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And Now For Something Completely Different

Sometimes we appreciate a bit of the same. The comfort of knowing what we're getting ourselves in for and the desire for the familiar. However, it is often more rewarding (and fun!) to throw ourselves into the deep end of the unknown. To take the path less traveled and to pit ourselves against new, and sometimes scary, experiences. As such, today we bring you some of the more obscure holidays you can have, with some being more different than others!

It's not uncommon for us to hit the bars when on holiday, but how about you try being put behind bars? Well you can sample exactly that with a trip to Latvia. Head to the coastal city of Liepaja, where you'll find the Kostava Prison an authentic naval port prison. It is here that you could be in for a rather unique stay and one that could teach you a lesson or two!

karosta

Yes, you can be voluntarily locked up like a prisoner. As part of an interactive experience, you'll be treated as a prisoner by actors aiming to accurately replicate the conditions that once were commonplace in the prison. Learning interesting facts and stories along the way, you'll gain a true appreciation of the history surrounding you. There will be some light 'hard labour' and discipline, but it's all in good fun and to ensure there is no comprimise in the show's authenticity.



Sweden is a destination that can serve you up a few different 'different' holiday options, mostly focussing on the incredible natural beauty and diversity of the country. The first of which will take you to new heights, as you get close to nature. Really close.

Sweden’s Treehotel takes ‘glamping’ to a whole new level, giving guests the chance to experience the great outdoors in luxury, staying in their own personal treeroom each with a unique design.

treehotel

With rooms varying from a bird’s nest to a UFO, the Treehotel really appeals to the inner child in you and with a host of activities to keep you on your toes, Lule River Valley will feel like your personal playground for horse riding, hiking and biking at your leisure. On the flipside, the treetop setting proves perfect for stargazing if you’re feeling a bit lazier...

The treetop rooms are surprisingly roomy and are well equipped with well-placed port hole windows which discretely provide excellent views of the beauty surrounding you, such is the disguise and the placement of the rooms.

Stop hanging around! See how much you could save on a trip to the Treehotel!

Alternatively, Sweden also plays host to the spectacular Ice Hotel, the world's very first hotel built of snow and ice. Sitting in the northern village of Jukkasjärvi, this hotel will provide a holiday to remember. Choose between a 'Cold Room' featuring beautiful ice carvings, or a 'Warm Room' complete with TV and en suite bathroom. 

ice hotel

Even the cuisine will be an experience here, with the option of trying such Swedish dishes as fillet of reindeer and moose carpaccio. Take a peaceful horse riding excursion out in the snow to see the surprisingly diverse local wildlife or take part in an ice sculpting session! Best off all, the hotel provides an excellent opportunity to see the stunningly beautiful Northern Lights!

Don't be left out in the cold. Check out the Ice Hotel here.

Now for something a little more traditional. That's not to say the experience won't be different though! Head to the gorgeous Riviera Maya and the brand new Secrets Akumal where you can enjoy a holiday of true luxury.Perfectly located on one of Mexico's top 10 beaches, the resort screams luxury and unpretentious elegance, making for a stay all about comfort.

akumal swim

What's different about that? Well, book the right room and you'll be able to venture out into the hotel's pool without ever exiting your room's door. Treat yourself to an upgrade and you can stay in an incredible swim out room, perfect for spontaneous morning swims and avoiding an uncomfortable search for your towel.

Check out our Secrets Akumal offer here (why not treat yourself to a swim out room!).

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