Are you feeling bored of the sameness of luxury hotels despite the opulent rooms, picture perfect settings and impeccable service? Well, now you could spice up your hotel stay by opting for some unusually themed hotels in cities that you frequent.
So in Turkey, you could check in at a hotel with rooms carved out of medieval caves. Or, on your next New York trip, book a room at a plush hotel with a collection of over 6,000 books spread across 10 floors. In Dubai, you could enjoy a luxurious desert experience at a lavish resort, and on a holiday in Stockholm, get a taste of Swedish hospitality aboard a jumbo jet that has been converted into a hotel.
So, here are your options.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa
This luxury resort is set in a verdant oasis, amidst Dubais desert landscapes. Built to resemble an ancient Bedouin encampment, the Al Maha Resort is a one-of-its-kind resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a sanctuary for endangered flora and fauna. The award-winning resort boasts of personalised services, a spa and activities like wildlife drives, nature walks, falconry and more.
Tariffs begin from $2,250 (around Rs 1.10 lakh) per couple in the Bedouin Suite and include meals, activities and taxes. This suite comes furnished with hand-crafted Arabian furnishings, a swimming pool and a bar. If you book online before August 2012, you can get up to 30 per cent discount on tariffs. Return airfares (ex-Calcutta) to Dubai start at Rs 19,300. The reserve is an hour away from Dubai airport. Visit www.al-maha.com.
Kelebek Cave Hotel
Ready for some Flintstones-style living? Head for Kelebek Cave Hotel in Göreme, Turkey that offers luxurious stay in caves! The hotel — 45km from Nevsehir and 550km from Istanbul — has been built on a site thats dotted with caves, which have been refurbished into rooms. Kelebek has modern facilities, but retains the feel of staying inside actual caves. Pamper yourself in a Turkish bath, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar — all within the premises.
There are over 30 different stone-arched suites here. Tariffs range between 50 euros (around Rs 3,280) and 180 euros (around Rs 11,807) per couple. Book before March 15 and get a 20 per cent discount on tariffs. Ex-Calcutta return airfares to Nevsehir start from around Rs 1.53 lakh. Transfers and activities like hiking, hot-air balloon rides and biking tours cost extra. Visit www.kelebekhotel.com.
Want to spend a night onboard a mammoth — but grounded — jumbo jet? Jumbo Stay is a 27-room, 1976-built Boeing 747, stationed at Stockholms Arlanda Airport. From the hotels deluxe Cockpit Suite youll get great views of planes landing and taking off. The suite comes with a television, Internet, a private bathroom and more. You can also chill out in a café right inside the flying machine.
Tariffs start from 450 SEK (nearly Rs 3,349) per couple for dorm rooms with two beds and go up to 3,300 SEK (around Rs 24,558) for the Cockpit Suite. Tariffs for all rooms (except the dorm rooms) include breakfast. Return airfares (ex-Calcutta) to Stockholm start at around Rs 51,300. Transfers are extra. Visit www.jumbostay.com.
The Library Hotel
This one is strictly for bookworms. Located in New York, the Library Hotel has 10 theme floors — each dedicated to a particular subject like Social Sciences, Literature, History or Technology. Every floor has six rooms, each of which is stocked with books on a particular sub-topic. So, on the Literature-themed floor, choose from rooms with books on mystery, poetry or fairy tales.
The Guilty Pleasure Package costs $1,258 (around Rs 61,906) per couple for two nights (minimum stay) in the Junior Suite and includes a gift of books from the iconic Strand Bookstore in New York, admission to the Morgan Library and Museum, cocktails and breakfasts. Return airfares to New York from Calcutta start from around Rs 59,332. Visit www. libraryhotel.com.