Incredible stays to experience the elements

World September 30, 2017 12:33

By The Nation

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Whether you want to embrace the wilderness with a night in a treehouse, float on water in your very own houseboat, cosy up in an igloo and watch the Northern Lights or dare to stay near an active volcano, the travel website Booking.com has a range of accommodation options that will inspire you to experience the elements.



Earth:

Treehotel – Harads, Sweden

Embrace pure wilderness and stay sky high in this property, which offers a unique and stylish stay amongst the trees of Harad’s forests in Sweden. Blending cutting edge architecture and design with home comforts, it boasts eco-friendly rooms as well as a sauna and a hot tub.

Traveller’s Cave Hotel – Goreme, Turkey

Located on a hilltop in Goreme, this incredible hotel boasts amazing views where guests can watch the sunrise, sunset or hot air balloons float overhead. The unique rooms are carved into the volcanic rocks of Cappadocia, which is registered by Unesco. Make the most of your stay and arrange a hot air balloon ride, try traditional Turkish cuisine and explore the town using the hotels rental bikes.

Water:

Hurawalhi Island Resort – Kuredu, Maldives

This luxury resort will be one guests never forget, thanks to the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the world’s largest all glass underwater restaurant, serving delicious cuisine. Travellers are completely surrounded by water on this paradise island – and the resort also has an outdoor pool and spa centre and is just one-minute’s walk to the beach where they can try out snorkelling and windsurfing.

Xandari Riverscapes – Alleppey, India

A houseboat is the only way to experience the beauty of the backwaters in South India. Join the River Escapes captain and crew as it sails along Vembanad and Alleppey Lake, where guests can relax on the balcony overlooking the serene waters before tucking into delicious Keralan cuisine.

Air:

Vliegtuigsuite Teuge – Teuge, Netherlands

What better way to capture that up-in-the air feeling than staying in an actual aeroplane. This unique aeroplane suite has a fully equipped cockpit and boasts a luxurious bathroom with sauna. The raised terrace overlooks Teuge airport’s runway and guests can enjoy breakfast served in the suite each morning before hiring a car to explore the nearby area.

Muotka Igloos – Saariselka, Finland

There’s nothing quite like the ice-cold air of Finland to make you feel truly refreshed. Located in Saariselka, a stay in Muotka Igloos means guests get a chance to watch the iconic Northern Lights from the comfort of their own bedroom. Each heated cottage features a glass-dome ceiling, and private sauna and there is also a main restaurant and terrace. There are tons of activities to be enjoyed here – from skiing to snowmobiling and hiking.

The Windmill – Yorkshire, United Kingdom

If you’re looking for a unique stay then a trip to The Windmill is a must. Stay in the heart of Scarborough in a charming grade two-listed 18th-century windmill, nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac less than five minutes' walk from the town centre. Wake up to daily, fresh English breakfasts served in the dining room and take a short stroll to the Scarborough Spa, Peasholm Park or the Scarborough Castle.

Fire:

Volcano Village Lodge – Hawaii, USA

A short drive away from Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii is the lovely Volcano Villa lodge, which is surrounded by rainforests and features a hot tub, garden waterfalls and koi ponds to really make you feel at one with nature. The main attraction, Kilauea Volcano is only 15-minute drive away.

Hotel The Volcan Lanzarote - Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

The Volcan Lanzarote is just a short drive from the volcanic Timanfa National Park, one of the Canary Islands’ most popular tourist attractions and home to many colourful dormant volcanoes, known as Fire Mountains. Temperatures a few metres below the surface reach between 400 degrees Celsius and 600 degrees. To cool off, guests can make use of the hotel’s outdoor pool or the nearby beach.