The idea of the modern man’s holiday doesn’t seem to stretch much further than the Costa Del’s or some Greek party town where the main highlight is a €5 fish bowl cocktail or banana boat ride. The hotels are of the same mould, often nothing more than a room to crash in at the end of a night only to be woken by poolside karaoke the following morning.
The world’s leading global hotel price comparison website and mobile app HotelsCombined, picked five hotels to suit every definition of the new and improved millennial man. Hotels for the adventurer, the sports man, the tech-savvy and hotels for the gents who just enjoy a bit of luxury.
1. Tslala Tree Top Lodge, Plettenburg Bay, South Africa
Live every boyhood dream at this unique treehouse getaway high up in the indigenous Tsitsikamma forest canopy at South Africa’s Tsala Tree Top Lodge. Think Tarzan, but with infinity plunge pools, glass walled dining, fire pits and outdoor ‘moon showers’. Boasting ten suites each with their own private decking, plunge pool, mini bar, complimentary bottle of port and 24hour room service, jungle living can’t get much better. Enjoy breakfasts being entertained by monkey acrobatics and dinner dates with the real tropical birds on the suspended decks of the restaurant. Adrenaline junkies can explore the incredible surroundings of South Africa’s Western Cape and venture out for a day of surfing, sailing, kayaking, sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain biking and shark cage diving. Loincloths optional.
2. Yas Vicaroy, Abu Dhabi
Racing fans can immerse themselves in all the action in the luxury of the world’s only hotel situated in the middle of a Formula 1™ racetrack at the five star Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi. Recognised as the greatest architectural landmark of Yas Island – situated on half land half water- watch high-speed races and practices on the Yas Marina circuit from the hotel on one side, layout on the white sandy private beach on the other, or take a sunset swim in one of the two rooftop pools. By night, take your pick from the colourful host of eateries, enjoy drinks in the Skylite Rooftop Lounge under the mesmerising multi-coloured LED canopy, then join the post-race after parties with world famous DJ’s at the hotel’s Rush nightclub. Rooms come with high-tech functions such as mood lighting options, facility panel to connect up iPods as well as Xbox and PlayStation on request. For a glimpse of the track, upgrade to a Deluxe Room located in the main wing.
3. No Man’s Fort, Solent, Portsmouth
Have limitless fun on your very own fort and indulge in an activity filled break including adrenaline fuelled rib rides, fort treasure hunts, rum, wine and cheese tasting, fishing excursions and even laser quest. One of the three Victorian-era forts which were originally built to protect Portsmouth from attack from Napoleon III – has been turned into a stunning luxury hotel, with 22 unique bedrooms, a lighthouse penthouse suite, nightclub, hot tub, library and even its own roof top driving range. Shiver me timbers.
4. YOTEL, New York
For the techies out there, this one’s for you. Arriving in a Starship Enterprise-like lobby just three blocks from Times Square, self-check in using the touch screen check-in machines and be swiftly greeted by ‘Yobot’ – essentially the extra brawny and hyper-energetic bellman- to take your luggage to your room. Innovative Yobot can even store your luggage before leaving for your flight or even send it off to the airport after you check out. Inspired by first-class airline travel, the rooms, also known as ‘cabins’ come equipped with techno walls that have built in LCD HD TV screens and the ability to stream audio, action-sensing air-conditioning, sound-proofed rooms and super strength Wi-Fi. The three VIP suites feature outdoor terraces, pool tables, fireplaces and high tech sound systems. Who needs space travel?
5. Barceló Montecastillo Golf, Jerez De Le Frontera, Spain
This five star activity and spa resort boasts an 18 hole Golf course, 2 FIFA-approved football pitches, Tennis courts, two outdoor pools and its own running track – all in the presence of a 19th century Spanish castle. Plus its neighbours to the Circuit of Jerez race track. Too good to be true? You’d better see it for yourself.
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