Is a space defined by its structure, or by its purpose, or by its occupants? We look at a bunch of atypical living spaces in search of the right answer.
When you look for places to visit and places to stay in, what are you most interested in? Comfort, luxury, views, service or an exotic element? If ‘unusual’ is what you are looking for, then you have arrived on the right page. Here you will find some of the world’s coolest destinations that inspire awe and adventure.
Life in a bubble
Attrap’Rêves is a family company founded in February 2010 and in the same month it installed its first bubble in Allauch. The bubble is a living space that takes the idiom of ‘living in a bubble’ to another level. Designed as an eco-friendly tourist place, the Attrap’Rêves’ bubble offers an opportunity for you to spend time amidst nature under the stars in a luxurious environment. A Attrap’Rêves complex has only six bubbles at a privileged site, which makes it a truly unique experience.
There is a private path leading up to each bubble thereby ensuring complete privacy for the occupants. The bubbles are designed entirely with recyclable materials and have low power consumption. Even the meals here are served on biodegradable meal trays. The quick setting up and disassembly of the bubble has minimum impact on the environment. The other amenities include private sanitation units, private parking, telescope and a star chart, dynamo lanterns and catered meals.
There are various suites such as Chic and Design, 1001 Bubbles, Glamour, Zen and Love Nature. The bubbles are available at Allauch, La Bouilladisse, Puget Ville, Montagnac Montpezat and Forcalquier.
Coeur d’Alene Resort, the ‘Playground of the Pacific Northwest’ is a beautiful place that sits surrounded by a pristine lake and serene mountains. Resort’s 17-story Lake Tower rises above downtown Coeur d’Alene at the edge of the beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. Each room in the resort offers a window into the picturesque landscape of Idaho. The Resort offers mid-size accommodation to suit every kind of traveller, with economical options in its North Tower. It is a good option for corporate meetings/events and destination weddings.
The resort has a well-manicured golf course with an extension in the middle of the lake that can be reached with a boat.
The guest rooms in the resort are exquisite, featuring state-of-the-art amenities such as sound proofing, elevated beds, spacious bathrooms, widescreen LCD flat-panel television and high-speed internet access. All this contribute in providing the guests with an upscale residential atmosphere. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is also pet friendly. The service at the Resort ensures an enjoyable stay for each and every guests with the picture perfect landscape adding to the fun and adventure.
If your idea of an ideal holiday is a location that’s cool, head for the Igloo-Village. Created by Adrian Gunter who erected the first Igloo Village in Scuol in 1996/97, the Igloo-Village now runs across seven destinations Igloo-Village Davos-Klosters, Engelberg, Gstaad, Stockhorn, Zermatt, Zugspitze and Andorra.
The makers of Igloo-Village are more aware than anyone else about the impact of climactic changes. Although these igloos are built at high altitudes, high priority is placed on sustainability and conservation of resources.
Igloo-Villages are created and dissembled every winter. The group of igloos comprising the Igloo-Village is interconnected with tunnels. From bar and restaurant to entertainment areas, you will find everything under one roof there. With careful attention to detail, international artists decorate the interior spaces thereby enhancing the fantasy world of snow.
The guest rooms are equipped with cosy sleeping bags and they come in variations such as romantic suite, hot-igloo, love nest, star-igloo, island, et al. The Igloo-Village comes equipped with a wellness room while the romantic suite has a private Jacuzzi. A holiday spent at Igloo-Village also affords opportunities to try adventure sports like skiing and bungee jumping.
We are sure the Igloo-Village answers your need to do something unusual at one of the most unusual destinations on our planet.
Sky’s the limit
Take a flight to Cusco city in Peru, proceed to Sacred Valley and take the ascent up to the Skylodge Adventure Suite. And now get ready to experience the most ethereal adventure of your lifetime.
At Natura Vive Skylodge Adventure Suites you can sleep within a completely transparent hanging bedroom that allows you to appreciate the impressive view of the Sacred Valley by night surrounded by the Milky Way. Now, if that isn’t simply awesome, then what is?
It’s a unique way of sharing a mountain experience with all those who harbour an adventurous streak. Each module of Skylodge Adventure Suite has four beds, a dining area and private bathroom, made of aero space aluminium and high resistance polycarbonate. Each module measures 24 ft in length and 8 ft in height and width.
