Gone are the days when travellers simply had the choice between hotels and B&Bs. In the modern age of the industry, a diverse selection of awe-inspiring accommodation is available, catering to all budgets, interests and tastes. With that in mind, Lonely Planet Travel News has rounded up a selection of the most unique and inspiring places that we discovered to stay in 2017.
Located in the suitably picturesque wine-producing municipality of Prince Edward County in Canada, Mr. Anderson’s House offers film fans the opportunity to step into the magical, stylised world of the director. Available to rent on Airbnb, each room of the house has been meticulously designed to represent a different film.
Meticulously restored after standing in a state of decay for over 100 years, Castello di Ugento in Puglia, Italy is now a truly dynamic space that features luxury accommodation, as well as a museum and culinary school on the site. Hotel guests can take part in cookery classes and sample produce grown and harvested from the castle’s 18th century walled kitchen garden, which was the first part of the castle to be restored.
The new villa at Segera Retreat is built in the heart of Laikipia, a popular safari location in Kenya known for its density of wildlife and a number of important animal conservancies. Providing guests with a panoramic view of a nearby river and endless plains, the suite is modelled on a bird’s nest, with the entire structure being built with farmed wood and actual tree branches woven into a nest by local community members, according to the retreat.
Created by Cozy Campers, the Aurora Explorer campervan features a panoramic sunroof that allows visitors to gaze up at the sky from their bed. Featuring a gas stove, as well as a sink and a fridge, the vehicle can sleep up to three people and is available for hire any time apart from 15 December – 29 February.
Established in 1974 as one of the first residential recording facilities in the United Kingdom and with parts of the site that date back to the 11th century, The Sawmills sits at the tidal creek on the banks of the River Fowey in Cornwall, and boasts beautiful views of the surrounding area. Operating as a fully-functional recording studio that includes a control room and machine room, plus a live space and two isolation booths, The Sawmills has views of both the lawn and creek. As well as the Gallagher brothers, the studio has played host to a varied selection of recording artists over the years, including Robert Plant, Stone Roses, Muse, The Verve, Ben Howard, Jessie J, Wet Wet Wet, Supergrass and Duran Duran.
Described by the designers as an immersive, multi-sensory retreat and meeting room, The Krane was created by Klaus Kastbjerg and architect Mads Møller from Arcgency. The build comprises of a reception area on the ground floor, a meeting room called the Glass Box on the first floor, a second-floor spa, as well as a lounge and a terrace at the top. Painted black in reference to its past as a coal crane, it is located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbours under renovation in Copenhagen.
For a holiday location with a difference, an Airbnb is being offered that is located on top of a lava flow at the base of the world’s most active volcano. Phoenix House is located in Kalapana, four miles away from Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai’i. It has erupted 33 times since 1843, but the last time was back in 1984, which might give travellers confidence to stay at the one-bedroom retreat.
In the 1870s, a huge brick and stone, overshadowing complex consisting of eleven buildings was built to become the home of what was previously named the ‘Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane’. Now, a part of this complex houses the Hotel Henry, an 88-room property where one stays in the former patients’ rooms amidst the hotel’s high ceilings, original windows and endless hallways. Aside from having a hopping bar and the 100 Acres restaurant, one of the hotel’s best features is its places to get lost. Niches, nooks and even crannies are perfect places to sit and read a good book, laze away with a lover or friend with a drink in hand, or set up shop with laptop in lap and an espresso.
Surrounded by palm trees with an ornately-decorated wooden entrance, Casa Malca is an eco-friendly boutique hotel on the beaches of Tulum in Mexico. It also happens to be the former safe house of one of the world’s most notorious criminals. Formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, the property was restored in 2012 and opened as accommodation.
Prison might be the last place travellers would expect to experience a taste of the high life, but that’s exactly what they can get at Het Arresthuis (the Arrest House) in the Netherlands. Located in the Roermond region, the hotel is located inside an 1863 prison, complete with barred windows, the original cell doors and cast-iron staircases. Inside, the cells have been transformed into luxury rooms and suites, combining high-end touches in a rather austere setting. You can even rent an entire cell block for parties of up to 200 people.