Whether it’s the historical sights of Peru or the endless golden sands of the Sahara, the last place you could expect adventure when roaming through an exotic world is back in the confines of your hotel room.
Here, soul-satisfying travel expert from Gypsian Boutique Tours, Candace Warner, proves that your hotel can truly be part of your adventure with this round-up of some of the most extraordinary overnight stays across the globe.
1. CAVE HOTEL IN CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY
Home to the moonscape of fairy chimneys dotted with vivid hot air balloons, Turkey’s Cappadocia hardly needs an introduction.
Erosion over millions of years has crafted the valley’s iconic pinnacles, grooves and caves into a kaleidoscope of stunning rock formations that offer endless possibilities for curious wanderers. Many of these caves have been transformed into luxury hotels, where the hollowed volcanic rocks are used to house guests.
Those who stay the night will awake to the incredible view of countless hot air balloons rising up to greet the dawn.
2. SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN THE SAHARA DESERT
Who hasn’t dreamt of leaving behind the doldrums of nine-to-five life to drift and wander beyond the edges of modern civilisation?
Introducing the glorious Sahara Desert: her endless, uninhabited golden sands strip away everything except the vast silence and the lyrical beauty of her lonely, winding sand dunes.
Come dusk and your guide will conjure up luxury desert camps that promise an uninterrupted view of the stars, with nomadic storytellers sharing ancient Moroccan tales around a bonfire.
Stay overnight in a luxury camp and the desert will greet you at dawn with a mesmerising golden landscape.
3. ENJOYING SOME SERENITY IN A MARRAKECH RIAD, MOROCCO
Famous for its rich blend of exotic Moorish architecture and markets filled with hidden treasures, Morocco still has one more secret reserved for its intimate visitors – behind many, unassuming outer walls lie the riads: courtyard-centred mansions where royal families and wealthy merchants once spent their days.
The glittering interiors of these buildings show off intricate Moroccan architecture in every inch, a mix of bright, dizzying geometric patterns and sweeping Arabic calligraphy.
Situated in the heart of the Old Medina just a 10-minute walk from Djemaa El Fna square, lies the stunning Riad Les Yeux Bleus which has recently been renovated from head-to-toe.
Built around a centrepiece courtyard garden, windows in the riad face the inward courtyard, channelling Islamic principles of privacy and inward reflection to give guests a moment of quiet from bustling streets. It also has a rooftop terrace for people watching.
4. HANGING FROM CLIFFS IN A POD IN THE SACRED VALLEY OF PERU
Quietly tucked behind the mountains is the Sacred Valley of Peru, a hot spot of archaeological sites that lead the way to Machu Picchu, providing trekkers with a rich visual history of the Inca Empire.
The real adventure for visitors, however, rests on the onlooking cliff-face of the Peruvian Andes.
Dangling 400 feet above the ground resting against the ridges of the Andes themselves is Skylodge, a transparent sleeping pod promising a well-earned night’s stay for climbers who are daring enough to scale up the vertical cliff via a steel ladder to get there.
5. ICE HOTEL IN JUKKASJARVI, SWEDEN
Each year, the snowy village of Jukkasjarvi conjures up a dazzling ice hotel from the snow and ice blocks freshly sourced from the Torne River.
Entire suites are crafted out of ice – from the walls, to the beds, even the chairs. Just reading this has us feeling chilly!
As cold as it sounds, staying in an ice hotel is certainly an experience to be tried at least once. The chill is made bearable with warm, cozy sleeping bags and the unique work of art that is each individually and carefully crafted suite. We’re packing three extra layers for an overnight stay here.
6. GLAMPING AMONG TREES IN AUSTRALIA
Branch out, literally, on your next holiday and take to the treetops like Tarzan and Jane with a luxury canopy bed in one of Australia’s best treehouses.
Set on 36 hectares of stunning bushland just five minutes drive from Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp brings new meaning to the idea of “roughing it” outdoors. It may be nestled in the bush but you’ll want for nothing when it comes to five-star luxuries.
These private, luxurious tents promise a secret world exceeding our vivid childhood imaginations of living amongst nature. Surrounded by a veil of gumtrees, you’ll wake every day to a chorus of singing birds from the comfort of your bed. You can also bathe in your own claw-foot bathtub overlooking the stunning bush views. Tarzan and Jane never had it this good!