10 Incredible Places You Can Actually Stay In
From quirky to downright weird, explore our guide to the most unusual places to stay around the world, featuring the world's best spaceship treehouses, ice suites, mountain escapes and glass igloos.
Looking for an off-the-grid, wellness-minded eco-resort to disconnect at? Look no further than the Maya-inspired architectural delight that is Azulik. The clothing-optional dress code may not be for everyone but the unique design and idyllic location make the hotel an unforgettable stay.
9. Bubble Hotel
If the blandness of being engulfed by four walls whilst on holiday doesn’t compel you, consider a more spherical experience in a Bali Bubble room while being surrounded by pristine countryside and enchanting forests.
8. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Mpumalanga, South Africa
Mpumalanga is home to the revered Lion Sands Ivory Lodge whose unique, elevated villas attract wealthy visitors all year round. With villas overlooking the perennial Sabie River, a star-studded evening under the sky is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
7. Hotel Sun City Camp
Wadi Rum, Jordan
The Sun City Camp in Wad Rum, Jordan is fast becoming one of the most sought-after hotels on the planet. Renowned for the hashtag #TheMartianExperience, an otherworldly, post-apocalyptic stay is the name of the game.
6. Magic Mountain Hotel
Chilean Patagonia, Chile
Set in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia, Magic Mountain Hotel is a Hobiton-esque retreat offering the opportunity to disconnect and unwind amidst an enchanting forest. Montaña Mágica Hotel does not take its volcano resemblance for granted: the construction bursts with energy and ‘erupts’ everyday, as water is sent down the surface of the guest house.
5. The Bird’s Nest
Built in 2010 by Swedish designers Inrednin Gsgruppenf, the unique structure is incorporated into the trees and its surroundings and is accessible via a retractable staircase and features a lovely room with modern design.
4. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Sleep above the Aurora Borealis in glass igloos in the Finnish Lapland and revel in the surrounding Arctic wilderness. The resort, open year-round except for May, occupies two sites some 155 miles (250 km) north of the Arctic Circle on either side of the main northbound Lapland highway to the North Cape, so spectacular and extreme winters are practically guaranteed.
3. The Mirrorcube at Treehotel
One of the most architecturally spectacular hotels on our list, The Mirrorcube, designed by Bolle Tham & Martin Videgård, is suspended above the ground and features views across Lule River valley. The Mirrorcube is an exciting hide-out among the trees, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings.
2. Skylodge Adventure Suites
For thrill-seeking, adventurers looking for a death-defying sleep above Peru's Sacred Valley, SkyLodge Adventure Suites is the ideal location to unwind in an incredible capsule set within the mountain. With the night sky twinkling overhead the feel is more spaceship than hotel.
1. Mine Suite of Sala Silver Mine
Labyrinthine tunnels twist 155 meters below ground at the Sala Silver Mine in Sweden where guests can lounge on luxury leather chairs underneath delicate chandeliers which hang from the roof of a room tunneled out of pure rock. Conditions are damp and cold but when you’re in a cave, it’s the experience that makes the impression.