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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/)


Emirates full-year profit in challenging environment 

Friday 13 May 2016
By Industry News |

Emirates Airline this week reported a record net profit of US $2.2 billion, 50 per cent higher than last year on slightly reduced revenue. Emirates 28th year consecutive profit figures are underlining how it is thriving as one of the most disruptive forces in global aviation.

The Dubai-based airline recorded a high growth performance despite negative effects of a strong US dollar and economic slowdowns in oil-producing countries. Emirates also out-performed despite weaker revenues in Europe and here in Australia.

As the world’s largest international airline, operating of 75 Airbus A380s and 116 Boeing 777s, Emirates profits lifted 56 percent even while total revenues fell by four percent.

Over 51.9 million passengers were carried over the previous 12 months, a rise of eight percent. emirates grew their fleet by 29 new aircraft, including 16 jumbo A380s.

“Each year brings a new set of challenges and last year was no different,”
- Sheikh Ahmed, Emirates Chairman.

“Low oil prices will continue to be a double-edged sword,” he said.

Declining oil prices have slowed growth in important markets for Emirates, including oil-producing countries in the Middle East, as well as Russia and some nations in Africa and Asia.

Airspace cabin design to be ready next year

Tuesday 10 May 2016
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Passengers will be able to experience the highly anticipated new Airspace by Airbus cabin when these aircraft enter service at the end of 2017. TAP is the first airline to adopt the next design in their A330neo fleet, with more airlines expected to announce their plans later in the year.

“Airspace” cabin by Airbus is designed for the ultimate passenger comfort. Encompassing four key dimensions: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design, Airspace cabins will be more relaxing, inspiring, beautiful and functional.

Features will include a new welcome area and the latest mood LED-based lighting system with 16.7 million possible colour variations. Also included are larger overhead bins, new contemporary lavatories, and latest-generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

Airbus is launching the cabin for the forthcoming A330neo aircraft, inspired by the cabin of its wide-body sibling, the new A350 XWB in service. At the heart of the design philosophy is connecting the well-being of passengers with airlines' performance.

What other airlines would you like to see adopt this new cabin design? Tell us below!