Lifeboat Hotel, Netherlands

June 22, 2009 by Neal  
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Fancy a cruise, but don’t really want be set adrift the ocean?  Well, Harlingen’s Lifeboat Hotel could be just what you’re looking for!

Situated in the northern Netherlands, Harlingen is a town built on fishing and shipping.  What then, could be more appropriate than a quirky hotel sitting gracefully in the town’s beautiful harbour?

Having saved lives off the English coast for almost 25 years, the Lifeboat was lovingly restored by the same Harlingen team that resurrected the town’s crane and lighthouse.  Now, it offers sumptuous accommodation to the standards you would expect from a contemporary hotel.

So, wake to the smell of your freshly baked breakfast, which can be enjoyed al-fresco on deck, or down below in the privacy of the aft cabin.

When you need to get away from it all, the Lifeboat Hotel really could prove to be an absolute life-saver!

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Boatel, Australia

June 3, 2009 by Neal  
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The recipient of Australia’s first 5-star houseboat rating, Adelaide’s magnificent Boatel is awash with luxury.

Whether conducting business from the vessel’s private mooring, or drifting serenely down the River Murray with friends and family, you can be completely carefree and at one with nature on the Boatel.

You are utterly unaware of the complex technology that goes in to making your stay contemporary and comfortable.  From the fantastically equipped kitchen to the king size beds, the Boatel gives you all you would expect from a 5-star hotel, with the privacy of your own desert island!

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The Waitanic, New Zealand

May 28, 2009 by Neal  
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You know that feeling?  When you just want to get away from it all and stay on a grounded World War II New Zealand patrol boat?  You don’t?  Well, you soon will!

At Woodlyn Park you’ll discover the Waitanic, a specially converted ship previously used for submarine detection. Now four-unit accommodation, guests can choose between the Titanic, Britanic, Honeymoon or the Captain’s rooms. As former guests will tell you, the Waitanic makes for a ship-shape holiday home!

Woodlyn Park doesn’t just offer amazing motels.  There’s a whole host of adventures to be had during your stay.

Billy Black is a professional sheep shearer who puts on an unforgettable show for Woodlyn Park guests. Including a Kiwi bear, a dancing log and exploding pigs – sorry, a dancing pig and exploding logs – you won’t want to miss out on Billy Black’s Kiwi Culture Show!

And, if you still have energy left, why not visit the nearby Waitomo Caves, an amazing cave system with stalactites, stalagmites and even glowworms!

Along with the opportunity to try blackwater rafting and take in the breathtaking views for which New Zealand is famous, we really don’t think one could ask for more!

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