We reveal the hotels that are turning your stay into a unique experience
Once upon a time when you checked into a hotel it was just in one location. You would take the key to your suite, step into the elevator and go straight to your room. Now it’s not the case anymore. For the latest trend for hotels – is “unhotels”, a trend that’s far more exciting than just four walls. These hotels have rooms in different buildings or even parts of the country. But with these unique stays you may see a side of the country you would never have experienced before.
Switzerland’s smallest mountain village was facing extinction until its remaining 12 residents decided to turn it into a hotel. Visitors to Corippo will find out what it’s like to live in an authentic Ticino village as the local osteria is the hotel’s dining room and the granite cottages that cling to the hillside are the suites. It has just opened its first vacation cottage to guests and more will launch in 2019. Rooms price from CHF128 (THB4,086) per night. Visit www.fondazionecorippo.ch.
The Brickyard at Mutianyu, Beijing
When an architect and his wife renovated a cottage in Mutianyu so it could be their weekend retreat, little did they know they would soon be renovating other buildings in the 500-year-old village and creating a sprawling hotel. They turned an old schoolhouse into a craft centre and a former tile factory and peasant cottages into a mini suites. You can now stay in the ultimate craft village. Priced from RMB1400 (THB6,548). Visit brickyardatmutianyu.com
Shakti Himalaya, India
Shakti Himalaya isn’t just a hotel, it’s an experience. With the help of guides, guests walk from one village to the next and stay in renovated houses along the way. Book the Shakti Kumaon package and you will go on a trek through the remote region of Kumaon and take in sweeping views of the Himalayas. The eight-day walk costs USD6,904 (aroundTHB219,253) per person. Visit www.shaktihimalaya.com
Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li, Shanghai
If you are looking for a home from home Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li is hard to beat. For it has taken a 1930s shikumen in the Xuhui cultural zone and turned it into a hotel. The 55 red-brick villas that were once part of a gated community are now a glamorous five-star retreat. Within the alleyways you’ll also find a restaurant run by Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire, boutiques and an Auriga spa. Around THB13,236 per night. Visit www.capellahotels.com.
Six Senses Singapore, Singapore
Six Senses Singapore comprises not one venue, but two - Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell. It’s just a short walk between the two heritage chic buildings and it doesn’t matter which service you use at what venue, you only receive one bill. Maxwell’s highlights include a champagne bar and curated library, while Duxton has its own TCM clinic. Rooms priced from SGD$330++ (THB7,707) per night. Visit www.sixsenses.com
Wish that you could feel part of the neighbourhood when you’re on holiday? Then book into the Grätzlhotel in Vienna, for each hotel suite is a former store. The neighbourhood is the lobby and the owners of the nearby bars are the concierge team. There are 25 suites to choose from and each offers a nod to its former owners – from the old record player at the vinyl dealers to the lamp sculpture that hangs from the ceiling in the former electrical store. Priced from USD$125 (THB3,970). Visit www.graetzlhotel.com