7 of the most incredible places we discovered to stay in the world in 2016
With an incredibly diverse selection of unique camping spaces, glamping opportunities, AirBnBs, luxury hotels, boutique hostels and cabins being widely available in recent times, there's no doubt that 2016 offered global travellers the chance to see the world from a unique perspective.
Lonely Planet Travel News has rounded up seven of the most incredible and unique places for people to stay from 2016, including UFOs in the middle of the Swedish woods, hobbit holes and pineapples!
Nestled in the woods of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is the Finn Lough estate, which as well as offering accommodation in the form of fisherman’s cottages, catered suites and lakeside lodges, gives guests the opportunity to gaze at the stars from within these transparent luxury bubble domes. Each of the seven available domes includes beautiful furnishings and hotel suite amenities.
Not everyone can boast that they have curled up inside a bookshelf for a good nights sleep, but guests at this incredible book-themed hostel in Kyoto, Japan can. The "accommodation bookshop" called Book and Bed allows visitors to curl up and catch up on their reading in beds that hide in the shelves.
This may not be an option for the faint-hearted, but this incredible looking cabin perched precariously on the edge of the Julian Alps certainly got people talking this year. The thin, 104-square-foot structure is tethered to the rocks by cables and offers stunning views of the Slovenian-Italian border.
Travellers wishing to take a stroll into Middle Earth, look no further. Named, “Tiny House in the Shire”, this AirBnB sits nestled into the mountains at Columbia River Gorge in Washington. The cosy accommodation sleeps two people and includes a small bedroom, a living area with a fire, a bathroom and of course, the iconic circular front door.
Treehotel is a Sweden-based company specialising in a range of unique cabins available for rent. As well as offering guests the chance to sleep in a floating cabin in a tree, and a futuristic mirror cube, visitors to the area can spend the night in a glowing spaceship suspended off the ground.
Ok, so it's not really under the sea. But this beautifully furnished Spongbob Squarepants-themed villa at the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will make you feel like you are playing beneath the waves at Bikini Bottom. The villa features a patio, infinity pool and private butler to care for the guests.
This cosy nook in Dorset, in south-west England, is a true rustic retreat for travellers wishing to reconnect with nature while keeping a splash of luxury. The eco-friendly "Woodsman's Treehouse" comes complete with an open air tree-shower, a private deck set amongst the branches of veteran oak and a revolving wood burner.