The world is full of strange and beautiful things. And most of them don’t come with a five-star rating. Here’s presenting 5 quirky places to stay from around the world that are guaranteed to add some character to your trip. After all, why stay in the usual run-of-the-mill bed-and-breakfast when you can stay in an igloo instead?
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Ever fancied staying in an igloo? How about one with a roof made of glass? This family hotel, set in the Finnish Lapland, about 250 kms north of the Arctic Circle, provides glass and snow igloos for their guests to stay. The glass tops are for guests to view the spectacular Northern Lights that bathe the sky in a myriad of colours all through the months of November to April, right from the comfort of their hotel bed! A stay here is bound to be an experience you’ll be talking about for years.
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The Manta Underwater Room, Zanzibar
If you love the sea, you’ll love the Manta Underwater Room. Part of the Manta Resorts in Zanzibar, this room provides guests with their own floating suite located in the middle of the ocean, complete with a bedroom under the sea! Yep, you read that right: the guest bedroom is 13 feet under the sea and features two large windows from where you can gaze at the passing aquatic life! If you get tired of the deep blue sea, head upstairs to the floating upper decks to lounge in the sun and take in the beauty of the Indian Ocean.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
Set over 12 acres of private land, this sprawling property is one of Nairobi’s iconic hotels: mostly because here, you can feed the giraffes right from your bedroom window! The hotel and its adjoining Giraffe Centre is home to several endangered Rothschild’s giraffes, who happily wander around the lawns, and even sneak their heads in from the windows to ask for breakfast-table tidbits! Now, is there a more perfect way to kindle your kid’s love for nature?
Fairy Chimney Inn, Cappadocia, Turkey
Ever fancied living like a caveman? Take a trip back in time at the Fairy Chimney Inn, located in the heart of Cappadocia. A large part of the hotel is carved out of the ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations that Cappadocia is famous for. What’s more, the rooms were originally part of a 1500-year-old Byzantine cave monastery. Talk about character!
This unique concept hotel captures the very essence of ‘quirky’. A love letter to design in all its bizarre and aesthetic glory, this four-storeyed hotel has 29 rooms, each of which is designed in avant-garde style by leading architects and designers of Singapore. Each floor features a theme, and the room styles range from pantone (featuring a single bright colour) and mono (featuring black and white art) to the more eclectic (ASCII room, Red Spaceship, Treehouse). Surely a must-visit for lovers of art and adventure.
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