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The Most Unusual Hotels in the World

Hotel vouchers can take you deep into the weird and the wonderful. From sleeping suspended over death defying canyons to waking up with a giraffe peeping through your window, tongue in cheek sculptures, and palaces carved from salt – the world is brimming with funky hotels. For travelers tired of chain hotels, drab interior design, and service with barely a smile -these quirky spots across the far-flung globe lend a whole new meaning to the term experiential travel. Hereby an overview of the most unusual hotels in the world:

Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

Palacio de Sal

Sitting beneath a flurry of stars, atop Bolivia’s otherworldly Salar de Uyuni, the elegant Palacio de Sal embraces its dry desert surroundings. The entire building, from the soaring ceilings to the unique furnishings, is made from salt. It took a million salt bricks to make the staggering 30-room palace – complete with saunas, salt pools, and even a salt smooth golf course. When you aren’t gazing upon the splendor of salt, guests can take dreamy excursions across the mirror like flats that stretch on forever outside the door.

 

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

For travelers who hate the mornings, there is nothing that will cheer you up faster than a giraffe sticking its head through the window for a bite of toast. Giraffe Manor in Nairobi is perfectly placed for up close and rare encounters with the leggy creatures. A 1930’s manor house only a stone’s throw from the giraffe center means that every time you lift your head you will be treated with the sight of one of Africa’s most enigmatic animals. If you prefer tea and toast without one of the Big Five, our hotel gift vouchers cover plenty of places in Nairobi.

 

Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

The Quinta Real was once a place of blood and gore, heroes and villains, stamping and cheering – since then the 19th century Mexican bullring has been lovingly transformed into a glorious hotel. The last time a bull snorted here was back in 1975, but the ring is still intact- only now its empty and encircled by flickering lights, the sound of clinking glasses, and the hotels romantic restaurant and bar. Courtyards, original stone walls, and even the former bull pens have all been put to beautiful use.

 

Hotel CasAnus, Antwerp

Hotel CasAnus, Antwerp

Obscure, bizarre and not the spot for honeymooners seeking a romantic break; yes in Antwerp you can snooze inside a giant intestine. Art sculptor Joep Van Lieshout created the strange giant model of a human sphincter, the bemused and puzzled question as to why is yet to be unraveled. Still, if sleeping in replications of human organs is on your bucket list – Hotel CasAnus may be just the place to start. Expect more luxuries than you would usually find in an intestine – including a double bed, shower and toilet. Those who don’t want to sleep in a giant colon can use their hotel voucher to sleep in a four-poster bed instead.

 

Skylodge Adventure Suites

Skylodge Adventure Suites

Sleeping snuggled up above Sacred Valley of Peru sounds like a dream; but you may sleep a little fitfully once you realize your bed is suspended over the mountains edge. The Skylodge Adventure Suites are sublime glass capsules that hang over the ridge, boasting sublime views across Cuzco’s mystical and sweeping Sacred Valley. To get there you will need to hike the Via Ferrata or opt to swing to your destination through a series of intrepid ziplines. Once there, watch the changing light over the valley, sip wine and dine on a gourmet dinner. Some journeys are worth it…

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