World's five most amazing resorts
by Contributed - Story: 76542
Jun 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
Jun 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
Let's have a quick look into the weird, wild and extreme accommodations that are available for those with no budget looking for something unique and exotic. With unparalleled luxury and mind-blowing architecture, these resort stays offer a truly amazing holiday experience.
Sit in the lap of luxury 40 feet beneath the waves. Nestled among a 5,000-acre Fijian lagoon, the resort is the world's first of its kind. An elevator provides access to the 24 suites and one apartment on the bottom of the ocean floor. Seventy percent of each room is made of four-inch acrylic windows, allowing unparalleled views of the surrounding sea life. If you're claustrophobic there's the option to enjoy one of their beach-front oceanview suites above the surf. Along with all available ocean sports, the resort also offers a journey through the ocean via a private submarine. There are 6 restaurants, 7 bars, a wedding chapel, onsite theatre and a variety of land activities to keep you occupied while you stay on the resort's private island: Mystery Island.
2) Hotel Kakslauttanen; Finland
Offering 40 first-class log cabins, out of which five are queen suites, one honeymoon turf chamber and one traditional Lappish farmer log house. The resort boasts of the world’s largest smoke sauna, equipped with its own restaurant, the main building log house restaurant, two exotic Lapishtent restaurants and a charming snow restaurant. In winter they offer accommodation in a traditional snow igloo or a unique futuristic glass igloo, where you can admire the northern lights in a normal room temperature under the glass ceiling. The Igloo Village is also home to a snow chapel and an ice bar both built every winter. Igloo Village is open every year from December/January and until the end of April. Located more than 150 miles above the Arctic Circle, your activity options include husky safaris, snowmobile safaris, reindeer safaris and ice-fishing trips as well as guided ski treks.
3) Wagon Stays; Christchurch, New Zealand
Stay in an early settlers' covered wagon, which comes fully equipped with a studio-style kitchen, flat screen TV, Internet, outside heated bath, a queen-sized bed, and a computer-controlled shower. The site provides peaceful views of the surrounding organic market garden and tree-studded farmland. With deer, sheep and cattle grazing nearby you can soak under the stars in an outdoor heated bath and enjoy a daily continental breakfast.
4) Tree House Lodge; Limón, Costa Rica
Located on a 10-acre property on Punta Uva Beach in Costa Rica, this eco-lodge features four individual houses offering total privacy and beach-front access. Guests can choose to stay in the Tree House, where the bathroom is built around a 100-year-old tree; the Beach House, built entirely from the wood of fallen trees; the Beach Suite, with a Sea-Horse Jacuzzi; or the Bambu House, built with of course.... Bamboo.
Located in the ancient valley of Ayvali Village, the resort sits in a thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, and features 20 rooms with modern conveniences. The hotel was opened in 1999, and gives guests the opportunity to gain insight into a culture from the ground up. Rooms were carved into caves or built using volcanic stones with vaulted ceilings, and provide comfortable temperatures throughout the year. The resort offers culinary delights and Turkish cooking classes as well as a variety of Turkish Massage Treatments.
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