For an unforgettable night out that is out of the ordinary, Petit Futé has concocted a selection of the most amazing accommodations! Indeed, some of the establishments have no lack of imagination to offer their guests experiences that are out of the ordinary when it's time for bed. Hanging in the air or in an exceptional building, there is something for everyone. And for those who wish to wake up with a view of nature's most incredible animals, it's also possible. What if your next holiday in France was an opportunity to change your habits and make your nights unusual?
A hut in the woods, in Villalier (Aude)
At the gates of Carcassonne, in the heart of a 115-hectare estate, superb wooden huts mounted on stilts are hidden under the trees and call out to our child's soul. A perfect marriage between luxury and ecological spirit. They have all the necessary comforts, with a terrace area for coffee or to read a book with the songs of the birds that come to rest on the branches. You can also have meals prepared with local products and have lunch or dinner in the heart of nature. For two, for lovers or up to 4 with the children, it's up to each one to choose
The mill of the Ganguise, In Molleville (Aude)
It is an authentic and tastefully restored mill that offers the gîte. Ideal for an unusual stay, almost self-sufficient, in an exceptional setting in the heart of l'Occitane. No doubt that here time stands still and that lovers of beautiful stones will be delighted, putting down their suitcases in a room with rustic decoration that follows the round shape of the mill. There is also everything you need to make tea or coffee, and simply enjoy an exceptional setting, between typical architecture and green nature. Many mills are no longer in operation in France today, but fortunately some of them do not lack the creativity to continue to appreciate them at their true value
A transparent bubble, in Allauch (Bouches-du-Rhône)
An experience apart, with the possibility of spending a night under the stars in a peaceful and bucolic setting. The transparent bubbles provide all the comfort you need, as if you were sleeping in the heart of a soap bubble, with a perfectly clear view of the sky and the pleasant surroundings. The site takes place in the heart of a Provençal pine forest and the colours and smells immediately plunge you into the holiday atmosphere. Moreover, the structure has various facilities and services to spend a stay of the most resourcing: swimming pool, spa, massage, the dream
The haunted castle of Fougeret, in Queaux (Poitou-Charentes)
This XIVth century castle, hidden by the forest, is said to be haunted by its former occupants... The owner says that those who sleep on the 2nd floor hear murmurs or groans. Thrills guaranteed and no doubt you have to be ready to live the experience! The concept is to move into a room whose decoration seems to have been fixed for centuries. No television, no wifi, here we go back to basics and we go and get wood from the forest to make a fire. And when it's time to go to bed, either we fall asleep or we pay attention to the slightest noise, so ready?
A levitating bed at the Seven Hotel in Paris (Île-de-France)
The magic has gone through and the illusion is perfect! The levitating room of this conceptual hotel located in the heart of the Latin Quarter is equipped with a suspended bed, a transparent and luminous shower, as if in weightlessness. The different suites have a unique atmosphere with a choice of romantic, vintage, chic or sensual ambience, but the one that awakens all the curiosities is the one where it feels like the bed is flying through the air and David Copperfield is watching us from the corner of our eyes. A place where magic and lightness await you..
The dungeons of the Beauvoir Tower, in Blois
Spend an unusual night in the comfortable "cachots d'hôtes" of the Beauvoir Tower, the oldest prison in France (11th century)! OK, sleeping in a prison is not a dream come true, except that it is indeed an unusual experience that allows you to plunge into the atmosphere of the prisons of yesteryear, while enjoying all the comfort necessary to spend a pleasant moment: lounge area and private bathroom. Also to be experienced, breakfasts on the terrace with a superb panoramic view of Blois. And then, don't panic, you'll end up getting out!
The Kerbel lighthouse, in Riantec (Brittany)
Become a lighthouse keeper for a night in Riantec. You will have to climb the 125 steps of the old lighthouse of Kerbel, perched almost 25 meters high, to admire the breathtaking view of the Breton coast and the island of Groix, the bay of Quiberon and Lorient. Lighthouses have this mysterious side that fascinates all those who enter them, you feel the force of the sea while feeling safe. So being able to sleep at the top of the lighthouse is an experience not to be missed, for the unusual side, but also because getting up high is a superb way to enjoy all the beauty of Brittany
An igloo in La Plagne (Rhône-Alpes)
Enjoy this atypical hotel made of ice and snow. A warm cocoon only a few metres from the ski slopes, with the added bonus of a breakfast facing the Mont-Blanc! La Plagne has an ideal setting to enjoy all snow-related activities: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, there is something for everyone and the setting is grandiose. So, don't hesitate to take advantage of the icy atmosphere until the end by putting yourself in the shoes of an Eskimo and sleeping in an igloo? For two and up to eight people, take advantage of the formula that will make your stay an unforgettable one.
A bed on a cliffside, in Annecy (Rhône-Alpes)
It's a truly unique and atypical experience for thrill seekers! Suspended above Lake Annecy, the "portaledge" allows you to spend a night and have breakfast in complete safety in front of a fabulous panorama. After hiking and sharing a good Savoyard fondue in the evening, the time has come to set up one's bed and simply enjoy the sunset over the lake and later the starry night. Everything is set up for optimum safety and one thing is sure, you won't forget this night
A lodge in the heart of the Zoo de la Flèche (Sarthe)
Since 2013, this zoo has been offering several lodges with large panoramic picture windows, in close proximity to the animals. An invitation to escape! Comfort is optimal, with the feeling of being at the heart of a real safari in faraway lands, except that you are in the heart of the Sarthe, in a zoo renowned for the quality of its facilities. So rather than returning home after a day's sightseeing, what could be better than to enjoy in the evening and on waking up a view of lions, cheetahs, Arctic wolves, white tigers or polar bears swimming behind the bay window.