If you’re looking for a quirky holiday adventure that you’ll remember forever, and which will make you the envy of your friends, look no further. From a hotel constructed completely out of ice to a palace in the desert made from nothing more than salt, if you are looking for somewhere really unusual to stay on your next holiday, we’ve got you covered.
The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
The Manta Resort is a truly beautiful holiday destination with sandy white beaches, blue skies and the clearest waters you’ll ever see, but what elevates it to mind-blowingly quirky levels is the fact that you can stay in an underwater room and quite literally sleep with the fishes. As you relax, you’ll be visited by passing reef fish, octopi and a whole host of marine life.
The IceHotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
If taking a trip to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis in the mountains of Sweden isn’t enough to elevate your holiday to unforgettable, make it quirky by staying at The Aurora Mountain Lodge and IceHotel. For most of your stay, you will be accommodated in the Aurora Mountain Lodge, which is nestled in the snow-covered Swedish mountains, but on the last night, you will be treated to a stay in the IceHotel – a building carved completely out of ice. Take snaps of yourself drinking at the ice bar, stay in an art suite and marvel at the amazing construction all around you.
Kokopelli’s Cave, Farmington, New Mexico
Named after the figure of a flute player carved into the rocks by Native Americans a long time ago, Kokopelli’s Cave is a remote dwelling located approximately 300 feet high above the La Plata River Valley. Unlike most caves, Kokopelli’s Cave is kitted out with wi-fi, several guest rooms, and a Jacuzzi, amongst other luxuries. It is the place to stay if you want spectacular views, quiet nights and easy access to some of the nearby attractions like the Navajo nation, Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.
The Havenkran ‘Dromnen Aan Zeen’, Harlingen, Netherlands
Dromnen Aaan Zeen is Dutch for ‘Dreaming by the Sea, ’ and that is exactly what you can do if you make the smart decision to stay here. One of Europe’s most quirky places to stay, which celebrates the sea, The Havenkraan allows guests to sleep 56 feet above the ground in an old harbor crane that was in commission as late as 1996. It may sound strange, but views of the Wadden Sea from the crane’s luxury apartment cannot be beaten
Happy Nomads Village, Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
If you want to live the traditional Kyrgyzstan life for a little while, Happy Nomads Village is the place for you. Stay in a traditional bouzi or ‘yurt’ as you might know it, and enjoy the wonderfully fragrant flower gardens that surround you, or spend some time riding horseback in the nearby mountains, before retreating to your yurts, which are all decorated with bold rugs, twin beds, underfloor heating and even wi-fi for the ultimate comfort.
With so many amazing places to stay, you’ll never have to book a boring old hotel room again!