#1 Giraffe Manor in Kenya
Giraffe Manor is a mini hotel in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya which, together with its associated Giraffe Centre, is a home to a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes, and generates a breeding programme to reintroduce breeding pairs back into the wild to secure the future of the subspecies.
#2 The Rock in Michamvi Pingue
This restaurant is gazed up with the trees. The trees are few on this island, a small rock off the coast of Zanzibar, and the elevation is due to the height of the island itself. An open-air hut, The Rock serves a selection of beer and wine, and some premium menu dishes include crab salad with avocado and fresh tomatoes, homemade tagliatelle pasta with lobster, and squid with queen prawns.
#3 Grotta Palazzese Hotel in Italy
A magical and enchanted place, a restaurant with a terrace created inside a natural cave. The Grotta Palazzese restaurant takes its name from the homonymous cave and from the place that was once also called “Grotta di Palazzo”. It is an exclusive and atmospheric place, used for parties and banquets since 1700, as evidenced by a watercolor of 1783 by Jean Louis Desprez. The blue of the sea and the sky contrasts with the mysterious atmospheres of the natural cavities. The colors of the day make the beauty of the coastal landscape shine, while those of the evening, at sunset, create unforgettable nuances, in the charm and elegance of the restaurant lights.
#4 Ion Adventure Hotels in Iceland
Fire and ice. Hot and cold. An abandoned inn turned boutique hotel in Iceland. Ion Adventure Hotel is where modern design meets Iceland’s incomparable natural landscape. Situated in the south-western town of Selfoss, near a national crossroad making the hotel accessible to various parts of the country, Ion is conveniently located to offer guests the best of Iceland.
#5 Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines
The bamboo tables and cook stations at the watery eatery sit merely feet from the rush of a small waterfall, allowing guests to lean under the rushing waters after finishing their barefoot meal. Dishes are generally local fare such as rice and of course, fish.
#6 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in Maldives
Savour fine contemporary European cuisine 16 feet below sea level at Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Rated “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily News in 2014, Ithaa sits five metres below the surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it.
#7 Le 3842 Aiguille Du Midi Restaurant in France
Take a look at the blackboards for daily specials and what’s on the menu – expect flavours of the Alps made from locally sourced and grown produce. They have been awarded the title ‘Maitre Restaurateur’, to recognize that the food is home made from fresh local produce. The 3842 restaurant on top of the Aiguille du Midi (3,842m) offers a panoramic view of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Chamonix Valley. Table service. French and Italian cuisine.
#8 The SnowCastle of Kemi in Finland
Winter and sub zero weather with frost and cold are part of one of the other as the SnowCastle and Sea Lapland. The SnowCastle with its unforgettable experiences rises on the shimmering shores of the Gulf of Bothnia every winter, ready to receive its visitors wholeheartedly into its bosom.
Children and anyone with the spirit of a child may experience the delight and excitement the two original snow-mascots Arttu and Terttu offer at the SnowCastle daily. The most unique experience, to be sure, will enhance your visit while you enjoy a lunch or an à la carte dinner at the SnowRestaurant.
#9 “Truth” in South Africa
Features on interior design here on Colossal are few and far between, there are times when a space is so wholly original it’s just too hard to pass up. Case in point: Truth Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa. This radically designed steampunk-themed coffee shop was created by Heldane Martin who considered the form factor of espresso machines and coffee roasters to be somewhat similar to the Victorian futuristic fantasy style found in the aesthetic of steampunk. The hope was also to personify Truth’s attempt at roasting the very best coffee by offering a perfectly executed space.
#10 Giger Bar in Switzerland
While some films are memorable for their plot or particular characters, others remain with us because of their unique aesthetic. We’re not just talking about fashionable lead actors, but a whole world that we’ve never seen before except in these films. One example of a film with an instantly recognizable aesthetic, is Ridley Scott’s Alien. The distinctive style of Swiss artist, H.R. Giger, permeates the film’s alien creature and spaceships. The extraordinarily detailed costumes and sets blend organic and mechanical elements that few will ever forget after seeing this film. Those who have always wanted to experience the imagery of this film in real life can do so at two Giger themed bars located in Switzerland.