Have you ever wondered how the other side live? What endless luxury lodging options you’d have if money wasn’t an option? I have. As much as I love saving money and writing about budget travel, I’m just a little bit curious about how others travel and in particular where they lodge.
To indulge in my curiosity I have been researching unusual luxury accommodation options to stay at while traveling and have found some pretty out there possibilities. Here’s a list of the quirkiest ones I found, prepare to be inspired!
Revamp and Glamp
Okay so perhaps not the most ‘luxury’ option but ‘glamping’ is becoming increasingly popular for the traveler who isn’t a fan of getting down and dirty. Originally a term for ‘glamorous camping,’ glamping started off as the upgrade option for outdoor enthusiasts where pitching the tent is not on the itinerary as a big assed one is already set up with double bed and central heating at your disposal. In the last decade, glamping has become a global trend extending to luxury teepees, pods, huts and even igloos! But my all time favourite has to be ‘The Glampervan.’ Kitted out with revolving seats, eating areas, a fridge, hob, sink and heater, this sneaky normal-looking Volkswagen can sleep four adults comfortably.(Related: 14 strange places i’ve slept the night).
Price (as of 2016): Prices for a weekend range from £305- 745 (depending on season and vehicle).
Treehouses, Lodges and Cabins oh my!
Who doesn’t love the thought of a log cabin snuggling in front of a warm fire? Well, for the right price, that can become a reality. Cozy log cabins and open safari or ocean lodges are available pretty much anywhere these days as they are in such high demand. It’s been said that lodges provide such sensational views that you are one with the nature that surrounds you (without actually being in nature huh). My favourite out of them all though has to be the luxury treehouse. Far from a make-shift wooden den, these babies have floor to ceiling windows with central heating and an outdoor hot tub on the terrace! Don’t mind if I do.
Price (as of 2016): Luxury treehouse in Hampshire, England £850 -2,850 per night.
A Piece of Luxury Frozen in Time
A converted windmill, lighthouse, fort, even a castle, we can lodge in them all. Even if the furnishing isn’t so fancy, it’s the fact you are staying in such a historical landmark that justifies the price. With even houses being made from converted barns and churches there is no wonder why this is a popular accommodation choice. I mean who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle for a night?
Price (as of 2016): West Usk Lighthouse, Wales £150-£250 per night/The Old Windmill, England £305 for mid-week breaks or £550 for a week in low season/Dalhousie Castle, Scotland £200+ per night.
Become Your Idol and Live in Luxury
This was the most unusual luxury accommodation option that I found hands down. I had no idea that you could actually hire celebrity homes to holiday in! How cool is that? From hiring Harry Styles’ yacht to Richard Branson’s whole island, you can literally holiday like a VIP. With so many celebrities and cool lodging options to choose from (honest, Willem Dafoe used to own a rubber house!) this is something you have to see for yourself on the Schofields blog page. You can also see the full infographic below to have your mind blown!
Click Image to see the full infographic on celebrity homes you can hire.
Castaway Your Worries and Hire Your own Private Island
Yes this is a real option. You can hire an entire tropical island to yourself while being waited on by the owner’s personal staff. Pretty neat right? Ariara Island in The Philippines is a hot spot for this accommodation option, with 360 uninterrupted sea views, 125 acres of tropical landscapes and 600m of your own white sand beach. Depending on your island you can stay in jungle villas, beach cottages or lodge suites with complete water sport equipment at your disposal. I don’t know about you but what is more luxury than your own private paradise?
Price (as of 2016): per person per night (based on a 7 night stay)
|18 – 15 Guests||14-12 Guests||11 – 9 Guests||8 – 6 Guests||6 Guests or less|
|$475 USD||$515 USD||$610 USD||$715||Prices on request|
So there we have it. A bit of fun and insight into luxury travel or even an aspiring piece for some. Turns out a non-budget lodging option can range from anywhere between your own house on wheels to hiring yourself an island!
Do you know of any unusual luxury accommodation options? Where would you stay if money was no option?
Whether you’re a budget or a luxury traveler, check out this useful article How not to let your traveling style stop you traveling.