Many tourists only come to the Netherlands to visit Amsterdam. But this small yet fascinating country has a lot to offer outside its capital. There are many wonderful canals, splendid beaches, picturesque windmills, colorful flower fields and unique hotels: Castles in the countryside, trendy boutique hotels, hotels situated on the water, and these two new hotels built entirely out of sand.
The SandHotels were constructed recently in the Dutch cities of Oss and Sneek, as part of the Friesland and Brabant sand sculpture festivals. The lodgings, which took four weeks to complete, include fully furnished one-room suites decorated with intricate sand carvings. The one in Oss looks like a medieval castle, while the one in Sneek is inspired by Chinese architecture and features sculptures of dragons and the Terracotta Army.
Rooms go for $172 a night, which includes free breakfast, a guided tour of the festival grounds, a bottle of Prosecco and other treats. Like the ice hotels in Sweden and Finland, the SandHotels are only temporary, but the organizers plan to build the hotels again next year.