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The Most Outrageously Obscure Hotels of 2008

The Most Outrageously Obscure Hotels of  2008 ( Kiwi Collection Presents a Unique Selection of Hotels and Resorts that are Out of this World!

Because luxury travel is now further-flung and more exotic than ever, Kiwi Collection, ( a trusted one-stop-shop for high-end luxury hotels, has put together their 2008 recommendations for the world’s wildest hotels in destinations that most travelers can only dream of. Close your eyes, point a finger and spin the globe. These far-flung travel daydreams become reality with Kiwi’s list of out-of-this-world accommodations:


Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, Hotel Marqués De Riscal is his second masterpiece in Spain after driving Bilbao's urban revival with the Guggenheim Museum. This masterpiece in the Rioja wine country is a modern work of art, complete with metal sculptures twisting around the exterior, surrounded by lush vineyards. As a surprise addition to the structure, an ancient wine cellar serves as banqueting space.

Rates start at $953* per night when booked online at


Anatolian Houses is a luxurious new boutique hotel located in the Turkish mountains, in Cappadocia near Göreme. The soft rocks here have eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms over the last few centuries. Villagers at the heart of Cappadocia carved out the soft stone to form houses, churches, and monasteries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this hotel was constructed within five different cave formations. Each suite represents a different historical era and the themed furniture artwork in each suite is individually chosen.

Rates begin at $300* per night when booked online at


Exclusive, unique and absolutely remarkable upon arrival – the Hotel im Wasserturm was once the highest water tower in Europe, designed by the day’s top French designer, Andree Putman. The hotel is situated in a quiet park, only minutes away from shopping areas, the Cathedral and a plethora of museums. For the best view, head to the roof terrace of the Michelin-star ranked Restaurant La Vision, on the 11th floor of the hotel.

Rates begin at $302* per night when booked online at


A hotel built from a dream (and of course, ice), the Ice Hotel marks its seventeenth season this year. A new hotel of snow and ice is constructed each winter. It might sound like a North Pole fairy tale, but guests flock back to cozy up each December. Situated in the village Jukkasjärvi, make sure to rev up the snowmobile, as this property is 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, and built entirely from the meter-thick ice cap of the nearby Torne River. For unexpectedly storybook-like dining, local delicacies are even served on hand-carved crystal clear ice plates.

Rates range from $191 to $1115* per night. Book seasonally on


Located in the city center of Maastricht, Kruisherenhotel is a monumental former gothic church and cloister of the Crutched Friars, dating back to the fifteenth century. Despite the age of the structure, the hotel offers guests a sleek, dressed-down modern interior. The nave of the former church houses the reception area, a breakfast nook, library and a glass elevator, mixing reverence for tradition with modern design.

Rates begin at $476* per night when booked online at


An urban work of art and an architectural landmark… the Hotel Unique is a reference in global hotel design, not to mention the Sao Paulo skyline. Designed by Ruy Ohtake, the renowned Brazilian architect, suites at Hotel Unique are decorated entirely in shades of white, sand and brown, and are supplied with a private source of pure water and self-sufficient energy. Unique, indeed.

Rates begin at $220* per night when booked online at


Clos Apalta Winery&Lodge, in Santa Cruz, Colchagua Province of central Chile, is comprised of just four casitas nestled into the lush hillside of the valley, the ultimate in seclusion and privacy year-round. In addition to one of the full-bodied, deep Chilean red the region is known for, Clos Apalta also produces Casa Lapostolle’s world-class wine. The winery spans five levels, three of which are buried into the granite of the Apalta hillside to provide a naturally cooled environment to age the wines – just enough for guests to taste.

Rates begin from $320 to $650* per night when booked online at


Inspired by the late 19th century “Great Camps,” the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort - Bedwell River Outpost mixes delicious irony of indulgent luxury (think Chesterfield sofas and Persian carpets) with remote, untamed wilderness. In the shadows of 1,000 year old Cedars, the prospector-style white canvas tents are located along the water's edge. Activities include whale and bear viewing expeditions, ocean kayaking, clay shooting, and yoga instructions in the dedicated yoga tent. Lewis and Clark never had it so good.

Rates begin at $4670* per night, when booked online at


One of the newest editions to the Kiwi Collection, the 21C Museum Hotel, located in Louisville, Kentucky, is a “work of art” – literally. The hotel’s 90 rooms are part of a fully functioning avant-garde museum collection. Guests actually sleep and dine among a spectacular collection of artwork. Although collections do change, featured pieces include works by famed contemporary artists such as Alfredo Jarr, Loretta Lux, Andres Serrano, and Kara Walker.

Rates begin at $159 per night when booked online at


Home to Asia’s largest art studio, and the leading collection of contemporary Asian art, this hotel is a distinctive piece of art in and of itself. Not far from postcard-worthy Yangshou, Hotel of Modern Art – HOMA Libre is located within the Yuzi Paradise private park. Mixing a stunning location full of leisure activities with art and culture, this is an escape that offers something for all. Not to be missed: catch a bite for dinner in the stunning cathedral-sized cave!

Rates range from $297 to $1143*when booked online at


50 minutes from Beijing, located in the Badaling Mountains, The Commune by The Great Wall Kempinski is a private collection of living contemporary Chinese and Asian architecture, with each structure designed by a different prominent architect in Asia. Consisting of 46 rooms and suites in 11 villas, one building is completely flat – with the entrance through the wooden floor boards, where metal clamps on the floor are opened to reveal the bedroom, bathroom, and living areas. The staff can also arrange an “Off-the-Wall” party – and with the seventh “wonder of the world” serving as the background, a wonderful soiree is assured.

Rates begin at $255* per night when booked online at


The Indigo Pearl resort, located in Phuket, is designed with the smallest details crafted to intrigue guests. Inspired by the city’s tin-mining past, Indigo Pearl is a post-modern interpretation of a Thai factory a century ago. Located on a mature plantation, modern sculpture and industrial art mix the past with the present, and high design with nature. Unusual chandeliers light up the hallways leading to a selection of rooms, villas, pool pavilions and suites with surreal designs underscored by deluxe comfort. Head to IN-DI-GO, the property’s spa for one of the all-natural spa treatments featuring sea salt crystals, seaweed and coconut milk.

Rates begin at $260* per night when booked online at

Guests who book through Kiwi Collection at or call and ask for the “Kiwi Rate”
receive instant recognition and VIP treatment such as complimentary amenities and upgrades when available.

*Prices quoted are in US dollars, and based on current exchange rates.
When booking on, prices are listed in the user’s local currency at exchange rates available at time of booking.

Notes to the Editors:
Kiwi Collection provides an up-to-date, unbiased, and trusted resource for discerning high-end travelers. Through its stylish web site and award-winning publications Kiwi Collection presents information regarding luxury properties as well as objective recommendations on a variety of destinations and events across the globe. To date Kiwi Collection members number over 2,100 properties worldwide, from across virtually every luxury brand and affiliation as well as a host of independent properties. Properties must offer truly outstanding guest experiences before they are invited to be a part of the collection. Once included, Kiwi Collection provides an exceptional marketing and distribution channels for properties which in turn increases interest and global visibility amongst high-end travelers. Additional information is available via

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