Out of this world experiences were the only prerequisites - keep scrolling and lose yourself in 10 of the world’s most extraordinary places to stay.
1. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Far north in the Finnish wilderness, you’ll find the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, known for the world's largest smoke sauna, log chalets and, particularly, their futuristic glass igloos. While guests can enjoy the chilly days skiing and sledding, the real fun happens within the comfort of your own private glass igloo. Picture this: you’re wrapped up in bed with the fireplace lit, your hot drink cooling on the bedside table, and unobstructed views of the Aurora Borealis, which is visible 200 days of the year in the region. Is there a better way to experience the Northern Lights? Highly unlikely.
2. Club Med Peisey-Vallandry, France
Ski your heart out in the French Alps then return to your luxury log chalet to warm up, or if you’re not athletic, take a dip in the pool and enjoy the view of snow-capped mountains.
3. Kingston Treehouse, South Africa
With the nearest human kilometres away, you get to genuinely experience the seclusion of the African wilderness from the Kingston Treehouse, constructed out of glass and wood. Surrounded by nature reserves, wildlife wandering about, millions of stars at night - this one is definitely for the bucket list.
4. Riad Yasmine, Morocco
With its Moroccan-Andalusian architecture, it’s colourful and grand, yet intimate. For those who want to escape the craziness but still have the luxury and decadent interior of Hotel La Mamounia, the highly rated Riad Yasmine is your place. The patio, pool, and roof terrace - which overlooks the medina and snow-capped Atlas - will make it hard to stay anywhere else once you've been here.
5. Local Cave Hotel, Turkey
Surrounded by seven Fairy Chimneys, the Local Cave Hotel is carved into - you guessed it - a cave, and has panoramic views of Goreme as well as an outdoor pool. Make sure to wake up extra early and catch the hot air balloons filling up the sky for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
6. Grandhotel Giessbach, Switzerland
Built in 1873 by a French Architect, the property has one of the most incredible views in Europe. You’ll find yourself in another world, feeling as though you’re reliving history in one of the best preserved hotels of its time.
7. Jade Screen Pavilion, China
That little orange-topped thing hidden in between the mountains? Yeah, that’s a hotel. How does one get there? By climbing 60,000 stone steps. Not for the faint of heart, but the views are guaranteed to be extraordinary.
8. Sossuvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
Mountains, sand dunes of the Namib Desert, romance, silence and tranquility. The Sossuvlei Desert Lodge is a true escape to another world, offering stargazing picnics in the desert, scenic nature drives, and early morning hot air ballooning. There’s no wonder why its the new go-to place for honeymooners and photographers.
9. Hideout Bali, Bali
This Airbnb is described as an eco stay for adventurous travelers. It’s located riverside among rice fields, hidden in mountains of Gunung Agung volcano, and offers an authentic experience of Balinese village life.
10. Adrere Amellal, Egypt
For when you really want to get away from everyone, this sandcastle-inspired property positions itself in the middle of the Egyptian Desert. That being said, it’s dubbed the ‘eco-lodge,’ so don’t expect wifi or electricity. Do expect starry skies and magic.