From a treehouse with infinity pool that seems to float above the forest canopy to a Soviet aircraft that’s ben converted into a decadent, two-person suite, here are the five most extraordinary accommodations for inquisitive travellers.
Tsala Treetop Lodge – Harkerville, South Africa
From a treehouse resting above the forest canopy, watch the lilac sunset over your infinity pool
Watch the sunset over the Garden Route National Park from your private infinity pool from this rare, South African retreat. Guests can access their treehouse suite via a boardwalk through the forest, and dine on a decking area that seems to float above the treetops.
Houseboat Hotels – Sheffield, UK
Sheffield's delightful houseboats are a memorable alternative to a typical hotel
Moored at Sheffield’s Victoria Quays, these royal blue- and cream-painted narrowboats are just a 5-minute walk from the centre of Sheffield. Each boat has a fully equipped kitchen, music system, board games and and can sleep up to four people – so it’s family-friendly, too. Extra touches like bunting and an outdoor deck draped with fairy lights make for an extra special stay.
Vliegtuigsuite Teuge – Teuge, Netherlands
This former Soviet aircraft has been converted into a decadent suite for two guests
Ever wanted your own private plane? At Vliegtuigsuite Teuge, you get all of the fun without any of the turbulence. Now overlooking the runway at the Netherlands’ Teuge Airport, this 1960 Ilyushin 18 was originally used as a government aircraft in East Germany but has been converted into a decadent suite for two guests, complete with three flat-screen TVs and a private jacuzzi.
Glamping Ribno – Bled, Slovenia
Soak in your private hot tub in the middle of the forest in Slovenia
At Glamping Ribno, guests enjoy minimalist modern decor, a wooden outdoor hot tub, a terrace and – camping purists look away – heating. No need to miss out on hot showers either; there’s a private bathroom waiting just 50 metres from your door. Roam the surrounding countryside and head to the beach, which is only six minutes’ walk away.
Caravane Airstream Américaine 1976 – Nantes, France
Stay in this beautifully-refurbished, retro 70s in sunny southern France
This beautifully-refurbished, silver Airstream camper embodies Americana appeal. A retro 70s design equipped with all the mod cons, it promises a peaceful stay with your own flower-filled garden in sunny southern France.