Here’s one for those who ‘go holiday or go home’ and won’t settle for a bucket and spade or a lounger in a prime location. Yes, floating hotels provide an edgy way to stay when you vacay, located in eye-popping locations amongst dreamy scenery. They’ll make an indent on your mind, as well as your bank balance, but buoy are these water dwellers worth it. Float to the following…
If the picture of this underwater oasis doesn’t do it justice, then know that Manta Resort in Tanzania is unbelievably snazzy, with a rooftop deck, then below that, at sea level, you have your lounge area and bathroom. You’ll stay in total luxury in underwater rooms located 250 meters off the shores of Pemba Island in Zanzibar. From your room, in a wholly Finding Nemo-esque way, you’ll discover all the fish and saline one can, whilst lounging about in Swedish-designed watertight chambers!
Where: Psv-zanzibar estate, Tanzania
We’re off to Sweden next – specifically to Salt & Sill, a mesmeric little boatel that houses 23 Scandinavian minimalist style bedrooms and bobs up and down along the Klädesholmen Island. Fancy a dip? You can climb down one of the ladders which certain rooms have, and submerge yourself straight into the sea. Plus, very little beats being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves hitting the sides. Ahhh!
Where: 471 51 Tjörn, Sweden
If you’re looking for a social media detox, you’ll certainly find one at River Kwai Jungle Rafts in Thailand. Lit by the traditional kerosene lamps at night, this is a true eco hideaway nestled along the River Kwai. It’s not everyday you can say you’re waking up in a jungle (although the British weather certainly feels like a tropical rainforest at times, emphasis on the rain part). River Kwai Jungle Rafts are weaved from local bamboo decorated with wooden furniture reflecting Mon living style, each lodge is fitted with a balcony and hammock so you while the day away. Just maybe pack a book as there’s no electricity to keep your phone topped up with charge.
Where: Baan Tahsao, Amphur Saiyok,Kanchanaburi 70150, Thailand
When you’re visiting Paris, the city of love, it’s totally worth pushing the boat out, or the hotel if you will, when it comes to accommodation. And what better way to do it than at OFF Paris Seine, a VIP-visited hot-spot moored on the River Seine between the left and right banks. Expect a posh plunge pool, delicious brunches and rooms with luminescent basins and bathtubs. Essentially, if you love lounging about in complete luxury, cocktail in hand, then it’s time to go OFF!
Where: 86 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France
Lose yourself in the tranquility of this little paradise. At Punta Caracol Aqcua Lodge, you’ll find yourself surrounded by, well, aqua. Nuzzled in the Republic of Panama, the country on the isthmus linking Central and South America, you’ll be up close and personal with playful dolphins who’ll splash around the bay. Learn how to coexist with the advance systems of renewable energy like the solar panels or the bio-digester that debugs the sewage avoiding any type of pollution impact on the environment. Down at the restaurant decked out with an impressive palm leaf roof, you’ll be dining in true Caribbean style in candlelight.
Where: Bocas del Toro Island, Republic of Panama
Floating in five-star glory, Taj Lake Palace oozes elegant Indian vibes and sits spectacularly in the middle of a lake in Udaipur. The hotel was, in fact, the backdrop for the James Bond movie Octopussy in 1983 and, if you’re go to frolic in its opulence, you’ll be greeted with Champagne and escorted to one of the 66 rooms or 17 suites under embroidered umbrellas.
Where: Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
Sail along the Seto Inland Sea and become engulfed by the endless coastal beauty of the Setouchi Region in Japan. On board this luxury floating hotel, you’ll find yourself enveloped in the refreshing air (unlike the smog we’re used to in London) and gentle warmth of the wooden surroundings. There’s four beautiful cabins to choose from, depending on your fancy, each equipped with a beautiful backdrop of the rolling oceans of course.
All aboard the Zambezi Queen express! Uncover the unique African landscape by luxury houseboat as you set sail upon the Zambezi Queen. Formed of 14 luscious suites – ten standard and four master – while on board, you’ll be able to soak up the revitalising Chobe River breeze while longingly exploring the stunning views Namibia has to offer. It’s certainly an upgrade from your average safari trip to Woburn!
Where: Kasika Island Zambezi Region, Namibia, Africa
Of course, if you’re not a fan of flying afield, you can enjoy a floating hotel experience in Portsmouth! Yep, you might not having jet blue seas and rolling hills, but you’ll be able to discover the remarkable history of the fortresses and the waters that surround them. Solent Forts is tucked on the strait fo water separating the Isle of Wight from mainland England and is hugely popular with yachting enthusiasts. Whether you’re after a relaxing spa treatment, wine and cheese tasting afternoon or a battle with lazors, you’ll find it all at the fort!
Where: Canalside, Gunwhard Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3EH
Want to sleep with the fishes? No, we’ve not gone all The Godfather on you, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has unveiled plans to allow you to do exactly that, sleep underwater. Sixteen and a half feet below the surface, the glass pods will see guests surrounded by the stunning sealife of the Indian Ocean. The luxury suites exist on top and below the waves, with sleeping space for nine guests in total, along with a gym, butler’s quarters and, of course, room for your detail of body guards. But below deck the concrete, steel and acrylic structure gives way to a domed suite for a lucky couple to go down in true style.
Where: Rangali Island Rangali, 20077, Maldives
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