Extraordinary Places to Stay in 2016

Think back to where you stayed on your last trip. Was it simply a place to rest your head, or did it immerse you in local colour, surround you by wildlife and fire your imagination? We search for the most extraordinary hotels and hostels around the world. We share with you 6 breathtaking choices - see which one inspires you to travel in 2016.

Taskonak Hotel, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Taskonak Hotel offers an affordable boutique cave-hotel experience right in the heart of Goreme village's preserved old quarter. Taskonak Hotel providing a taste of Cappadocia's unique troglodyte architecture at good-value prices. Sit back on the sun-dappled terrace that overlooks the village and the surrounding honey coloured valleys. Fast on a free breakfast of homemade pastries, pancakes, and preserves freshly made that morning. Sleep in one of the curvy cave suites, chiselled by hand out of soft volcanic rock.

Manta Resort, Pemba Isaland - Zanzibar

Elevated and crafted along an idyllic island beach, The Manta Resort offers privacy, romance, adventure, and water sports on East Africa's finest island sanctuary. By day, tropical fish and other sea organisms float and swim by the window. At night, lights illuminate the water outside the windows, attracting squids and other otherwise shy sea creatures. The whole thing is anchored about 250m from the coast.

Thonga Beach Lodge, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa's best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. Added to this, depending on the time of year, you may also get to experience turtles laying eggs, whale sharks, swimming with dolphins amongst many other sea animals indigenous to this stretch of coast. Thonga Beach Lodge is situated only metres from the beach and a 25 minute drive from Lake Sibaya (Southern Africa's largest freshwater lake), which is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, now internationally recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania, Australia

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia's iconic wilderness experiences. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania's premier wilderness regions. Set discreetly within the wilderness setting, the Lodge offers 4 different styles of accommodation, from the contemporary Pencil Pine Cabins to the luxurious King Billy Suites. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge provides the perfect haven to escape, rejuvenate, indulge and explore.

Free Spirit Spheres, British Columbia, Canada

The "Spherical Tree House" concept borrows heavily from sailboat construction and rigging practice. It's a marriage of tree house and sailboat technology. Wooden spheres are built much like a cedar strip canoe or kayak. Suspension points are similar to the chain plate attachments on a sailboat. Stairways hang from a tree much like a sailboat shroud hangs from the mast. Spherical architecture has many unconventional features. Conventional buildings separate walls, ceiling and floor with hard lines. In a sphere the walls and ceiling merge into one. The function changes but the form remains the same. It is a unified structure with one continuous wall. I call this uniwall construction. There are only 2 sides to a sphere, inside and outside. Future dreams include a washroom/shower/sauna sphere complete with its own effluent treatment system. It will produce only clean water and compost, something that could serve a whole colony of spheres on a remote setting.

The Gibbon Experience Treehouse, Bokeo Reserve, Laos

The Gibbon Experience Treehouse - imagine waking to the sonorous call of the endangered black-crested gibbon, stretching in your bed a hundred feet up in the triple canopy, and nursing a coffee on your balcony as you watch the dawn mist crowd in over the jungle valley below. The tree houses erected by conservation group Animo are a thing of architectural wonder, straddling the giant trunks of strangler fig trees. But more extraordinary still is that to reach these vertiginous eyries you'll have to trek through the fecund realm of the tiger, then catch a series of exhilarating zip lines strung across the forest canopy, before flying into your night's accommodation.