Aris Caves - Santorini, Greece
An enchanting terraced hotel in Oia, Santorini, Aris Caves offers comfortable accommodation in 6 traditionally-furnished cave rooms, each with its own personality and ingenious rustic details. The unique, authentic atmosphere that prevails throughout the interiors is complemented by private balconies and flower-filled patios from where guests can admire the famous caldera and the vast blue Aegean Sea.
Bambu Indah - Bali, Indonesia
Comprising a stunning collection of antique Java homes, Bambu Indah is Ubud’s eco-luxury boutique hotel par excellence. A unique combination of rustic and luxurious, the resort offers upscale facilities in a gorgeous riverfront setting of rice paddies and scenic cascades. The natural swimming pool, the organic cuisine and the Balinese massages offered are all outstanding, but what really sets this hotel apart are its magical accommodation units. Each Javanese house has been tenderly restored to provide all modern comforts while preserving its historical and architectural character. The charming residences, all of which have belonged to the brides of Javanese noblemen, are tastefully furnished and filled with exquisite antiques and art objects, including Ethiopian rawhide benches, unique rugs from Morocco and Tibet as well as rich Chinese furnishings from another era.
BaseCamp Bonn - Germany
Decorated by film set designer Marion Seul, BaseCamp is a cool, unique and extremely ingenious youth hostel housed in a former storage facility in Bonn, Germany. Developed as a campground, the hotel comprises 16 vintage caravans named according to the quirky decoration themes inside, from Big Ben and Drag Queen to Flower Power and 20.000 Leagues under the Sea. Moreover, guests will have the opportunity to sleep in a train, an American Airstream, a Trabant or a retro VW Transporter, to name but a few of the campground’s odd accommodation units.
Brewhouse Inn & Suites - Milwaukee, WI, USA
Housed in Milwaukee’s Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery, the Brewhouse Inn & Suites is a wonderful green boutique hotel with first-rate accommodation, inspiring design and plentiful amenities. The property’s creative interiors combine modern décor and comforts with imaginative steampunk elements that remind of Jules Verne’s 19th century scientific romances. Guests can choose from 90 lovely suites that range from contemporary studios with custom-made furnishings and fully-equipped kitchens to spacious luxuriously-appointed suites that can accommodate up to six. The hotel has its own pub and grill where visitors can enjoy delicious meals and sample a varied menu of Wisconsin beers on tap.
Adrere Amellal - Siwa, Egypt
From afar, it resembles a sand castle with all its magic, soft turrets and perfect details, but once inside, you are awarded with a quiet, refined and intimate atmosphere that reminds of biblical Egypt. The stunning desert eco-lodge of Adrere Amellal is beautifully located in Siwa Oasis, at the foot of the mystical White Mountain, and offers 40 magnificent rooms, each unique in design and décor, but all gorgeously appointed with distinctive furnishings crafted by talented local artisans from high-quality indigenous materials. Your stay will be enhanced by delicious traditional cuisine based on organic locally-grown ingredients, a lovely spring-fed pool, and an exquisite range of desert and cultural excursions.
El Cosmico - Marfa, TX, USA
Although it may not be your usual 5-star experience, El Cosmico has its quirks and eccentricities that make it unique. Beautifully restored vintage trailers, peculiar tepees and well-equipped safari tents make up this 18 acre nomadic hotel in the remote, yet artsy city of Marfa, in the far West Texas. Inspired by America’s hippie movement and traditional Indian beliefs, renowned architects and ingenious students have managed to create an oasis of calm and creative energy in the middle of nowhere, offering travelers something that no other place really does - the chance to express themselves and to live, at least for a while, in a community of like-minded folks.
The Eagles View Suite - Finland
Spacious, luxurious and utterly unique, the Eagles View Suite at Iso Syote Hotel is a spectacular two-floor accommodation built around a growing tree. The outstanding design along with the topnotch amenities and stunning glass roof and walls that afford million dollar views of summer’s midnight sun and winter’s Northern Lights, make this space an exclusive, year-round oasis. However, Finland’s best ski boutique hotel in 2013 has much more to offer, including delightful traditional cottages, top-quality cuisine and an unparalleled choice of winter activities.