We recently found an article on The Telegraph titled ‘The best of BBC2’s Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby - in pictures’ that we thought would be good to share with you.
BBC2 series Amazing Hotels: Life beyond the Lobby, presented by Monica Galetti and Giles Coren, has come to an end but not to worry, for those who watched the series or could not, we can instead enjoy the incredible feats of architecture and luxurious properties across the world in pictures.
Episode 1. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Undoubtedly, Marina Bay Sands is one of Singapore’s most spectacular hotels. It features the famous stunning rooftop infinity pool that is 55 stories high in the hotel’s SkyPark. It provides breathtaking dramatic views of the Singapore skyline and the pool is 3 times the length of an Olympic swimming pool (142 metres) which makes it one of the longest elevated pools on the Earth.
The hotel boasts 2,500 guest rooms which is accommodated by one million guests each year. Basic rooms start from around £200 per night, while the Presidential Suite (as shown in the image) averages a price around £10,000 a night.
Episode 2. Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Mashpi Lodge was the subject of Episode 2, a modernist eco-lodge in the Ecuadorian rainforest. It offers 22 guest rooms, 19 Wayra rooms and 3 Yaku suites (as shown in the image) that provide a mixture of double and twin accommodation. All of them feature ‘floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the enveloping jungle, and subdued LED lighting for an ambient atmosphere,’ writes The Telegraph.
One of the major highlights and attractions is the Dragonfly gondola, a 1.2-mile journey through (and over) the cloud forest. It offers an unique adventure and a ‘different perspective of the remarkable location.’
Episode 3. Giraffe Manor, Kenya
The Amazing Hotels team travelled to the suburbs of Nairobi to bring us a peak into the one-of-a-kind Giraffe Manor. The building is a 1930s colonial manor house that highlights one special feature that draws guests from all over the world to experience: the herd of Rothschild giraffes that dwell in the grounds.
The long-necked residents each morning join guests for breakfast via the large dining room windows. The guests are also able to hand-feed the giraffes while having their own meals.
Episode 4. Royal Mansour, Marrakech
Royal Mansour is a luxurious hotel that was commissioned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. It’s purpose was to display the Kingdom’s power and wealth which it has done successfully. Paula Hardy, Telegraph Travel’s Marrakech expert, writes: “opulence is the name of the game. Some 1,200 craftsmen worked tirelessly to produce this architectural masterpiece adorned with the finest zellij (geometric mosaic), carved cedarwood, stained glass, dripping stuccowork, beaten bronze and inlaid marquetry.”
The hotel consists of 53 private riads (two-storey villas, ‘each with its own interior courtyard) offering guests peace and seclusion’. To maintain this level of privacy, private butlers and housekeeping staff operate from a network of tunnels beneath the hotel and its residences, while ‘discreet lift access to each floor allows staff to come and go without being seen or heard,’ writes The Telegraph.
Episode 5. Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Presenters Monica Galletti and Giles Coren visited a remote corner of Canada, Fogo Island, to give us a glimpse of the improbable luxury hotel that has made home there. Fogo Island Inn stands against the bleak landscape of the island that sits in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Newfoundland.
‘Fogo Island Inn has all the feel-good factor of a sustainable project, providing employment, stimulating the local economy, and generally reinvigorating a community that has seen too many of its youth depart for Canada’s cities,’ writes The Telegraph.
The hotel has been generously gifted to the island by its founder Zita Cobb, ‘through a charitable foundation, so all profits go back into community projects.’
Episode 6. ICEHOTEL, Sweden
ICEHOTEL, which is carved out of ice is located in the village of Jukkasjarvi in northern Sweden, in a location 200km within the Arctic Circle, where it is possible to witness the glorious Northern Lights.
ICEHOTEL used to operate rigidly on a seasonal basis, where it’s constructed and active at the beginning of winter each year before melting away in the upcoming spring. However, a new additional option, ICEHOTEL 365 will offer year round ice structures, even in summer. A temporary hotel will still be made every year.
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