Today we are going to have a look at some of the most bizarre hotels that could ever exist. Often for us, Indians, posh and opulent hotels are the ones that are majestic in size, have intricate designs, huge rooms, a sea or river facing view. But can you ever imagine a hotel that is completely immersed in water? Yes, you’ve heard it right, that actually exists. So does a hotel which is completely covered in ice. In this piece, I am going to cover these peculiar hotels/lodges that will make you pack your bags right away. So, let’s get started:
This list is in no particular order. Seriously, can you even choose out of these astonishing man-made marvels?
- Huilo Huilo Montaña Mágica Lodge
Huilo Huilo Montaña Mágica Lodge or simply Montana Magica lodge is located in Patagonia, a part of Los Rios Region of Chile. The hotel has been shaped like a mountain as is clearly evident from the 1st picture which displays artificial crystalline waterfall flowing out from the top. This unique hotel is a part of the Huilo Huilo biosphere reserve. Each of the rooms in the hotel is built from Stone and Wood. Adventure seekers make a here often for exploring the unique biosphere reserve and engage in different adventure sports like kayaking, trekking, zip lining (the longest in South America) etc.
The hotel itself has 14 rooms that consist of central heating, safety deposit box etc. The unique site also squeezes in a mini golf course, game room, etc. Visitors have also highlighted that it is a Natural and Wildlife bounty and if one is blessed with good fortunes, he/she might spot the pudú, the world’s smallest deer.
- Hotel De Glace (or the Ice Hotel)
This little becharming piece of architecture is built entirely of ice and snow. It is situated in Quebec city of Canada.
Inside the Rooms
This freezing hotel is built every year using 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. And if that number is astonishing for you to digest, the temperature inside the hotel stands at – 20 Degrees. The Hotel is open every year from January 4th to March 28th because after that the warm season starts in. The project was started in the year 2001. There are a total of 44 rooms and suites inside the hotel, and there are also multiple guest packages to choose from like – The Discovery package, the Adventure Package, The Romantic Getaway package, The Wedding Package and finally the Ultimate Package. If you’re wondering what’s in store for the Ultimate package buyers – a themed suite, breakfast at Le Dijon, Hot Tubs and Sauna under Nordic Stars and many more. Feeling poor yet? I surely am.
Cocktails served in Ice Glasses – A Sight to Behold
- Jules Undersea Lodge
Key Largo, Florida, USA
Undersea Lodges and Resorts aren’t a new concept anymore. But, the one who started it all was the Jules Undersea Lodge that operationalized way back in 1986, which before that was an underwater research laboratory in the 1970’s. The unique feature about this Lodge is that if you don’t know how to Scuba Dive (just like me) your entry is impossible. The only route to the lodge is a 21 feet passage down this mangrove lagoon. Each room in this peculiar lodge is constituted of a 42 inch round window ( the one seen in ships) which is a broadcasting tool for the most breathtaking aquatic sceneries one can ever imagine. The lagoon is a nursery area for many reef fish and breeds such as angelfish, parrotfish, barracuda, anemones, sponges, feather dust worms will hop around closer to you than ever. If you’re wondering how such architecture even exists, the entirety of the lodge is filled with compressed air, which makes it resistant to water flooding the rooms. Another unique feature of this lodge is that the guests are serviced by a “Mer-chef” who scuba dives the entire way and prepares gourmet dinner for the guests.
- Sky Lodge
Sky Lodge, as the name suggests is an unequaled above the ground level capsule lodge situated in Urubamba, Peru. Built by Natura Vive, the Lodge compartments are transparent pods situated 400 feet above the Cuzco Valley floor. The unique feature – these pods are accessible only after having climbed 1400 iron rungs. Each of pods comes with four beds, a dining area, a private bathroom and ecological toilet sink. Even dinner and wine is served. Started in 2013, by two young entrepreneurs who themselves have a penchant for rock climbing, the total number of pods are three and a single suite can withstand the capacity of eight people at a time.
The Night view from the Pod
The Inside view
- Das Park Hotel
Ever wondered what purpose sewage pipes could serve other than carrying sewage? Well, you can eventually end up staying in one. No Kidding!
Located in Ottensheim, Austria this hotel is completely built out of gigantic sewage pipes. Each of the three spaces is furnished with a double bed, power outlet, blankets and a couple of air holes for ventilation. The piped hotels carry an individual weight of 9.5 tonnes each. The hotel is only open for the months of May until October.
- Giraffe Manor
Well if you’re wondering this ain’t no Photoshop
The Giraffe Manor is a plush hotel situated in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya. It contains a resident herd of Rothschild Giraffes which peek through the window during the breakfast hours. A noteworthy fact of about the hotel is that the earnings of the hotel go towards the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. The herd of Giraffes is itself a part of a breeding program to save the species
The entire hotel is a 20th-century European style Brick Building built in the 1930’s.
In conclusion, one can grasp the bountiful artistic expertise and natural extravaganza through such hotels. These hotels are strange but definitely not weird. They set the stage for the perfect getaway with your family and friends for an enriching experience far different from the Hiltons and the Ritz-Carlton’s.