06 February 2020
When it comes to luxury hotels, no two rooms are quite the same, but there are some that stand out from the crowd for their unique design features and enticing characteristics that make us stop and take notice. Here is a selection of our favourite cool and quirky luxury accommodation options from around the world.
It’s highly likely that every hotel room you’ll ever sleep in will have at least four walls. But that wouldn’t be the case during a stay at Jade Mountain Saint Lucia. Accommodation here has been designed with just three walls, meaning all 24 sanctuaries and five sky suites feature a breathtaking view of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea where a wall would usually be.
With 15-foot high ceilings, the sanctuaries’ open plan layout creates grand sweeping spaces where the bedroom, living area and private infinity pool all glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature.
“The architecture and experience of Jade Mountain is unique and definitely looks fitting for a James Bond villain. The view of the Pitons is magical and especially as night falls when you can see Venus shining brightly over the top.”
Alex, Travel Counsellor
Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a bird’s nest high up in the trees? Well, wonder no more because Keemala in Phuket satisfies that curiosity with its bird’s nest pool villas.
There’s more to this cuckoo accommodation than just leaves and twigs though – each of the eight 185m² villas comes with an oversized king-size bed, luxurious bathroom amenities, expansive bathroom with monsoon shower, a private pool and outdoor sun deck.
The villas’ interwoven bird’s nest design was inspired by the Rung-Nok Clan which craved a look that signified exclusivity. Comprising artists, musicians, astrologers, philosophers and poets, this secretive clan believed that the future could be predicted from astrology and would bathe under the moonlight with the belief that their souls would be replenished, thus the inspiration for these beautiful private pool villas.
Keemala’s other accommodation options are equally intriguing with tree houses, tent pool villas and clay pool cottages throughout the resort.
Glamping has gathered enough popularity in recent years to earn a place in the Oxford English Dictionary. Elephant Hills - Thailand’s first luxury tented camp - has been finessing the concept of glamorous camping since the start of the Millenium, giving them ample opportunity to perfect things and we can certainly assent to them having done so.
The resort brings African-style safari tents to the unique environment of Khao Sok, with its lush evergreen tropical rainforest, and the result doesn’t fail to impress. Tents come with wooden floors, electricity (solar and wind sourced) and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and western-style toilet, while mosquito nets ensure accommodation remains bug-free
A stay here means you’ll be lying in a proper, super comfortable bed, surrounded by one of the world’s oldest rainforests, lulled to sleep by the sounds of the jungle and the many birds, amphibians and insects that inhabit it.
Located off the scenic island of Medhufaru, Soneva Jani’s water villas come with everything anyone would need for a luxurious and memorable stay including a walk-in minibar, wine cellar, outdoor bathroom, private pool, gym, television lounge, retractable roofs, sun loungers a children's sleeping area and even a water slide. That’s right, guests here can zoom from the upper deck of their villa straight into the glistening turquoise waters of a picturesque lagoon.
You can also get up-close and personal with the fish without getting your toes wet as the villas feature sunken seating areas in the open plan living room with a glass bottom, perfect for admiring the marine life.
Forget gazing at the fishes, how about sleeping amongst them? At Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, located on the beautiful Palm Island, you can do just that.
This dazzling home to the stars boasts a signature Underwater Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out upon the majestic Ambassador Lagoon towards the ancient ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis.
It is one of the city’s most opulent contemporary hotels, no mean feat considering Dubai’s lavish accommodation options and reputation. Elsewhere on the hotel’s grounds, you can soak up an unparalleled view of the famous Dubai skyline, while more than 20 restaurants can serve up whatever kind of cuisine you’re hungry for. Check out the sensational suites in the clip below.
“Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm is a truly magical and amazing place - a real treat for anyone of any age. The hotel can be very busy with the Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers being open to the public, but hotel guests get complimentary access. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the Imperial Club Level, where you’ll enjoy unlimited access to the Imperial Lounge for breakfast and light snacks and drinks throughout the day, and full use of the sauna and jet pool facilities.”
Kay, Travel Counsellor
Space really is the final frontier in this astronomy-themed suite. If guests at the adults-only five-star Iberostar Grand Portals Nous somehow tire of admiring the stunning sea view, there’s a modern telescope on hand to contemplate the secrets of the Majorcan skies.
Stargazing novices can receive a free introduction on how to use the telescope, and those wanting to take it further, a premium visit to the Astronomy Observatory of Majorca can be organised.
Even on a cloudy night, guests can still gaze up at the stars thanks to the constellation, recreated with Swarovski crystals, which adorns the ceiling. The rest of the room is a universe of stellar touches and comfort with a chaise longue, special lamps and a private bathroom.
Elsewhere around the Iberostar Grand Portals Nous, there’s the super-relaxing Spa Suite, featuring a private sauna, and the Games Suite, which comes with a pinball machine, table football, a video games console connected to a 48-inch television and a personal golf putting green out on the terrace.
Experience these quirky rooms for yourself by contacting your Travel Counsellor today and taking advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.