Whether you’re interested in sleeping under the stars or under water, this list has you covered.
The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
This ingenious, Swedish engineered floating island located 250 meters off the coast of Pemba Island has only three levels. The landing deck where the boat drops off guests includes the lounge and bathrooms. Climb up to the upper deck lounging area for relaxing by day or stargazing at night. The lack of light pollution allows for amazing views of the Milky Way. Guests often fall asleep to the soft sounds of the sea. The downstairs bedroom offers a 360-degree underwater view of the sea where guests can watch rarely seen sea creatures float by. Night time spotlights even allow for viewing nocturnal creatures.
Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Levi, Finland
Designed to give an optimal view of the Northern Lights, these glass igloos each have a double bed with adjustable headrests to provide guests comfortable viewing and the best seat in the house to watch nature’s lights dance across the sky. The insulated windows heated to keep them from frosting, and are adorned with curtains for privacy. All igloos include a kitchenette and a full bath. When it’s time for dinner, you won’t miss a minute of the show as the restaurant has an unobstructed view of the sky. Brave guests can endure freezing temperatures in the outdoor hot tub.
La Balade des Gnomes, Durbuy, Belgium
The name translates to “the walk of the Gnomes.” Inspired by myths and fairy tales and located in a tiny 17th-century town with cobblestone streets, this Belgian hotel has 10 fantastically themed guest rooms guaranteed to delight your imagination. One room resembles a Trojan horse, while the surreal Macquarie Island room includes a bed that appears to float on water and contains a real beach with real sand. The suites are filled with starry skies, crooked windows, and wooden toadstools.
Book and Bed, Tokyo, Japan
This concept hotel is a bibliophile’s dream. The Book and Bed Tokyo is designed to resemble a used bookstore until a bookshelf is opened to reveal a comfy nook big enough for just one person, with a bed, reading light, and electrical outlet. This simple hotel is definitely not for the claustrophobic. This space has only 30 stacked cubicles, and shared bathrooms. The bookshelves are lined with over 3,000 titles in both English and Japanese. Couches stationed around the bookshelves provide a communal area for reading and socializing.
Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Your inner child will feel right at home at this hotel. Treehotel architects have given the childhood staple a futuristic makeover. Opened in 2010, and located in the middle of the forest, each of the seven treehouse suites has its own look, whether it be a flying saucer, a bird’s nest or nothing at all. The “7th Room” is covered by a life-size photograph of the treetops so as to be hidden in plain sight. Each treehouse is warmed up by underfloor heating and build from sustainable materials. The property also sports a 1950’s themed restaurant and bar, sauna and relaxation area.
With accommodations like these, you may just find it difficult to leave your room.