Let’s open with a bold statement: hotel rooms are one of the most important aspects of a holiday. During your journey this is your home, and for those blissful few days, all the luxuries within this space are yours. Affluent amenities, comfortable bedding and ideal locations are already a given. We wanted to find out what unique things made a room stand out from the others.
So think of waking up underwater or on the edge of a cliff; watching satellite TV in the middle of a jungle, or dipping into a private infinity pool with an open-air fourth wall. These are a few of the features you’ll find below, so keep reading to discover our pick of the world’s quirkiest rooms.
5. Zeavola Phuket, Thailand
Zeavola Phuket describes this suite as ‘adorable,’ and why not? ‘The Village Suite’ is nestled amid a jungle and emanates a welcoming aura thanks to it’s au natural design. It offers guests luxurious amenities such as a satellite TV, mini bar, bathrobes, IDD telephone, a double day bed and luxury dressing-room toiletries. That’s pretty good, but what really makes The Village suite one of the world’s quirkiest rooms is its outdoor living area. Here, guests can relax with the jungle to their left and a sandy garden to their right with no barriers between you and mother nature. Zeavola Phuket’s Villa Suite embraces the outdoors, and staying here brings you into the middle of the lush Thailand scenery whilst maintaining the amenities essential to a luxury holiday. Ever wanted to watch TV in the jungle? This is your chance.
WHAT WE LOVED: Zeavola Phuket maintains a self-sufficient lifestyle recognised with the ‘World’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel’ Award.
4. El Nido Miniloc Island, Philippines
From Phuket to the Philippines, El Nido Miniloc Island brings guests a unique experience with its ‘Cliff Cottages.’ These three accommodations cling to the cliffs, and bring a unique perspective on deluxe living. What makes these special for us are the panoramic views of El Nido Miniloc Island Resort and Bacuit Bay. All Cliff Cottages stand at a spacious 43 square metres, though it’s important to note that a narrow flight of stairs must be climbed to reach them. Sorry families with young children: these rooms might not be for you. There are a number of other quirky rooms in El Nido Miniloc Island that can accommodate anyone though. And some are just as quirky.
FUN FACT: El Nido Miniloc’s environment-conscious attitude means your island experience is guaranteed to have a low carbon footprint.
3. Jade Mountain, St Lucia
All you need to do is browse the room names at Jade Mountain in St Lucia to understand what you’ll experience. We’re talking the Universe, with Galaxy and Sun Sanctuaries climbing up a scenic hill. This is a resort that captures the mysteries, magic and beauty of space and brings this theme seamlessly into its luxurious rooms. Our favourite has to be the Star Sanctuary. These huge 1800 square foot rooms come with an open air infinity pool that averages 450 square feet, plus stunning views of St Lucia’s Piton mountains. It’s truly out of this world.
TOP TIP: Spend a day at Anse Chastanet Beach, which is only a few minutes from the resort.
2. W Retreat & Spa, Maldives
Wow. Extreme Wow. Actually, the full room-name of this funky Maldives escape is ‘Extreme Wow Ocean Haven.’ This might give you an idea of why this resort is one of the world’s quirkiest rooms. W Retreat & Spa Maldives is a luxurious getaway with a fun-loving edge. Its gorgeous location only compliments the vast number amenities on offer too. Extending over the lagoon, The Extreme Wow Ocean Haven comes with hip custom furnishings and a sleek designs such as a thatched roof with cathedral ceiling. Not only can guests enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, but they can also dip into their oversized bathtub with Bliss® Spa bath amenities. Or relax and watch the latest on the 42 inch plasma TV. That is, of course, if they ever tire of the stunning ocean view.
FUN FACT: W Retreat Maldives features the Maldives’s only underground nightclub.
1. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
One of the most famous hotels in the world also comes into first place in our list of the world’s quirkiest rooms. Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai has a number of spectacular features, and the one we’ll focus on is the Underwater Suite. You heard that right. The Poseidon and Neptune suites both feature floor-to-ceiling windows with a view into the Ambassador Lagoon. Call it fascinating, romantic, or unique. Because whatever it is, staying here is a once in a lifetime experience. After all, who needs a view of a city when you can wake up to the sight of over 65,000 marine inhabitants?
WHAT WE LOVED: Atlantis The Palm’s Dolphin Bay is the largest coastal dolphin habitat in the world.