If you haven’t created yourself a ‘to-do’ list yet then here is one that will get you started. Hotels.com have compiled the top ten hotels to visit in a lifetime:
1. Akköy Evleri Cave Hotel, Turkey
If you want to get back to basics, then the Akköy Evleri Cave Hotel in the mountain village of Akköy, Cappadocia will let you do just that: stay in the luxurious stone houses that are carved into volcanic rock formations to get a feel of living like a caveman, in style.
2. Icehotel, Sweden
After a hard day of dog sledding and river rafting, it is good to know that you can come back to your cosy minus eight degree’s hotel room which is made completely out of ice. For a truly unique experience, stay at the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden which is rebuilt from scratch every winter allowing each guest to share their experience with only a few other lucky ones.
3. Crazy Bear, United Kingdom
Velvet and gold, animal heads and in-room bath tubs, Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield, United Kingdom is sure to keep your eyes dancing for the entirety of the stay as each corner brings a new texture and reflective surface to life. If you intend not to leave your hotel then Crazy Bear is definitely a worthy place to hibernate for a few days.
4. Taj Lake Palace, India
Marbled walls, a private boat transfer, waking up to the view of the world’s oldest fold mountains, staying a couple of nights in India’s former royal palace, Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is set to rejuvenate even the stressful. Guests not only get to experience staying in luxury in the middle of Lake Pichola, but can also visit three surrounding islands as well as the temples on mainland Udaipur.
5. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives
If having a massage on a holiday is a given and no longer worth the excitement and putting your feet in a bowl full of fish is not quite what you consider an authentic experience, then why not combine the two at Conrad Maldives Rengali Island, Maldives, by having a spa treatment in a glass-floored room situated above the lagoon’s coral reef for a truly different type of relaxing. To further your new found appreciation for marine life, you can dine with the sharks at Ithaa, the world’s first undersea restaurant located five metres below sea level.
6. The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia
For the eco friendly who are looking to rekindle their inner child, The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland, Australia, is just the place to stay. Treehouses build into the rainforest canopy in the Cairns Highlands provides guests with the utmost privacy and breathtaking experience, whilst the spa bath and balcony overlooking the countryside takes care of all your relaxation needs.
7. Jumbo Stay, Sweden
Getting rest on a flight is often one of the more difficult and exhausting parts of a journey, however now you can finally have that long awaited nap as you board the 1979 Boeing-747 aeroplane at Jumbo Stay in Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden. Complete with all the original controls, sitting on a disused runway in Stockholm, aviation enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this stationary flight in dreamy Sweden.
8. Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico
If you are after a thrill without having to add the words ‘death defying experience’ to your travel diary, then why not stay at the Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico, a hotel build into the grandstand of a former bullfighting ring. This 49-room property is sure to add excitement to your stay as you imagine what went on outside your door step over the past 200 years.
9. The Marmara Antalya, Turkey
For those who get bored easily and think that a waterbed is a must have novelty, The Marmara Antalya, Turkey is definitely the place to book a few nights into. The hotel not only floats on a special pool system, but the said technology also constantly rotates the hotel making guests able to view their surroundings in full throughout their stay. Guests are thus able to wake up to a different part of the mountains, the Meditteranean Sea or the resort grounds, without having to pack their bags or ask for an upgrade.
10. Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Thailand
Cruising is not for everybody, but if staying on a boat without the sea sickness is something that you want to do in your lifetime then book a few nights at the Imperial Boat House Beach Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. The Resort has converted authentic rice barges into Boat Suites, offering guests the experience of living a nautical life with the ground firmly beneath them.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N