Discover and dream your way through our selection of stunning unusual and exciting hotels in locations all over the world revealed in High Definition.
Sea Hotels
'13jul29
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
'13jul23
Molja  
Lighthouse
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Ålesund is a seaport in Norway and is home to a large concentration of Art Nouveau Architecture – an ostentatious style that utilizes sweeping organic forms and a harmony of shape popular in Europe in the early 20th Century. The town makes for a unique visit. But hang on; what …
Accommodation types: Lighthouse
Location: Alesund  Norway  West Europe
'13jun5
Song Saa  
Private Island
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Cambodia has some tropical islands scattered off the coast in the Indian Ocean. They remain largely undeveloped – a rarity in South East Asia. Song Saa is one of the first luxury resorts to take one of these islands as its home. It is run in partnership with the local …
Accommodation types: Beach   Island   Luxury   Nature
'13may31
Artist  
Hotel
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Every floor, room, and suite in this hotel has site-specific artwork designed by a contemporary Israeli artist. The pieces cover a range of mediums from sculpture to video. All the furniture is designed in the retro style and every hallway features original artwork that sets the tone for the floor …
Accommodation types: Design
Location: Tel-Aviv  Israel  Middle East
'13may24
Perivolas  
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This hotel is located on a secluded clifftop that overlooks the Greek island of Santorini. The island is part of a circular archipelago that was formed from volcanic rock following an ancient eruption that is fabled to have destroyed the city of Atlantis. Today, the island's edge around the crest …
Accommodation types: Beach   Island   Luxury
Location: Oia  Greece  East Europe
'13may16
Hotel  
Viking
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Which was the coolest iron-age tribe? The Vikings of course. Their horned helmets, love of pillage, and super-fast longboats made them a fiercesome force to be reckoned with in early Europe. Every summer, in a typically unpronounceable Icelandic town, Viking culture comes alive in the Viking Festival in Hafnarfjordur. There …
Accommodation types: Traditional
'13apr3
The Dune  
House
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Commissioned by a leading company, Living Architecture, this house was designed to reflect the traditional architecture of the area by locating each bedroom within its own gable. A feature picked up by top Norwegian architects, JVA. The roof is made from a reflective alloy to capture the seasons as they …
Accommodation types: Design   Nature
'13feb13
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
'13feb8
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
'13jan30
Corsewall  
Lighthouse
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“Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes; Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise” (Robert Burns) Stranraer in South West Scotland has long been one of the main points of crossing between Ireland and Scotland. The Irish Sea can be tempestuous. Indeed 133 people died in …
Accommodation types: Lighthouse
'13jan14
Elsewhere  
Goa
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Goa is one of the most popular destinations on the globe. Its year-round sunshine, laid-back culture, and infinite stretches of beach attract people the world over. Now wouldn’t it be nice if you could break-off a piece of this paradise to call your own? Well, you can at Elsewhere. The …
Accommodation types: Beach   Traditional
Location: Goa  India  South Asia
'12dec28
Hapuku  
Lodge
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Set in the small fishing town of ‘Kaikoura’ (which means ‘to eat crayfish’ in Maori) the Hapuku Lodge is the place to stay if you love eco tourism, beautiful scenery, and sea air. The area has been home to the Maori for over 1000 years and is an excellent example …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Nature   Treehouse
'12dec12
Q Station  
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After pulling-off the typical European trick of killing thousands of native people with infectious diseases, early settlers in Australia set up a quarantine station in Sydney. The Q –Station housed all new immigrants to Australia for 40 days and functioned from 1830-1984. Much of the area and buildings have been …
Accommodation types: Ghost   Industrial
Location: Sydney  Australia  Oceania
'12oct8
Aspros  
Potamos
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You won’t wake to the sound of your neighbor’s obnoxious music blasting from their in-room iPod dock here. Nor will you hear anyone talking to their friends on their mobile phones. Because it’s all banned. All the annoyances of the modern world are left behind you so you can yourself …
Accommodation types: Nature   Traditional
'12oct5
Sirenuse  
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This 18th Century villa is still privately owned by the Sersale family who opened their summer house as a hotel in 1951. It was just about the time the Positano region of Italy was growing as a tourist destination thanks, in no small part, to John Steinbeck remarking in an …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Villa
Location: Positano  Italy  West Europe
'12sep20
Albergo  
Il Monastero
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This was once a convent. Built in the 16th Century, the cloisters and passageways once echoed with the sound of rosary beads and prayers. Today, it is the building that contemplates on a rock overlooking the sea while, inside, the residents relax. Thousands of religious hours have been worn into …
Accommodation types: Castle   Island   Traditional
Location: Naples  Italy  West Europe
'12sep11
Southern Ocean  
Lodge
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The Southern Ocean Lodge is located on Kangaroo Island, which is mostly a huge nature reserve. You will certainly be inspired by the sun-baked limestone cliffs, crashing waves, and unfettered wildlife. Sea Lions, Koalas, and Ospreys are common sights here. Your room is contemporary and design-led, featuring specially commissioned furnishings. …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Nature   Remote
Location: Kingscote  Australia  Oceania
'12sep3
Six Senses  
Zighy Bay
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Six Senses have a commitment to the SLOW LIFE (sustainable, local, organic, wellness – learning, inspiring, fun, experiences). This resort is designed around a traditional village structure. So you can walk from your luxury villa to a central plaza, perhaps to meet friends, maybe to eat and drink among the …
Accommodation types: Beach   Luxury
Location: Zighy Bay  Oman  Middle East
'12aug16
Huvafen  
Fushi
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The Maldives are a sprinkle of islands surrounded by the vast Indian Ocean; a place of otherworldly beauty. And, set in its own private lagoon, is Huvafen Fushi; a hotel popular with Hollywood A-listers like Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie. When you arrive, the hotel manager greets you by asking …
Accommodation types: Beach   Island   Luxury   Underwater
'12aug10
Albatroz  
Seafront Hotel
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Set on a cliff with beaches on either side, the Albatroz commands a place of honor in Portugal’s foremost playground, Cascais. The former fishing village has been around since the 12th Century. A succession of Kings, Lords, and Marquises took possession of the village over centuries until today, where it …
Accommodation types: Beach   Luxury