Need a break… from the norm?
From sleeping in a lion’s cage or inside a Chinese God, take your holiday up a notch (or, actually, several notches) at these bizarre hotels around the world.
And if you really want to get away from it all (read: the kids), this one’s for you.
Located 250 metres off the coast of Pemba Island, Tanzania, Manta Resort’s underwater room is fully lined with windows on every wall for a therapeutic, panoramic view of underwater life.
In case you haven’t yet gotten the memo, robots are taking over the world.
Specifically, a robotic English-speaking dinosaur manning the front desk at Henn Na Hotel. And porter robots to carry your luggage to your room, and a face recognition system to replace the room keys of yesteryear. The future is now!
Torture chamber? Nah – it’s actually one of Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin’s themed rooms with lion cages as beds.
But they can also be cages to, you know, serve other purposes, should you be into that kind of stuff. What happens in the room stays in the room.
Indulge in your childhood once more in the Batman Suite at Taiwan’s Eden Motel.
And if you’re wondering, you heard us right – it’s a motel available to rent by the hour. So if you don’t intend to (wait for it) get a good knight’s sleep, you can still live out your kiddy or not-so-kiddy fantasies in the suite for $50 for 3 hours.
Ever wondered what it’d be like to live like a hamster?
Neither have we, but this Hamster Villa in Nantes, France, is the experience you never knew you needed.
If you need more than just a honeymoon to reignite your marriage, try the Tianzi Hotel in the Hebei Province, China – a 10-storey image hotel (the largest in the world!) depicting Fu, Lu, and Shou, Chinese Gods symbolizing good fortune, prosperity, and longevity respectively.
Perhaps you’ll get some luck in your love life!
Bundle up! In Jukkasjärvi, a tiny little town 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, is Sweden’s IceHotel. It’s exactly what it says it is – a hotel made out of ice.
From here, take Northern Lights tours, try your hand at ice sculpting or ice fishing, husky-sleeding or moose-watching, and more.
Calling all animal lovers: the Jamala Wildlife Lodge in the Canberra Zoo itself lets you sleep with bears and tigers, and feed giraffes as they visit you at your balcony.
The Jungle Bungalows have a glass box that sits almost in the centre of the room to allow a tiger, cheetah or brown bears to come right into your living space.
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe… as have many others – at this peculiar retreat that sits on a 6 acre property amidst the quiet lullaby of hazelnut trees swaying in the wind.
Regular-looking country house hotel? Yup – a pretty charming one at that.
Until you hear about what goes on behind these walls – this was the place where Mary Queen of Scots was tried and beheaded (she walked down those very stairs), and her ghost still lurks within the premises today.
By Pinky Chng, April 2017
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