Australian cuisine
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Wines of Australia
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On Earth, nothing holds

Who said that a hotel must have a solid foundation? A sufficient number of hotels have appeared on the planet, ready to provide their guests with the most unexpected forms of accommodation.

Life in the maze
Underground hotels in their pure form are only in Australia. In the town of White Cliffs in the middle of the rocky wasteland of the New South Wales province – about a thousand kilometers from Sydney and Melbourne – is the Underground Motel, completely knocked out in soft sandstone. The main advantage of the place is its very low humidity and the almost complete absence of rain, these conditions provide the opportunity for a comfortable life underground, as well as the safety of structures. Outside, it just looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert, but under the outdoor buildings and the pool there are more than 30 rooms, a restaurant for 100 people and even two small rooms for meetings and conferences. Each room has its own ventilation shaft, and some are lit through a hole in the ceiling. All rooms are connected by a real labyrinth of underground corridors. The hotel is an hour and a half drive from the Mutavindzhi National Park, where Aborigines live – they organize excursions with local guides.

Another similar type of accommodation is cave hotels. The most famous of them are located in Central Turkey. The small guest house Elkep Evi occupies a hilltop above the ancient city of Urgup. It resembles an ordinary oriental hotel with rooms facing the common courtyard, but all this is carved into the rock: stairs, terraces, rooms. All rooms have central heating, toilet, shower, rooms are decorated with traditional carpets. The hotel has a restaurant with local cuisine. For entertainment, guests are offered trips to the rocky churches and monasteries of Cappadocia, balloon flights over the valley, horseback riding in the vicinity. And, of course, it is better to time your trip to some Sufi festival, which is regularly held in Cappadocia, most often in Konya – this is where you can see the real circles of dervishes.

Beaver Hut
The main underwater hotel Jules Undersea Lodge is located off the coast of Florida, and to enter the cozy room, you need to dive with scuba diving for 7 meters. The building consists of two bedrooms and a living room – all rooms with large windows, from which you can watch the sea inhabitants, and there are plenty of them in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There is everything for life: a hot shower, a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave, a TV and a telephone for communication with the outside world. Well and, of course, all conceivable and inconceivable diving courses are available to residents.

The less extreme Utter Inn water hotel is located in Sweden on Lake Malaren, near Stockholm. This is a small red house swinging on the water, but few people know that underneath is a small aquarium, sufficient for a comfortable accommodation of two people. Guests are delivered to the hotel by boat, and all the fun is to bask in the sun on a small deck around the house and fish. Food is brought separately.

On the seventh sky
One of the most common hotel adventures is life in the trees. Branch houses can be found in India, USA, Southeast Asia. But the closest place to us is the Kadirs Tree House Hotel in Turkish Olympos, just a couple of hours drive from the resort of Antalya. The houses look rather menacing, connected by shaky ladders (although there were no accidents), and a double room costs some 25-30 dollars per night (in addition to accommodation and breakfast, lunch is also included in the price). Olympos is one of the most youthful places on the coast, and here it is not boring in the evening.

You can get off the ground in the design hotel Euromast in the center of Rotterdam. In the old TV tower at a height of 100 meters above the city, a restaurant has been operating for a long time, now there are two more very spacious rooms with all amenities and stylish decor, one called “Stars”, the other – “Heaven”. Everyone wants to surprise guests – from a jacuzzi in a glass-walled bathroom to black toilet paper. By the way, you need to book a room for at least three months, and the queue is very large – Euromast is popular with honeymooners.

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