Main image: Iglu-Dorf, Switzerland
Embrace the chill this winter in one of these spectacular sub-zero hotels with ice sculptures, ice beds and more.
1. The Ice-Hotel, Sweden
The largest of its kind in the world, the Ice-Hotel in Jukkasjärvi has been carving up creative icy beds for over 25 years. Each year, artists and designers from around the world create one-of-a-kind suites, using only frozen water from the nearby Torne River.
From pole-dancing polar bears to a London tube-inspired ‘Mind the Gap’ design, no two rooms are the same. Guests even sleep on a bed of ice blocks – but don’t worry you won’t get frostbite; there are cosy thermal sleeping bags and a comfy mattress to keep you warm.
The Ice-Hotel has its own bar and church (weddings can be held here too), and it’s within easy reach of Abisko – one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights.
2. Hotel of Ice, Romania
Nestled between the icy peaks of the Fagaras Mountains in central Romania, Hotel of Ice is like something out of a fairytale. Accessible only by cable car, the hotel is hand-carved out of Balea Lake ice by local craftsman every year.
While you’re there, sip a cool drink in the sub zero Ice Bar, dine from plates of ice in the hotel restaurant, or get out and enjoy the surrounding snow-dusted area. If the ice gets too much, the nearby medieval towns of Brasov and Sibiu boast beautiful cobbled streets and resplendent architecture.