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The Icehotel Sweden in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
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The Icehotel is the world’s first and largest hotel built entirely out of snow and ice. The hotel is situated in a small village in Northern Sweden with 1,100 residents and 1,000 dogs. It is constructed from 1,000 tons of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of “snice,” a mixture of snow and ice that strengthens the structure.
Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya
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The Free Spirit Spheres on Vancouver Island, Canada
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Free Spirit Spheres, located near Qualicum Beach, is a popular rest stop among those visiting the central Vancouver area. Each room is an orb suspended within a canopy of coastal rainforest.
The Liberty Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts (Formerly the Charles Street Jail)
The Hằng Nga Guesthouse, or “Crazy House,” in Đà Lạt, Vietnam
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According to the Crazy House website, the premise of its architectural design is to avoid any “classical principles” of construction. The result is a landscape straight out of a Smurf’s bad acid trip.
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Saariselkä, Finland
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Besides the thrill of being buried alive in several feet of snow, these glass igloos offer front-row seats (or beds) to the fantastic aurora borealis.
The Gobi Discovery II Ger Camp Near Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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The Gobi Discovery II ger camp is a journey back in time within a traditional Mongolian ger, deep within Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park in southern Mongolia. The camp offers a chance to dive deep into Mongolian culture with camelback safaris, traditional Mongolian performances, and an opportunity to spend time with the nomadic locals.
Dihan Évasion in Ploemel, France
Marqués de Riscal Vineyard Hotel in Elciego, Spain
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The striking hotel at Marqués de Riscal was designed by architect Frank Gehry and offers a luxury experience in Spanish wine country. The hotel sits on the Marqués de Riscal winery, which is the oldest winery in the region.
The Capsule Inn Osaka in Osaka, Japan
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The Capsule Inn in Osaka, Japan, claims to be the world’s first capsule hotel, offering many of the same amenities as its full-sized competition, but with way more efficiency.
Houseboat Discovery in the Backwaters of Kerala, India
The Houseboat Discovery sails as part of the Malabar Escapes boutique hotel chain in the backwater channel system of Kerala, India. Within this traditional rice barge are all the amenities of a standard hotel room, as well as a boat captain, driver, service boy, and chef.
The Mirrorcube room at Treehotel in Harads, Sweden
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Vliegtuigsuite Teuge in Teuge, Netherlands
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The Masseria Torre Coccaro hotel in Fasano, Italy
The Masseria Torre Coccaro was built within an old fortified farmhouse dating back to the 18th century, but what is most unique about this lodge are the rooms, which occupy an ancient cave below the premises.