Make your next getaway one to remember by staying in one of these unusual hotels
Magic Mountain Lodge, Chile
Based on the local legend of a magic mountain that grants wishes, the 13-room Magic Mountain Lodge is set in the heart of the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve in the Patagonian rainforest and is great for nature lovers happy to indulge in a bit of whimsy. Accessed via a suspended rope bridge and with water cascading from its roof it is easy to lose yourself in the fantastical surroundings. With the usual hotel amenities – a bar, restaurant, sauna and outdoor hot tubs housed in hollow tree trunks – as well as an eco-friendly ethos, this is a great place to sit back and relax in the arms of mother nature.
Costa Verde, Costa Rica
If you believe it is just as much about the journey as the destination, this next hotel could be for you. Promoted as the most ‘exclusive’ hotel suite in Costa Rica, this two-bedroom Boeing 727 fuselage suite juts out from the jungle canopy offering coastal and jungle views for miles. Costa Verde offers both adventure holidays and relaxing retreats, as well as four on-site restaurants – including a pub in a plane – so there is plenty to keep you busy from takeoff to landing.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, USA
Next time you are driving through Idaho, make a stop and stay in the ‘world’s biggest beagle.’ Dog Bark Park Inn is a two bedroom bed and breakfast run by husband and wife team Dennis and Frances. With a cosy sleeping alcove nestled in the muzzle, dog themed contents and some friendly local hospitality, it’s the perfect home away from home for any animal lover.
No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth UK
Once a Victorian sea fort, this historic venue is largest of three Solent Fort venues. Located 2km off the coast of Portsmouth and accessed by boat (or helicopter, if you have one) the floating No Man’s Fort offers 23 stylish suites, a champagne bar, nightclub, spa, rooftop hot tubs and a luxury lighthouse suite with 360 degree panoramic sea views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. It even has its own laser-tag arena – need I say more?
Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht, South Korea
If you like the idea of a cruise but don’t quite have the legs for a week at sea, help is at hand in the form of the Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht. Set on a clifftop in Jeongdongjin on the east coast of South Korea this hotel has all the elements of a cruise, on land. With 211 rooms, six restaurants, a rotating bar, salt water pool and sports facilities that include a netted golf course there is plenty to keep you busy. To top it all off, sounds of waves crashing are played over the speakers to give a real sense of being at sea. Although perhaps not to everyone’s taste – it is certainly unusual.