We live in a world with no shortage of genuinely astonishing sights and sounds, which helps to explain why so many of us get the ‘travel bug’ at some point in our lives. However, even some of the most committed globetrotters don’t always appreciate the extent to which even their chosen overnight accommodation can be an utter marvel. Here are just a few of the jaw-dropping hotels and other accommodation options that help to prove this point.
No, we aren’t ‘having a giraffe’, but as explained by The Telegraph, you may well have a few sticking their long necks through the windows of your accommodation to attempt to help themselves to your breakfast if you stay at this delightfully stately manor house. The 1930s boutique hotel itself is a charm, not least given its setting in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in Nairobi’s Langata suburb – it’s like a scene from Out of Africa. However, it is the opportunity to get up close and personal with the resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes that will always be the highlight of anyone’s time spent here. This is something definitely on my bucket list!
Great numbers of us have longed to have a French chateau of our very own to enjoy, but there aren’t necessarily very many of these noble properties that present you with the opportunity of exclusive use as part of the most opulent stay. Château Bouffémont is situated in the heart of the Montmorency Forest, a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris, as well as 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport. You will also encounter five acres of sumptuous greenery across the wider estate here, including spectacular manicured French gardens. Nonetheless, it is the monumental stone-built residence itself that is the true stunner, with its vast reception halls and suites, refined interior fabrics and crystal chandeliers confirming its status as an absolute fairytale venue.
While the accommodation on offer at this absolute oasis of opulence is one matter – split across the two islands of Rangali and Rangalifinolhu and comprising spacious beach villas and water villas alike – you may be especially lured into booking here on account of the Maldives’ most iconic restaurant. Situated some 16 feet below the ocean surface, Ithaa is an eatery with a difference, affording diners 180-degree views of marine life through its arched glass roof and glass walls. As for the cuisine itself, expect the finest in gourmet Maldivian-Western fusion set menus. Of the two islands, the smaller Rangali Island is the place to head for privacy and tranquillity, while Rangalifinolhu is connected by a 500-metre timber footbridge and is very much the main hub, with its cool, lively and family-friendly vibe.
Whether your taste is for urban stimulations, rural intrigue, the chance to get within inches of fascinating wildlife or something different altogether, there are always new and enchanting forms of overnight accommodation awaiting your discovery across the globe. For a few more of the best of them, why not peruse Condé Nast Traveler‘s own rundown of some of the world’s most amazing hotel rooms?
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