It’s easy to hang by the pool all day at an ultra-luxe resort somewhere on the Med – but what about those holidays spent in places that are nothing short of unforgettable? Whether in solitude atop a mountain or exploring the wonders of off-the-radar destinations, dive into our top picks for a unique holiday you’ll never forget!
Unusual Holidays and Hotels
8 of the most unique holidays you will ever spend
Truly unusual holiday accommodations
Sleep under the stars
There’s nothing quite like spending the night in nature, but this unusual three-suite “hotel” takes it to the next level. With expansive views extending across Switzerland’s Wildhaus region, this rather unique accommodation promises the songs of alpine birds as your daily wake-up call followed by breakfast in bed. There’s no need to worry about the size of your room here because your open-air suite doesn’t have any walls. If you’re not so keen on sleeping without any shelter whatsoever, the Stump’s Alpenrose and its spacious spa is just a stone’s throw away.
Spend a night on a boat
Spending the night on a barge doesn’t exactly sound like a luxurious experience, but Bert’s Barges provides just that. The one-bedroom suite floats on London’s Regent’s Canal and is a sleek Scandinavian haven you’ll never want to leave. Should you be tempted to head out and explore, Hackney is ripe for discovery, be it by foot or your own personal row boat.
A grown-up treehouse
The wilderness of northern Sweden is home to an array of fantastic activities, but also some extraordinary accommodations. The Treehotel is one of our favourites, with seven different treehouses that are nothing short of spectacular. Whether you’re searching for adventure or some peace, the surrounding pine forest has something for everyone, from foraging to stargazing and watching the Northern Lights.
Unusual destinations for your next trip
Perhaps the last Shangri-La on Earth, Bhutan is one of Southeast Asia’s best-kept secrets. This landlocked nation was isolated from most of the world until well into the 20th century, meaning its unique Buddhist culture has thrived. The first hotel in the country opened in 2007, and it costs tourists US$250 per day to visit, though this includes accommodation and most expenses. The breathtaking Himalayan landscapes in the north and the lush rainforests in the south only scratch the surface of this mystery-shrouded country.
Tehran may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think about a city trip, but the Iranian capital is a spectacular sight to see. With thousands of years of history and a cosmopolitan flair, Tehran has been opening its doors in recent years to travellers. There are plenty of sights worth visiting, ranging from cutting-edge architecture in the case of the Tabiat Bridge and the Sharifi-ha House, to opulent displays of the Persian Empire’s riches at Golestan Palace. Persian cuisine is also world-renowned, and Tehran is the perfect stopover for you to eat your heart out.
With three spectacular national parks, Ruanda is the only country in the world where you can witness the habitat of the endangered mountain gorilla. Known as one of the safest countries on the African, there are plenty of opportunities to embark on safari tours to see wildlife ranging from giraffes and elephants to lions, as well as thirteen primate species.
Amazing holidays to add to your bucket list
Located between Chile and Argentina, the Andes provide for a landscape that remains virtually untouched. Think crystal-clear glacial lakes with flocks of flamingos, endless forests and open plains. Los Glaciares National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site on the Argentinian side that cannot be missed. The nature is best enjoyed from an equally impressive hotel: we’d suggest Tierra Hotel Patagonia. In case you have some time to kill, extend your trip to Uruguay to enjoy spectacular beaches, outstanding wine and impressive art.
A cruise made cool
Crystal Cruises just announced that from 2020 on, there will be a new route on the Crystal Endeavor, which is currently still under construction – that doesn’t decrease our great anticipation on island hopping around Japan, though! On the ship, there will be 100 suites including private balconies and walk-in closets, as well as a huge wine cellar, to only name a few of the unbelievable features. The trip will go from Japan via Shikoku, Kyushu, Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands to Taiwan, so that you can enjoy and get up close and personal with the Japanese culture, that is currently turning into the absolute Inspiration for lifestyle and design all over the world.