5 of the most unique stays around the world

By Vesi

If you are thinking of a multi centre holiday in 2014 but want to experience something a little more different, then instead of travelling to the far-flung destinations, mix up your accommodation a little. Swap the all-inclusive hotels, or self catered villas, for something a little more unique. Perhaps treetop living, or a stay in an ice carved hotel is more your style? Or, if you would rather keep your feet warm and on solid ground choose a luxury tent safari to experience the wild side of style.


Unusual accommodations around the world:


Luxury tent safari


Governors Camp Kenya
By Safari Partners


If you like the idea of camping but don’t want the long walk to the water tap or the stress of building a tent, then the award winning Governors Camp collection is perfect for you. Set in the world famous Masai Mara game reserve you can witness Kenya’s wildlife from the comfort of your luxury tent. With the nearby watering hole you can watch hippos in the wild, along with giraffes, buffalo, hyenas and the infamous ‘big five’. To add to the amazing experience, you can book a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara at dawn to enjoy not only the wildlife but also the mesmerising pink and orange hues of the sunrise. Expect first class cuisine, and flawless luxury on this ultimate romantic camping experience.

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Treetop living

Embrace nature and enjoy a new type of living in the colourful Amazon Jungle from dizzying treetop heights. Nestled in the canopy of the Amazon in Brazil, Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel offers private tree houses with balconies, comfortable bedrooms and spacious living. Whether you decide to spend the day relaxing in a hammock, or meeting the local macaws, sloths and friendly monkeys as they mingle around the resort, this is one style of accommodation that will fascinate anyone. In the evenings make sure you enjoy one of the four tree top bars as you watch the sun begin to set and the tranquil bird song begin.


Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel


Underwater hotel

Not exactly underwater, but as close as we can currently get, the iconic Atlantis The Palm in Dubai offers an experience like no other. The award-winning five star hotel not only has the number one water park in the Middle East and Europe, but also an incredible aquarium, The Lost Chambers, with over 65,000 marine animals.


Atlantis The Palm
By Imre Solt [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If you are after a romantic hideaway with a difference, choose one of the underwater suites Poseidon or Neptune where you descend into the secluded suite for luxurious aquatic themed accommodation. Complete with a dramatic floor to ceiling window into the Ambassador Lagoon. With ruins of the mythical lost city and full of colourful marine life, sit back and watch the lagoon’s inhabitants from the comfort of your bed. To create the perfect twin centre holiday with a difference, pair the luxurious Dubai with a stay on the tranquil back waters in Kerala…

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House Boat in Kerala

Enjoy the peaceful backwaters of Kerala from the comfort of a houseboat. Gently float down the network of canals in the southern state of India, watching the locals go about their day and keeping an eye out for any wildlife. Large lakes, canals, and rivers to form a maze of over 900km of waterways that oozes in serene beauty and a mesmerising charm. Ranging in facilities, some houseboats are fitted with large bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces, whilst others let you enjoy the simpler things in life with unspoiled views. By booking a stay on a houseboat you can immerse yourself into a rare, rural spot in the world


House boats
By Swaminathan under CC BY 2.0


Ice hotel

Make sure you pack your thermals for this frosty stay. Set in Swedish Lapland, the Icehotel is made purely of snow and ice and each year is re-carved to create not only a breathtaking piece of art, but also a luxurious, high quality hotel. Located in Jukkasjarvi, the hotel only exists between December and April and features stunning ice sculptures, ice bar with glasses made from ice, and even bedrooms with a shivering -5 degree temperature.


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Each year a team of artists carve the hotel, creating suites using ice from the nearby Torne River. With bedrooms dropping to sub zero temperatures, beds are complete with reindeer skins and polar tested sleeping bags to keep you toasty warm. Staying at the Icehotel may be slightly teeth chattering, but at least you can say you have slept in quite literally the coolest hotel in the world.

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