Stuck for places to go this Christmas? For those tired of the run-of-the-mill beach holiday or city break, there are a number of exciting and not to mention unusual choices available for the adventurous traveller.
If you are looking for a break in the sun that offers something more, then look no further than Jake’s resort in Jamaica. Run by the Henzells, the family behind “The Harder They Come”, probably the hippest film to come out of the Caribbean , Jake’s is the spot for those with a creative bent. As well as the 31 secluded cottages and 29 rooms, there are recording studios where you may well run into the likes of Amy Winehouse, Sting or Bono.
Capsule Inn, Tokyo Japan
If you are not claustrophobic, then for sheer novelty value you have to try the super futuristic Capsule Inn in Tokyo. The clue really is in the name here – guests sleep in pods, which resemble a jet airplane’s cockpit, and contain everything you need from TV, radio, and alarm clock to lighting you can adjust lying down. Everyone from businessmen to backpackers stay here – it really is a unique experience and a wonderful example of Japanese ingenuity.
There’s really nothing more romantic than taking a train at night. The Caledonian Sleeper operates between England and Scotland six nights a week with trains that are like miniature travelling hotels. The sleeper compartments are compact but cosy, with an upper and lower berth in standard class or a single lower berth in first class. For supper, stroll down to the lounge car and try a traditional Scottish supper of ‘haggis, tatties and neeps’, followed by a night cap of Glenfiddich whisky. And in the morning, have a light breakfast served by your steward in your compartment at whatever time you choose. It really is the most civilised way to travel.
Tree Hotel, Sweden
Built by Swedish architects Tham & Videgard, the Tree Hotel is a truly stunning example of Nordic design. If you suffer from vertigo, then this really is not the place for you – especially as the building can only be reached by rope ladder. The “hotel”, really a large room for two people, looks like a mirrored box suspended in mid-air among some trees. In reality, it’s a lightweight aluminium cube built around a tree trunk, and clad in mirrored glass. But don’t worry – there are stickers on the windows to prevent birds flying into them. The Tree Hotel really has to be seen to be believed – the windows give a 360 degree view, making you feel like you are floating in the air. The interior is made completely of plywood. There’s a double bed, a small kitchen and bathroom, a living room and roof terrace.