5 ideas for unique weekends

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5 ideas for unique weekends

If you find that a night in a hotel is missing some spice, here are some recommendations for truly unique weekends. Go pack your bags!

5 ideas for unique weekends

Open tour near Barcelona

If you have always dreamed of entering the big tent, this escape with the Raluy Circus is for you! Along with the trapeze artists, circus performers and others, you will travel on this caravan from the 1930s. On the menu, period decor, dark wooden floors, carpets with baroque designs and red velvet seats. During this exceptional stay in the Barcelona area, you will share in the daily life of the company.
Learn more about the history of founder Lluís Raluy Iglesias. His three sons, Carlos, Lluís Francis and Eduardo, are today at the helm and will share their passion for their work with you. You can attend the rehearsals of the performers and they'll tell you about their daily lives during your trip. You can even learn to be a clown or a knife thrower! You will never see the circus the same way after having lived this unique and amusing experience. Since this is a travelling troop, check out their on-line calendar.

Circo Raluy
Paseo Colon 8
08002 Barcelona
España
+34 609 321 207
www.raluy.com

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5 ideas for unique weekends

From Geneva, as close as you can get to the mountains

Just 60 kilometres from Geneva, discover the Mont Blanc as you have never seen it before! You won't need moon boots or ski outfits to enjoy your stay in an Alpine pasture, right on the edge of the forest. Nestled into a beautiful, transparent and comfortable bubble, you will be close to nature for a unique adventure away from prying eyes.
Climb into your immense and cosy bed and admire the marvellous spectacle unravelling in front you. In your cocoon, you will sleep a night under the stars, but without the cold and in full comfort. Stay awake to see the moon climb into the sky and in the morning watch dawn embrace the Mont Blanc valley. If you listen closely, you will hear the birds chirping or donkeys braying afar. Don't miss out on this magical experience in communion with nature!

Nuit Nature
888, route de la Combe
74920 Combloux
+33 (0)4 50 91 10 90
www.nuit-nature.fr

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5 ideas for unique weekends

Chills guaranteed in this haunted castle near Edinburgh

Who has never dreamed of sleeping in an authentic Scottish castle? Just 14 kilometres from Edinburgh, Dalhousie castle is in the heart of the Scottish moors. The most ardent fans of spooky stories come here to get their fill of thrills. Built between the 13th and 17th centuries, the former residence of the Ramsay Clan was transformed into a hotel in 1972. Legend has it that in the 15th century, the lady of the castle locked up her husband's mistress and let her die of hunger.
While the more courageous will reserve the very room in which the mistress was imprisoned, others may be content just listening in the night. According to myth, it is still possible to hear the young woman walk the halls of the dwelling after nightfall. During the day, you can make the most of your free time with a visit to numerous other ghosts in the Scottish capital. From the Real Mary King's Close to Edinburgh Castle, paranormal hotspots are legion! No doubt that you'll end up seeing a phantom around a corner!

Dalhousie Castle
Bonnyrigg
Edinburgh EH19 3JB
Great Britain
www.dalhousiecastle.co.uk

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5 ideas for unique weekends

Adventure at the summit on the outskirts of Vancouver

Not far from Vancouver, an uncommon experience awaits you in the heart of the forest. Here it is a tree sphere that will be your home for the night. Choose between “Eve”, “Eryn” or “Melody” and live in symbiosis with Mother Nature. They are visible as far as the eye can see and no sound pollution will disturb your peace.
All wrapped up in your covers, you can observe wildlife through the round windows of your lair. Relax to the sound of birds whistling from branches and green tree tops. Though the place looks like an adventure park in the woods, there is no reason to push yourself too far! Here it is just you and nature, nothing else! A quiet, gentle moment for your delight.

Free Spirit Spheres
420 Horne Lake Road
Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1Z7
Canada
Rooms: from 175 CAD
www.freespiritspheres.com

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5 ideas for unique weekends

A mystical weekend in a converted church in Nantes

Built in a former 19th century chapel, the Sōzō Hotel is a charming four-star hotel located in the centre of Nantes. ​​Benoît Boiteau created this exceptional place by combining religious architecture and sleek design. During your weekend, stay in one of the 24 historic rooms and suites decorated with stained glass, arched windows and columns with elegant touches. Here, each room is calming and everything has been thought of in a spirit of meditation. A wellness area is also at your disposal, and you can relax in the Turkish bath or sauna. Try out the sensory shower or the ice room!
Make sure you stop by the Lieu Unique cultural centre in the Art Nouveau former LU biscuit factory. Then enjoy an incredible cocktail on an egg-shaped table at Le Nid, the bar perched atop the Tour Bretagne, the tallest tower in the city. An unusual experience!

Sōzō Hôtel
16 rue Frédéric Cailliaud
44000 Nantes
France
+33 (0) 2 51 82 40 00
www.sozohotel.fr