Travel Bubble Hotels to Treehouses: Socially Distanced Nights Under the Stars
How to pick the right hotel chain for you
Despite unprecedented consolidation within the hotel industry in the last few years, there are still several major chains around, each with its own distinct loyalty program. While it can be hard enough for longtime loyalty members to plot out a powerful points strategy with hotels, if you’re new to hotel points altogether, it can feel …For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Pitching a tent in a forest may fit the bill for some, but there are far more comfortable ways to vacation surrounded by nature. Ever dreamt of spending the night in a treehouse? How about a bubble under the stars? Or underwater? From a treehouse in a Swedish forest to an igloo under the northern lights, spending a night at one of these immersive hotels is an adventure in itself.
Campera Hotel, Baja California, Mexico
Unplugging is easy in the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Mexico, a region filled with wineries and less than an hour from the rugged Pacific coast. These 12 bubbles are plopped right in the middle of rows of grape vines.
The award traveler’s guide to IHG Rewards Club
InterContinental Hotels Group – better known as IHG – and its IHG Rewards Club program have multiple attractive aspects. First, it’s relatively easy to get good value from IHG points. Second, the program has luxury brands as well as mainstream brands. And third, even the least-prestigious IHG brands usually provide acceptable quality. IHG Rewards Club …IHG Rewards Club is by far the hotel loyalty program I utilize most. Specifically, over the last three years, I’ve stayed 244 nights across 13 IHG hotel brands. And, 119 of these nights were reward nights. So, let’s take a closer look at the IHG Rewards Club program.
Satori Bubbles, Costa Rica
Sleeping in the jungle doesn't need to be uncivilized. These bubbles come with a private pool and fire pit and are a short walk from a beach where you may spot sea turtles. You may even pick up a tip or two to add a few years to your life: This area in the Nicoya Peninsula is one of the world's "blue zones," where the longest life spans have been recorded.
Sky Lodge, Peru
Spending a night on the side of a cliff? Voluntarily? Not for the faint of heart, these completely glass rooms hang off a cliff in the Sacred Valley in Cuzco, Peru. Checking in, though, is no easy feat; it requires either some serious rock climbing or trekking up a trail that features a zipline.
How to use your decrepit RV to get free hotel nights
Many travelers are turning to recreational vehicles – better known as RVs – for socially distant travel. Perhaps you’ve even bought an RV to save travel for your family. But, RV travel isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re regretting your first RV purchase. Or, perhaps you have an old RV in your yard that provided lots …But, RV travel isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’re regretting your first RV purchase. Or, perhaps you have an old RV in your yard that provided lots of great memories but is simply past its prime.
Canopée Lit, Quebéc, Canada
Leave life on ground behind with a night at this hotel in the trees. An expansive campground of hiking trails, cabins and transparent bubbles on 15-foot stilts, this is a nature lover's dream. Nearby is Saguenay Fjord National Park, a great spot for kayakers to explore the dramatic cliffs that frame the Saguenay River.
Buubble Hotel, Iceland
Living in a bubble never looked as good as it does in these transparent structures surrounded by towering pine trees in the Icelandic wilderness. If you time your stay just right, you will be able to rest your head beneath panoramic views of the northern lights.
Miluna, Toledo, Spain
An hour away from the hustle of Madrid, this bubble hotel is secluded from any light pollution and has uninterrupted views of the stars every night. In the heart of the countryside of the Castilla la Mancha region, this place is a world away from city life.
10 Affordable Hotels in New York City
These NYC hotels prove you can visit the Big Apple on a budget. To that end, Hotels.com has determined ten fantastic, affordable accommodation options that will take the pressure off your hotel hunt and allow you to focus your energy on planning all other aspects of your visit. These hotels prove that being a cost-effective traveler is possible even in New York City.
Starlight Room, Italy
Unlike other hotels that have dozens or hundreds of rooms, this resort in the Dolomite Mountains has only one. The windows around the bed are all glass and the entire room can be rotated for the best view.
Tree Hotel, Sweden
Though not-so-easy to get to, this treehouse hotel in the northernmost part of Sweden is worth the trek. These unique rooms (one is shaped like a UFO, another is a cube whose outer walls are mirrors) allow you to take in forest life from above, including passing snowmobiles and moose. Accessible only by ramps or ladders, getting to these rooms is an adventure in itself
The Muraka, Maldives
Glass hotels can be found not only above ground, but also underwater, like this one in the Maldives. Spending a night under the sea at the Muraka lets you be completely surrounded by colorful fish and maybe even a passing sea turtle. During the day the room shimmers as the light reflects off of the ocean and into your bedroom.
The US detained hundreds of migrant children in hotels as the pandemic flared
Hundreds of migrant children have been held in hotels and guarded by US government contractors in recent months as part of a secretive new system that advocates warn puts kids in danger. © Dieu Nalio Chery/AP Verty, who recently tried to immigrate to the United States, told The Associated Press that he and his family were detained at a hotel before being expelled on a flight to Haiti.
The Jungle Bubbles at the Anantara Resort, Thailand
Go on your own private safari. These "jungle bubbles" put you right in the action —watch elephants in the wild from the comfort and safety of our own living room. After the sun goes down, the bubbles offer unobstructed views of the entire night sky.
6 ways IHG Rewards Club should improve its loyalty program .
A lot of TPG staffers love Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors and World of Hyatt. And, I can see the value in these hotel loyalty programs. But, I spend most of my hotel nights with IHG Rewards Club. After all, many IHG hotels provide an attractive combination of consistency, quality and modest pricing. And, even with …After all, many IHG hotels provide an attractive combination of consistency, quality and modest pricing. And, even with the recent switch to dynamic pricing, my IHG Rewards Club points still offer a lot of value.