5 amazing unusual hotels around the world
Have you ever wanted to sleep in an ice castle, watch fish from your window, or hide in a cave? These out-of-the-ordinary accommodations will provide access to “new worlds” with unmatched experiences and stories from other locations.
Conrad Hilton, the world’s best underwater resort
The Conrad Hilton stands out among the dozens of unique hotels and resorts in the Maldives because of its glass domes that allow visitors to view marine creatures swim above their heads. There are 11 eateries on the hotel’s premises. But wait, there’s a wine cellar on the seafloor waiting for you, complete with 20,000 bottles of wine and the world’s 101 finest varieties of cheese.
Outdoor activities such as seeing manatees, white sharks, and dolphins, swimming with sea turtles, and diving in the beautiful coral reefs will spice up your stay. A night’s stay in an underwater villa here costs over USD 1,200.
- Address: Rangali Island, Rangali 20077, Maldives
Sleep in a fairy cave of Cappadocia
The Kelebek Cave Hotel, located in the heart of the Anatolian peninsula, has a unique topography formed by three ancient volcanoes. Volcanic eruptions blanketed the region with ash, dust, and debris millions of years ago. Winds blew them together, forming the strange-looking pillars and rocks that are now known as fairy chimneys.
Stay in this cave hotel to experience the harmony of past and current cultures, as the Hittite people’s living area is furnished with Ottoman furniture. The stone seats in the yard are ideal for watching the sunset over the mountain while eating a specially seasoned kebab.
During your stay, stroll down the Cappadocia valley or fly inn a hot air balloon for a panoramic view. Capture its beauty in your best photos. A night stay costs about 75 to 100 USD.
- Address: Aydinli Mah., Yavuz Sok. No:1, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir, Turkey
De Glace Ice Hotel – Not cold in the ice
For the past 15 years, winter enthusiasts have flocked to De Glace Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada. This is the first hotel entirely made of ice, open from January to March.
Because ice is its primary building material, it is also the only hotel that is rebuilt once a year. Each area has a different theme, which has been designed by skilled professional sculptors. The temperature inside the hotel is around -4 degrees Celsius, but don’t worry since you’ll be provided with an arctic-style blanket and sleeping bag. Furthermore, each premium room is equipped with a gas heater to keep visitors warm in “the ice castle.” The cost is around USD200 per night.
De Glace Ice Hotel
- Address: 1860 Boulevard Valcartier, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0, Canada
Watch the Northern Lights at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
When electrically charged particles from solar winds enter and interact with the Earth’s atmosphere, the Northern Lights are produced. Every astronomy fan wishes to watch these lights dancing in the sky all the time. Few people, however, are patient and fortunate enough to capture these moments.
This is also why the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort was built in Saariselkä Village (Finland). Its 20 glass tents allow you to observe light dances while relaxing on your comfy bed.
The optimum time to visit this region is from August through April of the following year. Even if the temperature outside is -40 degrees Fahrenheit, the glass tent will keep you warm during the memorable experience of witnessing this spectacular event.
During the day, you may ride a snowmobile, go ice fishing, or go reindeer skiing, just like the Finns.
A night in a glass tent costs between 450 and 600 USD.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
- Address: Kakslauttanen, 99830 Saariselkä, Finland
Stay on trees
Spend around $100 USD and you’ll get the opportunity to be “Tarzan,” sleeping in a treehouse in Nam Kan, Bokeo Province in northern Laos.
They are among of the world’s highest treehouses, standing 30-40m above earth. Relax with a nice book and take in the breathtaking scenery of the mountains and woods. What amazing adventure!
You have three choices here: Classic, Waterfall, and Speed with different trekking itineraries and adventurous zipline systems. Note that of you want to encounter gibbons during your stay, you need to wake up earlier since early morning is their favorite time to sing.