Meet the World’s Most Exotic Hotels

September 13, 2017 0 0

On the hunt for the best hotels in the world to visit? Hanging gardens in the middle of the jungle, glass igloos in the Arctic Circle, and underwater suites with coral reef vistas are just some of the amazing destinations to be found across the globe. Happily, global travelers will also find that luxuries about: Marble baths and plush beds can be found in many of the below selections, as can five-star spas, ocean (or river or forest) views, and personalized tour guides. But in addition to typical, amenities, you’ll also find that each of these selections (among some of the best hotels in the world to taken in) features at least one unexpected – and terrific – experience worth traveling for. Here are ten of the top destinations around the globe you’ll want to add to your bucket list.


     Hanging Gardens          Hotel Kakslauttanen             Conrad Maldives                           Ice Hotel

Name Location Description
Hanging Gardens of Bali Resort Payangan, Indonesia Located in the heart of the jungle outside Ubud, this resort boasts an almost magical atmosphere, with both breathtaking views and luxurious accommodations to savor. Besides its posh spas and gourmet dining options, the resort also boasts a two-tiered swimming pool that’s world-renowned.
Posada de Miku Rapu Lodge at Rapa Nui Easter Island, Chile By day, you can explore the exotic Moai statues of Easter Island, by night you can enjoy world-class luxury in Latin America’s first LEED-certified hotel. This posh lodge was designed to mimic the way the statues are set upon the island, with flowing space and artisan craftsmanship. All suites boast an ocean vista too.
Hotel Kakslauttanen SaariIselkä, Finland


This Arctic Circle resort boasts some of the finest views of the Northern Lights. You can enjoy plush accommodations here to enjoy them in lodge-style chalets, or cuddle up in a two-person, glass igloo. For maximum entertainment value, stay in a lodge-igloo combo with its own sauna and fireplace, and experience the best hospitality Lapland has to offer.
The Manta Resort Pemba Island, Africa Sleep with the fishes–literally–at the Underwater Room at the Manta Resort. This tri-level lodging boasts a roof for sunbathing, a lounge and bathroom on the main level, and an underwater bedroom with windows offering 360-degree views of the water and its wildlife.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island If the Underwater Room at the Manta Resort is booked, try dining at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives, the world’s only all glass, undersea restaurant instead. Visit, and you can watch schools of fish swim over you as you sip some fine wine. The rest of the resort’s not shabby, either, with its luxury villas, spas, and water sports to take in.
Attrap’ Reves Multiple Locations, France Looking for an out of the ordinary escape? You can sleep in a continuously-air-blown bubble in Southern France. It’s the ultimate glamping experience, with telescope-included special packages. Each bubble boasts its own private road, and there are four different bubble hotels from which to choose.
Belmond Hotel Caruso Amalfi Coast, Italy Once an 11th Century palace, now a luxury hotel set on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, the Belmond Hotel Caruso spares no luxury. With balconies overlooking the Mediterranean, terraced gardens and an infinity pool as azure as the sea below, it’s no surprise it’s a favorite celebrity hangout. As an added bonus, the hotel’s also kid-friendly, with babysitting services, kiddie activities, and child-friendly menus available to boot.
San Ysidro Ranch Santa Monica, Calif. Yeah, Jackie and John F. Kennedy did honeymoon here in Santa Barbara, but this resort’s also kept up with the times. Yoga? Check. Pet privileges? Check. Kid activities? Check again. You can also count more than 40 private cottages and hideaways with ocean views, and fireplaces among the amenities.
Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort Quezon, Philippines Originally a coconut plantation, this resort boasts bamboo rafting, a private antiquities museum, and plenty of luxe accommodations with riverfront views. It also has a waterfall restaurant, where you can dine right in the foot of the falls.
Ice Hotel Jukkasjärvi, Sweden Every year, this hotel is rebuilt with ice – and you can sleep on an ice bed (complete with reindeer hides and a thermal sleeping bag), drink from ice cups, etc. Happily, this surreal but unusual experience within the Arctic Circle also boasts “warm” rooms – or year-round rooms that are made from more standard materials, which you can visit and stay in when the snow’s not falling.

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Jeanette Hurt

Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. She's written for, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast,, and dozens more publications.

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