Hey folks, I hope you are all keeping well. I haven’t done a blog post in ages so here is a list of 10 of the most unique and unusual hotels in the world!
From a hotel made up completely of snow and ice to staying in a recycled Boeing 727 plane, these hotels are unique in every sense of the word! Click the hotel name if you want to find out more info about the hotels. These are in no particular order.
Kicking things off in Kenya! Just imagine you are sitting down having your breakfast and a giraffe leans in and sticks its head in through the window, that’s a common occurrence at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya. This 12 bedroom boutique hotel first opened in the 1930s when visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. The property is home to a number of endangered Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
I’ve never been able to sleep on a plane, but I don’t think I’d have that problem at the Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica! Unique in every sense of the word, guests can stay in this refurbished 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which, in its prior life, shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Airways and Avianca Airlines. This 2 bedroom Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording you views that will make you feel like you’re flying.
Six Senses Zighy Bay is in Oman’s northern Musandam Peninsula and is a 2-hour drive from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The resort is set between craggy mountains on one side and a long sandy beach on the other. What makes this hotel even more unique is the type of entrance you can choose to check-in to the resort. Guests can take a 4×4, speedboat or even paraglide to the entrance of the hotel!
The Icehotel is a hotel rebuilt each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden. Opened in 1990, it is the world’s first ice hotel. The entire hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks from the Torne River, even the glasses in the bar are made of ice! Holding a temperature between -5 to -8 degrees Celsius, the individually themed cold rooms include hand-carved ice furnishings by international artists. Guests sleep in thermal sleeping bags on beds covered in reindeer hides.
From a hotel made from snow and ice to a hotel made from salt! This property is set in Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia and nearly everything in the 48,500 square foot hotel is made out of salt, including the building and furniture! This hotel offers a luxury hotel experience in the largest salt flats in the world! The onsite restaurant’s speciality dish is, of course, salt chicken!
Staying in South America, next on the list is Skylodge Adventure Suites at Sacred Valley in Peru. Not for those with a fear of heights, this accommodation is a completely transparent hanging bedroom capsule over a 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It offers a 300 degree view of the Sacred Valley and to the stars above. To get to the accommodation you must climb a 1,312 feet to the top of Via Ferrata, or hike a trail through ziplines, so its definitely one for the thrill seekers!
Bringing the term sleeping in the doghouse to a whole new level, the Dogbark Inn in the state of Idaho is in the shape of a 12-foot beagle! Guests enter the beagle’s body through the second-storey deck. Established in 1997, the owners are chainsaw artists and their works make up some of the decorative furnishings at the hotel. As expected this is a pet-friendly hotel.
From staying in a 12-foot beagle to staying in a converted crane! Set in a former harbour crane 50 metre high and located at NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam, Crane Hotel Faralda features design suites overlooking the IJ. This unique hotel offers great views of Amsterdam and is a 10 minute ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station. On the upper deck of Crane Hotel Faralda, guests can relax in the heated spa pool overlooking Amsterdam
Always wanted to see the Northern Lights? Why not combine that by staying in a glass igloo! This property offers glass igloos, snow igloos and traditional wood chalets and has the world’s largest smoke sauna. You can admire the Northern Lights and starry nights from the comfort of your bed. The glass igloos are available for the Northern Lights season from the end of August to the end of April.
One for the wine lovers! Entre Cielos is set in the best Malbec area at the foothill of the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina. The Vineyard Loft is a cocoon on stilts above one of the vineyards. This property organises wine tours, horse-riding excursions through the vineyards and outdoor activities such as trekking and river rafting in the area.
And so that complete’s the list! What do you think of these hotels and which one was your favourite? Personally I’d love to stay in the glass igloos in Finland but I wouldn’t say no paragliding to check-in at Zighy Bay in Oman!