Perhaps you’d like to stay in the Mirrored Cube. The Bird’s Nest. Or maybe, the UFO? Each uniquely contemporary dwelling at Sweden’s Treehotel is perched in – you guessed it – trees, enveloped in the serenity that is unspoiled nature. Sustainably designed by some of Scandinavia’s leading architects, these “treerooms” are suspended 4-6 meters above the ground with dreamy views of the Lule River – plus modern details like Wi-Fi and underfloor heating. What seems so simple has become a destination for design aficionados worldwide, and a bucket-list stop for travelers who want to try something totally new.
Hotel Palacio de Sal
Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat (think: thousands of miles of hardened white salt) – and Hotel Palacio de Sal, located on its banks, only adds to the natural wonder. This Certificate of Excellence-winner is built entirely of salt, from the walls to the ceilings to the furniture, with an observation deck to watch the sunset. If you’re looking for an entirely unexpected approach to luxury, this is it.
Talk about reinventing itself. Located in Northern Sweden, the Travelers’ Choice-winning Icehotel is rebuilt every year using snow and ice. That’s right – the entire hotel, from the beds to the chapel, is constructed of snow and ice sourced from the local village of Jukkasjarvi. How does one sleep in a bed made of ice, you ask? That’s where the polar-tested sleeping bags come in. (Also worth noting that warm rooms are available, featuring bathrooms with heated stone floors.)
Say hello to the world’s first Hobbit-inspired motel! Taking a cue from Lord of the Rings (if that wasn’t already obvious), Woodlyn Park’s accommodations are primarily subterranean – with the added options of converted freighter plane, express train car and 5-suite ship in case you’d rather sleep above ground. As one TripAdvisor traveler puts it, “This was one of the most memorable accommodations that I’ve ever stayed at!”
Huilo Huilo Montana Magica Lodge
A man-made “volcano” structure covered entirely in living forest, Huilo Huilo Montana Magica Lodge looks straight out of central casting for a Brothers Grimm tale. But this Certificate of Excellence-winning luxury retreat, tucked deep into the Southern Andes, is 100% real life – and TripAdvisor travelers can’t get enough. While the location may be remote, you won’t be left in want for things to do: “There were so many amenities – indoor/outdoor pool, spa, sauna, hiking trails, restaurants, game rooms – it was so awesome!” says one traveler.