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A different bed to lay your head


One of the joys of travelling is finding somewhere or something that’s unusual, some element that makes it different from other holidays you’ve been on and makes for interesting conversations when you get home. In particular, where you choose to bed down can dramatically affect the quality and style of your trip away. These days, choosing your accommodation doesn’t have to mean identikit hotels or featureless campsites.

There are some amazing places to stay that avoid the mundane. Sites such as www.quirkyaccom.com showcase the wide range of choices, including The Potting Shed, a designer lodging for two in Winchester, and train carriages in North Yorkshire! From treehouses to diving capsules, from luxury sea-villas on stilts to mineshaft caverns, make 2015 the year you choose somewhere a little less ordinary to stay!

The Flexicover Team looks at some choice ones for your consideration.

1 Fireflies & Figs; Abruzzo, Italy

Located on Italy’s eastern Adriatic coast, Abruzzo is one of the greenest regions in Europe. Boasting 3 national parks and an abundance of wildlife, it’s a wonderful destination and a place where many Italians spend their holidays. An abundance of hilltop towns and villages, Sunday markets and gorgeous views of the mountains and sea, make this ideal for a peaceful break. Fireflies & Figs is a luxury campsite, with beautifully-appointed canvas yurts set overlooking sloping valleys brimming with olive trees and vines. Two yurts are in place and the English owners have plans for three more as well as being on hand to prepare four course dinners from local ingredients during your visit.

2 Urban House; Copenhagen, Denmark

Opening in March in the Vesterbro district of the Danish capital, this hostel-hotel hybrid is aiming to be the epitome of a friendly visit. Designed to be a truly social place to sleep, eat and relax located in the one of the most outgoing areas of Copenhagen, the idea is for you to be treated like one of the family! Offering a mix of dorms, private rooms and ‘Bunkalows’ (one double bed and a bunk), Urban House also boasts a cinema, tattoo artist, bike shop, hotdog restaurant and bar stocked with finest Mikkeller beers. This looks like it will be fantastic base from which to explore the city and a great value option for a short stay.

3 ALEX Hotel; Marseille, France

From May, Eurostar will be starting its brand new, direct service from London all the way through France to Marseille. If you’re visiting this splendid Mediterranean city and looking for somewhere to stay, try the smart, contemporary ALEX Hotel. Opened at the end of 2014, minutes away from the main railway station, Saint Charles, a boutique hotel set in an elegant historic building, is walking distance from the Vieux Port and the Gallic charm of its Panier or Old Town. Inside, each floor is colour coded differently to reflect the city’s diversity and all the rooms are uniquely decorated. Stay here for a warm welcome to this bustling city before heading out to experience the vibrancy and history for yourself!

4 Vinha da Manta; Faia, Portugal

Situated near the small village of Faia, nestled in the foothills of the Serra de Estrella natural park, this cluster of eight canvas-tented lodges offers tranquillity for the discerning visitor. The site looks over wonderful groves of olive and peach trees with spectacular views of the Mondego Valley, with a view to ensuring that residents fully experience its philosophy of light, air, space and nature. Swim in the on-site natural pool and enjoy wonderfully prepared meals by the Dutch owners who are real gourmands with a keen ecological conscience. Local specialists offer tours and horse riding and there are several picturesque villages to see, for that quintessentially Portuguese experience!

5 Meliá Paris La Defense; Paris, France

Set sail for the French capital and this designer hotel shaped like the prow of a grand ship! Mirror fountains in front of the building and the Skyline bar with its panoramic views add to the majestic grandeur on offer. Set between avenues leading from the Arc-de-Triomphe to the Arche de la Defense, there are direct, short transport connections to most of the city’s main attractions such as the Champs-Élysées, the Opera Garnier and the Palais de Congrès. The rooms offer spectacular views over the city and the place endeavours to offer some of the best service in the city. With top dining available in the Miroir Restaurant and next door to one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, this is an amazingly well-located hotel from which to spend a memorable weekend!

Wherever your travels take you and whatever accommodation you choose to stay in, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.





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