Located just twenty minutes outside of Brussels in the historic city of Mechelen lies Martin’s Patershof. This stunning building was once a church, and was transformed into a four-star hotel in the 2000s. The permit was applied for in 2006, and in 2009, the doors of the church were opened to travelers seeking a truly unique experience. And not only is the church – well, hotel, I suppose I should say, considering the building was deconsecrated – situated in a convenient and beautiful location, definitely worthy of a limousine service, it’s also absolutely steeped in history.
Located in a stunning temperate rainforest on Vancouver Island, British Colombia, are three spheres suspended in the trees. The three spheres have names, and are called Eve, Eryn, and Melody. Fittingly tranquil and hip, I’d say.
Fun fact, Free Spirit Spheres are the first and only ones in the world to manufacture spherical treehouses. They come complete with so many amenities from home that my uncles St Catharines Tree Service Company would even enjoy it. If this idea appeals to you, it looks like you’re going to need to make your way to Vancouver Island. Which, by the way, is a really beautiful part of the world, treehouses aside.
Found on the beautiful and remote Pemba Island in the Archipelago of Zanzibar, off the east coast of Africa, the Manta Resort is the place to be if you want to interact with locals and get closer to nature. Not somewhere you can likely get with a party bus company. You can find cautionary words on the hotel’s website warning that if you’re looking for something high-tech with a lot of bling, then this is not the place for you. This means that there are not more than a few dozen tourists on the island at a time, and on an island of 300 000 people, that means that you don’t have to worry about it being the kind of place where you see more foreigners than locals.
Wonderfully-enough, this Icehotel is exactly what it sounds like, in that it’s a hotel made of ice. Yep. How cool is that? get it? cool sorry, I couldn’t resist. Like I can never resist calling a Kansas City tow truck company when I have car issues back home. Anyway, the hotel can be found in Sweden in a place called Jukkasjärvi, which is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. Chilly! The idea for the Icehotel actually began as a kind of art festival in 1989. One Yngve Bergqvist, who would later found Icehotel, decided that Jukkasjärvi – a popular tourist destination in the summertime – need not be abandoned in the winter.