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Six Unusual Holiday Destinations from Around the World

You maybe planning your summer vacation; if so take a look at some of these unusual holiday getaways.

July 1, 2012 5:02 by

  • Palacio de Sal Hotel & Spa, Uyuni, Bolivia

    This 16-rooom hotel is made of salt. The floor, walls, ceiling, and furniture too – all are made of 1 million 35-cm salt blocks. The hotel, located at the edge of Sadar de Uyuni (which is 25 kilometers from the town of Uyuni and 350 kilometers south of capital city, La Paz) has a spa, dining facilities, and even a 9-hole salt golf course.  Other amenities include, dry sauna, a steam room, a saltwater pool and whirlpool baths – all this for US $100 (Dh368) per night per guest at this hotel, where visitors are strictly prohibited from licking the walls.

  • The Great Blue Hole, Belize

    With a diameter of a 954 feet and a depth of 394 feet, the massive hole is located in Lighthouse Reef Atoll, about 60 miles from Belize City. The Great Blue Hole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top diving spots for divers from around the world. Surrounded by stalactites and colorful stalactites, the diving site is actually a submerged limestone cave system formed over 65,000 years ago by increasing sea level. Rare animal species and other life forms can be spotted while scuba diving.

  • The Igloo Village Hotel, Kakslauttanen, Finland

    If you are looking to escape the heat this summer, then the Igloo Village Hotel in Finland might interest you. Located outside the Urho Kekkonen Nation Park, there are 20 glass dome igloos and each has a good view of the sky and during the winter months (February to March & September to October) you can see the Finland Northern Lights. The weather outside these rooms is extremely cold especially during the nights, but the rooms are heated very well and feature special thermal anti-frost glass that keeps the room well-insulated, giving one a clear view when the outside temperature drops below zero degree Celsius. Furnished with luxury beds, sauna and toilets, the glass igloo can accommodate maximum two guests. You can also enjoy safaris, Ice fishing, ski treks, and snowmobiles. A night’s stay for 2 can cost you over $120 (Dh450).

  •  Júzcar, Spain

    Feeling blue? Perhaps, a visit to Jucar might change your mood. Jucar is a town near Malaga in Spain, where Sony Pictures celebrated the world premiere of the film “The Smurfs” last year (June 9, 2011), by painting the entire town blue. The work required a dozen painters and more than 4,000 liters of blue paint to transform the historic town of white buildings into blue Smurf town. This incidentally, boosted the tourism industry and the town saw an influx of tourists who came just to get a glimpse of the blue town.

  • The Wave, Arizona

    One of the most spectacular rock formations in the world is in Utah in Arizona. The Wave can be quite difficult to get to as only 20 people are permitted to visit the site each day. Ten of those permitted are issued an advanced permit via online lottery draw 4 months before the scheduled visit and the other ten are issued at the ranger station the day before the visit by The Bureau of Land Management at $5 per ticket. Also, it is an 8.5-mile drive to the trailhead and then a 3-mile hike through the open desert. The sight of the sandstone formations with different patterns and colours makes it worth all the trouble.

  • Gamirasu Cave Hotel,Turkey

    The cave hotel in Urgup hill in Cappadocia in Turkey is a unique hotel carved into the Yunak Evleri mountain cliff. Dating 1,000 years old, the cave was a Byzantine monastic retreat, and some of the rooms were used as cells. The hotel has six cave houses, a Greek mansion and 30 rooms furnished with Ottoman antiques to keep up with the theme of the hotel. Each room has a private terrace with traditional Middle Eastern Architecture. You can explore the underground cities, churches and rock terrain in the ancient village of Cappadocia. A room can easily cost around $85 (Dh313) per night.


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