Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass

5 of the World’s Most Adventurous Hotels

Sure, a predictable hotel room is great. With two standard queen size beds, a toasty shower and cable TV, the average room is fully equipped for most any travel endeavor. But do you ever wish your room was more… exciting? Well folks, get ready to check-in for adventure because these five unique hotels are like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

1. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Elevate your lodging experience (400 meters above ground to be exact) at Skylodge Adventure Suites in Peru where you can stay in a transparent luxury capsule hanging from the top of a mountain. To get to your pod you’ll have to choose between embarking on a 400-meter trek up Via Ferrata and hiking an intrepid trail complete with zip lines. Once arriving at your pod you’ll find many of the comforts of home await you such as fine quality mattresses, sheets, pillows and quilts to ensure a cozy night’s sleep. Each guest who stays at Skylodge Adventure Suites will also be treated to complimentary breakfast and gourmet dinners with wine and transportation to Cuzco with a professional guide.

2. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Want to take the safari experience to the next level? Giraffe Manor in Kenya lets guests get up close and personal with a number of endangered giraffes as they poke their head through large glass windows during breakfast time and frolic through large plots of open land throughout the day. Established in the 1930s, this fabulous manor boasts 12 rooms and is situated on an area of private land measuring 12 acres. In addition to hanging with giraffes, when you stay at Giraffe Manor you pay for full board which includes three gourmet meals and afternoon tea each day, bottomless drinks, a luxury hotel experience complete with on-site spa, and transportation to other attractions in the area.

3. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Florida

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“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” — Jacques Yves Cousteau . First of all, I’m going to give Jacques some credit and assume he was including #PADIwomen in that sentiment, at least in spirit ;-) . So excited to share this first glimpse at one of my most memorable adventures, ever — spending the night underwater in the @jules_undersea_lodge in @thefloridakeys. It’s America’s only underwater hotel, and as far as I can tell, the only dive-in hotel in the world. . My friend Heather and I spent nineteen hours under the surface, slipping between our underwater habitat and the murky lagoon, all the whole filming a segment for @paditv that I’m basically peeing in my wetsuit with excitement over. Swipe right for a peek! . So what did we do, other than film? We also watched ocean documentaries on Netflix (oh yeah, they have Netflix!), had pizza delivered on scuba for dinner, read the touching guestbook, FaceTimed our families from underwater, and watched for fish out the porthole while snacking on goldfish crackers (that one really tickled us.) . This will definitely go down as my most unique hotel stay ever — until I make it to space someday, I’m guessing ;-) . So, would you sleep in an underwater hotel? Discuss! And by the way, speaking of video, I’m looking for a great editor — I’ll leave some details in my stories!

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Do you still dream of living “under the sea,” Little Mermaid-style? Well, Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Florida has got you covered as the world’s only underwater hotel accessible only by scuba diving. So strap on your flippers and get ready for some fun! The lodge is 21 feet below sea level and guests can choose to stay anywhere from three hours to a full night. Upon entering the habitat you might be surprised to find hot showers, a stocked kitchen, landline and even a TV waiting for your enjoyment. Foodies will enjoy Jules’ underwater pizza delivery service or they can kick it up a gear with luxury dining options like lobster or filet mignon served with all the best sides and Key lime pie for dessert.

4. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

Looking for the absolute best view of the northern lights? It doesn’t get better than Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland, a complex of glass igloos with picture perfect views of the stunning night sky. Inside the igloo you’ll find the best accommodations and can even enjoy the on-site saunas nearby. This remote hotel stands out from the rest thanks to its access to rustic wildlife and absolutely breathtaking landscape. Depending on the season of your stay, you won’t want to miss the resort-offered guided safari tours including husky safaris, reindeer safaris and horse safaris. After a long day of exploring, return to Kakslauttanen for fabulous local Lappish cuisine and a drink at their famous glass igloo bar.

5. Attrap’Rêves Bubble Hotel, France

If you’re feeling the need to escape to your own little bubble of joy and relaxation, Attrap’Rêves Bubble Hotel in France might be the perfect getaway for you. Nestled in the town of Allauch, Attrap’Rêves turns camping luxury with its wide selection of unusual accommodations, the most popular of which being the large plastic bubble bedrooms with fantastic views of the starry night sky. Each hut comes equipped with a queen-size bed and customized décor to fit the theme of the room. Travelers looking for a little more privacy can book the company’s Squirrel hut, Lov’nid or Tahitian hut for a room built with classic materials (aka not made out of plastic), but what’s the fun in that?

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James | 06/28/19 - 04:18 AM

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VAX VacationAccess | 06/28/19 - 08:13 AM

Unfortunately, these hotels are not bookable on VAX at this time, but we hope they provided some travel inspiration. 

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