7 Of The Most Unusual Hotels To Visit Around The World

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Published 3 April 2019


There's nothing like arriving at your hotel after a long flight or busy day out. But what if your accommodation was just as exciting (or even more) than your holiday itself? Check out these extraordinary hotels around the world where your room is so fantastic, you might not actually want to leave!

1. Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia

The spookily named Skeleton Coast is famous for the many shipwrecks that floundered on this rugged coastline. As the name says, Shipwreck Lodge in Namibia is a spectacular hotel inspired by these historic shipwrecks but designed with a super-modern twist set amidst the dunes of the pristine Namibian desert.

From R10,200pp


 2. Kakslauttanen, Finland

This fantastical arctic resort offers magical glass igloos where you can gaze at the stars and watch the swirling, mystical Northern Lights from the cosy comfort of your room. Pop into the sauna to warm up after a long day of dog sledding and ice swimming, then dine on delicious Lappish cuisine at a range of enticing restaurants.

From R4,080pp


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3. EcoCamp Patagonia, Chile

Travel to the end of the world at EcoCamp Patagonia in the breath-taking Torres del Paine National Park. Here you’ll find a haven of rustic luxury in an eco-friendly dome room modelled after the ancient shelters of the indigenous Kaweskar people. Celebrated as the world’s first geodesic dome hotel, this incredible accommodation is entirely sustainable and leaves zero impact on the pristine environment.

From R5,407pp


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 4. Henn-Na Hotel, Japan

Journey into the future at Henn-Na Hotel in Japan – a state-of-the-art hotel staffed by charming robots. Truly a world first, this technologically advanced hotel will greet you with a multi-lingual robot at the front desk, while a robotic arm takes your luggage up to your room. Facial recognition technology does away with pesky room keys too. This is the future of travel – and it's super exciting!

From R2,450pp


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5. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Perched atop granite cliffs above the sweeping Sacred Valley just outside of Cusco, this unbelievable hotels provides amazing views above and below. Take the heart-racing climb up to your transparent Perspex pod and gaze up at the twinkling stars at night. Then zip line back down in the morning for a fun-filled day of adventure in the valley and surrounds.

From R6,755pp


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6. Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain

This surreal hotel is a marvel inside and out. Located in the medieval town of Elciego in Spain, Hotel Marqués de Riscal stands out like a contemporary jewel amidst the lush vineyards of this famous wine region. Built on one of the oldest wineries, the building is designed to reflect the vineyard’s award-winning red wine through its organic magenta-inspired aesthetic.

From R4,800pp


7. Crane Hotel Faralda, Amsterdam

Just like the name says, this quirky yet luxurious hotel is set in a previously functional industrial crane overlooking the IJ. Enjoy panoramic views of Amsterdam as you perch in one of only 3 suites, each designed in an edgy and somewhat bizarre style. Relax in the rooftop hot tub or take the plunge and bungee off the crane.

From 10,798pp


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