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.
The Manta Underwater Room - Tanzania
Masterminded by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, the Manta Underwater Room is a spectacular accommodation unit situated in a coral reef’s blue hole, just off the serene Tanzanian island of Pemba. Part of the luxurious Manta Resort, this unique floating cube consists of one underwater bedroom and a two-floor wooden deck with its own comfortable bed and lounging area. Almost entirely surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and rich marine life, the breathtaking underwater glass structure with its comfortable double bed and uninterrupted views makes for a once in a lifetime sleeping experience.
The Observatory - South Africa
Part of South Africa’s Leobo Private Reserve and designed by highly esteemed architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, The Observatory impresses not only with its astonishing stone and glass structure and gorgeous African-flavored interiors, but also with its vibrant outdoor spaces, magnificent views and topnotch amenities. Among these are two luxurious en-suite bedrooms decorated with custom-made furniture, an astrological observatory perfect for stargazing, an infinity pool and a grateful rooftop Jacuzzi where you can relax with a drink under the starry night sky.
The Pod Boutique Capsule Hotel - Singapore
The latest addition to Singapore’s staggering hotel scene is definitely something you don’t see every day. Consisting of 83 minimalist, yet stylish capsules, The Pod is a boutique hotel with an emphasis on modern design and up-to-date conveniences, situated at the edge of the bustling Singapore Central Business District. Accommodations range from single to female-only and queen pods, but all of them come fitted with comfortable beds, plush 300 thread-count sateen cotton sheets, fluffy duvets and laptop tables.
Cabanas no Rio - Portugal
Blissfully located in the village of Comporta, a region of great beauty only 1 hour drive from Lisbon, Cabanas no Rio makes for a truly enchanting escape for those in love with nature. The inventive project is designed by architect Manuel Aires Mateus and consists of two wonderfully restored fishermen huts, where luxury and comfort are ensured by the use of special materials and sophisticated designing techniques. Each 14 sqm unit has its own unique characteristics, one serving as an elegant double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and the other being equipped with a living room and a small well-appointed kitchen.