3. No Man’s Fort, Solent, Portsmouth
Arrive by boat at No Man’s Fort in the Solent, a mile from Portsmouth and 1.4 miles from the Isle of Wight. Where soldiers once slept and gun practices were carried out, there are now 22 luxury bedrooms for overnight stays. Four forts were built between 1861 and 1880 after being commissioned by former Prime Minister Lord Palmerston.
A night at No Man’s Fort doesn’t come cheap – prices start from £450 – but there seems to be no shortage of people signing up for a weekend stay or one of their themed party nights (nothing beats a Blitz Party on an actual fort). Advance bookings are strong, even though No Man’s only opened in April.
4. Giraffe Manor, Kenya
There’s only one hotel in the world that comes with its own herd of giraffes. For all that Giraffe Manor feels like another world, it’s located conveniently close to Nairobi’s international airport, near the Kenyan capital’s lavish and leafy Karen neighbourhood.
Giraffe Manor is five star in every respect, with 10 large, sumptuous rooms and stellar service to rival any slick city spot. Giraffe Manor is lavish, luxurious and utterly unique, so it is hardly surprising that it comes at a cost. Prices start at $525 per person per night, based on sharing a double room.
5. Taj Lake Palace India
The Taj Lake Palace is a world famous luxury hotel that sits exclusively in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur. With the lake and backdrop of the Aravalli mountains the palace has the most unique of settings and is an unforgettable experience.
Lake Palace (formerly known as Jag Niwas) is a luxury hotel, which has 83 rooms and suites featuring white marble walls. The Lake Palace is located on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, and its natural foundation spans 4 acres (16,000 m2). The hotel operates a speed boat which transports guests to the hotel from a jetty at the City Palace.