Something Different

Hotel Luxury for the Independent Traveller

Luxury villa with a swimming poolWhen it comes to booking a holiday, many of us fall into the tried and testing routine of choosing a hotel and booking it for the duration of the break. Hotels offer the luxury we require, the facilities we need and are usually in good locations. But they do have their downsides and these issues are why many independent travellers are now looking for alternative accommodation options – top of the list are apartments and villas.

Perfect Balance

Choosing one of the many luxury apartments or villas available around the world can offer the perfect balance of features for a traveller. Whether you plan to go away as a couple or as a group, there are properties that can allow you all to stay together in a way that a hotel can never manage. Or if you are travelling on your own or as a two, then the ability to have your own space can be perfect. These properties never lack for facilities and are often in great locations that allow you to make use of all a place has to offer, just as you do in a hotel.

Around the World

When you talk about beach holidays, the Seychelles is always near the top of the list and Villa 11 is on the North Island, offering the perfect two person getaway. With all the modern conveniences such as a home entertainment system and two person bath, it also enjoys magical views across Mahe and Praslin islands. There are even mini buggies provided to explore the rest of the island.

Mediterrano Odyssey offers a villa with a difference ( – it is literally built into the cliffs and overlooks the Mljet National Park in Croatia. The spot offers the best of everything with beautiful beaches and blue seas, woodland area to explore and even natural salt lakes along the bike paths nearby. It also offers all the facilities of Mljet, the largest of the Adriatic Islands in Dalmatia as well as ferry connections to the city of Dubrovnik.

Bali is a popular spot for group holidays and The Beach House in Seminyak is suitable for up to eight people. It is on the south-west coast of the island and is within walking distance of the top quality Ku De Ta restaurant as well as the Petitenget temple for some sightseeing. Enjoy the outdoor gazebo and pool while catering is handed by the two in-house cooks.

The Bahamas Beach House on Windermere Island, Eleuthera can sleep up to seven people and has a 40ft living area as well as three bedrooms. It also has one of the best beaches in the Bahamas at the bottom of the garden with three miles’ worth of pink sand and its own coral reef. There is also shopping at the Governor’s Harbour and plenty of snorkelling and sports activities to enjoy.

Villas aren’t always about the beach, as seen with the Ti Garili I’lle d’Arz in Brittany. This 17th century fisherman’s cottage sleeps eight and has its own quiet beach. Ideal for a holiday with the kids, the rustic cottage has big fireplaces and terracotta tiled floors while Vannes is just three miles away.

Some of The World’s Most Unusual Hotels

Hotels are used for both business and pleasure, and while there are a number of luxury hotels available, sometimes people yearn for something a little different. While the following hotels can be seen as unusual, they do make for an interesting stay.

Treehotel: Harads Sweden

As you can no doubt tell from the name, Treehotel is indeed a hotel in a tree. As well as allowing guests to revisit their childhood, they can also stay in the Cabin, a UFO-shaped capsule lodged in a tree. Guests can even take advantage of a tree-based sauna.

Camping: Mount Kilimanjaro

Hang on, camping doesn’t count as a hotel does it? Well, in other contexts, no, but climbing Mount Kilimanjaro can only be complimented with camping there as well. As well as coming face to face with raw nature, you are free to pitch up where and when you want, although you might want to rely on someone like the to show you the best spots. And you can also pick your own view, and the views that Mount Kilimanjaro hold are really something to embrace.

Propeller Island City Lodge: Berlin, Germany

Sometime a room with a bed and storage just doesn’t cut it, so those looking for something with a little more ‘character’ should consider the Propeller Island City Lodge. The vainer may wish to opt for the room that is built using a selection of angled mirrors. Similarly, those looking for something with a darker tone can stay in the crypt, where the beds are coffins.

The Dog Bark Park Inn: Idaho, USA

If the name wasn’t unusual enough, wait until you read about the hotel itself. Dog lovers are more than catered for in this USA-based hotel, as it shaped like a dog. The 12-foot beagle is able to accommodate four people, and is owned by chainsaw artists. It should come as no surprise that the hotel is indeed, dog friendly.

Icehotel: Jukkasjarvai, Sweden

Just like the Treehotel was named due to it being in a tree, the Icehotel has been named due to it being made of ice. The hotel is actually rebuilt annually, so you’re unlikely to stay in the exact hotel more than once, unless you become a fan. While it remains an unusual choice for somewhere to stay, there’s no denying how captivating a hotel made out of ice can be.

The hotel rooms are kept at -5C every day. Evidently, this temperature will require more than your standard pair of pyjamas, so guests wear the provided boots and thermals and enter the room with a sleeping bag. Such a hotel is probably not the best if you’re just away on a business trip, but for those looking for something out of the ordinary, the Icehotel certainly provides it.

There are plenty more hotels that offer a unique experience regardless of your tastes, While not for everyone, ‘strange’ hotels generally just provide something out of the norm, and therefore tend to be that little more memorable than your generic hotel stay. Research your hotel before you leave so you know exactly what to expect during your stay.

The Perfect Party Venue

private-partyLooking for somewhere to hold a party can be hard work, especially if you want somewhere a little different or a little more luxurious. Sure there are no shortage of local venues, such as community centres and the local pub. But one category that is often overlooked as a venue are the hotels and particularly the city hotels in places such as London. So what kind of venue could work for a party and how do you go about organising one?


When you start to compile a list of possible venues for your party, there are a few considerations to take into account. Firstly, think of your guests and how they will get to the venue. Is there a tube or train station nearby? Or is there parking if they want to drive to the event? Then consider vendors who will be doing catering and other areas of the party – can they access the venue as they need to? Are there lifts and a loading area for them to bring in equipment and supplies?

Organising the party can take a lot of work and for that reason, many people are turning to an events planning specialist to do the hard work. They look at a list of venues and then get an expert eye on which would work best for the event in question.

Venue ideas

So here are a few of the hotels that offer facilities suitable for a party – based around London just to give you a few ideas!

The Hilton London Tower Bridge is ideal if you want some of the most historic landmarks in the background of those party selfies. The hotel is just a three-minute walk from the nearest tube station as well as a host of sightseeing opportunities for those visiting for more than just the party. As far as space for a party, there’s no shortage of it including seven meeting rooms and an executive board room as well as a suite holding up to 400 people. All the rooms have natural daylight and access to the hotel bar and lounge as well as space for catering within them.

ME London offers a perfect rooftop location for events to enjoy an unrivalled view out across the city. Their Radio Rooftop Bar allows views from Tower Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral while there are a total of seven rooms for meetings and parties, each holding up to 300 people.

The Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences is a five-star heritage hotel on the doorstep of Buckingham Palace. It includes three townhouses with private courtyards as well as up to six bedroom suites for those intimate parties. There are also four signature suits, each individually designed to make for a luxurious night’s stay after the event. The hotel has three restaurants including the Michelin-star Quilon.


Hotels offer a great range of facilities, locations and styles to suit every event. Whether you want a small suite for a few people to enjoy each other’s company or a large room for a major event, many of these hotels can offer options to suit all requirements.