With the current world situation, for many of us, travel plans are off the table for the foreseeable future. What better way to pass the time than to start planning your next trip and hotel stay once the travel restrictions are lifted? We’ve put together some of the world’s most breathtaking unique hotels to (virtually) satiate your wanderlust and inspire your post-pandemic adventures. Dreaming of your next getaway? From exotic safari retreats to magical glass igloos and the world’s first underwater resort, check out these off-the-grid destinations that should be on your travel bucket list!
Anthénea—the world’s first floating eco-deluxe floating pod—is a dream come true for discerning travellers who yearn for peace and complete seclusion. Featuring a futuristic design that inspired by the floating saucer in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, each unique hotel suite offered by Anthénea is powered by solar energy and equipped with eco-friendly modern furnishings, offering travellers a sustainable way to connect with nature without sacrificing style and luxury.
In addition to 360-degree views of the surrounding ocean, the pod also comes with a living room area, a bedroom with an enormous round bed, as well as a bathtub that can be filled with either sea or freshwater. But the real centrepiece is the rooftop solarium area, where you can soak up the sun and take in the sea views with a drink in hand. Make sure to book Anthénea’s wellness pod and enjoy their signature massage for some divine pampering, too.
The pods are available to rent for a unique floating hotel experience along the coast of Brittany, France. You can even buy the pod and make it your very own personalised holiday home to sail around the world.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Your travel bucket list wouldn’t be complete without a winter adventure to Finland, and there’s perhaps no better place to soak in the area’s beautiful snowy landscapes than at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
Situated along the road to the Arctic Sea, which is only a stone’s throw from one of the largest national parks in Finland—Urho Kekkonen National Park—this unique hotel has enchanted adventure lovers for years with its whimsical accommodation offerings. The absolute gem is the luxury glass igloo, which features a thermal glass roof that stays clear from ice and snow to make sure you have the best views of aurora borealis and the sparkling night sky.
Besides snuggling up with your loved one in the igloo to enjoy nature’s light show, you can also indulge your adventurous side with a range of activities on offer. Whether it’s journeying through the magic forests on a reindeer sleigh or joining a thrilling snowmobile tour, Kakslauttanen will leave you holiday memories that last a lifetime.
Segera Retreat, Kenya
Can you think of anything more romantic than a magical birds nest suite surrounded by Kenya’s glorious landscapes? Located at the 50,000-acre wildlife sanctuary Segera Retreat, this two-story nest was practically built for the ‘gram. It has a striking design featuring sustainably-sourced materials such as tree branches and farmed wood, which boasts a bedroom that carefully styled with luxurious linen bedding, a bathroom with solar-powered water and a flushing toilet, as well as a beautiful roof terrace.
After a day of exploring the wildlife on guided game drives or bushwalking, the Segera guests will be escorted to the nest and welcomed with champagne and culinary delights for a picnic-style dining experience with sunset.
You can even choose to sleep outdoors at the roof and enjoy a magical night of counting stars before letting the sounds of nature serenade you to sleep. The next morning, a lavish breakfast feast will be delivered to your doorstep, which is best enjoyed at the top floor as you can watch the wild animals gathering at the river nearby while dining.
Aire de Bardenas Hotel, Spain
If Marid’s vibrant art scene and Barcelona’s Gaudí architectures and delicious tapas aren’t enough to attract you to visit Spain again, the idea of relaxing in the middle of a vast semi-desert should do the trick.
Accessible by an approximately four-hour drive from Barcelona, Aire de Bardenas Hotel occupies a secluded spot in the southeast part of Spain’s autonomous community, Navarra. Situated in close proximity to the Bardenas Reales desert, the unique hotel is an oasis of calm that feel worlds away from reality, boasting a range of innovatively designed rooms surrounded by rugged landscapes, scenic canyons and unique rock formations.
There are six different rooms to choose from in total—each feature minimalist interiors, beautiful woodwork and window seats where you can linger, relax with a good book, or simply admire the landscape. For those who want to reconnect with nature and marvel at the starry skies, opt for the bubble room—a glamorous dome-shaped retreat that comes with all the perks you could possibly desire, including air conditioning, a full bathroom, a minibar, bathrobes, as well as sleeping eye masks.
The Muraka, the Maldives
Passionate about nature and underwater life? Why not treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime holiday at a unique hotel that will offer a chance to admire beautiful marine creatures from your bed?
The world’s first glass underwater luxury villa—The Muraka—is one of those few breathtaking places that invite guests to dive into the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean for a rare aquatic adventure. The residence spans two levels and boasts two bedrooms, a living room with a built-in bar, a private kitchen, a dining room, as well as a bathroom with an ocean-facing-tub. The best part? The Muraka will provide butler service and a private chef to serve bespoke dishes to make you feel like royalty during your stay.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
If you didn’t post about your vacation on Instagram, did you even go? While there’re countless unique hotels offering incredible ocean vistas and wildlife experiences, some of them are more Insta-worthy than others—just like the iconic Giraffe Manor in Kenya.
A 1930s-style manor house hotel that nestled within a lush forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Giraffe Manor encapsulates the grandeur of East Africa’s elegant bygone era in every corner of the property. It features beautiful interiors, verdant gardens and tastefully-furnished suites, providing all the structures you need for a perfect shot. But the pièce de résistance of this magical property is the breakfast experience, where guests can enjoy the meal while interacting with the lovely giraffes.
Between enjoying safari tours in the Nairobi National Park, horse riding and romantic private dinner at the orchid house, there’s also plenty of revitalising spa treatments to look forward to at Giraffe Manor.
Longitude 131°, Australia
Sitting pretty in the heart of Australia, Longitude 131° is often considered as the gold standard of luxury camps ever since its revamp in 2017, with 16 elegantly-designed tented pavilions nestled among the rich red dunes of the Central Desert.
Their luxury tents are magical in their own right, but let’s not forget the Dune Pavillion, which is known as the country’s only accommodation to offer views of both World Heritage-listed natural icons Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Featuring custom-made furnishings and unique artworks, this premium suite has two spacious bedrooms, a private plunge pool overlooking the desert landscape, as well as a beautiful outdoor deck with a daybed for you to lounge around and spend some romantic nights under the stars.
Also worth mentioning is that Longitude 131° has a team of dedicated staff to tailor your stay, where you can enjoy a wide array of bespoke activities from cultural walks at the base of Uluru to outback cycling and outdoor dining experience set among the sand dunes and light installations. Do we need any more reasons to add this unique hotel to the bucket list?
Fogo Island Inn, Canada
If it’s a pristine, secluded destination you’re after, look no further than Fogo Island located off the northeast coast of Newfoundland in Canada, were often believed as one of the earth’s four corners, according to flat Earthers.
The main attraction of this picturesque island is the Nordic-style Fogo Island Inn, which is an architectural concept of mixing modern aesthetics and hints of heritage to immerse guests in the unique culture of the island. The inn has only 29 suites, each decked out with handmade furniture crafted by the island’s inhabitants, wood-burning stoves, and floor-to-ceiling windows for you to admire the breathtaking harbour and skyline views.
After a day of walking the scenic trails along with herds of caribou on the island, head back to the unique hotel and enjoy supreme relaxation in wood-fired saunas or roof deck hot tubs. Oh, and did we mention that the unique hotel also has its own art gallery, 37-seat theatre, and even an award-winning restaurant where you watch the whales frolic while sampling sustainable delicacies?
Source: Singapore Tatler
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