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Most unique places to stay in 2016

From submarines to igloos, here are the most wonderfully weird accommodation options to add to your 2016 travel plans.

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The Brando, French Polynesia

In 1962, this stunning private island was the film set for the Marlon Brando movie, Mutiny on the Bounty. However the setting proved so irresistible that Brando went on to buy the island and build his own private house there.

Just last year the house was converted into a gorgeous, ultra-exclusive private island resort, aptly named The Brando.

But the only way you can access this sought-after hideaway, surrounded by turquoise lagoons, is via a private jet from Papeete International Airport.

Miras Hotel in Göreme, Turkey

You needn’t find yourself genie lamp to land somewhere this magic – it already exists near Göreme’s city centre.

An idyllic cave lavishly appointed, Mira Hotel proves fantastically photogenic from top to bottom.

As well as boasting uninterrupted views and all the comforts you’d expect of a five-star stay, cave dwellers can also expect free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, an outdoor swimming pool and in selected rooms, even your own Turkish bath.

STF Jumbo Stay in Stockholm, Sweden

This place brings a whole new meaning to flying in comfort. Set inside a former Boeing 747, right next to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, guests needn’t leave the earth’s surface for a taste of the high life.

Fully equipped with flat-screen televisions, private bathrooms, restaurant, bar and a balcony with panoramic runway views, the ‘penthouse’ comes in the form of a luxury suite in the converted cockpit.

Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village in Kakslauttanen, Finland

Yes, an igloo. But not your basic backyard variety, rather a premium thermal-glass igloo where you can sleep warm and snug under the northern lights.

Sleeping up to six people, each thermal igloo comes with a private sauna, fireplace, kitchenette, private toilet and bedroom with a glass roof.

Completing this wintery wonderland, guests can also rent cross-country skis, Nordic walking sticks, book a husky and reindeer safari or go ice fishing in nearby Urho Kekkonen National Park.

And if the igloos are all booked, Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village also offers log cabin accommodation as well as the world’s largest smoke sauna.

Yellow Sub in Liverpool, England

Do as The Beatles did and stay in your own yellow submarine with this 1960s pop-culture inspired houseboat in Liverpool’s famous Albert Dock.

The Yellow Sub comes with eclectic decor touches from The Beatles gold discs to the mod scooter from the film Quadrophenia, with designer furniture from around the world.

The master bedroom is based on suites at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, renowned for its opulent styling, while the two other guestrooms also promise a lavish experience.

Quinta Real Zacatecas in Zacatecas, Mexico

History and culture meets modern-day comfort at this picturesque hotel, built around a restored 19th century bullfighting ring.

Originally built in 1866, the bullfighting ring was the stage for some of history’s most well-known matadors, but has since been transformed into a central plaza for alfresco dining, dancing and celebrating.

Situated right in the heart of the colonial city of Zacatecas, you can join in on local celebrations, explore the nearby downtown area dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or just escape to the serenity this hotel offers.

Azawad Luxury Desert Camp in Merzouga, Morocco

No, this is not a mirage. Saddle up your camel and journey into the depths of the Moroccan desert where you will find this diamond in the rough retreat.

Situated in the heart of the immense Erg Chabbi sand dunes in the Merzouga desert in South-eastern Morocco, Azawad Luxury Desert Camp is characterised by its vibrant guest tents, each beautifully decorated with traditional materials and private bathrooms (with hot water!).

After a tranquil camel ride through the sand dunes, finish your evening while seated around the camp fire with a delectable Moroccan dinner and traditional music performed the desert stars.

Hever Castle Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Edenbridge, England

As the childhood home of the infamous Anne Boleyn, guest rooms at this eerily historic b&b feature an important collection of Tudor paintings and two prayer books inscribed and signed by Anne Boleyn herself

Set on 125 acres of formal gardens, this 13th-century double-moated castle can only be accessed through the private gated entrance.

Guests can step back in time as they wander the halls of the castle, decorated with historic 16th-century portraits, paintings, furniture and tapestries

 

 

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