Ten unique hotels to add to your brag bag

Sleep in a bullfighting ring at the Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico. Source: Hotels.com

If you haven’t created yourself a ‘to-do’ list yet then here is one get you started. Hotels.com has compiled a list of – well, let’s just say ‘interesting’ – hotels to visit in a lifetime:

Jumbo Stay, Sweden
Getting rest on a flight is often one of the more difficult and exhausting parts of a journey, however now you can finally have that long awaited nap as you board the 1979 Boeing-747 aeroplane at Jumbo Stay in Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden. Complete with all the original controls, sitting on a disused runway in Stockholm, aviation enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this stationary flight in dreamy Sweden.

Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico
If you are after a thrill without having to add the words ‘death defying experience’ to your travel diary, then why not stay at the Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico, a hotel built into the grandstand of a former bullfighting ring. This 49-room property is sure to add excitement to your stay as you imagine what went on outside your doorstep some 200 years ago.

Akköy Evleri Cave Hotel, Turkey
If you want to get back to basics, then the Akköy Evleri Cave Hotel in the mountain village of Akköy, Cappadocia will let you do just that: stay in the luxurious stone houses that are carved into volcanic rock formations to get a feel of living like a caveman, in style.

Icehotel, Sweden
After a hard day of dog sledding and river rafting, it is good to know that you can come back to your cosy minus eight degree’s hotel room which is made completely out of ice. For a truly unique experience, stay at the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, which is rebuilt from scratch every winter.

Crazy Bear, United Kingdom
With rooms draped in velvet and gold, adorned with animal heads and in-room bath tubs, Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield, United Kingdom is sure to keep your eyes dancing for the entirety of the stay. If you intend not to leave your hotel then Crazy Bear is definitely a worthy place to hibernate for a few days.

Taj Lake Palace, India
Marbled walls, a private boat transfer, waking up to the view of the world’s oldest fold mountains…Staying a couple of nights in India’s former royal palace, Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, is set to rejuvenate even the most stressful. Guests not only get to experience staying in luxury in the middle of Lake Pichola, but can also visit three surrounding islands as well as the temples on mainland Udaipur.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives
If having a massage on a holiday is a given and no longer gives you a thrill a stay at Conrad Maldives Rengali Island, Maldives, might be on the cards. Here, a spa treatment in a glass-floored room situated above the lagoon’s coral reef gives true meaning to the word relax. To further your new found appreciation for marine life, you can dine with the sharks at Ithaa, the world’s first undersea restaurant located five metres below sea level.

The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia
For the eco friendly who are looking to rekindle their inner child, The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland, Australia, is just the place to stay. Treehouses built into the rainforest canopy in the Cairns Highlands provides guests with the utmost privacy and breathtaking experience, whilst the spa bath and balcony overlooking the countryside takes care of all your relaxation needs.

The Marmara Antalya, Turkey
For those who get bored easily and think that a waterbed is a must-have novelty, The Marmara Antalya, Turkey is definitely the place for you. The hotel not only floats on a special pool system, but the technology also constantly rotates the hotel making guests able to view their surroundings in full throughout their stay. Guests are thus able to wake up to a different part of the mountains, the Meditteranean Sea or the resort grounds, without having to pack their bags or ask for an upgrade.

Imperial Boat House Beach Resort, Thailand
Cruising is not for everybody, but if staying on a boat without the sea sickness is something that you want to do in your lifetime then book a few nights at the Imperial Boat House Beach Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. The Resort has converted authentic rice barges into Boat Suites, offering guests the experience of living a nautical life with the ground firmly beneath them.

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