With city breaks and beach holidays becoming more and more commonplace, the avid traveller is continuously looking to stretch the boundaries of imagination. Whether this is an experience that is different from the usual trekking or a stay like no other, the most free-thinking of hotels are always attempting to create a unique location.
This year’s predictions for travellers stated that we are experiencing a rise in more people looking to spend money on experiences over material things. With this in mind, Far Out set about trying to find the most unusual locations to stay across the globe in an attempt to intrigue and inspire your travels
Take a look at our list of the strange, the wonderful and the down right creative spaces for you to rest your head for the night.
The Muraka, Maldives
A luxurious underwater residence has opened in the Maldives.
On the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, this underwater stay is now taking bookings from the public. The Muraka is one villa with three bedrooms. Two bedrooms and the living area are upstairs above sea level with the master suite on the underwater level 5 metres below sea level.
The two-level structure comprises a space above the sea level and an undersea suite designed for sleeping under the ocean’s surface. The undersea suite can be reached via a spiral staircase from the upper living room and sits five metres below sea level. It features a king-size bedroom, living area and bathroom – all with views into the ocean blue through huge glass windows. The upper floor houses living and additional quarters, plus a deck that purposely faces the direction of the sunset for optimal viewing pleasure. On the opposite side of the villa sits the relaxation deck that faces the direction of sunrise and is complete with an infinity swimming pool.
Capsule Hotel, Netherlands
From offshore drilling sites, these capsules allow for an interesting and unique sleep.
The shape of Capsule Hotel is like something out of a science fiction film which in itself makes it definitely worth a visit. With that in mind, you will have to upgrade to the top package for a toilet, sheepskins and DVD player.
Das Park Hotel, Austria
As this hotel is unlike anything else and, as it ever changes, so does the prices. There is no set price for a nights stay and the simplistic rooms have a bed, blanket and lights.
The hotel is offering you the chance to pay for the unique experience, for its creative space and aesthetic appeal.
Back for its 29th year, the Icehotel in Sweden, Jukkasjarvi, opened its doors on the 14th December.
Suites in the hotel take on a varied style each year can be designed to look like anything from a spaceship, lollypops to giant hotdogs. Wrap up warm and get cosy in the ice.
Treehouse Lodge Resort, Iquitos, Peru
Being a treehouse resort in South America, even reaching this location comes with its own adventure. Setting off on an hour-long boat ride before climbing 34 to 67 feet to your very own tree house above the canopy of the Amazon, Peru’s Treehouse Lodge Resort is everything you’re imagining and more.
A mosquito net and thatch roof are all the separate you from amazing forest views.
Book and Bed Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Book lovers rejoice, this hotel-come-bookstore is simple yet wonderfully impressive.
By sliding the bookshelf across to the side you reveal a bed and reading light. Bare-bones and not for the claustrophobic, this simple stay is remarkable. More of a hostel than a hotel it is definitely worth a trip.
Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Levi, Finland
Accommodating couples or families, these 18 glass igloos are the perfect way to see the Northern Lights.
Stocked with a kitchenette, breakfast sets, bath, double bed, they are the perfect way to see the aurora.
Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
The unique remote island of Pemba lets you be surrounded by a colourful reef with fish gliding past your window.
Mata Resort have considered every little detail one, for example, is the ingenious idea to add spotlights below the windows of rooms to give guests a great view and, more importantly, to attract fish.
The floor above is sea level and has a living area and bathroom.
Hotel Central & Café, Copenhagen, Denmark
This cafe-hotel is just one bedroom measuring 8ft by 10 ft.
The small space has all the essentials including an iPod docking station, minibar, morning coffee… Oh and a bed.
It really is a fantastic space and well worth a stay.