15. Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
This hotel is absolutely breathtaking. From outside, it looks like giant turtle shapes lined up next to each other, but those are actually the rooms. With a clear glass surrounding, the views of aurora borealis can’t get any clearer. You are completely surrounded by nature.
The hotel accommodates you with husky/reindeer rides, snowmobiling, horse and sleigh rides during the winter months. You are never stranded outside — not that that would be a bad thing considering it is so magical year round. There are many services like restaurants, smoke saunas and ice swimming.
14. Shangri La, Paris
La vie est belle. Here is a glimpse into The Dior Suite within the hotel. It is chic and part of Paris history — built by some of the most famous French designers. The hotel was actually the old home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland.
You can see the Eiffel Tower from your room. This hotel also knows how to satisfy your palette; its restaurant l’Abeille received two stars in the Michelin guide.
13. Katikies Hotel-Oia, Greece
Can you imagine taking a midnight swim in this pool overlooking the ocean with all the glimmering lights? This hotel uses its natural surroundings as the main attraction. There are 3 different infinity pools and views to die for.
The suites are the highlight of the hotel providing you with in-room jacuzzi, sundecks and private open air dining areas. This hotel is insanely romantic and the ideal spot to witness the beauty of Greece.
12. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
You may recognize this hotel from the famous Sex and the City 2 movie, where the quartet stayed during their trip to Abu Dhabi. This palace is over the top with decadence.
There is an outdoor water park with two huge slides, yoga, tennis and water sports as well as two massive pools. There is a 24-hour concierge service and even camel riding on the beach! The hotel has received countless awards including World’s Best Hotel Spa in 2016.
11. The Boulders, Arizona
This hotel has a desert theme and all the accommodations provide relaxation and a peaceful escape from stress. The look includes stone showers, wood beams in the rooms and many fireplaces for cozy comfort. The resort is best known for its golfing experience as well.
They provide two award-winning Jay Morrish-designed courses. Golfing is not the only attraction, tennis is huge for this hotel as well. They have been ranked in the top 50 tennis resorts in America and go the extra mile with 24-hour re-stringing and re-gripping services.
10. The Westin Excelsior, Rome
What a view! This hotel’s location is really attractive for clients because it is near The Spanish Steps and the Borguese Gardens & Gallery. It features an imperial decor with beautiful bohemian chandeliers and velvet curtains. When in Italy, sipping on some of the best coffee is a must.
This hotel has Café Doney with vintage furniture and an ideal spot for meetings and recharging. There is some of the best gelato and all the products include regional produce for the very best taste and quality.
9. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali
Getting lost and surrounded by nature never looked so good. The hotel is located in the middle of the jungle in Payangan near Ubud. You are surrounded by the rain forest and the Ayung river and are living in your own tropical paradise. The swimming pool has even been named The World’s Best Swimming Pool by Condé Nast Traveller.
This hotel is actually the number one honeymoon destination in Bali and it is not hard to see why! It is relatively new and was constructed in 2003 and completed in 2005. Since then, the 44 private villas are continuously occupied.
8. Conrad Maldives Hotel
There are few places in the world where you can have an experience like this! If you have a fear of underwater, this place is not for you! Like many hotels, Conrad Maldives provides exercise facilities, concierge services, restaurants and spas.
What sets this hotel apart is definitely the undersea dining room allowing you to experience the ocean like no other. This hotel was named The Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Resort in 2015 by the World Travel Rewards.
7. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
This is one way to relax! Following the easygoing way of islands, St Lucia is no different from the rest of the Caribbean with what it can provide a Westerner, for example. It is 1000 feet above the sea allowing for a breathtaking view.
It is a cozy resort with just 37 rooms and an open wall concept allowing for you to always see the pool, sea and mountain views. Some suites include their own private pool and swing and butler service. Its 1400 square feet of complete luxury is calling your name in the suites and villa at paradise ridge.
6. Sala Silvermine, Sweden
It looks like it is from a storybook, it has such a rare and unique appeal. This hotel sets itself apart there is no question. At 155 meters deep below ground in this mine lies a suite. A resort type of atmosphere was made in this mine including relaxing lounges and hostels. There are nice restaurants, breakfast nooks and guided tours to explore more.
There are guidelines to when you book your visit such as letting you know there is no cell service underground obviously. They advise you to wear warm and comfortable clothing year round. The guides provide round the clock services and are the only ones to let you in or out of the mines. It is not for everyone, but is definitely different.
5. No Man’s Fort, Solent, Portsmouth
Here is one way to escape society! The price tag to experience this unique getaway does not come cheap. There are 22 luxurious rooms decorated beautifully; something you may not expect when looking at the exterior of the fort.
You can enjoy fishing right off the ledge of the fort, wine and cheese tastings, fort treasure hunts and fort wars laser battle. Many private-themed parties and weddings are booked here and they always leave the guests satisfied. It is definitely a party, but do not forget there is still a great spa, hot tubs and romantic dinners to enjoy.
4. Jumbo Stay, Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden
Engine, check, pillow, check, take off to zzz land, check! How many people can say that they have slept in a cockpit — without autopilot that is. The rooms are small and have a dorm-look to them. But it is the overall experience that makes it what it is.
Your view all around is of the airport and you are truly having a flying experience. There is a café where non-guest and guests can enjoy meals and drinks. The plane is a Boeing 747-121B with 33 rooms and 76 beds aboard.
3. Hotel De Glace, Canada
How very Canadian to have a hotel made entirely out of ice! Quebec City holds the only ice hotel in North America and it is very successful. It was inaugurated in 2001 and is only open three months per year. Every December it is rebuilt again only to be taken down by April.
About 30, 000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice make up the walls to the hotel. The guests are provided with sleeping bags, isolating sheets and pillows for sleeping. Not everything is freezing; the washrooms and outdoor hot tub do provide some relief from the cold!
2. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
This is too cute! There are 12 rooms in this boutique hotel that sits on twelve acres of private land. There is a forest sanctuary right next to the hotel, where giraffes live and often poke their heads in the windows to greet the guests throughout the day.
You can take organized safaris to see the giraffes as well as meet, feed and possibly adopt baby elephants. It is an amazing place that allows you to connect with animals in a different and personal way, making this an amazing and unique setting.
1. Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles
Fame, fortune and a ton of Hollywood history reside within these walls. Located on the busy Sunset Boulevard, this chateau was built in 1929. It is a major Hollywood landmark and famous faces have resided there throughout the years.
The hotel recently made an appearance in the Academy Award-winning movie La La Land. It is designed to sustain any earthquake — and has survived many to date. Befittingly, on March 24th, 1976, Chateau Marmont was named one of LA’s historic and cultural landmarks.