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
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Cavo Tagoo  
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‘You do not find yourself. You create yourself’ is the optimistic philosophy of this hotel. Owner and award-winning architect, Paris Liakos wanted to create a blank canvass for his guests. So they would have the freedom to create their own experience. When he started the hotel, his canvass was bare …
Accommodation types: Beach   Luxury
Location: Mikonos  Greece  East Europe
'12jul16
A'jia Hotel  
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The Bosphorus is the smallest strait used for international navigation. Also known as the Istanbul Strait, it connects the Black Sea with the Aegean Sea which leads to the Mediterranean. Along its banks are beautiful towns and world famous seafood. The best way to explore this fascinating area is by …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Palace
Location: Istanbul  Turkey  Middle East
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Lighthouse  
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Not just the location for the awesome Australian children’s program, Round the Twist lighthouses are also hotels. And they save lives too. Let’s hear it for lighthouses! This tower was active for over 75 years with parts of it dating back over 200 years when a huge flame was used …
Accommodation types: Lighthouse
'12jul6
Espejo  
de Luna
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The main bulk of the hotel resembles an upside-down boat and a complex of tourist lodgings spreading out through this wooded stretch of coastline on the island of Chiloe in Chile. The area is famous for its wildlife and is an excellent place to spot rare Dolphins and Whales. There …
Accommodation types: Boat   Nature   Remote
Location: Queilen  Chile  South America
'12jul5
Lifeboat  
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Unusually for a decommissioned lifeboat hotel (wow, I’ve talked about so many unique hotels that this phrase doesn’t even seem strange), this one is still functioning. You can hire a captain to take you, your partner, and your whole hotel out into the open sea. Now that sounds fun! This …
Accommodation types: Boat
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Queen Mary  
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All the pomp and grandeur of the Titanic without any of that silliness with icebergs; the Queen Mary has had a long and prosperous career with no (fingers crossed) bad renditions of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ yet. Beginning life in the 1930s, it was built in Scotland and became …
Accommodation types: Boat   Museum
'12jun5
Bayside Marina  
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Minimalism meets reclaimed structures in a pretty Japanese harbor. Visionary architects, Yasutaka Yoshimura, have based their design for chic holiday cottages on ship’s containers. The containers are stacked on top of each other to create two floors. One end is all glass, and the walls are white to reflect light …
Accommodation types: Concept   Design
Location: Yokohama  Japan  East Asia
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Four Seasons  
Sultanahmet
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You are enjoying Four Seasons luxury in a unique building in the historic district of Istanbul - what could be better? This converted prison was built by the Ottomans in 1918 and has housed many dissident writers over the years. It has even appeared in the literature of the famous …
Accommodation types: Jail   Luxury
Location: Istanbul  Turkey  East Europe
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Emirates  
Palace
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Burj-al Arab Hotel was the first hotel to call itself ‘7 Star’. The Emirates Place is the second. I hear they are building an ‘8 Star’ hotel soon. It would take me a whole book to describe this place in detail - there’s so much to do. There is a …
Accommodation types: Beach   Luxury   Palace
'12may15
Aman  
Sveti Stefan
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Sveti Stefan is a fortified village built on an island connected to the Montenegro mainland by a thin causeway. It was originally a Muslim settlement built in the 15th century. When it became Christian, the 12 families living there fortified the village to protect it from the expansionist Ottoman Empire. …
Accommodation types: Beach   Island   Luxury
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Casa Kimball  
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Situated on a 48ft cliff jutting out into the Caribbean Sea, Casa Kimball is situated on 3 acres of lush property perfectly placed to catch the cooling Atlantic breezes while drenching itself in welcoming tropical sunshine. It is a single villa that can hold up to 18 guests and allows …
Accommodation types: Beach   Design   Luxury
'12may2
Salt  
& Sill
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Forget staying in a hotel by the sea. How about staying in one in the sea? Your room in this unique hotel is on a floating platform in the beautiful Swedish fjords. Each 2-story unit was built off-site and towed to Klädesholmen where each piece was permanently moored ready for …
Accommodation types: Boat   Floating
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Capsule Hotel  
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F.A.S.T (Free Architecture Surf Terrain) is an alternative surfing community that has a hostel, an all-summer beach party, and a number of ‘survival capsules’. These originally came from an off-shore oil rig and are now available to stay in. There are a few pods you can choose from, each with …
Accommodation types: Boat   Capsule
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Verana Hotel  
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The Verana Spa is carved into the lush jungle overlooking a beach that sits like a blessing next to the lazy ocean. Designed by Hollywood set designers, your sense of adventure is tingled from the moment the jungle parts to reveal the ‘primitive chic’ spa (you may want to play …
Accommodation types: Beach   Luxury   Remote
Location: Yelapa  Mexico  North America
'12mar9
Ikies  
Traditional Houses
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Ikies offers you the chance to stay in the traditional village houses of Oia on the Greek island of Santorini. Stunning little whitewashed domes with mosaic floors built on terraces carved from a cliff where the Mediterranean sea sings 1000 feet below. The Oia sunset is famous for its beauty …
Accommodation types: Luxury   Traditional
Location: Oia  Greece  East Europe