There is a wide variety of different accommodations available to the eager traveler, from resorts to hostels Usually, your hotel is just a place to stay while you explore your true destination. But these unusual hotels are an adventure of their own, including mountains, treehouses, palaces, and submarines. Next time you're planning a trip, check out these unique hotels around the world.
The Treehotel offers you a chance to stay inside the treehouse of your childhood dreams. There are six designer treehouses perched amongst the misty pines at this eco-friendly resort overlooking the Lulue River Valley in Sweden. Each treehouse has a unique design that uses the natural beauty in a different way to create a unique piece of art. Our favorites? The cutting-edge “Mirrorcube” has a clean, modern design and the “Bird’s Nest” is made of woven branches. Each cabin is isolated from the others, providing you with unparalleled tranquility. You’ll find friendly company and rustic fare at Britta’s Guesthouse, including local delicacies such as reindeer, bear, and moose with juniper and lingonberry drizzles, freshly baked bread with homemade jams, fish and caviar from the nearby rivers, and cloudberry ice cream. Have a feast around a campfire in the white snow on a reindeer skin rug. Let the experienced guides take you from the treehouse to the forest floor, snowshoeing and sledding in the winter and biking under the midnight sun in the summer - just don’t forget to bring an eye mask when you want to go to sleep.
Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
Ladera is the only luxury resort in St. Lucia lining the cliffs of the Soufriere Volcano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with truly impressive views of the Pitons and the gleaming waters of the Caribbean. The refined hotel is located on a former cocoa plantation overflowing with flowers and vines, and the resort has its own botanical garden. The rich volcanic soil produced exquisite chocolates that guests can sample at the nearby Hotel Chocolat, but you’ll have a hard time leaving your opulent suite. Each room is adorned with hand-crafted hardwood furniture built at the resort and local artwork. Each suite has an open western wall providing a private view shrouded with tropical foliage facing the Piton Mountains. You can step out of your room and onto a terrace complete with pool and cascading waterfall, and the hotel provides a star chart for gazing at the stars in the pristine sky. When you’ve finally left your room, you can explore the slopes of the Soufriere Volcano on horseback, go hiking on Gros Piton, and dine on stylish interpretations of traditional Caribbean cuisine at Dasheene. How about sweet potato and coconut soup, roast conch, and plantain with coconut rum sauce? Take a taste of the Carribean home with you after daily cooking class with the chef. Ladera is a resort in the heart of an unmatched botanical garden.