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Our Brightest, Most Colourful Unusual Retreats – Worldwide!

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Published 08/09/2021 Our Brightest, Most Colourful Unusual Retreats – Worldwide!


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


Happy Days Retro Vacations

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Experience the nostalgia of authentic vintage Airstreams and caravans, all blissfully set on a peaceful Suffolk campsite.   A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom! Hold on to your headscarf, kick off your brogues, and get ready for an unforgettable retro getaway at Happy Days Retro Vacations! Described by owners Jenni and Kevin as the ‘ultimate in kitsch camping', Happy Days…

North Shire

North Shire

Fairytale breaks in North Shire's Hobbit House, Gypsy Caravans and Ground Keeper's Cottage near Whitby.   On a beautiful family-run farm in the magnificent North York Moors lies North Shire. Like something from a fairy tale itself, this idyllic holiday retreat offers unique accommodation ranging from cottages, to camping, to gypsy caravans for a stay the whole family will treasure!…

The Mission

The Mission

The delightfully quirky ‘tin tabernacle' on the Isle of Wight, a divine setting for a bracing island escape you'll soon be saying your prayers to return to!  It stands to reason that The Mission is situated in an designated Area of Outstanding Beauty - Blythe Shute on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, to be exact. This glorious pet-friendly ‘tin tabernacle' sleeps up to…

Hermanus Roundhouses

Hermanus Roundhouses

Charming Norfolk roundhouses with thatched roofs providing self-catering accommodation next to the beach at Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk. It's not often you get to see a traditional Norfolk roundhouse, let alone stay in one! Luckily, your chance has arrived... The Hermanus is a popular holiday park near Winterton-on-Sea, on Norfolk's east coast.  With beautiful sea…

Roulotte Retreat

Roulotte Retreat

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. Are you looking for a reviving break that imbues all the exotic style and elegance of an Asian palace, combined with an unspoilt meadow setting to take you on an enchanting journey of nature, self-discovery and…

BaseCamp Bonn

BaseCamp Bonn

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!   Whether you're a vintage fan, an adventurous explorer or simply love a holiday served with a huge slice of fun, you'll absolutely adore BaseCamp Bonn. Found in a former storage facility just…

Nomad Xperience

Nomad Xperience

Unleash your inner wanderer at Nomad Xperience, where four incredible, nomad-inspired glamping abodes wait on the edge of Spain's breath-taking Sierra Nevada National Park. Nomad Xperience is inspired by the lives of nomadic people from all around the world, bringing the very best of this simple way of living and combining it with an unforgettable holiday experience in beautiful Andalucia.…

Canopy Tower

Canopy Tower

Get up close and personal with the natural world, from the comfort of a treetop bedroom in Panamá's tropical paradise. Originally built in 1965, the Canopy Tower once helped defend the Panamá Canal. Today, it serves as a stunning observation point and as restful accommodation in the heart of Soberanía National Park, surrounded by some of the very best birdwatching spots in the area.…

Casa Chroma

Casa Chroma

Casa Chroma is a uniquely styled Norfolk house that's perfect for group holidays and celebrations that call for a little something extra! On the outside, Casa Chroma appears to be a serene Grade II listed Georgian house, set close to the Norfolk coastline in the friendly village of Snettisham. Step inside, however, and you'll be greeted by a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour, style and…

Crane Hotel Faralda

Crane Hotel Faralda

View the beauty of Amsterdam from a unique position - a stylish and award-winning hotel at the top of a former crane! Crane Hotel Faralda is probably the most spectacularly original hotel you'll ever stay in, so if you're looking for an inspiring break that will have everybody talking for a long time to come...you've just found it!   Set in a former harbour crane painstakingly…

Craighead Hobbit Howfs

Craighead Hobbit Howfs

Make like Bilbo Baggins, in a quirky and authentic hobbit home built right into the windswept Scottish hillsides. Fancy living the hobbit life, but without the arduous journey and heart-stopping battles Bilbo Baggins encountered in ‘Lord of the Rings?' Now, Craighead Howf, a traditional, welcoming Scottish stone-built farmhouse and steading in Perthshire, offers you the chance to do…

