When the unusual is the exception, it appears even more striking! Just imagine the atmosphere of a charming log cabin, the wind blowing in a Québec igloo or the quirkiness of an hotel floating on the waters of the Thames river...
In the South African savannah…
Whether brought up in the city or the country, and either working with your head or your hands, you know you wanted to build a tree house, a la Bart Simpson. As a tribute to your childhood dreams, allow yourself a stop in the largest South African animal sanctuary. Find it improper? Rather deliciously intriguing. Find shelter in one of the luxurious lodges nestled in the Kruger National Park, amidst lush vegetation overlooking the bush. Go back to the wild with the Lion Sands Game Reserve!
Lion Sands Game Reserve
Sabi Sand Reserve
1260 Sabi Sands
+27 (0)11 880 9992
The thrill of an igloo-hotel
During wintertime, you probably dread freezing cold winds brought about by the night. However, bear in mind that cold temperatures draw men closer and their hearts will beat as one. If you happen to dream, accompanied by your family or sweetheart, of a warm let-up in the whiteness of the snow, fly over to Canada! A mere two miles from the north end of Québec, you will live an incomparable adventure in the Ice Hotel. The huge snow vaults, crystalline ice sculptures and 44 rooms and suites will dazzle your mind. Open every year from January to early April, the establishment offers an ice bar and even a snow chapel that can be used for wedding ceremonies.
Hôtel de Glace
1860 Boulevard Valcartier suite A
Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC G0A 4S0
Koti: spend a night in Finland… from Paris
On Finland's centenary, the Finnish Institute in Paris sets up a small village of six typically Scandinavian homes in the heart of the 5th arrondissement, until May 7th, 2017. You will feel a thousand miles away while in the centre of Old Paris. Those Finnish mökkis will carry you into designer Linda Bergroth's universe. She conceived the Parisian Trabendo venue, in the Parc de la Villette. Taste the simplicity and coolness of a country house built in solid pine. You will find fruits of the forest and rye bread on your plate, enjoy dressing gowns as well as a sauna on the premises. The whole shebang! Everything is put together for you to leave the capital's daily routine for a few northern nights.
60, rue des Écoles
+33 (0)1 40 51 89 09
Until 7 May 2017
On “an estuary without a river”
Are you looking for eccentricity in daily life? The River Thames may just offer you that inimitable nocturnal experience. The Good Hotel London is a genuine floating rig displaying an industrial design that gives you the chance to sleep on one of the world's most famous rivers. A chic night for a chic cause: when booking directly from the hotel, Good Hotel London supports needy children in Guatemala. Wait no longer and head over the Royal Victoria subway station!
Good Hotel London
Royal Victoria Dock
Londres E16 1FA
+44 (0)20 3637 7401
High on the Harlingen lighthouse
Time to rise above the ground now. Once upon a time, there was a lighthouse that, after 75 years of good and faithful service, was to shed its lights for the last time. Luckily, a bold individual decided to rekindle its flame. The Harlingen lighthouse now cocks an unusual snook at conventions. Climb up the spiral staircase to reach the bathroom and its lovely round tub. On the next floor, the ravishing main living area is drenched in the calm and serene Dutch sunlight. If the view onto the commercial Old Town and the coastline is still not good enough from your bed, shin up to the top of the lighthouse for a peaking romantic dinner!
8861 XH Harlingen
+31 (0)51 741 4410
The Mont Blanc from your cocoon
If you cherish the comfort of a charming little house but also crave for mountainous splendours, look no further and follow the guide. In this transparent humble bubble of a home, you will find a cosy bed, soft pillows, a warm blanket and the plaid that goes with it. When the night becomes cold in the valley or the rain falls on the surface of your nest, you will lose track of time. Watch the last rays of sun colour the peaks of the Mont Blanc, or listen to donkeys hee-hawing over green pastures. As a passionate stay, an unusual adventure or a wedding night, enjoy the various treasures of the Alpine nature at the edge of the woods.
888, route de la Combe
+33 (0)4 50 91 10 90