If you’re fantasizing about getting as far away from the everyday as possible, consider these unique hotels that specialize in escapism. Whether your dream vacation involves living like a sultan, relaxing on a warm beach or watching a bustling city from a rooftop bar, there’s a hotel that will fulfill your fantasy — without emptying your pocket book.
If location is everything, then the Petite Palace Puerta Del Sol — just steps from Madrid’s central plaza — can’t be beat. While the exterior is properly historic for its setting, the rooms are quite modern with uncommonly strong Wi-Fi, exercise bikes and stylish showers with massage heads. You don’t even have to deal with traffic — no cars are allowed in the plaza area where the wide pedestrian-only street is lined with fascinating shops, cool restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Try HostelBookers.com for a good price on this property.
Bani Park Jaipur
If you think because you’re on a budget you can’t experience the royal treatment while visiting India, the Umaid Mahal will be a pleasant surprise. This welcoming family-run hotel prides itself in creating a sumptuous, yet comfortable, atmosphere with exotic trimmings including an elegant swimming pool, rooftop restaurant and on-demand live entertainment. Send your friends and family a postcard to let them know how well you are doing in this incredible hotel.
Shu Yang Town
If you want experience a Chinese fairyland, wait until evening at the Zhangzhou Wei Qun Lou Inn roundhouse when the red lanterns are lit and the sweet night air circulates through the open-air central courtyard. This magical experience is enhanced by the traditional decor in the guest rooms and the friendly ambience in the common areas where you can enjoy modern conveniences like Wi-Fi and washing machines.
Koh Pha Ngan
If you’re dreaming of a Thai paradise where you can get a professional massage outside your well-appointed beach bungalow while surfing the Internet, you’re gonna love Charm Beach. You can go native in a “fan hut” or opt for a modern, spacious poolside room — either way you’ll be charmed with the friendly service you’ll encounter at the restaurant, bar and tour desk.
If think you have to wait for the future, you haven’t been to Le Fenix Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s coolest hotel. Contemporary rooms with space age furnishings are just the beginning; the swimming pool, workout room and lounge are ultra-modern, too. Since it is located right in the heart of the city, the 360° view from rooftop bar is appropriately dazzling and some of the hottest clubs in town are in the neighborhood.
If you’re ready to walk the line between slumming and living like a rock star while visiting South Yarra, The Albany Motel Melbourne can provide the perfect balance. The budget-priced rooms with ensuite facilities are way cool, but be warned that once you find the rooftop swimming pool and eclectic cafe, you could be torn between chilling at the motel or going for an incognito stroll through the nearby Royal Botanical Gardens and Fawkner Park. You can book your holiday in Australia at Travel Associates where they offer great deals for your next adventure.
If you’d like to climb into a bubble and leave the world behind, the Hotel Clark Greens- Airport Hotel & Spa Resort will provide the bubble. This full-service resort near Gandhi International Airport insulates you from the world with garden view rooms, complimentary English breakfast and room service. Prepare to be pampered with Ayurveda holistic therapies and beauty treatments in between relaxing in the Jacuzzi, toning up in the gym or taking a leisurely evening swim in the pool after dinner.
If you’re afraid of getting claustrophobic in Tokyo’s close confines, you’ll appreciate the “feng shui” at the Hotel Vista Kamata that enhances the sense of space. Stretch out in your spacious, air-conditioned room with well-stocked private facilities and international satellite TV. Enjoy breakfast before exploring the quiet neighborhood or hop on the train at nearby Kamata Station to get back into the thick of things.