Quirky beds for your weary heads
Hotels can be so boring. A bed, in a room, in a building… It’s just so conventional. If you’re looking for something a little different – somewhere with a view, comfortable but closer to nature, something that’s not like home, scrubbed up, and transported elsewhere – then you’re in luck: unusual and unique sleeps are getting hotter by the year.
The Hobbit hole: Book a camping pod at The Willows, a 5-star campsite in Abersoch, Wales, step through the circular door, and hunker down in the manner of Bilbo Baggins. Surprisingly spacious, measuring 16 feet long and 8 feet diameter, this fully insulated pod is warm and dry and has plenty of sockets so you can recharge your iPad and watch Lord of the Rings. And, unlike a tent, this home-from-home has lockable doors so you can sleep safe in the knowledge you’ve locked out the Orks.
Going underground: By night hibernate like a bear in the rustic comfort of a cave room at Elska Organics, a finca (farm) in the mountains of Tenerife. And by day? Dabble with water colours in the olive grove, eat organic produce direct from the farm’s veg beds, gaze out on the sparkling sea while practicing some yoga, or float contentedly in the chemical-free pool. This mountainous retreat is a place to feel healthy and sleep soundly.
The view from the birds’ nest: Climb up to the Norwegian Tree Top Hut for a magical snooze high above the world below. Located in the enchanting Ringsaker woods, just 90 minutes north of Oslo, these cabins in the trees offer something really special. Sleeping between six and eight people and cozily furnished with cushions, books and candles, they are the perfect space for groups to gather around the wood-burning stove to chat, eat and drink the night away. Alternatively, you can wrap up warm, head out onto the balcony and, using the provided binoculars, spy on the moose and reindeer often spotted roaming below.
Flights of fancy: Surely this tree-top accommodation at the Costa Rican Hotel Costa Verde is completely unique: a Boeing 727 fuselage suite. Perched on a 50-foot pedestal, boasting a plush interior and a hardwood deck built atop its right wing, this classic plane is an incredible spot from which you can lap up the views of the Manuel Antonia National Park’s lush jungle and white sand beaches.
There are fabulous and unusual places to stay all over the world, but there is an enormous choice right here on your doorstep. Britain is rich in quirky beds: gypsy wagons, windmills, yurts, railway carriages, double-decker buses – the list goes on and on. Pack up your pyjamas: sleep has never been so exciting.