10 Most Uniquely Designed Hotels in the World

When it comes to travel, everyone has different priorities: the destination is the main focus, obviously, but where you sleep can be just as important. For those looking to immerse themselves in unique surroundings, a stay at one of the world's most uniquely designed hotels can turn a regular trip into an unforgettable experience. Here are ten of the most creatively designed hotels – some of them are bound to blow you away! 

1. Icehotel (Jukkasjärvi, Sweden)

This hotel is the definition of a frozen fantasy… Can you imagine sleeping in a room sculpted from ice and snow? The Icehotel, in the small village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is rebuilt every year from the ice of the Torne River.

Each room is designed by different artists, to make sure that no two stays are ever the same. Don't worry about freezing, though; you can keep yourself warm with reindeer skins and thermal sleeping bags. 

2. Treehotel (Harads, Sweden)

The Treehotel (also in Sweden!) offers an unparalleled experience of living in nature, among the treetops. Each room has a distinct design, allowing you to choose between a mirrored cube, a UFO-shaped suite, and several other equally unique options. This hotel's philosophy focuses upon ecological values and innovative designs. 

3. Giraffe Manor (Nairobi, Kenya)

These 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest are famous for its resident herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes that frequently poke their heads through the hotel windows. This is an amazing opportunity to experience wildlife right on your doorstep. 

4. The Manta Resort (Pemba Island, Tanzania)

For the underwater world lovers, the Manta Resort offers a truly unique experience. You can stay in an underwater room, surrounded by countless marine species floating around in tranquillity. 

This floating structure has three levels: a sun deck for lounging, a landing deck at sea level with a lounge and bathroom, and a bedroom beneath the surface. 

5. Hotel Marques de Riscal (Elciego, Spain)

Designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, Hotel Marques de Riscal is an avant-garde architectural masterpiece set in Spain's Rioja wine region. The hotel features Gehry's signature titanium waves and asymmetrical design, which attracts architecture enthusiasts and wine lovers alike (even better if you’re a fan of both!). 

6. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Saariselkä, Finland)

Time to tick the Northern Lights off your bucket list: if you stay in one of Kakslauttanen's glass igloos, you can experience this magical view right from the comfort of your bed. This way, you can enjoy nature’s most spectacular light show from a warm and cosy space. 

7. The Muraka at Conrad Maldives (Rangali Island, Maldives)

Ever heard of underwater residences? No? Well, that’s because the Muraka is the very first. 

This luxurious two-level suite features a master bedroom submerged more than 16 feet below sea level, providing panoramic views of the ocean and its inhabitants in an intimate space. 

8. Capsule Inn (Osaka, Japan)

Japan's Capsule Inn is an example of a futuristic, space-efficient urban accommodation. Each guest stays in a compact, pod-like room equipped with a bed, TV, and a small desk. 

This innovative concept is perfect for budget travellers or those looking to experience something completely different. Keep in mind that this hotel is male-only, sticking to the traditional view of capsule hotels being meant as accommodation for male workers (mostly in executive roles).

9. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (Chiang Rai, Thailand)

The Anantara Golden Triangle offers luxury tents with stunning views of the Mekong River and the surrounding jungle. This resort is also home to an elephant camp, where guests can interact in an ethical manner with rescued elephants – making it a perfect destination for animal lovers. 

10. Hotel Unique (São Paulo, Brazil)

True to its name, the Hotel Unique in São Paulo is an architectural wonder designed by Ruy Ohtake. The building's striking half-moon shape and porthole-like windows create a nautical feel, while the rooftop pool and Skye Bar offer breathtaking views of the city's skyline.

These ten uniquely designed hotels provide more than just a place to sleep; they offer an extraordinary experience that will etch onto your memory of any trip. Whether you're looking to connect with nature, marvel at architectural wonders, or immerse yourself in local culture, these accommodations promise an unforgettable stay. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the most unique hotels in the world! 

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