10 Unusual Hotels Enhance Your Adventure

From underwater hotels and igloos to tents suspended in the air, these hotels are bound to provide an unforgettable experience.

From underwater hotels and igloos to tents suspended in the air, these hotels are bound to provide an unforgettable experience.


At Attrap’Reves in France, guests can spend a night under the stars in a transparent bubble made from plastic. Guests can choose activities such as tracking stars with the telescope and star chart, compliments of the resort, or a private massage.

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is home to the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, which has also been transformed into a private suite on special occasions, as pictured.

The original ICE HOTEL, founded in Sweden in 1989, is an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s wild rivers, about 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The resort includes about 65 rooms, ranging from deluxe suites to ice rooms and snow rooms.

At Waldseilgarten, located in Germany, guests can sleep in a suspended tent having several feet above the ground. The most daring of guests can choose a tent suspended over a cliff face.

The Igloo Village, which is part of Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland, boasts glass-roofed igloos. The village is located in the Arctic Circle and provides a prime spot to view the northern lights display during the winter months.

Japan’s Henn-na Hotel charms visitors with its robotic staff and other futuristic amenities, such as face-recognition technology in place of room keys and room temperature that is automatically adjusted based on radiation panels that monitor guests’ body heat.

Costa Verde in Quepos, Costa Rica, looks more like a scene from the TV show Lost than an actual hotel. This locale boasts a refurbished 1965 vintage Boeing 727 and a two-bedroom cabin built around the aircraft. The site has bungalows and guesthouses as well, and visitors can catch sights of sloths and monkeys.

The V8 Hotel in Germany features 34 car-themed bedrooms, including Mercedes, Morris Minor and VW versions, where cars have been converted into beds. There are also rooms modeled after a car wash, mechanic’s workshop and gas station. Vroom!

At the 16-room Palacio de Sal in Bolivia, the walls, floors, beds and chairs are made entirely of salt. The hotel is located in Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat.

This hotel in Taos, N.M., is part of an sustainable architectural movement to live a modern life off the grid. Inspired by Gaudi's masterpieces and Dr. Seuss's whimsy, the buildings are made from recycled materials and generate electricity from renewable sources. Cisterns collect rain and snowmelt and a greenhouse provides fresh food. Wi-Fi and smart TVs round out the amenities.