If you are planning your next getaway and looking for something a little out of the ordinary then why not consider one of the world’s most weird and wonderful hotels.
While some people are content with crisp bed linen and sea views, others prefer their hotels to have a little something more – and luckily for those people there are a range of exciting hotel experiences out there to choose from. Here we look at five great weird and wonderful accommodation offerings from around the world.
1 – Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Sculpted entirely from snow and ice, this amazing hotel was the first of its kind and remains the largest in the world today. With indoor temperatures of around -5 degrees centigrade the Ice Hotel is built anew each winter offering a new and exciting experience for visitors. Beds are sculpted from solid ice with warm fur throws laid on for comfort – and there is no need for fridges to keep drinks in the bar cool! For eco-tourists, the hotel is reassuringly carbon negative, while the building features a range of ice-art exhibitions and even an ice chapel where couples come each year to take their wedding vows. Flights to nearby Kiruna are now available direct from London Heathrow making the Ice Hotel even more accessible.
2 – Tree House Point, Snoqualmie Valley, Washington, USA
A collection of rooms built into the trees, Tree House Point has a Neverland feel that will delight guests of all ages. Choose from a range of treehouse rooms all of which blend effortlessly with the
surrounding pine forest.
3 – Jules Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida, USA
The only way in to this exciting underwater accommodation is by scuba diving down to 21ft through a mangrove habitat in the Emerald Lagoon. The pod style rooms were originally created as an aquatic research centre and still serve as such, although in a more limited capacity today. Once inside, visitors are afforded an amazing vista on the world under the water, while still be able to take advantage of all their home comforts from TV and DVD to an iHome sound system.
4 – Canopy Tower, Soberania National Park, Panama
Set in the treetops of the National Park Forest, the canopy tower provides a truly amazing window on the world. Spot local birdlife such as toucans and fruit crows, see the monkey that swing through the canopy and wonder as giant iridescent butterflies flutter past. This eco-hotel is one not to be missed by lovers of nature. Why not consider this as a little luxurious stop off in an otherwise inhospitable environment – great for trekkers and hikers exploring the area.
5 – Balcardine Castle, Argyll, Scotland
Castle hotels are not uncommon in Scotland, but few offer the level of intimacy and authenticity that Balcardine Castle can. Known locally as “The Black Castle” this 16th Century fortification retains its secret passages and dungeons for the visitors delight. Sitting on the shores of Loch Creran with views across the gorgeous Glencoe Mountains, a stay at this Scottish castle will make some magical memories. Best accessed by road, visitors can fly to Glasgow or Inverness and take advantage of the deals offered on www.carrentals.co.uk if they hope to get here under their own steam.