From quirky façades to dramatic landscapes, here are 7 unusual accommodations for an unforgettable experience on your next getaway:
1. The Pole House, Fairhaven, Victoria, Australia
You will find the Pole House situated along the Great Ocean Road, suspended 40 metres above sea level. One of the most photographed homes in Australia, the iconic home features a walkway extended from the cliff top to the building. The 350-degree view over Fairhaven Beach, the longest stretch of beach on the Great Ocean Road, is absolutely breathtaking. Rise and shine each morning to the beautiful view of the ocean.
A gem in the middle of ever-bustling New York City, the Library Hotel is one for the book lovers. Inspired by the Dewey Decimal system, each of the 10 floors honours one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System, and each of the 60 rooms are unique adorned with a collection of books according to the theme of the floor. The Reading Room is available to guests 24 hours a day, and has a lovely view of Madison Avenue and Library Way. Wind down after a long day of exploring with a book, or find solitude in the writer's den.
Experience majesty and grandeur at its finest at the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur—the land of legendary kings and exquisite palaces. Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, the hotel is built in the style of a traditional Indian palace. With majestic gold-leaf domes, sand-coloured walls, and beautifully landscaped gardens, it is a magnificent sight to behold, especially as the warm hues of sunset sweep across the vast grounds.
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, best known for his work on the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris amongst many other prominent projects, the Marqués de Riscal stands as a stunning, avant-garde structure in the heart of Spain's Rioja wine-growing region. The exterior is borne by grand swirls of huge titanium ribbons, while the luxurious interior continues to showcase Gehry's distinct design with tilted walls, zigzag windows, cathedral-height ceilings and bespoke details that stamp the hotel as an exquisite work of art.
A remote hideaway tucked within the magnificent canyons of the American Southwest, the Amangiri resort blends into its dramatic surroundings with a geometric structure tinted with ochre, yellow and pink hues. Each suite has a large living area that opens onto a terrace, giving you majestic views of the surrounding dunes, plateaus and mountain ridges. Indulge in a relaxing spa at the resort, or head out for an adventure; from rafting on the Colorado River to horseback riding in Monument Valley, adventure is always at hand near Amangiri.
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam has a striking exterior that will have you do a double take as you walk pass it. The unique construction features a varied stacking of almost 70 individual little houses—from labourer's cottages to town houses—all in the traditional green hues of the Zaan region. The blue house at the corner serves as a conspicuous exception, referencing the subject of a beautiful painting ('The Blue House') by Claude Monet (1840-1926). Rooms and suites of different themes enhance the guests' experience, giving a tasteful touch of history alongside modern luxury.
An art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe's last wild rivers, the walls, floors and ceilings of the Icehotel serve as the canvases of designers from all creative disciplines. The hotel melts and returns to Mother Nature in spring, prompting new themed suites every year. There are both cool rooms and warm rooms to choose from, because as stunning as the ice rooms are, everyone loves a warm, comfortable bed at night. But we recommend spending at least one night in one of the cool rooms, for a one-of-a-kind experience—the Art Suites are exceptional works of art.
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