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Travel: Welcome to international hotels you won’t believe exist

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Our post pandemic holidays look set to be like nothing we could have imagined before.

As we dream of future travel, unusual hotels could be high on the agenda. Luckily, there is a mountain of unusual hotels just waiting to be discovered. Here are six of the very best.

Treehotel

Why not create a hotel that gives people a chance to experience nature amongst the tree-tops, while also providing a uniquely designed housing experience? These questions led Scandinavia’s leading architects to create Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, where rooms are suspended 4-6 meters (13-20 ft) above ground with views of the Lule River valley.

The Mirrorcube is the hotel’s most exciting accommodation, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings.

Sun Cruise

Located on a coastal cliff in Jeongdongjin, Sun Cruise Resort is known for having the best view of the sunrise in South Korea, and is one of the country’s biggest tourist destinations.

The hotel is a specially designed cruise ship on land. It is constructed high on the edge of a mountain, so a stroll on the sun deck allows its guests to feel they are at sea without suffering from motion sickness.

Sun Cruise Resort features 211 rooms, a Western and a Korean restaurant, revolving sky lounge, night club, karaoke bar, and sea water pool.

Giraffe Manor

Kenya’s exclusive boutique hotel, Giraffe Manor, is located in one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings, and its timeless elegance recalls the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris.

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Giraffe Manor, Kenya.

With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, and delightful courtyards, it’s like walking into the film Out Of Africa. However, the most fascinating thing about this hotel is its herd of resident Rothschild giraffes who visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

Rangali Island

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel welcomes guests to dive into in an extraordinary experience. Both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean, it has the world’s first underwater hotel villa, the Muraka. This villa is a triumph of modern design and technology, delivering a truly transformative journey suited to amaze the most sophisticated explorers.

Located more than 16 feet (5 m) below sea level, with glass walls, the Muraka is a two-level aquarium where you can fall asleep to fish swimming overhead and wake up to the swaying arms of coral.

Costa Verde

Costa Verda is located on a coastal rainforest bluff nestled between the lush green of Manuel Antonio National Park and the incredible blue of the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica.

The resort is home to one of the world’s most unusual hotel suites, a refurbished Boeing 727 airframe (built in 1965), which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Colombia’s Avianca Airlines.

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Costaverde Hotel.

This fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom, Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording you views that will make you feel like you’re flying.

Hotel Marques de Riscal

Since its unveiling in 2006 this Spanish masterpiece hotel, created by Frank Gehry, has become a highly sought-after contemporary, luxury retreat.

Design, art, gastronomy, wine and landscape combine to create a memorable sojourn among medieval towns in Elciego.

Tilted walls, zigzag windows, cathedral-height ceilings and a host of bespoke details create the impression of accommodation as a work of art.

Treehotel

Why not create a hotel that gives people a chance to experience nature amongst the tree-tops, while also providing a uniquely designed housing experience? These questions led Scandinavia’s leading architects to create Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, where rooms are suspended 4-6 meters (13-20 ft) above ground with great views of the Lule River valley.

© Treehotel/Bournemouth News/Shutt
UFO hotel room<br />TreeHotel, Sweden – .

The Mirrorcube is the hotel’s most exciting accommodation, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings.

Sun Cruise

Located on a coastal cliff in Jeongdongjin, Sun Cruise Resort is known for having the best view of the sunrise in South Korea, and is one of the country’s biggest tourist destinations.

The hotel is a specially designed cruise ship on land. It is constructed high on the edge of a mountain, so a stroll on the sun deck allows its guests to feel they are at sea without suffering from motion sickness.

Sun Cruise Resort features 211 rooms, a Western and a Korean restaurant, revolving sky lounge, night club, karaoke bar, and sea water pool.


Factfile

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