Let’s be honest, the UAE in summer is a little hot, so it’s not surprising that many of us head off for a short escape (or not so short if you have super long school holidays to fill in). Whilst we may dream of lazing on golden island beaches, hiking through rolling green hills, or experiencing new cultures, cities and food, the truth is we usually end up bed hopping from friends to family’s houses, trying to catch up with everyone we haven’t seen in a while.
But what if you could go somewhere different, sleep somewhere different, really experience something different! Well in case you get a chance one day, we have complied a list of 6 amazing places to sleep around the world…so which would you choose?
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
What better contrast to Dubai’s year-round sunshine than staying in a magical, thankfully insulated, igloo deep in the arctic circle? Besides the truly unique experience of sleeping in the snow this hotel is also one of the best places to witness the incredible northern lights display. Now that’s a good night’s sleep with a beautiful nightlight! http://www.kakslauttanen.fi/
Utah’s Conestoga Ranch, Yellowstone National Park
For the history buffs among us, this ranch in the USA offers the chance to live like the pioneers did…with more of a touch of glamp rather than camp, to ensure its still comfortable by todays standards! Their deluxe wagons are a luxurious version of those belonging to the early settlers, but still feel wild and adventurous, with gatherings around the campfire in the evening. Set on the edge of aptly named Bear Lake, who knows what you might hear from your bed that night! https://conestogaranch.com/
The Yays Crane Apartment, Netherlands
For those seeking exclusivity and uniqueness this is a room with a view sure to impress. The crane, in Amsterdam, was built for its original purpose in 1957 and has since seen its surroundings evolve from industrial area to creative hub. It underwent a similar transformation when it was turned into a luxury apartment. Waking up to the sun rising over the IJ river from this height is truly special! https://www.yays.com/en/location/the-yays-crane-apartment.html
Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
If we are talking rooms with a view, then this one is hard to beat, but its not for the faint hearted! Claustrophobics should stay away, but those who want swoon-worthy Instagram posts, and have a limitless budget, will love the resort’s surreal Underwater Room. Actually a suite of 3 levels, the bedroom is suspended 9 metres beneath the surface for the ultimate enjoyment above and below water, with spotlights beneath each window to attract the local sea life for your viewing pleasure! http://www.themantaresort.com/the-resort/accommodation/underwater-room/
Woodlynpark Hobbit Motel, New Zealand
This may not be a five-star resort, but it oozes quirkiness and is the ultimate accommodation for certain film buff clientele. New Zealand is famous for its mountains, nature, and the All Blacks but the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies really put it on the global stage. Fans of the movies have been flocking to the country ever since to experience a little bit of Middle Earth magic for themselves. This motel lets guests truly immerse themselves, staying in rooms decorated just like hobbit houses inside and out, but thankfully the beds are made to human size! So, who wants to sleep in the shire!? If you aren’t so keen, but you travelling companions are… strangely enough this motel also offers bedrooms in an old steam train carriage, an ex-freighter plane and a small retired ferry boat. Yes, you read that right. http://www.woodlynpark.co.nz
Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya
Described perfectly as ‘the biggest bedroom in the world, where the night sky is your ceiling and the hills in the distance are your walls’, the Starbeds accommodation in this 57,000-acre conservation area is truly remarkable. A stunningly handcrafted four poster bed on wheels is rolled out from your room, onto a raised wooden platform, for an unforgettable night under the endless African sky. With limitless views, a hippo watering hole nearby and game passing through, you can’t help but feel at one with nature. Whether you actually sleep or just stay awake all night watching the world, this will be a night to remember forever. https://loisaba.com/where-to-stay/#loisabastarbeds
So there it is…a great start to a traveller’s dream bed bucket list! Have you stayed anywhere exciting already this summer or had an amazing night’s sleep somewhere special? If so please comment below, we would love to hear about!