Life is counted not in breaths, but in moments that take your breath away. The below hotels, do just that, literally and figuratively. They leave you exhilarated.
Creative, insane, fun, original, stunning, crazy, inspiring, spectacular and unbelievable are some of the adjectives that can be attributed to these dreams created with brick, mortar, metal, wood, stone and loads of passion. Spend a night or two at these stimulating accommodations and become a part of their insightful journeys while making your own journey an inspiring one.
Sky Lodge, Cusco, Peru: World’s edgiest hotel
It does not get any edgier than this. Sleep suspended 400 meters above the sacred valley in a glass pod on a rock face, for an adventure of a lifetime. You will climb for two hours to reach your beautiful crystalline pod, and the prize of this escapade is the stunning view below by day and the gorgeous milky way at night above. This unique perspective is open to the brave few. The stay however is pretty comfortable, with a cozy bed, offering a 300 degree view of the dazzling vistas and a delicious 3 course meal paired with a Peruvian wine. The next day you touch ground zero by seven hair raising zip lines.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi Kenya – A play ground for friendly giraffes to which you are most welcome.
The endangered Rothschild giraffes roam freely in 140 acres of the indigenous forest and pay multiple visits daily to the grounds of this stylish and iconic hotel. The hotel dates back to 1930’s and resembles a Scottish hunting lodge, with its elegant architecture, lush gardens, and charming courtyards. The giraffes invite themselves to your breakfast table, evening tea or pop their heads in through your room window for a treat; adding cheer, awe and excitement to all visitors, young and old alike.
Kakslauttanen, Finland – A village of glass igloos
Gaze at the awe inspiring Northern lights from the reassuring comfort of your soft and warm beds. These innovatively beautiful glass igloos keep you warm and comfortable, in the peak of winters, while offering you uninterrupted views of the divine display of the Aurora Borealis. The resort also offers Kelo, giving lodgers the best of both worlds – spacious comfort of log cabins, which come with a private sauna, and an amazingly unique viewing opportunity of the attached glass igloo.
Null Stern Hotel, Switzerland – A hotel where the only star is YOU
Challenging the norms of the industry, here is a one room hotel, with no stars to its claim; not even doors, windows, walls or roof; here the only star is you, the guest. Nestled in a crevice of a Swiss mountain, is your hotel – your room. With all physical boundaries gone, the only thing left is you and your imagination. The bathroom is a 10 minute walk away and your server is a local farmer dressed in bow tie, gloves and work boots who serves you breakfast made from the best local produce.
Free Spirit Spheres, Canada – In the lap of nature
Live your childhood fantasy, call it your own planet or a nest suspended on ropes. Whatever your choice of analogy may be, you will remember this stay for a lifetime. This adult only facility offers three cool, quirky and truly unique spherical accommodations, Eyrn, Melody and Luna, nestled in the coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island in British Colombia.
They offer comfortable double beds, a basket of treats on arrival, ample opportunities to explore the area and an unforgettable experience in the arms of nature.
Crane Hotel Faralda, Netherlands – A cool place to hang out
How about a stay at an insane yet an inspiring hotel? Hanging on a Crane, which still turns in the wind, this hotel features three suites; Free Spirit, Secret and Mystic. Every suite is designed to have its own identity and offers a splendid view. The suites are modern, chic and equipped with all modern day comforts, including champagne, breakfast, and WiFi. It’s spa pool on the upper deck offers the most romantic view in Amsterdam. It is an unusual hotel you won’t believe actually exists.
Ice hotel, Sweden – The coolest hotel
You can never go to the same Ice Hotel twice… Literally. Every spring the hotel melts down and a new one is created by some of the best artists in the world. You get a new hotel and art installation every year. It is all about ice and creativity. Everything in the Ice Hotel is made from ice – right from the walls to bed, chairs and stairs The smiles of the staff, and reindeer skins keep you warm during your stay here. There is also an ice bar and an ice chapel for ones seeking to tie the knot in a very cool way.
Attrap Reves, France – Do you want to live in a bubble?
Making bubbles is always fun, but have you thought of staying in one? A French sister and brother team thought of it and are offering this unique experience to live in nature while keeping the flying and crawling insects out. See the stars and the milky way from the comfort of your own transparent bubble, in the décor of your choice. For a true poetic and sensory experience, choose from five themes of bubbles viz. Love Nature, Zen, 1001, Glamour, and Suite Chic & Design bubble and three kinds of huts. The hotel offers a swimming pool and a spa.
The Manta Resort, Tanzania – The most unique room
Suspended blissfully in a marine conservation area, is your personal floating island – The Manta Resorts’s underwater room, offering you three levels of excitement. The landing deck, at sea level, has a lounge area and bathroom facility, the roof has a lounging area – for sun bathing and gazing at the extraordinary clarity of stars, and the bedroom below is rather magical, as you lay in the comfort of your soft king sized bed. Surrounded by panes of glass the room offers an almost 360 degree view of the corals, shoals of reef fish, and exquisite aquatic life passing by. The underwater spotlights on all sides of the room attract the reef inhabitants, which makes for an exciting viewing, and a truly unique experience!
Montana Magica Lodge, Chile – Land of Fairy Tales and Magic
Live your fantasy of fairy tales and hobbits at this magical hotel, which you enter using a monkey bridge. The rooms are inside a volcano spewing mineral rich spa water, with outdoor hot-tubs peeking out from the walls of this waterfall / volcano / hotel. It is located in a 232 square mile radius of a living-breathing rain forest, which is home to the world’s smallest deer species, standing tall at the height of 13 inches, and the longest zip line in South America. A stay here is anything but ordinary.