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Our Brightest, Most Colourful Unusual Retreats – Worldwide!

8 September 2021

A creative retreat infused with rich, vibrant colour is a sure-fire way to invigorate your senses and add some much-needed cheer to your holiday.

(Especially when the alternative is staring at magnolia hotel-room walls!)

So we’ve combed the globe to bring you this joyful collection of bright, beautiful havens that not only boast their own unique style, but their own lively palette of colour…

…to give your break – and your Instagram feed – a zing!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Quetzalcoatl’s Nest | Mexico

Marqués de Riscal

Elciego, Basque Country, Spain
Experience a sensational, master architect-designed hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, set in the picturesque foothills of Spanish wine country.
Bedrooms: 43 rooms & suites
Sleeps: 2/3 per room
From
£427 / night

Cartoon Network Hotel

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
A lively, animation-themed retreat that's full of family fun, with an on-site restaurant and a heated indoor pool, conveniently located in Pennsylvania's ‘Red Rose City'.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2-4
From
£122 / night

Hermanus Roundhouses

Winterton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Charming Norfolk roundhouses with thatched roofs providing self-catering accommodation next to the beach at Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk.
Bedrooms: 1-2 per unit
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
From
£250 (2 night)

Roulotte Retreat

Melrose, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Enrich your senses and live life on artisan wheels with this exquisitely quirky ‘glamvanning' experience in the wildflower-strewn natural setting of the Scottish Borders.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£110 / night

BaseCamp Bonn

Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
When it comes to BaseCamp Bonn, dispel any preconceptions about traditional campsites - this indoor campground offers some of the coolest, most creative and most extraordinary camping in the world!  
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£65 / night

Canopy Tower

Soberanía National Park, Colón, Panama
Get up close and personal with the natural world, from the comfort of a treetop bedroom in Panamá's tropical paradise.
Bedrooms: Rooms/suites
Sleeps: 1-2 per room
From
£101 pppn

Crane Hotel Faralda

Amsterdam, Netherlands
View the beauty of Amsterdam from a unique position - a stylish and award-winning hotel at the top of a former crane!
Bedrooms: 1 per suite
Sleeps: 2 per suite
From
£934 / night

Craighead Round Door Howfs

Dunblane, Perthshire, Scotland
Experience a magical stay in a quirky and authentic storybook home, built right into the windswept Scottish hillsides.
Bedrooms: 1 per howf
Sleeps: 2 per howf
From
£185 / night

Hobbitenango

Antigua, Central Highlands, Guatemala
Experience the fantasy world of storybooks, set high above the Antiguan hills with breathtaking volcano views.
Bedrooms: 1 per casita
Sleeps: 4 or 6 per casita
From
£60 / night

Hôtel de Glace

Saint-Gabriel-De-Valcartier, Quebec, Canada
Fall willingly under the magical spell of a hotel constructed from ice and snow, in an unforgettable North American stay.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£259 / night (in Hôtel de Glace, incl. a room at Hôtel Valcartier)

The Five Turrets

Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland
Make like an auld Scottish baron, in a grand 19th Century townhouse that's ideal for exploring the historic town of Selkirk.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8
From
£950 (7 nts)

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Seven gleaming, individually-styled airstreams secluded at the top of Cape Town's iconic city centre hotel.
Bedrooms: 1 per airstream
Sleeps: 2 per airstream
From
£132 / night (2 guests B&B)

Tiny House Siesta

Sarasota, Florida, USA
Head to the white sands of Florida's award-winning Siesta Key Beach, for a fun and Tiny alternative to boring hotel rooms!
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£150 /night

Madonna Inn

San Luis Obispo, California, USA
A vividly kitsch, grandly one-of-a-kind resort just off US Route 101, where the good times roll and no two rooms are the same.
Bedrooms: 110 rooms/suites
Sleeps: Varies
From
£143 / night

The Meadow Glamping

Broughton, Hampshire, England
An authentic glamping  retreat with three quirky bohemian retreats, restyled for luxurious off-grid comfort in the Hampshire countryside.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£210 (2nts; Billy's)

Red Rails

Newquay, Cornwall, England
A vibrant Art Deco hideaway for group celebrations with a creative twist, featuring incredible views of Newquay's Fistral Beach.
Bedrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
From
£2,100 (7 nts)

Eaton House Studio

Tiptree, Essex, England
An outrageously creative, completely unique ‘pink paradise' to live out those fairytale dreams, for quirky large group stays in Essex.
Bedrooms: 7
Sleeps: Up to 20
From
£2,400 / night

Halula Gem

Bridgwater, Somerset, England
A seriously Instagrammable large group retreat with an epic kitchen disco and sugar-sweet interiors, set within the walls of a 13th century castle on the edge of the Quantock Hills.
Bedrooms: 6
Sleeps: 20
From
£3250 (2 nights weekend)

Wonderland House

Brighton, East Sussex, England
A movie-themed, award-winning vintage haven by Brighton seafront, complete with teacup chairs and whimsical décor for a large group break that inspires the playful children in you!
Bedrooms: 6
Sleeps: 24
From
£1,200 (2nts)

Beverley Thrills Caraglamping

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
A movie-and-art inspired vintage caravan with laid-back West Coast vibes, located on the edge of historic Stratford-upon-Avon.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 (+1)
From
£85 / night

Beach Sun Retreat

Dymchurch, Kent, England
Turn a SAD face into a happy one, with year-round sunbathing both inside and out of this unique Kent-based holiday home.
Bedrooms: 9
Sleeps: 15
From
£780 (3 nts)

Green Moon Lodge

Montezuma, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
A jaw-dropping Costa Rican jungle dome, created by local artists and secluded amongst lush tropical greenery, with visiting monkeys!
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£71 / night

Joseph the Multicolour Dream Coach

Hartland, Devon, England
A vibrant and cheerful single-decker retreat for romantic couples, with self-contained facilities, friendly on-site animals, and rolling Devon countryside on the doorstep.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£70/ night

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