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10 of the World’s Most Unusual Accommodations

Monday 23 May 2016
By Industry News |

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Selecting your accommodation doesn’t always have to be about finding the most luxurious or cheapest place. A holiday is also an experience that should encompass elements of excitement and adventure, and sometimes the choice of accommodation should reflect that.  

In this article, we pay homage to the places around the world that cater to the more adventurous and slightly crazy among us.

Some of the accommodations are innovative and incredibly creative, others are quirky and stylish, and some of them are just plain whacky. Here is a list of 10 of the most unusual accommodations our world has to offer:

1. Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

The first on our list of strange accommodations are the treehotels, situated in the pine forest around Harads, Sweden. Surrounded by some beautiful lush green pine, guests can cosy up in one of the six unique ‘treerooms’, including The Cabin (pictured), the mind-blowing reflective Mirrorcube, the UFO, the Birds Nest, the Dragonfly, and the Blue Cone. All of which offer the unique experience of staying in accommodation that fuses contemporary design with the tranquillity of unspoiled nature.

(Photo sourced via http://www.treehotel.se/en/)

2. Inntel Amsterdam Zaandam, Netherlands

The Amsterdam Zaandam looks more like the Lego creation of an out of control child hyped on red cordial than prestigious hotel. Made from 70 individual houses and put together like a Tetris puzzle, the Zaandam hotel is a sight to behold. Each of the houses are brightly painted in various colours, making each individual house stand out and accentuate its puzzle-like construction. Guests have access to onsite amenities including a Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath and a pool with adjacent spa. This is modern-day comfort meeting tradition head on.

(Photo sourced via http://www.inntelhotelsamsterdamzaandam.nl/)

3. The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Waitomo, New Zealand

For all the lord of the rings geeks out there, The Hobbit Motel in Waitomo New Zealand is the ultimate place to live out all your hobbit fantasies. You can stay in these hobbit hole inspired rooms, have your hobbit tea and second breakfast, kick back, and enjoy your little slice of the shire in true hobbit form.

(Photo sourced via http://www.woodlynpark.co.nz/)

4. The Boot Bed’n’Breakfast, Tasman, New Zealand

There once was a woman who lived in a shoe

And if you head to Tasman, New Zealand

You can live in one too!

This giant boot guesthouse, created by Steve and his partner Judy in 2001, is the perfect getaway for anyone looking for something truly different. The curved walls and ceilings means everything has been custom made. 

(Photo sourced via http://jesterhouse.co.nz/accomodation-stay-in-the-boot/)


5. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada

Have you ever felt like staying in a swinging orb amidst a myriad of Canadian flora and woodland creatures? Vancouver Island has got you covered. Set among the trees of the west-coast rainforest on Vancouver Island are handcrafted, orb-like spheres made from cedar, Sitka Spruce and fibreglass. The three globes are tethered to the trees with ropes, and sway gently in the breeze.

(Photo sourced via http://freespiritspheres.com/

6. Capsule value Kanda, Japan

Capsule hotels are a popular concept in Japan. Stacked on top of each other and side by side to maximize on space, the capsules are exactly as they sound, tiny spaces perfect for one person and a few items. The entrance to each capsule opens to enter and can be closed up to create private quarters. Communal washroom and baggage storage is also available. Capsulevalue Kanda also offers TVs, alarms, and free WiFi along with a business lounge.

(Photo sourced via http://freespiritspheres.com/

7. Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Spain

In Elciego, Spain, stands one of Canadian architect Frank Gehry’s most unusual endeavours - Hotel Marqués De Riscal. This avant-garde hotel overlooks the surrounding vineyard, appearing as a whimsical creation from afar. With wavy shiny sheets of metal cascading in all directions, the Marqués De Riscal takes the cake when it comes to unconventional looking hotels.

(Photo sourced via http://www.hotel-marquesderiscal.com/en)

8. Costa Verde, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

The Costa Verde team have transported and refurbished a 1965 vintage Boeing 727 airframe to create a fantastic, two-bedroom suite. The structure is set out on a concrete plinth that juts 50 feet into the jungle canopy. That’s right, you can stay in a Boeing 727 balancing precariously atop a jungle canopy - people are crazy! 

