SENSATIONAL SLEEPOVERS

If you crave swimming with fish, clinging to a cliffside pod in Peru or fancy a cool vantage point for the Northern Lights, here’s our guide to stunning sleepover spots

Down with the fishes Manta Resort, Tanzania

Water babies will be in heaven at Manta Resort Pemba in Zanzibar, as you can go to sleep and wake up surrounded by the brilliant azure sea in their Underwater Room. The bedroom of this unique castaway guestroom plunges 3m below the water’s surface and has wraparound glass walls so you can watch all manner of marine life swim around you. Above the bedroom is the lounge area, and above that is the top deck which is prime for sunbathing by day and stargazing by night; as there’s only one room type like this, you’ll be blissfully secluded with nothing but you and the fishes for company!


Balancing act Adventure Suites, Peru

skylodge-suitesThis very unique ‘lodge’ is not for the faint-hearted, so look away now! The pods at Skylodge Adventure Suites are clasped to the cliffs above the beautiful Sacred Valley, affording incredible panoramas that you won’t get anywhere else. The tricky part is: you can only reach these mountainside capsules by scaling 1,000 feet up or hiking a trail through the ziplines, and the only way down is an exhilarating zipline ride afterwards – so daredevils and thrill seekers will be absolutely delighted.


Sleep in a tree Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, New Zealand

hapuku-lodgeIf the dream of sleeping in a treehouse has lingered ever since you were a kid, then Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses in New Zealand is just the ticket. Rubbing shoulders with the treetops on Kaikoura’s sweeping coastline, the luxury tree suites overlook dramatic mountains, olive groves and the spellbinding sea, where you can spot resident dolphins and whales. Come down from your tree sanctuary to tuck into heart-warming breakfasts and delectable three-course dinners, prepared by MasterChef finalist Fiona Read, and head out to sea in a kayak or on a surfboard.


Northern lights ION, Iceland

ion-3The great natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights is a spectacle that makes it to many a bucket list. Watching the lights illuminate the night skies from a totally unique Icelandic hideaway like ION is sure to make the experience all the more memorable, with its impressive angular design and array of tempting offerings. From the heated outdoor pool to the celebrated Silfra Restaurant, there’s no shortage of spectacular settings to watch the dancing light show from. The remote, volcanic surroundings of the Golden Circle only add to the mythical atmosphere you’ll find yourself in here.


Wake up on the water Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar

the-strand-cruise-2Gliding along the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers on a river cruise is a highlight on any Myanmar holiday, but sleeping on an elegant vessel itself, like the Belmond Road to Mandalay, is a whole new level of luxury. This exquisite boat will have you waking up to the melodious sound of Myanmar’s iconic waters, before indulging in a sumptuous feast for breakfast and watching the shifting river-scapes from the pool or observation deck.


Airstream dream Uyuni Vintage Airstreams, Bolivia

vintage-airstreamZip over to the heart of the vast and eerie Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia and spend the night in total seclusion in this vintage Airstream, a caravan not quite like any other. The impossibly white salt flats stretch as far as the eye can see, a surreal landscape straight out of a sci-fi movie, so you’ll get to sleep knowing there’s nothing but you for mile upon mile. Dinner will be prepared for you by the chef, so feast outside in this spectacular setting as the stars emerge above you in an ever shifting sky of pinks, purples and blues.


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