6 of the quirkiest luxury hotel rooms

18 October 2019

Luxury hotels and resorts around the world vary in their level of grandiosity, with each having their own unique style that sets them apart from the rest. When it comes to accommodation, nothing is too much, with rooms straying from the conventional to create some of the world’s most beautiful and distinctive rooms. Here’s a selection of our favourites from around the world:

Jade Mountain’s three-walled rooms (Saint Lucia, Caribbean)


Perhaps you thought that every hotel room you’ll sleep in would have at least four walls, right? Wrong. At Jade Mountain Saint Lucia, all 24 stunning sanctuaries and five sky suites have been designed with just three walls, with the fourth replaced by panoramic views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.

The sanctuaries’ open-plan layout and 15-foot high ceilings create a spacious haven where the barrier between and nature is broken. Laze your days away looking out to breath-taking views from your bedroom, living area and private infinity pool, feeling at one with the peaceful environment around you.

“The architecture and experience of Jade Mountain is unique and definitely looks fitting for a James Bond villain. The view of the Pitons is magical and especially as night falls when you can see Venus shining brightly over the top.”

Alex, Travel Counsellor 

Keemala’s bird nest (Phuket, Thailand)

Get a bird’s eye perspective of Phuket as you stay in the Keemala’s bird nest-style villas. Inspired by the Rung-Nok Clan (Nest Clan) who enjoyed an opulent life, these fabulous villas are designed to mimic the woven tangle of a bird’s nest, in a nod to the exclusivity craved by the clan. There’s more to this cuckoo accommodation than just leaves and twigs though – each of the eight 185m² villas comes with an oversized king-size bed, luxurious bathroom amenities, expansive bathroom with monsoon shower, a private pool and outdoor sun deck. Keemala’s other accommodation is just as visually intriguing with tree houses, tent pool villas and clay pool cottages throughout the resort.

Elephant Hills’ luxury tents (Surat Thani, Thailand)


Glamping has gathered enough popularity in recent years to earn a place in the Oxford English Dictionary, but Elephant Hills - Thailand’s first luxury tented camp - has been finessing the concept of glamorous camping since the turn of the millennium.

The resort combines African-style safari tents with the unique environment of Khao Sok and its lush, evergreen tropical rainforest and the result doesn’t fail to impress. Tents come with wooden floors, electricity (solar and wind sourced) and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and western-style toilet, while mosquito nets ensure accommodation remains bug-free.

A stay here means you’ll be lying in a proper, super comfortable bed, surrounded by one of the world’s oldest rainforests, lulled to sleep by the sounds of the jungle and the many birds, amphibians and insects that inhabit it.


Soneva Jani’s waterslide villas (Medhufaru Island Noonu Atoll, Maldives)



You may have stayed in some unique accommodation, but did that accommodation feature a waterslide veering off your room into the sparkling ocean beneath it? Probably not… 

Located off the scenic island of Medhufaru, Soneva Jani’s water villas come with everything anyone would need for a luxurious and memorable stay including a walk-in minibar, wine cellar, outdoor bathroom, private pool, gym, television lounge, retractable roofs, sun loungers a children's sleeping area and, of course, the aforementioned water slide. Zoom from the upper deck straight into the glistening turquoise waters of a picturesque lagoon.

Atlantis The Palm’s Underwater Suite (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)


World-famous for all the right reasons, the amazingly opulent underwater suite at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai gives unique accommodation worldwide a run for its money. Forget visiting an aquarium – you could be immersed in one as your bed sits directly beneath floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, the only thing between you and thousands of fishes and marine life.

It is one of the city’s most opulent contemporary hotels, no mean feat considering Dubai’s lavish and reputation. Elsewhere on the hotel’s grounds, you can soak up an unparalleled view of the famous Dubai skyline, while more than 20 restaurants can serve up whatever kind of cuisine you’re hungry for. Check out the sensational suites in the clip below. 

“Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm is a truly magical and amazing place - a real treat for anyone of any age. The hotel can be very busy with the Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers being open to the public, but hotel guests get complimentary access. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the Imperial Club Level, where you’ll enjoy unlimited access to the Imperial Lounge for breakfast and light snacks and drinks throughout the day, and full use of the sauna and jet pool facilities.”

Kay, Travel Counsellor


Iberostar Grand Portals Nous’ Stargazer Suite (Majorca, Spain)

The exclusive adults-only five-star Iberostar Grand Portals Nous offers its guests the chance to become experts in stargazing. If you somehow tire of admiring the stunning sea view, there’s a modern telescope on hand to contemplate the secrets of the Majorcan skies.

Stargazing novices can receive a free introduction on how to use the telescope, and those wanting to take it further, a premium visit to the Astronomy Observatory of Majorca can be organised.

Even on a cloudy night, guests can still gaze up at the stars thanks to a ceiling boasting constellation recreated with Swarovski crystals. The rest of the room is a universe of stellar touches and comfort with a chaise longue, special lamps and a private bathroom.


Experience these quirky rooms for yourself by contacting your Travel Counsellor today and taking advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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