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4 Incredible Hotels on Stilts

Elevate your stay at these hotels with legs from around the world.

Hotels on stilts - Post Ranch Inn, California

Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California

In the coastal redwood and oak forests behind this cliffside hotel perched 365 metres above the crashing surf of Big Sur, you'll find triangular tree houses sitting atop three-metre stilts. The suites are made of reclaimed wood, steel, stone and glass, and the skylight above the king-size bed makes for optimum stargazing (binoculars and walking sticks are at the ready).
47900 Hwy. 1, 800-527-2200

Hôtel Palafitte

Neuchâtel, Switzerland Suisse

Europe's only hotel on stilts offers views of Lac de Neuchâtel and the Alps. Book one of the private bungalows perched on piles directly over the lake, with a private terrace and ladder to shimmy down for a dip. To add to the James Bond feel, the hotel features high-tech touches, like fingerprint scans instead of room keys, and tablets that control the lights, window blinds and plasma-screen TVs in each room.
Route des Gouttes-d'Or 2, 41-32-723-02-02

Four Seasons Resort

Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

Walk a long wooden pontoon to reach your thatched-roof water bungalow hovering on stilts above a turquoise private lagoon. Strap on a pair of flippers and a mask, and get to know the eagle rays darting beneath your private deck, or join on-site marine biologist Oliver Martin at the Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary for complimentary snorkel tours, octopus-feeding sessions and coral-grafting demonstrations.
Motu Tehotu, BP 547, 689-40-603-130

Fogo Island Inn

Joe Batt's Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador

Parts of this building on the rugged North Atlantic coast rest on tall legs, referencing the architecture of the traditional fishing stages found in Newfoundland's outpost communities while minimizing damage to the surrounding lichens and berries. Take in ocean views from your guest room (all 29 face the water) or sea-gaze as you soak in the outdoor hot tubs on the roof deck.
210 Main RD., 709-658-3444



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