Secret hotels of the world: bunkers, airships and dens (21 photos)

8 July 2024
Category: traveling, 0+

If you prefer a secluded holiday away from the tourist-crowded beaches, then you definitely cannot resist these hotels. They all appear in the new British show The World's Best Secret Hotels, which is dedicated to "exploring the most hidden and remote hotels on the planet, from underwater hideouts to lonely desert cottages, from cliff dwellings to treetop huts."

1. Caerwenfor Cottage, Wales. Stone cottage in the rocks formed more than 500 million years ago.

2. False bunker, Monmouthshire, Wales. A World War II bunker built to throw German bombers off the scent of nearby strategic targets. Now it is a luxurious, elite hotel.

3. Burgh Island Hotel, Devon, England. When it first opened in 1929, the hotel attracted the cream of 1920s society: its famous clients included Earl Mountbatten of Burma, playwright Noel Coward and aviator Amy Johnson. Today, guests come here to enjoy the glamor of Art Deco. However, maintaining the operation of this hotel is not an easy task, especially since it depends on the daily tides...

4. Hotel Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Matera, Italy. This ancient clifftop settlement is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth. The hotel is located in caves dug to a depth of 30 meters, and is distinguished by “monastic simplicity”: no TVs, minibars or electricity, and candles are used for lighting.

5. Tree hotel, Harads village, Swedish Lapland. Below is one of the seven structures that make up the tree hotel. The program tells why and how these “completely different forest wonders” were built.

6. Shinta Mani Wild Hotel, Cambodia. This hotel is a complex of 15 tents deep in the wilderness and is only accessible after a three-hour drive from Phnom Penh. The hotel can only be reached by a 400 meter long cable car.

7. Windmill in Cley, Norfolk, England. A luxurious hotel steeped in history with ten rooms, where world-famous stars have stayed more than once.

8. Hotel Jumbo Stay, Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden: This is the world's first hotel in a Boeing 747. The largest passenger aircraft ever built at the time of its inception, it was decommissioned in 2002 and opened as a hotel with 32 rooms. in 2009.

9. Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador. This hotel is set in 17,000 hectares of tropical forest at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. Construction was a logistical challenge, not least because the architects were trying to preserve the unique habitat and create an eco-hotel so visitors could experience the beauty of the area.

10. Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel, Jordan. An unusual complex of transparent “bubble” tents that resemble spaceships on Mars rather than luxury accommodation in the desert. Food and supplies have to be transported here across 330 kilometers of arid desert once a week, and water is delivered every day in extreme heat from a distance of ten kilometers.”

11. Denend Dairy Farm, Aberdeenshire, Scotland: A secluded boutique hotel in a place where farm workers came to harvest barley for centuries.

12. Arctic resort Kakslauttanen, Urho Kkonen National Park, Finnish Lapland. The resort is spread over a huge area of ​​six and a half square kilometers and consists of private houses scattered throughout the forest. These are 65 state-of-the-art arctic glass igloos with panoramic views of the northern lights.

13. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada. Deep in the undergrowth, on a five-acre site, lies a unique hotel made of balloons suspended from trees. For owner and designer Tom, a former energy engineer and boat builder, these areas are a marriage of treehouse and sailboat technologies.

14. TWA Hotel, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. This hotel is hidden away among the hustle and bustle of JFK Airport. Its interiors harken back to the jet-era spirit of the 1960s with a 21st-century twist.

15. Garveaux House, Kinbrace Village, Sutherland, Scotland. It is the most remote hotel on mainland Britain, making it particularly challenging to manage. The fact that it is completely cut off from the national power and water grid only makes it more difficult.

16. Kolabryn Eco Lodge, Skinskatteberg, Sweden. The hotel is described as "a rustic resort of 12 hobbit-like huts that are replicas of those built by the charcoal people back in the 1800s." This primitive resort has no electricity or running water. Guests are shown how to light a fire for cooking and pump water for showers.

17. Harlingen Harbor Crane Hotel, Netherlands. It was originally a working crane and was used until 1996 to unload timber cargo from Scandinavia. The “hotel” is 17 meters high and consists of one bedroom, living room and kitchen. The only room that hasn't changed is the control room, where guests can rotate the faucet 360 degrees to choose the view - be it the Wadden Sea or the bustling city of Harlingen.

18. Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort, Oman. Stunning $52 million five-star minimalist hotel disguised as landscape.

19. Airship, Drimnin, Scotland. Drimneen is one of the most westerly points of the British mainland, with the nearest town a five-hour round trip drive. So this mini-hotel is “the best refuge for those who want to escape from civilization.”

20. Glacier Hotel Grawand, Val Senales, Italy. In Italy, at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters above sea level, on the top of a glacier, Glacier Hotel Grawand is located - a real Mecca for ski lovers and tourists in search of adrenaline. This is the highest hotel in Europe, and every inch of this alpine-style hotel has been designed with the view in mind.

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