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Mapped Bucket List

5 of the most unique accommodations around the world

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Mapped Staff May 30, 2019 11:33 am 783

Travel in 2019 is forecasted to focus on statement travel, emphasizing alternative destinations and iconic accommodations.

Over half of Canadian travellers say their most prominent motivation for travel is to escape from their normal lives, and 63% reveal that they value experiences over material possessions. Additionally, the era of Instagram-able travel has arisen, and unique accommodations offer the perfect statement piece for experience curators looking to capture content, stays, and overall experiences somewhere ‘less travelled.’  

From the tropics to the Arctic, here are five of the most unique accommodations around the world.

Treehotel, Sweden

Harad’s Forest, Sweden / booking.com

Tucked away among the trees of Harad’s forest in Sweden lays an eco-luxury treehouse hotel, aptly named, Treehotel. This unusual property offers a unique stay perfect for the conscious traveller, blending cutting-edge eco-luxury architecture and design with home comforts like tea kettles, coffee makers and free WiFi.

With stylish décor and picturesque features, this hotel offers plenty of Instagram-able spots, perfect for the 45% of Canadian travellers who admit to wanting to stay in attractive properties that they can photograph and use on their social media accounts.

From a kitchen team who cooks up locally sourced ingredients and wild game, to dining 33 feet high in a tree, to a plethora of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, dog sledding and ice fishing, Treehotel is truly an exceptional experience.   

Bubble Hotel Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali / booking.com

Bali has become a hotspot for travel, with unbelievable resorts, restaurants, and temples to explore. With the increase of travellers visiting the island, the tourism sector has flourished and the island has become a hub for digital nomads looking to settle into a remote workplace, influencers looking to capture that picture-perfect snap, and travellers looking to relax and explore a tropical paradise. With the increased competition in the tourism industry, Bali has become well known for its luxury getaway resorts and gorgeous accommodations. Nonetheless, Bubble Hotel Ubud takes the cake for its unique accommodation experience.

Bubble Hotel allows guests to sleep under the stars in an air-conditioned, mountainside bubble room. With candle-lit dinners, campfires, and stargazing, this unique hotel is the perfect romantic escape for couples looking for a truly remarkable event.

Igloos in Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

Finland / booking.com

This winter wonderland is a snowy utopia that truly allows you to escape from your day-to-day life. If seeing the northern lights is a top item on your bucket list, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers one of the serenest ways to admire the Aurora Borealis, surrounded by nature while spending the night in a thermal glass igloo.

The property also has the world’s largest smoke sauna, two à la carte restaurants, serving up Laplandic specialties like reindeer and char-grilled salmon, relaxation rooms with open fireplaces, a nearby ice hole and husky and reindeer safaris.

WiFi is accessible in the main chalet, but guests have remarked that their stay here offered the perfect digital detox oasis—and no WiFi in the Igloos doesn’t mean you can’t take plenty of pictures!  

Julia’s River Camp, Kenya

Masai Mara Nature Reserve, Kenya / booking.com

At Julia’s River Camp, you’ll be waking up on nature’s doorstep right in the heart of the Masai Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya’s savannah. The private tents – each equipped with their own personal veranda – looks out onto the Talek River. The proximity to the river guarantees an abundance of wildlife roaming around the area and frequenting the watering hole.

The incredible campground is the perfect place to end your safari with an on-site delicious restaurant and three social areas to kick back and relax in while appreciating the scenery after a long day in the sun.

Luxury Wellness Suite at Boat & Boost, Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands / booking.com

After a long day of exploring Amsterdam, Luxury Wellness Suite, Boat & Boost is the perfect retreat that offers utter extravagance. From a hot tub and sauna to a sun terrace with remarkable lake, river and city views, this boat is filled with luxe design and modern details.

The boat is equipped with free WiFi and cable TV and is docked in Zeeburg, a great location for travellers that are particularly interested in the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder and exploring Old Town.

Luxury Bubble Tent, Niagara Vineyard

Niagara, Canada / booking.com

Last but not least, right here in Canada, Booking.com has partnered with Tourism Partnership of Niagara to create a luxurious getaway for one lucky rosé aficionado and a guest. This features a one-of-a-kind overnight stay in a luxury bubble tent nestled by the vineyards of Two Sisters Winery.

This is a truly priceless once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a Rosé Day getaway like no other in Canada’s finest winery region at a fraction of the value. The exclusive one-night-only package includes travel costs from any major airport in Canada, exclusive wine tour and tasting, a private three-course dinner experience and much more. This will be available for consumers on June 8 for only $8 CAD – that’s right – $8. Reservation opens on June 3 and is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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