exploring the next day? Or perhaps you look at a hotel as an establishment that pampers you and lets you do what you want? Hotels can certainly be seen as just a roof over a traveler’s head for the night or a luxury retreat, but they can also be seen as establishments that offer you something you would not get anywhere else. And there are plenty of hotels across the world that operate on this very principle, providing an experience to guests they would not get anywhere else in the world. Here, then, are just some of the world’s most unusual hotels. ALSO READ: Top 10 luxury hotels in India that offer a lavish stay Also Read - Despite Wife's Recovery From COVID-19, Justin Trudeau Says Will Continue to Stay in Self-Isolation
The Manta Resort, Tanzania
The Manta Resort, Photograph Courtesy: Facebook
The Manta Resort, located in Pemba Island, part of Tanzania’s Zanzibar Archipelago, seems like a regular beach paradise resort you can find in places like Andaman or Goa, but its hook is the Underwater Room. This room floats around 250 meters away from the coast, and you can spend the day here basking in the sun on the deck of the room. You get to watch the sun set and count the stars at night, or go down to the bedroom underneath. Surrounded by large glass windows, the bedroom offers breathtaking views of the underwater life just off the coast of Pemba. You can observe marine life, including squids and jellyfish, while relaxing in bed. While other rooms cost 405, the Underwater Room costs 1,000 per night. Also Read - German State Finance Minister Commits Suicide Amid Fears of Financial Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
Société Duvetnor, Canada
Société Duvetnor, Photograph Courtesy: Facebook
Ever wanted to stay in an ancient lighthouse without worrying about steering ships away from running aground? There is a hotel in Quebec, Canada that offers exactly this experience. Built in 1862 on a rocky outcrop near the Saint Lawrence River, the lighthouse was eventually abandoned after a century of operations. In 1989, it was renovated and brought back as a hotel, Société Duvetnor. The listed building is still a popular tourist attraction in the islands of Rivière-du-Loup, and it houses a living room designed in the style of 19th-century architecture and three two-bed rooms. Instead of a light, visitors can find a telescope at lighthouse tower from where they can spot the birds that fly nearby. The tariff here is C$175 per night, per person. Also Read - Coronavirus: Sophie Trudeau Recovers From Infection, Says ‘We’re All in This Together’
Treehouse Lodge, Peru
Treehouse Lodge, Photograph Courtesy: Facebook
Have you ever visited a wildlife sanctuary or reserve, listened to the jungle at night and wondered how it would be like to live like that? If you visit Peru, head to Iquitos, a port city popular for its northern Amazonian jungle lodges, and opt for the Treehouse Lodge. Here, you get to live in the Amazon rainforest while still enjoying the conveniences and safety of a proper hotel. The lodge’s bungalows lie high up in the trees, looking like small nests from the ground. These bungalows are connected by wooden bridges that go from tree to tree. While there are plenty of jungle lodges here, Treehouse has a unique proposition. The cost for two people to stay two nights here is around 1,238.
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Poseidon Undersea Resort, Photograph Courtesy: Facebook
While the Mantra Resort mentioned above has one underwater room, the Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji has 25 of them, lying around 15 meters below sea level. The remainder of the 74 rooms here are built over the water, standing on piers. You can spend your time here at the surface rooms, watching the sea dance with the coast of Fiji and enjoying the usual delights here. Or you could get yourself an underwater suite, which is essentially a 50-square meter accommodation connected by underwater hallways. Add to that the crystal clear waters of Fiji, and you get a magical time underwater, albeit at a price. You have to shell out $15,000 per head for a seven-day stay here.
Jumbo Stay, Sweden
For those of you who ever sat in a flight and imagined staying there, Sweden has a place to satisfy your imagination. Located in Stockholm, a city spread across 14 islands with 57 bridges, Jumbo Stay is basically a decommissioned Boeing 747-212B jumbo jet re-purposed as a hostel. This hostel is appropriately located near the entrance of Stockholm Airport, and it is a sight that you cannot miss if you are there. The pilot’s cabin is naturally the most expensive room here, giving you a literal cockpit view of the airport. The other 28 rooms here spread across the length of the aircraft, overlooking the runway. With a per night price of around 136, you could consider a stay here before exploring the rest of the beautiful city.
Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru
And we head back to Peru, this time to the town of Urubamba, nestled in the Sacred Valley and beside the river that shares its name, surrounded by mountains, ancient hillside salt pools and plenty of adventure activities, including rafting and paragliding. If you are headed to this relatively offbeat destination in Peru, arguably the best place to experience the rugged landscape of the region is the Skylodge Adventure Suites hotel. This establishment has three capsules, completely transparent and positioned around 120 meters above the ground. Imagine looking down and see the valley right below you, plunging downwards. The cost per head here would be around 270. ALSO READ: Dont miss these 10 swanky hotels in India with infinity pools!
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel, Photograph Courtesy: ION Hotels
Iceland has been attracting a rising number of visitors with its other-worldly landscape, flora and fauna and hospitable culture. And ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is a hotel just as unique as the country. Located on the slopes of the Hengill volcano, the hotel lies close to natural thermal springs, from which it serves hot water. The steam from these springs also cover the base of the hotel, making it look like it is floating over the volcano. Interestingly, the Hengill volcano is still active, which is what powers its thermal springs and fumaroles. In fact, Hengill is also one of the main sources of power for Iceland. Plus, the drive from the capital city of Reykjavik to Nesjavellir takes you through some of the most magnificent sights. The cost per night for two people here is 496.
Icehotel is exactly what it’s name suggests; it is a hotel that makes you think you entered the world of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ (or Batman’s famed enemy Mister Freeze, if you want a cooler analogy). The ice structures and architecture here, including staircases, are actually recreated every year by artists. But you will find most of the hotel amenities here in a separate, permanent building. There are a few caveats here though. You need to follow certain instructions to be safe if you plan to stay here. And it is best to limit your stay here to just a night, given the conditions of the place. The hotel and the remote village that houses it lies just around 200 km from the Arctic Circle, and a one-night stay here costs around 578 for two people.
The Boot, New Zealand
Remember the story of the Little Old Woman who lived in a Shoe? Well, if you ever wanted to live like that little old woman, head to New Zealand. Located in Tasman, The Boot at Jester House is, as its name suggests, a cottage shaped like a boot. Quiet and secluded, this makes for a great romantic getaway. You can chill at the two-storey boot cottage or explore the nearby mountains and beaches, visit galleries and cafes, tee off at the golf courses and explore the Abel Tasman National Park. A spiral staircase takes you up to the second floor of the boot house, with a view of the courtyard and pond. The guest house can accommodate two people, with a cost of 250 per night.
Giant Wine Barrel Room, Germany
The Giant Wine Barrel Room in Germany is an eco-hotel famous for its, well, giant wine barrel rooms. It lies in the Northern Black Forest town of Sasbachwalden, along the slope of the Hornisgrinde mountain. The hotel itself lies among the nearby hills, with vineyards ahead of it. To top it all, your guest room is shaped like a wine barrel. The tariff here is 156 for two people to stay the night. If you consider yourself a wine lover, this should be a place that should definitely be in your bucket list. (Or should we say barrel list? No, we probably shouldn’t). NOW READ: These eco-friendly hotels will take you close to nature like never before
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