Hotels, like people, only get one chance to make a first impression. Whether it’s a hang glider or a cedar boat, these properties have welcome wagons fit for royalty.
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At Hoshinoya, in Kyoto, you glide to the hotel in a cedar boat, which takes you up the Ooi River, long a favorite of Japanese poets. When you disembark, you’re shown to your room, where you’re given a wagashi (a Japanese sweet) and a cup of smoky tea made with local leaves.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Musandam Peninsula
One option for arrival at Six Senses Zighy Bay, in Oman, is via hang glider. You can take it from the top of a road that drops precipitously and spectacularly down to the beach.
Dedon Island Resort, Siargao
At the Dedon Resort in the Philippines, guests arrive in a jeepney—part bus, part army jeep. And this one is tricked out with white terry-cloth seats and piped-inmusic, a perfect example of the hotel’s balance of luxury and whimsy.
The Gritti Palace, Venice
The quintessential Venice experience is easy to have—just book a room at the spectacularly renovated The Gritti Palace, where you arrive by gondola via the Grand Canal.
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