7 Unique Hotels Around the World - Full-Time Travel

7 Unique Hotels Around the World

7 Unique Hotels Around the World

Hotel Designs That Surprise and Delight

Forget the columned entryway, the stately pillars and the rooftop pool. These hotels are twisting and turning, curving and swerving everything we’ve come to expect from traditional architecture. The result? A series of mind-bending design experiences which promise to make your next trip a memorable one.

Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile

Thanks to its volcano-like shape and flora-covered exterior, the Magic Mountain Hotel is virtually camouflaged in Patagonia’s Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, a 247,000 acre private nature retreat offering visitors adventurous outdoor activities and pristine wilderness in the Chilean Andes. The hotel’s distinctive fairytale feel continues indoors, where nine rooms are clad in blonde wood with beamed ceilings and rustic furnishings. Cozy up in an armchair next to the window and listen for the sound of rushing water; Magic Mountain has its own waterfall which spouts from the top of the building and cascades to the forest floor.

Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia

Shipwreck Lodge offers an intriguing architectural addition to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. These desolate, windswept beaches face notoriously difficult-to-navigate seas, which have historically led to more than 1,000 shipwrecks in the area. Today, that legacy has inspired a series of 20 luxury lodges, with whale-bone-like beams curving around each of the angled structures. Each cabin overlooks the rugged Atlantic coastline, while within, wood-burning stoves and plush bedding keep things cozy. The hotel is located within the Skeleton Coast National Park, where inland riverbeds attract lions, giraffes and black rhinoceros.

Courtesy of Juvet Landscape Hotel

Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

Juvet Landscape Hotel lets Norway’s awe-inducing vistas take center stage. Situated in a remote village of Valdal, an hour from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geirangerfjord, the hotel is designed to seamlessly integrate with its natural surroundings without imposing on them. In the award-winning cube-shaped Landscape Rooms, guests can soak up views of the valley and roaring river below via floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Each room, which hovers above the forest floor on stilts, is oriented slightly differently, offering a unique snapshot of the seasonally-evolving landscape along with complete privacy.

THEKRANE, Copenhagen

TheKRANE elevates the hotel experience to a new level of post-industrial cool. This former coal crane in Copenhagen’s booming North Harbour has been transformed into a one-room, charcoal-hued retreat, complete with ground floor reception area, glass-enclosed meeting room and top floor penthouse with wrap-around harbor views. There's even a spa offering on-theme charcoal facials, twin soaking tubs and floor-to-ceiling glass walls looking onto the sea.

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain

Among the rolling hills and medieval villages of Spain’s Basque Country, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal looks as if it’s beamed in from another dimension. An attention-demanding metallic ribboned roof, slanted walls and cathedral-height ceilings bear the telltale stamp of the building’s designer, famed architect Frank Gehry, and create the impression you’re staying inside a giant art installation. Besides its inimitable design, the hotel is also renowned for being the oldest vineyard in the Rioja-making region of Spain, a legacy that lives on via a food and wine program overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Francis Paniego, vineyard tours and grape-themed treatments at the hotel’s SPA Vinothérapie®.

Kosmos, South Korea

Known for its spectacular scenery, South Korea’s Ulleungdo island boasts jagged mountains, untamed seas and dramatic cliffs — and is now home to a hotel worthy of its improbable topography. Kosmos hugs its cliffside perch with exaggerated curves, its stark white walls a contrast to its forest context. Architect Kim Chan Jung says he conceived the space as a “celestial tool that can contemplate and feel the natural phenomenon of the universe and the Earth.” It's from this magnificent location that former El Bulli chef Sunjin Hwang makes her culinary magic happen, with creations that include lots of local ingredients (cuttlefish, shrimp, beef) that are elevated El Bulli-style to works of art.

UFO treehouse | By Kent Lindfall

Treehotel, Sweden

Situated in the tiny Swedish town of Harads, on the banks of the Lule River, the Treehotel aims to help guests destress and immerse themselves in nature. Eight unique “treerooms” designed by Scandinavia's leading architects are suspended 4-6 meters above the forest floor, each offering a different aesthetic experience and perspective of its natural surroundings. Pick from rooms including the Biosphere (which is covered in 350 bird boxes to support the local bird population), The Mirrorcube (a square structure with mirrored glass walls that blend into the trees), and the UFO (an unexpectedly conspicuous alien spacecraft with room for five guests).

Swim with killer whales, camp with friends, and cool off in a river surrounded by the beauty of Baja, California. 🇲🇽

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This surreal store in Chengdu, China, which includes over 80,000 books, is lined with images of books on the upper shelves so it would appear that they stretch from floor to ceiling.

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Patagonia is pretty much the most magical place on Earth.

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inspired by Space exploration’s seminal era, as it sits in quiet solitude surrounded by pitted rock format, Echo Camp in Antarctica gives you as close as you can get to feeling off the planet without leaving Earth.

It`s the newest luxury adventure experience from White Desert where you can enjoy fine dining, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and for the adventurers learn life saving techniques.

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Welcome to the new @thewhitelotus hotel @fskohsamui 🌴 The resort offers stunning views, beautiful beaches, and upscale amenities, which align with the high-end and exotic backdrop often sought after by TV producers. Will you be tuning in to the new season?

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Dreaming of traveling to warmer destinations like Lucky Bay in Western Australia.

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Discover the allure of Pidurangala Rock, a captivating geological marvel adjacent to Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. Embark on a scenic hike that unveils panoramic vistas of Sigiriya Rock, lush forests, and distant mountains. Explore a historic cave temple at the base and catch the magic of sunrise or sunset from the summit.

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Located in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh in India, Kardang Village offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan landscapes and its 12th century monastery that holds cultural and historical significance in the region.

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Picture this: kicking back in a waterfall in Akureyri, Iceland. Laugafell is the spot – where the warm meets the cool. It`s a chill time with nature`s own spa. Keep an eye out for dolphins jumping in the ocean!

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Considered as a modern alpine village, Avoriaz is a popular spot for skiers and families. The village is one of the largest stations within Les Portes du Soleil which is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

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In search for the best hot springs that will warm us up until the arrival of Spring.

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Located near the Katla volcano in Iceland, the Katla cave features stunning blue ice formations and intricate ice sculptures. It`s a popular destination for guided tours, offering a glimpse into the otherworldly beauty of Iceland`s glacial landscapes.

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Sunsets at Ruby Beach, Washington, are a mesmerizing display of nature`s beauty. The rugged coastline, sea stacks, and driftwood-strewn shore create a dramatic backdrop for the sun`s descent. A serene and picturesque setting, attracting photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Take a dip in this 50 meters long infinity pool at Hotel @krallerhof where you`re surrounded by stunning Austrian Alps.

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