There are some holiday destinations that are situated in undoubtedly the most exotic locations in the world. When you conjure up images of the most romantic, unfamiliar or just down-right impressive places on the planet, you may well be thinking of the beaches of Dubai, the islands of the Bahamas or the pristine waters of the Maldives. Well, along with being exotic locations in their own right, they also play host to some of the best exotic hotels available to the adventurous tourist. Whether you prefer to live it up in the lap of luxury or experience nature first-hand in a more casual environment, this list details several of the best hotels found in out-of-this-world locations on Planet Earth.
The island of Madagascar, found just off the coast of Mozambique in South East Africa, is in a league of its own. There is wildlife here that is found nowhere else, giving the island special status as a country filled with the strange, the unusual and the exotic. Lemurs leap amongst the foliage, fossas pad through the forests and the Madagascan long-eared owl peers down from the treetops. Being here is like being in a wonderland of extinct and forgotten beasts.
For the most spectacular stay in Madagascar, you must visit the smaller island of Nosy Be. Here you can stay with L’Heure Bleue in a private lodge overlooking the beach. Equipped with sumptuous king size beds, sea-facing patios to relax on and decking stretching out above the sea itself, it’s hard to imagine anything more breathtaking.
The ambitious city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is well known for being a destination filled not only with the highest luxury but also the most logic-defying experiences. Rainforests created in the middle of hotels, a 10 million litre aquarium containing 33 000 animals, and real live penguins at an indoor ski slope are just some of the bizarre things you could come across during your trip.
For a truly authentic taste of this magnificent place, however, you should head to XVA Art Hotel in the Al Fahidi Historical District. The rooms are arranged around central courtyards and each suite has been designed around local themes such as the Henna room and the Gutra suite. You must be something of an adventurer to even reach the hotel along the narrow winding streets, but once you arrive, you’ll be charmed by its kooky and creative style.
The Bahamas is synonymous with exotic holidaymaking, attracting over 6 million tourists to its shores every year. With bright sunshine, pure white sands and warm turquoise seas, it truly is paradise on Earth. Fittingly, there is no better place to stay in the Bahamas than the appropriately named Paradise Island, in the enormous Atlantis Hotel and Resort.
Stretching luxuriously across the island, Atlantis incorporates multiple hotels, a casino, the Aquaventure waterpark, beaches, restaurants and much more, all in an unbeatable Bahamian setting. You can choose to explore the resort at your leisure or simply relax on a sun lounger by the pool; free access to the resort’s WiFi allows you to challenge your mind with some casino games, listen to a holiday playlist or indulge in some vacation shopping all from your poolside position. Your number one priority: to unwind and let it all go.
There’s a good reason why the Maldives is so popular with honeymooners and holidaymakers year after year: it is basically the living definition of a perfect exotic vacation in the sun. The impossibly clear waters, beautiful wildlife and luxurious services available to tourists have won over thousands of people since the first resort opened in the 1970s. Add this to the glorious weather, friendly people and impressive overwater accommodation, and you can see why it’s such a well-loved destination.
When visiting, there’s really no choice to be made about where to stay; it has to be an overwater bungalow! These villas are a delight to stay in, often including glass floors through which you can watch the ocean life beneath you, private pools and fantastic views of the sun setting over the gentle swell of the sea.
This outlines just a small taster of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can have whilst visiting some of the world’s most exotic locations. Each country listed here has its own unique charm, but there are so many other exotic places to visit such as South America, Indonesia and the African continent. The world is your oyster! If the warm sunny climes mentioned here don’t float your boat, you can equally jet off to the polar opposite and visit the vast expanses of Russia or the hot springs and volcanoes of Iceland. Wherever you travel to, make sure to seek out the most astonishing and inventive accommodation to be had and have the biggest adventure possible.