If you have a Moby Dick wish, but don't actually want to live out at sea for more than a few days or weeks, satisfy your sea lust with a stay in a boat hotel. These hotels may be built inside a medium to large cruise ship, or may be immobile, serving only as a home built upon a river. You can expect nautical-theme, floating platforms, lake, river or sea views but hopefully without the seasickness.
Boat Hotels
Xandari  
Riverscapes
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Travelers worried about India's infamous strong experience should turn their attention to the Southern state of Kerala. It can be described as the gateway drug to India. It's one of the cleanest parts of the country with lush greenery, gorgeous mountains, pristine rain forests, wide open beaches, and stunning architecture. …
Accommodation types: Boat   Nature
Location: Alleppey  India  South Asia
Meliá  
Koh Samui
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Melia Koh Samui sits right alongside the beautiful white sand beach of Choeng Mon. This is the famous hotel brand's first entry into Thailand. Naturally, you can expect their full spectrum of amenities, but the real sensation is the boat-shaped suites. They took traditional teak barges (hundred-year-old wooden Thai-Chinese boats) …
Accommodation types: Beach   Boat
S/V Noorderlicht  
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This schooner first set sail in 1910. It spent 100 years sailing to icy destinations all over the world, from the Arctic Circle to the penguin-strewn islands of Antarctica. Today, it has a double life. Since being restored to its former glory, it sets sail every summer on exciting expeditions. …
Accommodation types: Boat   Remote
Shipwreck  
Lodge
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Wake up to the sight of endless sand dunes surrounding you. Then slowly realize the wooden structures next to you are actual shipwrecks. Notice the signs indicating that you are in a place called Skeleton Coast National Park. Burning sun, dunes, shipwrecks, and skeletons? Surely this must be a nightmare. …
Accommodation types: Boat   Desert   Nature   Remote
Location: Möwebaai  Namibia  Africa
Anthenea  
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The solar-powered and self-sufficient capsules by Athenea float on water. It's the brainchild of naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, who was inspired by the floating saucer in the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. These eco-luxe pods take hotel suites to a whole new level. They can be installed …
Accommodation types: Boat   Floating   Underwater
Location: Lannion  France  West Europe
Wikkelboats  
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The Rijnhaven, with its floating forest and the iconic Rijnhaven Bridge, is one of the oldest ports of the Nieuwe Maas River, dating back to 1895. Wikkelboats launched a small hotel with just four tiny floating houses in this quirky part of Rotterdam. The sustainable water houses offer unique accommodation …
Accommodation types: Boat   Floating
Delfin Amazon  
Cruises
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How does immersing in the deep rainforest on a floating luxury hotel sound? Delfin offers precisely this. Starting from the Peruvian town of Iquitos, their three uniquely designed vessels are ready to cruise deep inside the Amazon jungle. Onboard you'll find spacious suites with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water …
Accommodation types: Boat   Jungle   Nature
Location: Iquitos  Peru  South America
Fingal Hotel  
Edinburgh
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If you’re a history geek – or watch The Crown – you’ll remember Britannia, the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II. Now out of service, the ship is permanently docked in Edinburgh and serves as a museum, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Luckily for all of us hotel …
Accommodation types: Boat   Luxury
Binhai Aircraft  
Hotel
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Housed in an ex-Russian aircraft carrier, the Kiev, this ship-turned-hotel offers 148 guest rooms for travelers looking for a unique stay. The luxury hotel is part of Binhai Aircraft, an 80,000-square-meter military theme park that opened in 2004 in east Tianjin, China. The interiors are extravagant; suites with silver cushions …
Accommodation types: Boat
Location: Tianjin  China  East Asia
Yellow Sub  
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Ever wanted to live the high life and join one of the biggest bands of all time? Even if you can barely play a tambourine, we can all live in a yellow submarine, at least for one night. Fans looking for the whole Beatles experience can book accommodation in this …
Accommodation types: Boat
Zambezi  
Queen
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Do you think that cruise holidays are outdated? Think again. A holiday on Zambezi Queen is not your usual river cruise. The luxurious 5-star houseboat was designed as an unconventional way of exploring the Chobe National Park. As the boat slowly drifts along the river, you will enjoy the front-row …
Accommodation types: Boat   Nature
Mount Noah  
Lodge
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South Africa is home to the world’s first-ever dry-dock marina, where guests can stay on any one of five yachts or boats (with one more in the making!) without the pulse of water rushing underneath. Whether you’re prone to seasickness or just longing to channel your inner-pirate personality sans water, …
Accommodation types: Boat
Ship  
in the Ice
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A Ship in the Ice is just what it sounds like — a frozen ship in Tempel fjord, one surpassing 100 years of age and that has been remade into a very nice accommodation. Sure, they could probably thaw the ship out, but what’s the fun in that? It’s far …
Accommodation types: Boat   Ice
Sunborn  
London
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Who can afford the ₤150,000-a-week it costs to charter a superyacht? Not many. But thanks to the Sunborn London you can still experience the life of a sexy sea-dog. It is a 394ft superyacht that has been converted into a luxury hotel. Permanently moored at Royal Victoria Dock, the financial …
Accommodation types: Boat   Floating   Luxury
Location: London  England  West Europe
Sarah Cruise  
Venezia
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A luxury 26ft cruise boat that will take you to Venice and Croatia. Breakfast is served on board and you can eat dinner in their luxury on-board restaurant. The top deck is equipped with sun loungers and there is a covered bar and lounge to sit in. Below deck, there …
Accommodation types: Boat
Location: Venice  Italy  West Europe
Sun Cruise  
Resort
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The world’s first on-land cruise ship, this hotel takes all the joy of a cruise ship and combines it with the usefulness of staying in one place. The sound of waves lapping at the hull is simulated, so you can imagine that you are on a cruise. The location is …
Accommodation types: Boat
Camping  
Raft
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The peaceful waterways of the Netherlands have long been popular holiday destinations. There is something about calm, fresh water, trees, and far-distant grasslands that relaxes the soul. Trouble is, you always have to leave the water and return back to reality by heading back to your hotel at the end …
Accommodation types: Boat   Floating   Nature
Aqua  
Amazon
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This hotel is located on a boat; no big deal there; lots of hotels are on boats – hell, what about cruise ships? Well, this boat is a little different. Not only does it feature stunning design (more on that later) but it sails you on an adventurous cruise up …
Accommodation types: Boat   Jungle   Luxury
Location: Iquitos  Peru  South America
Barge  
Aground
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Built at the starboard end of the British obsession with the seaside, this holiday bungalow is shaped like a barge and decorated with a nautical theme. The bungalow is self-catering with all modern conveniences provided for. Wooden shutters allow air to circulate in summer and protect the windows from storms. …
Accommodation types: Boat   Island
Alila  
Purnama
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This traditional Indonesian Phinisi ship is the first of its kind to offer cruises for up to 10 passengers. These ships were first built by the Konjo tribe in the 17th Century and have been in continuous use ever since. For the most part, they have been used for trading …
Accommodation types: Boat
Location: Komodo  Indonesia  Oceania