It’s that time of year again, when wedding invitations start arriving at your door, the announcement of dream summer weddings from all your friends (or so it seems) proving that love and happiness is surely plentiful in this world. But for anyone that’s still single, the constant reminders of true love can be exasperating. Time for a holiday? I think so. But why not try something a bit different?
While we often focus on the attraction, activities and foreign customs that come with a traditional holiday there are others out there, myself included, looking for accommodation with a culture of its very own. So, for the like-minded, I’ve tracked down the very best quirky, unusual and downright weird lodgings from across the world. Incredible architecture, clever design, and fun environments will keep you entertained.
10. The Grand Sultanate of Abalì - Palermo, Italy
9. EcoCamp - Patagonia, Chile
Nature lover? Eco-conscious? Eco-conscious? I’m assuming you have efficient shower heads and Toto toilets installed throughout your home, right? If the carbon emissions from your flight are weighing heavily on your ethical shoulders, why not make it up by staying in this ultra-cool EcoCamp? Using only 100% renewable resources to power this camp, it stands as a reminder of the nomads who travelled the country and built their shelters using only organic material they found in the surroundings.
8. Jumbo Stay - Stockholm, Sweden
Plane spotters and those more interested in the journey than the goal, this is for you. Why even leave the plane when you can sleep, dine and shower in it? This vintage Jumbo jet has been transformed to welcome not airheads but aerodynamic enthusiasts. These days this plane stays stationary in Stockholm, Sweden and is quite the gimmicky retreat. Unless you suffer from severe cabin fever, this hotel is an experience with more choice than just the chicken or the fish.
7. Les Alicourts Resort Tree Houses - Loire Resort, France
6. Euro Space Center - Luxemburg, Belgium
5. Dog Bark Park - Idaho, USA
4. Kokopelli’s Cave - New Mexico, USA
3. Hôtel de Glace - Quebec, Canada
2. Jules Undersea Lodge – Florida, USA
1. Kasbah du Toubkal – Imil, Morocco
So there we have it, the 10 quirkiest accommodations from across the globe. But will it be enough to make you ditch that bucket and spade?
All Photos courtesy of Unusual Hotels of the World