5 Amazing Bucket List Hotel Experiences

Looking for bucket list hotel experiences? With high competition between luxury hotels around the world high, luxury hotels are always looking for unique bucket list experiences that they alone can offer.

Here are 5 of my favourite hotels that are providing unique experiences for the high-end, luxury traveller.

Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort, Oman

First impressions count for a lot! Our initial experiences often form lasting memories. This is why luxury hotel operator, Six Senses, devised a unique and memorable way of welcoming guests to their Zighy Bay Resort.

Six Senses Zighy Bay is set on a peninsula in northern Oman. Starting high on the rocky peaks overlooking the resort, guests can gear up with an experienced paraglider and tandem paraglide down to the resort. It’s the ultimate grand arrival for the ultimate check in.


The Lions Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Ever want to get right up close with the African animals? Yes, then what about at night? This experience gets guests staying in the wild in a custom built sleep out on stilts. It is not for those who are afflicted with sleep-walking of course. Nor is it for those with a fear of things that go bump in the night.

This unique luxury hotel experience allows you to fall asleep viewing the stars and listening to the noises of the wild. Guests have nothing but a two-way radio, a picnic dinner, breakfast and drinks, and the local wildlife for company. Guests are dropped off in the afternoon, briefed, then left to their own devices untill they are picked up in the morning. If anything happens they can call for help on the radio. Guests need to be staying at the game reserve and they can purchase the stay as an add on.

Gangtey Lodge, Bhutan

In todays’ hustle-bustle world, who wouldn’t seek to gain some wisdom from a Buddhist Monk?

The Gangtey Lodge, in the upper reaches of the breathtakingly beautiful Gangtey Valley in Bhutan, connects guests physically, spiritually and emotionally with their surroundings.

They do this with the help of monks from the local monastery. The lodge’s five-star luxury surrounds are complemented by special nurturing experiences including a personal butter lamp ceremony lead by the senior monk teacher of the local monastery.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Brazil

There are some famous sights that we would love to have all to ourselves. The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas lies at the feet of the majestic Iguassu Falls, within the national park itself.

Staying at the hotel provides guests with access to the falls long before first day-tripping tourist is allowed into the park. Guests can experience the falls and jungle surrounds at first light. When the forest animals and birds are most active, it is a sight not to be missed.

Belmond provide guests with Leica Trinovid HD binoculars to see all the rare flora and fauna around the falls at a particularly magical time of the day.

Atlantis, The Palm Resort, Dubai

Rounding out my list of 5 unique, luxury hotel experiences has to be one of the underwater suites at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai.

The Atlantis, The Palm Resort has two suites, each with floor-to-ceiling views directly into the aquarium. It gives the impression of being under the sea.

With over 65,000 marine animals just outside the suites’ windows, guests can gaze away at the amazing underwater sea life whilst sipping their complimentary French champagne.

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These are just some of the amazing bucket list hotel experiences that a traveller can have around this great planet. They are all unique and designed to explore the senses.

If you would like to know more about any of these resorts or hotel stays, or are interested in others like them, then please get in touch.

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Anthony Lee is an award winning travel designer. With close to 10 years designing high end travel, and a lifetime of travel experiences, it is a love of history, geography and cultures that drives his passion for travel. Anthony grew up in Australia but spent a good portion of his life immersed in Europe, living in the Netherlands, Germany and England. His greatest experiences have come from exploring what is around the next corner, getting off the beaten track and experiencing the local way of life in different cultures.