Red Alert Fire Truck

Red Alert Fire Truck

Rescue your holiday at the Red Alert Fire Truck - a sizzling escape in an outstandingly picturesque farmland location, set within the Lake District National Park. Ever wondered what it's like to be a firefighter, but didn't fancy risking your life to find out? Well, now's your chance to indulge! Red Alert is a quirky former fire truck that's uniquely equipped for a truly memorable family…

Hobbitenango

Hobbitenango

Experience the fantasy world of Middle Earth, set high above the Antiguan hills with breathtaking volcano views. Hobbitenango ("place of the hobbits") is a blissfully remote mountainside village that combines a magical selection of solar and wind-powered eco-casitas with a farm-to-table restaurant and a family activity park.   Lovingly created in the style of J.R.R.Tolkien's…

Hôtel de Glace

Hôtel de Glace

Fall willingly under the magical spell of a hotel constructed from ice and snow, in an unforgettable North American stay. Beautifully located just 20 minutes away from Québec City, the artfully glistening Hôtel de Glace is newly constructed each year from fresh ice and snow. This stunning hotel has been the captivating setting for many television and film projects, such as Disney's launch…

The Five Turrets

The Five Turrets

Make like an auld Scottish baron, in a grand 19th Century townhouse that's ideal for exploring the historic town of Selkirk. The Scottish Borders town of Selkirk boasts an impressive history.  William Wallace was proclaimed Guardian of Scotland there, and Sir Walter Scott once served as sheriff. Experience the grand uniqueness of the town for yourself, with a stay in a Grade B…

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Grand Daddy Airstream Trailer Park

Seven gleaming, individually-styled airstreams secluded at the top of Cape Town's iconic city centre hotel. Originally built in 1874, Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is a much-loved, iconic heritage building in the heart of Cape Town's thriving Long Street. The proud home of South Africa's one-and-only rooftop Airstream trailer park, if you're looking for a unique holiday experience that…

Tiny House Siesta

Tiny House Siesta

Head to the white sands of Florida's award-winning Siesta Key Beach, for a fun and Tiny alternative to boring hotel rooms! Located just over the South bridge from Sarasota's award-winning Siesta Key Beach, you'll discover Tiny House Siesta...part of a craze that's taking the US by storm! Regularly featured on US television, Tiny Houses are all the rage, and it's easy to see why. Fun, quirky and…

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn

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. Alive with riotous colour and bursting with happiness, Madonna Inn (no relation to the Queen of Pop) is a completely unique hotel stay and a full-blown sensory experience, all rolled into one. Opened in 1958 by Alex and Phyllis Madonna - an architect and an interior…

The Meadow Glamping

The Meadow Glamping

An authentic adults-only glamping  retreat with three quirky bohemian retreats, restyled for luxurious off-grid comfort in the Hampshire countryside.The Meadow is a glorious two-acre slice of idyllic Hampshire countryside. Peacefully tucked away from the world, the off-grid glamping site is still set close to the bustling centre of Broughton, a traditional chocolate-box English village. An…

Red Rails

Red Rails

A vibrant Art Deco hideaway for group celebrations with a creative twist, featuring incredible views of Newquay's Fistral Beach.   Sleeping up to 10 lucky guests (and their three well-behaved dogs), Red Rails is the ultimate beachside retreat for group celebrations to remember. (Seriously...if you can't think of anything to celebrate, just make something up, because a break spent at Red…

Quetzalcoatl's Nest

Quetzalcoatl's Nest

A fantastical, fairytale stay in an architect-created sculpture garden, amidst the rugged landscape of the Valley of Mexico. Inspired by an Aztec serpent god, Quetzalcoatl's Nest is an awe-inspiring sculpture garden, created by the acclaimed Mexican architect, Javier Senosiain. With the aim of creating an organic space that would respect the rugged natural environment of Naucalpan de Juárez,…

