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Completed in 1878, This Isolated Sea Fort is Now a Luxury Hotel

Tuesday 05.06.2014 , Posted by
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When it was completed in 1878, the soldiers who occupied Spitbank Fort had no idea it would one day be a luxury hotel. The isolated sea fort is located in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England, and originally intended as a line of defense against ships that made it past the larger forts further out. As always, Spitbank Fort is only accessible by boat – a level of isolation rarely available in our highly connected world. Now, billed as “the UKs most exclusive private island” it features 8 luxury rooms and a rooftop spa with unrivaled views. It’s also one of the few hotels that can boast about having armor plating on its seaward side. [Read more...]

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Abandoned Hotel Becomes a Temporary Street Art Gallery

Friday 03.21.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere deep in the U.K. is an abandoned hotel. While busy wasting away in the foggy land, a collective group of street artists decided it should serve as their next temporary canvas. Creating an “alternative art gallery,” the artists painted their works throughout the ten story building. In the process, debris were cleared for walkways and it became a nice space for locals to explore and see the various works. [Read more...]

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Forget The Outdoors! Stay in this Indoor Campground

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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Have a fear of spiders, dirt, or maybe just the outdoors? Then this type of camping is definitely for you! This 6458 square foot (600 square meter) German warehouse has been turned into a faux-campsite, complete with vintage camping trailers for accommodation. The brainchild of hotelier Michael Bonner, the colorful place features 15 differently themed caravans restored to their old-school glory. Themes include a proper british caravan called Big Ben (with perfect armchairs for an afternoon tea) and the mountain cabin themed Jägerhütte (no shooting required: it comes with furs!). [Read more...]

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Ice Hotel in Sweden Showcases its Design for this Year

Saturday 02.16.2013 , Posted by

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Artists from around the world have come to create the 23rd ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Organized by the ICEHOTEL art & design group, the only building material used is 1,000 tons of pure ice and 30,000 cubic meters of snow extrapolated from the frozen water of a river. In addition there was some support from thin metal frames that helped with some of the weight of the ice. While it is a place for guests to come, wine, dine and stay, it also serves as a large scale art exhibition. [Read more...]

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Cool Igloo Hotel in Finland

Wednesday 12.26.2012 , Posted by

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The Igloo Village in Kakslauttanen, Finland is one the nicest hotels in cold climates one can visit. Every igloo is provided with a clear glass ceiling which allows guests to gaze at the beautiful northern lights and stars, all while relaxing comfortably in their warm room. [Read more...]

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A Hotel Room With A Split Personality

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

The Marseille France based hotel Au Vieux Panier has rooms that will either put you to sleep in aesthetic comfort or keep you wide awake with fascination. Each room features the designs and artwork of an artist, graphic designer or painter from around the globe, bringing their unique style to the blank canvas of a hotel room. The latest completed room is not their most relaxing addition: it’s very fittingly called “Panic Room.” [Read more...]

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Balinese Healing Resorts

Saturday 01.29.2011 , Posted by

Along the Ayung River and amidst vibrant green rice paddies in Bali lies a luxury resort with a twist. Instead of regular massages and spa treatments, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa offers a truly exotic menu of services that includes work by Balians, or Balinese traditional healers. The retreat also offers sacred arts and serves vegan cuisine and living food. To top off the magic is an incredible property with flora bursting from every corner and architecture that begs to be admired. [Read more...]

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A Vintage Train Hotel

Thursday 12.23.2010 , Posted by

Instead of shipping old train carts to a landfill, a Dutch hotelier decided to use the old transit parts as building blocks for an eccentric hotel in Hoogwoud, Netherlands. The various rooms of the Controversy Tram Inn are decorated with retro decor, including an impressive collection of vintage American pop culture items. [Read more...]

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