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The Top 5 Most Unusual Resorts in the World

October 3, 2022

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Walk the road less traveled by staying at one of these unusually delightful and eccentric resorts on our list.

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People tend to gravitate toward things that are out-of-the-ordinary to disengage from the stresses of their daily life. For instance, how many times have you thought of leaving your corporate life far behind and living in a jungle? Well, with these unusual and unique hotels, your wildest fantasies can come true.

Stay at one of these quirky resorts and you will have the time of your life, and a good story to tell to your grandkids for sure!

Palacio De Sal, Bolivia

Palacio De Sal promises to deliver an out-of-this-world experience to their guests. Set on the mesmerizing Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia, the hotel is made entirely out of salt. The building holds immense historical significance, and paired with a dreamy star-lit sky; you will have an otherworldly experience during your stay filled with allure and fascination.

The building uses over a million compact blocks of salt extracted from the salt flats. Consequently, it loses almost 10% of its structure with the yearly rains! Inside the hotel, there are some brilliant sculptural pieces made of salt capturing the artistic spirit of the resort.

A small part of the hotel stays untouched without maintenance, representing a true work of art with saline formation. The wall continues to mold naturally by the elements of nature. Enjoy your stay in this architectural marvel with lavish suites and views of the salt flat.

Bivacco Gervasutti, Italy

Push your limits and re-ignite your adventurous spirit by staying at Bivacco Gervasutti – a capsule hanging off the edge of a cliff! Tethered 9,300 feet above sea level on the awe-inspiring Frebouze Glacier in Italy’s Mount Blanc massif, this capsule is named after the mountain climber Giusto Gervasutti.

Meticulously designed to sustain life while providing a challenging environment for its guests, the capsule has space for twelve people and can be reached by hiking up the Val Ferret on foot.

The rustic Alpine shelter is powered by solar energy with quaint interior and basic amenities. As it is located at a high altitude, the capsule also has a CO2 sensor with an extractor to change the air.

Staying here is quite affordable, and the million-dollar view of the Frebouze glacier will stay with you for life. The fog-clad mountain peaks and the sky stretching from every direction make one feel like they are sleeping in the clouds. Enjoy your stay in this humble wooden sanctuary enveloped with the best landscapes Italy has to offer.

Santos Express, Mossel Bay, South Africa

With a breezy seaside location, Santos Express is a quirky lodge built like the cabins of a train. Set along the shores of Santos Beach in Mossel Bay on the Garden Route, it offers an unusual and intimate experience for its guests.

The location is ideal to explore Mossel Bay while having an unwinding stay at one of the train carriages. The accommodation is made in a 16-bed dormitory style, but private rooms are available within the railway carriages as well. The upgraded rooms have minimalistic furnishing with refreshing views of the beach.

Enjoy your stay in this one-of-a-kind train resort with ocean views, a laidback seafood restaurant and bar, and direct access to the beach.

Pan Treetop Cabins, Norway

Nestled deep within the alluring Finnskogen – a boreal forest home to bears and wolves, the Pan Treetop Cabins are built like tree houses with breathtaking panoramic views.

Its award-winning structure is truly one-of-a-kind with an eight-meter elevation above the ground. Although it is built like a tree house, there is no tree attached to its structure, and an enchanting spiral stairway leads you to the lodge made of wickerwork structure anchored in solid rock.

Nature lovers will love their stay at these cabins loaded with a variety of nature experiences. Go for a dive to blow off some steam or have an unwinding yoga in the woods. Bird watching activities are arranged to spot the Great Grey Owl, and numerous outdoor activities in the forest with a sleigh ride and horse and carriage are also available.

The streamlined cabins have an A-shaped frame with a stealthy steel framework, heated floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering uninterrupted views.

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp, Jordan

Situated in the heart of Wadi Rum in the Ramm area, Memories Aicha luxury camp takes you on a magical Arabian Desert adventure with an incredible mountainous backdrop.

The whole setup of the luxury camps resembles a Mars colony, offering an otherworldly experience, especially on a star-lit night with only the twinkling stars and the majestic mountains accompanying you.

The panoramic luxury suites and tents offer comfortable lodging with an authentic desert experience. The layout sets the mood for an indulgent Arabian night with the only missing element to make it the perfect magical getaway being a genie in a bottle.

A barbecue area, garden, and sun terrace are also available. The vibrant and exquisite Aicha restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience, and themed dinner nights, hiking, horse riding, and walking tours are also available.



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