There are luxury hotel experiences – and then there are completely unique luxury hotel experiences! If you are looking for a travel excursion like no other, try one of these ten hotels.
Perhaps you seek some time in the trees, or maybe you would love a place where wildlife walk right up to your balcony.
We’ve covered locations around the world, many remote and off the beaten path. Embrace your adventurous side on your next holiday and try one of these once-in-a-lifetime destinations!
Whitepod, Switzerland
Whitepod Hotel
Featuring 15 geodesic pods whose colors change with the seasons, Whitepod is an Eco-Luxury hotel nestled in the Swiss Alps.
Each pod also features a wood-burning stove, full-size bathroom, and terrace. In the summer, enjoy hiking trails, dog karting. In the winter, private ski slopes, snowshoeing, and dog sledding.
Indulge year-round in local and seasonal cuisine, a Swedish sauna, paragliding, and daily tea time.
Tree Hotel, Sweden
Tree Hotel, Sweden
The concept behind the Tree Hotel is to merge contemporary design with unmarred nature. Six unique treerooms, including The Mirror cube, Bird’s Nest, and UFO, allow guests to enjoy peace and relaxation as they disappear in the forest.
Featuring high-tech bathrooms, and sustainable building materials, each treeroom also boasts custom furniture, lighting, and textiles, all while having a minimum impact on the environment.
The Castle Hotel, China
The Castle Hotel, China
For those who prefer extravagance, The Castle Hotel boasts 292 guest rooms built on the side of Lianhau Mountain, overlooking Xinghai Bay and the luminous Yellow Sea.
Perfect for a destination wedding in the 1,400-square-meter, pillar-less Chengbao Grand Ballroom, guests can also enjoy a swim in the indoor heated pool, or a stroll on the picturesque white sand beaches nearby.
The Oberio Vanyanilas, India
The Oberoi Vanyavilas, India
Explore the jungle from a luxury tent just minutes away from the Ranthambhore National Park. Spread across twenty acres of lush gardens, The Oberoi Vanyavilas promises a once in a lifetime experience to all of its guests.
Ride into the wild to see tigers up close, interact with resort elephants Mala and Lahksmi, learn the ancient art of block printing, or enjoy a private yoga session.  
Then return for a delicious meal of superb local Rajasthani specialities, and pan-Indian and continental dishes.
The Point Resort, Upstate New York
The Point Resort
With the exact location disclosed only to guests, The Point Resort offers a unique getaway along the lakeshores of upstate New York, in the Adirondacks.
Guest log mansions feature broad lakeviews, hand-built beds, and a stone fireplace, in addition to smooth, hand-waxed walls of native pine, spruce, and fir. Enjoy a weekend of boating and fishing, swimming and hiking in this remote destination.
Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Guests staying in one of the 394 gold and marble decorated rooms of the magical Emirates Palace Hotel exclaim beauty.  
The hotel features light-catching domes and tropical gardens, in addition to private access to the white sand beach along the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy an exotic camel ride along the beach, a relaxing stay in a private spa suite, or a swim in one of two large outdoor pools.
Singita Ebony Lodge, South Africa
Singita Ebony Lodge, South Africa
With just 12 suites along the banks of the Sand River, the Singita Ebony Lodge offers elegant comfort with en-suite bathrooms, and private heated plunge pools, in addition to game viewing decks where guests can observe local wildlife including leopard, lion, and herds of buffalo.
Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico
Real Zacatecas, Mexico
Built around an old bull fighting ring, Zacatecas is located on the edge of a cliff in the slopes of the Cerro de la Bufa. The decor is all period designed, the staff are very attentive, and it’s only a short walk to downtown Zacatecas.
You’ll appreciate being spoiled with fruit and champagne while enjoying the night lights within the ring, which are truly spectacular.
Villa Katikies, Greece
Katikis Hotel, Greece
If you’re looking for the ultimate five-star experience with the most beautiful views you’ve ever seen, this is it. The unique part of the trip will definitely be the picturesque, natural setting of the island in Oia Santorini.
The private villa residences are whitewashed and sit against a background of blue skies and azure water. Breathtaking is the only word you can use to describe it!
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
The name of the hotel translates to “palace of salt” in English, and that’s exactly what it is.  The entire building is constructed from blocks of salt. In fact, you’ll be vacationing at the edge of Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, about 220 miles south of Bolivia’s capital La Paz. Despite its construction materials, you’ll still be enjoying all the conveniences of a modern, luxury hotel.

Have you visited any of these unique hotels? We’d love to hear your favorite picks that are off the beaten path!