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9 hotels to sleep in before you die

By Kyle McCarthy

Published August 28, 2018

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From hotels built out of ice to overwater tipis to underwater suites, these 9 astonishing places guarantee a night to remember.

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In Sasbachwalden, Germany

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Wine barrels in the Black Forest

It's pure romance and glamping at the hilltop vineyard. You'd sleep in one of seven elevated and furnished wine-barrel rooms.

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What else?

Local wines and baskets with local wine, cheese and chocolate will be delivered to your door. In the morning, you'll wake up to fruit spreads and coffee.

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In Sabrevois, Quebec, Canada

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Living off the land

Colorful overwater tipis at Pourki Estate float on Quebec province's Richelieu River. Expect raft floors and a removable Plexiglas panel for guests to fish.

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What else?

There's also a more stable, riverview VIP Tipi on shore with its own kitchenette.

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In Monte Vista, Colorado

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At home at the movies

Accommodation is built between the screens of the Best Western Movie Manor vintage drive-in theater. At night, you can watch one nightly movie from your room or head to the other screen's parking lot to catch another flick.

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Saugerties, New York

Be the night light

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Tranquil and remote, the nearest road from the Saugerties Lighthouse is a half-mile walk, and the small dock only accepts private boats with reservations.

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In Kemi, Finland

Chill at an ice hotel

The SnowHotel's ice-block platform beds are romantically draped with sheep skin. Expect sophisticated ice sculptures and try the Finnish sauna.

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In Queensland, Australia

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Sleep on the Great Barrier Reef

At Reefsleep, swags, canvas pods with mattress and viewing windows, are set up nightly on the deck of this pontoon hotel floating 31 miles off Hamilton Island.

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Long Beach, California

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Sleepless nights not at sea

The suite you want on The Queen Mary is the one featuring a chest packed with ghost-hunting equipment, a Ouija board, tarot cards and a crystal ball.

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In Trout Creek, Montana

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A magical grotto

Enchanted Lodging features a fantasy bunker surrounded by hobbits, trolls, sprites and elves. It's a childlike, adult enclave, 1,000-square-foot thatch and mud cottage carved into a forested hillside.

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In Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Under the sea

A private elevator, dedicated butler and hand soap with gold flakes are among the amenities in the Poseidon and Neptune Suites hidden below the sea at Atlantis, The Palm.

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