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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.

Bubble Domes Northern Ireland
These bubble domes allow guests to sleep beneath the stars in comfort. Image by Finn Lough

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!

1. These incredible transparent bubble domes in Northern Ireland

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.

bubble domes northern ireland
The bubble domes lit up at night. Image by Finn Lough
The domes feature bespoke four poster beds, offering a taste of luxury amongst nature.
The domes feature bespoke four poster beds, offering a taste of luxury amongst nature. Image by Finn Lough

2. A bibliophile’s dream in this booked-themed hostel in Japan

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.

Read until you fall asleep at this book-themed hostel in Japan.
Read until you fall asleep at this book-themed hostel in Japan. Image by Book and Bed
Read until you fall asleep at this book-themed hostel in Japan.
Read until you fall asleep at this book-themed hostel in Japan. Image by Book and Bed

3. A cabin teetering over the Slovenian Alps

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 SlovenianItalian border.

Slovenia Cabin
The slim cabin is perched precariously over rocks near the boarder between Italy and Slovenia. Image by Janez Martincic
The think cabin is tethered to the rocks by cables.
The think cabin is tethered to the rocks by cables. Image by Janez Martincic

4. A hobbit hole in the Washington countryside

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.

The Hobbit hole offers stunning views of the surrounding mountainside.
The Hobbit hole offers stunning views of the surrounding mountainside. Image by Airbnb/Katie Wolfe
The property has room to sleep two people and includes a living area with a bathroom.
The property has room to sleep two people and includes a living area with a bathroom. Image by Airbnb/Katie Wolfe

5. This UFO in the middle of the Swedish woods

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.

The UFO cabin seen glowing at night.
The UFO cabin seen glowing at night. Image by Treehotel
The interior of the UFO room.
The interior of the UFO room. Image by Treehotel

6. This SpongeBob-themed pineapple under the sea

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.

The pineapple under the sea.
The pineapple under the sea. Image by Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
The living room of the pineapple.
The living room of the pineapple. Image by Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

7. A luxury tree house in Dorset complete with open air shower

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.

The luxury treehouse was opened this summer in the woodlands of Dorset in England.
The luxury treehouse was opened this summer in the woodlands of Dorset in England. Image by Mallinson
The eco-friendly design means the the build do not actually touch the existing oak tree.
The eco-friendly design means the the build do not actually touch the existing oak tree. Image by Mallinson