An eclectic selection of the 10 most spectacular hotels around the world
1 Kayenta Road Canyon Point, UT 84741, USA – tel. +1 435 675 3999
“Perfect harmony between nature and design” is one of the ways the Amangiri can be defined. A haven of luxury in the desert of the Four Corners where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet. 4 and a half hours drive from Las Vegas and 3 hours from the Grand Canyon, this spectacular hotel is built around the curve of a rock formation. The 34 suites have breathtaking views of the desert, the dream pool and the clear sky. The spa offers specific treatments inspired by the Navajo culture and its curative methods.
Montaña Mágica, Chile
Camino Internacional Panguipulli, Km 55, Puerto Fuy, Chile – tel. +56 63 267 2020
Directly from a fairytale book by the Grimm Brothers, the Montaña Mágica is located within the Biological Reserve Huilo Huilo in the southern Andes. It owes its name to the particular shape of the building. It is actually a volcano completely covered with vegetation and a waterfall gushes from the top. The 13 rooms are all located inside the volcano, which is accessed only through a path of wood suspended in the air, and the outer walls of the hotel are covered with outdoor hot-tubs. Within the Reserve, a rainforest wide over 120,000 hectares, there are other very impressive hotels, but this is definitely the most special of all.
Winvian Farm, USA
155 Alain White Road, Morris, CT 06763, USA – tel. +1 860 567 9600
At Winvian, as well as in a tree house, in a selection of wooden cottages and an original suite from the 1775, you can choose to sleep in a renovated helicopter. The Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH3F 1968 has a double bed, a fireplace, a hot tub and sauna. Plus the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail in the cabin of the pilots. The hotel has an excellent restaurant, famous for its wine list offering more than 500 labels.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Lankanfushi Island, North Male Atoll – tel. +960 664 0304
Voted by Tripadvisor the best hotel in 2015, photographs of Gili Lankanfushi leave little room for words. The Private Reserve are the largest water villa in the Indian Ocean (250 sqm) and can only be reached via boat. Guests have access to a private boat, a double bedroom, open-air bathroom, living room with air conditioning and sun area. A mini wine cellar and a wonderful hammock on the water.
Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Sabi Sand Reserve, Kingstown Farm, 1260 South Africa – tel. +27 13 735 5000
At the Lion Sands guests can choose between three different tree-houses where to sleep and to enjoy the Africans sunsets and sunrises. Far from everything and everyone, lulled by the warm breeze and the sounds of animals nearby. Chalkley’s, Kingston and Tinyeleti are the names of the “rooms” in the reserve of Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park. Chalkley’s Treehouse is the wildest of all: it can accommodate two people. Fully open and on a platform of wood 4.5 km from the main building (there is no shower, so it’s fine for one night!). Kingston Treehouse can accommodate up to four people and is equipped with all the comforts of a 5-star hotel. The glass walls provide protection in case the temperature goes down. Tinyeleti Treehouse is 2 km away from the main building and can accommodate four people. It is located on the banks of the Sabi River where you can see many animals, birds and nocturnal predators.
Les Giettes, Les Cerniers, 1871 Monthey, Switzerland – tel. +41 24 471 38 38
Hi-tech haven at 1500 meters high in the Swiss Alps, Whitepod is the new frontier of luxury sustainable tourism for those who seek comfort and adventure. The “pods” are nothing but igloo-shaped structures, 15 in total. Each housing a bedroom with wood burning stove, minimal decor and breathtaking views of the Alpine panorama, all at 1 h from Lausanne. Guests have access to the sauna, to the private slopes with lift services, 25 km of trails, table tennis and badminton.
The Manta Resort, Tanzania
Pemba Island, Tanzania
The underwater room at the Manta Resort is located 250 meters from the coast of the island of Pemba and 4 meters below the sea surface, and spread over three floors. The under the sea level is a room with 360 degree views of the underwater life. The huge windows, two on each side, also light up at night to attract colorful fish and to allow a breathtaking views. Sea level is the living room with kitchen and bathroom. While guests can lie on the roof where they can see the stars at night.
Propeller Island City Lodge, Germany
Albrecht-Achilles-Strasse 58, 10709 Berlin – tel. +49 0163 256 59 09
Berlin has always been the capital of creativity and this hotel does not disappoint. A true art installation, this hotel was designed by Lars Storschen and opened in 1997. All rooms feature a different theme and are decorated with unique pieces related to the theme. Like the “Dwarf”, a room 1.4 m high and furnished with plastic dwarves. Or the “4 beams”, where the bed is suspended on ropes. Or still the “Gruft”, with coffins in place of the bed and a gothic labyrinth below them.
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
The Salar de Uyuni with its 10,582 square kilometers is the largest salt desert in the world and home to the Palacio de Sal. The only hotel in the world to be completely made of salt. Built with more than a million blocks of salt by 35 cm, it is equipped with 30 rooms. Plus a restaurant, a sauna, a swimming pool and soothing baths. And it is the ideal base to explore this part of Bolivia’s breathtaking scenery. In addition to the Salar, the Laguna Colorada and the Laguna Verde. The rule is not to lick any area of the hotel in order not to degrade its appearance.
Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, China
Songjiang, Shanghai, China
50 km from Shanghai, this hotel will open in 2018 and will be a unique in its kind. The project won the 2009 “World Architecture Festival”. Built on the site of an abandoned quarry, it will host up to 400 people with some rooms located below the level of the sea. Swimming pools, restaurants, the opportunity to practice several extreme sports and an aquarium.