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By Josie Hough - 5 min read

Cool stays around the world for your bucket list

Staying in a unique hotel can make your travel experience even more memorable. It means you start and end your day somewhere beautiful and interesting, setting up the rest of your trip to be equally amazing.

At TWISPER, we’re always looking for unique places to stay around the world. Whether you’re dreaming of sleeping under the stars, next to wild animals or in the rainforest canopy, we’ve put together our top cool stays for your bucket list.

Safari stays from Kent to Kenya

Yep, you read that correctly. On the Kent coast is a wildlife reserve where you can sleep next to lions and tigers without leaving the UK! Port Lympne Hotel is high on our bucket list of cool stays 🤩

Spread across 600 acres of land, Port Lympne is home to more than 900 animals from over 90 different species. The reserve takes care of incredible creatures including gorillas, black rhinos, leopards and so many more, before later returning them to their natural habitat when it’s safe to do so 🐆

And while the animals are recovering, you can experience life in the wild closer than you could possibly imagine. All of Port Lympne’s accommodation is beautiful and offers a unique view into the lives of the wildlife here, but the Lion and Tiger Lodges are our bucket list essential! The first of their kind in the world, these stunning suites give you the comfort and style of a Manhattan loft, just a whisker away from these majestic beasts.

A little further afield, in Nairobi to be specific, is another incredibly cool stay. You may well have seen the incredible Giraffe Manor on Instagram, but it’s still absolutely worthy of our bucket list.

We love a historic country house hotel at the best of times, and when they’re combined with the unique experience of sleeping and dining amongst majestic giraffes, even better! There’s nothing quite like seeing the face of the tallest mammal in the world looming in to greet you while you eat your breakfast 🦒

What’s more, your stay helps support the neighboring Giraffe Centre’s incredible work protecting these creatures. Fun fact: since it was founded, wild Rothschild’s giraffe numbers have risen from 100 to around 1800 😭 💕 As if you needed another reason to put Giraffe Manor on your bucket list!

From giraffes in Kenya to alpacas in Italy. Located in the Italian Alpine village of Trentino is the enchanting Chalet al Foss. Traditional wooden cabins with luxurious amenities and a relaxing outdoor spa with panoramic mountain views make this a super cool stay already. And when you add a herd of adorable alpacas to the mix, it gets promoted to the bucket list immediately 🦙

It’s the ideal place to stay to relax in the Alps. Who wouldn’t want to make new furry friends and chill out in front of mesmerizing views after a day skiing, snowboarding or mountain biking? 🏂

Jungle fever

We get it, the snow and cold isn’t for everyone. Some people just prefer to be absorbing that Vitamin D in a gloriously hot country. Exploring the jungle, hunting down paradise beaches, not having to bring a coat… you get the picture. If getting lost in tropical destinations is your idea of a dream vacation, do we have a cool stay for you.

In an enviable location near Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s spectacular Pacific coastline, Hotel Costa Verde is a bucket list place if ever we saw one. If lush rainforest, white sand beaches and amazing wildlife weren’t enough, the resort is home to a truly unique hotel room: a luxuriously restored Boeing 727 with ocean views!

Rescued from San José airport, the plane has been carefully converted into a two-bedroom suite. It rests on a 15-meter-tall pedestal with its nose poking out of the treetops, giving guests the feeling that they’re taking off from the Costa Rican jungle and over the sea. This is a seriously cool place to stay 🛩️

Several thousand miles south is another incredibly cool stay in the jungle. Located in the Patagonian Andes of southern Chile is the Huilo Huilo nature reserve. It’s home to a number of unique hotels, each as enchanting as the next. But our bucket list obsession is with the Montaña Mágica ⛰️

Unlike the airplane hotel, this volcano-shaped lodge seems to blend right into the surrounding jungle. Covered in plants and a cascading waterfall, the “Magic Mountain” feels like there should be elves hiding somewhere nearby.
Once you’re settled into a cozy, rustic room inside the volcano, it’s time to discover everything else Huilo Huilo has to offer. Explore incredible natural landscapes, meet the wildlife, relax in the spa, hike up a volcano, zipline through the canopy, ride a snowmobile… the list goes on. There’s a reason this should be on your 2021 bucket list!

Sunset to sunrise under the stars

Honestly, who *doesn’t* have seeing the northern lights on their bucket list? As one of the best places to see them in the world, Iceland is on most travel to do lists (unless you’re lucky enough to have been already) 🇮🇸

Discovering its dramatic landscapes and incredible native wildlife is an unforgettable travel experience. Walking behind mesmerizing waterfalls, exploring black beaches, going whale watching… the list of things we want to do in Iceland is endless. But the number one bucket list item is undoubtedly seeing the northern lights 🤩

Our best bet for making the most of this natural dancing light show is staying in the Panorama Glass Lodges. Luxurious panoramic cabins with unparalleled sunset, starlight and sunrise views from the comfort of your bed make this a super cool stay in Iceland.

Go glamping in the desert

Speaking of sleeping under the stars, our bucket list takes us from the Land of Fire and Ice to the Valley of the Moon. Jordan is packed full of bucket list experiences. Ancient cities built into pink rock, a sea you can float in and a vast, beautiful desert to explore 🏜️

Camping out – fine, glamping – in that very same desert is the best way to appreciate the spectacular night sky above it. And that’s why the lavish glass pods at Memories Aicha Luxury Camp in Jordan’s Wadi Rum are high up on our bucket list of cool stays around the world 🇯🇴

Luxurious traditional Middle Eastern décor and spectacular panoramic desert views make it a must visit in Jordan. Not to mention the views of the stars and moon above you as you go to sleep 🌙✨

Our final cool stay for your bucket list is another glamping spot, but this time on the iconic Route 66. Located in southern California, the Wigwam Motel has been an iconic place to stay since it was built back in 1949.

Staying in a traditional Native American style tipi is a must-do experience for your road trip on what must be the USA’s most famous road.

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We’ve definitely given you enough bucket list inspiration to fill several years’ worth of amazing travels. Better get booking your trip 😉

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About the author

Josie is a content creator at TWISPER. She loves traveling and writing about her experiences. Check out her top recommendations for places to eat, sleep and drink around the world on TWISPER!