February 5, 2024 | Sammy Tran

Unique Hotels Around the World


Unique Hotels Around the World

There are countless spectacular places around the world that most of us have never even heard of. Some are magical and deserve a top spot on every tourist’s bucket list.

These 7 truly unique destinations offer incredible resorts that are unlike any other. From dining with giraffes, to sleeping underwater, this list is worth the read when planning your next adventure. 

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Birds Nest Resort, China

Sanya Yalong Bay Earthly Paradise Bird’s Nest Resort, a top forest resort in the world, is situated in Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, facing the sea surrounded by mountains.

Guests will sleep high up in the trees with a view like no other.

Bird Nest Resort ChinaDmitrii Erekhinskii, Shutterstock

Birds Nest Resort: Accommodations

There are 210 villa guest rooms, which look like wooden bird’s nests smartly built in the tropical rainforest and on the sheer cliffs and steep mountains.

All buildings on the resort are built with rosewood and natural materials, and decorated with a plain and natural style, made to look like real bird houses (with luxury amenities inside).

Bird Nest Resort ChinaDmitrii Erekhinskii, Shutterstock

Birds Nest: Restaurants

There are three themed restaurants at the resort, all located at high altitudes.

The restaurants serve Western, Thai, and southeast Asian cuisine, with a variety of coffee, tea, wine, and other beverages.

Hotel Bird Nest Resort ChinaDmitrii Erekhinskii, Shutterstock

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Birds Nest: Amenities

Bird’s Nest Resort offers a spectacular luxury spa centering on self-cultivation coupled with stunning Forest, Mountain and Sea views.

It also offers an outdoor pool, a spa center, a fitness center, a child’s playground, a sun terrace, and more.

Bird Nest ResortJames Wheeler, Flickr

Birds Nest: Activities

There are also various hiking trails, a cultural discovery tour, and many amenities for weddings and honeymooners, and more.

Bird Nest ResortDmitrii Erekhinskii, Shutterstock

The Wigwam Motel, California

The Wigwam Motel is not exactly a luxury hotel, but it is a unique experience. Guests at the motel can stay in tee-pee like buildings while they enjoy the local amenities of the historically significant site.

The Wigwam Motel, CaliforniaMike Souza, Flickr

The Wigwam Motel: Accommodations

Guests can stay in tee-pee style buildings called Wigwams. Each wigwam has an electric door lock for safety, and comes with modern amenities such as room-side parking, free wifi, full sized bathroom, tv, mini-fridge, and AC/heat.

The Wigwam Motel, CaliforniaJamie, Flickr

The Wigwam Motel: Amenities

Amenities at the Wigwam Motel include an outdoor pool, free coffee and other beverages, and an on-site classic car collection to view.

Activities are limited as it is assumed guests will explore the local area attractions and restaurants.

The Wigwam Motel, CaliforniaChuck Coker, Flickr

Tapasoli Hotel, Mexico

Hotel Tapasoli is a charming boutique hotel that looks exactly like The Shire from Lord of the Rings. It's known as the Hobbit Hotel due to its hobbit-like lodging.

Hobbitland hotel in Moscow region, RussiaSergey Bezgodov, Shutterstock

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Tapasoli Hotel: Accommodations

The hotel offers burrow-style rooms, that can accommodate 2-4 persons. The amenities range based on room chosen, however most come with large beds, full bathroom, air conditioning, and a wood-burning fireplace.

The rooms are “inspired by nature and designed to make you feel like you are in a fairy tale.”

The Green Dragon Inn is the meeting place for all residents of Hobbiton Movie Set.Robert CHG, Shutterstock

Tapasoli Hotel: Restaurants

Tapasoli Hotel serves traditional Mexican cuisine made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. Guests can enjoy their meals on the terrace while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

The bar has a wide variety of cocktails and drinks prepared by expert mixologists, so you can enjoy a unique experience of flavors and aromas.

Mexican cuisineROMAN ODINTSOV, Pexels

Tapasoli Hotel: Activities

One of the most impressive features of Hotel Tapasoli is its garden, which is filled with exotic flowers and has a pond-style pool in the center.

Guests can also partake in guided tours of the area, and walk the local hiking trails that lead to spectacular waterfalls and canyons.

hobbit hotelHoneyLinn, Shutterstock

Hubertus Hotel, Italy

Hubertus Hotel is known as a place of peace, often referring to its location as being “between heaven and Earth”.

The resort is surrounded by unspoiled mountains amidst the Dolomite Alps in Italy—one of the world’s most beautiful mountain landscapes. But it is most known for its glass bottom infinity pool. 

Hotel HubertusA. Emson, Shutterstock

Hubertus Hotel: Accommodations

There are several suites available during both the summer and winter months. Some suites come with Jacuzzis and saunas, and all of them come with a panoramic view of the mountains.

