Double the experience, double the fun
Research from Booking.com shows that more than half of global travellers want to tick more destinations off their bucket list in 2018. Here are some destinations where you can be in two places at once.
France and Switzerland
If you’re dreaming of staying in two countries at the same time, Arbez Franco Suisse is the place to make those dreams come true. Located right on the borders of France and Switzerland, this charming chalet hotel offers guests the opportunity to sleep with their feet in France and head in Switzerland. The hotel’s kitchen, dining room and some of the guest rooms are divided by the line separating the two countries. Guests can wake up in France and enjoy their meals in Switzerland without even leaving the accommodation.
Belgium and the Netherlands
Combining two countries and cultures, the unique municipality of Baarle is probably one of the most complicated towns in the world. Split between the Netherlands and Belgium, it’s not simply divided into two parts with one border – it’s actually full of separate pieces of land and a network of intricate enclaves of Belgium within counter-enclaves of the Netherlands. The nationality of the town’s citizens is usually determined by the location of their home.
Where to stay: The charming Hotel Brasserie Den Engel is situated in the centre of Baarle-Nassau, the Dutch side of the municipality, and offers a brasserie with a welcoming terrace to relax and enjoy the sun. If you want to rest your head in Baarle-Hertog, the Belgian side, book a stay at the Brownies&downieS Baarle, a cosy property with a Belgian restaurant and terrace that’s perfect for looking over the town to try and get a better understanding of the complex lay of the land.
Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere – Ecuador
Located right on the Equator, Quito is the Ecuador’s capital and one of the largest equatorial cities. High in the Andes, Quito is one of the first Unesco World Heritage Cities in the world and its stunning historic centre is home to various monasteries, baroque churches, and charming cobblestone streets. Located just outside the city is the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo or Middle of the World City, a museum park and monument which highlights the exact location of the Equator.
Where to stay: El Crater is set against the panoramic backdrop of the active Pululahua Volcano with private balconies offering views of the nearby Equator Monument. It features ethnic Ecuadorian architecture designed from hand-crafted stone, contemporary interiors and an art gallery that features an extensive collection from renowned Ecuadorian artists. El Crater’s restaurant offers 360-degree views of both the northern and southern hemispheres and serves Ecuadorian cuisine, exotic cocktails and canapes.
Atlantic and Indian Ocean – South Africa
Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa and is said to be the official dividing line between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Imagine having one foot in the Atlantic and the other in the Indian Ocean. Also on this special cape you’ll spot The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Built in 1848 it’s the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa. Climb to the top and admire the breathtaking views of the two mighty oceans meeting along the rocky coastline.
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Where to stay: Located in the coastal town of Agulhas, just a short walk from the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, the Agulhas Best View offers cosy and self-catering cottages with stunning ocean views as far as the eye can see.
Nevada and Arizona – Hoover Dam, USA
Set on the border between the US states of Nevada and Arizona, the stunning Hoover Dam gives you the option not only to be in two places at once , but also two time zones (Mountain and Pacific). This engineering marvel is recognised as a National Civil Engineering Landmark and guests should book a tour to learn and appreciate its history and importance.
Where to stay: Set only a short drive from the Hoover Dam in one direction and Boulder City in the other, the Hoover Dam Lodge features spacious rooms with mountain and lake views, as well as a seasonal outdoor pool. In addition to visiting the Hoover Dam, guests can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the area including paddle boarding, hiking and biking.
North American and Eurasian Tectonic Plates – ?ingvellir National Park, Iceland
Straddling the border of two states or countries to be in two places at once can be exciting, but what about straddling two continents? If this interests you, then take your bucket list to Iceland, the only inhabited island in the world where tectonic plates and ocean ridge are visible on land, allowing travellers the unique opportunity to walk between two continents at once.
Where to stay: Hotel Grimsborgir Luxury Rooms and Apartments offers comfortable suites and apartments just a short drive from the Unesco-listed ?ingvellir National Park, the best place to view and walking along the joining of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Guests can admire the sky and surrounding mountains from the room’s balcony, terrace or from one of 14 outdoor hot tubs.
Underwater and on the surface – the Maldives
Huvafen Fushi is a luxurious resort located in the North Male Atoll in the Maldives and offers both overwater and underwater facilities. Guests can enjoy relaxing treatments at the underwater Lime Spa or practice yoga in the yoga pavilion, while the hotel’s overwater restaurant features an open kitchen and fresh seafood dishes.
In the air but connected to the earth – India
Travellers who are looking for a unique stay in nature between air and land can spend the night in a tree house. Set amidst the abundant forests of Syari Valley, The Tree House Resort is an eco-friendly property overlooking the Aravalli mountain range. Perched atop the trees, the resort offers wooden accommodation with tree branches coming through between the furnishings. Wake up to the sound of the birds and spend some peaceful time by the outdoor pool before savouring Indian delicacies at the resort’s Machaan restaurant.