For a totally novel holiday experience, not many things could beat waking up to gold-flecked water and the sound of lapping waves, while tucked up in bed in your ‘botel’ boudoir. Here, we’ve collected the best, most popular boats to stay in according to seafaring global travellers.*
New Bombay Heritage Group of Houseboats in Srinagar, India
New Bombay Heritage Group of Houseboats in Srinagar
Just a short sail from the mythical Chinar Islands, the New Bombay Heritage Group of Houseboats offers travellers an insight into India’s history, combined with every modern convenience. The area is populated with beautifully maintained Mughal-style gardens. Construction is also very restricted here, which has contributed to the popularity of houseboats. After a day of exploring this unique part of India’s history, guests can unwind in the houseboat hot tubs and admire the view of the lake.
Floatinn Boat-BnB in Geneva, Switzerland
Floatinn Boat-BnB in Geneva
It’s hard to miss the Jet d’Eau fountain in Lake Geneva. At over 140 metres tall and visible from anywhere in the city and even from planes flying overhead, this jet of water has become a staple of Geneva’s urban landscape. Travellers looking to get a close-up of the famous fountain will love the Floatinn Boat-BnB, a series of luxury yachts moored in the city harbour with bedroom cabins overlooking the lake.
Houseboat Hotels in the Peak District, UK
Houseboat Hotels in the Peak District
The traditional English houseboat is a multicoloured thing of beauty and these Peak District-based botels demonstrate exactly why travellers continue to opt for a night at sea. Or in this case, floating at the Sheffield Victoria Quays. Pale yellow and azure houseboats decorated with matching bunting and stocked with eclectic furnishings and wildflowers, Houseboat Hotels typify home comforts. They’re also located only a 10-minute walk from city landmarks like the Crucible Stack Theatre and the remains of Sheffield Castle.
Pantheos Top Houseboat in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pantheos Top Houseboat in Amsterdam
Eating breakfast on the balcony of a houseboat in Amsterdam while the early morning sun glitters on the canal is an idyllic experience worth travelling for. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most densely populated cities and the locals are used to making the most of any limited space. At Pantheos Top Houseboat you’ll find large beds and comfortable seating areas combined with innovative, space-saving storage and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Xandari Riverscapes in Alleppey, India
Xandari Riverscapes in Alleppey
The backwaters surrounding Vembanad Lake in Alleppey are populated with small villages that offer travellers an authentic experience of contemporary India. Guests staying at the luxurious, airy Xandari Riverscapes are piloted by local sailors along the tropical stretch of coast. Frequent stops for meals offer the opportunity to exercise your land legs and explore the area.
Vityaz Guest Cabins in Kaliningrad, Russia
Vityaz Guest Cabins in Kaliningrad
One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Russian city of Kaliningrad is the Museum of the World Ocean. Located right next to the B-413 Submarine Museum (you might notice a bit of a theme emerging), Vityaz Guest Cabins offers guests an educational and yet luxurious stay. During the summer the area provides excellent opportunities for fishing, and during the winter the cabins offer a cosy, inviting haven.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the highest reviewed botels around the world.