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For most of us, going on a holiday simply means that we take a few days off from work and relax at home, or go for a vacation with our friends/family and have a good time. Spice it up a little and go for the unknown!

Visit these superbly engineered hotels and have a uniquely serene vacation:

1. Ascher Cliff, Switzerland

Switzerland is a country with postcard views all around and this tiny hotel built within a cliff will definitely make you awe. Ascher Guesthouse is located next to the Wildkirchli caves and below the Ebenalp cliff.

This uber cool guesthouse has several rooms with large mattresses that are designed in such a manner that you can throw your sleeping bag on them. It’s that simple and yet so breathtaking to lay back and rest awhile, taking a break from hiking. The mind-blowing view below more than makes up for the not so fancy interiors.

It is located in the tiny nook of the mountain and can serve as a great place to rest after an exhausting day of hiking.

Charges- 116Euros per person per night.

2. Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

Blow off some steam by staying in this glass igloo hotel which is located in Saariselkä Fell area of Finnish Lapland. Take your spouse and experience the cozy and warm ambience of this amazingly engineered hotel.

The igloos are made from thermal glass that keep guests warm in Arctic conditions. All “rooms” have luxury beds and a private toilet. It also has the world’s largest smoke sauna.

Guests can rent skis, Nordic walking sticks and snow shoes. The staff is available to arrange husky and reindeer safaris, along with ice fishing, if you still need more adventure!

Charges- 197Euros per person per night.

3. The Manta Resort, Zanzibar

The Manta Resort lies on the remote northwestern tip of Pemba Island, on a pretty white beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Pemba Channel. Book an underwater bedroom and enjoy a splendid getaway in Zanzibar.

Imagine this- you are living inside a transparent blue bubble while schools of reef fish swim by you. This is the breathtaking experience that awaits you in the underwater room!

The resort is located around a large open-planned relaxation area that welcomes you to the sea.

Charges- $720 per person per night.

4. Panchoran Retreat, Bali

Bali is very popular for its spas, natural therapy and various relaxing services that help you unwind and forget your stressful life for a while. Located in a forest, close to Ubud in Bali-Indonesia is the breathtaking Panchoran Retreat. It is a natura inspired retreat, so much so that it becomes almost impossible to distinguish the interior from exterior!

It is said that only recycled materials were used to create this haven. This private getaway has six houses, all with enchanting views of the valley.

Charges- 225Euros per person per night.

5. Katikies Hotel-Oia, Greece

Pearl white surroundings and crystal clear blue waters; a sky so clear that you can just keep gazing at it, cool breeze and a picturesque view; what else do you need on your vacation? One of Greece’s best luxury hotels, Katikies is located on the steep caldera rim in Oia.

It’s a heavenly place for couples and is particularly popular with honeymooners due to its oh so romantic ambience and purity. The whole resort is painted white and has some superb architecture with its quaint stairs and little bridges. The bedrooms are carved in like a cave.

Charges- $700 per person per night.

6. Ice Hotel, Sweden

The Ice Hotel is a winter wonderland. If you love snow angels, snowflakes, playing with ice cones, this is the place for you.You can find a variety of rooms, ranging from Snow Rooms to Art Suites. All the rooms have stunning ice sculptures and are enhanced with amazing lighting all around, making them glow.

It is open from mid-December to mid-April, before it melts back into the River Torne. And if you want to see how it is built, you can visit it in early January.

Charges- 150Euros per person per night.

7. Dedon Island Resort, Philippines

If you want to escape the modern world and leave behind all your worries back home, go visit the elegant Siargao Island and stay at Dedon Island Resort.

Siargao Island is located in the South- eastern Shoreline of the Philippines, facing the Pacific Ocean. Dedon Island Resort is a small piece of art that is tucked in a little corner of the island sandwiched between a lagoon that is naturally decorated with white sand beaches and mangroves giving the borders in the rain forest hills.

You can do island excursions, deep sea fishing and offshore surfing amongst some of the cool activities here.

Charges- 100Euros per person per night.

