Why settle for ordinary? Published this month, Lonely Planet's 50 Places to Stay to Blow Your Mind will make your next trip an unforgettable one.
Stay in a capsule perched on a mountainside, or in a 15th-century restored fort, or nestled in a glass igloo beneath the Northern Lights.
Even sleeping will be an adventure on your next trip with this Lonely Planet collection of 50 of the most luxurious, extraordinary and spectacular accommodation offerings around the world – including four in Australia:
Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru, Northern Territory
'The whole hotel is shaped like a gigantic saltwater croc … There's an undeniably quirky edge to this place, but nothing tacky. The hotel is entirely indigenous-owned and there's a bush-tucker-inspired menu at the restaurant that features local ingredients like crocodile and kangaroo. Indigenous art adorns the walls in the rooms and there's even a small gallery which showcases indigenous art and sculpture."
Longitude 131, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
'You'll be staying in one of only 15 luxuriously kitted-out tented cabins all positioned to make the most of the view of the serene and dramatic expanse of the Simpson Desert and the major drawcard, Uluru. Alongside the extravagant five-star features, the resort sports serious eco credentials and provides guests with the opportunity to learn about the centuries-old culture of the Anangu people."
Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
'As close to wildlife as is possible in the centre of Australia's largest city … Roar and Snore gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the zoo's inhabitants without competing with the crowds. Along with the ringside animal experience you'll receive snacks and drinks on arrival, a buffet dinner and breakfast before being allowed to roam the zoo the following day."
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
'On the edge of the Great Southern Ocean the water is wild and the coastline rugged and windswept. There are no crowds, just you and the elements, oh – and five-star luxury … If you're a creature that likes your comforts indoors then the Lodge won't disappoint … Sink into a king-sized bed or a couch in your sunken lounge and take in the wilderness from your own private piece of remote paradise."
Lonely Planet's 50 Places to Stay to Blow Your Mind