Most amazing hotel arrivals revealed from sea tractor in Devon to funicular in Utah
First impressions count.
And these hotels and lodges have nailed it to this department.
From the coastal Devon hotel that drives guests in a sea tractor to the resort town of Cambodia where you arrive on a zipline, these are breathtaking ways for vacationers to make an entrance.
Horse-drawn carriage – Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India
At the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India, guests walk from the resort’s main gates to its lobby in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage
The Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is a thoroughbred hotel – not least because guests arrive at the front door in a magnificent horse-drawn carriage.
Cars can only go to the gates of the palace.
Once the carriage reaches the main gate, staff in traditional attire perform a welcoming ritual that sees guests showering flower petals.
Sea Tractor – Burgh Island Hotel, Devon
The world’s only sea tractor transports guests to the Burgh Island hotel in Devon when the property is shut down at high tide
Burgh Island in Devon is home to Burgh Island Hotel, which is unique for many reasons – not least because guests can ride on the world’s only marine tractor.
The islet, near Bigbury-on-Sea beach, is connected to the mainland by a tongue of sand accessible on foot only at low tide. But when the sea rolls in, guests can board the only newly renovated hydraulic tractor that was designed, according to the hotel, in 1969 by Robert Jackson, a pioneer of the nuclear power plant program in the 1950s, to ” a case of champagne ”.
It’s free for customers and £ 2 for non-customers.
If you decide to stay at the hotel, you will be walking in the footsteps of several quite notable personalities. Former guests include Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, The Beatles, aviator Amy Johnson and Noel Coward.
Rowing boat – Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, China
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou in China is located on beautiful West Lake, and new guests arrive on a traditional rowing boat
The Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou is nestled among temples, lotus groves and ancient causeways
The Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou in China is located on beautiful West Lake and new guests arrive on a traditional rowing boat, which takes them first on a ‘leisurely tour’.
The tour, which lasts up to 60 minutes, takes visitors through temples, lotus plantations and ancient causeways.
Hotel features include rooms with marble bathrooms, a huge indoor pool, and ‘stylish restaurants’.
Zipline – Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Adrenaline junkies may enjoy ziplining in the Bensley Shinta Mani Wild collection in Cambodia
Shinta Mani Wild is located in the heart of a national park in Cambodia and has 15 luxury tents
The Bensley collection wild shinta mani resort is an isolated camp in Cambodia in the heart of a national park.
And guests can opt for a thrilling finish – on a zipline.
The zipline begins at the highest point on the property and drops guests off next to a waterfall near the camp’s 15 luxury tents.
Red carpet – Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows
At the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, guests walk the red carpet to reach the hotel lobby
The Beverly Hills Hotel has hosted the world’s most famous movie stars, rock stars and celebrities
The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows hosted the world’s most famous movie stars, rock stars and celebrities.
But no matter who you are, the property always has the red carpet rolled out – guests ride one to reach the entrance.
Fit, you will agree, for that “ultimate beacon of glamor”.
Stroll in front of a swan lake – Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
The magnificent swan lake of the Bel-Air hotel. Guests enter the hotel by passing the lake on a curved walkway
The Bel-Air hotel is the only authorized hotel in the exclusive Bel-Air district of Los Angeles. It has a five star rating
The five stars Bel Air Hotel is the only licensed hotel in the exclusive Bel-Air district of Los Angeles.
And the five-star experience begins on arrival – guests enter the property via a curving walkway past a swan lake and 12 acres of gardens.
To add to the romance, hummingbirds come in and out of the palm trees.
Cable Car – St Regis Deer Valley, Utah
Guests staying at the St Regis Deer Valley in Utah take a cable car to the main lobby
Customers staying at St Regis Deer Valley make a truly memorable entrance – they are whisked 536 feet to the main lobby via a funicular.
Guests are first greeted in a lower lobby and then must use the railroad to reach the central part of the property.
The train ride takes just two minutes, with the cabins created by world-renowned car makers Gangloff.
Cable Car – Vigilius Mountain Resort, Italy
The only way to reach the Vigilius Mountain Resort, which is perched 5,000 feet above sea level in the Dolomites, is to take a cable car.
The cable car to the Vigilius Mountain Resort takes seven minutes. The hotel promises guests “no noise and no stress”
The Vigilius mountain station in Italy is located 5,000 feet above sea level on the side of a mountain in the Dolomites, where there is “no noise and no stress”.
Getting there is quite special. Since there is no road, the Monte San Vigilio / Vigiljoch cable car is the only option.
It slips from the road at the foot of the mountain to the resort in seven minutes.
A Priest’s Blessing – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Upon arriving at the Four Seasons Resort Bali in Jimbaran Bay, guests are taken to an outdoor temple to participate in a blessing ceremony with the resort priest.
The swimming pool at the Four Seasons Resort Bali in Jimbaran Bay. The hotel offers its guests a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean
The first thing guests do at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay does not stand in line for check-in.
Here, they are greeted with frangipani blossoms – a Balinese symbol of purity and immortality – before being led to an open-air temple that overlooks a bay.
While there, the station priest conducts a blessing ritual and, for particularly tired travelers, he can gently sprinkle them with holy water to “take away all the burdens and stresses of everyday life.”
Suspension bridge – Capella Ubud, Bali
To reach one of Capella Ubud’s 22 luxury tents in Bali, guests must cross a series of rope suspension bridges, pictured
Each tent at Capella Ubud has a plunge pool of saltwater and also features batik-covered walls, four-poster beds, and copper tubs.
Located in the jungle of Bali, Capella UbudThe creators of designed it to resemble a tent camp erected by spice merchants in the early 19th century.
And the only way for guests to reach the resort’s 22 luxury tents, nestled among the trees, is through a series of suspension bridges.
Each tent has a plunge pool of saltwater and also features batik-covered walls, four-poster beds, and copper tubs.