Get an Eyeful of the World's Most Unusual Hotel Rooms
On The Rocks
Those with a fear of heights need not apply: You have to climb 1,300 feet of rock face to sleep in one of Natura Vive's Skylodge Adventure Suites (from $425 per person per night), "the world's first hanging lodge," in Cuzco, Peru. Offering panoramic views of the Sacred Valley below, each cliffside capsule has room for eight, includes dinner-and-wine packages, and is built from a base of aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate—so you're safe and sound up there!
Wild, Wild West
Party like it's 1799 in a Conestoga wagon at Capitol Reef Resort (from $155 per night) in Torrey, Utah. Located five miles from Capitol Reef National Park, the digs offer striking views of red rock cliffs, which you can enjoy from a communal fire pit. Wagon exteriors are faithful to the pioneer days, but the interiors are glamping-worthy with space for six guests, separate private bathrooms, and weather-resistant tarps.
Out Of Africa
With canopy beds, sunny terraces, and in-room fireplaces, nothing seems too wild about the accommodations at the Giraffe Manor (from $620 per person per night) in Nairobi, Kenya—until one of its long-necked residents sticks her head through a window to sneak a treat. The manor's 12 acres of land are home to a number of Rothschild's giraffes. If you want to see even more animals during your stay, you can book a safari through the hotel.
If "Watch the northern lights from bed" isn't on your bucket list, it should be. Off the Map Travel's Aurora Wilderness Camp (from $1,800 per person for three nights) in northern Finland takes you by guided snowmobile to a two-person glass-roofed sleeping hut that's repositioned according to the day's forecast for optimum aurora borealis viewing. Your stay includes a double bed, a gas stove, and Finnish snacks, as well as snowshoes to explore the arctic wonderland outside.
Under The Sea
"Sleeping with the fishes" isn't usually considered a good thing, but at the Manta Resort (from $1,700 per night), it is. This hotel in Tanzania is home to the Underwater Room. Set at the bottom of a floating suite anchored 820 feet off the shore of Pemba Island, the glass-enclosed bedroom offers 360-degree views of reef fish and colorful coral, which you can further explore with complimentary snorkels.
It's earthy meets extraterrestrial: Free Spirit Spheres (from $235 per night) in British Columbia, Canada, suspends a trio of alien-like spherical structures from the trees of Vancouver Island's coastal rainforest. You can literally hang out in nature in a private pod above the ground, equipped with comfy beds (single or double mattresses), electric heaters, and built-in speakers. Plus, each sphere is built with biomimicry in mind so it soothingly sways with the rustle of the trees.