Nestled deep within the Hakone Mountains of Japan lies Hakone Ginyu, a traditional Ryokan guesthouse where you are encouraged to “take your ease in the bosom of nature”.
Mountainous bosoms aside, the hotel has adopted the philosophy that “nature is the best physician”. And since each room offers such eye-popping views of the surrounding landscape, we’re inclined to agree with them!
The hotel itself is a fabulous fusion of classic and contemporary design, and at Hakone Ginyu they’re big on the small details too! The copperplate room keys are so pretty you’ll begrudge handing them back, and the handcrafted coffee cups are almost too nice to use!
During your stay, keep your eyes peeled for the delicate pin striping which adorns the hotel woodwork. They’ve been hand painted by skilled artist Mr. Ishii – better known to his friends as Mooneyes!
Konichiwa! The Weird & Wonderful production crew have made it to the land of the rising sun where they are busy shooting Hakone Ginyu. This traditional Ryokan guesthouse mixes old with new to create a uniquely ‘Zen’ environment. And with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, you might feel so at peace that you’ll never want to leave!
Live the life of a castaway at Soneva Gili, where you can experience desert island living without missing out on life’s little luxuries!
You’ll need your sea legs just to get here though, as this hotel is only accessible by taking a twenty minute speed boat ride from the international airport at Malé.
On arrival, check-in to one of seven ‘Crusoe Residences’ which stand alone in the Indian Ocean, offering total privacy for you and that special someone. But don’t worry, if cabin fever starts to set in, just hop into your private rowing boat and make the short journey back to shore and civilisation!
As if one luxury resort in the Maldives was not enough, our production team have ’somehow’ managed to find time to visit a second! Soneva Gili is set in and around one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, and as you can see, guests can enjoy open air bathrooms with nothing between you and the incredible surroundings. Hopefully the team weren’t too camera shy to give it a go.
Maruhaba! The Weird & Wonderful crew have touched down in the Maldives to shoot Soneva Fushi – a luxury retreat which rewards all the human senses. We’re pleased to see the team are complying with the hotel’s no shoes policy, just be careful not to get any sand in that equipment!
Whilst filming at the Kilindi eco-resort, our camera man got some unexpected assistance from one of the locals! As you can see, this chap seems to have a natural flare for framing a shot, giving our regular camera man a little time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Back to work now please!
For the last word in dramatic views, look no further than Post Ranch Inn.
This luxury hideaway is nestled high on the cliffs of Big Sur, California, giving guests a unique position from which to enjoy the breathtaking coastline.
The organic architecture of the resort is designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, and includes such a variety of accommodation you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Each one is designed to showcase a different aspect of the spectacular scenery, so whether you decide on mountain, forest, cliff or ocean you’re pretty much guaranteed a room with a view.
If you’re a self-confessed tea-aholic, then where better to stay than in a genuine Tea Factory?
This Colonial themed hotel is nestled amongst acres of lush tea plantations and offers guests the chance to experience life as tea picker first hand. You’ll learn to identify the freshest leaves and how to pluck each branch correctly, before your harvest is dried ready for you to drink.
After all that tea-picking you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite. Fortunately the Tea Factory has its very own Railway Carriage Restaurant, where you’ll be welcomed aboard with a shrill whistle and a wave of the green flag by the maître d’.
Don’t expect to see a menu though, at this restaurant the Chef visits each dining ‘passenger’ to discuss their culinary preferences and create a meal unique to them. We don’t recommend you ask for spaghetti hoops though!
For the owners of Kilindi, creating an ecological hotel was such an obvious thing to do, that they coined the phrase ‘logically-eco’. Whatever way you describe it, there’s no doubt that this is a very special place.
Guests can stay in one of 15 beautiful domed pavilions which collect rainwater and store it beneath your sleeping area. The water is later distributed throughout the lush tropical gardens via a network of cascading pools.
At Kilindi you won’t find your room decorated with quaint knick-knacks. Instead they let the beautiful natural surroundings do the talking. Each pavilion has been designed to maximise light, space and pay homage to the stunning views.
Dionne Warwick famously asked “Do you know the way to San José?” and we assume she must have been looking for the Corteza Amarilla Lodge.
Located just 12 minutes from downtown San José, this eclectic hacienda mixes art nouveau, deco, baroque and oriental influences to create a truly one-of-a-kind destination.
The hotel is owned and run by the green-fingered Salgado family, who have been busy reforesting 17 hectares of the local land. But don’t worry, we’re sure they’ll down tools long enough to offer you a very warm welcome to their hotel.