10 Unique Accommodations Around The World
Looking for a unique adventure? Begin your adventure right off the bat, the minute you check into these unique accommodations. From a night onboard the cockpit in a jumbo jet to a floating ball in the middle of the coastal rainforest to pods that cling onto the side of a granite slope, these unique lodgings will redefine how you think of hotels.
1. Jumbo Stay, Sweden
Spend the night onboard a real jumbo jet while on the ground. Check into a suite where pilots were once in the cockpits in control of the plane in the skies. The luxury suite of the converted cockpit also comes with a panoramic view of Arlanda Airport.
The aeroplane was a decommissioned model 747-200 jumbo jet built in 1976 and was last operated by Transjet, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002. It was originally built for Singapore Airlines and later served with legendary Pan Am. This unique accommodation offers an exhilarating and memorable experience for aviation enthusiasts and families with children as well as for business travellers who might be transiting in the airport.
2. TreeHotel, Sweden
Live up among the tall trees in the pine forest of Sweden. Gaze out at Sweden’s spectacular nature from your one-of-a-kind room like The Mirrorcube and watch the Northern Lights illuminate the sky above you. The Mirrorcube is the hotel’s most exciting accommodation, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings. Designed by Scandinavia’s leading architects, the rooms are suspended 4-6 metres above ground with spectacular views of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and a river.
3. The Yays Crane Apartment, Netherlands
Enjoy the ultimate bird’s eye view from your room, located on top of a crane. Yes, a crane!
This boutique three-storey apartment is situated in a renovated historical harbour crane. Back in the 20th century, the quay was filled with harbour cranes. This accommodation sits on the last crane located there, and therefore, now an icon for Amsterdam. Enjoy the fantastic view over the IJ River from the most beautiful bed in Amsterdam. The interior has been designed by Edward van Vliet, a renowned Dutch designer, keeping in mind the authentic details of the industrial history of this property. Another interesting point to note – the crane operator’s box was left intact, so guests can still hear his recorded stories play. This is a truly unique experience, perfect for those looking for an extraordinary stay in Amsterdam.
4. Huilo Huilo Montaña Mágica Lodge, Chile
Enjoy a unique stay in the middle of northern Patagonia in Chile and stay overnight in accommodations inspired by the deepest and most magical of the forest.
Located between the Andes sits a mountain-shaped lodge, that houses 9 fairy tale inspired rooms. Come and experience the magic of being part of a true fairy tale, in this charming place nestled in the middle of the native forest.
5. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
Enjoy glamping like no other among the coastal rainforest in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. These quirky and unique spherical treehouses offer an exquisite combination of back-to-nature experience with the trendy phenomenon of ‘glamping’.
Find peace and relaxation in these floating balls, made from local cedar and spruce woods. Fall asleep with the natural sway of the trees and wake up to the sounds of nature happening all around you.
6. Book and Bed Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Surround yourself with thousands of books and sleep inside a bookshelf at this no-frills hostel in Tokyo. It first opened in 2015 and currently has a few locations across Japan.
This is the perfect accommodation and haven for bibliophiles. The hostel offers thousands of titles, from Manga to Murakami, including English translations of classic Japanese literature. Designed by Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida of Suppose Design Office, this is the best place to curl up with a good book and fall asleep for the night.
7. Bivacco Gervasutti, Mont Blanc, Italy
Located 9,300 feet (2,835 meters) above sea level on the Frebouze Glacier in the Mont Blanc massif in Italy, this accommodation is inaccessible to most. Only those who are capable of the challenging ascent from Val Ferret by foot is welcome to visit and stay in the bivouac.
This unique space-age capsule that appears to be balancing off the edge of a cliff is also known as Bivacco Gervasutti, named after the Turin-born Alpine climber Giusto Gervasutti, replaces a modest wooden shelter built in his memory in 1948. The unique new structure includes living and dining areas, and two sleeping quarters that can accommodate up to twelve people. With its solar-powered energy and Internet access, this modern Alpine shelter is a far cry from its previous version.
8. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Sacred Valley, Peru
Ever wondered how it’s like to sleep in a condor’s nest? This accommodation offers you an alternative. The exclusive Skylodge Aventure Suites offer you to spend a night in a within a transparent hanging bedroom capsule that hangs from the top of a mountain in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Appreciate the impressive view of this magic and mystic valley.
But here’s the catch – to sleep at this adventurous one of the kind accommodation, guests must climb 400 metres or hike an intrepid trail through ziplines. Packages include breakfast & gourmet dinner with wine, transportation from Cuzco and professional bilingual guides.
9. Seaventures Dive Rig, Malaysia
Did you know? One of the top 10 dive sites in the world is located a stone’s throw away from Sunny Island Singapore.
Located on a refurbished oil rig off Sabah’s northeast coast in Malaysia, this resort provides the perfect base for exploring the region’s exceptional diving. Step out of the ordinary and go on a once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard the Seaventures Dive Rig, an actual true-to-life oil platform that has been converted into a modern, eco-friendly and unique dive resort getaway for divers and adventurers.
10. Costa Verde 727 Fuselage Home, Costa Rica
Stay in this unique jumbo hotel suite in a refurbished Boeing 727 aeroplane that was built in 1965, nestled on the edge of a National Park in Costa Rica.
Perched on a 50-foot pedestal, enjoy sights of the jungle and the Pacific Ocean from the hardwood deck built atop the plane’s former right-wing. The carved-out fuselage home is outfitted with teak panelling that’s locally-sourced from tropical hardwood trees.