Zoe Bishop

Hotels with a twist

Zoe Bishop
Hotels with a twist

If you’re into unique and quirky holidays, these picks could be for you


Stay in a... Tree house 

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For the ultimate glamping experience, head to Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California, which caters for coastal dwellers and those who love the outdoors. With accommodation ranging from yurts to huts made from twigs, Treebones offers a magical experience that combines both eco and luxury camping amenities with spectacular views of the ocean. Enjoy locally sourced food from the on-site restaurant, daily activities, and some of the best local hikes and guides. The exclusive Twig Hut features a private deck where visitors will get to experience some of the greatest sunsets in Big Sur. 

·      Prices from £270 a night for a yurt; from £178 a night for the Twig Hut (minimum two-night stay). Book online at Treebonesresort.com or go to Visitcalifornia.co.uk for more info.


Stay in an... Eco hotel

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When it comes to sustainable living, the stunning Fattoria San Martino in Tuscany, Italy, is a must-stay eco hotel. There are six rooms, and the interior décor of each is made from wood, stone and natural fibres. There are organic sheets and soap, and natural paint has been used on the walls. The hotel pool is more like a swimming lake, as it uses a natural filter system with zero chemical products. As a result, the water is soft, mild and gentle on the skin, with no risk of allergy. The restaurant serves delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine, as well as a high-quality selection of organic wines and local beers, while on-site cookery courses can also be arranged. 

·      Prices from £190 for a junior suite per night, including bed and breakfast. Book online at Essentialitaly.co.uk or call 01223 460100.


Stay in an... Airstream


Head across the Bolivian salt flats in your own Deluxe Airstream camper, travelling across the Salar de Uyuni with a private chef and guide in tow. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s highest and largest salt flat, which forms a stark and surreal landscape. Get truly off the beaten track on an exhilarating escorted tour, a unique way to experience the salt desert in your distinctive and stylish silver camper. Don’t fret about a lack of mod cons, as you’ll have a double (or twin) bed, sofa, hot shower and heating, plus you’ll enjoy the services of the private guide and cook, who provides meals from a separate kitchen on wheels. Towed by a 4x4 driven by the private guide during the day, enjoy complete solitude and privacy by night under the clear starry skies.

·      A two-night tour on the Deluxe Airstream Camper costs from £1,150 per person, based on two sharing. This includes full-board accommodation, a private guide and cook, plus use of a 4x4 self-drive vehicle and bicycles. Book online at Sunvil.co.uk or call 020 8758 4774


Stay in a... Courthouse


Fancy spending a night or two in a converted courthouse and jail? Then head to Edinburgh and a stay at The CoURT along the city’s Royal Mile. This newly opened boutique hostel contains themed rooms with a mixture of 200 pod beds and 12 private cell rooms, which are set over five floors. The whole place has an industrial but stylish feel with comfy sleeping pods, a large social space and underground tasting room for local craft beer and whisky tasting sessions. Check out the fascinating displays in reception, which showcase the site’s criminal past and interesting historical events.

·      Prices from £28 per night per pod; private from £120 a night. Breakfast from £4 and includes a free city tour. Book online at Codehostels.com


Stay in a... Robotic hotel

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Henn-na Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, is the world’s first robot staffed hotel. At reception, you’ll be greeted by either a couple of dinosaurs or a life-like female android with her very own pair of blinking lashes. Speaking English, they will complete your check in and arrange for a robot to take your luggage to your assigned room. Androids also do the hotel cleaning, including vacuuming and washing the windows. In line with the cutting-edge technology, the hotel features a facial recognition system opposed to the standard electronic key. If in doubt, there are a few human employees on site for assistance. It’s modern, entertaining and great for some high-tech fun.

·     Prices from £82 a night for a room. Book online at H-n-h.jp/en or find out more visit Japan.travel/en