Sometimes a hotel is just a hotel, a practical place to crash after a busy day exploring a destination. And sometimes the accommodation is the main destination itself. This collection of extraordinary lodgings around the world are much more than a place to rest your travel-weary head. Come be inspired to live out your childhood dreams by staying in a tree house, lighthouse, igloo, castle or cave. There’s no end to the creative spaces you can spend the night in. Dream on.
1. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
Vancouver Island is a perfect setting for hanging in the trees in your own personal orb or cozy sphere built for two. These wooden sanctuary pods take the tree house concept to a whole new dimension. You’ll be gently rocked to sleep with the breeze, suspended like a Christmas ornament under the canopy. This is the very definition of eco-cool accommodation.
2. Hotel Costa Verde 727 Fuselage, Costa Rica
Even those who can’t sleep on planes will have a memorable night in this funky fuselage hotel. It’s the ultimate recycling project, a retrofitted 1965 vintage Boeing 727 aircraft remodeled with teak interior and perched high on a pedestal. You’ll find it jutting 50 feet into the canopy near Quepos, Costa Rica. You can’t beat the ocean and rainforest views from the deck built right on the right wing.