As much as we love familiar surroundings and modern hotels, we’ve recently pursued new and unique accommodation experiences which has created some of our best travel memories. Here is a wrap up of some of our most memorable and unique stays that we’ve found through Booking.com to add to your bucket list ASAP!
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Berber Castle in North Africa
A Berber Castle (or ‘ksar’) is a dwelling of earth-coloured buildings and towers resembling small castles usually located along the slopes and remote areas of the Atlas Mountains. Every Moroccan village has a kasbah where royalties and citizens of importance once lived.
During our stay in Dades Valley, we stayed at Ksar Sultan Dades, and spent most of our time here on the roof and by the pool located in the open patio.
A special characteristic of berber castles is the view and location. Ksars are usually located at high vantage points to overlook the area to spot oncoming or unwanted guests. The view from the rooftop of Ksar Sultan Dades gave us a breathtaking view of what surrounded us in the Atlas Mountains. Watching the fiery sunset over the red and violet landscape was the perfect way to end our long day on the road.
Desert Camp in North Africa
I think it goes without saying that you can NOT go to Morocco without staying in a luxury desert camp in the Sahara!! This was truly one of the most unique and unforgettable overnight experiences we’ve had.
Our chosen desert camp was with Sirocco Luxury Camp, located in the Merzouga sand dunes (the most beautiful part of the sand dunes) which we accessed by a sunset camel trek – if that isn’t enough to convince you to go, I don’t know what is!
Sirocco Luxury Camp was equipped with luxuries like extremely clean and spacious tents, running water and shower, electricity and even Wi-fi.
Upon arriving at our camp, we enjoyed a freshly cooked dinner followed by a night of song and dance by the campfire with the wonderful staff. Our guide had so much fun he even stayed with us overnight and slept outside under the stars!
Overwater Bungalow in the Maldives
Imagine rolling out of bed and jumping straight into the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. That was reality for us for three days during our trip to Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort.
There are different room types at this magnificent resort and I’m sure if we could afford the underwater The Muruka Room, it would have definitely made this list! But we were still so incredibly happy with our stay in the Water Villa.
The Water Villa is a private and romantic experience (perfect for couples and honeymooners) with an ocean-facing hot tub, plunge pool and private sun terrace. Staying here felt like we were in our own little world with the Indian Ocean all to ourselves. We spent our days sunbaking, ordering room service, snorkelling, relaxing in the spa and watching the cotton candy sunset.
Cruise Ship in Vietnam
There’s no better way to get up close and personal with the famous limestone islands along Ha Long Bay then an overnight boat cruise. We booked Oriental Sales for a 3 day and 2 night sail around Turtle Island, Lan Ha Bay to Van Gia Floating Village.
The Superior Room had a spacious bed, ensuite and modern amenities. Despite being hit with some stormy clouds, our cruise was smooth sailing all through the night and we slept nice and soundly.
The best thing about booking Oriental Sales is the fact that you’re booking an entire experience, not just a place to rest your head and have good food. Our 3 day itinerary with the cruiseline included a kayak along the hidden parts of the islands and Lan Ha Bay, Van Boi beach, Ba Cat beach, Titop Island, Titop Beach, Ba Hang Fishing Village, Dog Rock and on-board activities like tai-chi, cooking classes and fishing.
Cave Hotel in Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey is an otherwordly destination and one of our favourite bucket list locations so far. This enchanting town is characterised by endless valleys of naturally-forming fairy chimneys, many of which have been carved out over the centuries and turned into churches, museums and hotels.
If you’re planning to visit Cappadocia, your visit won’t be complete without two things: 1. A hot air balloon ride and 2. Overnight stay in a cave hotel.
Museum Hotel is a luxury boutique cave hotel that sits on the highest point of Uchisar, from the hotel terrace you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the some of the most popular locations in Cappadocia: Avanos, Göreme, Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley, and Mt. Erciyes. This makes it the perfect spot to watch the sunrise hot air balloon flights.
Being a luxury boutique hotel, there are only 30 rooms and suites at Museum Hotel and as the name suggests, this hotel is a “living museum” that has been restored from the ruins of the Cappadocian caves. Each room is completely unique from the other and depending on what your cave room once was, Museum Hotel has carried on it’s historical theme with a modern and luxurious twist.
Besides the impressive view of the hot air balloons from the hotel terrace, you might be lucky enough to see them from the window of your bedroom (excuse the grainy iPhone picture).
Moroccan Riad in North Africa
Riads are traditional Moroccan homes that can easily be mistaken as palaces. These establishments are lavishly decorated in traditional Moroccan style with insta-worthy private pools, courtyards and gardens.
Although riads are located all over Morocco and within walking distance from the bustling markets, they’re designed to be hidden oasis’ and are carefully hidden away behind blank walls or subtle wooden doors within narrow secret streets.
Our best riad experience in Morocco was here at Riad Fes located in the second largest City in Morocco. Riad Fes is an ancient mansion refurbished into a luxury five-star hotel offering guests a contemporary experience in an “ancient Arabian setting”. The opulent interior was an artwork of tall ceilings, mosaic tiles, gold ornaments and stained glass windows.
Our room was conveniently located on the famous rooftop overlooking the medina and the Middle Atlas foothills which means that the cultural hub of the City is merely footsteps away from the hotel …and who’s to complain about the panoramic rooftop view?
So there you have it, some of the most unique accommodation experience we’ve found via booking.com – where is the most unique place you’ve stayed?
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