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16 Unusual Accommodation Experiences Around the World

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? 

In today's world, hotels are no longer just a place to rest your head. A new era of lodging has emerged, providing unforgettable and uniquely Instagram-worthy experiences that rewrite the rules completely. So if you’ve been waiting for a sign to take that extravagant trip, this is it. Break free from the mundanity of your four walls and explore places to stay that will leave you breathless, exhilarated and in awe of the world once again.

Let this article be your ticket to the realm of your wildest imagination, where the stay itself becomes the adventure— be it a journey through tree canopies, a night spent within ancient castle walls, or a hideout carved of ice, we cover it all. Traversing every continent, it's time to buckle up, and fasten your seatbelt, (or perhaps your climbing harness we should say) as we venture on a journey through the most unforgettable hotels and accommodation experiences of 2024. 

The Americas

From the mystical highlands of Guatemala to the rugged beauty of Oregon and everywhere in between, The Americas offer boundless opportunities for travellers to explore. Let's dive into a few unique stays that can be found in these varied lands.

1. Hobbitenango, Guatemala

Nestled in the Guatemalan highlands of Vuelta Grande, Hobbitenango transports visitors to the enchanting world of Tolkien. Inspired by the Shire and a love for nature, these hobbit-style homes offer a sojourn into a whimsical realm, surrounded by panoramic views that overlook the valley. With no wi-fi, you'll get the chance to disconnect from the routine and reconnect with yourself, nature, and loved ones.

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2. Glass Igloos, Machu Picchu, Peru

Get a chance to witness the celestial expanse of the Andean sky as you fall asleep in one of Salkantay’s jungle domes. 3,900m above sea level, this camp truly takes the joy of hiking to an all-time high. A truly unforgettable way to experience this wonder of the world.

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3. Out ‘n’ About Treesort – Oregon, USA

Located in the heart of Oregon's wilderness, Treesort provides a unique opportunity to experience the tranquillity of the forest from high up in the canopy. Southern Oregon boasts one of the largest concentrations of old-growth trees in the country, making Treesort an ideal destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region. 

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Africa

From the vast desolation of the Sahara to the regal elegance of Nairobi, Africa is a continent of remarkable diversity and rich culture. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Africa has something for everyone.

4. Camp Adounia, the Sahara Desert

The Moroccan Sahara is an unconventional yet fascinating destination for glamping enthusiasts. Camp Adounia, located in Erg Birtam offers a sanctuary for incredible healing through connection to the earth. Using solar energy and sustainable practices to ensure travellers find peace and relaxation while in harmony with the Earth.

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5. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Uganda

Located on the misty hills of Uganda, offers a serene escape into nature's beauty. Clouds Mountain lodge is surrounded by the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, providing breathtaking views and an opportunity to explore the majestic mountain gorillas. The lodge itself consists of eight spacious cottages made of volcanic stone and is situated on a forested ridge near the entrance to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

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6. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya:

Giraffe Manor, located in the heart of Nairobi, offers a distinctive experience that goes beyond just a luxurious stay. Guests are allowed to interact with elegant, long-necked giraffes, and have “The most unforgettable bucket-list breakfast in the world”- providing an exciting blend of luxury and wildlife in the Kenyan capital.

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Europe

From the cave dwellings in Turkey to the circular marvels of Cornwall, let's unravel some of Europe's most exceptional stays.

7. Taskonaklar Cave Hotel, Turkey

Located in the ancient hills of Cappadocia, The Taskonaklar Cave Hotel features intricately designed cave dwellings that offer a glimpse into the rich history of the region. The cave dwellings offer modern luxury while preserving the shelter of stone that has stood the test of time. They come as a result of years of restoration work on historical and mystical ruins. Now, each of the unique rooms is equipped with all kinds of comforts, with each opening up to a lush garden with a breathtaking view.

