Sometimes you can create an entire vacation around a hotel you’ve always wanted to go to. Who says you have to figure out what city you want to go to first for a vacation, and then secure your hotel? Sometimes it’s all about your temporary landing pad, and not just about the place. Hey, maybe you don’t even want to leave your hotel room.
Even though Airbnb rentals are reigning as the supreme way to get around in 2017, there are still hotels throughout the world that are jaw dropping. Want to sleep in a hotel made completely out of ice? That exists. Do you wish you could transform into Harry Potter and sleep in a castle? There’s a hotel for that, too.
With summer vacation on the way (finally), here are 20 hotels you should blow a paycheck on.
The world’s very first ice hotel is in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, and it doubles as both an art exhibit and an incredibly unique place for travelers to stay at.
Yes, this is exactly what you are thinking: There’s a Harry Potter themed hotel in London, and it’s just as magical as you think.
FREE SPIRIT SPHERES
These suspendered orbs in a coastal rainforest on Vancouver Island are just about the coolest adult treehouses I’ve ever seen.
THE MANTA RESORT, PEMBA ISLAND
An underwater hotel with a dining room, sun deck and living room in Africa? We’re game.
DOG BARK PARK INN
If you have an obsession with canines, we found your ideal bed and breakfast in the heart of the country.
KAUKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT
Finland This is just about as close as to a luxury igloo that you are going to get (complete with stunning views of the Northern Lights, of course.)
JULES’ UNDERSEA LODGE
The only way to get to this two-bedroom guesthouse is by diving to the wet-room hatch, the same place where you can have a scuba diver deliver you a pizza.
This 2-bedroom, 2-bath “home” was re-purposed from a 727 and has ridiculous views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park.
This 19th century Victorian Coast defense fort was transformed into an exclusive, nautical-inspired hotel.
These French “bubbles” are probably one of the cooler ways to sleep under the stars and see the Milky Way.
Artist and sculptor Mikael Genberg’s [crazy underwater hotel first appears as just a typical Swedish-style mini house on the water, but the bottom actually transforms into a reverse fishbowl.
TONGABEZI TREE HOUSE
With unobstructed views of the Zambezi River, this secluded tree house is one of the coolest in the region.
SUITE SECRET AGENT, SEVEN HOTEL France A James Bond-inspired hotel suite? We’re in.
Four incredibly luxurious lodges make up Lion Sands Resort in Sabi Sand, which began back as a private vacation home in 1933. But their tree houses are where it’s at.
CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND
This all-glass, underwater restaurant and private suite at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is at a depth of about 16 feet.
THE OBEROI AT UDAIVILAS
The Oberoi Udaivilas is easily one of the most exclusive hotels in Asia with personal pools, marble interior and amenities that make you feel like royalty.
Experience Iceland’s volcanoes, fjords and its Northern Lights in this award-wining hotel about an hour away from the bustling capital of Reykjavik.
HOTEL DUBROVNIK PALACE
If you want to feel like you’re living your own version of Game of Thrones, head to Dubrovnik and stay in this five-star hotel that overlooks the Adriatic Sea.
You have to scale a 400-foot cliff in the Andes Mountains in order to get these glass sky pods in Peru.
Kenya’s Giraffe Manor is a small hotel in Nairobi that serves also as a home to endangered Rothschild Giraffes.