Three unusual places to stay

Icehotel, Sweden

An amazing hotel-cum-art project, rebuilt out of ice every year and situated 200km north of the Arctic Circle, the Icehotel is undoubtedly an out of the ordinary experience. A stay here wouldn’t be complete without a night in an ice room – though the sleeping bags and thermal underwear might not be quite the sexy honeymoon look you’re hoping for – but the hotel also offers “warm” accommodation, in hotel rooms and chalets, the best of which have a ceiling skylight from which you might be able to enjoy a spectacular display of the Northern Lights. Ice rooms December to April only.

From £109 a night.

Dunton Hot Springs, USA

This amazing place is definitely top of my list of places to visit – a beautifully restored old ghost town in an alpine valley in Colorado. Accommodation doesn’t get much more atmospheric than this – expect log cabins, rustic charm in abundance, endless starry skies at night, and amazing scenery. There’s plenty of activities on offer, from hiking to horse riding, or you can just soak up the views from your balcony, or retreat to the spa.

From £420 a night.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Turkey

This impressive cave hotel is situated in a restored 1000 year old Byzantine monastic retreat, in the stunning area of Cappadocia in central Turkey. Far from being dark and dingy, as you might expect from a cave, the eclectic rooms are spacious and welcoming, and a charming mix of traditional and modern styles, making the most of their unique surroundings. At night, the hotel is beautifully lit up, and you can dine outside on the terrace, enjoying traditional dishes from the region.

From £78 a night.


Photo courtesy of bjaglin; Dunton Hot Springs; Gamirasu Cave Hotel.

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