If you’re looking into booking a last minute summer holiday, it is very easy to opt for a chain hotel or a standard villa. There is nothing wrong with this at all, but sometimes it’s nice to experience the true culture of the place you’re visiting, and there’s no better way to do this than by living like the locals for a few days. If you want to stay somewhere a little more interesting, where could you consider?
If you’re heading off to Africa, there will be lots of opportunities to stay in a genuine mud hut, whether this is with a host family or on a special tourist resort. This will be an eye-opening experience which will teach you more about how millions of Africans live every day. It can give you a really authentic experience of Africa, and is the perfect partner for a safari trip.
In the jungle, there are lots of creepy crawlies and curious critters lurking on the floor, so if you want to stay overnight in the jungle it is best to stay in treetop accommodation. This is so that you won’t be disturbed by all of the scary creatures lurking on the jungle floor, and you also get to escape some of the jungle humidity for some fresh air and spectacular views over the jungle.
In Morocco, and especially Marrakech, the riad is by far the best place to stay. You don’t have to compromise on comfort or luxury, as riads used to be the homes of Marrakech’s elite before they moved into other cities, and this is reflected in the stunning quality of the buildings themselves. Relax in the shaded courtyard and admire the beautiful riad ornaments and interiors and soak up the wonderful Moroccan atmosphere.
Ski lodges aren’t just for winter trips. In summer, prices of this type of accommodation plummet, so you can stay in the comfort of a gorgeous wooden cabin and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. This is particularly good if you’re planning a sporting trip involving activities such as hiking or mountain biking, or if you’re hiring a car it makes it easy to get into your nearest town.
Every year. Sweden’s Ice Hotel is redesigned and rebuilt. Everything is made from ice, from the walls to the furniture, and the rooms are covered in reindeer fur for warmth. Wear your thermals, because it goes without saying that it’s incredibly cold. Even if you only stay for a night, this is a completely unique experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Tracey Chartham is a travel blogger with a passion for trying new things on her many adventures