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The Most Unusual Hotels in the World

21st August 2013

Many hotels all over the world are opting for new and creative ways to present lodging to guests. Steering away from the norm, these hotels have used unusual environments to offer guests a completely unique experience. From hotel suites made from old railway trains to cosy guestrooms hidden inside a giant elephant, it may be bizarre but it certainly proves that today’s hotels come in all shapes and sizes. Here are five of the most unusual hotels in the world.


The Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht, South Korea

Sun Cruise Resort Image courtesy of Korea Tourism Organisation

Perched on top of a seaside cliff in Jeongdongjin, is the unusual Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht. Unlike regular boats, this large cruise ship won’t be sailing the high seas any time soon, but rather is a permanent fixture. Guests can hop onboard this luxury ship and experience a cruise holiday - without any motion sickness. One of the country’s top tourist destinations, this hotel is home to a large swimming pool, restaurant, karaoke bar, wedding hall, fitness club, volleyball court and even a netted golfing range. There are 211 rooms complete with porthole windows offering sea views and with sounds of waves playing over the loudspeakers; you may actually feel as though you are out at sea.


Kumbuk River Eco, Sri Lanka

Kumbuk River

Nestled amongst 16 acres of pristine nature right on the banks of a beautiful river, Kumbuk River Eco is a peaceful haven for nature lovers. This unusual eco lodge gives guests the opportunity to sleep inside the belly of a giant 40 foot hairy elephant. This two storey wonder is made entirely of wood and straw and consists of two large bedrooms and spacious lounge and living areas. Spend your holiday exploring the lush surrounds keeping an eye out for real elephants and other wildlife, take a refreshing river bath, go bird watching or enjoy the mini adventure course complete with ziplines and a sky bridge. You can taste delicious authentic Sri Lankan cuisine at the lodge’s onsite kitchen.


Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica

Costa Verde

Situated in Manuel Antonio, Hotel Costa Verde offers a spectacular tropical escape. Guests can experience an overnight stay in a fully outfitted two bedroom Boeing 727 jet. Set amongst a jungle canopy, the plane is perched on a 50 foot pedestal offering scenic ocean views. Inside you’ll find hard carved Indonesian furniture adorning the bedrooms plus two bathrooms, dining area, kitchenette and a stunning ocean view terrace. This is the perfect spot to enjoy surfing, fishing, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking or parasailing.


Featherbed Railroad Caboose Bed and Breakfast, California

Featherbed Railroad

This award winning bed and breakfast is situated on the shore of Clear Lake in Northern California’s Lake County. Relish the opportunity to stay in one of nine antique railroad cabooses, each individually themed and decorated. Each caboose is set in the spectacular park like surrounds overlooking the beach and pier. Enjoy a sumptuous hearty breakfast each morning before spending the day boating, fishing, antique shopping or discovering the world class wineries in the area. There’s a myriad of nature walks to enjoy or simply relax and unwind in your own private Jacuzzi tub.


The Boot, New Zealand

The Boot

The Boot is a unique luxury bed and breakfast found in the heart of the Tasman region on New Zealand’s South Island. Bringing a fairytale fantasy to life, romantics can stay in a giant two storey boot amidst a grove of hazelnut trees. This cute cottage features a lounge area with an open fire, a kitchenette and a spiral staircase that leads to the beautiful bedroom. Relax in your private courtyard or make the most of your Juliet balcony with views across the gardens and pond. A tasty breakfast will be delivered to your door each morning.