Five Out-of-this-World Stays That Will Capture Your Imagination
After more than a decade of anticipation, the sequel to one of the highest-grossing science-fiction movies of all time will finally hit the big screen on December 16. The blockbuster movie will transport viewers back to its fictional universe of lush rainforests and underwater landscapes, where the main characters need to protect themselves and their planet from human threats. With over a third (37%)* of global travelers wanting to venture to a destination featured in a TV show or movie, we present five unique stays that could be featured in the sci-fi spectacle. From a futuristic resort in the jungle to unique villas overlooking turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, these out-of-this-world stays will capture the imaginations of movie fans all over the globe.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge All Inclusive, Yala, Sri Lanka
Adjacent to the famous Yala National Park, which is renowned for its dense leopard population, this luxury tented camp is where the jungle meets the blue waters of a pristine beach. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the unique resort features Cocoon tents with arched fabric structures that look like anchored airships straight out of a science-fiction blockbuster. Because of its design, it allows the tents to take on the shape and color of the rocks and boulders that lay scattered nearby. What makes this stay even more unique is the fact that the property’s entire layout is in the shape of a leopard’s paw print, alluding to the area’s most famous resident. Guests can experience a guided safari at Yala National Park, looking for leopards as well as other wildlife including elephants, crocodiles and deers.
Wayanad Wild - Rainforest Lodge, Vythiri, India
Surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, this Booking.com Travel Sustainable resort is set on lush green hill slopes in the rainforests of the Western Ghats in Lakkidi, one of the highest locations of Wayanad district, in Kerala state. Highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for scenery, nature, waterfalls and rainforest, the small town of Vythiri is set at an altitude ranging between 3750 to 4500 feet and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The dense forests and unique flora and fauna will make travelers feel like they are part of the stunning cinematic experience. A paradise for nature and animal lovers, and Wayanad Wild - Rainforest Lodge is a perfect place to stay in the heart of it all, offering comfortable accommodation with balconies overlooking the lush rainforest. The property offers guided tours with naturalists, where guests learn everything about local flora and fauna, and as darkness falls they can experience an unforgettable night expedition.
Yaba Chigui Lodge, Ojochal, Costa Rica
Set in Ojochal, in the exotic South Pacific region of Costa Rica, this Booking.comTravel Sustainable lodge has been designed by architects specialized in contemporary tropical architecture. Maintaining environmental sustainability, the main structure of the lodge, the ranch, will transport guests to the movie’s colorful and unusual world. Guests can relax on their balcony enjoying the beauty of the rainforest, while the big windows in front of each bungalow will make them feel like they are sleeping in the jungle. Highly endorsed by Booking.com guests for nature, beach and wildlife, the coastal village of Ojochal is famous for its beautiful unspoiled beaches with the jungle in the background.
Swan Villas, Maya Beach, Belize
Focusing on the balance between human habitation and the natural world, the unique Swan Villas are situated on Placencia Peninsula in Belize. Designed by Javier Senosiain, one of the first architects to design organic architecture in Mexico, the villas are inspired by the swan’s neck, combining a contemporary design with the natural scenery of coastal Belize. Known for its white beaches, vivid coral reefs, jungles and rainforests, Belize’s natural beauty will remind visitors of the movie’s mystical beauty. Highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for beach and snorkeling, the small town of Maya Beach is a great place to take a dip at the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Mandhoo, Maldives
Set on two separate islands connected by a bridge, the luxurious Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is architecturally designed to blend with the surrounding environment and offers spacious private villas with lush tropical greenery and stunning views to the Indian Ocean. The turquoise waters are acting as a stunning background similar to the waters in the movie’s fictional universe. At the resort’s all-glass underwater Ithaa Restaurant guests can see life below sea level, while enjoying delicious international dishes. Guests will feel like the movie protagonists diving and exploring the aquatic wonderland.
Reisastua Lodge, Storslett, Norway
Set on the banks of Reisa River, near the gorgeous Reisa National Park, this beautiful lodge is surrounded by unique flora and fauna. In the middle of nature, the unique stay offers breathtaking views of the river from its cozy rooms or the restaurant with the floor to ceiling windows. Just outside the national park, guests will find Sarafossen waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in the municipality of Nordreisa, which is accessible on the Arctic Trail towards Somas/Kilpisjärvi. November through February is a good season for Northern Lights viewing in Norway as the nights are the longest. As the natural beauty of the Northern Lights may have inspired the skies of the movie’s functional world, travelers can rent a car and drive toTromsø (about 3,5 hours away), where they will find a number of Northern Lights Tours.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who plan to travel for business or leisure in the next 12-24 months. In total 24,055 respondents across 31 countries and territories were polled (including 501 from Argentina, 1003 from Australia, 500 from Belgium, 1001 from Brazil, 500 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1007 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 508 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1000 from Germany, 1005 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 502 from Israel, 1003 from Italy, 1002 from Japan, 500 from Mexico, 501 from The Netherlands, 501 from New Zealand, 500 from Peru, 1000 from Russia, 1005 from Singapore, 1002 from South Korea, 1002 from Spain, 501 from Sweden, 501 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 500 from Thailand, 1000 from the UK, 1002 from the US and 501 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2021.