Area 55 Futuro House

Area 55 Futuro House

Savour 360-degree desert views from the other-worldly comfort of an off-grid space-age retreat, ‘hovering' above California's Joshua Tree. Sought-after by collectors the world over, the Futuro house was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen during the late 1960s, partly in homage to man's conquering of space.   Reminiscent of a flying saucer, featuring round windows and an…

Eaton House Studio

Eaton House Studio

An outrageously creative, completely unique ‘pink paradise' to live out those fairytale dreams, for quirky large group stays in Essex. Known for its world-famous preserves, and its close proximity to London (you can drive there in under 90 minutes), Tiptree is a quiet, rural Essex village that's also home to a uniquely magical six-bedroom mansion. Affectionately known as ‘The Pink House' -…

The Art Deco Apartment

The Art Deco Apartment

An elegant, light-filled apartment that's dripping with old school glamour, perfectly located in a chic Brighton house that faces the sea.The moment you descend the Art Deco Apartment's double-width, red-carpeted, LED-lit stairs, you'll know you've arrived somewhere very special indeed.(The Brighton house itself sports a blue plaque, as the famed playwright Sir Terence Rattigan once lived there…

The Red Tower

The Red Tower

A creative, architect-designed ‘tiny house' retreat for two, surrounded by farmland, nature, and woodland walking trails in rural Ontario.Just over two miles from the bustling, artistic town of Warkworth, you'll find the striking Red Tower surrounded by 30 acres of rural heaven... consisting of soothing farmland (complete with friendly wildlife!) and magical woodland walking trails.You'll also…

Green Moon Lodge

Green Moon Lodge

A jaw-dropping Costa Rican jungle dome, created by local artists and secluded amongst lush tropical greenery, with visiting monkeys! Promising to take your breath completely away, Green Moon Lodge was brought beautifully to life by friendly artist owner Katrin, and a team of her creative friends.   Perfectly positioned in Montezuma, an exquisite, laid-back surf town on Costa Rica's stunning…

Stay Wild

Stay Wild

A lovingly restored slice of Americana, in the form of a vintage yellow bus that's permanently stopped in an idyllic green Garden of England field. An imaginative and lovingly crafted retreat for two, Stay Wild offers you the chance to stay aboard a vintage, bright yellow, 40ft-long bus, plucked straight out of 1970s America. Friendly owner Aly fell in love with the then-derelict bus, and got…

Wonderland House

Wonderland House

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! With every room so magically infused with storybook enchantment, you could well spend your entire time at Wonderland House wandering around in open-mouthed awe! A grand Regency house that's perfectly positioned by…

V8 Hotel

V8 Hotel

Welcome to V8 Hotel -  a vibrant and luxurious motor-themed retreat with a unique selection of rooms and suites, perfectly positioned in one of Germany's top car-loving locations.Boasting pole position in Stuttgart, achingly close to the Mercedez-Benz and Porsche museums, not to mention the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen factory, V8 Hotel is pure paradise for petrolheads!Each vibrant,…

Blue Dominator Bus

Blue Dominator Bus

A vintage Canadian school bus, beautifully restored with plenty of off-grid retro style, pet-friendly, and peacefully secluded on a family-run Devon farm with a vineyard on the doorstep! Faithfully transporting children to and from school in 1970s Canada, Blue Dominator Bus has since retired to live on a family-run farm in Devon. An idyllic rural setting that's close to the Somerset and Dorset…

Beverley Thrills Caraglamping

Beverley Thrills Caraglamping

A movie-and-art inspired vintage caravan with laid-back West Coast vibes, located on the edge of historic Stratford-upon-Avon. Paying creative homage to the epic combination of Wes Anderson movies and retro ice-cream parlours, Beverley Thrills is the perfect hideaway for couples or friends in need of a fresh escape. Occupying a dedicated pitch on an orchard campsite in the ancient Warwickshire…

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