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8. Bodrifty Roundhouse, Cornwall, UK

In the windswept beauty of Cornwall, step back in time and discover the Bodrifty Roundhouse—an architectural marvel of the time, inspired by ancient Celtic design. This circular abode seamlessly blends with the landscape, allowing the imagination to run wild into what once was.

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9. Whitepod, Switzerland:

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, Whitepod reinvents the idea of a winter retreat. Geodesic domes, resembling giant snow pods, provide an intimate connection with nature while offering the warmth and comfort of a luxurious Alpine hideaway.

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Asia

Asia is a continent that boasts a beautiful blend of creativity and innovation. From the vibrant and lively streets of Hong Kong to the peaceful and relaxing retreats of Bali, there are a plethora of unique accommodation options available. Let's take a closer look at some of these exceptional accommodations.

10. The Fleming, Hong Kong:

The Fleming Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Hong Kong that celebrates the city's rich maritime heritage. It beautifully blends the nostalgia of the past with the modernity of the present, creating a space that is a true testament to the city's vibrant history. From the decor to the layout, every corner of the hotel tells a unique story of Hong Kong's glorious past, making it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves history and culture.

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11. Shiki-Shima Train Hotel, Japan

A one-of-a-kind experience, the Shiki-Shima Train suite takes you quite literally on a journey through Japan. Taking luxury to the next level with continuous panoramic views of the Japanese countryside, this stay will redefine everything you ever thought you knew about the art of travel.

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12. Hideout Bali, Indonesia

Tucked away in the lush landscapes of Bali, Hideout Bali offers you a retreat into the heart of nature. Surrounded by rice terraces and the soothing sounds of the Ayung River, unwind in your very own private bamboo-built hideaway.

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Oceania

Oceania is not only geographically diverse but also culturally rich. Whether you’re exploring the urban sophistication of Sydney, trekking in New Zealand’s national parks, or indulging in the tranquillity of a Fijian resort, Oceania offers a myriad of experiences for every type of traveller.

13. Lilypad Palm Beach, Sydney, Australia:

Located on the shores of Sydney, Lilypad Palm Beach offers a unique and serene all-inclusive experience as it floats atop the water it provides an unparalleled combination of luxury and character. Guests wake up to the soothing sounds of waves and breathtaking panoramic views of Palm Beach. 

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14. The Boot, Tasman, New Zealand

In the coastal splendour of Tasman, New Zealand, you will find, The Boot. This unique accommodation, aptly named and shaped like a colossal boot, offers not just a cosy retreat but also a glimpse into this wildly creative region of the South Island.

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15. Dolphin Island, Fiji:

Set amid the turquoise waters of Fiji, Dolphin Island is a private island paradise where exclusivity meets tropical allure. This intimate resort is a sanctuary filled with the warmth of Fijian hospitality and surrounded by the vibrant marine life of the South Pacific.

 

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Antarctica

A place where only the most daring adventurers tread, the raw beauty of the southernmost continent is awe-inspiring and unparalleled. With no permanent accommodation anywhere on the continent, and stays only permitted between late October through to early March, options are limited. Luckily our next accommodation recommendation is not just any hotel.

16. White Desert, Antarctica

The White Desert Camp in Antarctica is quite possibly the most unique and exclusive destination out of all that we have mentioned so far. It offers a comfortable oasis amid a vast expanse of rugged icy terrain. This awe-inspiring location features three sets of camps that are equipped with cutting-edge pods and modern amenities. The experience of visiting Antarctica itself is said to be truly transformative. Bringing you closer to nature in its most raw and unfiltered form. The surreal beauty and expansive landscapes are sure to leave a lasting impact on you, making you feel both humble and fragile, yet also empowered and deeply connected to our planet.

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Whether you dream of waking up in a hobbit-style home in Guatemala, witnessing the celestial spectacle of the Andeanic sky from a glass igloo in Peru, or finding a trill in the extreme icy expanse of the Antarctic, let these accommodations inspire your wildest travel dreams!

 

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