(Photo sourced via https://www.costaverde.com/)

9. Beckham Creek Cave Haven, Parthenon, Arkansas, USA

The Beckham Creek Cave Haven provides one of the most unique accommodation experience a person can have. Set in 530 acres of Arkansas rock, this cave hotel took four years to complete. It features central heating, whirlpool tubs and even serves as a wedding venue!

(Photo sourced via http://beckhamcavelodge.dreamhosters.com/)

10. The Library Hotel, New York, USA

For all you book lovers out there, this is the place for you. Each of the 10 floors  of The Library Hotel in New York honour one of the 10 categories in the Dewey Decimal System (for example Literature, Technology, The Arts), and each of the 60 rooms come with a thematic collection of books depending on the floor. On top of that, there’s also a writer’s den, poetry garden and terrace and reading room.

 (Photo sourced via http://www.libraryhotel.com/)


Three Life-Changing Things to Gain from Travelling Solo

Tuesday 18 October 2011
By Maria Boskovski |

From 'time out' in primary school, to final exam study, to long walks on the beach - isolating yourself has always been a good way to take the handle on your emotions and give yourself the opportunity for growth and progress. It's no surprise that a journey alone can lead to life-changing gains.

  1. Responsibility

    The price of greatness is responsibility. Embarking on your journey, you will find yourself standing alone in a country that was so recently foreign to you. The challenge to take care of yourself and your possessions will force you to regain trust in others and build your own confidence.

    Much alike to your health, safety and possessions - Your experiences demand responsibility from you also. Taking the opportunity to create your own path is an important responsibility; it is your guide to self-reliance, independence and possibility.

    Weeks, months or even years later, when your journey has come to an end, you can look back and realise that every high point, discovery and memory was the work of your own actions.
  2. Future Dreams

    Time spent alone, particularly far away from the pressures of everyday life, provides an opportunity to reflect and plan ahead, which will help you determine what you want from life.

    With a clear and refreshed mind you can tackle the big questions and prepare to head home ready for action. Scribble, draw, write or record your thoughts and inspirations as you progress along your travels. Think of it as a tool for an enhanced outlook on your future or as reference points for great memories.
  3. Learning to Love

    When travelling alone you’re forced to adapt. Blending into places, situations and established groups becomes a priority, and inevitably presents opportunities for friendships and connections to develop. When you’re so far from your comfort zone, you develop a whole new level of appreciation for people, whereby gestures of kindness from strangers are felt with the deepest of gratitudes. The ability to view others in a new and positive light is a great way to recognise the value of a new friend.

    Travelling alone provides a platform for the acceptance of others, regardless of cultural differences. Discover passions for other places, cultures and people and in-turn discover your own character.

10,000 Free Round-Trip Tickets to Japan

Friday 14 October 2011
By Maria Boskovski |

Here’s your chance to see Japan, with an opportunity like no other!

The country’s reputation has been tarnished by fears of earthquakes and radiation. In a desperate attempt to lure tourists back into the country, Japan Tourism Agency is giving away 10,000 free round trip tickets!

What’s the catch? All you need to do is be willing to publicise your trip through the use of blogs and social media sites.

In March this year, a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster, having a huge impact on the number of foreign visitors to Japan. In the first three months that followed the disaster, tourism dropped as drastically as 50% compared with the same time in 2010.

Japan Tourism Agency has requested more than 10 billion yen to pay for the tourism campaign and plans to open a website to solicit applicants interested in free tickets. Applicants will have the opportunity to sign up as early as next April. All they have to do is submit a written application detailing their travel plans in Japan and what they hope to get out of the trip.

The successful candidates will have to pay for their own accommodation and meals. They would also be required to post a review of their travel experiences online. Influential bloggers who are likely to spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit are likely to have an advantage in the competition.

So for social media gurus and lifestyle bloggers, this is a wonderful opportunity. A free round-trip to Japan is a great reward for an online hobby, and sharing your experience is a decent price to pay!