There are six windows and four ventilation ducts to the suite, which is equipped with solar panels that powers interior lighting. Each module has a private bathroom separated from the bedroom by an insulating wall, within which is a dry ecological toilet and sink, where you can still enjoy the gorgeous views through the 1.8 meter diameter dome.
A maximum of eight people can be hosted in the suites, with four people per suite. The three other adventure sites that Natura Vive has are Luna, Silves and Miranda. Check in at Skylodge Adventure Suites and taste the thrill of mountain life in a new unique way.
Songs of nature
The tagline for Song Saa Private Island reads ‘luxury that treads lightly’. And true to these words, the private island lies secluded in the magnificent seascape of the Gulf of Thailand. One of Cambodia’s islands, Song Saa deserted oases of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches. As Cambodia’s first luxury private island resort, everything about Song Saa proclaims exclusiveness and exquisiteness.
Rory and Melita Hunter, the founders of Song Saa, have set new standards for sustainability, community development and luxury accommodation. The Resort features luxury Over-Water, Jungle and Ocean-View villas built with sustainable materials. A world-class restaurant and lounge lies at the heart of the resort. Other highlights of the place include an infinity pool, spa and wellness sanctuaries, yoga and meditation centres, water sports, ecological excursions and an exclusive island boutique.
You can spend your time indulging in the varied activities the resort has such as scuba diving, speed boating, kayak mangrove tour and Song Saa sanctuaries.
Song Saa offers a safe haven for those seeking pleasure, luxury and utmost privacy. The unpopulated beaches and the secluded resort can take you away from the mundane realities of life and elevate you to higher realms of completeness.
Tree top view
What kind of image does the word tree house evoke in your mind? Is it one of a dilapidated yet exciting structure made of wooden boards up on a tree in your backyard? Well, look at these images and think again. Treehotels have changed the very idea of a tree house and reinterpreted it to suit luxurious contemporary accommodations.
Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport in Sweden. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river as the hotel is located amidst untouched nature.
Inspired by the film ‘The Tree Lover’ by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, the highly original design of the hotel offers luxurious accommodation to its patrons. The uniquely designed ‘treerooms’ are suspended 4-6 meters above ground – all with spectacular views of the Lule River. Set in nature, the hotel respects it at every step – from sustainable materials to low environment impact.
While each room is equipped with a sink with running water and a bathroom, the showers are located in a separate building. The entry point for every guest is the Britta’s Pensionat, where check-in can be done and meals are served. The hotel rooms are located further inside the tall pine forest. And here comes the best part – the rooms.
The Cabin is a treeroom, which is designed like a capsule protruding in between the trees. The room is 24 sq m big and accommodates two people, has a double bed, bathroom and terrace. The room can be accessed through a horizontal bridge.
The UFO heightens the unusualness of the treeroom concept. The room is cast in durable composite material – all to create the lightest, yet strong and sustainable design possible. The interior gives the room a modern and comfortable feel. The UFO is spread across 30 sq m and is built for five people, two adults in a double bed and three children, with separate beds, bathroom and living area.
With its 52 square metres and 22 metric tonnes, the Dragonfly functions both as a conference space and as private suite. A 15-meter long ramp takes you up to The Dragonfly, where big panoramic windows give you a magnificent view of the valley. It is built out of wood, with an exterior made out of sheet metal that will eventually turn rust-brown and blend in even further with the pine-tree forest.
The facade of Hotel Wanderlust in Singapore belies quirky interiors. The boutique hotel located in the heart of the famous Little India has four storeys and 29 rooms. Each floor has a different theme designed by award-winning agencies such as Asylum, phunk studio and Furious. The lobby opens up with contemporary design that is showcased with a meandering montage of vintage print ads.
The 11 rooms on the second floor are dedicated to Eccentricity and sports neon signs, rainbow corridors and an al-fresco deck. The third floor and its nine rooms are all about black and white – the corridors are black and the rooms are white. Further five rooms are inspired by origami and the other four are for Pop Art. The theme for the top floor is Creature Comforts, featuring nine loft rooms with five varying themes – ‘Bling’, ‘ASCII’, ‘Space’, ‘Tree’ and ‘Typewriter’.
The hotel also has a traditional French restaurant Cocotte. The Wanderlust is totally equipped to satisfy your travel idiosyncrasies and redefine the definition of hotel stay for you.
With such myriad options at your fingertips, planning your exotic holiday is not going to be easy. But we do have a word of advice for you. Follow your heart and you will be just fine!