Discover and dream your way through our selection of stunning unusual and exciting hotels in locations all over the world revealed in High Definition.
North America Hotels
Maison  
Couturier
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Maison Couturier is an estate built by French immigrants in tropical Mexico in the 1800s. The old farmhouse has been renovated into a boutique hotel where you will find your own private terrace and some delightful antique furnishings. Surrounded by tropical fruit trees, whirring crickets, and lush scents. The white …
Accommodation types: Design
East Brother  
Light Station
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By 1874 it became clear that a lighthouse was needed to mark the entrance to San Francisco Bay. The US government, unable to find a suitable location for the lighthouse, took over East Brother Island. Using dynamite to level the island, they built a lighthouse that remains there to this …
Accommodation types: Island   Lighthouse
Location: Richmond  USA  North America
Beckham Creek  
Cave Lodge
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Way before David Beckham kicked a football, Beckham Creek was hanging around being beautiful and waiting to be discovered. Now a 280-acre estate, the centerpiece is the amazing cave lodge. Do you want to know how our distant ancestors lived in the past but then translated to the luxury of …
Accommodation types: Cave
Location: Parthenon  USA  North America
Xinalani  
Retreat
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It is in the union of body, mind, and breath that you will find true balance As an Englishman looking out on the continuous grey rain of his country, the thought of a yoga retreat in sunny Mexico with spare hours spent on the beach next to the humming jungle …
Accommodation types: Beach   Nature   Remote
Aurora  
Express
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The Aurora Express is a bed and breakfast in Alaska where you stay in renovated railroad carriages. These vintage carriages were set to become a museum until the Wilson family decided to turn them into a Bed & Breakfast. Now, the old railroad cars sit high on a hill overlooking …
Accommodation types: Train
Location: Fairbanks  USA  North America
Holiday Inn Resort  
Orlando Suites
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Home to iconic cartoon characters such as Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants, Nickelodeon has a long history of entertaining children via TV. Now the little tykes have the chance to enter the wacky world of Nickelodeon for real at their Resort in Florida which is billed as a place …
Accommodation types: Cartoon   Kids
Location: Orlando  USA  North America
The Chilko  
Resort
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British Columbia is one of the few temperate wildernesses left on Earth. This Lodge is the kind of place that offers 'Grizzly Bear Viewing Packages' - awesome! The Lodge has a no mobile phone policy, and everything is geared towards creating a serene retreat from the insanity of modern life. …
Accommodation types: Nature   Remote
Free Spirit  
Spheres
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In the cult 1960s show, ‘The Prisoner’, a Machiavellian sphere would swallow you up if you tried to escape from The Village. Luckily, these spheres are not the tools of a creepy fascist state. Just look at them, suspended in a web of ropes in the fertile treetops. They wouldn’t …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Nature   Treehouse
Winvian  
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Stay in a cottage in a 113-acre holiday resort where serenity and natural environments pervade. It is right next to 4000 acres of forest which you can explore during your generous allocations of leisure time. Each cottage is themed. Choose to stay in the fairy-tale “Treehouse” or the “Music Cottage” …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Nature   Treehouse
Location: Morris  USA  North America
Kennedy  
School
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This elementary school was built in 1915 in a semi-remote location in Northeast Portland. One of the first rules installed for pupils and parents in the early years forbade the taking of pop shots at the rabbits from the moving streetcar. It closed its doors as a school in 1974 …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Portland  USA  North America
Dunton  
Hot Springs
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This town was founded in 1885 when Marty McFly arrived from the future looking for The Doc… hang on. Wrong review. Yes, this town was founded on the banks of the Dolores River in 1885, about half a mile from a mine where the townsfolk worked. It was always a …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
Location: Dolores  USA  North America
The Jane  
Hotel
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In 1908 if you were a tired seadog taking a well-earned shore leave, you would stay in the Seaman's Relief Centre. Immature snickers aside, the building was built by the famous architect William A Boring and is a fine example of turn of the century neoclassicism. It once housed the …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Ghost   Traditional
Location: New York  USA  North America
Travaasa  
Austin
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This spa hotel is popular with locals and tourists alike. How about a stay in a Canyon Room? It has huge windows and balconies that overlook forests that explode and roll over the canyons and hills spraying birdsong in the clear morning. The ethos of Travassa is wellness and vibrant …
Accommodation types: Nature   Spa
Location: Austin  USA  North America
Rolling Huts  
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“Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep your wagon rollin” so the song goes, unless, that is, you’re staying in a special rolling hut. In which case, you will want to stay right where you are in Washington’s beautiful Methow Valley. The remarkably versatile wooden units were designed to be an alternative to …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature
Location: Winthrop  USA  North America
West Baden  
Springs
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Part of the hilariously named French Lick Resort, West Baden Springs is a hotel extravaganza. When it was opened in 1902, dumb-struck locals called it the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, and its mineral water baths were said to cure everything apart of credulity. In 1917, an incredible renovation saw …
Accommodation types: Castle   Luxury
Banff  
Springs
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Unusually for a luxury châteaux hotel out in the countryside, The Fairmont Hotel in Banff Springs was always designed as a hotel and has been housing paying guests since its creation in 1888. Apart from an unfortunate incident in 1926 involving a raging inferno and complete destruction, it has always …
Accommodation types: Castle   Luxury   Nature
Location: Banff  Canada  North America
Far Meadow  
Vintage Trailers
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The Vintage Trailor is one of a range of accommodation in the Sierra National Forest provided by the Far Meadow organization. As iconic as the VW Camper Van and as American as Mount Rushmore, the Silver Streak trailer was first manufactured in the 1950s and has gone through many redesigns …
Accommodation types: Nature   Remote   Trailer
Dog Bark  
Park Inn
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If the Ancient Greeks had decided to attack Troy using a giant dog rather than a horse it might have looked something like this. Husband and wife team, Dennis and Frances use chainsaws to carve folk-art wooden dogs and have done for the last 15 years. When their work was …
Accommodation types: Animal
Far Meadow  
A Frame
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The A-Frame is one of a range of accommodation in the Sierra National Forest provided by the Far Meadow organization. The woodland cabin is as American as apple pie (which was originally a British dish but hey, let’s not argue the toss). Traditionally, cabins were built in remote wooded areas …
Accommodation types: Nature   Remote
Sliding  
House
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So it’s an ultra-modern wooden cabin with views over the grand ocean waves by the famous Hirtle’s Beach. It may look like the sort of cube you would find in a toddler’s mouth but inside it is a triumph of eco-sensitive architecture and cutting edge ergonomics. It has caused considerable …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature