Are you looking to break the mould on your next holiday and experience something a little more unique and inspiring? Whether you’d love to get up close and personal with giraffes over breakfast, be at one with nature in a biological reserve or experience one of the most memorable nights in an igloo village under the stars, we’ve got five of our top unforgettable holiday experiences around the world to give you some inspiration.
Northern Lights, Finland
For a truly magical experience visit the Kakslauttanen Hotel and Igloo Village in winter when the glass igloos are surrounded by soft pristine snow. Snooze under a glass dome with a view of the stars and gaze at the northern lights visible from late August to late April. Those brave enough should book into the snow igloos for a unique experience, sleep in minus 3 to 6 whilst rugged up in a down sleeping bag. If you’re holidaying in larger groups the hotel offers log cabins with the added warmth of roaring fires and saunas.
Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
Situated in Nairobi, Giraffe Manor dates back to the 1930’s and is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The boutique hotel boasts art deco features and is set in 12 acres of private land which is surrounded by 140 acres of breathtaking forest in the heart of Africa. The hotel is full of character and this is made even more spectacular with the hotels’ breakfast and dinner guests – the Rothschild giraffes. Morning and evening you’ll find these beautiful creatures poking their heads into your room looking for a treat. The hotel welcomes all ages, so this is perfect for the family. Once you’ve fed the guests head over to the Giraffe Centre, home to the endangered giraffes, which has been set up as a breeding programme to ensure the future of these stunning creatures.
Huilo Huilo, Chile
Huilo Huilo is a nature reserve and ecotourism project set up in Chile dedicated to wildlife conservation. The reserve has a number of unique lodges for guests, including the Fungi Lodge shaped like a mushroom and hotel and spa set in the Patagonian Rainforest. Close by you can discover the volcano, waterfalls and Pirihueco Lake with thermal baths. Those looking for adventure should take advantage of the numerous excursions at the reserve; dare to zip line high above the rainforest, jump on a snowmobile over the Mocho Glacier, fly fish, trek or horseback ride through the forest. This is a unique experience in one of the world’s 200 eco regions protected for its contribution to world biodiversity.
Mira Mira, Victoria
If you’re looking for something close to home and steeped in fantasy, take the family to Mira Mira. The quirky retreat is set in 22 acres of bushland at the foothills of Mount Baw Baw 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. Mira Mira offers 3 unique experiences; select The Cave and sleep underground in an enchanting home that is full of natural light from the windows carved into the hillside. The Japanese Retreat, influenced by Kyoto Palace boasts stunning Japanese architecture and has been constructed around a serene pond. Lastly, Tanglewood in the enchanted forest allows you to enter another world, escape boundaries and ‘live in art’ in its unique sculpture.
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Live like royalty on your stay in Ashford Castle. This beautiful 5-star estate dates back to 1228 and was once lived in by the Guinness family. The classic interior, exquisite cuisine and range of sporting activities are perfect for a once in a lifetime experience for the family. With an equestrian centre, clay pigeon shooting, archery, fishing, boat cruises, horseback riding, golf and so much more you won’t want to leave this life of luxury.