For those who are tired of vacationing in the same old typical hotel rooms and crave more adventurous accommodations, there are plenty of alternative options all over the world. Many travelers spend more time on their itineraries than they do on finding a place to stay. What some may not consider is that their choice in accommodations can make an ordinary vacation into a dream getaway.
Ranging from rustic, to exotic, to sumptuous, a selection of extraordinary hotels can be found all throughout the world.
At the Winvian Hotel in Litchfield, Connecticut, guest rooms are located in 18 cottages designed by 15 different architects, each inspired by a different theme. Such include a 56-foot long decommissioned Coast Guard helicopter, beaver lodge, and a camping cottage.
In a more exotic location such as among the Ngong Hills outside of Nairobi, Kenya, unusual accommodations are offered in luxuriously furnished tree houses. A former Belgian diplomat runs the tree houses of The Ngong House. Elevated 15 ft off the ground, each house offers spectacular views of the Ngong Hills. Breakfast and lunch are served in the garden under Acadia trees while dinner is served in a candle-lit thatched Rondaval with a large fireplace.
Other tree house hotels include the Tree House Lodge on Punta Uva beach on the Caribbean in Costa Rica’s Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. The lodge’s tree house is built of sustainable hardwoods taken from trees that fell in the rainforest. The tree house has two guest rooms and access to a 300-meter private beachfront.
In the outskirts of Dubai, in a 225-sq kilometer desert conservation reserve inhabited by gazelle, Oryx, and Arabian fox, lays the exclusive Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa. Each suite, designed to resemble a Bedouin camp, has its own private swimming pool and spa. Activities include safari field trips and camel trekking.
For those risk-takers who also enjoy sleeping in a comfortable place, the Anatolian Houses in Turkey are built in five adjoining volcano caves. This unique atmosphere combines beauty with art and history in fairy-tale like surroundings.