8. Astarte Suites Hotel, Greece

Greece is a city for the hopelessly romantic at heart. Sitting pristine on the volcanic rock of Santorini, Astarte has suites with stunning views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea, a sea that is historically renowned to draw lovebirds.

The place is a heaven for romantic getaways and has built-in beds all around. They all open out to a private terrace overlooking the volcano.

There is free Wi-Fi too. But who needs that when you have a breath taking view in front of you all the time!

Charges- 190Euros per person per night.

9. Villa Escudero, Philippines

The waterfall restaurant in The Villa Escudero Resort of San Pablo City in the Philippines offers a one of a kind experience for guests to get up close and personal with a roaring waterfall while enjoying their lunch!

The waterfall restaurant is located at the foot of the Labasin Falls where guests can enjoy local cuisine at handmade bamboo tables cool spring water in sprinkling all around them. You can also lie against the water wall and get a quick massage or a bath!

Be sure you do not wear your best clothes at this place because they WILL get wet!

Charges- 130Euros per person per night.

10. Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island

Maldives is a popular honeymoon destination and this chain of hotels is the best place to romance under the water! Get to this island on a sea plane and experience a wonderland of manta rays, dolphins and other sea animals.

This place is a foodie’s dream as the resort is the home to some world-class dining. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the only all-glass undersea restaurant in the world.

Spas, submarines, snorkeling, name it and you have it!

Charges- 625Euros per person per night.

11. Aqua Dome, Austria

About 35,000 tourists visit Aqua Dome each year for its superb Austrian landscape and a mind-blowing view. It also houses the only thermal spa in the country.

It is in a cone-like shape, it will make you feel like you are living on top of a mountain and yet, enoying the luxury of a five star hotel.

Charges- 255Euros per person per night.

12. Treehouse Point Hotel, Seattle

Located in the middle of dense forest and still just a 35 minute drive from the city of Seattle, The Treehouse Point is a teeny-tiny bread and breakfast that will transport you back to the tree houses of your childhood.

The treehouse is weatherproof and you can find the comforts of soft beds, delicious food and calm ambience here. The homemade pastries are a specialty here.

There are four typesof rooms to choose from – Trillium, Temple of the blue moon, Upper Pond and Nest.

Charges- 120Euros per person per night.

13. Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The absolutely stunning Four Seasons Bora Bora is THE place to stay at Mount Otemanu. You can rent a villa or a bungalow and live in a luxurious reverie of private pools, super soft beds and your own iPod docking station!

It is surrounded by tropical forests all around and you can indulge in all kinds of water sports like snorkeling, paddle boating and kayaking.

French, Asian and Polynesian cuisines are famous here.

Charges- 1130Euros per person per night.

14. Hotel Parador de Ronda, Spain

Located in the center of the town, the hotel was renovated from the Town Hall back in 1761. It has a spectacular view of the deep valley that surrounds it. It may seem remote and out-dated at first but they provide all kinds of modern facilities and services inside this architectural masterpiece.

It looks like a fort from below and even though it is situated in a steep valley, it’s pretty easy for tourists to reach there. The vast view of the Andalucía stretch and the breath-taking 400feet drop to the river below will certainly keep you busy on your trip to this hotel.

Charges- 180Euros per person per night.

15. Taj Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

The wonder of the Middle-East, the Taj Palace in Marrakech has been extensively showcased in the popular Hollywood movie Sex and the City -2. It is as lush and beautiful as depicted in the movie.

It is located in the luxurious Palmeraie of Marrakech and the services offered there will definitely make you feel like a royal yourself! You get your own chauffeurs and butlers; the furniture is out of a middle eastern fairytale; ceilings so high they seem unreachable, the halls and railings covered in gold.

Charges- 1091Euros per person per night.

Make your holiday truly special by opting for one of these hotels. They are cool, they are different and they are gorgeous; for those perfect holiday photographs and a truly rejuvenating experience. Rent a tree house or drown yourself in luxury, stay under water or amidst beautiful valleys. Take your pick and get set to boost your holiday memory repertoire!


Komal Jain is an IT professional during day and a writer at all other times. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, but she tries to ignore it and finds peace and purpose in writing. Travelling, eating, and writing is what she basically wants to do her life.
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