Sleep in an igloo in Lapland
Rest easy in a palace made of salt in Bolivia
Go glamping under Uluru in Australia
Sun yourself on your own desert island in Zanzibar
Watch lions from your bathtub in South Africa
Experiential travel is high on the list for elite jetsetters wanting more than sumptuous suites and VIP service. Luxury travel is changing especially in millionaire millennials.
Rather than cookie cutter cocktails beside the pool, people are seeking one of a kind cultural experiences across the far-flung globe. From hotels carved from ice and sparkling salt to underwater havens–here are 5 of the finest experiential hotels to talk about at your next supper soiree…
The Snow Hotel and Glass Igloos, Lapland
Beneath the brilliant blaze of the gold and green northern lights, The Snow Hotel invites guests to wrap up and embrace the awe-inspiring force of nature.
The Glass Igloos are a glorious choice for those who want to snuggle up beneath reindeer skins and watch the aurora borealis from their bed. The thermal glass ceilings offer unrivalled views of the midnight sky.
To take off the chill of winter days, the unique resort offers steaming saunas, bubbling outdoor hot tubs, ice and log restaurants, and dog sleds through the forest.
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
The first salt hotel in the world can be found on the pearly flatlands of beautiful Bolivia. This dazzling hotel is close to the Salar de Uyuni, a mirror like salt surface that stretches over 12,000 square kilometers – so grand it can be seen from space.
Everything inside this luxurious hotel is curated from salt; from the structure made from salt blocks right down to the ornate chairs. The hotel boasts a viewing platform with panoramic views out across the ever changing colours of the salt flats, along with gorgeous suites and VIP rooms.
Longitude 131, Uluru, Australia
The red heart of Australia is said to be one of the world’s most extreme environments but this lavish luxury camp takes the sting out of the tail. Longitude 131 is the ultimate way to experience the magic of Uluru.
Set in the rolling red dunes and beneath the shadow of the famous Ayers Rock, you can sleep in one of the 16 tented pavilions, with custom furnishings, indigenous artworks, air conditioning and fireplaces out on the terraces.
Dine beneath a billion stars at Table 131, sip fine wines from the specialist wine cellars, and float away with transcendental treatments at the desert spa. Private tours and indigenous experiences offer a personalized experience of this UNESCO site.
Manta Resort, Zanzibar
Stunning beach villas on a desert African island already sets the scene for a memorable stay, but the Manta Resort takes it one step further. Book the Underwater Room and sleep with the fishes as oversized windows line your bed below the surface.
When you aren’t mesmerized by the sight of exotic bright fish gliding past your window, you can head up to the sea level private patio for soaking up the sun and star gazing.
Londolozi Tree Camp, South Africa
Relationships with the big five can be perfected at the impeccably stylish Londolozi Tree Camp in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The private granite suites offer morning bathtubs perched beside streams where elephants like to roam.
Champagne safari afternoons invite you to snap big cats lazing in their natural habitat, and gourmet suppers to the sound of nature is always a perfect way to end the day.
Words by: Jodie Oakes