When it comes to holidays, luxury is often at the top of anyone's list. The world is full of big name hotel chains offering luxury rooms, from remote countryside locations, to lively major cities. These hotels, although luxurious, tend to be pretty similar no matter where you are, its the exclusive location of the hotel that enforces the luxury. However, with companies competing for your money, some hotel owners are thinking outside of the box to provide more unusual and unique holiday and hotel experiences. Some, it seems, think the more unusual the better, like the Crane Hotel which you can have fun operating. So whether its a historic Fort to an Airplane Hotel, some of these unusual choices really are one of a kind opportunities.
10 Spitbank Fort: from $1200 per night
9 The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania: from $1500 per night
The Manta Resort in Pemba Island, Tanzania provides the ultimate luxury experience of staying in an underwater hotel, where it's the fish that get to watch you. Originating in Sweden as a single underwater room, this idea now exists as a 3 level floating structure in the Indian Ocean just off Pemba Island, located near Tanzania and Zanzibar.
8 Costa Verde, Quepos, Costa Rica: from $350 per night
This luxury accommodation has fantastic views and is set high in the jungle of Manuel Antonio. You're technically getting on a plane, but with no passport control or luggage restrictions. This airplane is set high up on a concrete plinth so one look out of the window and it will feel like your flying. The interior is all furnished with teak that has been hand crafted, which fits in effortlessly with the jungle that surrounds the plane. The suite provides 2 bedrooms with private bathrooms, TV area and a kitchen and dining area. You have exclusive private access to your suite up a river rock spiral staircase.
7 Lifeboat Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands: from $350 per night
6 The Harbour Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands: from $475 per night
When it comes to unique hotels, they are few and far between spreading across the world. However, one small town in Holland has 3, one being the Lifeboat and another being extremely unusual and unbelievable. You would be excused for thinking that it’s an ordinary crane interrupting the skyline in Harlingen, but take a closer look, this crane has a hotel sitting on the top of it! And if you think that’s all, you're mistaken. This crane still works, giving guests the unique opportunity to point the crane in any direction and move its 2 motor lifts. This hotel should have a ‘Man Crane’ sign as it really lends itself to the men who grew up playing with construction toys.
5 Hotel im Wasserturm, Cologne, Germany: from $165 per person
4 Quinta Real Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico: from $250
Bullfighting has long been a tradition in Spain, and around the 1500’s, the Spanish introduced their game to Mexico to honour explorer, Hernan Comes. This was the start of the bullfighting tradition in Mexico and it is now home to around 220 permanent bullrings. It is popular with the Mexican people, with elaborate matador costumes and traditional red capes. These fights take place in a Bullring, a circular amphitheatre with rows of stands that overlook a central open space.
3 Hapuku Lodge and Tree houses, Kaikoura, New Zealand: from $900 per night
When growing up, most children enjoy many hours playing in tree houses, making secret groups, hiding out with their favorite book or just enjoying the climb into it. Unless you had a very elaborate childhood, your tree house was probably a very modest structure, but that didn't matter, tree houses were a fun addition to any garden.
2 Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa, Cappadocia, Turkey: from $400 per night
1 ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden: from $300 per night
Imagine if your hotel was –5 and your bed for the night was made entirely out of ice. That’s precisely what the ICEHOTEL in Sweden offers you. This hotel opened in 1990 and was the very first Ice Hotel in the world, it is now in its 24th season. Other countries have followed and you can find these unusual hotels in Canada, Norway, Romania and Finland. Being made of Ice, the hotel melts once spring begins, so it has to be rebuilt every year enabling the owners the unique opportunity of changing the design on each rebuild.
The hotel is made of snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. As the spring comes around, the ice from the river is harvested and stored for use when the rebuild begins again in December. The hotel then opens in weekly phases, starting at the beginning of December until the beginning of January, when the hotel is usually complete. Within the hotel the interior, it consists of a bar, church, main hall, reception and rooms and suites to accommodate over 100 guests. All the furniture is sculpted out of ice, including the beds. The ICEHOTEL also offers a warm alternative hotel and Wilderness Camp where you can dogsled through Lapland.
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