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.
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.