Beds to die for – unusual places to sleep
How far are you willing to travel for a good night’s sleep?
After a hard day of sight-seeing, sinking down into a comfy bed is one of life’s pleasures. But for some, the bed IS the destination. Whether you’re seeking an experience of pure luxury or in search for the most unusual places to lay your head for the night, the world is your oyster!
We found 9 bedtime hot-spots that might take your fancy…
When you visit Cappadocia in central Turkey, you’ll find yourself in a surreal landscape of “fairy chimneys”. These tall, cone-shaped rock formations were created millions of years ago. People inhabited the area from around the 4th century, carving homes, storehouses and places of worship into the rock and underground.
There are many hotels to choose from, but we love the Cappadocia Cave Suites in Goreme. After a day of hot-air ballooning and taking in the local whirling dervish show, you can snuggle up in your deluxe cave room – they even boast ‘free in-room wireless internet’. What more do you need?
Falling asleep on the bus takes on a whole new meaning at Bertram’s Hotel in the UK. This converted red London bus sleeps up to 5 people. With its 1950s décor and Agatha Christie theme, it’s a novel place to stay if you’re keen to explore the beautiful North Devon coast. And there’s even free access to a hot-tub, a bar and restaurant, and to the local fishing lakes – not to mention the alpacas!
The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis has been found – and it doesn’t hold back on luxury. With spectacular views of the Arabian Sea, the iconic Palm Island and the impressive Dubai skyline, this opulent resort and waterpark could be the place to head to if you’re up for a splurge. They even have a couple of underwater suites if you want to immerse yourself in the whole underwater experience (rates are from $A1,300 a night).
Picture yourself snug as a bug in the middle of the Lapland wilderness, a mere 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle – in a glass igloo! Lie in bed while you look up at the stars, surrounded by a snow-laden forest. It’s a great spot to see the Northern Lights. After a great night’s sleep, take a reindeer sled or hold your breath and plunge into the freezing cold lake for a bit of ice swimming. Then melt your cares away in a traditional Finnish sauna.
I bet you never thought you could have a comfortable night’s sleep high up in a harbour crane? If you love being close to harbour action and dream of taking the controls of a 65,000-kilo steel structure (and who doesn’t?), this unusual hotel stay might just be the one for you! The same company also organises night-stays in a lighthouse and an historic lifeboat.
Channel your inner condor and spend the night ‘nesting’ in your hanging bedroom with a view. High up on the side of a mountain in Peru’s Sacred Valley, there’s a bit of a trek to get there, but once you reach your destination, you can settle into your very own transparent capsule and enjoy the magnificent views.
Get close to nature and enjoy the amazing wildlife at this luxury safari lodge on the Serengeti Plains. Decorated in 1920s style, you’ll be sleeping in a comfortable four-poster bed in your own lavish air-conditioned tent, surrounded by Persian rugs and silk curtains. Before retiring, relax in the spa or enjoy a nightcap from your private deck.
For the train-lovers (I know you’re out there), the Maharaja’s Express promises to make you feel like royalty as you take in the culture and sights of India. Travel highlights included Delhi to Jaipur, Agra, Gwalior, Varanasi.
Choose from four cabins styles Deluxe Cabin, Presidential Suite, Suite and Junior Suite, including ‘King Size, jewel-studded comfortable beds with attached bathrooms.’ And best of all, you don’t even have to make your own bed in the morning! Your own ‘personalised’ valet is on-hand to cater to your every need.
Before you head for the overseas terminal, consider this uniquely Australian bed for the night. After a day swimming, snorkelling and diving on the outer reef of the Great Barrier Reef, settle down for the night in your comfy swag under the stars. There’s nothing but you and the ocean, gently rocking you to sleep.