Discover 8 of the world’s most surreal vacations
International travel is back in full swing, and you know what that means: visiting some of the world’s dreamiest digs.
For all the wanderlust obsessives, we have news. Thanks to Qantas Hotels, your next candle getaway could be priced right. You can earn big when booking and use up to 30% less points when using their Points Plus Payment system. We are so here for that.
To kickstart your travel fantasies, we asked the Urban Listers to tell you about their most surreal trips. From treehouse-inspired villas to the world’s first ice hotel, here’s where you’ll soar next.
From breathtaking natural surroundings to imaginative exhibits and local dining experiences, a stay at Azulik Resort in Tulum is worthy of the top spot on your to-do list. Enter your villa and immediately disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life; there is no technology or electric lights to distract you. Imagine a space that truly works in harmony with nature, from organic architectural design to earthy finishes. Entertainment here is all about enjoying the slower things in life: stimulating art spaces, dining in treehouses, and traditional healing.
Hamilton Island, Australia
For a slice of perfection, minus the long plane ride, do Quality on Hamilton Island for your next vacation. Here, every element of the experience is crafted with care and understated luxury. Rooms make the most of the coastal, wooded setting, with some sporting private plunge pools. In the kitchen, expect excellence with seasonal menus meticulously crafted by Qualia’s Executive Chef, John Kennedy. With the Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep, there is no shortage of outdoor excursions. Or, quite simply, spend the day at the calm Spa Qualia: facials, massages and yoga await you.
Experience Japanese hospitality at its finest with a night – or more – at Aman Kyoto. Far from the flashing neon lights of the city, a stay here is above all about indulging in the calm side of this coveted destination. After all, the hotel is nestled in a secret forest under the Hidari Daimonji mountain. Relax in the well-appointed suites, sample local flavors in their restaurant or enjoy the healing benefits of the onsen baths. Plus, you’re ideally placed to soak up Japanese heritage with Kyoto’s golden Kinkaku-ji Temple and many other Unesco sites just minutes away.
When it comes to eco-resorts, it doesn’t get more luxurious than this. You will find Ecological beach south of Broome, perfectly positioned to soak up the soul of the Yardoogarra coast and Cape Villaret. Settle into the largest beach house, a cozy eco-villa or our favourite, the five-star safari tents. The delights of the Kimberley Coast are at your fingertips; fishing excursions, sunset cruises and wellness treatments. After working up an appetite, Jack’s Bar and Restaurant will serve you a bite to eat with produce from the on-site garden.
Vegas, United States
Let’s be clear, it doesn’t get more candle than Bellagio Resort and Casino in the heart of Vegas. The resort is designed to feel like a European village, with its own Mediterranean-style blue lake and fountains. Let’s say that extravagance is not lacking. Each suite exudes opulence with plush upholstered headboards, velvet furnishings and, of course, those stellar Vegas views. They’ve got you covered from dawn to dusk, with an indulgent spa, on-site bars and restaurants, room service, casino, outdoor pool, and even a hair salon. The list continues.
Positano Art Hotel Pasitea
Amalfi Coast, Italy
If you’re waiting for a sign, that’s it – it’s officially time to check Positano off your bucket list. Boasting dreamy seascapes, quaint Italian streets and a colorful array of coastal residences, what’s not to love? And there is the pasta, of course. Make your trip unforgettable by booking at Positano Art Hotel Pasitea. Guests will enjoy an expansive personal balcony overlooking the Amalfi Coast, a chic cocktail bar, and eclectic Mediterranean-inspired decor.
The Williamsburg Hotel
New York, United States
Escape Manhattan’s status quo with a memorable stay at The Williamsburg Hotel. Here you’ll get a taste of what it really means to be a New Yorker, with local Brooklyn haunts and live entertainment right outside your door. Suites are tastefully decorated with characterful design elements like leather headboards, brass accents, and green subway tiles. Plus, there’s a pool! Take a break from the city and head to the rooftop, where wonderful cabanas and a bar are ready and waiting for you.
If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, the Ice Hotel in Sweden offers everything you would expect from the world’s first ice hotel. Opt for the “Art Suite”, a room hand-sculpted in the snow by some of the best artists in the world. Or, opt for the more humble “Ice Room”, which is as extravagant as ever. The list of activities to do includes a meal surrounded by nature on an ice table, a private snowmobile excursion and, of course, the observation of the majestic Northern Lights. Sold? We’ll see you (and your three down jackets) there.
Make sure your next unforgettable stay will be rewarded while you sleep. Qantas Hotels is the way to go for savvy travelers. Not only can you earn big when booking, but you can also use up to 30% less points when you cash out with Payment in Points Plus.
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