Wow Factor! The Most Amazing Places I’ve Stayed

This wide world is home to some pretty amazing accommodation experiences and I’ve been lucky enough to stay in some of them during my travels. I’ve certainly roughed it out in hostels but also lapped life up at breathtaking resorts offering that wow factor. Sometimes, half the fun of going to foreign destinations is researching what is on offer in terms of quirky accommodation that truly offers a once in a lifetime encounter. My guilty pleasure is indulging in the odd luxury or two. Here are some accommodation highlights from my travel experiences – trust me, once you discover the world of unique accommodation it’s virtually impossible not to get completely addicted.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

Prepare yourself for the ultimate winter-wonderland, my wanderlusting friends. This accommodation offers a range of charming log cabins and iconic glass igloos – for the ultimate experience at Kakslauttanen, spend at least one night at each accommodation type. You won’t want to miss cosying up in your very own sauna in the log cabin or witnessing the spectacular Northern light show from the comfort of your electric reclining bed in your very own glass igloo – enjoy! 

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Six Senses Resort Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

This may just be the most luxurious place I’ve stayed. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay located off the coast of Nha Trang in Vietnam offers everything and more to those who simply want to relax and indulge in the finer things in life. The resort provides its guests with a private butler, champagne on arrival and a daily fruit platter. The Water Villa itself is a truly sight to behold with a brilliant infinity pool overlooking the bay and direct access to the reef below. The villa has a rustic wooden interior with a stand-alone bath overlooking the bay where you can watch the clouds sweep in. Other highlights of the resort include the romantic cruise, wine cave experience and in-room dining.

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Posada Los Mapches Hostel, Mexico

When you think of a typical hostel, it’s not likely that a tree house springs to mind. Posada Los Mapaches in Tulum on the Quintana Roo coast of Mexico is one of the most amazing hostels I’ve stumbled across. For an extremely affordable rate you are provided with rustic shared tree-house accommodation, bikes to explore the local area and a home-cooked breakfast to fuel you for the day. Sleep amid the trees and watch out for the neighbouring coati creatures that may try and pull your hair!

Komaneka Tanggayuda, Bali

Nestled amongst the forest in Bali’s tranquil region of Ubud, Komaneka Tanggayuda offers the ultimate relaxation opportunity. On arrival you will be introduced to your personal assistant and shown around the manicured, exotic grounds. The highlight of the accommodation experience is the breathtaking infinity pool at the forest’s edge and the deluxe pool valley villas that have everything you need for a comfortable stay.

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Hotel Sint Nicolaas, Amsterdam

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Hotel Sint Nicolaas offers quaint accommodation just a hop, skip and jump from the train station and key sights of this picture-perfect city (perhaps even my favourite city in the world). The hotel stands out due to its quirky artwork and simple yet charming breakfast/reception area  with a lovely old world atmosphere.

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Photo by JSprings Photography

Six Senses Con Dao Island 

I’m a big fan of the Six Senses chain due to their ability to make luxury seem at one with nature. Six Senses Con Dao offered the ultimate chilled out getaway with a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the beach, an amazingly comfortable bed and two spacious levels to just relax and drink in the  beauty of the ocean view. The intimate resort offers a deluxe spa and onsite restaurant serving a mouth-watering variety of cuisines.

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Karma Jimbaran Resort

Surrounded by immaculately manicured gardens that are maintained by ever-smiling staff, Karma Jimbaran is the perfect Balinese accommodation option located in Jimbaran Bay. The Valley Pool Villa has spectacular valley views and covers an expansive area complete and has four ensuite bedrooms and a living area. Wake early to make the most of the sunrise viewing deck – yep, it’s a thing!

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Topas Ecolodge

Be prepared to have your breath stolen by spectacular sweeping views. Here you will feel like you are walking with your head among the clouds and your feet floating a metre off the ground. Situated on a beautiful hilltop surrounded by rice paddies just 18 kilometres from the popular tourist hub of Sapa in Vietnam, Topas EcoLodge offers 25 mountain bungalows built as rustic chalet-style single bed houses with wooden decks offering magnificent views. Base yourself at this amazing hotel to explore the surrounding area and its beautiful ethnic minorities.

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Hotel Atmospheres, Paris 

Located in the chic student suburb of Saint Germain in Paris, Hotel Atmospheres is the first art-gallery hotel in the city. Reception offers a retro honesty bar and cute resting area with a charming courtyard. The rooms are small but perfectly formed, with some offering views of the streets of Paris below. This hotel makes the list for its beautiful interior and decorations and great location near traditional French restaurants and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Shinta Mani Club, Cambodia

Shinta Mani has been voted by Trip Advisor as the third best hotel in the world. After a three day stay there I can now see why. The staff are at your every beck and call (uncomfortably so!) and happy to share information about their local culture. The resort has a homely touch, amazing food and beautiful rooms incorporating elements of local design. After a hard day of exploring the local ruins, Shinta Mani Club is the perfect Cambodian home-base to return to.

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That’s it from me! What are your favourite accommodation experiences? I would love to hear about them below!

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