In the world full of innovations, hotels are getting modernize and planning to fulfill the needs of today’s travelers with science and technology. There’s no doubt that the hotel rooms in the coming years will be surrounded by a breathtaking environment with a mixture of modernization. But have you ever considered staying at a floating hotel? In the race to offer the best hotel experience, the hoteliers have drastically changed their overall appearance to attract more guest. There are some floating hotels in the world that sometimes move like a cruise or lay still over water.
For most of the travelers, a beach vacation is also established on the sandy surface. If we talk about some of the most iconic hotels in the world like the Curtain Bluff Resort in Antigua and Acqualina Resort & Spa in Florida, these resorts are developed for the sandy adventure, by overlooking the huge range of the sea quite outside the boardwalk. For the travelers, who really want to enjoy the sea adventure, a floating hotel is an ultimate choice. Let us have a look at some of the most intimate staycations in the lap of nature.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Male, Maldives
Nestled in tropical gardens, this luxurious resort is on a tranquil, private island in the Laccadive Sea. Featuring natural materials and wood floors, the elegant, overwater villas are reached by boardwalks from the island. The have open-air living rooms and rooftop terraces, and offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screens. Upgraded villas add dining areas, private motor boats and/or mini wine cellars; some include personal butlers, spa areas and cinemas.
Upscale, beachfront dining options include Japanese cuisine and local seafood. There’s a chic pool, a cinema and a spa, as well as an overwater bar and a wine/chocolate cellar.
The Manta Resort; Pemba North, Tanzania’
In a scenic property beside a beach on the Indian Ocean, this serene all-inclusive resort is 4 km from the Ngezi Forest Reserve and 59 km from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. Set in thatched cottages, the airy rooms have terraces, and 4-poster beds with mosquito netting. Upgraded rooms add air-conditioning and open-air sitting areas. Stylish villas offer ocean views. A swanky unit floating 250 meters’ offshore features 3 levels and an underwater room.
Meals and drinks are included, as are daily spa treatments and kayak rentals. There’s a beachfront bar, and an outdoor pool with a sundeck. Diving and water sports are also available.
River Kwai Jungle Rafts, Thailand
Set on the River Kwai Noi and surrounded by mountains and jungle, this floating hotel has no electricity and is 7 km from Hell Fire Pass Memorial Museum, 13 km from Hellfire Pass and 40 km from LAWA Cave. The eco-chic rooms feature woven-bamboo walls, hand-crafted furniture and balconies with hammocks, plus mosquito nets and hand-held fans.
Life jackets and kerosene lamps are provided, and parking is free. An open-air restaurant serves international cuisine, and there’s also a bar, a sunbathing pier and massage services (fee). Boat rentals and river tours are available.
Sunborn London Yacht Hotel; London, United Kingdom
Set on a luxury yacht moored in the Docklands, this upscale hotel is adjacent to the ExCel London convention centre and a 5-minute walk from Docklands Light Rail trains to central London. It’s 2 miles from London City Airport.
Polished, classic rooms have en suite bathrooms and feature flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi, plus touch-pad room controls. Upgraded rooms add coffeemakers, balconies and river views. Suites add sitting areas or living rooms and soaking tubs. Some have decks.
There’s an upscale restaurant serving British fusion cuisine and a sleek bar, plus a day spa and event space for up to 250 guests.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora; Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Housed in a collection of thatched-roof bungalows on the Bora Bora lagoon, this luxury resort is 7 km from Bora Bora Yacht Club.
On stilts above the lagoon, the plush bungalows offer porches, lounge areas with sofas and minifridges, plus satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. Some have private plunge pools. Upgraded bungalows offer pull-out sofas and extra rooms. Luxe beachfront villas feature private gardens and outdoor pools. Room service is available.
Breakfast is available for a fee. Other amenities include 4 Polynesian restaurants with open-air dining, a Polynesian-style spa, a gym with regular yoga, plus an infinity pool.