They’re all equipped with luxury amenities, and can accommodate singles, couples, and families.

View of alpine museum and restaurant on snowy landscapePandora Pictures, Shutterstock

Hubertus Hotel: Activities

The activities at Hubertus are nothing short of amazing.

Amenities include: fitness center, various pools and saunas, cooking classes, a full-service, award-winning spa that is complete with an infinity pool with glass walls so you can see above, below, and beyond while you float.

senales hotel in alpssara lemoine, Pexels

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Hubertus Hotel: Activities

Activities include: Snow sports, hiking and mountaineering, cycling, golfing, farming, river rafting, horseback riding, paragliding, tennis and zip-lining on Europe's longest zipline.

river raftingcucushonok, Shutterstock

Hubertus Hotel: Restaurant

There are numerous places to eat at Hubertus Hotel, including one dining spot that offers a 5- to 6-course menu as well as unforgettable themed evenings that will take you from the high mountains of South Tyrol to the fertile coasts of Italy.

There is also an award-winning wine cellar that boasts over 300 different labels.

wine cellarFlorent Bertiaux, Pexels

Giraffe Manor, Africa

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, and is known as one of the most unique places to stay in the world. 

This hotel blends wildlife encounters with hospitality in the most magical way—herd of giraffes roam the grounds and poke their heads into windows looking for treats.

Giraffe Manor in KenyaDmitry Vozdvizhenskiy, Shutterstock

Giraffe Manor: Accommodations

Giraffe Manor offers a variety of lodges at their multiple locations in Africa. From rugged landscape views to breath-taking panoramas, each lodge has a unique environment with distinct features.

giraffe manor, africaVisiting Kenya, Flickr

Giraffe Manor: Amenities

Giraffe Manor offers courtyards, lounges, a full-service spa, a café, a fitness center, a steam room, and of course the giraffe sanctuary.

Giraffe Manor Nairobi KenyaMichael Otis, Shutterstock

Giraffe Manor: Activities

There are countless activities available at Giraffe Manor, with the most popular being breakfast with giraffes.

Other activities include: Various wildlife excursions, afternoon tea, horseback riding, hiking, and more.

giraffe manorAnastasia Slunkova, Shutterstock

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Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico

Naucalpan de Juárez is a unique looking condo that is rented out as an Airbnb. It resembles a large serpent that twists through the forest near Mexico City.

This unique-style building was features in Architectural Digest in 2022.

nido de quetzalcoatl, naucalpan snake hotelLiz Pichardo, Shutterstock

Naucalpan de Juárez: Accommodations

Naucalpan de Juárez is actually a collection of ten houses developed by the same architect. The complex is situated inside a natural ecosystem filled with trees, glens and wild fauna.

nido de quetzalcoatl, naucalpan snake hotelLiz Pichardo, Shutterstock

Naucalpan de Juárez: Amenities

Each house sleeps 10 people and is full equipped with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry room, and comes with complimentary bread, fruit, coffee and tea.

nido de quetzalcoatlLiz Pichardo, Shutterstock

Manta Resort, Tanzania

At Manta Resort you sleep in a room that is submerged underwater, and you can only get to it by speedboat.

Fish and sea creatures swim directly up to the large bedroom windows, making it an unforgettable and unique experience.

hotel on waterAsad Photo Maldives, Pexels

Manta Resort: Accommodations

The rooms at Manta Resort are fully submerged with above-living space on a private floating island.

Other accommodations are available and include private family villas which are not submerged, but sit beside the sea, and garden villas.

Maldives atoll resort view from airplanestigmatize, Shutterstock

Manta Resort: Amenities

The resort includes a stunning dining terrace, a full-service spa, a lounge, a beach bar, a large coral beach, a large outdoor pool, and more.

Woman standing near infinity poolAsad Photo Maldives, Pexels

Manta Resort: Activities

There are a number of activities to enjoy at Manta Resort, including, but not limited to: diving, fishing, mainland safaris, and various excursions both inland and on the ocean.

the manta resort , divingAndrea Izzotti, Shutterstock

Manta Resort: Restaurant

Manta Resort has an award-winning restaurant called The Seaview Restaurant.

Overlooking the ocean, the elevated terrace is where guests go to enjoy delicious Tanzanian cuisine which includes fresh seafood, beef, chicken, and vegan dishes.

The Seaview Restaurantyuichiro anazawa, CC BY 3.0 , Wikimedia Commons

Final Thoughts

These hotels are not your typical hotels, they offer a truly unique experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.

Ranging in price, there is something interesting for everyone. What’s next on your bucket list?

infinity pooljimmy teoh, Pexels